Lahontan Basin Area Office Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from Reclamation's Lahontan Basin Area Office http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=37983 Reclamation Schedules Public Meeting on the Central Valley Project Cost Allocation Study <p> In 2010, the Bureau of Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Region began a process to develop a new cost allocation for the Central Valley Project. A public meeting has been scheduled to update the interested public on the current status of the study. The meeting will be held:</p> <table width="350" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="2"> <tr> <td bgcolor="#BAC5D9"><div align="center"><strong>Friday, October 21, 2011, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.</strong></div></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#F3F3F3"><div align="center">Federal Building, <br /> Cafeteria Conference Rooms C1001-C1002<br /> 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA&nbsp; 95825</div></td> </tr> </table> <p align="left">Cost allocation is a process to determine and distribute the costs of the multi-purpose Central Valley Project (CVP) facilities among the seven congressionally authorized purposes: water supply, flood control, navigation, power, fish and wildlife, recreation and water quality. The cost obligation for each authorized purpose will be determined and will be the basis for repayment requirements for irrigation, municipal and industrial, and commercial power contractors.</p> <p> The last major CVP cost allocation was completed in 1970, with a minor update in 1975. The 1975 allocation has since been subject to minimal annual changes related to project water and power uses. The new allocation will replace the 1975 allocation in its entirety.</p> <p> The study is being led by Reclamation in coordination with other federal organizations including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Western Area Power Administration. The study is expected to be completed in 2017.</p> <p> For questions or to request special assistance to attend the meeting, please contact Traci Michel, Project Manager, at 916-978-5009 (TTY 916-978-5608) or <a href="mailto:tmichel@usbr.gov">tmichel@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p> Please visit the project <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/CVP/CVP-CAS">website</a> for additional information on the study. All meeting materials will be posted on the website following the meeting.</p> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=37803 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents to Restore the Upper Truckee River through California State Park Lands <p> The Bureau of Reclamation, the California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) have released the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for a stream restoration project on the Upper Truckee River in El Dorado County, California. Proposed is a project to restore a 2.24 mile reach of the Upper Truckee River within Lake Valley State Recreation Area and Washoe Meadows State Park to address its contributions of fine sediment to the river and Lake Tahoe. </p> <p> The Final EIR/EIS includes responses to all comments received during the public comment period for the Draft EIR/EIS, which ended November 4, 2010. After evaluating the comments on the Draft EIR/EIS, a slightly modified version of Alternative 2 has been identified as the Preferred Alternative.</p> <p> Reclamation will not make a decision regarding the proposed action until sometime after State Parks issues a Notice of Determination under the California Environmental Quality Act for the Final EIR/EIS. Reclamation will then issue a Record of Decision which will state the action that will be implemented and will discuss all factors leading to the decision.</p> <p> The State Parks and Recreation Commission and the TRPA Governing Board will each have meetings on the Final EIR/EIS. Dates for these meetings will be posted on the following State Parks website: <a href="http://www.restoreuppertruckee.net/">www.restoreuppertruckee.net</a>. Note: The TRPA meetings in December 2011 will only involve certification of the Final EIR/EIS document and not approval of the project.</p> <p> The Final EIR/EIS is available for review <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=5760">online</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov: Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents to Restore the Upper Truckee River through California State Park Lands">mpPublicAffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p> For further information, please contact Myrnie Mayville, Bureau of Reclamation, at 775-589-5240 or by e-mail at <a href="mailto:mmayville@usbr.gov">mmayville@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=37244 Reclamation Preparing Environmental Assessment on Stampede Dam Safety of Dams Modification <p>The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public input to help identify additional issues and concerns to be considered during the preparation of an Environmental Assessment for the proposed Safety of Dams Modification to Stampede Dam, located on the Little Truckee River about 11 miles northeast of Truckee, Calif. The Draft Environmental Assessment is scheduled to be completed in fall 2011. <br /> <P> Reclamation proposes to correct safety deficiencies identified by Safety of Dams (SOD) studies at Stampede Dam to prevent potential loss of life, water storage, property damage, and other losses due to dam failure. Several alternatives were considered and eliminated during the study. The two proposed alternatives for the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) are No Action and what is called a “Mechanically Stabilized Earth Raise.” Under the No Action Alternative no federal action would be taken. <br /> <P> Reclamation initially conducted scoping for the Stampede Dam SOD EA in January 2010. Several refinements have recently been made including constructing saddle dikes, installing temporary water control structures, modifying roads and identifying borrow and staging areas in the Tahoe National Forest, Truckee Ranger District. Reclamation is the lead agency in developing the EA and the U.S. Forest Service will be invited to participate as a Cooperating Agency. Details on the proposed Stampede Dam SOD Modification are posted on Reclamation’s website at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=8182">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=8182</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the website, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <br /> <P> Completed in 1970, Stampede Dam is 239-feet high and has a crest length of 1,511 feet. The reservoir provides water primarily for fishery enhancement along the Truckee River as well as Pyramid Lake Fishway operation. Stampede Dam is part of the Washoe Project and is operated by Reclamation.<br /> <P> Written comments should be sent by close of business Monday, October 10, 2011, to Jane Schmidt, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 N. Plaza St., Room 320, Carson City, NV 89701, faxed to 775-882-7592, or e-mailed to <a href="mailto:jcschmidt@usbr.gov">jcschmidt@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information, please contact Ms. Schmidt at 916-718-5815 (TTY 775-882-3436).</p> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=37047 Reclamation Schedules Public Meetings to Discuss the Newlands Project Planning Study <p>The Bureau of Reclamation will host three public meetings in August to discuss the Newlands Project Planning Study (Study). The Study will investigate a range of potential alternatives to serve Newlands Project (Project) water rights and reduce public safety risks associated with operating the Truckee Canal. The meetings will occur in Fernley, Nixon and Fallon - three communities within or near the Project.  </p> <p> Each meeting will begin with a presentation followed by an open house during which attendees can review Study information and interact one-on-one with Study team members. During the meeting, Reclamation will present information and receive public feedback on the Study's objectives and purpose, outline steps in the planning process and discuss an initial list of actions that could be combined to form alternative plans for safely serving people, communities and lands that rely on Truckee or Carson River water delivered by the Project. </p> <p> Meeting dates, times and locations are:</p> <table width="350" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2"> <tr> <td width="33%" bgcolor="#DEE3EF"><div align="center"><strong><u>Fernley</u></strong><br /> </div></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#F3F3F3"><div align="center">Monday, August 22 <br /> 6 - 8 p.m. <br /> Fernley City Council Chambers <br /> 595 Silver Lace Boulevard</div></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" bgcolor="#DEE3EF"><div align="center"><strong><u>Nixon</u></strong></div></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#F3F3F3"><div align="center"> Tuesday, August 23<br /> 6 - 8 p.m. <br /> Pyramid Lake <br /> Paiute Tribal Council Chambers<br /> 208 Capitol Hill</div></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="33%" bgcolor="#DEE3EF"><div align="center"><strong><u>Fallon</u></strong><br /> </div></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#F3F3F3"><div align="center"> <p>Thursday, August 25<br /> 6 - 8 p.m. <br /> Churchill County <br /> Commissioners' Chambers <br /> 155 N. Taylor Street, Suite 145</p> </div></td> </tr> </table> <p>The Study was motivated by a January 2008 breach of the Project's Truckee Canal that flooded nearly 600 properties in the city of Fernley and led to restrictions on the amount of water the canal may convey. The Study is a federal effort to investigate options for safely serving Project water rights, and will culminate in a special report to help guide decisions about the Project's future. </p> <p> Originally known as the Truckee-Carson Project, the Project is one of Reclamation's oldest irrigation projects. Since 1903, it has served water users in the Truckee and Carson River Basins for agricultural and, increasingly, other purposes. Operation and maintenance of Project facilities is performed by the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District under a contract with Reclamation. For information about the Project, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/lbao/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/lbao/</a>.</p> <p> If special accommodations are needed or for additional information, please contact Donna Potter with Reclamation's Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5103 (TTY 916-978-5608) or <a href="mailto:lpotter@usbr.gov">lpotter@usbr.gov</a>.   </p> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=36665 Reclamation Announces Decision on Battle Mountain Community Pasture Barn Demolition in Nevada <p>The Bureau of Reclamation has signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Environmental Assessment (EA) on demolition and removal of the Battle Mountain Community Pasture barn. The barn is part of Reclamation's Humboldt Project, which is operated and managed by the Pershing County Water Conservation District. The barn is unusable and no longer structurally sound, and its removal is necessary for safety reasons. The Battle Mountain Community Pasture barn is located east of the town of Battle Mountain, on the north side of I-80.  </p> <p>The EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=7691">online</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mpPublicAffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>For additional information, please contact Andrea Minor at 775-884-8366 or <a href="mailto:aminor@usbr.gov">aminor@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=36493 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Independence Lake Spillway Fish Barrier Project <p> The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Independence Lake Spillway Fish Barrier Project. The fish barrier is intended to eliminate the upstream migration of non-native fish that pose a risk to the lake's unique population of federally listed Lahontan cutthroat trout. Reclamation's Desert Terminal Lakes Program would provide funding for the fish barrier to The Nature Conservancy for the protection of the native fishery in the lake, as directed by Congressional legislation. Independence Lake is located in Sierra County, California. </p> <p> The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=7694">online</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mpPublicAffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p> Written comments must be received by close of business Friday, July 15, 2011, and should be mailed to Caryn Huntt DeCarlo, Bureau of Reclamation, Lahontan Basin Area Office, 705 N. Plaza, Room 320, Carson City, NV  89701-4015, or faxed to Mrs. Huntt DeCarlo at 775-882-7592, or e-mailed to <a href="mailto:chunttdecarlo@usbr.gov">chunttdecarlo@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Mrs. Huntt DeCarlo at 775-884-8352 or <a href="mailto:chunttdecarlo@usbr.gov">chunttdecarlo@usbr.gov</a>.  </p> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=36446 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents on Battle Mountain Community Pasture Barn Demolition in Nevada <p>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on demolition and removal of the Battle Mountain Community Pasture barn. The barn is part of Reclamation's Humboldt Project, which is operated and managed by the Pershing County Water Conservation District. Because the barn is unusable and no longer structurally sound, its removal is necessary for safety reasons. The Battle Mountain Community Pasture barn is located east of the town of Battle Mountain, on the north side of I-80.  </p> <p>The Draft EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=7691">online</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mpPublicAffairs@usbr.gov</a>. The Draft EA/FONSI are also available for public review at the Lander County Library, 625 South Broad Street, Battle Mountain, NV&nbsp;89820, 775-635-2534. </p> <p>Written comments on the Draft EA/FONSI are due by Friday, June 17, 2011, and should be mailed to Andrea Minor, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 N. Plaza Street, Room 320, Carson City, NV 89701-4015, or faxed to 775-882-7592, or e-mailed to <a href="mailto:aminor@usbr.gov">aminor@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information, please contact Ms. Minor at 775-884-8366 or <a href="mailto:aminor@usbr.gov">aminor@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=35642 Bureau of Reclamation to Close Boca Dam Road on the Little Truckee River <p>The Bureau of Reclamation announces that Boca Dam road will be closed to car and truck traffic beginning Friday, April 1, 2011, to implement the security plan for Boca Dam. The closure will likely last throughout the summer. Reclamation identified the need to limit public access to the dam to address security concerns and provide protection for the public and lands downstream. Pedestrian, bicycle and motorcycle use of the road across Boca Dam will be allowed during the road closure. </p> <p><a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/PA/images/boca_dam.png"><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/PA/images/boca_dam_thumb.png" alt="Interactive Map - click to see the larger version" width="218" height="237" hspace="5" border="0" align="left" /></a></p> <p>Boca Dam and Reservoir are part of Reclamation's Truckee Storage Project and are located on the Little Truckee River about 6 miles east of Truckee, California, and 27 miles west of Reno, Nevada. </p> <p>The Tahoe National Forest Boca Campground facilities located on the west side of Boca Reservoir and the Boca Reservoir boat ramp will be accessible using alternate routes.  </p> <p>To obtain information about the status of the closure, call the recording at 1-800-742-9474. When prompted on the recording, press 21 for Boca Dam road closure information. </p> <p>For additional information about the road closure, please contact Bob Edwards, Resource Division Manager, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Carson City, Nevada at 775-884-8342 or e-mail Peter Neugebauer at <a href="mailto:pneugebauer@usbr.gov">pneugebauer@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=34802 Reclamation Announces Decision on Conveyance of Treated Effluent Water through the Newlands Project Drain in Nevada  <p>The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact to authorize conveyance of up to  560 acre-feet per year of treated effluent water through the Newlands Project's Wade Drain.  The Newlands Project is located in the Lahontan Valley in Churchill County, near Fallon, Nevada.  </p> <p>Authorization by Reclamation will allow treated effluent water from Churchill County's Moody Lane Regional Water Reclamation Facility to flow through the Wade Drain to the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge and assist in restoring and protecting portions of historic wetlands habitat at the refuge.</p> <p>Minor modifications to the existing Wade Drain facilities will be made for the conveyance of the treated effluent water.  In particular, a new water control structure will be constructed to measure and release treated effluent water from the D-Line to the F2 Drain.  </p> <p>The Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact 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=6740">online</a>.  If you encounter problems accessing documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mpPublicAffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>For additional information, please contact Andrea Minor at 775-884-8366, <a href="mailto:aminor@usbr.gov">aminor@usbr.gov</a>, or Ed DeCarlo at 775-884-8367, <a href="mailto:ejdecarlo@usbr.gov">ejdecarlo@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=34464 Reclamation Releases Draft EA on Conveyance of Treated Effluent Water Through the Newlands Project Drain in Nevada <p> The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes the effects of authorizing conveyance of up to 560 acre-feet per year of treated effluent water through the Newlands Project's Wade Drain.&nbsp; Authorization by Reclamation would allow treated effluent water from Churchill County's Moody Lane Regional Water Reclamation Facility to flow through the Newlands Project Wade Drain to the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge.</p> <p> Minor modifications to the existing Wade Drain facilities would be made for the conveyance of the treated effluent water.&nbsp; In particular, a new water control structure would be constructed to measure and release treated effluent from the D-Line to the F2 Drain.&nbsp; The Wade Drain is located in the Lahontan Valley in Churchill County, near Fallon, Nevada.&nbsp; Treated effluent from Churchill County, conveyed through the Wade Drain, would provide water to assist with restoring and protecting portions of historic wetlands habitat at the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge.</p> <p> The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=6740">online</a>.&nbsp; If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mpPublicAffairs@usbr.gov</a>.&nbsp; The EA is also available for public review at the Churchill County Library, 553 South Maine Street, Fallon, NV&nbsp; 89406.</p> <p> Written comments on the Draft EA are due by Friday, December 17, 2010, and should be mailed to Andrea Minor, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 N. Plaza Street, Room 320, Carson City, NV 89701-4015, or faxed to 775-882-7592, or e-mailed to <a href="mailto:aminor@usbr.gov">aminor@usbr.gov</a>.&nbsp; For additional information, please contact either Ms. Minor at 775-884-8366 or <a href="mailto:aminor@usbr.gov">aminor@usbr.gov</a> or Ed DeCarlo at 775-884-8367 or <a href="mailto:ejdecarlo@usbr.gov">ejdecarlo@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=34404 Reclamation and City of Fernley to Reschedule December Negotiation Meetings for Water Storage Contract <p>The Bureau of Reclamation and the city of Fernley have cancelled the December 1 and December 15 negotiation meetings for a water storage contract which had been announced previously. The negotiations are anticipated to be rescheduled for February and March 2011. </p> <P> <p>Under Title II of Public Law 101-618, Section 205(b)1, Reclamation is authorized to enter into contracts for the use of water storage space in Truckee River reservoirs. Contracts must be consistent with terms and conditions defined in the Truckee River Operating Agreement.</p> <P> <p>For further information, please contact Bryce White, Bureau of Reclamation, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Carson City, Nevada, at 775-884-8392 or bwhite@usbr.gov.</p> <P> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=34342 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for Walker River Basin Cloud Seeding Project in Nevada and California The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for award of a grant for the Walker River Basin Cloud Seeding Project. The project is intended to increase precipitation in the Walker River Basin through cloud seeding to enhance snowpack and streamflow. Cloud seeding activities would occur in Lyon, Douglas and Mineral counties in Nevada and in Mono and Tuolumne counties in California. Reclamation's Desert Terminal Lakes Program would grant more than $1.3 million to the Desert Research Institute (DRI) to extend the cloud seeding program for a five-year period, using five ground-based seeding generators and supplemental airborne cloud seeding each winter. The DRI would use a modeling system to estimate changes in Walker River flows as a result of the cloud seeding. <P> The Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=6616. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Written comments must be received by close of business Friday, December 3, 2010, and should be sent to Jane Schmidt, Bureau of Reclamation, Lahontan Basin Area Office, 705 N. Plaza, Room 320, Carson City, NV 89701. Comments may also be faxed to Ms. Schmidt at 775-882-7592 or e-mailed to jcschmidt@usbr.gov. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Ms. Schmidt at 775-884-8372. <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=34042 Reclamation Schedules Three Negotiation Sessions for a Water Storage Contract with Fernley, Nevada The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct a series of three negotiations for a water storage contract with the city of Fernley, Nevada. Under Title II of Public Law 101-618, Section 205(b)1, Reclamation is authorized to enter into contracts for the use of space in Truckee River reservoirs. Contracts must be consistent with the terms and conditions defined in the Truckee River Operating Agreement. <P> The three negotiation sessions will be held in: <c> <p><b>Fernley</b></p> <p>Wednesday, November 3, 10 a.m.</p> <p>Wednesday, December 1, 10 a.m.</p> <p>Wednesday, December 15, 10 a.m.</p> <p>Fernley City Hall, Community Meeting Room</p> <p>595 Silver Lace Blvd.</p> <p>Fernley, NV 89408</p> </c> The public is welcome to observe the negotiations. For further information, please contact Kenneth Parr, area manager, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Carson City, Nevada, at 775-882-3436 or kparr@usbr.gov. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=33564 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents on Removing Ditch Rider Houses Mid-Pacific Region Sacramento, CA <P> MP-10-129 <P> Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100, plucero@usbr.gov <P> For Release On: August 27, 2010 <P> Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents on Removing Ditch Rider Houses <P> The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review an Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact which analyzes the effects of demolishing and removing five ditch rider houses and outbuildings in Churchill County, Nevada. The land will either be relinquished to the Bureau of Land Management or sold as excess property through the General Services Administration. <P> The ditch rider houses were built to provide housing for the operators of the irrigation facilities on the Newlands Project. They are to be removed because they are no longer used or needed, in disrepair, and pose hazards. <P> The Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/Draft FONSI) were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The documents may be viewed at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=6339. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TDD 916-978-5608) or e-mail mpPublicAffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Written comments on the EA/Draft FONSI are due by Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, and should be mailed to Andrea Minor, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 N. Plaza Street, Room 320, Carson City, NV 89701-4015. Comments may also be faxed to Ms. Minor at 775-882-7592 or e-mailed to aminor@usbr.gov. For additional information, please contact either Ms. Minor at 775-884-8366 or Ed DeCarlo, Reclamation, at 775-884-8367, ejdecarlo@usbr.gov. <P> <P> <P> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=33530 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents to Restore Upper Truckee River and Reconfigure Lake Tahoe Golf Course The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review and comment a Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed implementation of a stream restoration project on the Upper Truckee River in El Dorado County, California. <P> Depending on which alternative is selected, the proposed restoration project may include continuing use of the Lake Tahoe Golf Course, removing the entire golf course, or reconfiguring the course. The project is intended to reduce the area of the river and its drainage occupied by the golf course, and establish a buffer area between the golf course and the river. <P> Two public meetings will be held on Oct. 13, 2010, and Oct. 27, 2010, at 9:30 a.m., at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 128 Market St., Stateline, NV, to receive oral and written comments regarding the project's environmental effects. <P> The California State Parks and Recreation is the lead agency on the project, and Reclamation is providing grant funds. <P> The Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The documents may be viewed at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=5760. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TDD 916-978-5608) or e-mail mpPublicAffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Written comments on the Draft EIS/EIR are due by Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, and should be mailed to Cyndie Walck, California State Parks, P.O. Box 16, Tahoe City, CA 96145, e-mailed to utproject@parks.ca.gov or faxed to 530-581-5849. E-mail comments are preferred. To request a compact disc of the Draft EIR/EIS, please contact Ms.Walck at 530-581-0925. Hard copies can be printed for purchase at Staples, 2061 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. For additional information, please contact Ms. Walck or Myrnie Mayville, Reclamation, at 775-589-5240, mmayville@usbr.gov. <P> <P>