Draft Environmental Assessment Available on Reclamation Contracts with Conaway Preservation Group, LLC and the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100

For Release: July 29, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the execution of an amendatory Sacramento River Settlement Contract between the United States and the Conaway Preservation Group, LLC and the execution of a Sacramento River Settlement Contract between the United States and the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency.

The purpose of the Proposed Action is for the Clean Water Agency (CWA) to be able to exercise its water right under State Water Resources Control Board Permit 20281, which provides for a reliable source of high-quality surface water for the CWA. The CWA is converting its water supply from groundwater to surface water through implementation of the Davis Woodland Water Supply Project. The CWA has obtained Permit 20281 issued by the SWRCB for diversions from the Sacramento River. Reclamation would execute the proposed contracts to recognize the water rights changes approved by the State Water Resources Control Board in 2012 authorizing the conveyance to CWA by Conaway Preservation Group (CPG) of CPG’s interest in 10,000 acre feet of Sacramento River water made available under CPG’s state water rights licenses. CPG would not reduce its demand for water, and would pump 10,000 acre-feet of groundwater to replace the surface water during Term 91 conditions on the Sacramento River.

The Draft EA was developed to meet requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and are available for review at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=14441. If you encounter problems accessing documents online, please contact the public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

Written comments on the Draft EA are due by close of business Wednesday, August 28, 2013, and should be mailed to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825; or email bhubbard@usbr.gov or faxed to 916-978-5290. For a copy of the documents or for additional information, please contact Hubbard at 916-978-5204 (TTY 916-978-5608).

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Draft Environmental Assessment