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Released On: March 28, 2012

Public Scoping Meetings Planned on EIS for Remanded BOs on the Coordinated Long-Term Operation of the CVP and SWP
The Bureau of Reclamation today announced that public scoping meetings will be held to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Remanded Biological Opinions (BOs) on the Coordinated Long-term Operation of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP). A Notice of Intent to prepare the EIS and conduct public scoping meetings was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. This EIS will be developed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California remanded portions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service BOs to their respective agencies. This EIS responds to the District Court’s order that Reclamation analyze and disclose, in accordance with NEPA, the potential impacts of implementing the Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs) developed pursuant to the remanded USFWS and NMFS BOs.

Four public scoping meetings to solicit input on issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EIS are scheduled to be held:

• Wednesday, April 25, 6-8 p.m.-Madera County Main Library, Blanche Galloway Room, 121 North G Street, Madera, CA 93637

• Thursday, April 26, 6-8 p.m.-South Coast Air Quality Management District, Room CC6, 21865 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765

• Wednesday, May 2, 2-4 p.m.-John E. Moss Federal Building, Stanford Room, 650 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814

• Thursday, May 3, 6-8 p.m.-Yuba County Government Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 915 Eighth Street, Marysville, CA 95901

Written comments associated with the Notice of Intent and the scoping process must be received by close of business on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, and should be mailed to Janice Piñero, Endangered Species Act Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Bay-Delta Office, 801 I Street, Suite 140, Sacramento, CA 95814-2536; faxed to 916-414-2439; or e-mailed to jpinero@usbr.gov. For further information, please contact Ms. Piñero at 916-414-2428 or e-mail jpinero@usbr.gov. Project updates will be made available on Reclamation’s Bay-Delta Office website at www.usbr.gov/mp/BayDeltaOffice.

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