Two Projects Became One

by W. Martin Roche, (M.ASCE), Chf.; Div. of Planning, Bureau of Reclamation, Durango, Colo.,
John W. Davison, Civ. Engr.; Guam Water Supply Project, Agana, Guam,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 8, Pg. 64-65

Document Type: Feature article


Nontraditional funding and a new law were required before two Cortez, Colo. projects could be combined. Building a new canal and enlarging and lining an existing one to move water in essentially the same direction would be costly and doubly disruptive to the environment and communities adjacent to both sites. The Bureau of Reclamation was investigating the McElmo Creek Unit, part of a federally mandated program to lessen the Colorado River's salt content. The agency found that combining this project with the nearby Dolores Project a water resources plan, would be more cost effective and less time consuming than completing the projects separately.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Financing | Canals | Linings | Existing buildings | Professional societies | Bureau of Reclamation | Rivers and streams | Colorado | United States

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