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=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> http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=52768 Reclamation Issues Solicitation for Stampede Dam Safety of Dams Modification Project TRUCKEE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a solicitation for construction of the dam safety modifications to Stampede Dam to address hydrologic concerns. Stampede Dam will be raised 11.5 feet using mechanically stabilized earth walls. Two small dikes will be constructed along the south reservoir rim. In addition, the spillway crest structure will be reconstructed to limit discharges to the current spillway capacity. <P> 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 State Historic Preservation Officer in March 2014. <P> The solicitation can be obtained at <a href="http://www.fedbizopps.gov/" target="_blank">www.FedBizOpps.gov</a>, Solicitation Number R16PS00018. <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> 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>