Reclamation Releases Environmental Document on Tulare Irrigation District WaterSMART Funding Grant for Visalia Water Conservation Project and 25-year Exchange with the City of Visalia

Media Contact: Mat Maucieri, 916-978-5100

For Release: July 25, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment of a proposed WaterSMART grant of $696,000 to Tulare Irrigation District to help fund the proposed construction of a 8,300-foot-long water conservation and reuse pipeline to convey a portion of the tertiary treated wastewater from the City of Visalia’s newly upgraded Water Conservation Plant. The treated wastewater would be used by TID’s customers.

Reclamation would also approve a 25-year exchange of a portion of the City’s treatment plant water for a portion of TID’s Central Valley Project water.

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. Additional WaterSMART information is available at

The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email

Comments must be received by close of business Monday, August 11, 2014. 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.

For additional information or to receive a copy of the Draft EA, 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 or at Reclamation’s fresno office at 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721.

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Draft EA