Reclamation released draft environmental documents for Harris Farms and Shows Family Farms multi-year banking and transfer program

Media Contact: Erin Curtis, 916-978-5100

For Release: February 15, 2018

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 approval of annual transfers of up to 15,000 acre-feet per year of available Central Valley Project water supplies over a nine-year period.

Central Valley Project contractors would transfer water to Harris Farms and Shows Family Farms either for direct agricultural use on their lands located within Westlands Water District, San Luis Water District, and Semitropic Water Storage District, or for banking in Semitropic and/or the Kern Water Bank for later use on their lands within those same districts.

The documents are available at

Comments are due by Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Please email comments to Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to Emerson at 559-487-5927.

For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the documents may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address.

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