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Reclamation and Contra Costa Water District Release Environmental Documents for Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project; Public Hearings Scheduled

Media Contact: , , 02/23/2009 17:45

For Release: February 23, 2009

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Pete Lucero Bureau of Reclamation 916-978-5100 plucero@mp.usbr.gov 
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Jennifer Allen Contra Costa Water District 925-688-8041 jallen@ccwater.com
 
The Bureau of Reclamation and the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) have released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the potential Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project (Project).  The Draft EIS/EIR evaluates the potential effects of the alternatives to expand Los Vaqueros Reservoir.  The document is part of an ongoing feasibility study to determine the type and extent of Federal, State, and local interest in a potential Project.  A Draft Feasibility Report (FR) will be published separately later this year.  A Final FR and Final EIS/EIR are scheduled to be completed by September 2010 and would be the basis for decision making for the Federal, State, and local agencies.

The expansion of Los Vaqueros Reservoir is one of five water storage projects identified for further investigation as part of the CALFED Storage Program that is included in the CALFED Programmatic Record of Decision.  The purpose of expanding Los Vaqueros Reservoir, located in Contra Costa County, California, is to develop water supplies for environmental water management, increase water supply reliability for water providers in the San Francisco Bay Area, and improve the quality of water deliveries to municipal and industrial customers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Five public hearings are scheduled to receive verbal and written comments on the Draft EIS/EIR.  The first hour will consist of a 45-minute open house with participants viewing Project information and interacting with the Project team, followed by a brief presentation.  The second hour will consist of a formal hearing.  The hearings are scheduled:

Sacramento
Livermore
Dublin
Monday, March 23, 2009
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Bonderson Hearing Room 102A/B,
901 P Street
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Zone 7 Board Room,
100 North Canyon Parkway
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Thursday, March 26, 2009
6:30-8:30 p.m.,
Dublin/San Ramon Servs District Board Room
7051 Dublin Blvd
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Concord
Oakley 
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Heald College and Conference Center
5130 Commercial Circle
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Thursday, April 2, 2009
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Ironhouse Elementary Multi-purpose Room
4801 Frank Hengel Way
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The Draft EIS/EIR is available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=903  If you encounter problems accessing documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail ibr2mprpao@mp.usbr.gov.

Written comments on the Draft EIS/EIR must be received by close of business Tuesday, April 21, 2009, and should be mailed to Mr. Louis Moore, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-700, Sacramento, CA  95825-1898, or faxed to 916-978-5094.  Printed or CD copies may be requested from Ms. Marguerite Naillon, Project Manager, CCWD, at 925-688-8018 or lvstudies@hotmail.com.  For additional information, please contact Mr. Moore at 916-978-5189 or wmoore@mp.usbr.gov.

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