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Released On: January 25, 2013

Reclamation Requests Nominations for Individuals to Serve on the Lake Berryessa Community Forum

NAPA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation held a public meeting on January 17 to discuss the establishment of a Community Forum to promote public input regarding future recreation opportunities and services at Lake Berryessa. At the meeting, Reclamation identified ten stakeholder groups that would be represented by a seat on the Forum:

Local landowners/residents                  Local ranchers
Local businesses                                  Land-based recreation
Water-based recreation                                    Conservation Groups
Gateway Communities                        Water Quality/Supply
Game and Fish Management                Public Services and Public Safety

Reclamation is requesting that stakeholder groups nominate individuals to represent the interests of their group. Self-nominations will also be accepted and should include a justification for wanting to represent a certain group. Nominations are requested by Thursday, Feb. 7, and should be in the form of a letter or email that outlines the interest and background of the nominee. Nominations should be kept to a maximum of one page. Please send nominations to Lake Berryessa Park Manager Jeff Laird, 5520 Knoxville Road, Napa, CA  94558 or to jlaird@usbr.gov.

Nominees should be individuals who can fairly represent the entire spectrum of an interest group, are results oriented, collaborative and courteous and have the ability to attend meetings at different locations and times. There will be no compensation for those selected to serve on the Forum.

The purpose of the Forum is to promote communication and collaboration in implementing the Lake Berryessa Visitor Services Plan Record of Decision and address issues of mutual concern. The immediate focus of the Forum is to establish recreation within the Lake Berryessa concession areas as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Reclamation anticipates holding regularly scheduled Forum meetings as plans are being developed and put in place for visitor services and recreation at Lake Berryessa during the 2013 recreation season. Reclamation’s goal continues to be to provide safe and enjoyable recreation experiences for visitors to Lake Berryessa.

To be added to the Lake Berryessa email or mailing lists, please contact Janet Sierzputowski, Public Affairs Specialist, at 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or jsierzputowski@usbr.gov.

Lake Berryessa is managed by Reclamation’s Central California Area Office as part of the Solano Project. Additional information on Lake Berryessa is available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/.

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