Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents to Supplement the South-of-Delta Accelerated Water Transfer

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

For Release: August 05, 2013

FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation today released final environmental documents to
implement an accelerated water acquisition program for wildlife refuges pursuant to the Central Valley Project Improvement Act.

Reclamation will purchase Central Valley Project water annually from willing South-of-Delta contractors and/or Cross Valley contractors. Purchased water will be delivered to the wildlife refuges through existing facilities. No construction or modification of facilities will be needed for delivery of this water. Transfers and exchanges will be limited to a total of 150,000 acre-feet annually.

The Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were
prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at
http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=6977.

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 Nick Kilb at nkilb@usbr.gov, 559-487-5044, or TTY 800-735-2929. Copies of the documents may
also be viewed at Reclamation's Fresno South-Central California Area Office, 1243 N Street,
Fresno, CA 93721.

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National Environmental Policy Act