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Released On: March 28, 2005

Record of Decision for the Water Transfer Program for the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority 2005-2014
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority (Exchange Contractors) prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/EIR) dated December 2004. The final EIS/EIR evaluates the transfer of up to 130,000 acre-feet annually of water (maximum of 80,000 acre-feet of developed water and a maximum of 50,000 acre-feet from land fallowing/crop idling) from the Exchange Contractors to other Central Valley Project (CVP) contractors.

The water will be made available for transfer and/or exchange to either the refuges, CVP contractors for municipal/industrial and/or agricultural areas, Reclamation or the California Department of Water Resources for use by the Environmental Water Account in the CVP Delta export service area, or to some combination of these users. The March 2005 Record of Decision (ROD) documents the decision to implement the preferred alternative.

The ROD for the Water Transfer Program for the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority 2005-2014 is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa scroll to Record of Decision. A 45-day public review and comment period for the Draft EIS ended on August 2, 2004, and the Final EIS was made available on December 17, 2004.

For additional information or to request a copy of the ROD, please contact Mr. Robert Eckart at 916-978-5051, or e-mail reckart@mp.usbr.gov. The final EIS/EIR is also available online at www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/documentation.html; click on Water Transfer Program for the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority, 2005 to 2014, EIS/EIR.

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