Reclamation issues Finding of No Significant Impact for proposed Central Arizona Project water lease from the San Carlos Apache Tribe to the Town of Gilbert

Media Contact: Patricia Cox , (623) 773-6214
Nichole Olsker, (623) 773-6258

For Release: December 17, 2010

The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on a proposed 100-year lease of 5,925 acre-feet of water annually to the town of Gilbert in Maricopa County, Ariz. The water is part of the Central Arizona Project (CAP) water entitlement currently held by the San Carlos Apache Tribe. The proposal calls for Gilbert to either treat and deliver, or recharge the CAP water. Adding this renewable water source would reduce the town's dependence on groundwater within its service area and lessen their reliance on excess CAP water. Reclamation's finding would not result in construction of new facilities or any land-disturbing activities.

The EA and FONSI are posted for public review on Reclamation's Phoenix Area Office website, A hard copy or CD version is available by calling the Environmental Resource Management Division at (623) 773-6251, or by e-mailing

Questions should be directed to Nichole Olsker at (623) 773-6258.

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