Released On: August 22, 2003
Under the proposed action, Reclamation and RD 770 would enter into a long-term operations contract for emergency flood control to use excess capacity in the Friant-Kern Canal to accept floodwaters from the Kings, Kaweah, and Tule Rivers to protect downstream agricultural lands. Reclamation and RD 770 would also enter into a long-term license agreement for the construction, maintenance, storage, and operations of structures and in-place pumping equipment on Federally owned lands. The proposed action is needed to reduce or avoid flood-related damages and losses in the Tulare Lake Basin and other downstream lands from flood flows originating in the Kings, Kaweah, and Tule Rivers.
Up to 300,000 acre-feet of floodwaters may be collectively diverted from these rivers within a single water year. RD 770 has pumped varying amounts of floodwater on eight occasions under separate Warren Act Contracts. Future diversions would likely occur, on average, every 3 to 4 years based on historical frequency. The proposed action would provide better planning and management of emergency diversions under the long-term contract and license.
For additional information or to obtain copies of the Draft EA, please contact Ms. Lynne Silva at Reclamation's Fresno office at 559-487-5807, TDD 559-487-5933. Copies of the Draft EA may be viewed at Reclamation's South-Central California Area Office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. Written comments must be received by close of business Tuesday, September 30, 2003. Send written comments to Ms. Silva at the above address, or via electronic mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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