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Reclamation Announces Availability of the Final EIS on the Coordinated Long-term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project

Media Contact: Shane Hunt, 916-978-5100, shunt@usbr.gov

For Release: November 23, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement that analyzes the impacts of implementing the 2008 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and 2009 National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinions associated with the coordinated long-term operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project.

The FEIS analyzed five alternatives that consider modifications to operational components of the CVP and SWP from both the Reasonable and Prudent Alternative’s. Continued operation of the CVP and the SWP is necessary to provide river regulation, improvement of navigation; flood control; water supply for irrigation and domestic uses; fish and wildlife mitigation, protection, and restoration; fish and wildlife enhancement and power generation. The CVP and SWP facilities also provide recreation benefits and must meet water rights and water quality requirements.

Hard copies of the FEIS can be reviewed at Bureau of Reclamation, MP Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento CA 95825 or MP Bay-Delta Office, 801 I Street, Suite 140, Sacramento, CA 95814. Please call in advance to make an appointment at the Regional Office (916-978-5100) or the Bay Delta Office (916-414-2424) and reference press release number MP-15-125.

The FEIS may be viewed online at: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=21883. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

Reclamation will not make a decision on the proposed action until at least 30 days after release of the FEIS. After a 30-day waiting period, Reclamation will complete a Record of Decision. The ROD will state the action that will be implemented and will discuss all factors leading to the decision.

For additional information, please contact Patti Idlof, Acting Conservation and Conveyance Division Chief, Bay-Delta Office, Bureau of Reclamation at pidlof@usbr.gov, or by phone at 916-414-2404 (TTY 800-877-8339).

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