Reclamation Makes Draft EA/FONSI Available for Vegetation and Sediment Removal at Little Panoche Detention Dam

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The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed implementation of a 10-year program to remove accumulated vegetation and sediment at the Little Panoche Detention Dam.

The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed implementation of a 10-year program to remove accumulated vegetation and sediment at the Little Panoche Detention Dam.

The proposed action would improve water flow downstream from the dam's concrete spillway, and improve the ability to monitor flood releases and drainage from seep holes within the dam. Without managing the vegetation and sedimentation in Little Panoche Creek, the San Luis Canal and surrounding areas would be subject to damage and flooding.

The Draft EA and Draft FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available for public review and comment. The draft documents are available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=3598. If you encounter problems accessing documents online, please call 916-978-5100, or e-mail ibr2mprpao(at)mp.usbr.gov.

Please send written comments to Ms. Shauna McDonald, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721, by close of business Friday, April 24, 2009. Comments may also be faxed to Ms. McDonald at 559-487-5397, or e-mailed to smcdonald(at)mp.usbr.gov.

For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA and Draft FONSI, please contact Ms. McDonald at 559-487-5202 (TDD 559-487-5933). Copies of the draft documents may also be viewed at Reclamation's Fresno office (see address above).            

Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at http://www.usbr.gov.

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Pete Lucero
916-978-5100
plucero(at)mp.usbr.gov

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