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Mid-Pacific Region
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Jeffrey McCracken
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Released On: January 28, 2005

Humboldt Project Conveyance Draft Environmental Impact Statement Available; Public Hearings Scheduled
The Bureau of Reclamation announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the potential effects of conveying title of the Humboldt Project (Project) and associated lands to the Pershing County Water Conservation District (PCWCD), State of Nevada, Lander County, and Pershing County. The action complies with Title VIII of Public Law 107-282 which directs Reclamation to transfer title of the Project to those entities.

Located along the Humboldt River in northwestern Nevada, the Project covers 83,350 acres and includes Battle Mountain Community Pasture, Rye Patch Dam and Reservoir, and the Humboldt Sink. Project construction began in 1935, and PCWCD assumed operation in 1941. PCWCD has had several Project repayment contracts with Reclamation, all of which have been repaid.

Three public hearings are scheduled in March 2005. The hearings will allow individuals to comment on the DEIS. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Lovelock, NV
Monday, March 14
12:30-2:30 p.m.
Pershing County Community Center
820 6 th Street

Battle Mountain , NV
Monday, March 14
7-9 p.m.
Battle Mountain Civic Center
625 South Broad Street

Reno , NV
Tuesday, March 15
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Department of Water Resources
4930 Energy Way

Written comments must be received by close of business on Friday, April 1, 2005, and should be mailed to Mrs. Caryn Huntt DeCarlo, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 North Plaza Street, Room 320, Carson City, NV 89701-4015, or faxed to 775-882-7592, or e-mailed to chunttdecarlo@mp.usbr.gov. For information or to request a copy of the DEIS, please contact Mrs. Huntt DeCarlo at 775-884-8352. The DEIS is also available on Reclamation's Web site at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa; click on Lahontan Basin Area Office.

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