Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Lewiston Orchards Project Water Exchange and Title Transfer

Media Contact: Annette Ross, (208) 378-5322, 02/27/2017 15:13

For Release: February 27, 2017

LEWISTON, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation released today a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Lewiston Orchards Project Water Exchange and Title Transfer.

Reclamation requested public review and comment on the Draft EA from Aug. 12 to Sept. 12, 2016. In response to comments, Reclamation provided clarifications and expanded discussion in various sections in the Final EA.

Based upon the analysis of environmental impacts, Reclamation has selected the Preferred Alternative (Alternative B—Well Field Construction, Full Groundwater Exchange, and Title Transfer) for implementation.

To view the Final EA and FONSI, along with project updates and schedule information, please visit Reclamation’s website at https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/lop/. Hard copies of the Final EA are available upon request by contacting Mr. Jim Taylor at jbtaylor@usbr.gov, by mail at the Bureau of Reclamation, Snake River Area Office, 230 Collins Road, Boise, Idaho, 83702 or by phone at (208) 383-2260.

The Lewiston Orchards Project is located near Lewiston, Idaho. Project facilities include Reservoir A (Mann Lake), Soldiers Meadow Reservoir, Lake Waha, four diversion structures, several feeder canals, and a system for distributing irrigation water.

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Relevant Link:

https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/lop/