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Environmental Documents Available for Renewal of 18 Interim Water Service Contracts

Media Contact: Jeffrey S. McCracken, 916-978-5100,

For Release: January 11, 2006

The Bureau of Reclamation announces the availability of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) and the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed renewal of 18 interim water service contracts.  The proposed interim contracts would extend delivery of CVP water for a term of 1 year, and could deliver up to 197,498 acre-feet of CVP water. 

The Draft SEA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available for a 30-day public review and comment period.  Reclamation has tentatively determined that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required before entering into the proposed interim renewal contracts.  The documents are available online at

Interim water service contractors covered under these draft documents are:  El Dorado Irrigation District, San Juan Water District, Broadview Water District, City of Tracy, Westlands Water District Distribution District No. 1, Westlands Water District Distribution District No. 2, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency, Santa Clara Valley Water District, County of Fresno, Hills Valley Irrigation District, Kern-Tulare Water District, Lower Tule River Irrigation District, Pixley Irrigation District, Rag Gulch Water District, Tri-Valley Water District, and the County of Tulare.  

Written comments on the Draft SEA and FONSI must be received no later than Friday, February 10, 2006, and should be sent to Mr. Frank Michny, Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento CA, 95825-1898.  Comments may also be faxed to 916-978-5055, or e-mailed to .  For additional information or to request a copy of the draft documents, please contact Mr. Bob Eckart at 916-978-5051 or TDD 916-978-5608.  If you encounter problems accessing documents online, please contact Ms. Lynnette Wirth at 916-978-5102 or e-mail

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18 Interim Water Service Contracts