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U.S. Army Corps to evaluate CCWD permit application to construct the Los Vaqueros Reservoir

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, Regulatory Division, is evaluating the CCWD permit application to construct the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project.  The project would affect about 5.86 acres of jurisdictional waters of the United States; approximately 5.14 acres would be inundated and approximately 0.72 acres would be directly affected through construction activities associated with the trails, roads and marina.

Written comments, referencing Public Notice SPK-1990-00070 must be submitted to the office listed below on or before October 27, 2010.

William Guthrie, Project Manager
US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District
1325 J Street, Room 1480
Sacramento, California 95814-2922
Email: William.H.Guthrie@usace.army.mil

The public notice for the permit application is available here.  Click here to view the project area map for the permit application.

CCWD Board Approves Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project!

After review of the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Final EIS/EIR), the CCWD Board of Directors certified the EIR and approved the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project on March 31, 2010.  The CCWD Board of Directors resolusion is available here.  The project includes expanding the current reservoir from 100,000 acre-feet to 160,000 acre-feet.

The project is an important component of California’s long-term plan to fix the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Bay-Delta) ecosystem, while effectively meeting the needs of millions who depend on the Delta for water. In these times of uncertainty in the Delta, an expansion of Los Vaqueros Reservoir would provide reliable water in drought periods, improve water quality, help the environment, and create jobs.

For more information about the benefits and findings of the project studies, visit the documents page.

The detailed design of the expansion is moving forward with construction planned to begin in 2011.

Revised Draft Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Report Now Available!

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a Revised Draft Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Report (Report) to public agencies including CCWD, Reclamation, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the California Department of Fish and Game. The purpose of the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act consultation is to conserve fish and wildlife resources and preparation of the Report is required by law.  The Report is also available to the public.

Final EIS/EIR Now Available!

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region (Reclamation) and the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) have released the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Final EIS/EIR) for the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project.

For questions about the project, complete the online questions/comments form or e-mail lvstudies@hotmail.com.

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