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Extension of Public Comment Period for Draft EIS on CVP Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy

Media Contact: Erin Curtis, 916-978-5100,

For Release: January 08, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announced today an additional extension of the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Central Valley Project Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy to Friday, March 13, 2015. The extension will allow the public more time to review and to make additional comments on the document. The public comment period was most recently scheduled to end on Friday, Jan. 30. Reclamation initially released the Draft EIS on Nov. 19, 2014 and four public meetings were held in Sacramento, Willows, Fresno, and Oakland to solicit comments on the topics addressed in the Draft EIS.

The purposes of the policy are to: (1) define water shortage terms and conditions applicable to all CVP M&I contractors, as appropriate; (2) establish CVP water supply levels that, together with the M&I contractors' drought water conservation measures and other water supplies, (a) would sustain urban areas during droughts, and (b) during severe or continuing droughts would assist the M&I contractors in their efforts to protect public health and safety; and (3) provide information to M&I contractors for development of drought contingency plans.

The Draft EIS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available online at For additional information, please visit Reclamation’s M&I WSP website at If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email

Hard copies of the documents are available for review at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825; please call 916-978-5593 to request an appointment. The document may also be viewed and at these main libraries: Sacramento, Willows, Fresno, Oakland, and Washington D.C.

Written comments are due by close of business Friday, March 13, 2015, and should be sent to Tim Rust, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, or emailed to, or faxed to 916-978-5290.

For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EIS, please contact Rust using the information provided above or call 916-978-5516 (TTY 800-877-8339); or contact Michael Inthavong at 559-487-5295 (TTY 800-735-2929),, or at 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721.

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Relevant Link:

The Draft EIS

Reclamation’s M&I WSP Website