Draft Environmental Documents Available for Six Central Valley Project Interim Renewal Contracts

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916 978 5100

For Release: October 25, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation is announcing the availability of draft environmental documents for proposed renewal of interim contracts with six Central Valley Project contractors.

The proposed contracts are with the cities of Avenal, Coalinga, and Huron; the California Department of Fish and Game; and the Panoche and San Luis water districts. The contracts would provide a bridge between expiration of original long-term water service contracts and long-term renewal of those contracts. The contracts would be renewed for up to two years, beginning March 1, 2013.

The draft Environmental Assessments and Findings of No Significant Impact on the proposed actions were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=11351 and http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=11350. If you cannot access the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

Please email comments to Rain Healer, Bureau of Reclamation at rhealer@usbr.gov. Comments may also be mailed to Healer at the Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to Healer at 559-487-5194. Comments are due by Nov. 21, 2012. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA and FONSI, please contact Healer at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA and FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address.

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