Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Interim Renewal Water Contract for Elk Creek Community

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

For Release: January 27, 2012

The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for an interim renewal contract for up to 100 acre-feet/year of Central Valley Project Water for the community of Elk Creek. The proposed contract would ensure an adequate public water supply in water deficient years if the primary supply of water from the Orland Project is inadequate. The long term contract, currently under negotiation, will be covered by a separate Environmental Assessment.

The Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail

Written comments must be received by close of business Friday, February 10, 2012, and should be sent to Don Reck, Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard, Shasta Lake City, California 96019-8400. Comments may also be faxed to Mr. Reck at 530-275-2441 or e-mailed to

For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Mr. Reck at 530-276-2045 (TTY 800-450-6000). Copies of the draft documents may also be viewed at Reclamation's Northern California Area Office at the above address.

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