Environmental Documents Available for Renewal of Contra Costa Canal Water District CVP Long-Term Water Service Contract

Media Contact: Jeffrey McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: December 14, 2004

The Bureau of Reclamation announces the availability of the Revised Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and the Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed long-term Central Valley Project (CVP) water service contract between Reclamation and the Contra Costa Canal Water District (CCWD). The proposed contract is for the delivery of up to 195,000 acre-feet of CVP water per year. Reclamation proposes to renew the municipal and industrial water service contract for a period of 40 years.

The Revised Draft EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available for a 30-day public review and comment period. The documents are available online at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/index.html. Click on Draft EAs/FONSIs and scroll to Contra Costa Canal Water District Revised Draft EA and FONSI. The draft documents can also be reviewed at Reclamation's Fresno Office at the address indicated below.

A separate 60-day public review and comment period was initiated for the CCWD contract on December 3, 2004. The form of contract is available at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/index.html, click on 2004 Forms of Contract.

Written comments on the Revised Draft EA/FONSI must be received by close of business on Thursday, January 13, 2005, and should be sent to: Mr. Joe Thompson, Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. Comments may be faxed to 559-487-5397 or e-mailed to hthompson@mp.usbr.gov. For additional information or to request a copy of the draft documents, please contact Mr. Thompson at 559-487-5179, TDD 559-487-5933. If you encounter problems accessing documents online, please contact Ms. Lynnette Wirth at 916-978-5102 or e-mail lwirth@mp.usbr.gov.

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Draft EA and FONSI