Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents on Sediment and Vegetation Removal at Los Banos Detention Dam

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100 TTY 916-978-5608
Shauna McDonald, 559-487-5202 TTY 559-487-5933

For Release: June 29, 2010

The Bureau of Reclamation announces the availability for public review and comment of the Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed implementation of a 10-year program to remove accumulated sediment and vegetation at the Los Banos Detention Dam. 

The dam is a flood control facility that protects the San Luis Canal, the city of Los Banos, and surrounding farmland from flood damage by runoff from the Los Banos Creek watershed.  The program would improve water flow downstream from the dam.  It also would improve the ability to monitor drainage from the toe drain, allow the California Department of Water Resources to detect problems with the dam, and prevent both loss of access and unsafe access conditions for the recreation area at the Los Banos Reservoir.

The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available online. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail

Please send written comments to Shauna McDonald, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721, by Friday, July 30, 2010.  Comments may also be faxed to Ms. McDonald at 559-487-5397 or e-mailed to

For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Ms. McDonald at 559-487-5202 (TTY 559-487-5933).  Copies of the draft documents may also be viewed at Reclamation's Fresno office at the above address.

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