Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Westlands Water District Warren Act Contract

Media Contact: Margaret Gidding, 916-978-5100

For Release: March 07, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the draft environmental documents for a five-year Warren Act contract to be issued to Westlands Water District. Due to drought conditions, WWD needs to convey non-Central Valley Project supplies to existing crops within their district that are in need of supplemental irrigation water. The Warren Act authorizes Reclamation to enter into contracts to impound, store, or convey non-Project water in federal facilities, when excess capacity is available.

Within the WWD, various well owners would be allowed to pump up to a total of 10,000 acre-feet per year of groundwater into the Coalinga Canal. The non-CVP water would then be conveyed to WWD turnouts and diverted to its existing distribution system.

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 If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail

Comments are due by April 8. Please email comments to Ben Lawrence, Bureau of Reclamation at Written comments may also be mailed to the Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397. 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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