Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Tranquillity Irrigation District/San Luis Water District Mendota Pool Groundwater Exchange Program

Media Contact: Shana Kaplan, 916-978-5100

For Release: June 16, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed series of annual exchanges at the Mendota Pool of up to 7,500 acre-feet of groundwater pumped from Tranquillity Irrigation District’s well field from Contract Year 2014 through 2018.

Groundwater introduced into the Mendota Pool would be used by Reclamation to meet Central Valley Project demands at the Pool. In exchange, a similar amount of CVP water would be delivered to San Luis Water District through existing CVP facilities.

The Draft EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email

Please email comments to Rain Emerson at Comments are due close of business Friday, June 20. Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, 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 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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