WaterSMART News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55340 Bureau of Reclamation Selects Twenty-one Projects to Receive $2.93 Million to Study Water Treatment Technologies
WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López today announced $2.93 million in funding for water treatment technologies research. This funding is being provided through the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program for the development of new water treatment technologies and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for research into the deployment of new technologies that supports the expansion of water technologies in new locations. <P> "In a number of Western river basins, Reclamation and its partners are seeing demands for water exceed traditional supplies," Commissioner López said. "Funding research into new water treatment technologies will expand the number of water supply resource options." <P> The Desalination and Water Purification Research Program will provide $1.78 million for nine lab-scale and three pilot-scale projects. This program supports the development of new advanced water treatment technologies. Up to $150,000 will be provided for research and laboratory studies that must be completed within a year and up to $200,000 per year for pilot-scale projects that must be completed within two years. <P> For example, the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, will receive $143,869 to study approaches to increase technical feasibility of using membrane distillation for desalinating high-concentration brines, brackish waters, produced waters and seawater. <P> The Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Research Program will provide $1.15 million to help fund nine projects in the Western United States. This program helps communities address water supply challenges by providing much-needed funding for research to establish or expand water reuse markets, improve or expand existing water reuse facilities, and streamline the implementation of clean water technology at new facilities. <P> For example, the City of San Angelo, Texas, will use $300,000 of federal funding and $1,094,849 of non-federal funding to perform pilot-scale testing to assess existing water treatment technologies for a direct potable reuse project. The proposed research will evaluate approaches to maximize water recovery, verify the performance of advanced water treatment processes, and assess the viability of reverse osmosis concentrate disposal using deep injection wells at an inland location. <P> A complete list of the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program projects can be found at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/research/programs/desalination">www.usbr.gov/research/programs/desalination</a>. A complete list of Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Research Program projects can be found at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/title">www.usbr.gov/watersmart/title</a>. <P> The funding provided today supports the <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/documents/Water_Resource_Challenges_and_Technology_Innovation_12_14.pdf">White House’s Water Innovation Strategy to address Water Resource Challenges and Opportunities for Water Technology Innovation</a>. The Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Research Program also supports the Department of the Interior's <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">WaterSMART Program</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55331 Eleven Organizations to Establish or Further Develop Cooperative Watershed Management Groups in the West
WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López announced $876,565 in funding through the WaterSMART Program for eleven projects that will establish or further develop watershed management groups. Those groups are located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Oregon. <P> “Reclamation supports the efforts of cooperative watershed management groups as a means to reduce conflict in the management of the West’s water and power resources,” Commissioner López said. “Collaboration is the key to improved health and resilience in these watersheds.” <P> Through WaterSMART’s Cooperative Watershed Management Program (CWMP), Reclamation provides financial assistance to locally-led watershed groups to encourage diverse stakeholders to form local solutions to water management needs. By providing this funding, Reclamation aims to promote the sustainable use of water resources and improve the condition of rivers and streams through water conservation, improved water quality and ecological resilience, and with support of collaborative conservation efforts that aim to reduce conflicts over water management. <P> Four entities will receive $303,921 to establish a cooperative watershed management group: <ul> <li>Shadowcliff, a non-profit organization, will receive $100,000 to establish the Upper Colorado River Watershed Group (Colorado)</li> <li>Upper Rio Grande Watershed District will receive $50,000 to establish a cooperative watershed management group (New Mexico)</li> <li>Chickasaw Nation will receive $53,921 to establish the Lake of the Arbuckles Watershed Group (Oklahoma)</li> <li>Walla Walla Watershed Council will receive $100,000 to establish the Walla Walla Basin Watershed Management Group (Oregon)</li> </ul> <P> Seven entities will receive $572,644 to further develop a cooperative watershed management group: <ul> <li>Clean Colorado River Sustainability Coalition will receive $80,700 for the Watershed Expansion & Management Project (Arizona)</li> <li>Tse Si Ani Chapter will receive $100,000 for Working Across Tribal Borders: Restoring the Black Mesa Watersheds Together (Arizona)</li> <li>Sierra Streams Institute will receive $99,933 for Further Development of Bear River Watershed Group (California)</li> <li>Trinity County Resource Conservation District will receive $100,000 for Trinity River Watershed Council Expansion (California)</li> <li>Beaverhead Conservation District will receive $100,000 for Further Development of the Beaverhead Watershed Committee (Montana)</li> <li>Petroleum County Conservation District will receive $61,011 for Expanding Efforts to Coordinate Watershed Planning in the Musselshell River Watershed (Montana)</li> <li>Sun River Watershed Group will receive $31,000 for Revise Work Plan to Build Long-Term Resiliency of the Sun River Watershed (Montana)</li> </ul> <P> Learn more about the WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program and see descriptions on how the selected groups will use the funding, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/cwmp">http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/cwmp</a>. <P> WaterSMART is the U.S. Department of the Interior’s sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. To learn more about WaterSMART, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55287 Interior, USDA Announce More Than $47 Million in Investments for Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Drought Response & Agriculture Operations Across the West
BRIGHTON, Colo. – The U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture today announced more than $47 million in investments to help water districts and producers on private working lands better conserve water resources. The funds include $15 million in USDA funds and $32.6 million from the Bureau of Reclamation for local projects to improve water and energy efficiency and provide a strengthened federal response to ongoing and potential drought across 13 states in the West. <P> Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the funding in Brighton, Colo. Reclamation funding will support 76 local projects through the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART program. Funding from USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will support on-farm water delivery system improvements through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in association with the Interior-funded projects. López and Vilsack were joined by a local water authority and landowner who spoke about the importance of the federal funding in the cost share program. <P> “By working with communities and producers to more wisely manage the water they have, we help ensure that this and future generations will have sufficient supplies of clean water for drinking, agriculture, economic activities, recreation, and ecosystem health,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “As drought continues across the west, our farmers and ranchers are stepping up to the plate to partner with communities and strengthen efficiency to better conserve our water supply.” <P> “Water and energy efficiency are intricately linked,” Commissioner López said. “When we conserve water, we also conserve the energy it takes to move it. One way we can achieve these efficiencies is to bring federal resources to the table for local projects that focus on saving water. This program represents one more way we’re focusing resources on projects to provide resiliency in the face of drought.” <P> Interior’s funding is made available through competitive grant programs, which are part of the WaterSMART sustainable water initiative. The grants and selection process are managed by Reclamation, which is the nation’s largest wholesale water supplier, providing one in five western farmers with irrigation water for 10 million acres of farmland and potable water to more than 31 million Americans across 17 western states. <P> Of the 76 new projects announced today, Reclamation has selected 53 projects in 11 states to receive a total of $25.6 million in WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants which, when leveraged with local and other funding sources, will complete more than $128 million in efficiency improvements. In addition to the new grants announced today, Reclamation will provide $2.1 million to support previously selected WaterSMART projects. Together, these projects are expected to enable water savings of more than 123,000 acre-feet. More details on the program and projects announced today can be found on the WaterSMART <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg/">Water and Energy Efficiency Grants website</a>. <P> WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants can be used for projects that conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, carry out activities to address climate-related impacts on water, or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict. <P> Alongside the 53 Water and Energy Efficiency Grants, Reclamation also selected 23 additional cost share grants through its WaterSMART Drought Response Program totaling $4.9 million, which, when leveraged with cost-share funding, will provide a total of $23.5 million in efforts associated with the program. More detail on the program and the projects announced today can be found on the <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/drought/">Drought Response Program website</a>. <P> Through its EQIP program, NRCS is investing $5.2 million in on-farm assistance to complement several projects previously funded by Reclamation, and will provide an additional $10 million in 2017 to support some of the WaterSMART-funded projects announced today. NRCS complements WaterSMART investments by targeting assistance in areas where WaterSMART sponsors indicted that water delivery system improvements might facilitate future on-farm improvements. NRCS will work with producers in select WaterSMART project areas to offer financial and technical assistance for practices that increase on-farm efficiencies, such as improving irrigation systems. <P> USDA works with private landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices that conserve and clean the water we drink. USDA support—leveraged with historic outside investments—boosts producer incomes and rewards them for their good work. At the same time, USDA investments have brought high quality water and waste services to rural communities, which are vital to their continued health and economic viability. For information on USDA’s drought mitigation efforts, visit <a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=usda_drought_programs.html">USDA Drought Programs and Assistance</a>. To learn more about how NRCS is helping private landowners adapt to changing climate conditions including drought, visit the <a href="http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/newsroom/features/?cid=stelprdb1245689">NRCS’ drought resources</a>.  <P> This partnership is a priority action identified in the President’s Memorandum <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/21/presidential-memorandum-building-national-capabilities-long-term-drought">Building National Capabilities for Long-Term Drought Resilience</a> and accompanying the <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/drought_resilience_action_plan_2016_final.pdf">Federal Drought Action Plan</a>. USDA, as the permanent co-chair, is working with DOI and other members of the National Drought Resilience Partnership to better coordinate drought-related programs and policies, help communities reduce the impact of current drought events and prepare for future droughts. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54750 Five Projects will Receive Funding Through the Western Watershed Enhancement Program From Reclamation
WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López says five projects will receive a total of $482,967 in funding to promote watershed health and wildfire resiliency, protect municipal and agricultural water supplies, and improve infrastructure through the Western Watershed Enhancement Program across five western states. The funding awarded will support projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho and Washington. <P> "Reclamation is collaborating with others to ensure a sustainable water supply for our future generations," Commissioner Estevan López said. "Through the Western Watershed Enhancement Program, more landscapes in western watersheds and forests will remain healthy and resilient to risks associated with drought and climate changes, such as wildfires." <P> These projects will help improve watershed health, reduce wildfire risk and post-wildfire erosion and sedimentation through rehabilitation of fire-damaged areas; restore wildlife habitat; and investigate watershed enhancement methods. <P> Below are overviews of the funded projects: <P> <strong>Cragin Watershed Protection Project (Arizona)</strong>: Reclamation is providing $76,739 toward this project to remove hazardous fuels from overstocked forest stands, which will reduce fire threats. It includes mechanical and hand treatments on 39,000 acres and prescribed fires on 64,000 acres to reduce risks within and adjacent to the three sub-watersheds that drain into Cragin Reservoir. The project will also advance field work to address environmental impacts. This project is a collaborative effort among the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, Salt River Project and National Forest Foundation. <P> <strong>Hemlock Project (California)</strong>: Reclamation is providing $96,084 toward this project to support a 12,000-acre watershed enhancement study on the Stanislaus National Forest at the headwaters of the Mokelumne River. The Project partners Reclamation with the Forest Service and the University of California and is part of the larger Sierra Watershed Ecosystem Enhancement Project (SWEEP). Its goal is to produce a quantitative assessment of the impacts of watershed enhancement approaches that is scalable across the Sierra Nevada and potentially other forests. <P> <strong>Glacier Creek to Mill Creek Fuel Reduction Project (Colorado)</strong>: Reclamation is providing $84,500 toward the reduction of fuel loads to help prevent wildfires from spreading and improve watershed health by focusing on enhancing existing fire barriers such as roads, trails and rivers on 210 acres in Rocky Mountain National Park in the headwaters of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. This is part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Headwaters Partnership, a collaborative effort among the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, the State of Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park, Western Area Power Administration and Northern Water Conservancy District. <P> <strong>Boise River Pilot Project (Idaho)</strong>: Reclamation is providing $70,000 toward two distinct projects in the Boise River watershed to minimize post-fire erosion and sediment loads, stabilize soils and establish more fire-resilient forests and habitats. Funding will go toward planting 17,000 seedlings, which amount to about 200 trees per acre over 85 acres; removing non-native invasive species on 200 to 400 acres of land, which are flourishing in post-fire conditions; and restoring native, fire-resistant vegetation. These are two components of a broader watershed improvement partnership between the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service in the Boise River Basin. <P> <strong>Yakima Watershed Enhancement Project (Washington)</strong>: Reclamation is providing $150,644 toward this project to reduce wildfire risk on 730 acres of land within the catchment basin that flows into Rimrock Reservoir in Washington state. These treatments help reduce the potential for large-scale wildfires and associated post-fire impacts such as entry of sediment, debris and contamination into water supplies and facilities. Additional support for this project is also being provided by the U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, Washington Department of Natural Resources and the Yakima Nation. <P> The Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership was formally established in July 2013, by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. It is a part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, outlining a comprehensive approach to prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change, including increased risk of wildfires and drought. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53148 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document on the Installation of SatLink2 on Flow Measurement Devices in the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District
CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review an Environmental Assessment for the installation of SatLink2 on Flow Measurement Devices in the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District (District). The District proposes to install 50 SatLink2 devices in the Carson Division that allow remote monitoring of irrigation water deliveries. The installation of SatLink2 devices at the water meters would reduce over-deliveries and ultimately the amount of water released from Lahontan Reservoir. <P> Reclamation proposes to provide WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funds to the District. Through the WaterSMART program, Reclamation provides cost-shared funding on a competitive basis for projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, protect endangered species, or facilitate water markets. For more on WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg/index.html</a>. <P> The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24896">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24896</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> Written comments are due by close of business on Friday, April 1, 2016, to Doug Kleinsmith, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 or <a href="mailto:dkleinsmith@usbr.gov">dkleinsmith@usbr.gov</a><u>. </u> <P> <u> <br/> </u> <P> For additional information or to receive a copy of the EA, please contact Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339). The document may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office at the above address. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53087 Republican River Basin Study Informs Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska about Future Water Management
The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Republican River Basin Study, which identifies adaptation strategies that address water management challenges in the basin. This study, which includes a study area of 2.7 million acres of irrigated agriculture served primarily by groundwater supplies, represents an extensive collaborative effort among Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. <P> "The Republican River Basin is a complex and important basin for these states," Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López said. "Because of its importance, new ground and surface water modeling tools were developed to evaluate future hydrology and operations within the basin. These tools will assist water managers as they make decisions to build resiliency against future climate change, while also maintaining compliance with the Republican River Compact." <P> The Republican River basin covers approximately 16 million acres and lies primarily within the Ogallala Aquifer. It originates in the high plains of eastern Colorado and flows east into Nebraska and Kansas. <P> The basin study found that climate change may impact future supplies and demands across the basin. Nebraska focused on augmenting the supply of Swanson Lake and creating new surface water storage on Thompson Creek, a tributary of the Republican River, while Kansas evaluated alternatives that increase the storage volume at Lovewell Reservoir. The modeling tools that were developed for the study evaluated alternatives to improve the supply reliability at the Frenchman-Cambridge Irrigation District in Nebraska, as well as the Bostwick-Irrigation District of Nebraska and Kansas. <P> Surface water supplies include a system of seven Reclamation reservoirs and one U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir. These projects provide flood control benefits, as well as supplies to six irrigation districts that serve approximately 140,000 acres. The Republican River is subject to an interstate compact between Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas that was ratified in 1943. <P> The Republican River Basin Study is a part of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Program. The report is available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/bsp">www.usbr.gov/watersmart/bsp</a>. <P> WaterSMART is the Department of the Interior's sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. For more information on the WaterSMART program, visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART" target="_blank">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53069 Bureau of Reclamation’s Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers Basin Study Predicts How Climate Change Will Impact the Sacramento and San Joaquin Delta
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers Basin Study, which found climate change will cause earlier runoff and refill reservoirs earlier in the year, potentially affecting reservoir operations and water storage. <P> This study, collaboratively developed by Reclamation, the State of California Department of Water Resources, El Dorado County Water Agency, Stockton East Water District, California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley and Madera County Resource Management Agency, examines climate change impacts and adaptation actions for the Sacramento River Basin, San Joaquin River Basin and the Tulare Lake Basin. <P> Water from the Tulare Lake Basin reaches the San Joaquin River Basin only in wetter years. Because of the connection with the Central Valley Project, the upper Trinity River Basin was also included in this study. The basins flow into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which is the largest estuary on the west coast of the United States. <P> "These basins are at the center of discussions about the availability of water in California, not only for agriculture, but for municipal and environmental needs as well," Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López said. "Because of the collaborative efforts put forth in this basin study, we now have more information on how climate change will impact this region and a better understanding of what will be needed to ensure a sustainable water supply for today and for the future." <P> The study found that warming conditions will cause a median sea level rise of 36 inches, which will increase the difficulty of conveying water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Also, temperatures will most likely increase by 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit in the early 21st century to almost 4.8 degrees Fahrenheit by late in the 21st century; precipitation may increase in the areas north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, with very little change projected in the Tulare Lake Basin, where some of the greatest agricultural demands exist; evapotranspiration is expected to increase with warming temperatures; and snowpack will decline with warming temperatures, particularly in the lower elevations of the mountains surrounding California's Central Valley. <P> Reclamation, along with its partners and stakeholders, developed management actions to address these findings. The study revealed that conservation, groundwater and surface water augmentation projects and operational improvements may improve the reliability and sustainability of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project systems to meet current and future water needs. <P> The report also identified potential next steps to resolve current and future imbalances. These next steps were grouped into the following categories, Institutional Flexibility, Municipal and Industrial and Agricultural Water Use Efficiency, River Temperature Management, Forest Health, Groundwater and System Conveyance. <P> The Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers Basin Study is a part of WaterSMART, the Department of the Interior's sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. The report is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/bsp" target="_blank">www.usbr.gov/watersmart/bsp</a>. For more information on the WaterSMART program, visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART" target="_blank">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53047 Reclamation Initiates 2016 WaterSMART Basin Study Selection Process
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is initiating the 2016 basin study selection process and requests letters of interest from eligible non-federal entities interested in participating in a new basin study. A short letter of interest is due to the respective regional office by April 4, 2016. <P> Through basin studies, Reclamation works with state and local partners to conduct comprehensive water supply and demand studies of river basins in the Western United States. Reclamation anticipates funding two studies in 2016. <P> Basin studies include four main elements: <ul> <li>Projections of water supply and demand, including the risks of climate change.</li> <li>Analysis of how existing water and power infrastructure will perform in response to changing water realities.</li> <li>Development of adaptation and mitigation strategies to improve operations and infrastructure in order to supply adequate water in the future.</li> <li>Trade-off analysis of the strategies identified and findings.</li> </ul> <P> Entities must contribute at least half of the total cost as cash or in-kind services. This is not a financial assistance program and Reclamation's share of the study costs will only be used to support work done by Reclamation or its contractors. <P> Reclamation’s regional office staff will review all letters of interest. Those selected for consideration will then work with Reclamation to develop a joint study proposal for evaluation and prioritization by a Reclamation review committee. <P> WaterSMART is the Department of the Interior's sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. <P> To learn more about WaterSMART or this basin study selection process, please visit www.usbr.gov/watersmart/bsp/. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53008 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document on Tranquillity Irrigation District, East-West Intertie Water Conservation Project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review an Environmental Assessment/Initial Study for the Tranquillity Irrigation District, East-West Intertie Water Conservation Project. The TID proposes to construct a pump structure and turnout at the Western Distribution System’s Towne Ditch, construct approximately one-half mile of pipeline to intertie with the Eastern Distribution System’s South Canal, install a flow meter and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition control system, and construct a solar panel system. <P> Reclamation proposes to provide WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funds to TID. Through the WaterSMART program, Reclamation provides cost-shared funding on a competitive basis for projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, protect endangered species, or facilitate water markets. For more on WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg/index.html</a>. <P> The EA/IS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and California Environmental Quality Act, and may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24855">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24855</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> Written comments are due by close of business on Friday, April 1, 2016, to Doug Kleinsmith, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-150, Sacramento, CA 95825 or <a href="mailto:dkleinsmith@usbr.gov">dkleinsmith@usbr.gov</a>. <P> For additional information or to receive a copy of the EA/IS, please contact Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034. The document may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional office at the above address. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=52847 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Sweeney/McCune Creek Outflow Recovery and Automation Project
FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment/Initial Study and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Sweeney/McCune Creek Outflow Recovery and Automation Project. <P> Through a WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant, Reclamation will provide financial assistance to the Solano Irrigation District to recover surface water outflow for redistribution within the District. The project will improve water use efficiency by installing a long crested weir, integrated flume meters and automated discharge gates. The project is located in Solano County. <P> The Final EA/IS and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24030">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24030</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA/IS and FONSI, please contact Carolyn Bragg at 916-989-7198 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=52427 Reclamation Releases Truckee Basin Study, Providing Tools for Water Managers in California and Nevada to Help Meet Future Water Demands
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation has released its study of the Truckee Basin in California and Nevada, projecting that climate change may impact water supplies in the 21st century. Now available online, this study provides water managers with information to better understand the basin’s water supply and demand from now until 2099, and also identifies potential options to help them meet future demands. <P> "The Truckee Basin is an important source of water for eastern California and western Nevada and includes the iconic Lake Tahoe," Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López said. "Reclamation and its partners now have the necessary information to develop options to ensure a sustainable water supply into the future." <P> Reclamation developed the study in partnership with the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Truckee River Flood Management Authority and Placer County Water Agency. <P> The Truckee Basin headwaters begin around Lake Tahoe. The basin includes the Truckee and Carson rivers and Pyramid Lake and encompasses the cities of Carson City, Reno and Sparks, as well as Reclamation's Newlands Project, all in Nevada. <P> According to the basin study, the Truckee Basin is heavily dependent on the Sierra Nevada’s snowpack and available supply is dependent on the availability to capture, store and manage water. Precipitation within the basin can vary greatly from the high elevations in the Sierra Nevada to the desert regions around Pyramid Lake. Year-to-year precipitation can also vary greatly, with several years of below- average precipitation being common. <P> The mean average annual temperature in the basin is anticipated to increase by up to five degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the twenty-first century, while annual precipitation within the basin may decrease slightly. The increase in temperature will change the timing and intensity of runoff, with more precipitation falling as rain instead of snow. Runoff will begin earlier, thus impacting the amount of water that can be stored in Truckee reservoirs because of current flood management requirements. <P> Also, limited storage within the basin will impact water supplies. For example, because of the earlier runoff, the ability to meet full storage after April will be reduced. Due to warming, basin reservoirs are also projected to have higher rates of evaporation, and will be less resilient during future droughts. Lake Tahoe’s surface is projected to drop below its natural rim more frequently, causing flows into the Truckee River at Tahoe Dam to cease; making Truckee supplies dependent on smaller reservoirs with limited capacity. <P> The study also found that the frequency and magnitude of flood events may increase within the basin. The likelihood of the basin experiencing more floods like the one in 1997 that heavily impacted downtown Reno and Sparks, as well as floods of lesser intensity, will increase 10 to 20 percent by 2050 and 30 to 50 percent by 2099. <P> Finally, the basin study identified structural and non-structural options to balance water supply benefits with flood risks, including working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow flexibility in managing reservoir flood space, among other options. <P> The Truckee Basin Study is a part of WaterSMART. The report is available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/bsp">www.usbr.gov/watersmart/bsp</a>. <P> WaterSMART is the Department of the Interior's sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. For more information on the WaterSMART program, visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51889 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for the Sweeney/McCune Creek Outflow Recovery and Automation Project
<p> FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study (EA/IS) for the Sweeney/McCune Creek Outflow Recovery and Automation Project. </p> <p> Through a WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant, Reclamation will provide financial assistance to the Solano Irrigation District to recover surface water outflow for redistribution within the District. The project would improve water use efficiency by installing a long crested weir, integrated flume meters and automated discharge gates. The project is located in Solano County. </p> <p> Under the WaterSMART Grants Program, Reclamation provides cost-share funding on projects that promote benefits to water conservation and energy efficiency. </p> <p> The Draft EA/IS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24030">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24030</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p> Comments are due by close of business Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Please send comments to Carolyn Bragg, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630. Comments may also be faxed to Bragg at 916-989-7208 or emailed to <a href="mailto:cbragg@usbr.gov">cbragg@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p> For additional information or to request a copy of the document, please contact Bragg at 916-989-7198 (TTY 800-877-8339). The document may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Central California Area Office at the above address. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51709 Southeast California Regional Basin Study Evaluates Water Supply and Demand in Borrego, Coachella and Imperial Valleys
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation today released the Southeast California Regional Basin Study, which evaluates options to resolve water supply and demand imbalances within the Borrego, Coachella and Imperial Valleys in southeastern California in the face of uncertainty due to climate change. The basin study is among the latest of a West-wide series of studies produced by Reclamation and non-federal partners and comes on the eve of a scheduled White House Roundtable on Water Innovation where Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join other senior Obama Administration officials and several private sector investors to discuss how to plan, effectively use and develop new clean water supplies to ensure our nation’s resilience to water supply shortages. <P> "Reclamation and its partner on the Southeast California Regional Basin Study are confronting the growing water supply and demand imbalances facing the region," Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López said. "Identifying the issues throughout this basin will help develop potential solutions to ensure the region has a sustainable water supply." <P> The study found that the Borrego subarea aquifer, which is recharged solely by groundwater, may be depleted in 50 years. Moreover, options to import and store water in the Borrego Valley groundwater basin are not economically viable at this time. <P> In the Imperial Valley, water users are dependent on imported Colorado River water. Historic climate data and modeling indicate dry conditions may become more frequent with longer durations. Climate change impacts may reduce the snowpack and precipitation leading to a reduced water supply, and can lead to more agricultural water demand as the growing season may become longer. Population is expected to double in the Imperial Valley within the next 40 years with water demand nearly doubling. <P> In the Coachella Valley, water users are dependent on a mix of groundwater and imported water from the Colorado River. The Coachella Valley Water District has addressed the overdraft of groundwater in its 2010 Coachella Valley Water Management Plan but is facing issues similar to those of the Imperial Valley related to Colorado River water supplies. Population is expected to almost triple by 2045, and though agricultural demand may decline by 45 percent, total demand is expected to increase. <P> The study evaluated structural and non-structural alternatives that addressed implementing a managed groundwater system in the Borrego Valley, adding pipeline infrastructure to connect Borrego Valley with either Coachella Valley or Imperial Valley, and using existing infrastructure to bank Colorado River water off-stream. <P> Reclamation partnered with the Borrego Water District to develop the Southeast California Regional Basin Study. The Coachella Valley Water District, Imperial Irrigation District, San Diego County Water Authority and other interested regional stakeholders also contributed to it. <P> The report is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/bsp">www.usbr.gov/watersmart/bsp</a>. <P> The Basin Study Program is part of the WaterSMART Program. WaterSMART is the Department of the Interior's sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. To learn more about WaterSMART, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50769 WaterSMART Funding Opportunity Now Available for Title XVI Authorized Projects
The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking applications from congressionally authorized sponsors of Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse projects for cost-shared funding to plan, design or construct their projects. The funding opportunity is part of Reclamation's activity under the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART initiative, which focuses on improving water conservation, sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. <P> This year, Reclamation anticipates providing funding for 5-10 projects. The funding opportunity is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov" target="_blank">http://www.grants.gov</a> by searching funding opportunity number R16-FOA-DO-003. Proposals must be submitted as indicated in the application packet by 4 p.m., Mountain Standard Time, Dec. 10, 2015. It is anticipated that awards will be made this spring. <P> Reclamation provides funding through the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for projects that reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic or agricultural wastewater and naturally impaired ground or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes, such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife, groundwater recharge, municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation or recreation. Water reuse is a drought resistant water supply and is an essential tool for stretching limited water supplies in the Western United States. <P> Title XVI projects provide communities with a new source of clean water while promoting water and energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Title XVI also is an important part of the Department of the Interior's implementation of the President’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan and the Nov. 1, 2013 Executive Order, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change. <P> Since 1992, approximately $629 million in federal funding through the Title XVI program has been leveraged with non-Federal funding to implement more than $3 billion in water reuse improvements. The president's FY 2016 budget request included a $20 million request for the Title XVI program. <P> To learn more about WaterSMART and the Title XVI program, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50371 Basin Study Projects Shortfall in Future Water Supply for Santa Fe Basin in New Mexico
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation today released a study of the Santa Fe Basin that found that the water supply for Santa Fe, absent implementation of new strategies, is not adequate to meet future demands even without the influence of climate change. <P> "Basin Studies provide important information on projected water supplies and demands so water managers can develop strategies to meet the water needs of their residents," Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López said. "Working collaboratively is the most effective way to manage water resources and the city and county of Santa Fe will benefit from the results of this study." <P> The Santa Fe Basin Study identifies shortages in the water supply and potential adaptation strategies to meet the water needs described in the basin’s 40-year water demand projections. The area’s population is expected to increase about 80 percent by 2055 and, unless action is taken, would be expected to result in a shortfall of about 5,155 acre-feet of water per year, the amount of water that provides for more than 20,000 people. When different climate change scenarios were incorporated into the study, water shortfalls of between 6,342 acre-feet to 9,323 acre-feet per year were projected. <P> Reliability of the San Juan-Chama Project was also studied under various climate change scenarios. The study found that projected flows within the project would decrease by 25 percent overall. Flows would decrease in the summer but would increase in the spring. Storage in Heron Reservoir is projected to be reduced and sufficient water for a full allocation to contractors will be available less frequently. <P> Developing strategies to adapt to expected changes in water supplies is another important component of the Santa Fe Basin Study and included input from the public, the city of Santa Fe and the county of Santa Fe. The portfolio of items selected to study further include the use of reclaimed water, water conservation, direct injection and infiltration for aquifer storage and recovery, and obtaining additional water rights. <P> Reclamation, the city of Santa Fe and the county of Santa Fe, which co-funded the study, developed the Santa Fe Basin Study. The basin includes the upper Rio Grande watershed, tributaries within the San Juan River watershed, a portion of water delivered to Santa Fe through Reclamation's San Juan-Chama Project, and groundwater aquifers of the Santa Fe area. The basin includes the city of Santa Fe, the main municipality in the watershed, and the northern portion of Santa Fe County. <P> The Basin Study Program is part of the WaterSMART Program. WaterSMART is the Department of the Interior's sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. To learn more about WaterSMART, please visit <a href="www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART" target="_blank">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P> <P>