Extension of Public Scoping Comment Period for Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100

For Release: April 01, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources today extended the public scoping comment period for the Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage, Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report. Two public scoping meetings were held on Mar 14, 2013, to solicit public input on topics to be considered in the EIS/EIR, including resources to be evaluated, alternatives to be considered and significant concerns and issues. The initial comment period was scheduled to close on Wednesday, April 3.

The EIS/EIR will assess impacts associated with the implementation of actions I.6.1 and I.7 identified in the National Marine Fisheries Service's Reasonable and Prudent Alternative from the “2009 Biological Opinion and Conference Opinion on the Long-term Operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project.” These actions address salmonid habitat restoration within the lower Sacramento River basin and fish passage improvements in the Yolo Bypass.

The NOI/NOP is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/BayDeltaOffice/Documents/yolo.html. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. On the website, you may also sign-up to be added to the mailing list by filling out the form and clicking the submit button.

Written comments must be received by close of business Monday, May 6, and should be sent to Traci Michel, Project Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, Bay-Delta Office, 801 I Street, Suite 140, Sacramento, CA 95814-2536, faxed to 916-414-2439 or emailed to tmichel@usbr.gov.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Michel at 916-414-2420 or Megan Sheely, DWR, FloodSAFE Environmental Stewardship and Statewide Resources Office, Fish Passage Improvement Program, 901 P Street, Room 411A, Sacramento, CA 95814, at 916-651-9623 or Megan.Sheely@water.ca.gov.

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