Sacramento, California - The Bureau of Reclamation signed a Record of Decision, supported by the Central Valley Project Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy Final Environmental Impact Statement, specifying how Reclamation intends to allocate Municipal and Industrial water supplies during a Condition of Shortage. Elements of the CVP M&I Water Shortage Policy include:
- Define water shortage terms and conditions for applicable CVP water service contractors, as appropriate.
- Determine the quantity of water made available to CVP water service contractors that, together with the M&I water service contractors’ drought water conservation measures and other non-CVP water supplies, would assist the M&I water service contractors in their efforts to protect public health and safety during severe or continuing drought.
- Provide information to CVP water service contractors for their use in water supply planning and development of drought contingency plans.
The Final EIS describes the existing setting, alternatives for future operations under the CVP M&I Water Shortage Policy, and potential environmental impacts of each alternative. Reclamation selected Alternative 4, the Preferred Alternative, which comprises the Updated CVP M&I Water Shortage Policy developed by Reclamation with stakeholder input received during preparation of the Final EIS.
The decision will allow Reclamation the greatest degree of flexibility to address CVP water service contractors’ needs during a Condition of Shortage while recognizing that CVP deliveries are subject to the amount of CVP water available. The Updated CVP M&I Water Shortage Policy also provides clarity to the terms, conditions, and procedures of the CVP M&I Water Shortage Policy.
For additional information, please visit the M&I WSP website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp/mandi/.
For questions or to request a copy of the Final EIS, please contact Timothy Rust at 916-978-5516