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Jeffrey S. McCracken
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Released On: January 05, 2006

Public Scoping Meetings Scheduled on the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Investigation

The Bureau of Reclamation, along with Contra Costa Water District, will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Investigation.  A Notice of Intent to prepare the EIS was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, December 20, 2005.  Contra Costa Water District is the lead agency for preparation of the EIR.

Four public scoping meetings are being held to solicit public input.  Topics to be addressed in the EIS/EIR include: resources to be evaluated, alternatives to be considered, and significant concerns and issues.  The meetings will begin with a 45-minute open house during which participants will have the opportunity to interact directly with the study team, followed by a brief presentation by the lead agencies.  The second hour of the scoping meetings will consist of a facilitated comment period.  The meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Department of Water Resources Bonderson Building, 901 P Street, Public Hearing Room first floor, Sacramento
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 6 to 8 p.m., Legion Hall, Veteran’s Memorial Building, 403 West 6th Street, Antioch
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2006, 6 to 8 p.m., Martinelli Event Center, Agricultural Center, 3585 Greenville Road, Livermore
  • Thursday, January 26, 2006, 6 to 8 p.m., Contra Costa Water District, 1331 Concord Ave., Concord

The EIS/EIR will evaluate expanding the existing Los Vaqueros Reservoir and alternatives to improve water supply reliability and water quality for Bay Area water users, particularly those receiving water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and whether it can contribute to a lower cost implementation of the Environmental Water Account. 

Written comments on the scope of the environmental document are due by close of business February 28, 2006, and should be sent to Ms. Patricia Roberson, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento CA  95825-1898.  For additional information, please contact Ms. Roberson at 916-978-5074, TDD 916-978-5608, or proberson@mp.usbr.gov.  For more information, visit http://www.usbr.gov/mp/vaqueros or http://www.lvstudies.com.

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