Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment on Agreement to Transfer Central Valley Project Water to Electricity Generating Station

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100

For Release: December 30, 2009

The Bureau of Reclamation announces the availability for public review and comment a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning an agreement to supply water to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company's Colusa Generating Station (CGS). Under the agreement, a maximum of 180 acre-feet of Central Valley Project (Project) water would be supplied per year for up to 30 years.

Under the proposed agreement, the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District would annually transfer Project water to the County of Colusa (County); the Holthouse Water District (Holthouse) would transfer Project water to the County; and the County would supply Project water to the CGS. Water deliveries under the proposed transfers to the County, Holthouse, and the CGS would be through the Tehama-Colusa Canal using existing turnouts.

The Draft EA is available at If you encounter problems accessing documents online, please call 916-978-5100, or e-mail

Written comments must be received by close of business Friday, January 29, 2010, and sent to Mr. Buford Holt, Bureau of Reclamation, 116349 Shasta Dam Boulevard, Shasta Lake, California 96019, faxed to 530-275-2441, or e-mailed to For additional information, please contact Mr. Holt at 530-276-2047 (TDD 700-450-6000).

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