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Final

Acquisition of Additional Water for Meeting the
San Joaquin River Agreement Flow Objectives, 2001-2010

Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report

Prepared for
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Sacramento and Fresno, California
and
San Joaquin River Group Authority
Sacramento and Modesto, California

March 13, 2001

USR
500 12th Street, Suite 200
Oakland, California 94607-4014

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FINAL

SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT/ ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT ACQUISITION OF ADDITIONAL WATER FOR MEETING THE   SAN JOAQUIN RIVER AGREEMENT FLOW OBJECTIVES, 2001-2010

Lead Agencies: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Mid-Pacific Region, Sacramento and Fresno, California; and San Joaquin River Group Authority (Authority), Sacramento and Modesto, California

Cooperating Agencies: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Water Resources, California Department of Fish and Game.

This Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Final SEIS/EIR) has been prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Reclamation procedures for NEPA compliance. Reclamation and the Authority have jointly prepared this Final Supplemental EIS/EIR to provide for the acquisition of up to 47,000 acre-feet of "supplemental" water if needed by Reclamation from the Authority and its members. The supplemental water is to provide full Vernalis Adaptive Management Plan (VAMP) test flow conditions at Vernalis during "double step years" for water years 2001 through 2010.

This document is a supplemental EIS/EIR covering minor additions to the project addressed in the Meeting Flow Objectives for the San Joaquin River Agreement, 1999-2010, Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Final EIS/EIR, Reclamation 1999). The Final EIS/EIR documented the environmental consequences of acquiring and using flows specified in the San Joaquin River Agreement (SJRA or Agreement). The SJRA flow objectives were approved and confirmed in the State Water Resources Control Board’s Decision 1641 (1999, revised 2000).

The purpose of the Proposed Action is to supplement, under Paragraph 8 of the SJRA, the water provided by the SJRA that has been analyzed in the Final EIS/EIR. This supplemental water may be needed to support the flows identified in VAMP by providing flows in the San Joaquin River at Vernalis, and to assist Reclamation in meeting the Anadromous Fish Restoration Program, Bay-Delta flow objectives as required by State Board Decision 1641, and the Service’s 1995 Biological Opinion for Delta Smelt.

The No Action and Proposed Action Alternatives are located in Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Calaveras counties.

No Federal decision will be made on the Proposed Action until 30 days after the release of the Final SEIS/EIR and publication of a notice in the Federal Register. After the 30-day waiting period, Reclamation will complete a Record of Decision. The 10-day CEQA review period ends on March 26, 2001. It is expected that the Board of Directors of the Authority will certify the Final SEIS/EIR and render a decision on the project on April 27, 2001.

For further information regarding this Final SEIS/EIR, contact Mr. John Burke, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825-1898, (916) 978-5556, fax (916) 978-5290 or Mr. Dan Fults, San Joaquin River Group Authority, 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 900, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 449-3957, fax: (916) 449-8277.

 SCH#: 1998092062

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Dennis W. Westcot, Project Administrator
San Joaquin River Group
716 Valencia Ave.
Davis, CA 95616-0153
(530) 758-8633
westcot-sjrga@sbcglobal.net

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