Submitting comments during a comment period is the most effective way to make your voice heard in this EIS process. The Bureau of Reclamation accepted comments on the draft EIS (available at Project Reports) between January 6 and February 27, 2017. For additional background information on the Regional Water System and this EIS, visit Links and Resources. Reclamation is always interested in knowing what you think, so please feel free to send us comments at any time during the process. More information on commenting is available below.
While every comment received will be considered, the most useful comments are those that provide relevant and new information with sufficient detail. For example, general comments that state support for an alternative will not help us make a better decision unless the reasoning is explained. Commenting is not a form of “voting” on an alternative. The relative number of negative or positive comments an agency receives does not affect whether or not an action moves forward. Substantive comments do one or more of the following:
When analyzing community input, comments are grouped by topic or resource (for example, impacts on water resources, socioeconomic impacts). Reclamation will consider all substantive comments received and will respond to them in the final EIS. The draft EIS may be revised based on these comments. Organizing your comment submission by topic or resource helps ensure that comments are seen by the appropriate resource specialists and considered in finalization of the EIS.
Before including your phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can request that your personal identifying information be withheld from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
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