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Draft Environmental Documents Available for Santa Clara Conduit Maintenance and Repairs Project

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100 TTY 916-978-5608 ,
Rain Healer, 559-487-5196 TTY 800-735-2929,

For Release: January 11, 2011

The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Santa Clara Conduit Maintenance and Repairs Project.  The purpose of the proposed action is to implement routine and preventative maintenance on the water conveyance system.  The maintenance is needed to meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District's obligations of reliable water service and delivery.

Reclamation's Santa Clara Conduit is operated and maintained by the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Reclamation is proposing that the district shut down, inspect, repair, and refill the conduit.  Any water deliveries needed during this proposed action would be accomplished through local and state water sources. 

The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (Draft EA/FONSI) was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available online at online.  If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail

Written comments must be received by close of business on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, and should be sent to Rain Healer, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721.  Comments may also be faxed to Ms. Healer at 559-487-5196 or sent via e-mail to  For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Ms. Healer at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929).  Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI also may be viewed at Reclamation's Fresno office.

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NEPA Document