Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document on Release of Oakdale Irrigation District, South San Joaquin River Irrigation District Water from New Melones Reservoir

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

For Release: April 03, 2013

FOLSOM, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed release of Oakdale Irrigation District and South San Joaquin River Irrigation District water rights water from New Melones Reservoir into the Stanislaus River to determine effects on environmental resources.

The proposal, which would allow assessment of impacts on downstream fisheries and other environmental factors, is consistent with the 2009 National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion for the Long-Term Operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project.

Up to a total of 80,000 acre-feet would be released in variable flows of up to 2,300 cubic feet per second between April 8, 2013 and May 31, 2013.  
The Draft Environmental Assessment was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email
Please send written comments to Melissa Vignau, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630-1799 by close of business on April 7. Comments may also be faxed to Vignau at 916-989-7208 or emailed to For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Vignau at 916-989-7182.

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The Draft Environmental Assessment