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Reclamation Extends Comment Period on Draft Environmental Documents for the Proposed Westlands Water District San Luis Canal Pump-In Program

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

For Release: March 25, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the public comment period on draft environmental documents for the proposed issuance of a five-year Warren Act contract to Westlands Water District. The Warren Act contract would allow introduction and conveyance of pumped groundwater and other non-CVP water in the San Luis Canal. The non-CVP water would come from wells located throughout the district, as well as the Mendota Pool.

The total non-CVP water introduced into the canal would not exceed 30,000 acre-feet in a given year. Proposed introduction would only take place in years in which Westlands Water District’s CVP allocation is 20% or less. Operational exchanges would also be required for situations where agricultural users are located upstream of the points of introduction. These operations would involve exchanges of the district’s non-CVP water in the canal for water stored in San Luis Reservoir. No new construction or modification of facilities would be necessary.

Reclamation also proposes to issue a single 25-year land use authorization to cover facilities along the San Luis Canal that could be used for this action which have expired easements or licenses or those for which no clear license could be identified.

The Draft EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email

Comments are due by close of business Friday, April 10. Please email comments to Written comments may also be mailed to Ben Lawrence, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397.

For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (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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