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Released On: October 15, 2012

Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for San Joaquin River Restoration Program Invasive Plant Monitoring and Management

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation today released a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for an invasive plant monitoring and management program funded by Reclamation and conducted by the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust.

The action includes plans to conduct invasive vegetation monitoring and management on the San Joaquin River between Friant Dam and the Merced River confluence to limit the spread and reduce existing presence of invasive vegetation. Enhancement of riparian habitat resulting from the action would potentially have beneficial effects for aquatic and terrestrial species.

The San Joaquin River Restoration Program began releasing experimental flows, called interim flows, from Friant Dam in October 2009. Interim flows have the potential to increase the quantity and distribution of invasive plant species. The SJRRP’s EAs supporting the release of the interim flows require Reclamation to monitor and manage invasive vegetation in the San Joaquin River.

The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, in collaboration with River Partners and The Nature Conservancy, will complete actions and provide information needed for Reclamation to successfully meet the requirements in the EAs and the Stipulation of Settlement in NRDC, et al. v. Kirk Rodgers, et al. As described in that Settlement, the purpose of the interim flows is to collect relevant data concerning flows, temperatures, fish needs, seepage losses, recirculation and recapture and reuse.

The Final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=9993 and on the SJRRP website at www.restoresjr.net. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

To request a compact disk containing the documents, please contact Margaret Gidding at 916-978-5461 or mgidding@usbr.gov.

SJRRP Implementing Agencies include Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Water Resources and California Department of Fish and Game. To learn more about the SJRRP, please visit www.restoresjr.net.

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