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Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Transfer of Up to 1,500 Acre-Feet of Replacement Water from Patterson Irrigation District to Westlands Water District

Media Contact: Louis Moore, 916-978-5100,

For Release: January 22, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released environmental documents for public review for the transfer of up to 1,500 acre-feet of replacement water from Patterson Irrigation District to Westlands Water District.

Reclamation proposes to approve PID’s transfer of up to 1,500 acre-feet of its replacement water to WWD for the remainder of the 2013 contract water year. WWD would take delivery of 1,500 acre-feet no later than February 28, 2014.

The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available online at If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail

Please email comments to Ben Lawrence, Bureau of Reclamation, at Written comments may also be mailed to Lawrence, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397.

Comments are due by February 5, 2014. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address.

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