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Mid-Pacific Region
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Jeffrey McCracken
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Released On: January 26, 2005

Extension of Public Review Period for the Renewal of Central Valley Project Long-Term Water Service Contracts' Draft Environmental Documents
The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the public review and comment period for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the long-term water service contracts between Reclamation and the eight Cross Valley Contractors. The proposed contracts are for delivery of up to 128,300 acre-feet of water per year for agricultural and municipal and industrial purposes for 25 years.

On December 29, 2004, a 30-day public review and comment period was initiated for the Draft SEA/FONSI for the long-term water service contracts. Reclamation has determined additional time is needed to allow for public review. In addition, on December 28, 2004, a 60-day public review and comment period was initiated for the eight Cross Valley contracts. The forms of contract are available at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/index.html; click on 2004 Forms of Contract and scroll to Cross Valley Contractors.

Written comments on the Draft SEA/FONSI must be received by close of business on Friday, February 18, 2005, and should be sent to: Ms. Lynne Silva, Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. Comments may also be faxed to 559-487-5397 or e-mailed to lsilva@mp.usbr.gov. For additional information or to request a copy of the draft documents, please contact Ms. Silva at 559-487-5807.

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