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Draft EA/FONSI Available for the Installation and Rehabilitation of Stream Gages on the San Joaquin River

Media Contact: Michelle H. Light, 916-978-5100, mlight@mp.usbr.gov

For Release: October 31, 2008

The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the installation and rehabilitation of stream gages on the San Joaquin River in Fresno and Madera Counties, California.

Reclamation proposes to rehabilitate and retrofit existing stream gage stations at the Bifurcation Control Structure and downstream, and to install two monitoring stations at two points downstream.

The project is needed for measuring, monitoring, and reporting current flows and potential flood flows on the San Joaquin River, as well as in preparation of meeting the San Joaquin River litigation Settlement requirements for the measurement of restoration flows. The stream gage stations will supply timely real-time flood management information necessary for protecting life and property. In addition, they will provide San Joaquin River real-time water quality data, essential for San Joaquin River and Delta water quality modeling efforts.

The Draft EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=3453. If you encounter problems accessing documents online, please contact Ms. Lynnette Wirth at 916-978-5102 or lwirth@mp.usbr.gov.

The draft documents are available for a 30-day public review and comment period. Comments are due by close of business Friday, December 5, 2008, and should be mailed to Ms. Laura Myers at the Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721, faxed to 559-487-5397, or e-mailed to lmyers@mp.usbr.gov. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA and FONSI, please contact Ms. Myers at 559-487-5179 or TDD 559-487-5933. The documents may also be viewed at Reclamation's Fresno office at 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA.

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