Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Public Comments for Environmental Assessment on Community Water Company's Plan for Central Arizona Project Water

Media Contact: Patricia Cox , (623) 773-6214
Sandra Eto , (623) 773-6254

For Release: August 13, 2008

The Bureau of Reclamation has determined an environmental assessment is needed regarding potential impacts of the proposed construction and operation of a Central Arizona Project water distribution system and recharge facility by the Community Water Company of Green Valley, Ariz.

The Company has provided Reclamation with its final plans for taking and using its annual CAP Central Arizona Water Project water allocation of 2,858 acre-feet. CAP water would be recharged and CWC would continue to pump and deliver groundwater.

Reclamation seeks public input regarding the potential impacts of the proposed action, alternatives that should be considered, and/or other concerns and issues that should be addressed in the EA. There will be a public scoping meeting to solicit comments. The public may view exhibits, listen to a short presentation regarding the proposed project, and provide verbal and/or written comments:

Date and Time: August 26, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. Location: Green Valley Recreation West Center (520-625-0288) Address: 1111 South Villa Arco Iris, Green Valley, Arizona 85614 Hearing impaired, visually impaired, and/or mobility impaired persons planning to attend this meeting may arrange for necessary accommodation by calling CWC at 520-625-8409, by August 15, 2008.

Comments may also be sent by mail to Reclamation's Phoenix Area Office, 6150 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale AZ 85306, Attention: PXAO-1500, or faxed to 623-773-6486 by September 12, 2008. Comments, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. The full Notice of Public Scoping Notice can be obtained by calling the Environmental Resource Management Division at (623) 773-6251, by e-mailing rkonst@lc.usbr.gov , or by downloading it from the Phoenix Area Office website at http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix/

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