Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents on Patterson Irrigation District Two-Drains Project

Media Contact: Shana Kaplan, 916-978-5100

For Release: June 17, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review an Environmental Assessment/Initial Study of a proposed grant to Patterson Irrigation District to help construct three pump stations and four pipelines to reduce the discharge of agricultural drainage flows.

About 20,000 linear feet of pipeline would be constructed to capture drain water from the Marshall Road Drain and Spanish Land Grant Drain and recirculate approximately 5,000 acre-feet per year of drainage water into the PID irrigation system as a supplemental water supply. Reclamation would help fund the Proposed Project with $1,500,000 in grant funds through the WaterSMART grant program. 

WaterSMART is the U.S. Department of the Interior’s sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. Through WaterSMART grants, Reclamation provides 50/50 cost-share funding to irrigation and water districts, tribes, states and other entities with water or power delivery authority. To learn more about WaterSMART, please visit .

The EA/IS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act and may be viewed at If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or email

Written comments should be sent to Doug Kleinsmith, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may be emailed to or faxed to 916-978-5055. Comments must be received by close of business Friday, July 18.

For additional information or to receive a copy of the EA/IS, please contact Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional office at the above address.

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