The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is issuing the California WaterFix Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for public review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This document evaluates proposed changes to conveyance facilities previously evaluated in the December 2016 Bay Delta Conservation Plan/California WaterFix Final EIR/EIS. On July 17, 2018, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) published the California WaterFix Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS evaluating the proposed changes to the conveyance facilities in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Reclamation's issuance of the California WaterFix Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS today is the same exact document as was issued by DWR with the addition of a transmittal document that relates the proposed changes to the alternatives previously analyzed in the 2016 Final EIR/EIS.
Public review of the California WaterFix Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS for compliance with NEPA begins on September 21, 2018, when the U.S Environmental Protection Agency posts the notice of availability in the Federal Register. The public comment period closes on November 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
The Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS and transmittal document are available electronically at http://www.californiawaterfix.com. If you wish to review a hard copy of the document, please contact Brooke White at (916) 414-2402. A hard copy will be available for review at Bay-Delta Office, Mid-Pacific Region, Bureau of Reclamation, 801 I Street, Suite 140, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Comments on the document should be mailed to WaterFix Comments 2018, P.O. Box 1919 Sacramento, CA 95812 or emailed to WaterFixComments@icf.com with the subject line Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS Comments. All substantive comments received on the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS prior to close of the NEPA comment period will be responded to in the Final Supplemental EIR/EIS.
Comments must be received on or before 5:00 p.m. on November 5, 2018. Comments should be limited to the scope of analysis in the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS. Because the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS is a stand-alone document, commenters should not rely on previous submittals to DWR, Reclamation, or other agencies - new comments on the analysis contained within this document must be submitted. Comments submitted on other WaterFix environmental documents and comments on subjects outside of the scope of the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS do not require a written response in the Final Supplemental EIR/EIS.
Please note that names, mailing addresses and email addresses provided to the lead agencies from commenters during this formal public comment period will become part of the public record.
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