Comment Period Extended For The Public Review Of The Draft Battle Creek Salmon And Steelhead Restoration Project Environmental Document

Media Contact: Jeffrey McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: September 05, 2003

Reclamation, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have extended the public review and comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project (Restoration Project).

Written comments on the Draft EIS/EIR must be received by close of business Thursday, October 16, 2003. Send written comments to: Ms. Mary Marshall, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento CA 95825, and Mr. Jim Canaday, State Water Resources Control Board, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Reclamation is the lead Federal agency for the National Environmental Policy Act, FERC is a cooperating Federal agency, and SWRCB is the lead State agency for the California Environmental Quality Act. The proposed CALFED-supported Restoration Project would restore approximately 42 miles of habitat in Battle Creek, a tributary to the Sacramento River, and an additional 6 miles of habitat in its tributaries, while minimizing the loss of renewable energy produced by the Battle Creek Hydroelectric Project, owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

The Draft EIS/EIR addresses the impacts of project construction and operation on fisheries; botanical, wetland, and wildlife resources; hydrology; power generation and economics; water quality; ground water; land use; socioeconomics; geology and soils; aesthetics and visual resources; transportation; noise; air quality; public health and safety; public services and utilities; recreation; cultural resources; environmental justice; and Indian trust assets.

For additional information or to request a copy of the draft document, please contact Ms. Marshall at 916-978-5248, TDD 916-978-5608, or e-mail at; or Mr. Canaday at 916-341-5308 or e-mail at

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