Draft Environmental Documents Available for the Reclamation District 773 Reuse License

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

For Release: October 19, 2012

FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation today released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed issuance of a license to allow Reclamation District 773 the use of dredged debris to reinforce the levee on the Fabian Bell Canal.

The proposed action would allow Reclamation District 773 to remove dredged debris from Reclamation property over a 10-year period that would not exceed 15,000 cubic yards of material annually to a maximum of 30,000 cubic yards over the period the license is in effect.

The Draft EA and 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=11291.If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

Written comments must be received by close of business Monday, Nov. 19 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 559-487-5397 or emailed to csiek@usbr.gov.  

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

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Relevant Link:

The Draft EA and FONSI