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Released On: September 11, 2013

Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the New Melones Lake Concession Development
SONORA, Calif. – Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the New Melones Lake Concession Development.

In 1986, Reclamation contracted for the construction, operation and maintenance of the New Melones Lake Marina at the Glory Hole Recreation Area. The contract expired in Dec. 2012, and the concessionaire is providing services under an interim concession contract.

Reclamation developed the EA to assist with the preparation of a prospectus to plan, authorize and manage future commercial services at New Melones Lake. As part of this planning effort, Reclamation is seeking to provide visitors with new and improved facilities. The existing marina and the boats and house boats moored there are occasionally damaged by strong southwesterly winds, and Reclamation proposes to relocate the marina to a more suitable location within the Glory Hole Recreation Area.

The Draft EA was released for public review and comment on July 17, 2013, and a public Open House was held at the New Melones Lake Visitor Center on July 30. The comment period closed on Aug. 16, 2013.

The Final EA and FONSI 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=14381. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100(TTY 916-978-5608) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and FONSI, please contact Patti Clinton at pclinton@usbr.gov or 916-989-7173. Copies of the documents may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Central California Area Office, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630.

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