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

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

For Release: March 09, 2009

Reclamation is seeking public comments on its draft Environmental Assessment on the proposed Community Water Company water distribution system and recharge facility. The proposed project would allow delivery and use of CWC's Central Arizona Project entitlement of 2,858 acre-feet per year for its service area within the upper Santa Cruz basin. The CAP water would be conveyed through a pipeline to be constructed to an artificial recharge facility located east of CWC's water service area, where the CAP water would be stored underground.

Reclamation will hold a public meeting to receive oral comments regarding the adequacy of the draft EA on March 26, 2009, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A court reporter will be present to provide a verbatim transcription of formal comments heard at this meeting.

Location: American Legion Post 66

Address: 1560 W. Duval Mine Road 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 March 16, 2009.

Comments may also be mailed to Ms. Sandra Eto, PXAO-1500, Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office, 6150 W. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix AZ 85306, via electronic mail to seto@usbr.gov, or FAX to 623-773-6486, no later than April 10, 2009. Comments, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available.

The draft EA can be obtained by calling the Environmental Resource Management Division at (623) 773-6251, 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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