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=55828 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Proposed Operational Exchange of Water between Millerton Lake and San Luis Reservoir to Support South-of-Delta Operations
FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed operational exchange of up to 60,000 acre-feet of available water supplies between Millerton Lake and San Luis Reservoir. The exchange helps to ensure that Reclamation can continue to meet existing contractual obligations and commitments from San Luis Reservoir storage and water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. <P> The Final EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26440. If you encounter problems accessing the document, 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 Final EA and/or FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55770 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Klamath Project Internal Water Transfers 2016-2020
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for internal water transfers within the Klamath Project boundaries located in Klamath, Siskiyou and Modoc counties. <P> The lands potentially receiving Klamath Project water under approved transfers have been established as irrigated lands based on state water right filings and water service contracts with Reclamation, and no new lands or lands outside the project would become irrigated as a result. No additional water would be used other than what is currently outlined in the 2013 Joint Biological Opinion for the Operation of the Klamath Project. And, water transfers would be limited to the 2016 through 2020 irrigation seasons. <em></em> <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=21741">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21741</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> Hard copies of the EA and FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office at 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55688 New Melones Offers Two Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
SONORA, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office reminds visitors that two electric vehicle charging stations are available to the public at New Melones Lake – the first stations at any Reclamation facility. These are state-of-the-art Level 2 charging stations made by Clipper Creek, Inc. <P> The charging stations are located at the Glory Hole Recreation Area’s Ironhorse Campground and in the Tuttletown Recreation Area’s Lupine Day Use Area. Both recreation areas require payment of a user fee for use of recreation amenities. Once the user fee is paid, there will be no additional fee to charge electric vehicles using the charging station. <P> In 2007, California Assembly Bill 118 created the <em>Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program</em>, which authorized the California Energy Commission to “develop and deploy alternative and renewable fuels and advanced transportation technologies to help attain the state’s climate change policies.” <P> In 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514, <em>Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance</em>, to “establish an integrated strategy toward sustainability in the federal government and to make the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions a priority for federal agencies.” <P> Funds for the charging units were obtained by a grant from the California Energy Commissioner together with Clipper Creek. <P> For more information on the electric vehicle charging stations at New Melones Lake, please contact Robert LaFleur, Park Manager, at <a href="mailto:rlafleur@usbr.gov">rlafleur@usbr.gov</a> or call 209-536-9094 x211 (800-877-8339). <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55671 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for the Proposed Project to Include Table Mountain Rancheria as a Recipient for the Madera Irrigation District and Flyin’ J Contracts
FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed addition of Table Mountain Rancheria as a point of delivery for Madera Irrigation District’s Soquel water under Contract No. 10-WC-20-3984B and the direct delivery of groundwater pumped from Flyin’ J Ranch to Table Mountain Rancheria under their Warren Act Contract. <P> The Draft EA/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=26380">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26380</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> Comments are due by Wednesday, August 17, 2016, please email comments to <a href="mailto:slholt@usbr.gov">slholt@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Stacy Holt, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to Holt at 559-487-5927. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Holt at 559-487-5295 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55667 Reclamation Increases Friant Division 2016 Class 1 Water Supply Allocation to 75 Percent Along With an Exchange Agreement to Support South-of-Delta Operations
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announces an additional increase in the water supply allocation to the Friant Division contractors of their Class 1 water from 65 to 75 percent. The initial Friant Division water supply allocation announced on April 1, 2016, was 30 percent Class 1 water supply; an additional 100,000 acre-feet of Uncontrolled Season supply was made available to avert flood control concerns and needed to be delivered by the end of April. The Class 1 water supply allocation was subsequently increased from 30 to 40 percent on April 11, 2016, from 40 to 50 percent on April 21, 2016, and from 50 to 65 percent on May 6, 2016. <P> The Class 1 allocation increase was made possible by an agreement Reclamation reached with Friant Division contractors and others to exchange water from the eastside of the San Joaquin Valley into San Luis Reservoir. The agreement helps to ensure that Reclamation can continue to meet existing contractual obligations and commitments from San Luis Reservoir storage and water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. <P> “I am pleased to be able to increase the Friant Class 1 allocation in conjunction with an agreement that helps shore up South-of-Delta operation. We understand the frustration many of our contractors on the west side San Joaquin Valley continue to experience,” said Reclamation Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. “I appreciate our contractors’ willingness to continue to work together to develop creative solutions to the many challenges we collectively face in this difficult year.” <P> Friant Division Class 1 water supply is generally considered the supply which can be dependably managed through storage regulation over the season and delivered at the contractor’s convenience. The Class 1 supply will continue to be reassessed at weekly intervals until further notice. <P> For additional information, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55647 Reclamation Seeks Volunteers to Assist at the American River Water Education Center at Folsom Dam
FOLSOM, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office is seeking volunteers to assist at the American River Water Education Center (ARWEC). <P> Located near Folsom Dam and along the American River bike trail, ARWEC offers an educational and entertaining way to increase the public’s knowledge of the American River watershed, the water cycle, water management, resource conservation, and the multiple roles, benefits and history of Folsom Dam, Reservoir and Powerplant. <P> Volunteer opportunities at ARWEC include: <P> <ul> <li> Greeting visitors and answering questions in the exhibit center. </li> <li> Assisting the groundskeeper in maintaining the drought-tolerant garden, a Certified Wildlife Habitat. </li> <li> Leading hands-on activities with school groups in the schoolhouse, amphitheater or picnic grounds. </li> <li> Guiding school groups through the exhibit center or on a hike around Beals Point at Folsom Reservoir. </li> </ul> Interested individuals will interview with the ARWEC Volunteer Coordinator and must pass a background investigation. An orientation/training will be held on August 17 and 18, 2016, for all new volunteers, followed by 60 days of hands-on training. Although not required, experience in elementary education or interpretation and an interest in water conservation is a plus. <P> ARWEC is located at 7785 Folsom-Auburn Road, Folsom, CA 95630 and is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. <P> For additional information, please visit the ARWEC website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/arwec">www.usbr.gov/mp/arwec</a> or contact Joan Roush, Reclamation Guide, at 916-989-7289 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:jroush@usbr.gov">jroush@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55611 MOU Signing for Temperance Flat Investigation
On July 1, the Bureau of Reclamation and the San Joaquin Valley Water Infrastructure Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation feasibility study evaluating what is commonly referred to as Temperance Flat. The infrastructure authority members include at least five counties and several cities, underserved communities and water districts, as well as federally recognized Tribes. Over 40 local, state and federal representatives, as well as media attended the signing. <P> The new partnership formed by the signing of this MOU will allow communities and organizations throughout the San Joaquin Valley to participate in completing the studies of the proposed Temperance Flat Dam and Reservoir. The signing was the next step in the planning process for the new dam and reservoir, and will help develop the necessary information to apply for the State of California’s Proposition 1 funding for water storage projects. The MOU enables Reclamation to provide technical assistance to the Authority in its goal to submit a proposal to the California Water Commission. Certainly, this project cannot be materialized without the support of local partners, and the MOU represents that partnership between the federal government and the community. <P> The primary objectives of the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation is to increase water supply reliability and system operational flexibility for agricultural, municipal and industrial, and environmental uses, and to enhance temperature and flow conditions in the San Joaquin River downstream from Friant Dam for salmon and other native fish. If authorized by Congress and jointly funded, the proposed Temperance Flat Dam and Reservoir would be a part of the Federal Central Valley Project. It would create 1,260,000 acre-feet of new water storage, 2 ½ times the capacity of the current storage capacity of Millerton Lake. The project would allow us to capture more of the high flows and improve groundwater management in the San Joaquin Valley. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55607 Reclamation to Begin Safety Modification Project at Stampede Dam
TRUCKEE, Calif. – Under the Bureau of Reclamation’s Safety of Dams Program, Stampede Dam and dike structures are being raised by 11.5 feet to address dam safety concerns related to large flood events. In addition, two small dikes will be constructed near the south end of the reservoir to fill low-lying areas of the reservoir rim. The spillway crest structure will be reconstructed to control outflows during large flood events to the current spillway discharge capacity of approximately 3,000 cubic feet per second. Completed in 1970, Stampede Dam is a zoned earthfill embankment dam located approximately 11 miles northeast of Truckee, California, in Sierra County. <P> The construction contract for this work was awarded in May 2016 to NW Construction Incorporated (NW). NW will mobilize to Stampede Dam in August 2016 to begin preliminary construction activities. Preliminary construction activities to be completed during 2016 include improvement and surfacing of the Dog Valley Road detour route (from Hobart Mills to the Stampede Boat Ramp turnoff); timber clearing; construction of two small dikes; and some miscellaneous work to prepare for the 2017 construction season. There will be no road closures in 2016; however, some traffic control may be in place for safety purposes. Please look for road guards and signage as you drive through the area. <P> Beginning in April 2017, the eastern section of Dog Valley Road, which crosses the dam and dike, will be closed to allow for construction on the main dam structure. Access to the reservoir will be available using the posted detour routes. A hyperlink to the temporary detour routes which shows the closed section of Dog Valley Road is found at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/stampede/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/stampede/index.html</a><u>.</u> <s></s> <P> The Boat Ramp and Logger Campground will remain open during construction. The Emigrant Group Campground will be closed from April 2017 to October 2017 for construction activities. <P> The website will be revised periodically with updated information as the construction project progresses. For information, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/stampede/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/stampede/index.html</a> <u>.</u> <P> Please email questions related to the project to <a href="mailto:sha-mpr-StampedeSOD@usbr.gov" target="_blank">sha-mpr-StampedeSOD@usbr.gov</a><u>. </u> Responses to questions received will be transmitted approximately weekly throughout the construction period. If you would like your email address to be added to a distribution list for periodic project updates, please indicate that in your email to the above address. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55587 Young Osprey Rescued at New Melones Lake
On Thursday evening, June 9, 2016, New Melones Lake Natural Resource Ranger Patricia Sanders received a call from Natural Resource Specialist Sandra Patania and Park Ranger Mike McGraw that a nearly fledged young osprey had fallen from its nest in the Tuttletown Campground, Campsite 105. <P> The uninjured young osprey had been near the campsite’s picnic table for several hours, and as it was now dark, Ranger Sanders asked Ranger McGraw to capture the bird and take it to the New Melones Lake Field Office where it would be safe overnight. Following Ranger Sanders’ instructions, Ranger McGraw was able to capture the baby bird without injuring either it or himself, place it in a cardboard box, and put it under Ranger Sanders’ desk to spend the night. <P> The next morning, New Melones Chief Ranger Cindy Davenport decided they should attempt to place the young osprey back in its nest using a boom truck from the lake’s maintenance department. Maintenance Worker Frederick Howard immediately began preparing the truck so that Ranger Sanders could go up in its bucket and return the youngster to its home. <P> After Maintenance Worker Howard helped Ranger Sanders into the safety harness, she held onto the cardboard box containing the young osprey as she was lifted in the bucket to the nest. Once by the nest, she placed the box on its side and opened the flaps, but the frightened bird stayed put. Ranger Sanders reached inside and delicately grasped one of its legs to gently pull it out. The young osprey finally rejoined its two siblings in the nest, and Ranger Sanders was slowly lowered to the ground. During this operation, one of the frantic parents had circled within feet of the nest, screaming the whole time! <P> Campers in the vicinity watched the process and were elated that the baby made it back home. Within the next two weeks, all three of the young osprey had taken their first flights and were observed to be doing well. The rescue went smoothly and the outcome was very rewarding! <P> New Melones Lake is located on the Stanislaus River in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, within Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, California. <P> Thank you to all who participated in the rescue and to Tuttletown Camp Host Jim Johnston and Maintenance Worker Dennis Finley who captured photos of the event. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/%232-osprey-rescue.jpg" alt="Headed toward the nest platform" hspace="3" vspace="3"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/%233-osprey-rescue.jpg" alt="Getting close" hspace="3" vspace="3"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/%234-osprey-rescue.jpg" alt="The release begins" hspace="3" vspace="3"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/%235-osprey-rescue.jpg" alt="Anxious parent osprey watches every move" hspace="3" vspace="3"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/%236-osprey-rescue-completed.jpg" alt="Successful rescue completed" hspace="3" vspace="3"/> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55567 Lake Berryessa Ranger Programs
In June 2016, Bureau of Reclamation Park Rangers welcomed 395 visitors ranging in age from young children to senior citizens to beautiful Lake Berryessa, located in Napa County, California. <P> Most of the visitors joined the Rangers for “Meet a Park Ranger at Monticello Dam!” on Saturdays from 12-3 p.m. Participants learned about the Berryessa Valley prior to the construction of Monticello Dam on Putah Creek in 1957 and how the filling of Lake Berryessa changed the valley and formed Reclamation’s Solano Project. <P> They also learned that the Solano Project provides flood-control protection for the city of Winters and other downstream communities and delivers high-quality water for irrigation use and for the cities of Vacaville, Suisun City, Vallejo and Fairfield. Many of the visitors asked the Rangers for help in planning future trips to the lake where numerous recreation opportunities are offered, including camping, boating, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, picnicking and swimming. <P> In June, Lake Berryessa Park Rangers kicked-off a series of Ranger programs held at the Oak Shores Day Use Area every Sunday at 1 p.m. The first program, “Reptile Ramble,” came complete with a rattlesnake sighting for the fortunate families who happened to have excellent timing! If the rattler in the attached photo looks a little sluggish, you have to forgive him: he’d just finished swallowing a small ground squirrel. <P> Park Rangers will continue to present programs at Monticello Dam and the Oak Shores Day Use Area on weekends through Labor Day. Upcoming topics at Oak Shores will include introductions to bats and birds as well as water safety and CPR. For details on Ranger programs, please contact the Lake Berryessa Park Ranger Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 113. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/western-rattlesnake.jpg" alt="A western rattlesnake rests after swallowing a ground squirrel" hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55474 Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2017 - Public Meeting and Open House
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public meeting and open house to present and solicit comments on the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2017. The CVPIA mandates changes in management of the Central Valley Project, particularly for the protection, restoration and enhancement of fish and wildlife. The event will be held: <P> Sacramento Friday, July 22, 2016 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Main Conference Room (Enter at Cafeteria), #1001 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 <P> The public meeting and open house will include an overview of CVPIA actions, interactive poster and individual program and project managers will be available to answer any additional questions. The proposed agenda is as follows: <P> • 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Overview of the 2017 CVP Restoration Fund • 9:15 a.m. Fisheries Program Overview • 9:30 a.m. Long-Term Fish Monitoring • 9:45 a.m. Refuge Program Overview • 10:00 a.m. Open House - Poster Session • 11:30 a.m. Oral Comments • 12:00 p.m. Closing Comments and Adjourn <P> A public draft of the work plans is available. If you would like an electronic copy, please contact Shelly Latham at 916-978-5260 or email sdlatham@usbr.gov. Please submit comments by close of business Monday, August 10, 2016, to Latham, 2800 Cottage Way (MP-410), Sacramento, CA 95825 or by email to sdlatham@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information, please contact Cesar Blanco, Ph.D., at 916-978-6190 or cesar_blanco@fws.gov, or Shelly Latham at 916-978-5260 or sdlatham@usbr.gov or visit http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55473 Reclamation Seeks Public Comment on Draft Drainage Agreement Between United States and Northerly Districts
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announces the availability of a draft agreement between the United States and the Pacheco Water District, Panoche Water District, and San Luis Water District (collectively referred to as the Northerly Districts) concerning the collection and management of subsurface agricultural drainage water. <P> The draft agreement, if finalized and enacted into law, would relieve Reclamation from all drainage obligations imposed by the San Luis Act of 1960, including implementation of Reclamation’s 2007 Record of Decision for the San Luis Drainage Feature Re-evaluation, within the Northerly Districts. The Northerly Districts, working with the Panoche Drainage District, would assume responsibility for drainage management within their service areas. This shift in responsibility would constitute a substantial savings to the U.S. as the current estimate to provide drainage service within the Northerly Districts is $558 million in April 2015 dollars. It also establishes a framework to resolve outstanding litigation related to Reclamation’s obligation to provide drainage service to the San Luis Unit of the Central Valley Project and would result in indemnification of the U.S. for any and all claims relating to the provision of drainage service or lack thereof within the Northerly Districts’ service areas. <P> The Districts have been successfully treating drainage through a combination of actions including the implementation of the Westside Regional Drainage Plan, the San Joaquin River Water Quality Improvement Project, and the Grasslands Bypass Project. The draft agreement envisions continuation of these actions, with the exception of the Grasslands Bypass Project which is scheduled to end in 2019, and provides for relief of remaining CVP construction debt, water contract modifications, $70 million in funding over seven years, and transfer of title to certain facilities to offset a portion of the expected costs of the Districts taking on the drainage obligation and indemnifying the U.S. <P> To be open and transparent and solicit the public’s input on this important step forward to resolving Reclamation’s drainage obligations, the draft agreement is available for public review and comment on Reclamation’s website at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/wds.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/wds.html</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the agreement online, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> Comments are due by close of business, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. Please mail or deliver comments to Northerly Districts Agreement, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-170, Sacramento, CA 95825. For additional information, please contact Alicia Forsythe at 916-978-5464 or <a href="mailto:aforsythe@usbr.gov">aforsythe@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55471 Reclamation Announces C.A.S.T. for Kids Event at New Melones Lake on Saturday, August 6
SONORA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office will hold a C.A.S.T. (Catch a Special Thrill) for Kids event on Saturday, August 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Melones Lake’s Mark Twain Recreation Area, adjacent to the New Melones Lake Administration Center. <P> C.A.S.T. for Kids events “team up” sponsors and anglers with special needs children for a day of fishing enjoyment. Disabled and disadvantaged children ages 5 to16 may participate in this fun and educational annual activity free of charge. New Melones Lake is located in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, approximately 60 miles east of Stockton. <P> This C.A.S.T. for Kids event ties into the Department of the Interior’s <em>Let’s Move Outside </em>initiative ( <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside</a>), which encourages children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities that abound in every city, town and community. <P> An annual children’s fishing event was started at New Melones Lake in 1992 by Reclamation staff and was combined with the C.A.S.T. Foundation in 2003 to offer increased outdoor recreational opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged children. At this year’s event, each child will receive a free fishing rod and reel, bait and tackle equipment, and instruction. Environmental exhibits, displays and activities will be offered. The morning will culminate in a free BBQ lunch. <P> For questions, to register a child, participate as a volunteer, or contribute support for this event, please contact New Melones Park Ranger Mike McGraw at <a href="mailto:mmcgraw@usbr.gov">mmcgraw@usbr.gov</a> or 209-536-9094 ext. 233. Pre-registration is required for participants and volunteers by Friday, July 29. Please register online at <a href="http://castforkids.org/event/newmelones/">http://castforkids.org/event/newmelones/</a>. <P> For information on the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, please visit <a href="http://www.castforkids.org/">http://www.castforkids.org</a>. <P> For information on New Melones Lake, please call 209-536-9094 ext. 0 (TTY 800-877-8339); stop by the New Melones Lake Administration Office, 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora, CA 95370 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55469 San Joaquin River Restoration Program: Final Environmental Document Available for the Mendota Pool Bypass and Reach 2B Channel Improvements Project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the California State Lands Commission today released a Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) on the Mendota Pool Bypass and Reach 2B Channel Improvements Project. Located in Madera and Fresno counties and a key component of the 2006 San Joaquin River Settlement, this project is a major step toward restoring flows and a self-sustaining Chinook salmon fishery to the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam to the confluence of the Merced River. The proposed action is authorized by the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act (Public Law 111-11). <P> The project consists of constructing, operating, and maintaining a floodplain which would be capable of conveying at least 4,500 cubic feet per second, the Mendota Pool Bypass, and a structure to deliver water to Mendota Pool. The project footprint extends from approximately 0.3 miles above the Chowchilla Bypass Bifurcation Structure to approximately one mile below the Mendota Dam near the town of Mendota, California. <P> The Final EIS/EIR assesses the potential environmental effects of the five alternatives being considered, including the no-action alternative. The preferred alternative for the project was identified through a consensus-based alternative development process with the local affected community. The Final EIS/EIR includes responses to all the public comments received on the Draft EIS/EIR that was released in June 2015 for a 60-day comment period. <P> The Final EIS/EIR was developed pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act and is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=4032">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=4032</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> To request the Final EIS/EIR Executive Summary or a CD copy of the Final EIS/EIR, please contact Becky Victorine at 916-978-4624 or <a href="mailto:rvictorine@usbr.gov">rvictorine@usbr.gov</a> or Christopher Huitt, California Lands Commission, at 916-574-2080 or <a href="mailto:chrisopher.huitt@slc.ca.gov">chrisopher.huitt@slc.ca.gov</a>.. <P> Paper copies of the document are available for review at Reclamation’s South-Central California Area Office at 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721; Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office Library at 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, 916-978-5593 (must call and make an appointment); the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Natural Resources Library at 1849 C Street NW, Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240-0001; California State Lands Commission Office, 100 Howe Ave., Suite 100 South, Sacramento, CA 95825; Los Banos Library, 1312 S 7th St., Los Banos, CA 93635; Fresno County Public Library - Mendota Branch, 1246 Belmont Ave., Mendota, CA 93640; and Fresno County Public Library - Firebaugh Branch, 1315 O St., Firebaugh, CA 93622. <P> To learn more about the SJRRP, please visit <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net/">www.restoresjr.net</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55450 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for the Proposed Repairs to the Calaveras Fault Inlet-Outlet Levee/Access Road
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed repairs to the Santa Clara Conduit levee/access road located in Santa Clara County, California. <P> The Draft EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26277. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Comments are due by Thursday, July 21, 2016. Please email comments to slholt@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to Stacy Holt, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5295. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Holt at 559-487-5295 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address. <P>