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Mid-Pacific Region
Sacramento, Calif.
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Jeffrey McCracken
916-978-5100

Released On: February 17, 2005

Record of Decision for the Short-Term Environmental Water Account Final EIS/EIR
The Bureau of Reclamation, California Department of Water Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries, and California Department of Fish and Game jointly prepared the Environmental Water Account (EWA) Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Final EIS/EIR) dated January 2004. The Final EIS/EIR evaluates impacts of the Fixed Purchase Alternative, Flexible Purchase Alternative, and No Action/No Project Alternative. The March 2004 Record of Decision (ROD) documents the decision to implement the provisions of the preferred alternative, termed the Flexible Purchase Alternative.

The ROD complies with National Environmental Policy Act requirements which commit Federal agencies to full consideration of their projects' environmental effects. Required consultations pursuant to the Endangered Species Act addressing the proposed action were completed. The ROD incorporates requirements of these consultations that resulted in a biological opinion and Natural Community Conservation Plan approval. Mitigation and monitoring measures developed for use with the Flexible Purchase Alternative are delineated in sufficient detail in this document to constitute an enforceable commitment that complies with appropriate regulations.

The ROD is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=107; scroll to Record of Decision. For additional information or to request a copy of the ROD, please contact Ms. Sammie Cervantes at 916-978-5104 or scervantes@mp.usbr.gov. The Final EIS/EIR is also available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/EWA/FinalEIS/index.html.

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