Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents Available for Warren Act Contracts for Conveyance of Groundwater in Colusa and Tehama County Canals

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

For Release: April 12, 2013

SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation today released for public review draft environmental documents for approval to enter into five-year contracts for conveyance of groundwater in Central Valley Project facilities, specifically, the Tehama-Colusa and Corning Canals, when capacity is available.
The contracts would be with seven or more of the 17 water districts served by the canals. This action would be to allow groundwater to be delivered to other areas within each district’s boundary to supplement diminished CVP water supplies, as needed, for contract water years 2013 through 2017. The quantity of groundwater pumped into the canals would not exceed a combined total of 44,000 acre-feet. 

The Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact 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 e-mail
Written comments must be received by close of business May 13, 2013 and should be sent to Paul Zedonis, Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard, Shasta Lake, CA 96019. Comments may also be faxed to Zedonis at 530-276-2005 or e-mailed to

For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA and FONSI, please contact Zedonis at 530-276-2047, TTY 530-275-8991. Copies of the draft documents may also be viewed at Reclamation's Northern California Area Office at the above address.

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Relevant Link:

The Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact