Federal Register: November 3, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 213)
DOCID: FR Doc E6-18579
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
ACTION: Environmental statements; availability, etc.:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice of availability of the Final Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS).
Contra Costa Water District Alternative Intake Project, Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties, CA
DATES: Reclamation will not make a decision on the Proposed Action until at least 30 days after release of the Final EIR/EIS. At the end of the 30day period, Reclamation will complete a Record of Decision (ROD). The ROD will state the action that will be implemented and will discuss all factors leading to the decision.
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) have prepared a Final EIR/EIS for the proposed Contra Costa Water District Alternative Intake Project. The Draft EIR/ EIS evaluated the potential environmental effects of five alternatives: the NoAction Alternative and four action alternatives. The Final EIR/ EIS contains responses to comments received on the Draft EIR/EIS.
A Notice of Availability of the Draft EIR/EIS was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 (71 FR 27275). The public review period on the Draft EIR/EIS ended on Monday, June 26, 2006.
Contra Costa Water District Alternative Intake Project, CA,
The project purpose is to protect and improve the quality of water delivered to CCWD's untreated and treatedwater customers. Project objectives are to improve delivered water quality, especially during drought periods; protect and improve health and/aesthetic benefits to customers; improve operational flexibility; and protect delivered water quality during emergencies. Water quality problems for CCWD result from elevated concentrations of salinity (chloride and bromide), minerals, organic carbon, and turbidity at CCWD's SacramentoSan Joaquin River Delta intakes. The Proposed Action includes the construction of a new intake and fish screen in the Delta on Victoria Canal, a pumping plant, and an associated 2 to 4milelong pipeline from the new intake across Victoria Island to CCWD's existing Old River conveyance system. Reclamation actions associated with the Proposed Action are agreeing to a change in point of diversion of Central Valley Project (CVP) water under Contract No. I75r3401ALTR1 and petitioning the California State Water Resources Control Board for necessary water right changes regarding point of diversion. Through the Proposed Action, CCWD is seeking to relocate some of its diversions to a Delta location with better water quality and would not seek to increase its water rights, CVP contract amounts, or permitted Los Vaqueros Reservoir filling rates.
Comments received in response to this notice will become part of
the administrative record and are subject to public inspection. Our
practice is to make comments, including names, home addresses, home
phone numbers, and email addresses of respondents, available for public review. Individual respondents may request that we
withhold their names and/or home addresses, etc., but if you wish us to consider withholding this information, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comments. In addition, you must present a rationale for withholding this information. This rationale must demonstrate that disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy. Unsupported assertions will not meet this burden. In the absence of exceptional, documentable circumstances, this information will be released. We will always make submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. Kirk C. Rodgers,
Regional Director, MidPacific Region.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Ms. Katrina Chow, Project Manager,
Bureau of Reclamation, MidPacific Region, 2800 Cottage Way, MP730,
Sacramento, CA 958251898, 9169785067, email@example.com; or Ms.
Samantha Salvia, Project Manager, Contra Costa Water District, P.O. Box H2O, Concord, CA 945242099, 9256888057,