Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Temporary Change in Water Quality Requirements for Groundwater Introduced into Upper Portion of Delta-Mendota Canal

Media Contact: Matthew Maucieri, 916-978-5100

For Release: August 08, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation today released final environmental documents for the proposed approval of a temporary change in the maximum acceptable concentration of selenium for groundwater introduced into the upper portion of the Delta-Mendota Canal through Aug. 30, 2014.

The proposed action is in response to drought conditions in the San Joaquin Valley.

These introductions would only occur prior to the fall delivery season for refuges as agreed to by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Grasslands Water District. 

The Final Environmental Assessment and Findings 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 document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email

For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and/or FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196, TTY 800-735-2929. 

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