Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for South San Joaquin Irrigation District Irrigation Enhancement Project (WaterSMART Grant)

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916 978-5100

For Release: June 15, 2011

The Bureau of Reclamation has made available for public review and comment a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the South San Joaquin Irrigation District (District) Irrigation Enhancement, a WaterSMART Grant Project. 

Under the Proposed Action, Reclamation proposes to provide grant funding for the installation of a new irrigation system in the District's Division 9. The system would consist of 12.6 miles of underground, pressurized polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipeline, along with two storage basins with a total capacity of approximately 80 acre-feet of water. Each basin would be equipped with a pump station and a groundwater well to provide an alternative water supply in dry years.

The Draft EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed online. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or e-mail

Written comments on the Draft EA/FONSI are due by close of business Wednesday, June 29, 2011, and should be mailed to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, e-mailed to, or faxed to 916-978-5290. To request a copy of the documents or for additional information, please contact Mr. Hubbard at 916-978-5204 or

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