Environmental documents completed on two-year pilot study of CVP water for Sutter National Wildlife Refuge

Media Contact: Erin, Curtis, eccurtis@usbr.gov

For Release: September 19, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will enter into a two-year water conveyance pilot study with Reclamation District 1004, to annually convey up to 14,354 acre-feet of Central Valley Project yield to the Sutter National Wildlife Refuge in Sutter County.

Due to infrastructure constraints, Level 2 Refuge Water would be conveyed from the Sacramento River, through RD 1004’s conveyance system, to Butte Creek before reaching the Sutter National Wildlife Refuge boundary. The study is expected to yield sufficient data for Reclamation to determine if the arrangement would be an efficient and reliable method for long-term conveyance of Central Valley Project Improvement Act water supplies for the refuge.

A final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact issued Sept. 18 were developed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=30122.

For questions on the project or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Dan Cordova at dcordova@usbr.gov or (916) 978-5483 (TTY 800-877-8339).

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