Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on Firebaugh Canal Water District 2nd Lift Canal Lining Project

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

For Release: September 25, 2012

FIREBAUGH, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for the Firebaugh Canal Water District 2nd Lift Canal Project, a Bay-Delta Restoration Program: Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grant Project. The EA/FONSI were released for a 15-day public review on September 5, 2012; no comments were received.

The Project entails Reclamation providing grant funding for the concrete lining of 2.2 miles of canal to reduce seepage. In addition, to improve water management, FCWD will demolish an existing booster pump and install a new check structure to incorporate into their current Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system. The effort is located west of the community of Firebaugh, which encompasses approximately 22,000 acres on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley in Fresno, Calif. The 2nd Lift Canal lining would begin at Douglas Avenue and continue to the 2nd Lift Canal Booster Pump.

The EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or email

For additional information or to receive a copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Shelly Hatleberg at 916-978-5050 or

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