[env-trinity] BA on CVP OCAP out for Review

Tom Stokely tstokely at trinityalps.net
Fri May 16 17:08:21 PDT 2008

Mid-Pacific Region
Sacramento, Calif. 
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Jeffrey McCracken
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Released On: May 16, 2008

Reclamation and California DWR Requesting Formal Consultation with USFWS and NMFS on the Continued Long-Term Operation of the CVP and SWP; Biological Assessment is Released
A key point has been reached in the process to address current and future operations of the State Water Project (SWP) and the Central Valley Project (CVP) to divert, store, and convey CVP and SWP water consistent with applicable laws and contractual obligations. 

The Federal Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) are requesting consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on species listed under the Endangered Species Act.  These species consist of the delta smelt, winter-run and spring run Chinook salmon, coho salmon, green sturgeon, steelhead, and killer whales.  With the formal request, Reclamation and DWR provided a Biological Assessment, which is intended to provide a thorough analysis of the continued long-term operations of the two projects and the effects of the projects' operations on listed species and designated Critical Habitat.

The document can be viewed on Reclamation's website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/. If you encounter problems accessing the Biological Assessment online, please contact Ms. Lynnette Wirth at 916-978-5102 or lwirth at mp.usbr.gov.

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