Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50230 Reclamation schedules public meeting to discuss proposed Cibola Cut Old Channel Reconstruction Project
Yuma, Ariz. — Reclamation's Yuma Area Office announced today that it will soon begin preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Cibola Cut Old Channel Reconstruction Project, located along the lower Colorado River’s Cibola Division, just south of Palo Verde, California. <P> Based on the proposed action, Reclamation would restore flows through the lower section of the Cibola Cut Old Channel in order to enhance and protect fish and wildlife resources. Flows through the old river channel were established and are maintained to benefit fish and wildlife resources and habitat. Over time, flows through the channel have lost their capacity to circulate water properly due to sedimentation and improper channel mechanics. <P> To help gather information to determine the scope of issues associated with the proposed environmental action, Reclamation will host a public meeting in Blythe, California, on Friday, August 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Comfort Suites Hotel, 700 W. Donlon Street, in Blythe. <P> Members of the public and organizations that have an interest in this project are invited to attend the meeting and provide comments. Reclamation staff will make a presentation at 5:30 p.m., which will include an overview of the scope of the EA and a profile of the project schedule and objectives. Staff from Reclamation will be available at the meeting to accept comments and answer questions about the upcoming EA process. <P> For those unable to attend the public meeting, Reclamation will also accept written comments on the scope of the EA; all written comments are due by Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Please address comments to Mr. Nick Heatwole, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, 7301 Calle Agua Salada, Yuma, AZ, 85364. Comments can also be submitted by e-mail to Nick Heatwole at: nheatwole@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50187 Reclamation to restrict portions of Squaw Lake Road near Imperial Diversion Dam to accommodate installation of a new guard rail
Yuma, Ariz. — Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office reports that beginning the week of August 31, 2015, it will intermittently restrict traffic to one lane and temporarily reduce the speed limit on portions of the Squaw Lake Dike Road near Imperial Diversion Dam to accommodate installation of a new guard rail structure on both sides of the access road. <P> To complete the much needed safety barrier repairs along the roadway, contractors working on behalf of Reclamation will begin demolishing, removing and disposing of the existing guard rail structure and supporting earthen material. Following removal of the existing and dilapidated structure, the contractor will install approximately 8,000 linear feet of new federally approved guard railing and posts. <P> The upcoming maintenance activities are part of Reclamation’s efforts to maintain and safeguard its water delivery and storage infrastructure that provides water management services to farmers in the Yuma, Imperial Valley and Wellton Mohawk service areas. In conducting the maintenance work, the contractor will be operating heavy equipment and haul/delivery trucks along the access roads leading into this project site. The duration of the construction activities at this site is anticipated to take approximately one month, with estimated project completion occurring in early October 2015. <P> Senator Wash Road and Squaw Lake Dike Road are located in Imperial County, California, approximately 18 miles north of Yuma, Arizona, and two miles upstream from Imperial Dam. The 12,000 acre-foot active capacity reservoir and pump generation facility provides for the optimization of water delivery and storage operations in the lower stretch of the Colorado River. <P> For further information about this upcoming construction activity, please contact Chris Wallis, Chief of the Yuma Area Office’s Resource Management Office, at (928) 343-8215 or cwallis@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50129 Reclamation to close Anza Road Bridge near Calexico due to deterioration of the structure
Yuma, Ariz. — Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office, in collaboration with Imperial County and the Imperial Irrigation District (IID), is alerting area visitors and residents to the permanent closure of the Anza Road Bridge/New Briar Flume over the All-American Canal beginning Wednesday, August 19, 2015. <P> Anza Road crosses over the All-American Canal on top of the New Briar Flume approximately 4 miles east of Calexico, California and 2 miles south of CA-98. The flume has deteriorated and Reclamation, IID and engineers from the contract firm NV5 recently inspected the facility to develop a process to repair the New Briar Flume located at the site. During the inspection, engineers from Reclamation and the IID discovered the serious structural deficiencies at the bridge site requiring immediate attention. <P> Based on the review, engineers working at the site believe the structure has lost much of its ability to support heavy traffic loads and that the facility should be closed for public safety reasons and will not reopen for public use. <P> For further information about this upcoming construction activity, please contact Tony Gagajewski with the Yuma Area Office’s Technical Services Office at (928) 343-8524. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49893 Reclamation Releases Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment for City of Henderson Water Tank Site
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the re-issuance of a Right of Use contract to the City of Henderson (City) for a water reservoir (tank) site and associated access road on Reclamation land. The site has been used by the City for this purpose since issuance of the original Right of Use contract in 1986 and has an existing water tank. <P> The draft EA was issued for public review in April 2015. The final EA includes all comments received on the draft EA. The FONSI and final EA are posted on Reclamation’s website at: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html at the link titled, “City of Henderson R-10/10A Water Tank Site.” <P> For questions, or to request a compact disk or paper copy of the final EA, please contact Ms. Faye Streier, National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator, at 702-293-8132 or fstreier@usbr.gov. <P> The FONSI and final EA were prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49788 Bureau of Reclamation releases Finding of No Signficant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment for Planet Ranch Lease
Boulder City, Nev. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Planet Ranch Lease (Lease). The EA details Reclamation's proposed lease of 3,418 acres of land and 5,549 acre-feet of water per year within Planet Ranch in Mohave and La Paz counties in Arizona from the Freeport Minerals Corporation. The leased land and water will benefit the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program. <P> After issuing the Lease, Freeport Minerals Corporation would donate the land and water rights to the State of Arizona, thorough the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, who would then acquire the Lease with Reclamation remaining the lessee. This action is authorized and directed by the Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2014. <P> A draft EA was released for public review in April, 2015. The final EA includes all comments received on the draft EA. The FONSI and final EA are posted on Reclamation's website at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html">http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html</a> at the link titled, "Planet Ranch Lease Environmental Assessment." <P> For questions on the project or to request a compact disk or paper copy of the FONSI and Final EA, please contact Ms. Streier at 702-293-8132 or <a href=mailto:fstreier@usbr.gov > fstreier@usbr.gov </a>. <P> The FONSI and final EA were prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49473 Reclamaton Releases Finding of No Signficant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment for River Mountains Solar Project
Boulder City, Nevada -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the issuance of a Right of Use contract to River Mountains Solar, LLC for a solar facility on Reclamation land. The solar facility will be located entirely within the boundaries of the area that is permitted to Southern Nevada Water Authority for the River Mountains Water Treatment Plant, and will generate electricity for the plant. <P> The Draft EA was released for public review in May, 2015. The Final EA includes all comments received on the Draft EA. The FONSI and Final EA are posted on Reclamation’s website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html">http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html</a> at the link titled, “River Mountains Solar Project Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment.” <P> For questions on the project or to request a compact disk or paper copy of the FONSI and Final EA, please contact Ms. Streier at 702-293-8132. <P> The FONSI and Final EA were prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49294 Reclamation Releases Collaborative Moving Forward Report Addressing Future Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Challenges
Boulder City, Nev. -- The Bureau of Reclamation and stakeholders throughout the Colorado River Basin (Basin) released a report today that documents opportunities and potential actions to address the future water supply and demand imbalances projected in the 2012 Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study. <P> The Moving Forward Phase 1 Report is part of the Colorado River Basin Study Moving Forward effort launched in May of 2013. The Moving Forward program is an effort by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and stakeholders throughout the Basin to respond in a coordinated and collaborative manner in identifying and implementing actions that address projected water supply and demand imbalances, have broad-based support, and provide a wide range of benefits. <P> In Moving Forward Phase 1, funded jointly by Reclamation and the seven Colorado River Basin States, over 100 stakeholders spanning all water use sectors engaged in three workgroups focused on water use efficiency (urban and agricultural) and environmental and recreational flows. The Phase 1 Report includes chapters contributed by each workgroup. <P> "The impacts of the ongoing drought are widespread and are currently being addressed at the local and regional levels. Looking ahead to the longer-term challenges facing the Basin documented in the 2012 Study, it is clear that these challenges must be tackled collaboratively involving all sectors of use," Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp said. "The Phase 1 Report is a critical first step towards this level of collaboration." <P> Twenty-five opportunities were identified by the workgroups. Similar components resulting from each workgroup's individual set of findings include opportunities related to funding and incentives, data and tools, outreach and partnerships, coordination and integration, infrastructure improvements, and flexible water management. <P> Building from the Phase 1 Report, Phase 2 of the Moving Forward effort will be underway later this year and includes the selection and implementation of several pilot projects. <P> The Moving Forward Phase 1 Report is publicly available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/programs/crbstudy/MovingForward/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/programs/crbstudy/MovingForward/index.html</a>. Comments are encouraged on the report during the next 90 days and will be summarized and posted to the website for consideration in Phase 2. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49255 Reclamation releases Draft Environmental Assessment for River Mountains Solar Project
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation is issuing a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review and comment on a proposal to issue a Right of Use contract to River Mountains Solar, LLC for a solar facility on Reclamation land. The solar facility would be located entirely within the boundaries of the area that is permitted to Southern Nevada Water Authority for the River Mountains Water Treatment Plant, and would generate electricity for the plant. <P> The Draft EA is available for public review and comment on Reclamation’s website at: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html at the link titled, “River Mountains Solar Project Draft Environmental Assessment.” Comments must be postmarked by June 3, 2015. <P> Please send written comments to the Bureau of Reclamation, Attn: Faye Streier, National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 61470, Boulder City, NV 89006. Electronic comments may be submitted to fstreier@usbr.gov. <P> For questions on the proposal or to request a compact disk or paper copy of the Draft EA, please contact Ms. Streier at 702-293-8132. <P> The Draft EA was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49209 Reclamation releases Draft Environmental Assessment for City of Henderson Water Tank Site
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation is issuing a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review and comment on a proposal to re-issue a Right of Use contract to the City of Henderson for a water reservoir (tank) site and associated access road on Reclamation land. The site has been used by the City of Henderson since 1986 and has an existing water tank. <P> The Draft EA is available for public review and comment on Reclamation’s website at: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html at the link titled, “City of Henderson R-10/10A Water Tank Site Draft Environmental Assessment.” Comments must be postmarked by May 24, 2015. <P> Please send written comments to the Bureau of Reclamation, Attn: Faye Streier, National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 61470, Boulder City, NV 89006. Electronic comments may be submitted to fstreier@usbr.gov. <P> For questions on the proposal or to request a compact disk or paper copy of the Draft EA, please contact Ms. Streier at 702-293-8132. <P> The Draft EA was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49148 Bureau of Reclamation Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary of Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation and Federal, state and local partners are gathering at the Pivot Point Conference Center in Yuma, Arizona on April 7, 2015 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (LCR MSCP). They will also dedicate the newly created Laguna Division Conservation Area (LDCA), a conservation area of over 1,110 acres downstream of Imperial Dam. <P> “What we achieved in the first 10 years of the LCR MSCP is remarkable, and what we will continue to do in the future together is exciting,” said Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López. “To date, 11 conservation areas are thriving along the Colorado River from Hoover Dam to the southern border with Mexico.” <P> Starting at 7:30 a.m. (PDT), LCR MSCP informational posters and displays will provide the backdrop for remarks from Department of the Interior Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Jennifer Gimbel, Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López, and state and local dignitaries from Nevada, Arizona and California. At 9:00 a.m., participating guests and LCR MSCP stakeholders will travel to the LCDA. At the site, Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp and Larry Voyles, Director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, will mark the official dedication of the habitat project by leading the planting of the last mesquite trees. <P> “The Laguna Division Conservation Area is an example of how a broad set of partners have come together to meet our common goals,” said Regional Director Fulp. “After four years of clearing, contouring, infrastructure construction and planting, the habitat project is completed for the benefit of native species.” <P> "These efforts demonstrate that a diverse group of committed partners can apply active conservation measures that enable a wide array of wildlife species to thrive while water resources are managed to provide the life blood to people living in America's Southwest,” added Director Voyles. <P> Established in 2005 as a 50-year program with equal Federal and non-Federal funding, the LCR MSCP was created to balance the use of Colorado River water resources with conservation of native species and their habitats. The program is managed by Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region in collaboration with a Steering Committee representing 57 partner and stakeholder groups. <P> Media Advisory: For media planning on attending the LCR MSCP 10th Anniversary event and traveling to the dedication of the LDCA on the buses provided, please RSVP to Rose Davis at (702) 591-0029. The LCR MSCP asks that media ride the buses to protect the area from heavy vehicle traffic. High-resolution photographs and video will also be available through Reclamation. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49131 Bureau of Reclamation releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Planet Ranch Lease
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation issued a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) today for the Planet Ranch Lease (Lease). The Draft EA details Reclamation’s proposed lease of 3,418 acres of land and 5,549 acre-feet of water per year within Planet Ranch in Mohave and La Paz counties in Arizona from the Freeport Minerals Corporation. The leased land and water will benefit the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program. <P> After issuing the Lease, Freeport Minerals Corporation would donate the land and water rights to the State of Arizona, represented by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, who would then acquire the Lease with Reclamation. This action is authorized and directed by the Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2014. <P> The Draft EA is available for public review and comment on Reclamation’s website at: <a href=" http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html "> http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html</a>. <P> Comments must be postmarked by Friday, May 1, 2015. <P> Please send written comments to the Bureau of Reclamation, Attn: LC 2620, P.O. Box 61470, Boulder City, NV 89006. Electronic comments may be submitted to <a href=mailto:planetranchlease@usbr.gov> planetranchleaseea@usbr.gov</a>. To request a compact disk or paper copy of the Draft EA or for questions, please contact Ms. Faye Streier, Reclamation National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator, at 702-293-8132. <P> The Draft EA was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49070 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Review on Proposed Sediment Control Structures
Yuma, Ariz. — Reclamation's Yuma Area Office announced today the release of a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for review and comment on the proposed construction of sediment control structures in select washes along the Colorado River near Blythe, California. <P> Under the proposed action, Reclamation will design, construct and maintain sediment control structures in select washes on the Colorado River (River) as a means to decrease the maintenance activities associated with removal of wash fans along the River. The sediment control structures will capture upland sediment before it reaches the river channel, thereby reducing the amount of maintenance and equipment required to operate the river efficiently and effectively. <P> Reclamation is proposing the construction of the sediment control structures to minimize river channel constrictions, enabling more efficient water delivery and channel flow capacity. By reducing wash fan deposits within the main channel, the structures will lessen the need to deploy heavy equipment into the River to conduct removal operations, minimizing impacts to bankline soils, aquatic species and riparian vegetation. <P> The Draft EA describes the anticipated environmental impacts resulting from the proposed action. Based upon analysis completed for the Draft EA, Reclamation has determined that constructing sediment control structures in selected washes will not result in significant impacts. The Draft EA is available online at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/yuma/environmental_docs/environ_docs.html">www.usbr.gov/lc/yuma/environmental_docs/environ_docs.html</a>. <P> <P> Any questions regarding this action should be addressed to Mr. Nick Heatwole, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, 7301 Calle Agua Salada, Yuma, AZ 85364. They can also be submitted by e-mail at <a href="mailto:nheatwole@usbr.gov">nheatwole@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48706 Reclamation will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the San Bernardino Clean Water Factory
TEMECULA, Calif. --- The Bureau of Reclamation and the City of San Bernardino Municipal Water District (SBMWD) will prepare a combined Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Clean Water Factory in San Bernardino County, California, to comply with both Federal and California requirements. A notice of intent is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on February 6, 2015. <P> The proposed Clean Water Factory is a water reclamation project to treat and reuse municipal wastewater currently discharged to the Santa Ana River. The reclaimed water will be used for groundwater recharge and landscape irrigation. The purpose of the project is to reduce dependence on imported water and establish a reliable, sustainable source of clean water. <P> SBMWD filed a Notice of Preparation (California State Clearinghouse no. 2014111012) on November 6, 2014. The Notice of Preparation is available at the Bureau of Reclamation's Southern California Area Office website: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/socal/envdocs.html">www.usbr.gov/lc/socal/envdocs.html</a>. <P> The public and interested parties are invited to comment on the scope of the draft EIS/EIR to help identify alternatives and issues that should be analyzed. Federal, State and local agencies, tribes, and the general public are invited to participate in the environmental review. Comments should be mailed to Doug McPherson, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Southern California Area Office, 27708 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 202, Temecula, CA 92590, or submitted by e-mail to: <a href=mailto:dmcpherson@usbr.gov >dmcpherson@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48388 Reclamation Announces Availability of NGS-Kayenta Mine Complex Scoping Summary Report
PHOENIX -- Reclamation accepted comments from the public during a scoping process initiated on May 16, 2014. A Notice of Intent, several press releases, and ten public meetings solicited input on what should be included in an Environment Impact Statement regarding the proposed lease extension and continuation of operations at the Navajo Generating Station. The scoping period formally closed on August 31, 2014. <P> A Scoping Summary Report is now available on the Project Website <a href="http://www.ngskmc-eis.net">www.ngskmc-eis.net</a>. The report provides further details on the efforts undertaken in carrying out the scoping process and a summary of comments received from the public. Reclamation has attempted to retain as much of the original language and intent of the comments as possible. The Report summarizes and groups the comments generally according to the areas of the EIS in which they will be addressed. <P> Should you have any questions concerning this matter, or the Scoping Summary Report, please contact Ms. Sandra Eto, Project Manager at 623-773-6254 or <a Href=mailto:NGSKMC-EIS@usbr.gov>NGSKMC-eis@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48366 Reclamation to Lower Lake Moovalya One Foot in January 2015
BOULDER CITY, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation will lower the level of Lake Moovalya by approximately one foot in elevation for about two weeks beginning in early January 2015. Lake Moovalya is the small body of water behind Headgate Rock Dam north of Parker, Arizona. Reclamation is coordinating this activity with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to allow the Colorado River Indian Tribes to perform annual maintenance on their canals. <P> The drawdown is scheduled to begin the morning of Monday, January 5, 2015. The one-foot drop should be completed by Monday afternoon, but environmental conditions could vary the drawdown time. The temporary drawdown is expected to have minimal impacts on releases from Parker Dam and will not affect Colorado River flows below Headgate Rock Dam. <P> During the drawdown, the Lake Moovalya water level will stay at approximately elevation 363.40 feet; the water level is normally at elevation 364.40 feet. The lake should return to its normal elevation by Tuesday, January 20, 2015. However, a return to normal elevation may occur sooner or later than this date depending on operational or environmental conditions. <P> All river users should be aware that fluctuating or lower than normal river flows may expose or create natural hazards such as moving sandbars, gravel bars, unstable riverbanks, floating or submerged debris, or other unfamiliar obstacles. As always, caution should be exercised while using the river. <P>