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Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan Programmatic EIR

The Modesto Irrigation District (MID), located in the northern portion of the San Joaquin Valley in Stanislaus County (Figure 1), conducted an evaluation of its water resources, on-farm systems, land use patterns and projections, infrastructure, and finances. As a result of this assessment, MID has developed and intends to implement an integrated and forward-looking Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan (Proposed Program) to address MID's long-term customer and water management goals, and the specific infrastructure and operational needs throughout the MID irrigation conveyance system. The Proposed Program includes approximately 100 individual projects, which are distributed within MID irrigation district boundaries and support MID's goals through approximately 2040.

Executing the Proposed Program over the next decades would allow MID to continue providing a high-level of service to meet customers' evolving water delivery needs and increase operational reliability.

Considering the Proposed Program includes several individual projects that could have environmental impacts and will be implemented in phases, a Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) as referenced in Section 15168 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines (Guidelines) has been prepared. The PEIR provides programmatic evaluation of the Proposed Program and facilitates future implementation of individual projects including those that are not anticipated to require additional project level environmental review. Additionally, the PEIR has been prepared on a series of actions that can be characterized as one large project and are related as individual activities carried out under the same authorizing statutory or regulatory authority and having generally similar environmental effects which can be mitigated in similar ways.

Significant Environmental Effects Anticipated

The PEIR evaluated the environmental impacts and mitigation measures associated with the proposed Program. The Proposed Program anticipated significant environmental effects related to biological resources and cultural and tribal resources but said effects would be reduced to a less-than significant level with the implementation of identified mitigation measures. All other environmental effects are anticipated to be less than significant or would not create an impact.

Public Review and Comment Period

The draft PEIR is available for public review and comment and can be accessed on MID's website at: https://www.mid.org/water/peir (PDF) , as well as at the MID Office located at 1231 11th Street, Modesto, CA 95354. A hardcopy will be available for review at the Security Desk in the main lobby. Additionally, copies of the draft PEIR will be available at the Stanislaus County Library located at 1500 I Street, Modesto, CA 95354.

Comments from interested parties will be accepted during the Public Review and Comment Period. Comments must be received prior to the Public Review and Comment Period end date.

Public Review and Comment Period Start Date: Monday, November 21, 2022

Public Review and Comment Period End Date: Monday, January 9, 2023

Public comments can be submitted by email to jesse.franco@mid.org or by mail to:

Modesto Irrigation District
Water Operations
Attn: Jesse Franco
PO Box 4060 Modesto, CA 95352

Public Meeting

MID will consider the PEIR at a MID Board of Directors Meeting. Members of the public may participate in the meeting in-person or by utilizing Zoom's webinar feature or through a phone number, both of which are provided in the meeting agenda that is posted on MID's website:
https://www.mid.org/about/board/agenda

Public Meeting Date and Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at 9:00 am

Public Meeting Location: Board Room at the MID Main Office and online (Zoom webinar). The MID office is located at 1231 11th Street, Modesto, California 95354.

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