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Released On: March 11, 2005

Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Water Acquisition from Kern-Tulare Water District
The Bureau of Reclamation has made available for public review and comment the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Reclamation's purchase of temporary water supplies from Kern-Tulare Water District to be exchanged for 20,000 acre feet from Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District for delivery to San Joaquin Valley wildlife refuges. The acquired water will be used to provide critical wetland habitats at the refuges as authorized under Section 3406(d)(2) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act.

The Draft EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The EA describes the potential environmental impacts, both beneficial and adverse, associated with the proposed action.

The draft environmental documents are available for a 21 day public review and comment period which ends March 31, 2005. Comments should be sent to: Mr. James McCray, Bureau of Reclamation, MP-410, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825-1898.

To request a copy of the draft documents, contact Mr. McCray at 916-978-5255, TDD 916-978 5608, or via e-mail at jmccray@mp.usbr.gov. For additional information, please contact Mr. Dan Meier, at 916-978 5264, TDD 916-978 5608. The draft documents are available online at www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/wap.

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