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=57458 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Horsefly Irrigation District’s WaterSMART Grant Project KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Horsefly Irrigation District’s (HID) Dairy and Yonna Canals Piping Project. <P> Through a WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant, Reclamation will provide financial assistance to HID to convert approximately 1.22 miles of its open canal to subterranean piping. The project, located in Klamath County, Ore., will eliminate seepage and evaporation losses in those sections and is anticipated to result in an annual water savings of about 700 acre-feet. Conserved water would remain in the Lost River System for instream benefits and downstream users. <P> The EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=27208" target="_blank">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=27208</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339), or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the EA and/or FONSI, please contact Laura Williams at 541-880-2581 or <a href="mailto:ljwilliams@usbr.gov">ljwilliams@usbr.gov</a>. <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56643 Reclamation Announces Negotiations for a Repayment Contract for Extraordinary Maintenance on the Truckee Canal with Truckee Carson Irrigation District CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct a negotiation session for a repayment contract between the United States and the Truckee Carson Irrigation District for the pre-construction activity costs associated with extraordinary maintenance on the Truckee Canal. Under Section 9603 of Public Law 111-11, Reclamation is authorized to enter into contracts for the repayment of costs associated with extraordinary operation and maintenance activities. <P> The negotiation session will be held: <P> <p align="center"> <strong><u>Fallon, Nevada</u></strong> <p align="center"> Friday, September 30, 9:00 a.m. <p align="center"> Churchill County Commission Chambers <p align="center"> 155 North Taylor Street <P> The public is welcome to observe the negotiations and make comments once they are completed. For further information, please contact Deborah Page, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Carson City, at 775-884-8392 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:rballew@usbr.gov">dpage@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56247 Reclamation Releases Draft Water Storage Contract with the City of Fernley and Washoe County Water Conservation District for Public Review CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation, the City of Fernley and the Washoe County Water Conservation District have completed negotiations for a long-term Water Storage Contract to facilitate the storage of Fernley Municipal Credit Water in Truckee River Reservoirs. <P> 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 dated Sept. 6, 2008. <P> The draft contract is available for a 60-day comment period and is available on the Mid-Pacific Region webpage at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/warren_act/index.html. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Written comments must be received by close of business Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, and should be sent to Deborah Page, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 North Plaza Street, Suite 320, Carson City, NV 89701, faxed to 775-884-8376 or emailed to dpage@usbr.gov. For additional information, please contact Page at 775-884-8392. <P> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55607 Reclamation to Begin Safety Modification Project at Stampede Dam TRUCKEE, Calif. – Under the Bureau of Reclamation’s Safety of Dams Program, Stampede Dam and dike structures are being raised by 11.5 feet to address dam safety concerns related to large flood events. In addition, two small dikes will be constructed near the south end of the reservoir to fill low-lying areas of the reservoir rim. The spillway crest structure will be reconstructed to control outflows during large flood events to the current spillway discharge capacity of approximately 3,000 cubic feet per second. Completed in 1970, Stampede Dam is a zoned earthfill embankment dam located approximately 11 miles northeast of Truckee, California, in Sierra County. <P> The construction contract for this work was awarded in May 2016 to NW Construction Incorporated (NW). NW will mobilize to Stampede Dam in August 2016 to begin preliminary construction activities. Preliminary construction activities to be completed during 2016 include improvement and surfacing of the Dog Valley Road detour route (from Hobart Mills to the Stampede Boat Ramp turnoff); timber clearing; construction of two small dikes; and some miscellaneous work to prepare for the 2017 construction season. There will be no road closures in 2016; however, some traffic control may be in place for safety purposes. Please look for road guards and signage as you drive through the area. <P> Beginning in April 2017, the eastern section of Dog Valley Road, which crosses the dam and dike, will be closed to allow for construction on the main dam structure. Access to the reservoir will be available using the posted detour routes. A hyperlink to the temporary detour routes which shows the closed section of Dog Valley Road is found at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/stampede/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/stampede/index.html</a><u>.</u> <s></s> <P> The Boat Ramp and Logger Campground will remain open during construction. The Emigrant Group Campground will be closed from April 2017 to October 2017 for construction activities. <P> The website will be revised periodically with updated information as the construction project progresses. For information, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/stampede/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/stampede/index.html</a> <u>.</u> <P> Please email questions related to the project to <a href="mailto:sha-mpr-StampedeSOD@usbr.gov" target="_blank">sha-mpr-StampedeSOD@usbr.gov</a><u>. </u> Responses to questions received will be transmitted approximately weekly throughout the construction period. If you would like your email address to be added to a distribution list for periodic project updates, please indicate that in your email to the above address. <P> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55334 Reclamation Resumes Negotiations for City of Fernley Water Storage Contract CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation will resume 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 negotiation session will be held: <P> <p align="center"> <u>Fernley, Nevada</u> <p align="center"> Wednesday, July 13, 9:00 a.m. <p align="center"> Fernley City Hall <p align="center"> 595 Silver Lace Blvd. <P> The public is welcome to observe the negotiation session and make comments once it is completed. For further information, please contact Deb Page, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Carson City, at 775-884-8392 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:dpage@usbr.gov">dpage@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54869 Reclamation Participates in Spring Wings Bird Festival On Saturday, May 21, 2016, Bureau of Reclamation’s Public Affairs Specialist Donna Potter and Lahontan Basin Area Office Natural Resources Specialist Selena Werdon participated in the annual Spring Wings Bird Festival in Fallon, Nev., with an educational booth that attracted the attention of many participants. The Spring Wings Bird Festival celebrates the return of migratory waterfowl to the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribal Wetlands and other important wetlands in the Fallon area. <P> Children and adults alike were interested in learning about zebra and quagga mussels and the impacts they can cause to our environment and facilities. <P> Children visiting Reclamation’s booth were excited to learn origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes and figures. Simple origami patterns for a swan and a pelican were provided to represent local migratory birds. Children had their choice of colorful paper squares with 35 decorative geometric patterns and animal prints to make their own unique bird. Examples of each of the eight steps necessary to successfully fold each bird were laid out in order on the table. Werdon gave folding tips, and parents and siblings lent a hand to the youngest origami artists (4 years old!). Every participant went home with at least one origami bird and a big smile. <P> Information on the Newlands Project, one of the first Reclamation projects, was also part of the Reclamation booth. The Newlands Project provides irrigation water from the Truckee and Carson Rivers for about 57,000 acres of cropland in the Lahontan Valley near Fallon and bench lands near Fernley, in western Nevada. <P> In addition, water from about 6,000 acres of Project land has been transferred to the Lahontan Valley Wetlands near Fallon. These wetlands are a designated Important Bird Area in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/mussel-encrusted-items-in-a-display-case-provide-an-informative-view.jpg" alt="Mussel-encrusted items in a display case provide an informative view." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/little-boy-at-spring-wings-bird%20festival.jpg" alt="Little boy at Spring Wings Bird Festival." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/visitors-examine%20the-newlands-project.jpg" alt="Visitors examine the Newlands Project display." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/the-swan-is-completed-now-working-on-the-pelican.jpg" alt="The swan is completed, now working on the pelican." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54787 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on the Installation of SatLink2 on Flow Measurement Devices in the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation has prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Environmental Assessment (EA) 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 will allow for 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 information 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 Draft EA was available for public review from March 17 to April 1, 2016; no public comments were received. The FONSI and Final EA were 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 documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> For additional information or to receive copies of the FONSI and Final EA, please contact Doug Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339). The documents may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. <P> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54587 Reclamation Awards Construction Contract for Safety Modification Project at Stampede Dam TRUCKEE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $21.8 million construction contract to NW Construction Inc. of Bozeman, Montana for dam safety modifications to Stampede Dam to prevent potential overtopping of the dam in a significant hydrologic event. <P> Stampede Dam will be raised 11.5 feet using mechanically stabilized earth walls. Two small dikes will also be constructed along the south reservoir rim. In addition, the spillway crest structure will be reconstructed to limit discharges to the current spillway capacity. Completed in 1970, Stampede Dam is a zoned earthfill embankment dam located approximately 11 miles northeast of Truckee, California, in Sierra County. <P> The Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and completed in May 2012. The cultural resources programmatic agreement was executed by the California state historic preservation officer in March 2014. <P> "This is one example of the way Reclamation works to ensure the safety of water infrastructure across the West," said Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López. "This construction contract at Stampede Dam underscores our commitment to the safety and reliability of water infrastructure that millions of citizens rely upon every day." <P> To learn more about Reclamation’s Safety of Dams program, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod</a>. <P> To learn more about the Stampede Safety of Dams Modification Project, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/stampede/index.html" target="_blank"> http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/ <wbr> projects/stampede/index.html </wbr> </a> . The website will be updated periodically as the project occurs. <P> For additional information, please contact Todd Hill, Branch Chief, at 916-978-5328 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:thill@usbr.gov" target="_blank">thill@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54412 Reclamation and the City of Fernley Cancel Negotiation Session for a Water Storage Contract CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation and the city of Fernley have cancelled the May 16 negotiation session for a water storage contract. Additional negotiation sessions are anticipated to be scheduled for July 2016. <P> 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 terms and conditions defined in the Truckee River Operating Agreement. <P> For further information, please contact Rena Ballew at 775-884-8342 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:rballew@usbr.gov">rballew@usbr.gov</a>. <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54409 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for Pyramid Lake Watercraft Inspection Station CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review an Environmental Assessment on a project to construct a permanent watercraft inspection and decontamination station in Sutcliffe, Nev., to prevent aquatic invasive species introductions into Pyramid Lake. <P> The project would be implemented by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe on the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation using funds provided via a sub-grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; the original grant funding source is Reclamation’s Desert Terminal Lakes Program. The Desert Terminal Lakes Program provides funding assistance to carry out conservation activities for terminal lakes and associated watersheds. <P> The project would include site preparation, construction of the station, and installation of directional signs. The station would operate year round and provide watercraft inspections and decontamination. Operations would be funded by tribal sales of public recreation use permits. <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=25517">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=25517</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, 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 Wednesday, June 8, 2016, to Selena Werdon, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 N. Plaza Street, Suite 320, Carson City, NV 89701. Comments may also be faxed to 775-884-8376 or emailed to <a href="mailto:swerdon@usbr.gov">swerdon@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information, please contact Werdon at 775-884-8366. <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54207 Reclamation Announces Negotiations for City of Fernley Water Storage Contract CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct a negotiation session for a 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 negotiation session will be held: <P> <p>Fernley, Nevada<br /> </b>Monday, May 16, 10:30 a.m.<br /> Fernley City Hall<br /> 595 Silver Lace Blvd. <P> The public is welcome to observe the negotiation session and make comments once it is completed. For further information, please contact Rena Ballew, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Carson City, at 775-884-8342 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:rballew@usbr.gov">rballew@usbr.gov</a>. <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53987 Reclamation Resumes Negotiations for City of Fernley Water Storage Contract CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct a negotiation session for a 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 negotiation session will be held: <P> <p align="center"><strong><u>Fernley, Nevada</u></strong> <p align="center">Monday, May 9, 10 a.m. <p align="center">Fernley City Hall <p align="center">595 Silver Lace Blvd. <P> The public is welcome to observe the negotiations and make comments once they are completed. For further information, please contact Rena Ballew, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Carson City, at 775-884-8342 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:rballew@usbr.gov">rballew@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53413 Reclamation Announces Negotiations for Reno-area Water Storage Contracts CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct negotiations for a storage contract with the cities of Reno and Sparks and with Washoe County, 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 negotiations will be held: <P> <p align="center"> <strong> <u> Reno, Nevada <br/> </u> </strong> Thursday, April 14, 1:30 p.m. <br/> Reno City Hall <br/> 3rd Floor Conference Room <br/> 1 East 1<sup>st</sup> St. <P> If negotiations are not completed, the need for additional negotiations will be determined during this session. The public is welcome to observe the negotiations and may make comments once they are completed. For further information, please contact Rena Ballew, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Carson City, at 775-884-8342 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:rballew@usbr.gov">rballew@usbr.gov</a>. <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53411 Reclamation Announces Negotiations for City of Fernley Water Storage Contracts CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct negotiations for a 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 negotiations will be held: <P> <p align="center"> <u>Fernley, Nevada</u> </p> <p align="center"> Wednesday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. </p> <p align="center"> Friday, April 15, 9:00 a.m. </p> <p align="center"> Friday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. </p> <p align="center"> Fernley City Hall </p> <p align="center"> 595 Silver Lace Blvd. </p> <P> If negotiations are completed prior to the last sessions, the final sessions may be cancelled without public notice. The public is welcome to observe the negotiations and may make comments once they are completed. For further information, please contact Rena Ballew, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Carson City, at 775-884-8342 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:rballew@usbr.gov">rballew@usbr.gov</a>. <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>