Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Public Comments on Plan to Recharge Groundwater

Media Contact: Patricia Cox, (623) 773-6214
John McGlothlen , (623) 773-6256

For Release: March 13, 2009

The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Assessment on the potential environmental effects of a proposed groundwater recharge project on the San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation in Pima County, Arizona.

Under the proposed project, groundwater would be recharged with water supplied by the Central Arizona Project (CAP). The CAP water would be released into two ephemeral washes that cross the CAP Reach 6 Pipeline in the southeastern portion of the San Xavier District, simulating natural recharge into the aquifer. The purpose of the project is to improve reliability of the CAP water supply for the San Xavier Cooperative Farm.

The draft EA can be obtained by calling Reclamation's 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/

Comments should be mailed to John McGlothlen at the Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office, PXAO-1500, 6150 West Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, Ariz. 85306-4001 or faxed to (623) 773-6481, no later than April 13, 2009. Questions may be directed to Mr. McGlothlen at (623) 773-6256.

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