Environmental Documents Available for the Buena Vista Water Storage District Water Use and Irrigation Efficiency Project

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916 978 5100

For Release: November 21, 2012

FRESNO, Calif. -- Reclamation has released for public review environmental documents regarding proposed water distribution improvements within Kern County that would be funded in part by a grant from WaterSMART’s Bay-Delta Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Program.

The Buena Vista Water Storage District plans to reduce seepage and evaporation losses by installing equipment such as metered turnouts, automated control structures and flow meters. WaterSMART is a federal cost-share funding program established to help provide a sustainable water supply for the nation.

The Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=9870.

If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

Written comments must be received by close of business December 6, 2012, and should be sent to Michael Inthavong, Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95285. Comments may also be faxed to Inthavong at 916-978-5055 or e-mailed to minthavong@usbr.gov. Please contact Inthavong for additional information or to request a copy of the EA/FONSI.

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