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Pioneer Irrigation District Title Transfer Proposal
Environmental Assessment & FONSI

The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed transfer of title for about 75 miles of irrigation drains and certain federal facilities to the Pioneer Irrigation District in Canyon County, Idaho.

The title transfer proposal is limited to facilities and related property interests which have traditionally been operated and maintained by PID since their construction by Reclamation in the early 1900s. These facilities represent approximately 35 percent of the total drainage system currently operated and maintained by PID.  PID has fully paid off its repayment obligations for the federally-owned portion of the drainage system; however, title remains with the U.S. Government.

The transfer proposal is in keeping with Reclamation's goal of increasing the cost-effectiveness of its operations. The facilities are drainage channels and associated rights-of-way and easements. The proposal does not include water rights, storage rights, water management agreements, or facilities maintained by other entities.
Authority to transfer title can only be granted to Reclamation by the US Congress. The National Environmental Policy Act requires Reclamation to evaluate the environmental impacts resulting from this action.

Reclamation issued a Draft EA for the proposed title transfer on August 13, 2007, for public review. The Final EA and the FONSI address comments received on the Draft EA and were prepared in accordance with the NEPA.

 
Documents
12/2007 Pioneer Irrigation District Proposed Title Transfer EA and FONSI PDF 4.80 mb
     
Contact  
Gretchen Fitzgerald
Natural Resource Specialist
(208) 383-2231
gfitzgerald@usbr.gov

Bureau of Reclamation
Snake River Area Office
230 Collins Road
Boise ID 83702-4520
   

Last Update: October 31, 2013 7:34 AM