Reclamation Releases draft environmental documents for six San Luis Unit Central Valley project interim renewal contracts

Media Contact: Erin Curtis, 916-978-5100, eccurtis@usbr.gov

For Release: November 28, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for six San Luis Unit, Central Valley Project Interim Renewal Contracts for the Westlands Water District.

The contracts include Westland’s primary contract and five contract assignments, one of which involves an agreement amongst Westlands, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency.

Interim renewal contracts provide a bridge between the expiration of the original long-term water service contracts and the long-term renewal of those contracts, consistent with section 3404(c)(1) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act. Each of the interim renewal contracts would be renewed for up to two years beginning March 1, 2018.

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=30701.If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

Comments are due by close of business, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. Written comments may be mailed to Kate Connor, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or emailed to mconnor@usbr.gov or faxed to 559-487-5927.

For additional information please contact Kate Connor at 559-487-5504 (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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