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Mid-Pacific Region
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Jeffrey McCracken
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Released On: December 16, 2004

Final Environmental Document Available For The San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority, 2005 To 2014 Transfer Program
The Bureau of Reclamation and the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority (Exchange Contractors) have prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/EIR) for the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority, 2005 to 2014 Transfer Program.

The program would consist of the transfer of up to 130,000 acre-feet annually of substitute water (maximum of 80,000 acre-feet of developed water and a maximum of 50,000 acre-feet from land fallowing/crop idling) from the Exchange Contractors to other Central Valley Project (CVP) contractors. The water would be transferred to Reclamation for delivery to the San Joaquin Valley wetland habitat areas and/or to Reclamation and/or the Department of Water Resources for use by the CALFED Environmental Water Account as replacement water for CVP contractors.

The Draft EIS/EIR was published on June 16, 2004, and a public hearing was held in Los Banos, California on July 7, 2004. The written comment period ended on August 2, 2004. The Final EIS/EIR contains comments received on the Draft EIS/EIR and responses to those comments. Reclamation will make a decision on the proposed action no earlier than 30 days after the date of publication of the Final EIS/EIR. A Record of Decision will state the action that will be implemented and discuss the factors leading to the decision.

To request a copy of the Final EIS/EIR, please contact Mr. Bob Eckart at 916-978-5051, or e-mail reckart@mp.usbr.gov. The final document is available online at www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/documentation.html; click on Water Transfer Program for the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority, 2005 to 2014, EIS/EIR.

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