Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Fresno Irrigation District’s Briggs Canal Improvement Project

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916 978 5100

For Release: October 07, 2011

The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review environmental documents on canal improvements in the Fresno Irrigation District, which would be partially funded with a grant from the WaterSMART Program. Proposed work on the Briggs Canal system in Fresno County includes upgrading existing facilities, re-lining a concrete-lined portion of the canal, and installing new pipelines, turnouts, control gates and measuring equipment. The WaterSMART Program provides funding for water conservation projects across the 17 western states.

The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at the link below. If you encounter problems accessing the document, 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 Monday, October 24, 2011. Comments may also be faxed to Ms. Healer at 559-487-5194 or e-mailed to For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Ms. Healer at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address.

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