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Released On: May 24, 2013

Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on Five-Year Warren Act Contracts for Conveyance of Groundwater in the Tehama-Colusa and Corning Canals

SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the approval of five-year Warren Act contracts for conveyance of non-Central Valley Project groundwater in the Tehama-Colusa and Corning canals in Northern California, when excess capacity is available. The 30-day public comment period for the Draft EA and FONSI ended on May 13; no comments were received.

The contracts will be with seven or more of the 17 water districts served by the Sacramento Canals Unit of the CVP for a five-year period beginning with Water Contract Year 2013. A combined total of up to 44,000 acre-feet could be transported in each year. Groundwater would be pumped from existing wells and conveyed through existing facilities.

The Final Environmental Assessment and Findings of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=13151. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and FONSI, please contact Paul Zedonis at 530-276-2047 (TTY530-275-8991) or pzedonis@usbr.gov.

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