Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on 2013 Central Valley Project Water Transfers

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100

For Release: June 21, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation today released the final environmental documents for the transfer of Central Valley Project water by CVP contractors located north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The water will be purchased by up to 10 San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority member agencies located south of the Delta.

The proposed action includes groundwater substitution transfers in 2013 that require Reclamation’s approval. The transfers involve Base Supply and/or Project Water from eight entities with Sacramento River Settlement Contracts located north of the Delta; a total of up to 37,715 acre-feet of water could be made available for transfer. Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources are currently evaluating each transfer proposal individually to determine if it meets state law and/or Central Valley Project Improvement Act requirements.

The Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available for review at If you encounter problems accessing documents online, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 or email

For additional information or to request copies of the documents, please contact Brad Hubbard at 916-978-5204 or email

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Relevant Link:

The Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact