CVMT Hosts Consultation Meeting with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, CA

CVMT Hosts Consultation Meeting with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, CA
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L to R: Anjelica Paulk, Vice Chairperson, CVMT, Rashel Reznor, Secretary / Treasurer, CVMT, Silvia Burley, Chairperson, CVMT; Susan Fry, Bureau of Reclamation; Janice Pinero, Bureau of Reclamation.

On Monday, October 29th, 2012, the California Valley Miwok Tribe hosted a government-to-government consultation meeting with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Bay-Delta Office, Sacramento, California.

The Bureau of Reclamation is in the initial stages of developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Remanded Biological Opinions (BO’s) on the Coordinated Long-term Operation of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) (Remanded EIS).

The Remand EIS responds to the District Court’s order that the Reclamation analyze and disclose, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the impacts of implementing the Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPA’s) developed pursuant to the remanded Service and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) BO’s.

Reclamation has requested several Federal agencies (Service, NMFS, the US.S Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, including federally recognized tribes within the CVP and SWP service areas to be cooperating agencies under NEPA). In addition, in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Reclamation will conduct an investigation to determine if the project will affect cultural resources.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe (a federally recognized tribe located at 10601 N. Escondido Pl., Stockton, San Joaquin County, California) a qualifying tribe, requested government-to-government consultation with the Bureau of Reclamation in regards to the Environmental Impact Statement for the Remanded Biological Opinions on the Coordinated Long-term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project.

CVMT would like to thank Ms. Susan Fry, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Bay-Delta Office, Sacramento CA, and Ms. Janice Pinero, Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Bay-Delta Office, Sacramento, CA, for their in depth presentation.