The Bureau of Land Management proposes to extend land withdrawals to support Bureau of Reclamation projects in southern California and welcomes comments


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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management proposes to extend public land withdrawals for the Bureau of Reclamation projects in the Lower Colorado Basin Region for 20 years. Withdrawals for the All-American Canal, Boulder Canyon, Colorado River Storage, Senator Wash Pump Storage, and Yuma Reclamation Projects support water delivery and storage to southern California and southwest Arizona communities. 

The BLM and Reclamation welcome public comments on the proposed order and will host a virtual Zoom public meeting regarding this proposal on April 25, 2022, at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.  Those interested in participating must register in advance for the meeting at Participants will receive information via email on how to log in to the meeting. The BLM and USBR, will present information, answer questions, and hear comments from 5 to 6 p.m. The BLM must receive all comments by June 9.

The BLM formally processes land withdrawal applications for entities within the Department of the Interior. The order affects approximately 145,600 acres of public lands which would remain closed to settlement, sale, location, and entry under the general land laws, including the mining laws.

This action supports the Biden-Harris administration’s priorities for serving families by supporting reclamation activities for regulating flows of the Colorado River; controlling floods; improving navigation; providing for storage and delivery of the waters of the Colorado River for reclamation of lands, including supplemental water supplies, and municipal, industrial, and other beneficial purposes; improving water quality; providing for outdoor recreation facilities; improving fish and wildlife conditions; and generation and sale of electric power. 

For further information about this withdrawal extension application, please contact Heather Daniels at 916-978-4674. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.