Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Quartz Valley Indian Reservation Wells Project

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100 TTY 916-978-5608

For Release: July 15, 2010

Modified - July 22, 2010 -

The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review and comments a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation Wells Project, which will provide additional drinking water to the Quartz Valley Tribe in Northern California. 

Reclamation is distributing $40 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fund emergency drought relief projects, including wells at the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation (QVIR), near Fort Jones in the Scott Valley area of Siskiyou County.  In compliance with the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991, the reservation declared a drought emergency and requested Reclamation's assistance.  The emergency declaration is for the purpose of installing four new community wells.  The project also includes one well for restoration purposes along Shackleford Creek and developing one existing well to provide a secure water source for the QVIR. The project would also include installing thirteen groundwater monitoring wells within the QVIR for the purposes of monitoring groundwater.

The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available for public review and comment.  The documents may be viewed online.   If you encounter problems accessing documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TDD 916-978-5608) or e-mail

Written comments on the Draft EA/FONSI are due by Thursday, July 29, 2010, and should be mailed to Carolyn Bragg, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-150, Sacramento, CA, 95825, e-mailed to, or faxed to 916-978-5055.  To request a copy of the documents or for additional information, please contact Ms. Bragg at 916-978-5384 or e-mail

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