Environmental Documents Available for Renewal of 15 Interim Water Service Contracts

Media Contact: Jeffrey McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: December 27, 2007

The Bureau of Reclamation announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and the Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed renewal of 15 interim water service contracts.  The proposed interim contracts would extend delivery of Central Valley Project (CVP) water for a term of 2 years, and could deliver up to 173,440 acre-feet of CVP water. 

The Draft EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available for a 30-day public review and comment period.  Reclamation has tentatively determined that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required before entering into the proposed interim renewal contracts.  The documents are available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=2958.  

Interim water service contractors covered under these draft documents are:  City of Tracy, Westlands Water District Distribution Districts No. 1 and 2, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency, Santa Clara Valley Water District, County of Fresno, Hills Valley Irrigation District, Kern-Tulare Water District, Lower Tule River Irrigation District, Pixley Irrigation District, Rag Gulch Water District, Tri-Valley Water District, and the County of Tulare. 

Written comments on the Draft EA should be received by close of business Monday, January 28, 2008, and should be sent to Mrs. Judi Tapia, Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office, 1243 N Street, SCC-413, Fresno, CA 93721, or e-mailed to jtapia@mp.usbr.gov.  For additional information, or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Mrs. Tapia at 559-487-5138, TDD 559-487-5933.

If you encounter problems accessing documents online, please contact Ms. Lynnette Wirth at 916-978-5102 or lwirth@mp.usbr.gov .

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The Draft EA and FONSI