Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District Expansion Project

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100 TTY 916-978-5608
Michael Inthavong, 559-487-5044 TTY 800-735-2929

For Release: October 07, 2010

The Bureau of Reclamation today released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact on Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District grants that would help fund an expansion project.  The district would receive a WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grant and a Field Services Grant.

The Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District's Turnipseed Expansion Project would provide the district with additional facilities to recharge groundwater supplies and allow better management of varied water resources.  The project includes installing flow meters inside the district's turnout into the Turnipseed Basin and constructing a new 80-acre basin immediately south of the existing Turnipseed Basin.  The project is in southern Tulare County, California.

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

Written comments must be received by close of business Friday, November 5, 2010, and should be sent to Michael Inthavong, Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721.  Comments may also be faxed to Mr. Inthavong at 559-487-5194 or e-mailed to

For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Mr. Inthavong at 559-487-5044, TTY 800-735-2929.  Copies of the draft documents may also be viewed at Reclamation's Fresno office at the above address.

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