The Bureau of Reclamation released for public review draft environmental documents for a one-year transfer of up to 20,000 acre-feet of water from the Madera Irrigation District to two other districts, with the transfers to occur before Feb. 28, 2012.

The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) addresses transfer of Madera Irrigation District (MID) Friant water supplies to the North Kern Water Storage District (NKWSD) and/or the Semitropic Water Storage District (Semitropic) for existing agricultural, or municipal and industrial purposes.

MID is seeking to maximize beneficial use of its Central Valley Project Friant Division water supplies by performing a one-year transfer of a portion of its water that exceeds current demand. Revenue from the transfer will support MID’s operations, maintenance and facility improvement programs.

NKWSD and/or Semitropic could bank the transferred water in their facilities for later recovery and use within their service areas, or the transferred water may be delivered to NKWSD’s and/or Semitropic’s internal customers in-lieu of the customers pumping groundwater.

The Draft EA/FONSI was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=8101. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

Written comments must be received by close of business Sept. 9, 2011 and should be sent to Chuck Siek, Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, Calif., 93721. Comments may also be faxed to Mr. Siek at 559-487-5397 or e-mailed to csiek@usbr.gov.

For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Mr. Siek at 559-487-5138, TTY 800-735-2929. Copies of the draft documents may also be viewed at Reclamation's Fresno office at the above address.