Draft Environmental Documents Available for Partial Assignment of 4,000 Acre-Feet of Oro Loma Water District’s CVP Water to Westlands Water District

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, MP Region Public Affairs Officer, 916-978-5100

For Release: December 20, 2011

The Bureau of Reclamation has made available the draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for partial assignment of 4,000 acre-feet (AF) of Oro Loma Water District’s Central Valley Project (CVP) water service contract to Westlands Water District. In turn, Oro Loma Water District’s existing CVP water service contract would be amended to a quantity of 600 AF. 

The districts are near each other on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley in Fresno County (both districts) and Kings County (Westlands). 

The draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=8801. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail ibr2mprpao@usbr.gov.

Please email comments to Rain Healer, Bureau of Reclamation at rhealer@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to Ms. Healer, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to Ms. Healer at 559-487-5194. Comments are due by Wednesday, January 18, 2012. 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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draft Environmental Assessment