Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents on Fresno County Water Works District No. 18

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

For Release: May 10, 2013

FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact on a proposed effort by Fresno County Water Works District No. 18.

The proposed effort consists of the inclusion of 523.8 acres of the Friant Ranch Specific Plan area into FCWW 18’s service area; permanent transfer of up to 2,000 acre-feet per year of Lower Tule River Irrigation District’s Friant Division Central Valley Project water to FCWW 18; modification of existing infrastructure located near Friant Dam; and execution of a perpetual agreement with FCWW 18 for operation and maintenance of Reclamation-owned facilities.

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

Comments must be received by close of business Monday, June 10, and should be mailed to Charles Siek, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721, emailed to, or faxed to 559-487-5397.

For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Siek at 559-487-5138 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address.

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