Draft EA/FONSI Available for the Santa Clara Conduit Shutdown, Inspection, and Repair Project

Media Contact: Lynnette Wirth, 916-978-5100

For Release: December 18, 2008

The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Santa Clara Conduit Shutdown, Inspection, and Repair Project that defines actions necessary for maintenance and repair of the Santa Clara Conduit.

Reclamation owns the Santa Clara Conduit. The Santa Clara Valley Water District (District) performs the operation and maintenance on the Santa Clara Conduit under an agreement with Reclamation. Reclamation proposes to approve the shutdown, inspection, repair, and refilling of the Santa Clara Conduit as planned by the District.

The Draft EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available for public review and comment. The Draft EA and FONSI are available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=3499. If you encounter problems accessing documents online, please contact Ms. Lynnette Wirth at 916-978-5102 or e mail lwirth@mp.usbr.gov.

Written comments must be received by close of business on Friday, January 16, 2009, and should be sent to Ms. Patti Clinton, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. Comments may also be faxed to Ms. Clinton at 559-487-5397 or sent via e-mail to pclinton@mp.usbr.gov.

For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA and FONSI, please contact Ms. Clinton at 559-487-5127 (TDD 559-487-5933). Copies of the Draft EA and FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamations Fresno office (address above).

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