U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
 
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NEVADA STATE OFFICE NO. 08-18
FOR RELEASE: May 23, 2008
CONTACT: Heather Emmons, 775-861-6594, heather_emmons@blm.gov

Draft EIS for Lincoln County Land Act Groundwater Development 
and Utility Right-of-Way Project available for comment
Four public open houses to be held statewide in June for more information

Reno, Nev.—The Bureau of Land Management published a notice in the Federal Register on May 23, announcing the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, or DEIS, for the Lincoln County Land Act Groundwater Development and Utility Right-of-Way Project for review and comment.

The DEIS describes and analyzes a proposal for groundwater development in the Clover Valley and Tule Desert hydrographic basins as submitted by the Lincoln County Water District (LCWD). The DEIS addresses the proposal submitted by the LCWD; an alternative alignment of pipelines, power lines and facilities; and a no action alternative. Under the proposed action, the LCWD would develop and convey groundwater in Tule Desert and Clover Valley hydrographic basins to private land for community development in the Toquop Township (Lincoln County Land Act) tract just north of Mesquite, Nev. The volume of water to be transported through the proposed facilities could be up to 24,000 acre-feet per year.

The BLM will accept written comments on the DEIS until July 22 using the following methods:
• Mail: Penny Woods, BLM Project Manager, P.O. Box 12000, Reno, NV 89520
• Fax: 775-861-6689 (Attention: Penny Woods, Project Manager)
• Email: nvgwprojects@blm.gov

Open houses will be held statewide for the public to get more information as follows:
• Las Vegas: Monday, June 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel
• Caliente: Tuesday, June 24 from 6-8 p.m. at Caliente City Hall
• Mesquite: Wednesday, June 25 from 6-8 p.m. at Mesquite City Hall
• Carson City: Thursday, June 26 from 4-6 p.m. at the Plaza Hotel

A map of the proposed project and copies of the DEIS are available for viewing at the BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., in Reno and at the BLM Ely Field Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, Nev. Copies of the DEIS or the executive summary are available on request from the BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., P.O. Box 12000, Reno, Nev. 89520, by calling 775-861-6681, or by email at nvgwprojects@blm.gov. It is available in hard copy and on compact disc (CD). The DEIS and summary will be available electronically on the web site: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en.html.

All public comments, including names and mailing addresses, will be available for public review at the Nevada State Office in Reno during public room hours from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, and may be published as part of the Final EIS.

Scoping of the project occurred from March 31 through May 1, 2006. Comments were received in the following broad categories: NEPA development (38 percent), social impacts (22 percent) and physical resources (40 percent). The DEIS addresses the following issues identified during scoping: NEPA process (consultation/coordination, the proposed action, alternatives, connected actions, cumulative impacts, and data needs/validity); social impacts (aesthetics, cultural resources, competing land uses, recreation, and socioeconomic resources); and physical resources (air quality, biological resources, geology and water resources). Key issues identified by individuals, groups and governmental entities include water supply and use, competing or conflicting land uses, and cumulative impacts and connected actions.

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Last updated: 06-25-2009