Final EIS/EIR Available for the South Delta Improvements Program

Media Contact: Jeffrey S. McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: December 04, 2006

The Bureau of Reclamation has filed the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the South Delta Improvements Program (SDIP) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has made the document available to the public. Reclamation, along with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), prepared the Final EIS/EIR pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act to evaluate alternatives for the proposed project. The SDIP consists of a physical/structural component combined with an operational component designed to meet the purpose of providing increased operational flexibility and the ability to respond to real-time fish conditions while improving water supply reliability.

A final decision, which will be documented in a Record of Decision (ROD), will be made at least 30 days after the Notice of Availability is published in the Federal Register. The ROD will identify the recommended action to be implemented and include the environmental commitments and mitigation measures to be applied to the action.

The Final EIS/EIR is available online at; scroll down to the Final EIS/EIR files. To request a compact disc or a bound copy of the Final EIS/EIR, please contact Ms. Sammie Cervantes at 916-978-5189, TDD 916-978-5608, or e-mail If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please contact Ms. Lynnette Wirth at 916-978-5102 or The Final EIS/EIR may also be viewed at Reclamations Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento CA.

For additional information on the SDIP Final EIS/EIR, please contact Ms. Sharon McHale, Reclamation Project Manager, at 916-978-5086 or Mr. Paul Marshall, DWR Project Manager, at 919-653-2118.

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Final EIS/EIR Available for the South Delta Improvements Program