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Released On: July 30, 2004

Environmental Documents Available for the Renewal of the Sacramento River Division CVP Long-Term Water Service Contracts
The Bureau of Reclamation announces the availability of the Draft Revised Environmental Assessment EA) and the Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed Central Valley Project CVP) long-term water service contracts between Reclamation and the Sacramento River Division Contractors. The Sacramento River Division includes the Tehama-Colusa Canal Unit, Corning Canal Unit, and the Black Butte Unit of the CVP. The proposed contracts are for the delivery of up to 322,000 acre-feet of CVP water to the Sacramento River Division contractors for 25 years or 40 years. The 25-year renewal period applies to contracts with agricultural uses or a combination of agricultural/municipal and industrial (M&I) uses. The 40-year renewal period applies to contracts with M&I uses only.

The Draft Revised EA and Draft FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available for a 30-day public review and comment period. The documents are available online at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/index.html, click on Draft EAs/FONSIs and scroll to Sacramento River Division. The draft documents may also be reviewed at Reclamation's Red Bluff Division Office, 22500 Altube Road, Red Bluff, California, 530-529-3890.

Written comments must be received by close of business on Monday, August 30, 2004, and should be sent to: Ms. Basia Trout, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 159, Red Bluff CA 96080. Comments may also be faxed to Ms. Trout at 530-528-0612 or 530-529-3895, or e-mailed to btrout@mp.usbr.gov. For additional information or to request a copy of the Revised Draft EA, please contact Ms. Trout at 530-528-0512.

On July 2, 2004, a 60-day public review and comment period was initiated for the associated long-term CVP water service contracts for the Black Butte Unit, Tehama-Colusa Canal Unit, and the Corning Canal Unit. The forms of contract are available on-line at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/index.html, click on 2004 Forms of Contract.

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