Reclamation to Hold Two Public Open House Sessions on the New Melones Lake Area Draft RMP/EIS

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100

For Release: November 20, 2009

The Bureau of Reclamation will hold two Open House sessions on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, to provide the public with information on the Draft New Melones Lake Area Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) and receive public comment on the project.  The public is welcome to arrive at any time during either Open House to visit with Reclamation staff at information stations, and provide their written comments:

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Afternoon Open House between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Evening Open House between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

New Melones Lake Visitor Center,
6850 Studhorse Flat Road
Sonora, CA  95370

Reclamation released the Draft RMP/EIS for public review and comment on Friday, October 30, 2009.  Written comments are due by close of business Monday, January 4, 2010.  Comments may be submitted at the Open Houses or mailed to Ms. Melissa Brockman-Vignau, Project Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA  95630, or faxed to 916-989-7109, or e-mailed to  The Draft RMP/EIS may be viewed at  If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail

The Draft RMP/EIS evaluates current and future resource conditions at the New Melones Lake Area and analyzes alternative management actions.  These alternatives provide for public health and safety, recreational and land use, traffic and transportation, cultural and archaeological resources, and sensitive species and habitats.  Reclamation will be selecting an alternative that will be used to guide the management of the lake's natural, cultural, and recreational resources.  Located in Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties, New Melones Lake is managed by the Central California Area Office, which is part of Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Region. 

For additional information, please visit the project website at or contact Ms. Brockman-Vignau at 916-989-7182, TDD 916-989-7285, or e-mail

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