Media Contact: Jeffrey McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: April 22, 2004

Reclamation has made available the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Pajaro Valley Basin Management Plan Project (Project).

The Project's purpose is to address groundwater overdraft and seawater intrusion problems in the Pajaro Valley Basin. The proposed action is the approval of the connection of a Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency (PVWMA) pipeline to the Santa Clara Conduit; the funding for the design, planning, and construction of a recycled water facility; and the delivery to and use of Central Valley Project (CVP) water in the Pajaro Valley.

The pipeline connection, recycled water facility and the use of CVP water in Pajaro Valley and related impacts were addressed in the Draft EIS. The Draft EIS comment period ended November 21, 2003. The Final EIS contains responses to all comments received and changes to the Draft EIS.

Reclamation will not make a decision on the proposed action until 30 days after release of the Final EIS. After the 30-day waiting period, Reclamation will complete a Record of Decision, which will state the action that will be implemented and will discuss all factors leading to the decision.

Copies of the Final EIS are available at the following locations: Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency, 36 Brennan Street, Watsonville, California 95076, contact Charles McNeish at 805-569-1391; Reclamation's South-Central California Area Office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, California 93721, contact Lynne Silva at 559-487-5807.

For additional information or to request copies of the Final EIS, contact Ms. Silva or Mr. McNeish at the above phone numbers.

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