Agriculture

Feds seek comment on tweaks to California water operations

Seeking to implement updated scientific methods to its operations in the Golden State, the Bureau of Reclamation released a draft environmental impact report on the coordinated operations between the federal Central Valley Project and California’s State Water Project on Thursday.

Tweaks in the draft environmental report include those to habitat and salinity measures in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and management of fish entrainment from water exports out of the Delta.

“Seeking public input is an essential part of the process to ensure our actions are improving the quality of life for people and also protecting our valuable natural resources,” Ernest Conant, Mid-Pacific Regional Director for the Bureau, said in a statement.

Toward the end of the month, the Bureau will host three sessions to allow members of the public to comment on the report before the conclusion of a 45-day review period.

Locally, Reclamation will host a forum at the San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority offices in Los Banos on July 30. The forum will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Read the draft environmental report from Reclamation:

Alex Tavlian
Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.