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Released On: January 28, 2005

Environmental Documents Available for the Article 5 Exchanges Between the Cross Valley Contractors and Other Water Districts for Delivery of CVP Water
The Bureau of Reclamation announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Article 5 Exchanges to facilitate the initial deliveries of Central Valley Project (CVP) water to eight Cross Valley Contractors. The Cross Valley Contractors' long-term and interim contracts contain the Article 5 provision. The Draft EA examines the environmental resources and conditions within the service areas of potential exchange partners and the impacts, if any, as a result of the Article 5 Exchanges over the next 25 years, from 2005 to 2030. The proposed exchanges would not exceed the Cross Valley Contractors' CVP water supplies of up to 128,300 acre-feet per year of water for agricultural and municipal and industrial purposes.

The Draft EA/FONSI for the Article 5 Exchanges were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available for a 30-day public review and comment period. They are available at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/index.html; click on Draft EA and scroll to Article 5 Exchanges.

Written comments must be received by close of business on February 28, 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 Ms. Silva at 559-487-5397 or e-mailed to lsilva@mp.usbr.gov. For additional information or to request a copy of the draft document, please contact Ms. Silva at 559-487-5807.

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