Draft Environmental Assessment for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Warren Act Contract Available for Public Review

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

For Release: November 15, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District have completed negotiations for renewal of their existing water service contract that, in addition to furnishing Central Valley Project water, provides for the conveyance of up to 15,000 acre-feet of non-CVP water for municipal and industrial uses. The existing contract will expire on Dec. 31.

Reclamation proposes to approve a Warren Act contract for the conveyance, within a 26-month period, of up to 15,000 acre-feet of SMUD’s non-CVP water annually. The conveyance of water would be through the Folsom South Canal at Nimbus Dam for Municipal and Industrial uses within SMUD’s service area at Rancho Seco in southeastern Sacramento County. 

The Draft Environmental Assessment supporting this contracting action is available for public review at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=11510. Written comments on the Draft EA must be received by close of business Monday, Dec. 17, and should be mailed to Beth Dyer, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, CC-411, Folsom, CA 95630 or emailed to elizabethdyer@usbr.gov. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Dyer at 916-989-7256 (TTY 916-989-7285).

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Relevant Link:

The Draft Environmental Assessment