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=49580 New Melones Lake: A Great Place to Enjoy the Fourth of July
SONORA, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation's Central California Area Office invites the public to visit New Melones Lake over the Fourth of July weekend and enjoy its many recreational opportunities. <P> The Glory Hole Recreation Area (4 a.m. to 11 p.m.) offers many hiking and biking trails to explore. The Ironhorse and Big Oak Campgrounds, along with the Osprey Point and Black Bart Day Use Areas, are open for camping, picnicking and shore fishing. Unimproved lake access for car-top or small boats is available at Glory Hole Point (four-wheel drive is recommended for boat launching). <P> The New Melones Lake Marina, located in the Glory Hole Recreation Area, offers boat rentals, boat slips, marine fuel, a retail store and other services. For updated marina service information, please visit the marina's website at <a href="http://newmeloneslakemarina.com">http://newmeloneslakemarina.com</a>. <P> On Saturday, July 4th, at 7:30 p.m., visitors are invited to the Glory Hole Amphitheater to join in the fun playing Reclamation's version of JEOPARDY! Park Rangers will divide participants into teams and test their knowledge of the lake?s history and wildlife. This activity is free and does not require reservations. Participants will be issued a parking pass for the duration of the event. <P> In the Tuttletown Recreation Area (4 a.m. to 11 p.m.) the Manzanita Campground and the Heron Point, Eagle Point and Lupine Day Use Areas are open. Tuttletown offers eight miles of hiking and biking trails through its beautiful oak woodlands. An RV dump station is available for a fee. The Acorn and Chamise Campgrounds and the Tuttletown Launch Ramp are closed due to low lake levels. <P> The Mark Twain Day Use Area (6:30 a.m. to sunset on weekdays and holiday weekends; 7:30 a.m. to sunset on non-holiday weekends) is a great place for fishing, hiking and picnicking. <P> The New Melones Lake Visitor Center & Museum (Thursday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as staffing permits) offers exhibits on the area's geologic past, Me-Wuk Indians and early human history, the Gold Rush and mining techniques, the town of Robinson Ferry, and natural history. <P> Due to low lake levels, the floating restrooms are not available. Boaters will only be charged the $8 Day Use Fee, not the $10 Boat Launch Fee. Campsites are available by reservation and on a first-come, first served basis. To make a reservation, visit <a href="http://www.recreation.gov">www.recreation.gov</a> or call 1-877-444-6777. For a listing of New Melones fees, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/docs/latest_Pass_Fee_Info_Handout.pdf">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/docs/latest_Pass_Fee_Info_Handout.pdf</a>. <P> For additional information, please contact the New Melones Office at 209-536-9094, ext 0 (TTY 800-877-8339), Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/newmelones%20/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/newmelones /index.html</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49568 Reclamation Announces Criteria for Developing Refuge Water Management Plans
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with the Interagency Refuge Water Management Team, has determined that the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Refuge Water Management Plan Criteria for 2010 shall be used as guidance for the 2015 Refuge Water Management Plan submittals. </p> <p>Reclamation requires the submittal of Refuge Water Management Plans using criteria developed to promote the highest planned efficiency of water delivery under the provisions of the 1992 CVPIA and in response to a 1995 Department of the Interior administrative review process. Refuge Plans are required every five years. Previous Refuge Plans were submitted in 2010 and 2004.</p> <p>In order for the refuges to complete the 2015 Refuge Plans, Reclamation must first provide the criteria for development of these plans.&nbsp;A comprehensive update to the Refuge Criteria occurred &nbsp;prior to the adoption of the 2010 Refuge Criteria. Reclamation requested review by an internal working group of water management specialists in early 2015, and no changes to the 2010 Refuge criteria were recommended.&nbsp;Therefore, the 2010 Refuge Criteria shall remain in effect as guidance for the 2015 Refuge Plans.</p> <p>Plans are due by close of business Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, to David White, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA, 95825 or <a href="mailto:dwhite@usbr.gov">dwhite@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information, please contact White at 916-978-5208 (TTY 800-877-8339).</p> <p>The Refuge Criteria can be found at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/watershare/grants/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/watershare/grants/index.html</a>. When an individual Refuge Water Management Plan has been determined to meet the requirements of the 2010 Refuge Criteria, a Notice of Availability will be published in the Federal Register. </p> <p>To be placed on the Water Conservation mailing list or for general water conservation information, please contact Anna Sutton, Water Conservation Office, Division of Resources Management, at 916-978-5214 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:asutton@usbr.gov">asutton@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49547 Reclamation to Hold CVP Cost Allocation Study Power Workshop July 30 at Western Area Power Administration
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif. – </b>The Bureau of Reclamation’s Cost Allocation Study for the Central Valley Project will hold a Power Workshop on Thursday, July 30, at the Western Area Power Administration. The focus of the workshop is to discuss the detailed assumptions and inputs of the PLEXOS power modeling analysis. The workshop will be held:</p> <P> <p><b>Thursday, July 30<br /> </b>Time To Be Announced<br /> Western Area Power Administration<br /> New Melones and Folsom Conference Rooms<br /> 114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA 95630</p> <P> <p>To enter Western’s facilities, attendees will need to present a current government-issued identification card with a photograph, such as a driver’s license or passport. Attendees are asked to call 916-353-4019 and provide their names so that Western may prepare badges in advance of their arrival to facilitate entry into the building.</p> <P> <p>Individuals who are not United States’ citizens need to be cleared in accordance with Western’s security procedures in advance. Those individuals must contact Western at 916-353-4019 <b>by June 30</b>.</p> <P> <p>Please note that participation will be in person to better ensure a productive workshop; there will be no call-in number or Microsoft Office Live Meeting Service available.</p> <P> <p>For questions or to submit comments, please contact Brooke Miller-Levy, Project Manager, at 916-978-5296 <br /> (TTY 800-877-8339), <a href="mailto:bmillerlevy@usbr.gov">bmillerlevy@usbr.gov</a>, or Kristin White at 916-979-0268, <a href="mailto:knwhite@usbr.gov">knwhite@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>To request special assistance to attend the workshop or to be added to the email list, please contact Janet Sierzputowski at 916-978-5112 or <a href="mailto:jsierzputowski@usbr.gov">jsierzputowski@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> For additional information on the study, please visit the project website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/CVP/CVP-CAS">www.usbr.gov/mp/CVP/CVP-CAS</a>. All workshop materials will be posted on the website the day before the workshop. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49543 Open House for Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2016; Save the Date
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif</b>. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public meeting to present and solicit comments on the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2016. The CVPIA mandates changes in management of the Central Valley Project, particularly for the protection, restoration and enhancement of fish and wildlife. Please note and save the meeting date provided below:</p> <P> <p><b>Sacramento<br /> </b>Wednesday, July 22, 2015<br /> 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.<br /> FWS Main Conference Room, W-2617<br /> 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825</p> <P> <p>The open house format will include an overview of CVPIA actions and an interactive poster session for discussions with the individual program and project manager and conclude with oral comments from the public.</p> <P> <p>A public draft of the work plans will be provided online prior to the open house with details on how to submit written comments. </p> <P> <p>For additional information, please contact Cesar Blanco, Ph.D., at 916-978-6190 or <a href="mailto:cesar_blanco@fws.gov">cesar_blanco@fws.gov</a>, or David Mooney, Ph.D., P.E., at 916-978-5190 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:dmmooney@usbr.gov">dmmooney@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49540 Reclamation to Temporarily Close the Delta Cross Channel Gates
<p><b>WALNUT GROVE, Calif.</b> ? The Bureau of Reclamation will close the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Tuesday, June 23, at about 9 a.m. The temporary closure is needed to meet salinity level requirements in the Bay-Delta. The gates will reopen on Friday, June 26, at approximately noon to allow for recreational boating through the weekend. Please be advised that the gates may need to be closed with short notice if a fishery concern is identified.</p> <P> <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> <p>Boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The gates closing and opening of the gates generally takes about one hour.</p> <P> <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.txt">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt</a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-2683.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49534 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Nimbus Dam Radial Gates Maintenance Project
<p><b>FOLSOM, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed Nimbus Dam Radial Gates Maintenance Project that would implement the needed maintenance activities at the Nimbus Dam.</p> <P> <p>The maintenance activities would ensure Nimbus Dam maintains the required security, public safety, flood control and flow maintenance capabilities as part of the Central Valley Project. In addition, the associated installation of a prefabricated Bulkhead Storage Facility would be constructed to ensure the safety and longevity of the bulkhead equipment used for the operation and preservation of Nimbus Dam.</p> <P> <p>Staging activities for the maintenance work are beginning today, Monday, June 22. All work is expected to be completed by September 2019. Public access to the American River Bike Trail at the California State University Sacramento’s Aquatic Center would be diverted around the Bike Trail via the Center’s parking area during installation of the BSF.</p> <P> <p>The BSF would be constructed beginning in August 2015 and would be completed by February 2016. Additional public notice of this detour and awareness precautions would be implemented during the BSF construction activities. No work will occur within the American River downstream of Nimbus Dam during the project activities.</p> <P> <p>The Final 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=21483">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21483</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>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA/FONSI, please contact Carolyn Bragg at 916-989-7198, TTY 800-877-8339 or email <a href="mailto:cbragg@usbr.gov">cbragg@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49533 Reclamation and USFWS Announce the Availability of $2.1 Million in Grants to Help Imperiled Species
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce the availability of approximately $2.1 million in grants to improve conditions for federally-imperiled species and their habitats impacted by the federal Central Valley Project. The CVP, owned and operated by Reclamation, is one of the world’s largest water storage and transport systems.</p> <P> <p>The grants are funded by the Fiscal Year 2016 Central Valley Project Conservation Program and Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program. The CVPCP and CVPIA HRP have established 13 specific Priority Actions related to CVP-impacted species, their habitats and corresponding geographic areas.</p> <P> <p>Each of the Priority Actions is supported by a threatened or endangered species recovery plan that provides strategies and guidance on how the species could be restored to a healthy and viable status. Applicants are requested to submit proposals that support these Priority Actions.</p> <P> <p>The 2016 grants continue 21 years of funding projects. This year, four categories of projects are being solicited for funding: land protection (fee title and conservation easement); habitat restoration; research; and species captive propagation and reintroduction.</p> <P> <p>State or local government agencies, private organizations, individuals and educational institutions are eligible to apply for grants. Applications for grants will close on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Federal agencies wanting to apply are encouraged to contact the program managers named in the announcement to discuss potential projects and the proposal submission process.</p> <P> <p>Instructions for submitting a proposal and background information on the programs is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov/">www.grants.gov</a>. Applicants may search for the Funding Opportunity Announcement by Funding Opportunity Number R15AS00048.</p> <P> <p>Additional information about the CVPCP and HRP may be found at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpcp/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpcp/</a>. For questions, please contact Daniel Strait, Manager, CVP Conservation Program and CVPIA Habitat Restoration Program (Reclamation), at 916-978-5052 or <a href="mailto:dstrait@usbr.gov">dstrait@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49532 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Long-Term Exchange Agreements to Three Central Valley Project Contractors
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. - </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final the Environmental Assessment and the Findings of No Significant Impact for the proposed long-term exchange agreements with the California Department of Water Resources and Byron Bethany Irrigation District. </p> <P> <p>The exchanges would improve water supply reliability for three Central Valley Project contractors served by Byron Bethany Irrigation District, including Musco Family Olive Company, the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery and Del Puerto Water District.</p> <P> <p>In the exchanges, DWR would deliver State Water Project water diverted at the Harvey O. Banks Pumping Plant to the three CVP contractors consistent with approved monthly schedules. In exchange, Reclamation would deliver an equivalent amount of CVP water pumped at the Jones Pumping Plant to DWR at O’Neill Forebay for use by SWP contractors.</p> <P> <p>The proposed exchanges would be one-for-one exchanges and no new increase in diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta by either DWR or Reclamation would occur as a result of the exchanges. The three CVP contractors are either unable to directly receive CVP water using CVP facilities, or require additional operational flexibility. </p> <P> <p>The EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21221">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21221</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>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and/or FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196, (TTY 800-735-2929). </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49528 Reclamation Hosts Annual C.A.S.T. For Kids Fishing Event at Shasta Lake as Part of Let’s Move Outside
<p><b>SHASTA LAKE, Calif. </b>– The Bureau of Reclamation’s Northern California Area Office, in partnership with the C.A.S.T. (Catch A Special Thrill) For Kids Foundation, will hold the 16<sup>th</sup> Annual C.A.S.T. For Kids event on Saturday, June 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Packers Bay Boat Marina on Shasta Lake, approximately 20 miles from Redding.</p> <P> <p>The day begins with each child receiving a free fishing rod and reel, bait and tackle equipment, a T-shirt and a hat. During breakfast, the children will learn about boating and water safety from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Boat Patrol and will be treated to visits by Smokey Bear from the U.S. Forest Service and mascot Chipper from the California Highway Patrol. The children and their parent or guardian, along with their fishing mentors, will then head out to enjoy a morning of fishing on Shasta Lake. A barbecue lunch hosted by the Elks Lodge and Shasta Lake Lions Club will be served as the day concludes with an awards ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of the children, their boat captains and all the volunteers.</p> <P> <p>C.A.S.T. For Kids fishing events team up community partners, volunteers and anglers with special-needs children to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing. This year, Reclamation is looking to sponsor 50 special-needs children. If you know of a child who would benefit from this event or boaters and volunteers who want to be part of this amazing day, please register at <a href="http://www.castforkids.org/events-calendar/cast-events/lake-shasta/">http://www.castforkids.org/events-calendar/cast-events/lake-shasta/</a>.</p> <P> <p>The event also highlights the Department of the Interior’s <i>Let’s Move Outside </i>initiative, which was created to encourage children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities, which abound in every city, town and community (<a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside</a>).</p> <P> <p>For more information, including directions and registration assistance, please contact Sheri Harral at 530-276-2030 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:sharral@usbr.gov">sharral@usbr.gov</a>. For more information on the C.A.S.T. For Kids Foundation, please visit <a href="http://www.castforkids.org/">http://www.castforkids.org</a>.</p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49508 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Transfer of Water between Contra Costa Water District and Byron Bethany Irrigation District
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. - </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Findings of No Significant Impact for the proposed transfer of up to 500 acre-feet of Central Valley Project water facilitated by a storage substitution. The proposed transfer is in response to drought conditions in the San Joaquin Valley.</p> <P> <p>Under the proposal, Contra Costa Water District would take delivery of up to 500 acre-feet of its water rights water purchased by the Byron Bethany Irrigation District that is currently stored in Los Vaqueros Reservoir. The water rights water would be delivered in-district for use by Contra Costa’s customers. Byron Bethany Irrigation District would then take delivery of up to 500 acre-feet of Contra Costa’s CVP water from the Delta. </p> <P> <p>Temporary transfer petitions, required to add Byron Bethany’s point of diversion on the Banks Intake Channel as a point of diversion/rediversion for CVP water rights, were filed on May 22 and 26, 2015 with the State Water Resources Control Board.</p> <P> <p>The Final 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=21799">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21799</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>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and/or FONSI, please contact</p> <P> <p>Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196, (TTY 800-735-2929).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49507 Notice of Intent to Prepare Recirculated Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS on Effects of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif</b>. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources intend to prepare a joint partially Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the effects of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.</p> <P> <p>The RDEIR/SDEIS will describe and analyze refinement of the resource area analyses, alternatives and actions of the Draft EIR/EIS. In addition, it will include three additional alternatives that describe conveyance options that do not contain a Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Communities Conservation Plan as described in the previously circulated Draft EIR/EIS released on December 13, 2013. </p> <P> <p>Based on project revisions and in consideration of comments received on the Draft BDCP, Draft EIR/EIS, and Draft Implementing Agreement, the state and federal lead agencies recognize that additional information is appropriate to address comments and to enhance the environmental analysis. Reclamation and DWR have proposed three additional conveyance alternatives for analysis in the RDEIR/SDEIS: Alternatives 2D, 4A, and 5A. </p> <P> <p>DWR has identified Alternative 4A as their proposed project. This alternative will consist of a new water conveyance facility with three intakes and conservation measures necessary to minimize or avoid project effects. Alternative 4A is proposed to make physical and operational improvements to the State Water Project system in the Delta necessary to restore and protect ecosystem health, water supplies of the State Water Project and Central Valley Project south-of-Delta, and water quality within a stable regulatory framework, consistent with statutory and contractual obligations.</p> <P> <p>The Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR 1502.9(c)) do not require any additional scoping for a supplement to a Draft EIS, and the lead agencies are not proposing any scoping process for this RDEIR/SDEIS. Once the draft/supplemental documents are completed, they will be available at <a href="http://www.baydeltaconservationplan.com/">www.baydeltaconservationplan.com</a>, along with other project information.</p> <P> For project information, please contact Michelle Banonis, Bureau of Reclamation, 916-930-5676 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mbanonis@usbr.gov">mbanonis@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49476 Reminder: Trail Detour for Folsom Reservoir’s Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam Begins Monday, June 15, for Public Safety During Construction
FOLSOM, Calif.</strong> ? On Monday, June 15, the Bureau of Reclamation will close the public trail on top of Folsom Reservoir’s Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam, located between Folsom Point and Sophia Parkway in Folsom, Calif. The closure is for public safety and security purposes during the last stage of construction activities at MIAD.</p> <p>The trail along the top, or crest, of MIAD will be closed to the public from Monday, June 15, 2015, through February 2016. Closing the crest will impact people who enjoy using the trail between Folsom Point and Brown’s Ravine. The City of Folsom, the California Department of Parks & Recreation and Reclamation have identified a trail detour between the east and west ends of MIAD (please see the detour map). Existing access to Folsom Lake will remain the same. Pedestrian and bicycle access are available on Green Valley Road, and parking for walking, biking and horseback riding is available at Folsom Point.</p> <p>The MIAD Overlay Project is an important part of the ongoing Folsom Dam Safety and Flood Damage Reduction activities. The Overlay Project consists of installing a filter system and increasing the mass on the downstream side of MIAD to provide a more seismically resistant embankment.</p> <p>For questions, please contact Kyle Keer, Project Manager, Folsom Safety of Dams Program, at 916-989-7295 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:kkeer@usbr.gov">kkeer@usbr.gov</a>. Information on the overall Folsom Dam work may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/jfp/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/jfp/index.html</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49472 Reclamation to Open the Delta Cross Channel Gates
<p><b>WALNUT GROVE, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Saturday, June 13, at about 9 a.m. to allow for recreational boating through the weekend. The gates will close on Monday, June 15, at approximately 9 a.m. in order to meet Bay-Delta flow standards according to State Water Resources Control Board Decision D-1641. </p> <P> <p>Please note, on Tuesday, June 16, the gates will reopen at about 9 a.m. and will remain open until further notice. Please be advised that the gates may need to be closed with short notice if a fishery concern is identified.</p> <P> <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> <p>Boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The gates opening and closing times are approximate, since an operator must travel to the site to perform the change. The opening and closing of the gates generally takes about one hour.</p> <P> <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.txt">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt</a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-2683.</p> <P> <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=49470 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Proposed Westlands Water District San Luis Canal Pump-In Program
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. - </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released Final Environmental Assessment and Findings of No Significant Impact for the issuance of a five-year Warren Act Contract and up to 25-year land use authorization(s) to Westlands Water District. </p> <P> <p>The Warren Act contract would allow introduction, conveyance, and storage of pumped groundwater and other non-Central Valley Project water in the San Luis Canal and the San Luis Reservoir. The source of the non-CVP water would come from groundwater wells within Westlands Water District and the Mendota Pool. The total non-CVP water introduced into the canal would not exceed 30,000 acre-feet in a given year and only take place in years in which Westlands Water District’s CVP allocation is 20% or less.</p> <P> <p>The land use authorization(s) would be for existing permanent and temporary facilities currently located within Reclamation right-of-way for a period of up to 25-years; however non-CVP water may only be introduced from these facilities if there is a Warren Act Contract in place. </p> <P> <p>The Final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21021">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21021</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>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and/or FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196, TTY 800-735-2929. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49469 MEDIA ADVISORY: Lahontan Dam Celebrates 100th Anniversary
<p><strong>CARSON CITY, Nev</strong>. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the completion of Lahontan Dam and Reservoir, located in Churchill County, Nev., by holding a ceremony on Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. </p> <p>The ceremony will begin with a welcome followed by comments by agencies and local officials. </p> <p><strong>WHAT: </strong>Lahontan Dam<strong> </strong>100th Anniversary Celebration</p> <p><strong>WHEN: </strong>Saturday, June 13, 2015, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.</p> <p><strong>WHERE: </strong>Lahontan Dam and Reservoir, Highway 50 entrance to Nevada State Park area near the<br /> Truckee Canal</p> <p><u>Directions: </u></p> <p>From Carson City: Take US-50 East to Lahontan Dam. Turn South (right) onto Karen Rd. then making a slight left turn onto Nevada State Parks Lahontan Dam Road. Follow the Lahontan Dam Road as it winds around passing the Nevada State Parks Ranger Station to the South Side Recreational/BBQ Area (south side of Lahontan Dam).</p> <p>From Fallon: US-50 West to the Leetville Junction of Hwy. 50 (Carson Hwy.) making a left. Turn South (left) onto Karen making another slight left to Nevada State Parks Lahontan Dam Road. Follow the Lahontan Dam Road as it winds around passing the Nevada State Parks Ranger Station to the South Side Recreational/BBQ Area (south side of Lahontan Dam).</p> <p>From Reno: Take I-80 East to Fernley, Nevada. Take US-95Alt South Exit 46 toward West Fernley. Merge onto US-50 East the Leetville Junction of Hwy. 50 (Carson Hwy.) and turn right. Follow the Carson Hwy. to Karen Rd. and turn South (right). Make a slight left onto Nevada State Parks Lahontan Dam Road. Follow the Lahontan Dam Road as it winds around passing the Nevada State Parks Ranger Station to the South Side Recreational/BBQ Area (south side of Lahontan Dam).</p> <p>Please be advised: Media credentials are required.</p> <p>Lahontan Dam and Reservoir on the Carson River, part of Reclamation&rsquo;s Newlands Project, stores the natural flow of the Carson River along with water diverted from the Truckee River. The dam, completed in 1915, is a zoned earthfill structure. The reservoir has a storage capacity of 289,700 acre-feet. The Newlands Project was one of the first Reclamation projects. It 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. In addition, water from about 6,000 acres of Project land has been transferred to the Lahontan Valley Wetlands near Fallon.</p> <p>For additional information on the project, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/projects/Project.jsp?proj_Name=Newlands+Project">http://www.usbr.gov/projects/Project.jsp?proj_Name=Newlands+Project</a>.</p> <P>