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Released On: March 10, 2014

Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for New Connection to Hollister Conduit for West Hills Water Treatment Plant
FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a new connection to the Hollister Conduit as proposed by the San Benito County Water District.

The connection would allow delivery of SBCWD’s Central Valley Project water to a new municipal Water Treatment Plant serving the Hollister urbanized area. The main components of the proposed West Hills WTP project include construction and operation of a raw water pump station, the West Hills WTP itself, and raw and treated water transmission pipelines.

The Draft 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=16641. 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 Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397. Comments are due by April 9, 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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