Grand Valley Salinity Project ends successfully

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - A 34-year-old project comes to a successful end.

The Grand Valley salinity project started in 1979 in an effort to reduce the salt entering the Colorado River. Officials worked with land owners on a voluntary basis, helping them with their irrigation systems, and their work over the years has helped keep salt out of the river.

"How often do you hear about a federal program shutting down because we met the goal?" said Alan McBee, district conservationist. "The original goal was 132,000 tons a year, and we've exceeded that by about 107 percent right now."

On Wednesday night, more than 100 people from all over the country attended a celebration dinner at Ute Water. Officials say they will still be working in the future, but they are celebrating what they have accomplished so far.

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