Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Renewal of License to Store Soil on Reclamation Property

Media Contact: Louis Moore, 916-978-5100

For Release: July 03, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a license for the California Department of Water Resources to store excess soil on Reclamation property.

The renewed license authorizes DWR to continue storing excess soil on Reclamation property at the intersection of Old River, the Delta-Mendota Canal and Grant Line Canal near the Clifton Court Forebay in San Joaquin County.

DWR periodically produces excess soil as a result of various projects along nearby waterways, and has a need to store it for beneficial use at a later time. The license would allow DWR to place this material on Reclamation-owned land for a period of five years.

The documents were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail  For additional information or to request a copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Ben Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the documents may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address.

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