Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Transfer of Up to 442 Acre-Feet of Replacement Water

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

For Release: January 28, 2013

FRESNO, Calif. ­­– The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for the transfer of up to 442 acre-feet of water from Patterson Irrigation District to Del Puerto Irrigation District.

As a result of a settlement reached between PID and Reclamation for the construction of Friant Dam and partial obstruction of natural flow from the San Joaquin River, PID receives replacement water from Reclamation via the Delta-Mendota Canal. Reclamation is proposing to approve PID’s delivery of up to 442 acre-feet of that replacement water to DPWD for the remainder of the 2012 contract water year, which ends Feb. 28, 2013.

The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were released for public comment from Dec. 11, 2012 to Jan. 11, 2013. No comments were received.

The Final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or email

For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and FONSI, please contact Ben Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the documents may also be viewed at Reclamation's Fresno office at 1243 “N” Street Fresno, CA 93721.

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Relevant Link:

The Final EA and FONSI