Final EIS for the Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie Project - Now Available

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100

For Release: November 20, 2009

The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Delta-Mendota Canal (DMC)/California Aqueduct (CA) Intertie (Intertie).  The Intertie is designed to connect the DMC and the CA via a new pipeline and pumping plant to help improve DMC conveyance limitations, allow for maintenance and repair activities, and provide the flexibility to respond to Central Valley Project and State Water Project emergency water operations.  This is a CALFED project which was identified in the August 2000 CALFED Bay-Delta Program Programmatic Record of Decision (ROD).

Reclamation, as the lead Federal agency for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), has prepared the Final EIS in accordance with NEPA.  Reclamation will not make a decision on the Proposed Action until at least 30 days after release of the Final EIS.  After the 30-day waiting period, Reclamation will complete a ROD, stating the action that will be implemented and discussing all factors leading to that decision.

The Final EIS is available online at  If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please contact Public Affairs at or call 916-978-5100.  The Final EIS includes responses to all comments received during the comment period on the Draft EIS which ended on August 31, 2009. 

The CALFED Bay-Delta Program is a 30-year Program (2000-2030) amongst 25 Federal and State agencies with responsibility in the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta.  The Program is based on four major resource management objectives that guide its actions to achieving a Delta that has a healthy ecosystem and can supply Californians with a reliable water supply.  Those objectives are levee system integrity, water quality, water supply reliability, and ecosystem restoration.  Reclamation plays a key role as the Federal lead agency for implementation of water supply reliability actions in coordination with our State CALFED partner agencies.

Copies of the Final EIS may be requested from Mr. Louis Moore, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento CA 95825 or by calling 916-978-5106 (TDD 916-978-5608) or by e-mailing

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