News Release Archive

Reclamation Announces Public Comment for Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation Draft EIS to End on October 27, 2014

Media Contact: Erin Curtis, 916 978 5100, 10/03/2014 18:42

For Release: October 03, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation for public comment on September 5, 2014. The DEIS describes possible benefits and impacts of increasing water storage through a proposed dam and reservoir on the upper San Joaquin River, about 25 miles northeast of Fresno in California’s Central Valley. Public comments will be accepted until Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, consistent with the Environmental Protection Agency Notice of Availability.

Public hearings on the Draft EIS to gather public comments are scheduled as follows:

Sacramento, California Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m. -- 3 p.m. Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region 2800 Cottage Way Cafeteria Conference Rooms 1001-1002 Sacramento, CA 95825

Fresno, California Thursday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. -- 8 p.m. Piccadilly Inn 2305 West Shaw Ave. Fresno, CA 93711

Comments should be mailed to Melissa Harris, Project Manager, Reclamation, Planning Division, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825-1893, faxed to 916-978-5094, or emailed to Comments may also be typed into a form on the project website at All comments will be considered during preparation of the Final EIS.

For questions, please contact Harris at 916-978-5075 (TTY 800-877-8339).

The Draft EIS is available on Reclamation’s website:

To request an electronic copy of the draft document, please contact Steve Geissinger in Reclamation’s Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 or email

Copies of the documents may also be viewed at the Reclamation Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, by calling 916-978-5593. For more information about the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation, please visit

# # #

The Bureau of Reclamation is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of the Interior and is the nation's largest wholesale water supplier and second largest producer of hydroelectric power. Our facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation opportunities, and environmental benefits. Visit our website at and follow us on Twitter @USBR; Facebook @bureau.of.reclamation; LinkedIn @Bureau of Reclamation; Instagram @bureau_of_reclamation; and YouTube @reclamation.