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Reclamation Release Draft Environmental Documents for South of Delta Accelerated Water Transfer Program

Media Contact: Shane Hunt, 916-978-5100,

For Release: December 22, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. -The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the implementation of an accelerated process for annual water transfers and/or exchanges pursuant to Section 3405(a) of the CVPIA for Contract Years 2016 through 2020 (March 1, 2016 to February 29, 2021).

The accelerated process would continue previous accelerated programs allowing timely water management between South of Delta Central Valley Project contractors to meet agricultural demands and/or municipal and industrial or other water requirements.

The Draft EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 or email

Comments are due by Friday, January 22, 2016. Please email comments to Written comments may also be mailed to Molly Burns, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-3000.

For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Burns at 559-487-5531 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address.

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