Reclamation releases final environmental documents for the Sand Ridge Preserve Habitat Restoration Project

Media Contact: Erin Curtis, 9169785100, eccurtis@usbr.gov

For Release: July 02, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation finalized an Environmental Assessment and signed a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Sand Ridge Preserve Habitat Restoration Project.

Reclamation proposes to provide $254,161 to the Center for Natural Lands Management to conduct a habitat restoration project on 19 acres of the Sand Ridge Preserve. Funding would be provided through the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program, which helps mitigate the past impacts of Reclamation's Central Valley Project on threatened and endangered species, and helps minimize future impacts. The preserve has been identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a recovery area and the proposed action would benefit Bakersfield Cactus and the San Joaquin Valley giant flower-loving fly. Project activities would include restoring habitats while testing different weed removal treatments, establishing areas of open sand to connect treatment areas, increasing the distribution of Bakersfield Cactus and monitoring and analyzing data.

The EA and 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=33381.

For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Kaitlin Flahive at 916-978-5044 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email kflahive@usbr.gov.

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