Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District Packwood Creek WaterSMART Project

Media Contact: Margaret Gidding, 916-978-5100

For Release: March 17, 2014

VISALIA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District have released a draft environmental document for the Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District Packwood Creek WaterSMART Grant Project.

The Project occurs at multiple locations within Packwood Creek and is located in the city limits of Visalia, County of Tulare, Calif. The Project would consist of the construction of four new in-channel concrete water control structures and retrofitting one existing water control structure within Packwood Creek for improved recharge to groundwater supplies.

Project construction would take between 90 and 120 days during fall 2014 when water flows are not present within the creek. Reclamation proposes to provide a WaterSMART grant to the district to support construction of the Project.

The Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study is available online at If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or email

The Draft EA/IS was developed to meet requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act. Written comments are due by close of business Friday, April 18 and should be mailed to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, or email to or faxed to 916-978-5290. For a copy of the documents or for additional information, please contact Hubbard at 916-978-5204 (TTY 800-877-8339).

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Relevant Link:

Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study