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Land Use Planning & NEPA

This page contains information concerning the White River Field Office's Resource Management Plan, ongoing and future planning actions, and environmental analyses required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). For more information regarding planning or NEPA projects, please contact the WRFO Planning and Environmental Coordinator at (970) 878-3800 or email wrfomail@blm.gov.  


LAND USE PLANNING

Resource Management Plan:   The Colorado State BLM Director approved the Record of Decision (ROD) and White River Resource Management Plan (RMP) on July 1, 1997.  Click on the link below to view the ROD as well as the Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements (EISs). 

1997 White River RMP 

Amendments to the 1997 White River RMP 

Other On-Going Land Use Planning Efforts:

Oil and Gas Development Resource Management Plan Amendment :  The White River Field Office is working on a plan amendment and associated EIS that will address the potential impacts of significant increases in oil and gas development within the 1.5 million acre field office over the next 20 years. 

Northwest Colorado BLM Greater Sage-Grouse EIS: The BLM is writing an EIS to analyze incorporating new greater sage-grouse conservation measures into its RMPs for the five field offices within the Northwest District: the Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt, the Grand Junction Field Office, the Kremmling Field Office, the Little Snake Field Office in Craig, and the White River Field Office in Meeker.



WHITE RIVER FIELD OFFICE NEPA REGISTER:

The White River Field Office maintains a register of environmental documents prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). As documents are completed, links to the final document will also be posted on the register. Please check the WRFO NEPA Register often as new projects are posted at least twice a month. If you have any questions or would like more information on any of the projects listed on the register, please contact the Planning & Environmental Coordinator at 970-878-3800 or at wrfomail@blm.gov. Most projects also require compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). The NEPA register serves as scoping for both NEPA and NHPA public involvement.

The White River Field Office is transitioning into a new NEPA system. Please click here to visit the NEPA and ePlanning Website and access the 2015 NEPA Register.

BLM seeks scoping comments on soda plant expansion: The Bureau of Land Management is now seeking public comments concerning a proposed sodium bicarbonate plant expansion 37 miles southwest of Meeker. Rifle-based Natural Soda Inc. plans to expand its Piceance Creek Basin processing facility to accommodate doubling its current 250,000 tons per-year production. Expansion would involve additional surface disturbance and future wells to feed the production increase. The proposed expansion would involve 20 acres of surface disturbance and add 30 full-time employees to its payroll over the next four years.

The BLM will accept public comments for 14 days during the scoping period as we prepare an Environmental Assessment to evaluate the proposed expansion. Public comments regarding this proposal will be most helpful to the BLM if received by Dec 21, 2014. Written comments can be mailed to the White River Field Office, 220 E. Market Street, Meeker, CO 81641. Comments can also be submitted via email to pdaggett@blm.gov. General questions can be directed to Paul Daggett at 970-878-3819.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or any other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.


Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment -- including your personal identifying information -- may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.