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Released On: August 13, 2013

Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Transfer of Up to 15,000 Acre-Feet from Merced Irrigation District to Westlands Water District and San Luis Water District

FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review draft environmental documents for a Warren Act contract for transfer of up to 15,000 acre-feet of water from Merced Irrigation District to Westlands Water District and/or San Luis Water District.

Reclamation proposes to approve a Warren Act Contract for the delivery, in the water year ending February 28, 2014, of up to 15,000 acre-feet of Merced Irrigation District’s non-federal water to Westlands Water District and/or San Luis Water District. The water would be released from storage in Lake McClure/New Exchequer Dam and conveyed in the San Joaquin River to Westlands and/or San Luis Water District by way of Patterson Irrigation District.

The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) 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=14601. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

Please email comments to Ben Lawrence, Bureau of Reclamation at blawrence@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to Ben Lawrence, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397. Comments are due by August 27, 2013. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (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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