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Draft Environmental Documents Available for Placement Of Temporary Pumping Facilities Along the California Aqueduct

Media Contact: Erin Curtis,

For Release: November 04, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review an Environmental Assessment on a proposal to place temporary pumps along a joint-use portion of the California Aqueduct. The pumps would reverse flow so the Santa Clara Valley Water District can recover previously banked Central Valley Project water. The temporary pumps would reverse the flow of previously banked CVP water toward the north in the state aqueduct for exchange with Reclamation. Normal operations of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s previously approved banking and exchange program is not possible due to severe drought conditions. The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available online at . If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail

Please email comments to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation at Written comments may also be mailed to Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to Emerson at 559-487-5397. Comments are due by Nov. 18. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address.

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Relevant Link:

Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact