Mid-Pacific Region News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases for Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Region https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61677 Reclamation announces initial water supply allocation for the Central Valley Project
<p>SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation today announced the initial 2018 water supply allocation for many Central Valley Project contractors. This allocation is based on a conservative estimate of the amount of water that will be available for delivery to CVP water users and reflects current reservoir storages, precipitation and snowpack in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada.</p> <p>The 2017 water year was the wettest on record for most of northern California and CVP reservoirs were essentially full for the first time in five years; however, precipitation so far this year has been far below average. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) reports that as of February 15, the statewide average snow water equivalent in the Sierra Nevada was 4.3 inches (20 percent of the historical average), and rainfall is currently at approximately 60 percent of the historical average for the northern Central Valley.</p> <p>“Despite the historic rainfall last year, California’s lack of sufficient water storage forces us to operate on a year-to-year basis. The amount we can store in our reservoirs is not enough to get us through these very dry years,” said David Murillo, Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Director. “Given what we know today, and what we see in the forecast, we must be very conservative with our allocation. If this lack of rain and snow continues, we could very well be right back in drought operations. A situation like this really underscores the need for more storage in California.”</p> <p>“There are many factors we have to consider when determining CVP allocations – hydrologic conditions, reservoir storage levels, water quality requirements, water rights priority, contractual obligations, and endangered species protections,” Murillo said. “All of these are taken into account with the goal of exercising all authorities available to us to maximize water supplies.”</p> <p>Given storage of CVP water in San Luis, Millerton, and New Melones Reservoirs, as well as conservative assumptions regarding Delta operations over the next couple of months, Reclamation is able to provide an initial allocation to South-of-Delta, Friant, and Eastside contractors of the CVP. Regarding the remainder of the allocations to CVP contractors, although the CVP is operationally integrated, each individual reservoir has unique and specific operational criteria that must also be met. Due to the extremely low snowpack levels and associated runoff forecasts, combined with the uncertainty in the ability to manage Shasta Reservoir in a way that will provide adequate temperatures for the protection of endangered salmon species in the Sacramento River throughout the summer and fall in 2018, Reclamation will not be providing an initial allocation of water to North-of-Delta Contractors at this time. The integrated nature of the operation of Shasta and Folsom Reservoirs requires the same approach for American River and In-Delta Contractors. </p> <p>Reclamation will be working with these contractors, as well as the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), during the next week to ensure that water will continue to be delivered to meet public health and safety needs for Municipal and industrial (M&I) contractors and appropriate minimal needs of agricultural contractors during the month of March. This approach will allow Reclamation, NMFS, and the contractors to refine operating scenarios based on updated snowpack and runoff forecasts in March, and develop appropriate plans for dealing with the extremely dry conditions should they continue.</p> <p>Should conditions change, CVP supplies could also change. Reclamation will continue working with the DWR, federal and state fishery agencies, our contractors, and others to effectively carry out project operations and improve water supply consistent with all applicable laws. Based on the information outlined above, Reclamation is announcing the initial allocation to the following:</p> <p><strong><u>South-of-Delta Contractors</u></strong></p> <ul> <li>Agricultural water service contractors South-of-Delta are allocated 20 percent of their contract total.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>I water service contractors South-of-Delta are allocated the greater of 70 percent of their historic use or public health and safety needs.</li> </ul> <p><strong><u>Friant Division Contractors</u></strong></p> <ul> <li>Based upon Millerton Lake storage and current and forecasted hydrologic conditions in the Upper San Joaquin River Basin, the Friant Division contractors are allocated 30 percent of Class 1 supplies. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>For the San Joaquin River Restoration Project, the current best forecast developed jointly by SJRRP and the South-Central California Area Office now indicates a “Critical-High” water year type.</li> </ul> <p><strong><u>Eastside Water Service Contractors</u></strong></p> <ul> <li>Eastside water service contractors (Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District and Stockton East Water District) will receive 100 percent of their contract total. </li> </ul> <p>On February 15, Reclamation notified the Sacramento River Settlement Contractors, San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors, San Joaquin Settlement Contractors, and Refuge Contractors that the forecasted inflow to Shasta Lake is currently greater than 3.2 million acre-feet and we are not currently in a “Shasta Critical” year as that term is defined in their contracts.</p> <p>Current dry conditions and the dry forecast underscore the need for all Californians to be conservative in their water use this spring, Murillo said. Without significant rain and snow this spring, conditions could worsen.</p> <p>As the water year progresses, changes in hydrology and opportunities to deliver additional water will influence future allocations. Water supply updates will be made as appropriate and posted at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.html</a>.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61674 Reclamation released draft environmental document for five-year Warren Act groundwater conveyance contracts in the Tehama-Colusa Canal
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Assessment for proposed five-year Warren Act contracts with water service contractors within the Sacramento Canals Unit of the Central Valley Project. <P> The contracts will convey up to 86,200 acre-feet of groundwater per contract year in the Tehama-Colusa Canal to downstream users. The proposal will allow Reclamation to establish new contracts along the TCC from March 2018 through February 2023. <P> The Draft EA is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32063">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32063</a> and will be available for public comment for a 10-day review period. <P> Comments are due by close of business Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Written comments may be mailed to Megan Simon, Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard, Shasta Lake, CA 96019 or emailed to msimon@usbr.gov or faxed to 530-275-2441. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the document, please contact Simon at 530-276-2045 (TTY 800-877-8339) or msimon@usbr.gov. The document may also be viewed at Reclamation's Northern California Area Office at the above address. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61673 Reclamation released final environmental documents for Placer County Water Agency to move non-CVP water via Folsom Reservoir
FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents to allow Placer County Water Agency to move up to 100 acre-feet per year through Folsom Reservoir that will ultimately be delivered to Granite Bay’s Los Lagos subdivision in Placer County. <P> A final environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=30641">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=30641</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Beth Dyer at 916-537-7061 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=jllewis@usbr.gov">elizabethdyer@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61633 Reclamation released final environmental documents for Placer County Water Agency to move non-CVP water via Folsom Reservoir
FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents to allow Placer County Water Agency to move up to 100 acre-feet per year through Folsom Reservoir that will ultimately be delivered to Granite Bay’s Los Lagos subdivision in Placer County. <P> A final environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=30641">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=30641</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Beth Dyer at 916-537-7061 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=jllewis@usbr.gov">elizabethdyer@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61655 Reclamation released draft environmental documents for Harris Farms and Shows Family Farms multi-year banking and transfer program
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed approval of annual transfers of up to 15,000 acre-feet per year of available Central Valley Project water supplies over a nine-year period. <P> Central Valley Project contractors would transfer water to Harris Farms and Shows Family Farms either for direct agricultural use on their lands located within Westlands Water District, San Luis Water District, and Semitropic Water Storage District, or for banking in Semitropic and/or the Kern Water Bank for later use on their lands within those same districts. <P> The documents are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32081">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32081</a>. <P> Comments are due by Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Please email comments to <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to Emerson at 559-487-5927. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the documents may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61552 Reclamation releases draft environmental documents for contracts to convey and exchange non-project water through Klamath Project
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation is releasing a Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact to disclose potential environmental effects and solicit public comments associated with five-year contracts for conveying and exchanging non-project water through Klamath Project facilities. <P> Reclamation would allow irrigation districts and individuals to convey and exchange non-project water through Klamath Project facilities for existing excess capacity through these five-years-or-less contracts. The proposed contracts would expire by 2022. <P> The documents are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=21661">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=21661</a>. <P> Comments are due by close of business Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Written comments may be mailed to Kirk Young, Bureau of Reclamation, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603 or emailed to <a href="mailto:byoung@usbr.gov">byoung@usbr.gov</a> or faxed to 541-884-9053. <P> For additional information or to request document copies, please contact Young at 541-880-2589 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:byoung@usbr.gov">byoung@usbr.gov</a>. The documents may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office at the above address. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61550 Reclamation releases Cawelo Water District Famoso Basin Pipeline Project draft environmental document
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation proposes awarding $750,000 through a 2016 CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant, to Cawelo Water District for its Famoso Basin Pipeline Project in Kern County. <P> The district would use the funds toward construction of the project which would replace 2.4 miles of unlined canals with a 1.8-mile-long, 36-inch-diameter, bi-directional, intertie pipeline. The bi-directional pipeline would connect to the Friant-Kern Canal to allow for the efficient conveyance and return of surface water to the district’s Reservoir and Pump Station D. Construction is expected to begin in April 2018 and last about eight months, weather depending. <P> Reclamation prepared a draft environmental assessment detailing possible environmental effects of providing this funding to Cawelo Water District. The draft is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=31901">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=31901</a> and public comment will be accepted through Feb. 23, 2018. <P> For comments, questions on the project or to request a copy of the document, please contact Nathaniel Martin at 916-978-6153 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:nmartin@usbr.gov">nmartin@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61548 Reclamation selects Ali Forsythe as Deputy Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region announced Tuesday that Ali Forsythe has been selected as the Deputy Regional Director. <P> “Ali is extremely knowledgeable about the issues and water operations in the Mid-Pacific Region. She has excellent relationships with our stakeholders, partners and sister agencies and has extensive facilitation, managerial and leadership skills that she brings to this position,” said Regional Director David Murillo. “I am confident that her leadership will prove extremely valuable as we continue to work through the many complex and controversial water policy issues we are grappling with today and into the future.” <P> As Deputy Regional Director, Ali will have direct oversight over the Klamath and Lahontan Basin Area Offices and technical offices and programs within the region including the MP Construction Office, Program Coordination Office, and the Divisions of Environmental Affairs; Safety, Security and Emergency Management; Design and Construction; Resources Management; and Planning. <P> Forsythe has been the program manager for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program since 2011. In that role, she coordinated with the parties to the Settlement in NRDC, et al., v. Rodgers, et al., the other SJRRP Implementing Agencies, downstream landowners and water districts, and many other entities to restore flows to the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam near Fresno to its confluence with the Merced River while reducing the water supply impacts to the Friant Division of the Central Valley Project. <P> Forsythe has managed various National Environmental Policy Act, California Environmental Quality Act, water rights and restoration projects in both the public and private sector. She began her federal career with Reclamation in 2009 as a project manager with the SJRRP Office. She led the program’s Interim Flow activities and three on-going site-specific channel and structural improvements projects, oversaw the SJRRP’s budget and schedule, and worked with the previous program manager to establish and implement SJRRP policies and direction. Before joining the Mid-Pacific Region, she was a project manager with CH2M HILL. <P> Forsythe holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Studies and in Hydrologic Sciences from the University of Calif., Santa Barbara. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61541 Reclamation requests comments on Draft Feasibility Report for Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project Phase 2; public meeting announced
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Feasibility Report documenting draft findings of the potential costs, benefits and impacts of the Los Vaqueros Reservoir (LVE) Expansion Project. As part of a continuing effort to increase storage capability throughout California, Reclamation and the Contra Costa Water District have been working together on Phase 2 of the project to increase the capacity from 160,000 acre-feet up to 275,000 acre-feet and adding new conveyance facilities. <P> A public meeting on the draft report will be held on Feb. 22, 2018, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento. There will be a presentation and written comments on the Draft Feasibility Report will be accepted. <P> The LVE is a joint investigation between Reclamation and CCWD authorized by Congress in 2003. The objectives of the expansion are to develop water supplies for environmental water management, increase water supply reliability for water providers within the San Francisco Bay Area, and improve the quality of water deliveries to municipal and industrial customers. <P> The Draft Feasibility Report is available on Reclamation’s website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/vaqueros/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/vaqueros/</a>. To request a copy of the document, please contact Lisa Rainger, Bureau of Reclamation, at 916-978-5090 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office at 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. <P> Written comments are due by close of business March 3, 2018 and may be mailed to Lisa Rainger, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, W-2830, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may also be emailed to <a href="mailto:lrainger@usbr.gov">lrainger@usbr.gov</a> or faxed to Rainger at 916-978-5094. Comments may also be submitted at the public meeting on Feb. 22. <P> For additional information on the LVE Expansion Project, please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/vaqueros/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/vaqueros/</a> or <a href="http://www.ccwater.com/lvstudies">www.ccwater.com/lvstudies</a> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61540 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Hilton Creek Gravel Augmentation Project
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a proposed gravel augmentation project to improve spawning habitat for the federally-listed Southern California Steelhead Distinct Population Segment (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in Hilton Creek, a small tributary located immediately downstream of Bradbury Dam in Santa Barbara County. <P> The Final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=31421">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=31421</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and/or FONSI, please contact Kathleen Linder at 559-487-5044 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61538 Reclamation updating agreement to acquire water for the East Bear Creek Unit of the San Luis Refuge
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In November 2017, the Bureau of Reclamation signed a Finding of No Significant Impact to acquire up to 8,863 acre-feet of water for the East Bear Creek Unit of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge through Aug. 25, 2018. Reclamation has prepared a new FONSI updating the November 2017 FONSI to include some of the unit’s water will be from storage and/or water made available as a result of Merced Irrigation District’s reoperation of Lake Yosemite during flood control periods to create a more advantageous flow rate for the refuge. <P> The purpose of the water acquisition remains unchanged, and that is to enhance and maintain wetland habitats for the benefit of migratory waterfowl and wetland-dependent wildlife in the San Joaquin Valley. Water purchased under the agreement will be used to meet Reclamation’s requirement to provide level 4 water supplies for habitat management, as required by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act. Habitat management includes timing and duration of fall and late winter flooding, summer water for food production and permanent wetland habitat maintenance. <P> The FONSI was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=28881">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=28881</a>. For questions on the project or to request a copy of the FONSI, please contact Shelly Hatleberg at 916-978-5050 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:shatleberg@usbr.gov">shatleberg@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61518 Final signed document for Arvin-Edison Water Storage District efforts to increase surface water use
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation signed a Finding of No Significant Impact for an Environmental Assessment on awarding federal funds to Arvin-Edison Water Storage District from the Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants program. <P> The funds will be used to implement three water conservation projects designed to maximize surface water use while decreasing groundwater extractions, conserve water by improved water management, and increase energy efficiency from reduced reliance on pumped groundwater and implementation of on-farm conservation practices. <P> Reclamation provides cost-share funding on a competitive basis for projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and protect endangered species or facilitate water markets. Reclamation in mid-2014 informed the district it would grant $1 million of a total project cost of $2,594,277. <P> Reclamation prepared the EA and FONSI in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=30801">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=30801</a>. The documents may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region Office at the below address. <P> For additional information or to receive a copy of the documents, please contact Doug Kleinsmith, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, at <a href="mailto:dkleinsmith@usbr.gov">dkleinsmith@usbr.gov</a>, or at 916-978- 5034 (TTY800-877- 8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61459 Reclamation releases environmental documents for new satellite wastewater treatment plant in Menlo Park
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation prepared an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for West Bay Sanitary District water recycling project at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club in Menlo Park, Calif. The district proposes to construct a new satellite wastewater treatment plant on the Sharon Heights property and approximately 4.5 miles of pipelines and associated equipment to deliver recycled water to the golf course irrigation system and to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, Calif. <P> The project could offset potable water usage by approximately 281 acre-feet per year. <P> The project falls under Reclamation’s Water Reclamation and Reuse Program, as authorized by the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act of 1992, or Title XVI of Public Law 102-575, as amended (Title XVI). Reclamation may provide the lesser of 25% or $20 million of construction costs to the District if it is selected for Title XVI funding through the competitive process and appears in enacted appropriations legislation. <P> The EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=31481">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=31481</a>. <P> For questions on the project or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Vanessa Emerzian at 916-978-5083 (TTY 800-877-8339) or vemerzian@usbr.gov. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61458 Reclamation releases draft environmental documents for the Hills Valley Irrigation District five-year Warren Act agreement for Kings River water
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the draft Environmental Assessment and draft Finding of No Significant Impact for a proposed five-year Warren Act Agreement with Hills Valley Irrigation District. <P> Reclamation proposes to execute a five-year Warren Act contract with Hills Valley for the introduction and conveyance of up to 2,500 acre-feet per year of non-Central Valley Project Kings River water that will be purchased from Alta Irrigation District. <P> The draft EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=31681">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=31681</a>. <P> Comments are due by close of business, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, please email comments to remerson@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5927. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61380 Reclamation Releases draft environmental documents for eight Cross Valley Interim Renewal Contracts
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for eight Cross Valley Interim Renewal Contracts. The contracts include County of Fresno, County of Tulare, Hills Valley Irrigation District, Kern-Tulare Water District, Kern-Tulare Water District (from Rag Gulch Water District), Lower Tule River Irrigation District, Pixley Irrigation District, and Tri-Valley Water District. Interim renewal contracts provide a bridge between the expiration of the original long-term water service contracts and the long-term renewal of those contracts, consistent with section 3404(c) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act. <P> The Draft EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=31721">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=31721</a>. <P> Comments are due by close of business, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. Written comments may be mailed to Kate Connor, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or emailed to mconnor@usbr.gov or faxed to 559-487-5927. <P> For additional information please contact Connor at 559-487-5116 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address. <P>