Larimer County
Resource Management Plan and
Environmental Assessment


Resource Management Plan and Environmental Assessment

The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment on the draft Resource Management Plan and an Environmental Assessment (RMP/EA) for Horsetooth, Carter Lake, Pinewood, and Flatiron reservoirs. The plans outline potential recreation improvements and other management actions at the four reservoirs, which are owned and managed by Reclamation and where recreation is managed by Larimer County.

Review the draft RMP/EA HERE.

The draft RMP/EA describes the needs and opportunities; public issues and concerns; goals and objectives; and specific management objectives and actions at the four reservoirs. Because the reservoirs are federally owned and managed, proposed recreation improvements are required to be disclosed and analyzed under the National Environmental Policy Act. The draft RMP/EA also summarizes the public process and identifies potential environmental effects.

Specific and substantial comments received on the RMP/EA during the comment period will be analyzed and responded to by Reclamation. Comments received will help decision makers determine whether to issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS). Comments on the draft RMP/EA should be specific and should address the adequacy of the statement and the merits of the alternatives discussed (40 CFR 1503.3).

Comments on the RMP/EA will be accepted throughout the public comment period until August 7, 2017.

Written comments will be accepted at the public meetings to be held in June (see below) or can be provided online at or Written comments can also be sent directly to the attention of Mr. Patrick McCusker by email, or by regular mail to Reclamation at 11056 W. County Road 18 E, Loveland, CO 80537. Comments by fax can be sent to 970-663-3212.