Bureau of Reclamation Banner
Lower Colorado Region
Boulder City, Nev.
Media Contact:
Patricia Cox
(623) 773-6214
Sandy Eto
(623) 773-6254

Released On: September 07, 2012

Reclamation Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Groundwater Savings Facility Storage Agreement
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Reclamation has issued an Environmental Assessment (EA) and a draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) regarding potential environmental impacts of an agreement with the Roosevelt Water Conservation District (RWCD). The agreement was executed on December 20, 2010, for a term of approximately 10 years.

The agreement provides for excess Central Arizona Project (CAP) water to be applied within the RWCD groundwater saving facility on a gallon-for-gallon basis in lieu of groundwater that RWCD would otherwise have pumped from the Phoenix Active Management Area. Existing infrastructure will be used to distribute the water from the CAP.

A complete description of the proposed action, the EA, and the draft FONSI are available at www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix or a hard copy can be obtained by calling Reclamation’s Environmental Resource Management Division at 623-773-6251 or e-mailing jharagara@usbr.gov.

Reclamation has determined that a FONSI is appropriate; however, all comments on the EA will be considered prior to making a final decision. The final decision will be made available at www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix.

To be most helpful, comments should be as specific as possible and sent to Reclamation at 6150 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306, Attention: Ms. Sandra Eto; emailed to seto@usbr.gov; or faxed to (623) 773-6486, no later than September 14, 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Eto at (623) 773-6254.

# # #
Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at www.usbr.gov.