Reclamation Extends Comment Period on Draft Environmental Documents Regarding Water Transfers from Central California Irrigation District’s Central Valley Project Water Over Five-Year Period

Media Contact: Margaret Gidding, 916-978-5100

For Release: April 16, 2014

FRESNO, Calif.The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the period for comments on the availability of draft environmental documents assessing the proposed annual transfers of up to 20,500 acre-feet of Central California Irrigation District’s Central Valley Project water, over a five-year period, to Del Puerto Water District, Panoche Water District, San Luis Water District and Westlands Water District.

The proposed transfers would occur from April through December of each year in which water is transferred. In order to make CCID’s CVP water supplies available for the transfers, common landowners in the water districts would pump a like-amount of groundwater for use in CCID in lieu of receiving the CVP supplies.

The Draft Environmental Assessment  and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at  If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail

Please email comments to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation at Written comments may also be mailed to Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to Emerson at 559-487-5397. Comments are due by April 24, 2014. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (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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