Reclamation releases final environmental documents for the Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District’s Kern River water use

Media Contact: Erin Curtis, 916-978-5100,

For Release: December 22, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed introduction and conveyance of up to 5,000 acre-feet per year of Kern River water in the Friant-Kern Canal for use within Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District over a five-year period.

The Final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at

For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and/or FONSI, please contact Jennifer Lewis at 559-487-5197 (TTY 800-877-8339).

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