Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for the Santa Clara Valley Water District's 2017 Pacheco Conduit Maintenance Project

Media Contact: Russell Grimes, 916-978-5100, rwgrimes@usbr.gov

For Release: April 07, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed Santa Clara Valley Water District's 2017 Pacheco Conduit Maintenance Project.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District has requested authorization from Reclamation to perform inspections, conduct routine maintenance and to rehabilitate the Pacheco Conduit, Santa Clara Conduit and Santa Clara Tunnel. This is necessary to increase reliability and functionality, and to ensure these facilities continue to transport water between the San Luis Reservoir and Santa Clara and San Benito counties.

The Draft EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=28194. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

Comments are due by Friday, April 21, 2017, please email comments to slholt@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to Stacy Holt, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to Holt at 559-487-5927.

For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Holt at 559-487-5295 (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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