Environmental Documents Available for the Renewal of the Feather Water District CVP Long-Term Water Service Contract

Media Contact: Jeffrey McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: August 17, 2004

The Bureau of Reclamation announces the availability of the Draft Revised Environmental Assessment (EA) and the Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed Central Valley Project (CVP) long-term water service contract between Reclamation and the Feather Water District. The proposed contract is for the delivery of up to 20,000 acre-feet of CVP water to the Feather Water District for 25 years. The 25-year renewal period applies to contracts with agricultural uses or a combination of agricultural and other water uses.

The Draft Revised EA and Draft FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available for a 30-day public review and comment period. The documents are available online at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/index.html, click on Draft EAs/FONSIs and scroll to Feather Water District. The draft documents may also be reviewed at Reclamation’s Red Bluff Division Office, 22500 Altube Road, Red Bluff, California.

Written comments must be received by close of business on Friday, September 17, 2004, and should be sent to: Ms. Basia Trout, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 159, Red Bluff CA 96080. Comments may also be faxed to Ms. Trout at 530-528-0612, or 530-529-3895 or e-mailed to btrout@mp.usbr.gov. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft Revised EA and/or Draft FONSI, please contact Ms. Trout at 530-528-0512.

On July 2, 2004, a 60-day public review and comment period was initiated for the associated long-term CVP water service contract for the Feather Water District. The form of contract is available on-line at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/index.html, click on 2004 Forms of Contract.

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Feather Water District CVP Long-Term Water Service Contract