THIS JUST IN … California Water Fix Administrative Draft Supplemental Environmental Review Documents Posted Online

From the Department of Water Resources:

The California WaterFix Administrative Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) has been posted online. This document was prepared for the Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The updated environmental analysis covers footprint changes resulting from proposed design modifications that further minimize impacts of the project on local communities and the environment.

Although versions of the draft supplemental EIR/EIS have previously been reviewed by the lead agencies, the administrative review draft of the Supplemental EIR/EIS being posted today has not yet been reviewed or approved by the lead agencies for adequacy in meeting the requirements of CEQA or NEPA.

This administrative review draft document is being distributed to Responsible and Cooperating agencies under CEQA and NEPA and is available on the California WaterFix website and for use by the State Water Resources Control Board as part of the ongoing California WaterFix Change in Point of Diversion hearings. The public draft version will be released for formal public review and comment after review and approval by the lead agencies, expected July 2018. All interested parties will have an opportunity to provide comments on the public review version of the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS during that time. Responses will be prepared only for comments submitted during the formal public review and comment period.

A notification will be sent when the public Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS is available for formal public review and comment as required by CEQA and NEPA.

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