Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for Colusa Indian Community Council’s Compton Diversion Fish Screen Project

Media Contact: Louis Moore, 916-978-5100

For Release: August 28, 2014

COLUSA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Colusa Indian Community Council’s Compton Diversion Fish Screen Project, located near the town of Colusa.

Reclamation proposes to provide cost-share funding to CICC through the Anadromous Fish Screen Program to screen CICC’s existing 22 cubic feet per second unscreened diversion on the Sacramento River with a conical fish screen that meets the National Marine Fisheries Service’s and California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s design requirements. The Project is needed to minimize diversion impacts to out-migrating anadromous fish on the Sacramento River without impairing the ability of CICC to divert water, consistent with their existing water rights. The fish screen would be placed at the existing intake off the river and would not increase CICC’s overall diversion capacity from the Sacramento River.

The AFSP’s involvement is limited to contributing up to 50 percent of the cost of the Project’s fish screen intake and pumping facility. The funding will be provided by Reclamation under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Section 3406(b)(21), which authorizes the Department of the Interior to develop and implement measures to avoid losses of juvenile anadromous fish resulting from unscreened diversions on the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and their tributaries.

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

Please send written comments to Shelly Hatleberg, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, by close of business Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Comments may also be faxed to Hatleberg at 916-978-5290 or emailed to For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Hatleberg at 916-978-5050. Copies of the Draft EA may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Sacramento office at the above address.

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