Mid-Pacific Region News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases for Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Region http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57616 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Transfer or Exchange of Recirculated Restoration Flows to Red Top
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As part of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, the Bureau of Reclamation has made available the Final Environmental Assessment/Initial Study and Finding of No Significant Impact for a new turnout and pipeline to facilitate a 10-year transfer and exchange of recaptured San Joaquin River Restoration Flows to Red Top. <P> The purpose of the proposed action is to reduce reliance on deep aquifer groundwater pumping in the Red Top area to reduce the rate of subsidence, as well as avoid water supply impacts to Friant Contractors by providing a mechanism to recirculate, reuse, exchange or transfer recaptured Restoration Flows. <P> Red Top is located in western Fresno and Madera counties, south of Highway 152, near the San Joaquin River and Eastside Bypass. Restoration Flows are water releases from Friant Dam that are made for environmental purposes, as authorized in the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act. <P> The turnout and pipeline will connect Central California Irrigation District’s (CCID) Poso Canal to pumping and conveyance facilities in Red Top. Construction of the pipeline will begin in December 2016 and the new facility will allow for the transfer or exchange of up to 10,000 acre-feet per year during water years 2016 – 2026. <P> The Final EA/IS and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act. Reclamation is the lead agency in accordance with NEPA, and CCID is the lead agency in accordance with CEQA in preparing the analysis. The documents are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24552">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24552</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, please contact Becky Victorine at 916-978-4624 or <a href="mailto:rvictorine@usbr.gov">rvictorine@usbr.gov</a>. More information on the San Joaquin River Restoration Program is available at <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net/">www.restoresjr.net</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57576 Reclamation to Perform Maintenance on Nimbus Dam Powerplant; Water to be Released through Spillway Gates
GOLD RIVER, Calif. – From Monday, December 12, through Monday, December 19, 2016, the Bureau of Reclamation will shut down the Nimbus Dam Powerplant to perform preventative maintenance on the facility. Maintenance activities are required to satisfy North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) requirements as well as Reclamation Power Recommendations for the equipment. <P> During the maintenance activities, 1,250 cubic feet per second will continue to be released through Nimbus Dam into the Lower American River to maintain river flows. These water releases are generally made through the powerplant for power production; however, during the preventative maintenance work, the releases will be made through the spillway gates and will be visible to the public. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57538 MP Region Joins the Fun at Winters Salmon Festival
On Nov. 4, 2016, the Bureau of Reclamation joined the Solano County Water Agency, Solano County Parks, Putah Creek Council, the City of Winters, and many others in celebrating the first ever Winters, CA Salmon Festival. Staff from the Lake Berryessa Field Office participated in the event in downtown Winters, where they shared with over 130 visitors many ways that Sal the Salmon could make better use of water. <P> <P> The festival highlighted years of successful work in the Putah Creek Watershed to restore habitat for salmon, which are returning to the creek to spawn in noticeable numbers. Leading up to the event, Reclamation Rangers Jennifer Onufer and Todd Eggert assisted with school programs at Lake Solano County Park aimed at educating Winters’ fourth-graders about salmon, their habitat, and their life cycle in advance of the festival. <P> During the festival, visitors enjoyed live music, face painting, a salmon derby, food and beverages, raffle items, an opportunity to meet Quagga Mussel Dogs, and more. To wrap up the event, there was a parade and drum circle to and from the Putah Creek Bridge. Thanks to everyone who came out to the event, hope to see you at next year’s! <P> <img src="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/salmon-festival/Rangers%20help%20Visitors%20at%20Salmon%20Festival.JPG" alt="Park rangers help visitors learn about Putah Creek and salmon at the Winters Salmon Festival" align="left" hspace="12"/>Park rangers help visitors learn about Putah Creek and salmon at the Winters Salmon Festival <P> <img src="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/salmon-festival/Sal%20the%20Salmon.JPG" alt="Sal the Salmon" align="left" hspace="12"/>Lake Berryessa staff teach children about Sal the Salmon <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57537 Reclamation releases Environmental Document for the Firebaugh Canal Water District Second Lift Canal Lining
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation prepared an Environmental Assessment for the Firebaugh Canal Water District Second Lift Canal Lining Project Phase 5 – Washoe Avenue to Ashlan Avenue. The EA details Reclamation’s proposed grant of $564,000 to FCWD through CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant Funding to reduce canal seepage, improve water reliability, and update structures to allow conversion to high-efficiency irrigation systems. <P> The grant will partially fund the concrete lining of 1.7 miles of the Second Lift Canal of the FCWD Lift System, from Washoe Avenue to Ashlan Avenue, to reduce seepage losses. Grant funds would also go towards replacing control structures along that segment of canal to improve water management capabilities. Water conserved by the project would also reduce the discharge of subsurface drainage to the San Joaquin River. <P> <p>The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and may be viewed at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=27228" target="_blank">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=27228</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> <P> <p>Comments must be received by close of business Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, and should be sent to Alexandra Woodward, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 or emailed to <a href="mailto:aawoodward@usbr.gov">aawoodward@usbr.gov</a> or faxed to 916-978-5055. </p> <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the EA, please contact Woodward at 916-978- 5056 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of 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=57516 Reclamation Announces 2016 Long-term Operations Biological Opinions Informational and Update Meeting
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will hold an informal stakeholder meeting Dec. 6, 2016, to allow public input regarding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Biological Opinion (BiOp) on the long-term operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. Specifically, there will be opportunity for input regarding the various regulatory actions prescribed by their respective Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs). <P> The review will enable Reclamation, NMFS, and USFWS to use lessons learned, incorporate new science and make appropriate, scientifically justified adjustments to the implementation of the RPAs. The BiOps and their RPAs were designed by NMFS and the USFWS to avoid the likelihood of jeopardy to listed species and adverse modification of critical habitat. NMFS’s RPA requires Reclamation and NMFS to host a workshop no later than Nov. 30 of each year to determine whether any measures prescribed in the RPAs should be altered in light of information learned from the prior year’s operations or research. <P> Under direction from the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior, this review has been expanded to include a review of the implementation of the USFWS Long-term Operations BiOp. The California Department of Water Resources also participates in the review because it operates the SWP. The intent of the annual review is to inform NMFS and USFWS as to the efficacy of the prior years’ water operations and regulatory actions prescribed by their respective RPAs, with the goal of developing lessons learned, incorporating new science and proposing scientifically justified adjustments to the RPAs or their implementation to support decision-making for the next water year. <P> In April 2016, Reclamation and NMFS agreed to temporarily modify the RPAs science review frequency from annual to biennial from 2016 through 2020. At that time, Reclamation and NMFS will evaluate whether to make this change permanent or consider additional changes. The next science review will be held in November 2017. <P> <p><b>2016 Long-term Operations Biological Opinions Informational and Update Meeting</b></p> <P> <p>Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. PST<br /> 980 Ninth Street<br /> Second Floor Conference Room<br /> Sacramento, California 95814</p> <P> <p>As a courtesy, this workshop will have a WebEx Conference link and a call-in line for audio. For those who will be calling in, please email comments to <a href="mailto:mhendrick@usbr.gov">mhendrick@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P> <p><b>Conference Line:</b> 303-445-3818 or 800-595-8343 (toll free)</p> <P> <p><b>Passcode:</b> 3563</p> <P> <p><b>WebEx Conference Links:</b></p> <P> <p><a href="https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usbr/join" target="_blank">https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usbr/join</a></p> <P> <p><b>Meeting ID:</b> CGRJR5</p> <P> <p><b>Entry Code:</b> X/Nr3q43j</p> <P> <p><b>First Time Users of Live Meeting:</b></p> <P> <p><a href="https://goo.gl/jpPQVt">https://goo.gl/jpPQVt</a></p> <P> <p>AGENDA (all times in PST, order of agenda items and listed times are subject to change)</p> <P> <p>1:30 – 1:40 Welcome Remarks – Mike Hendrick (Reclamation) </p> <P> <p>1:40 – 2:10 Hydrologic/Water Year Review – Liz Kiteck (Reclamation) </p> <P> <p>2:10 – 2:30 Biological/Fisheries Water Year Update – Mike Hendrick (Reclamation) </p> <P> <p>2:30 – 2:40 Break</p> <P> <p>2:40 – 3:45 Public Input/Comment</p> <P> <p>3:45 – 4:00 Next Steps – Mike Hendrick (Reclamation) </p> <P> <p>4:00 Adjourn </p> <P> <p>• If you have any questions, please contact Mike Hendrick at (916) 414-2420 or <a href="mailto:mhendrick@usbr.gov">mhendrick@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P> <p>• Reasonable time limits may be established for public comments (Government Code Sections 11125.7).</p> <P> For more details, refer to the following webpage: <a href="http://deltacouncil.ca.gov/science-program/long-term-operations-biological-opinions-annual-science-review">http://deltacouncil.ca.gov/science-program/long-term-operations-biological-opinions-annual-science-review</a><p><a name="_SG_08ef1c922fb040f2bff2cf9e15696335"></a></p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57496 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for MU5 Farms Lateral 32.2 Turnout and Irrigation Pipeline Project
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif. </b>- The Bureau of Reclamation prepared an Environmental Assessment to disclose potential environmental effects associated with authorizing MU5 Farms LLC to construct a turnout within Reclamation right-of-way that will connect an irrigation pipeline to Lateral 32.2, which connects to the Madera Canal. The turnout will allow MU5 Farms the flexibility of using surface water from the Madera Canal via Lateral 32.2 for irrigation.</p> <P> <p>The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=27232">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=27232</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> <P> <p>Written comments are due by close of business Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Please email comments to <a href="mailto:nmartin@usbr.gov">nmartin@usbr.gov</a>. You can also mail comments to Nathaniel Martin, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-152, Sacramento, CA 95825.</p> <P> <p>For questions or to request a copy of the EA, please contact Nathaniel Martin at 916-978-6153 (TTY 800-877-8339). </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57476 Reclamation to Close Delta Cross Channel Gates Dec. 1
WALNUT GROVE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will close the Delta Cross Channel Gates Thursday, Dec. 1, at approximately 9 a.m. The closure is due to the National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion. The gates will remain closed until further notice. Please be advised that the decision to open or close the gates can be made on short notice based on requirements. <P> The Delta Cross Channel Gates control the diversion channel near Walnut Grove about 30 miles south of Sacramento. When the gates are open, fresh water is drawn from the Sacramento River into the interior of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta through Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River. The open gates also allow boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent juvenile salmon from being diverted from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta. <P> Boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The closing and opening of the gates generally takes about one hour. <P> Information on gate operations can be accessed on Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.pdf</a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-2683. <P> For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
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=57457 Reclamation to Open the Delta Cross Channel Gates Today
WALNUT GROVE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel Gates today, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at approximately 2 p.m. The National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion criteria related to the Knight's Landing Catch Index has been satisfied, and Reclamation may now reopen the gates. The gates will remain open until further notice. Please be advised that the decision to open or close the gates can be made on short notice based on requirements. <P> The Delta Cross Channel Gates control the diversion channel near Walnut Grove about 30 miles south of Sacramento. When the gates are open, fresh water is drawn from the Sacramento River into the interior of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta through Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River. The open gates also allow boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent juvenile salmon from being diverted from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta. <P> Boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The closing and opening of the gates generally takes about one hour. <P> Information on gate operations can be accessed on Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations website at <P> <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.pdf">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.pdf</a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-2683. <P> For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57398 Reclamation to Close the Delta Cross Channel Gates
WALNUT GROVE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will close the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Friday, Nov. 25 at approximately 9 a.m. The closure is due to the National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion. The gates will remain closed until further notice. Please be advised that the decision to open or close the gates can be made on short notice based on requirements. <P> The Delta Cross Channel Gates control the diversion channel near Walnut Grove about 30 miles south of Sacramento. When the gates are open, fresh water is drawn from the Sacramento River into the interior of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta through Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River. The open gates also allow boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent juvenile salmon from being diverted from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta. <P> Boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The closing and opening of the gates generally takes about one hour. <P> Information on gate operations can be accessed on Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.pdf</a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-2683. <P> For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57397 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Siskiyou Resource Conservation District’s Proposed Lower French Creek Off-Channel Habitat Development Project
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact that will allow for the construction of an off-channel pond with coarse woody debris structures and associated vegetation in the floodplain of lower French Creek, a key tributary in the Scott River watershed in Siskiyou County, Calif. The project will improve habitat for juvenile coho salmon. <P> The key limiting factor to coho salmon recovery has been identified as the juvenile life stage. These restoration activities in the Scott River watershed will improve smolt production and condition. By creating a complex high quality habitat, the completed project is expected to restore the natural channel form and function. This improved habitat will increase the carrying capacity and condition of juvenile coho salmon in the Scott River watershed. This will also contribute to a healthy coho population along the Klamath River in Southern Oregon and the Northern California Coast population. <P> The EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26886" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26886</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> 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=57396 Jason Cameron Selected as the New Deputy Area Manager for the Klamath Basin Area Office in Klamath Falls, Oregon
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that Jason Cameron has been selected as the Klamath Basin Area Office’s Deputy Area Manager. Cameron will begin his new duties Nov. 27, 2016. <P> “Jason’s long experience and knowledge in Klamath Falls has been extremely valuable to the Klamath Project; he brings a wealth of experience relative to the hydrology and water supply issues in the Basin and has been instrumental in building relationships with our customers and managing partners,” stated Deputy Regional Director Federico Barajas. “He works well with everyone around him and I am excited to have his expertise as we continue the important work of providing water in the Basin.” <P> “I’ve been fortunate in my career to have growth opportunities and management support to advance right here in my hometown,” Cameron said. “I’m excited for this new opportunity to continue to learn and work with the wonderful people in the Klamath Basin.” <P> Cameron was raised in the Klamath Basin and has lived there for more than 30 years. He is married to Jamie and they have two daughters. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Environmental Science from Oregon Institute of Technology, and began working as a hydrologic technician on the Klamath Project in 1997. He has risen through the ranks working in many different positions at the Klamath Basin Area Office and has been the Water Operations Division Chief for three years. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, hunting, swimming, walking his dogs, and spending time with his family. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57337 Things That Go Bump in the Night
On October 29, 2016, Bureau of Reclamation conducted an evening program called &ldquo;Things That Go Bump in the Night.&rdquo; With Halloween just around the corner from the time of the hike, staff at New Melones Lake wanted to share a short journey of the nocturnal world around the lake with visitors. Park Ranger Mike McGraw led the hike and was joined by seven visitors on an exciting evening hike along the Norwegian Gulch Trail. <P> As they hiked through the oak woodland, Ranger Mike used his animal noise caller to call out a coyote sound, and the hikers heard a response from a nearby coyote! Throughout the hike many rustling noises were observed from nighttime wildlife in nearby bushes and trees. Past hikers during this event have seen skunks, raccoons and more. <P> The Norwegian Gulch Trail is a half mile trail in the Mark Twain Recreation Area at New Melones Lake. The trail is for all hikers and offers some wonderful views of New Melones Lake. Parking and the trailhead are located at the New Melones Lake Visitor Center and Museum. For a recent list of upcoming activities planned at New Melones Lake, please visit: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56927">http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56927</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57319 Release of the Final Coleman National Fish Hatchery Adaptive Management Plan
<p><b>RED BLUFF, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation, along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), NOAA Fisheries, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&amp;E) announce the issuance of the final Coleman National Fish Hatchery (CNFH) Adaptive Management Plan (AMP). </p> <P> <p>The purpose of the CNFH AMP is to acknowledge, identify, study, and evaluate the impacts of operating a large scale fish hatchery in a watershed being restored for natural salmonid populations through the Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project (Restoration Project). The goal of the CNFH AMP is to provide solutions and processes to support optimization of CNFH programs, operations, and infrastructure so that the hatchery mitigation goals and objectives are achieved, while maximizing its compatibility with the Restoration Project. The CNFH AMP was produced through a collaborative effort over a four-year period. Key stakeholders engaged in the AMP development included the Battle Creek Watershed Conservancy and the Golden Gate Salmon Association.</p> <P> <p>The CNFH AMP is intended to closely coordinate with the Restoration Project AMP, so that together the two adaptive management plans form a single integrated framework for long-term adaptive management in Battle Creek. This integrated process is formalized in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Regarding Integrated Adaptive Management of the Restoration Project and CNFH, signed by Reclamation, the Service, NOAA Fisheries, CDFW, and PG&amp;E. This MOU is included in the CNFH AMP.</p> <P> <p>Since its establishment in 1942, the CNFH has served as an important mitigation component of the federal Central Valley Project, partially compensating for lost natural salmonid production resulting from construction of Shasta and Keswick dams. Currently, the CNFH annually propagates three salmonid stocks: fall Chinook salmon, late-fall Chinook salmon and Central Valley steelhead. </p> <P> <p>Restoration of the Battle Creek watershed upstream of the CNFH focuses on providing fish access to historical habitat and the necessary instream flows to benefit naturally occurring salmonid populations. The Restoration Project is a collaborative effort between Reclamation, the Service, NOAA Fisheries, CDFW, PG&amp;E, various resource agencies and local stakeholders to restore approximately 48 miles of habitat in Battle Creek and its tributaries for threatened and endangered Chinook salmon and Central Valley steelhead, while maintaining clean and renewable energy production at the PG&amp;E Battle Creek Hydroelectric Project. Construction of the Restoration Project is currently on-going with the completion anticipated in 2021. </p> <P> <p>The Final CNFH AMP is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/battlecreek/docs/cnfh-amp-final-nov2016.pdf">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/battlecreek/docs/cnfh-amp-final-nov2016.pdf</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>. Copies of the document are available at the Tehama County Library, 645 Madison Street, Red Bluff, CA 96080. </p> <P> <p>Information regarding the CNFH AMP is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/battlecreek/cnfh.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/battlecreek/cnfh.html</a>. </p> <P> <p>Information regarding the Restoration Project is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/battlecreek">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/battlecreek</a>.</p> <P> <p>For more information, please contact Trang Nguyen at 916-978-5336 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:trangnguyen@usbr.gov">trangnguyen@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57276 Reclamation to Open the Delta Cross Channel Gates
WALNUT GROVE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel Gates today, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, at approximately 9 a.m. The gates will remain open until further notice. Please be advised that the decision to open or close the gates can be made on short notice based on requirements. <P> The Delta Cross Channel Gates control the diversion channel near Walnut Grove about 30 miles south of Sacramento. When the gates are open, fresh water is drawn from the Sacramento River into the interior of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta through Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River. The open gates also allow boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent juvenile salmon from being diverted from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta. <P> <p>Boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The closing and opening of the gates generally takes about one hour. Information on gate operations can be accessed on Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.pdf" target="_blank" >http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vun<wbr>gvari/dcc_chng.pdf</a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-2683. For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339).</p> <P>