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=51967 Truckee River Operating Agreement Implementation to Provide Multiple Benefits for California and Nevada RENO, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation, representing the U.S. Department of the Interior, is pleased to announce that implementation of the Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA) begins this month after 26 years of negotiations, environmental studies, regulatory actions and court proceedings. <P> TROA resolves decades-long water disputes over the operation of Truckee River reservoirs, and in the Truckee and Carson River basins. With TROA’s implementation, interstate water allocations will take effect between California and Nevada in the Lake Tahoe, Truckee River, and Carson River basins. TROA will enhance conditions for the threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout and endangered cui-ui in the Truckee River basin, increase municipal and industrial drought supply for the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area, improve Truckee River water quality downstream from Sparks and enhance stream flows and recreational opportunities in the Truckee River Basin. <P> TROA is intended to increase the operational flexibility and efficiency of reservoirs in the Lake Tahoe and Truckee River basins, thus providing multiple environmental benefits while protecting the exercise of existing water rights. TROA is able to do this because of two key elements that differentiate it from current operations – the ability of a water right holder to store water that would otherwise have been released from storage or passed through the reservoir to serve a downstream water right, and the ability to exchange water between Truckee River reservoirs. The signatory parties are allowed to retain the consumptive use portion of the water are entitled to divert in Truckee River reservoirs as credit water in lieu of diversion. Under TROA, a portion of credit waters not needed for the primary purpose for which they were stored can then be used for the benefit of water quality in the lower Truckee River, and for Pyramid Lake and its fishery. Credit water can also be exchanged with water stored in other Truckee River reservoirs without necessarily being physically moved between reservoirs. These key elements are at the core of TROA. <P> This major achievement is being recognized during a press conference in Reno Jan. 5, 2016, led by Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada and representatives of the five major TROA signatories: the U.S. Department of the Interior, the states of California and Nevada, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, and the Truckee Meadows Water Authority. <P> Conflicts over the waters of the Truckee River triggered decades of effort to reach agreement. The 1990 Truckee-Carson-Pyramid Lake Water Rights Settlement Act (Settlement Act) established the basis for TROA, which was formally signed in 2008 by the five key signatories listed above, as well as, the Carson-Truckee Water Conservancy District, Washoe County Water Conservation District, city of Reno, city of Sparks, city of Fernley, Washoe County, Sierra Valley Mutual Water Company, Truckee-Donner Public Utility District, Placer County Water Agency, and North Tahoe Public Utility District. In addition to these key organizations, TROA was made possible through the cooperation and coordination of numerous other federal, state and local agencies and groups. <P> For additional information, please contact Terri Edwards, Lahontan Basin Area Office Area Manager, at 775-884-8344 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:tedwards@usbr.gov">tedwards@usbr.gov</a>. <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51789 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Authorization of Naval Air Station Fallon Stormwater Discharge CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact authorizing the continued discharge and conveyance of stormwater from Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon in facilities that are part of Reclamation’s Newlands Project. <P> Reclamation has determined that the proposed conveyances would not interfere with Reclamation’s use of its facilities and easements. The stormwater discharge originates as rain and snowmelt within NAS Fallon’s main base and housing areas. Stormwater is routed through multiple storm drains on the base, which discharge into Newlands Project drainage facilities. The facilities then discharge the stormwater into wetlands at Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge. <P> The EA and FONSI are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=23478">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=23478</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> To request copies of the documents or for additional information, please contact Selena Werdon at 775-884-8366 or <a href="mailto:swerdon@usbr.gov">swerdon@usbr.gov</a>. <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51591 Lahontan Basin Area Office Supports 5th Annual “Feds Feed Families” Food Drive From August 1 through October 2, 2015, the “Feds Feed Families” nationwide volunteer program brought together federal employees from various agencies in the Carson City, Nevada, area including the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA), the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Federal Highway Administration, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Federal employees volunteered their time coordinating federal donations, staffing food drops at grocery stores and farmers markets, and competing in this year’s CAN-Town Construction Challenge. Participating in building CAN-Projects were Reclamation, USGS, and USDA. <P> Lahontan Basin Area Office’s Debi Blake, Water and Lands Assistant, volunteered at the Carson City Farmers Market, set up a canned food event in the federal building, and staffed a “Feds Feed Families” booth at the local Grocery Outlet. Her efforts helped Reclamation contribute a creative sculpture and win the challenge in the weight category, with 496 pounds of food donated to the cause! <P> The successful drive collected a total 4109 pounds of food (3,067 pounds from the farmers market plus 1,042 pounds from the combined federal drive) for two Carson City area non-profit food banks: “Ron Wood Family Resource Center” and “Friends In Service Helping.” These agencies serve more than 3,000 people monthly and 130,000 meals yearly. USGS collected 232 pounds and USDA collected 314 pounds. Many thanks to Debi Blake for leading LBAO’s efforts in this fruitful food drive! <P> Updated 12/10/15: To include 3,067 pounds collected from the farmers market. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/FFFM.jpg" alt="LBAO’s Debi Blake and USDA’s Kelly Clark at the 3rd & Curry Street Farmers Market" hspace="20" width="274" height="371" /><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/LBAOFFF.jpg" alt="Debi Blake with LBAO’s CAN-Town sculpture of Tahoe Dam and Fanny Bridge" width="274" height="371" /> <P> <P> <P> <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51388 Reclamation Issues Record of Decision for the Newlands Project Resource Management Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a Record of Decision for the Newlands Project Resource Management Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement. The Newlands Project RMP outlines Reclamation management actions that will be implemented over a 10-year planning span. <P> Reclamation has selected Alternative B as the preferred alternative. Alternative B represents land management that is proactive and provides flexibility to adjust to changing conditions over the life of the plan, while emphasizing a level of protection and enhancement of the resources into the future. <P> The Newlands Project has features in both the Truckee and Carson River basins. The project’s Truckee basin features include Lake Tahoe Dam, Derby Diversion Dam, the Truckee Canal and an irrigation delivery system for approximately 5,000 acres. The Carson basin features include Lahontan Dam, Lahontan Power Plant, Carson River Diversion Dam, canals and drains for irrigation of approximately 55,000 acres. <P> The ROD is based on information and analysis contained within the Final EIS, which are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=2822">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=2822</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 more information or document copies, please contact Reclamation’s Roberta Tassey at 775-884-8369 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:rtassey@usbr.gov">rtassey@usbr.gov</a>. <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51127 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for Authorization of Naval Air Station Fallon Stormwater Discharge CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment evaluating the authorization of the continued discharge and conveyance of stormwater from Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon in facilities that are part of Reclamation’s Newlands Project. <P> The authorization requires a determination by Reclamation that proposed conveyances would not interfere with Reclamation’s use of its facilities and easements. The stormwater discharge analyzed in the EA originates as rain and snowmelt within NAS Fallon’s main base and housing areas. Stormwater is routed through multiple storm drains on the base, which discharge into Newlands Project drainage facilities. The facilities then discharge the stormwater into wetlands at Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge. Public comments will help identify any potential environmental issues, concerns and alternatives that should be addressed in the EA. <P> The Draft 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=23478">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=23478</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> The Draft EA is also available for public review at the Churchill County Library, 553 South Maine Street, Fallon, NV 89406. <P> Written comments are due by close of business Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, 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=50753 Open House/Public Scoping Meetings Scheduled for the Truckee Canal Extraordinary Operation and Maintenance Environmental Impact Statement <b>CARSON CITY, Nev.</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation will hold three open house/public scoping meetings for the Truckee Canal Extraordinary Operation and Maintenance (XM) Environmental Impact Statement. The primary project study area is the Truckee Canal, which is located in portions of Storey, Lyon and Churchill Counties. <P> The purpose of the meetings is to solicit early input from the public regarding the development of alternatives to be evaluated and their potential environmental impacts. The meetings will be held in: <P> <b>Wadsworth, NV</b>: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wadsworth Community Building, 551 Eighth Street <P> <b>Fallon, NV</b>: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Churchill County Administrative Complex, Room 145, 155 N. Taylor Street <P> <b>Fernley, NV</b>: Thursday, Oct. 29, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Fernley City Council Chambers, 595 Silverlace Boulevard <P> The open house will start at 5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., there will be a brief presentation. The open house will resume after the presentation and continue until 7:30 p.m. <P> Written comments may be submitted at the meetings, emailed to <a href="mailto:TruckeeEIS@empsi.com">TruckeeEIS@empsi.com</a> or mailed to Bureau of Reclamation, Lahontan Basin Area Office, 705 N. Plaza St. #320, Carson City, NV 89701, Attn: Truckee Canal XM EIS. Written comments must be received by close of business Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. <P> For further information or to have your name added to the mailing list, please contact Roberta Tassey at <a href="mailto:rtassey@usbr.gov">rtassey@usbr.gov</a> or 775-884-8369 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> To request special assistance to attend a meeting, please contact Peter Gower at 775-323-1433 at least seven days prior to the meeting. <P> Information regarding the Truckee Canal XM EIS is available through the Truckee Canal XM EIS link at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/lbao/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/lbao/index.html</a>. <P> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50608 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document on the Carson River Floodplain Rehabilitation and Habitat Restoration Project CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment on a project to control noxious weeds and restore native and desirable vegetation on 451 acres of the Middle Carson River floodplain near Dayton. <P> The project would be implemented by the Dayton Valley Conservation District 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. The project would include mowing noxious weeds to allow herbicide application to control weeds, and seeding to establish native and desirable vegetation. Proposed treatment sites would also be inventoried and mapped for long-term habitat monitoring. These sites include privately-owned active and retired agricultural lands (359 acres) and Lyon County Open Space lands (92 acres). Public comments on the project will help identify any potential environmental issues and concerns that should be addressed in the Final EA. <P> The Draft 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=23109">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=23109</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> The Draft EA is also available for public review at the Dayton Valley Branch Library, 321 Old Dayton Valley Road, Dayton, NV 89403. <P> Written comments are due by close of business Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, 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> <P> 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>