Draft Environmental Documents Available for Exchange Agreements and/or Warren Act Contracts for Conveyance of Groundwater in the Delta-Mendota Canal

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

For Release: March 14, 2012

The Bureau of Reclamation has released the draft environmental documents for approval of 2-year Exchange Agreements and/or 2-year Warren Act contracts for Central Valley Project (CVP) contractors in the Delta Division and San Luis Unit.

The term of the agreements or contracts would be March 2012 through February 2013 for pumping and conveyance and March 2012 through February 2014 for storage in San Luis Reservoir and for conveyance from the reservoir. The quantity of groundwater pumped into the Delta-Mendota Canal would not exceed a combined total of 50,000 acre-feet. The conveyance and storage of non-CVP water in CVP facilities would be subject to available capacity.

Written comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) for the proposed actions must be received by close of business Wednesday March 21, 2012, and should be sent to Chuck Siek, Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. Comments may also be faxed to Mr. Siek at 559-487-5397 or e-mailed to csiek@usbr.gov.

The Draft EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=9223. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please contact the Public Affairs office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Mr. Siek at
559-487-5138 (TTY 800-735-2929) or e-mail csiek@usbr.gov.

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Relevant Link:

Draft EA/FONSI with the National Environmental Policy Act