Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for San Luis Unit Water Service Interim Renewal Contracts

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100

For Release: November 15, 2010

The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for proposed Interim Renewal Contracts for the San Luis Water District and the Panoche Water District for March 1, 2011, through February 28, 2013.

Interim renewal contracts are undertaken under the authority of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) to provide a "bridge" between expiration of the original long-term water service contracts and long-term renewal of those contracts. The CVPIA allows for the repeated execution of two-year interim renewal contracts until long-term renewal contracts are executed.

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

Please send written comments to Rain Healer, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721, by December 14, 2010. Comments may also be faxed to Ms. Healer at 559-487-5397, or e-mailed to For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA and FONSI, please contact Ms. Healer at 559-487-5196, TDD 559-487-5933. Copies of the draft documents may also be viewed at Reclamation's Fresno office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721.

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