Reclamation releases draft EA/IS for Sutter National Wildlife Refuge Lift Station Project

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

For Release: June 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and its partners, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited Inc., propose to construct the Sutter National Wildlife Refuge Lift Station Project.

The proposed project would further the Refuge Water Supply Program goals and objectives by improving the refuge’s water availability. The lift station would allow the maximum Level 4 refuge water supplies to be delivered to the refuge, and is versatile enough to efficiently handle a wide range of flow rates to satisfy diverse wildlife habitat management goals.

The proposed project consists of the following elements: (1) construction of a lift station with four vertical-turbine pumps located approximately 200 feet upstream of California Department of Water Resources’ Weir No. 2 structure and on the west side of the East Borrow Ditch; (2) installation of approximately 700 feet of 54-inch diameter buried pipeline from the proposed pump station to a new concrete distribution box; (3) construction of a new concrete distribution box connected to the new buried pipeline and existing internal refuge water conveyance facilities; (4) installation of two cylindrical fish screens fitted to the new pump station intakes; (5) improving internal maintenance roads; and (6) installing infrastructure to supply power to the pump station. The above elements are located on lands owned by the USFWS and the state of California.

Reclamation and California Department of Fish and Wildlife are lead federal and state agencies for National Environmental Policy Act and California Environmental Quality Act, respectively. The document is available at:

Comments are due by Aug. 13, 2018, and can be sent to Shelly Hatleberg at For questions on the project or to request a copy of the document, please contact Hatleberg by email or at 916-978-5050 (TTY 800-877-8339).

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