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Mid-Pacific Region
Sacramento, Calif.
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Jeffrey McCracken
916-978-5100

Released On: October 21, 2003

Public Scoping Meeting Scheduled On The Preparation Of Environmental Document For Water Transfer Program For The San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority
Reclamation and the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority (Exchange Contractors) have scheduled a public scoping meeting to seek public input on the preparation of a joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for a 10-year water transfer program. The public scoping meeting will be held to solicit input on issues and alternatives that should be addressed in the EIS/EIR.

The public scoping meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2003, at 6 p.m., at the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority office boardroom, 541 H Street, in Los Banos, California.

The program would consist of the transfer of up to 130,000 acre-feet annually of substitute 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, to Reclamation for delivery to the San Joaquin Valley wetland habitat areas, and/or to Reclamation and/or the Department of Water Resources for use by the CALFED Environmental Water Account as replacement water for CVP contractors. Reclamation would approve and/or execute water transfers and agreements.

Written comments on issues and alternatives that should be addressed in the EIS/EIR must be received by close of business on Tuesday, November 25, 2003. Send written comments to Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Division of Environmental Affairs, Attention: Mr. Bob Eckart, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California 95825. For additional information, please call Mr. Eckart at 916-978-5051, TDD 916-978-5608.

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