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Release Date: 05/22/12
Contacts: Mike Blakeman, Public Affairs (719) 852-6212    

BLM seeks comments on Alamosa River Analysis (05-22-12)

CAPULIN - The San Luis Valley Field Office is seeking comments on a draft environmental analysis concerning the acquisition of water rights to sustain instream flows in the Alamosa River.
The Bureau of Land Management would not purchase or hold the water rights. If the proposed project is approved, the Alamosa River Keeper would purchase the water rights from willing sellers and transfer them to the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s Instream Flow Program. 
The BLM is conducting the analysis since funds to purchase the water rights would come from the federal government. The State of Colorado and the United States recovered $5 million for natural resource damages caused by the release of hazardous substances from the Summitville Mine site. A portion of these funds would be used for the proposed acquisition of water rights.
Terrace Irrigation Company would manage the water rights to maintain instream flows in the Alamosa River. Potential benefits of the project include recharging aquifers, which would benefit well owners and a variety of native plants and wildlife; improving habitat for a diversity of aquatic insects which fish feed upon; and improving water quality.
The Alamosa River Water Rights Acquistion for Instream Flow Environmental Assessment may be reviewed at the Capulin Post Office, the Conejos Peak Ranger District in La Jara, the SLV Public Lands Center in Monte Vista or online at
Comments should be mailed to the San Luis Valley Field Office, Attention: Laura Archuleta, 46525 State Highway 114, Saguache, CO 81149; emailed to; or sent by way of facsimile to 719-655-2502. Comments need to be received by June 7, 2012.
For more information about the proposed project, contact Laura Archuleta at 719-655-6121.
For more information about the proposed project, contact Laura Archuleta at 719-655-6121.

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Last updated: 05-22-2012