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=49207 Therese O’Rourke Bradford Selected as the New Area Manager for the Klamath Basin Area Office in Klamath Falls, Oregon
<p><strong>Therese O&rsquo;Rourke Bradford Selected as the New Area Manager for the Klamath Basin Area Office in Klamath Falls, Oregon </strong></p> <p><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/images/FullSizeRender.jpg" alt="non-interactive image of Therese O'Rourke Bradford" width="217" height="300" align="left" hspace="12" /><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Region announced today that Therese O&rsquo;Rourke Bradford has been selected as the Area Manager for the Klamath Basin Area Office. Brian Person, acting Area Manager, is currently in the position and will retire in June 2015. Ms. O&rsquo;Rourke Bradford will begin in early June.<br /> &ldquo;Therese has an exceptional breadth and depth of experience,&rdquo; stated Regional Director David Murillo. &ldquo;Her leadership will assist the Region accomplish our commitments to manage water delivery, protect natural and cultural resources, and increase water conservation.<br /> O&rsquo;Rourke Bradford currently works as a Regulatory Branch Chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Carlsbad, California. Previously she worked as an Assistant Field Supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as a District Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service in Dillon, Colorado, and as a Senior Program Manager for the Nature Conservancy in southern California.  <br /> Addressing conflicts between land use and endangered species issues has been a cornerstone of her career.  As the Regulatory Branch Chief, she has focused on creating mitigation opportunities for wetlands restoration that assists both developers and endangered species. While with the Fish and Wildlife Service, she was a primary architect for the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan, which protects species and habitats while allowing for streamed permitting for local land use and development.<br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m looking forward to working with the excellent team in the Klamath Falls office and working with all members of the community to address the water issues now and into the future,&rdquo; said O&rsquo;Rourke Bradford.<br /> O&rsquo;Rourke Bradford has a Bachelor&rsquo;s degree from Michigan State University in Forestry and Master&rsquo;s degree from George Mason University in Environmental Science and Policy. She is married to Darren Bradford and has a daughter, Maggie, who is a freshman at Oregon State University. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49202 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for a Temporary Warren Act Contract for Storage and Conveyance
FOLSOM, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Environmental Assessment for the execution of a temporary Warren Act contract with the Santa Clara Valley Water District, to allow for the storage and conveyance of non-Central Valley Project water from Foresthill Public Utility District Sugar Pine Reservoir in Folsom Reservoir and Lake Natoma. <P> Reclamation proposes to enter into a temporary WA contract with SCVWD to allow for the storage and conveyance of 2,000 acre-feet-per year of FPUDs Sugar Pine Reservoir water. The Proposed Action would authorize the use of the federally-owned Folsom Reservoir and Lake Natoma for storage and conveyance of the FPUD transfer water. The state-owned Harvey O. Banks Pumping Plant and South Bay Aqueduct would be utilized to convey the water to SCVWD. <P> The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21452. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Please email comments by close of business, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, to John Hutchings at jhutchings@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to: John Hutchings, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630, or faxed to 916-989-7208. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the EA, please contact Hutchings at 916-989-7179 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the EA may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Folsom office at the above address. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49198 Reclamation Announces Final Schedule for Release into Trinity River as Part of Restoration Program
REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that releases from Lewiston Dam into the Trinity River for the “dry” water year with a total volume of 453,000 acre-feet will reach a peak flow of 8,500 cubic feet per second over the two-day period of May 5 and 6, 2015 for coarse sediment management purposes as part of the Trinity River Restoration Program. <P> Releases will begin increasing gradually on April 22, with more rapid increases from April 30-May 4, and remain at the peak of 8,500 cfs for a period of 2 days. Release rates will then be reduced to 2,000 cfs over a period of 11 days. As the flows recede, several days of flows at 2,000, 1,200, and 700 cfs follow for monitoring purposes. The summer base-flow rate of 450 cfs will begin on June 30. <P> The public should take appropriate safety precautions whenever near or on the river. Landowners are advised to clear personal items and debris from the floodplain prior to the releases. <P> The December 2000, Trinity River Mainstem Fishery Restoration Record of Decision created a plan for the restoration of the Trinity River and its fish and wildlife populations. The Program’s restoration strategy includes four different restoration elements, two of which include increased releases to the river and sediment management. Flow regimes link two essential purposes deemed necessary to restore and maintain the Trinity River’s fishery resources: 1) flows to provide physical fish habitat (i.e., appropriate depths and velocities, and suitable temperature regimes for anadromous salmonids), and 2) flows to restore the riverine processes that create and maintain the structural integrity and spatial complexity of the fish habitats. More information on the Trinity River ROD can be found at www.trrp.net/background/rod/. <P> A daily schedule of flow releases is available at www.trrp.net/restore/flows/current/, and the public may subscribe to automated notifications (via phone or email) of Trinity River release changes. The flow release schedule is posted at the Trinity River Restoration Program office, located at 1313 South Main Street, Weaverville, CA. <P> For additional information, please call 530-623-1800 or email info@trrp.net. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49196 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Terra Bella Irrigation District Warren Act Agreement
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed approval of a five-year Warren Act agreement with Terra Bella Irrigation District for the introduction and conveyance of up to 5,000 acre-feet of non-Central Valley Project water per year of Tule River water. </p> <P> <p>The Draft 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=21423">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21423</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>Please email comments to <a href="mailto:blawrence@usbr.gov">blawrence@usbr.gov</a> by close of business Tuesday, May 5. Written comments may also be mailed to Benjamin Lawrence, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397. </p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49195 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document on Ivanhoe Irrigation District Control System Project
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed grant to Ivanhoe Irrigation District to partially fund an irrigation control system in Tulare County, Calif. </p> <P> <p>Under the proposed action, Reclamation would award Ivanhoe Irrigation District with a $284,000 WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant to support the acquisition and installation of supervisory control and data acquisition equipment, construction of a new water control structure, above ground low-flow bypasses, and replacement of an intertie receiving structure. The proposed action would increase the district’s water supply reliability and decrease the amount of groundwater currently extracted to meet the district’s water supply needs.</p> <P> <p>The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21361">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21361</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>Written comments should be sent to Doug Kleinsmith, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, or emailed to <a href="mailto:dkleinsmith@usbr.gov">dkleinsmith@usbr.gov</a>, or faxed to 916-978-5055. Comments must be received by close of business Monday, May 4<b>,</b> 2015.</p> <P> <p>For additional information or to receive a copy of the EA, please contact Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional office at the above address. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49194 State, Federal Agencies and Sacramento River Settlement Contractors Agree on Framework for Water Operations in Fourth Year of Drought
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif. –</strong> Federal and state agencies along with Sacramento River Settlement Contractors (SRSCs) agreed this week on an integrated framework of actions for Central Valley Project/State Water Project operations for mid-April through November. The actions will flexibly manage and operate the system to serve multiple beneficial purposes that include water for cities and rural communities, farms, fish and wildlife and their habitats in the Sacramento Valley. The suite of actions will also help provide water for areas of the state that are in dire need of additional water supplies.</p> <p>Agencies involved in developing the plan include the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which supplies the SRSC with water from the federal Central Valley Project, the California Department of Water Resources, California State Water Resources Control Board, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.</p> <p>The framework looks at the system as a whole and balances many needs.  Issues at play include:</p> <ul> <li>supplies to agricultural senior water right holders like the SRSC</li> <li>volumes and timing of transfer water to junior water right holders</li> <li>upstream temperature management for winter-run Chinook salmon</li> <li>in-basin habitat needs for wildlife, including giant garter snake and refuges</li> <li>Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta outflow to benefit fish including delta smelt and longfin smelt</li> <li>salinity management in the Delta for drinking water quality</li> <li>a host of additional watershed requirements and competing needs in the Trinity, American and Feather rivers.</li> </ul> <p>Agreement on Sacramento River and SRSC operations is the cornerstone to the overall operations of our water management system, and is a key piece needed before other decisions about volume and timing of transfers to junior water rights holders can be negotiated.</p> <p>&ldquo;This framework was developed through close collaboration with all the agencies and our water contractors, and builds on what we learned last year about how to manage through extreme drought,&rdquo; said David Murillo, Reclamation Regional Director. &ldquo;Working together is our best hope for maximizing supplies and getting through what is undoubtedly going to be a tough year.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources, offered hope that the agreement and continued collaboration would help the state cope with a fourth and potentially fifth year of drought.</p> <p>&quot;This type of creative, cooperative approach among project operators, regulators, and water users is fundamental to getting the most out of our limited water resources,&quot; he said.  &quot;We must continue close coordination as we implement the plan, reacting to real-time conditions and balancing the inevitable tradeoffs.&quot;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Last year, endangered winter-run Chinook salmon redds in the upper Sacramento River were severely impacted by the lack of cool water,&quot; said Maria Rea, Assistant Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries Central Valley Office. &ldquo;This year we will continue to monitor the temperatures and operations of the Sacramento River throughout the summer.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Water is the heart and soul of Northern California,&rdquo; said Don Bransford, a farmer, conservationist and President of the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District. &ldquo;The Sacramento River Settlement Contractors have a deep commitment to progressive water management for multiple beneficial purposes under our contracts. By working closely with the federal and state agencies during this challenging year, we will implement these actions for the benefit of farms, birds and fish in the Sacramento Valley.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;An integrated, collaborative plan that addresses the needs of all users, and provides much needed water for fish, wildlife and their habitats is key,&rdquo; said Polly Wheeler, Assistant Deputy Regional Directors for Refuges, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.<br /> A major component of the overall framework is the temperature management plan for the Sacramento River. With the proposed temperature management plan and anticipated CVP operations assuming conservative inflow estimates, storage in Shasta Lake is projected to be approximately 1.1 million acre-feet at the end of September 2015. Water storage and releases from Shasta Lake will be managed carefully to assure the availability of water for multiple beneficial purposes during this fourth year of drought. <br /> The suite of actions will help protect supplies for farms in the Sacramento Valley, fish and birds in the river and on refuges, and urban uses in Sacramento and the Bay Area.<br /> In addition, water that flows past Sacramento into the Delta will serve various beneficial purposes including salinity management, fishery habitat, in-delta agricultural needs, and water supply for other portions of the State.<br /> The federal and state agencies and SRSC&rsquo;s will have regular meetings to coordinate these actions and will work closely together throughout the year to assure the effective implementation of this plan. </p> For more information on the agreement, click here <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/drought/docs/SacRiver_Framework_FactSheet.pdf">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/drought/docs/SacRiver_Framework_FactSheet.pdf</a> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49190 Reclamation Announces Customer Appreciation Day at New Melones Lake on Saturday, April 18
<p><b>SONORA, Calif.</b> – Please join Bureau of Reclamation staff at New Melones Lake on Saturday, April 18, as we celebrate the seventh annual Customer Appreciation Day. </p> <P> <p>To show Reclamation’s appreciation for their customers, the $8 day use fee at Tuttletown and Glory Hole recreation areas will be waived for all visitors on April 18. </p> <P> <p>New Melones Lake is managed by the Mid-Pacific Region’s Central California Area Office and is located approximately 60 miles east of Stockton, Calif.</p> <P> <p>For more information, 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 through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; or visit the New Melones website at <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=49189 Reclamation Announces Spring 2015 Park Events and Ranger Interpretive Programs at Lake Berryessa
<p><b>NAPA, Calif. </b>? The Bureau of Reclamation?s Central California Area Office announces spring 2015 park events and Park Ranger interpretive programs at Lake Berryessa in Napa County, Calif. All activities will be held rain or shine and are free of charge. Some programs have group-size limitations, so please contact the Park Ranger office regarding availability. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather and bring water and sunscreen for daytime activities. Children are welcome, but those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.</p> <P> <p><b>Meet a Park Ranger at Monticello Dam!</b></p> <P> <p><b>Fourth Sunday of each month (April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23) 11 a.m. ? 2 p.m., Monticello Dam Overlook Parking (Highway 128, nine miles west of Winters)</b></p> <P> <p>Ever wonder why Lake Berryessa was created? Or how much water it holds? Or what was there before the lake? Where does the water go? Get the answers to these questions and more when you meet a Park Ranger at the Monticello Dam on the 4th Sunday of every month throughout the summer. Stop by any time between 11a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn fun facts and about this essential water resource. Please contact a Park Ranger at 707-966-2111, ext. 113 for any questions.</p> <P> <p><b>Birding 101 </b></p> <P> <p><b>Saturday, May 9, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.</b></p> <P> <p><b>Meet at the Smittle Creek Day Use Area</b></p> <P> <p>Having trouble telling a titmouse from a wren, or a raven from a robin? This hike is designed to help participants make heads or tail feathers of the complex avian world. Join Ranger Todd Eggert http://www.usbr.gov/ for an informative bird-watching hike along the Smittle Creek Trail. Birders of all levels are welcome to attend this delightful hike. Bring binoculars, bird guides and, most of all, enthusiasm. This is an easy 1.5-mile round-trip hike (3/4 mile each way) with a slight elevation change. For details, directions and to RSVP, please contact Ranger Todd Eggert at 707-966-2111, ext. 113 or <a href="mailto:reggert@usbr.gov" target="_blank">reggert@usbr.gov</a></p> <P> <p><b>World Environment Day</b></p> <P> <p><b>Sunday, June 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.</b></p> <P> <p><b>Meet near Markley Cove Resort, past Monticello Dam</b></p> <P> <p>Join Reclamation Park Rangers and the Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership for a fun lakeshore clean up event. Volunteers will walk trails and shoreline helping to clean up trash and debris at the south end of the lake. This is a great opportunity to earn volunteer hours while spending the afternoon in a beautiful outdoor setting! Food and drinks will be provided. To participate, please contact Ranger Todd Eggert at 707-966-2111, ext. 113 or <a href="mailto:reggert@usbr.gov">reggert@usbr.gov</a>. Pre-registration is required for lunch.</p> <P> <b><br /> </b> <p><b>Displays and Exhibits</b></p> <P> <p><b>May 16 through September 14: Weekends 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Weekdays Noon - 2 p.m.</b></p> <P> <p><b>Lake Berryessa Visitor Center</b></p> <P> <p>The Lake Berryessa Visitor Center offers displays and exhibits on the history of Lake Berryessa, the Monticello Valley and the construction of the Solano Project. It also houses an exhibit of local wildlife (stuffed and mounted) showing the common and not-so-common animals found around the lake. Park Rangers are available to answer questions about natural resources, recreational opportunities, wildlife and the area?s history. Brochures, maps, trail guides and other educational information are available free of charge.</p> <P> <p>Interpretive programs and events at Lake Berryessa tie into President Barack Obama?s America?s Great Outdoors initiative (<a href="http://www.doi.gov/americasgreatoutdoors/index.cfm">http://www.doi.gov/americasgreatoutdoors/index.cfm</a>) which seeks to empower Americans to share in the responsibility to conserve, restore and provide better access to our lands and waters and leave a healthy and vibrant outdoor legacy for generations to come. Ranger-led hikes and activities also support the Department of the Interior?s <i>Let?s Move Outside! </i>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. And where better for the public to appreciate and enjoy the great outdoors than at a Reclamation facility like Lake Berryessa?</p> <P> <p>If you would like to participate in a program and need accommodation, please contact the Lake Berryessa Ranger Department at 707-966-2111, ext. 113 at least 14 days in advance.</p> <P> <p>Please visit the Lake Berryessa website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a> for additional information.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49169 Reclamation, Oakdale Irrigation District and South San Joaquin Irrigation Districts Resolve New Melones Pulse Flow Concerns
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in collaboration with federal and state fisheries agencies, the local water districts and the State Water Resources Control Board, met to talk through the issues related to pulse flows on the Stanislaus River for steelhead and Chinook salmon. The agreement will allow the required pulse flows to be accomplished as previously scheduled, while protecting water supplies in New Melones Lake for later this summer. With this agreement in place, Reclamation has scheduled the pulse flows from Goodwin Dam to begin Saturday morning, April 11, at 0100 a.m. Releases will be ramped up from 200 cubic feet per second (cfs) over several hours to 1,500 cfs and then ramped down on Tuesday morning at 0100 a.m. to 1,300 cfs. <P> In addition to the pulse flow release the Districts will work with Reclamation on increasing water conservation this year. The water the districts conserve this year will be available to the districts in the 2016 water year. <P> Lake Tulloch is expected to have normal operations through October 1, 2015. Lake drawdown after October 1 will depend on inflows into New Melones. Calaveras County Water District’s municipal supply from Lake Tulloch will not be interrupted. <P> Reclamation, the districts and the resource agencies will continue work cooperatively to manage operations at New Melones to meet fishery resource needs through the summer. <P> “I am very proud of the work we put into resolving the pulse flow concerns,” said David Murillo, Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Director. “It shows what can be accomplished when people are willing to sit down, roll up their sleeves and work toward a common goal.” <P> For additional information, please contact Reclamation’s Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49168 Hours of Operation for Reclamation Facilities at Lake Berryessa for 2015
<p><b>NAPA, Calif. </b>– The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office announces the hours of operation for Lake Berryessa in Napa County, Calif., for 2015. Lake Berryessa has plenty of water for water-related recreation, and concession-operated facilities offer camping, marina services, lodging and boat rentals. Visitors should call one of the concessions (listed below) to make their camping, lodging or boat rental reservations.</p> <P> <p><b>Dufer Point Visitor Center</b></p> <p><b>April 1 through May 17: Open Saturday and Sunday, Noon - 3 p.m.</b></p> <p><b>May 18 through Sept. 1: Open weekends and holidays, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Weekdays, Noon - 2 p.m.; Closed Wednesdays</b></p> <p>The Dufer Point Visitor Center offers displays and exhibits on the history of Lake Berryessa and the Monticello Valley and the construction of the Solano Project. It also houses an exhibit of local wildlife (stuffed and mounted) showing the common and not-so-common animals found around the lake. Park Rangers are available to answer questions about natural resources, recreational opportunities, wildlife and the area’s history. Brochures, maps, trail guides and other educational information are available free of charge. Contact the Park Rangers at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 for information about park events, hikes, kayak tours and educational programs.</p> <P> <p><b>Capell Cove Boat Launch Ramp</b></p> <p><b>Open every day, 4 a.m. - 10 p.m. </b></p> <p>Other boat launch ramps are open at Markley Cove Marina, Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area and Putah Canyon Recreation Area.</p> <P> <p><b>Oak Shores Day Use Area</b></p> <p><b>April 1 - 30: Open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.</b></p> <p><b>May 1 through Sept. 15: Open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.</b></p> <p>During April, the Oak Shores Day Use Area will be available for public use 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closing time will move to 8 p.m. on May 1 to correspond to the longer daylight hours.</p> <P> <b><br /> </b> <p><b>Smittle Creek Day Use Area</b></p> <p><b>April 1 - 30: Open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.</b></p> <p><b>May 1 through Sept. 15: Open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.</b></p> <p>During April, the Smittle Creek Day Use Area will be available for public use from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closing time will move to 8 p.m. on May 1 to correspond to the longer daylight hours.</p> <P> <p><b>Eticuera Day Use Area and Olive Orchard Day Use Area</b></p> <p>Open dawn to dusk.</p> <P> <p><b>Concession Operations</b></p> <p>Markley Cove Resort, Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area and Putah Canyon Recreation Area continue to be open and offer a variety of recreation services. For information on operations and services offered at concession-operated facilities, please call the concession operators or visit their websites:</p> <P> <p><b>Markley Cove:</b> 707-966-2134, <a href="http://www.markleycoveresort.com">www.markleycoveresort.com</a></p> <P> <p><b>Pleasure Cove Marina</b>: 707-966-9600, <a href="http://www.goberryessa.com">www.goberryessa.com</a></p> <P> <p><b>Steele Canyon Recreation Area:</b> 707-966-9179, <a href="http://www.goberryessa.com">www.goberryessa.com</a></p> <P> <p><b>Putah Canyon Recreation Area:</b> 707-966-9051, <a href="http://www.royalelkparkmanagement.com">www.royalelkparkmanagement.com</a></p> <P> <p><b>Spanish Flat Recreation Area</b></p> <p>The concessionaire for the Spanish Flat Recreation Area has announced that the area will remain closed through 2015; it is not expected to be re-opened until spring 2016, depending on lake levels.</p> <P> <p><b>Berryessa Point Recreation Area and Monticello Shores Recreation Area</b></p> <p>These two recreation areas are closed until further notice.</p> <P> <p>For more information, please contact the Lake Berryessa Field Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 0 or visit the Lake Berryessa website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>.</p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49164 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for West Kern Water District Water Use Efficiency Project
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation and the West Kern Water District have released an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the West Kern Water District Water Use Efficiency Project. </p> <P> <p>The proposed action is for Reclamation to provide up to $300,000 of financial assistance to the water district in support of their project through the CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant Program. Reclamation provides cost-shared funding on a competitive basis for on-the-ground water conservation and energy efficiency projects. </p> <P> <p>The project will increase rebates offered on new clothes washers with WaterSense Specification designations and will install new water meters with Automated Water Meter Reading in the water district. Work to install the water meters is expected to occur from July to December 2015 and July to December 2016.</p> <P> <p>Automatic Meter Information Management Technology used with the AMR on industrial businesses within the water district’s service area would improve leak detection and focus repair efforts. The water district’s pipeline water delivery system covers the largest area of any retail municipal and industrial water provider in California. The area covered and length of the pipe distribution system is approximately 170 miles, which presents a challenge of timely meter reading, leak detection and leak repair.</p> <P> <p>Implementing the project will save approximately 1,456 acre-feet of water each year, which is approximately five percent of the water district’s average annual water supplies. Indirect benefits of the project include reducing energy consumption used to pump water for use in the water district by 815,360 kilowatt-hours per year and 25,578 therms per year, respectively; a reduction in greenhouse gases from reduced pumping; and increased flexibility in water and energy resources management. </p> <P> <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=21283">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21283</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P> <p>For additional information, please contact Andrea Meier, Natural Resource Specialist, at 916-978-5041 (TTY 800-877-8339). </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49157 Klamath Project 2015 Operations and Drought Plans Released Amid Extreme Drought
<b>KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation today released the 2015 Operations Plan and the 2015 Drought Plan for the Klamath Project. The plans outline water deliveries for the 2015 irrigation season, which runs from March 1 to November 15, for over 200,000 acres in northern California and southern Oregon. <P> Based on the current elevation of Upper Klamath Lake and forecasted inflows, the Klamath Project irrigation supply from UKL is expected to be 254,500 acre-feet, or 65 percent of full supply. The anticipated water supplies available from Clear Lake Reservoir are zero acre-feet, and about 16,000 acre-feet from Gerber Reservoir, or 47 percent of full supply. <P> “Klamath Project water users are facing an unprecedented situation as the Klamath Basin experiences its fourth consecutive year of drought,” said Brian Person, Acting Area Manager for the Klamath Basin Area Office. “Management of the limited supply this year consistent with the Biological Opinions that govern operation of this Project will require extraordinary coordination and cooperation, but I am confident that based on the level of communication that has occurred to date, we will be able to make the most effective use of existing water supplies.” <P> Since the start of the water year (October 2014) through April 1, 2015, the Klamath Basin has received 96 percent of average precipitation, but those conditions have come alongside snowpack that is significantly lower than normal at only 7 percent of average. This is the largest disparity on record between precipitation and snowpack, meaning that runoff from snowpack will be extremely limited. The Klamath Project relies upon snowpack to sustain inflows to Project reservoirs during the summer months in order to meet the Project’s irrigation demands. <P> The Operations Plan provides an estimate of the available water supply for irrigation within the Project, the volume of water to be released to the Klamath River for coho salmon, and the water supply to be reserved in Upper Klamath Lake for Lost River and shortnose suckers, as consistent with the 2013 Joint Biological Opinion on Klamath Project Operations. The separate Drought Plan describes the background for and process of allocating the available water supply from UKL and the Klamath River during the 2015 spring/summer irrigation season (March 1 to November 15), consistent with the system of contractual priorities that exist within the Project. These plans are based upon current and anticipated hydrologic conditions, including the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s April 1 inflow forecasts, and current reservoir elevations. Overall, the plans provide information for use by agricultural water users, Klamath Basin tribes, national wildlife refuge managers, and other stakeholders as a planning tool. <P> <b>2015 Operations Plan</b><br /> As identified in the 2015 Operations Plan, as of April 1, the water surface elevation of UKL was 4,142.91 feet, corresponding to approximately 483,080 acre-feet of storage. The NRCS’ April 1 forecast for inflows to UKL from April 1 to September 30 was 186,000 acre-feet, about 39 percent of average. Under these conditions, the Klamath Project irrigation supply from UKL, as described in the Operations Plan, is expected to be 254,500 acre-feet (65 percent of full supply) for the 2015 irrigation season. <P> Based on current lake levels and forecasted inflows for Clear Lake and Gerber reservoirs, the anticipated water supplies available for the 2015 irrigation season are zero acre-feet from Clear Lake Reservoir and approximately 16,000 acre-feet from Gerber Reservoir (47 percent of full supply). <P> The Operations Plan notes that with ongoing drought conditions, Reclamation will need to manage Project deliveries throughout the irrigation season such that requirements under the 2013 Biological Opinions are met. <P> <b>2015 Drought Plan</b><br /> When available water supplies from UKL and the Klamath River are insufficient to meet the demands of all Klamath Project contractors, Reclamation is contractually obligated to allocate the available supplies. <P> Based on discussions with Project contractors regarding a number of hydrologic factors, the 2015 Drought Plan announces that, at this time, Project water from UKL and the Klamath River is not currently available for lands under Warren Act contracts. This action is necessary to ensure contractually obligated deliveries to Reclamation senior repayment contractors. <P> The Project water allocation for Warren Act contractors is subject to change, due to either an increase in supply or a reduction in actual demand. Reclamation will reevaluate the available supplies for all Project contractors following the May 1 and June 1 inflow forecasts by NRCS. Other factors that could result in Reclamation increasing the allocation include additional inflows into Project reservoirs due to precipitation events, water conservation efforts, water rights administration, and implementation of voluntary demand management measures. <P> “If the snowpack was average this water year, the resulting inflow to Project reservoirs would have been sufficient to meet all the irrigation needs within the Project,” clarified Person. “As the water year progresses, Reclamation will continue to work with Project water users, tribes, federal and state agencies, and other stakeholders to do everything possible to identify opportunities to exercise operational flexibility and effectively manage existing water supplies.” <P> The Klamath Project’s 2015 Operations and Drought plans are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao/" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao/</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> For more information, please contact Jason Cameron at 541-883-6935 or jcameron@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49134 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Proposed Long-Term Exchange Agreements to Divert SWP Water to Three CVP Contractors
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. ? </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed long-term exchange agreements with The California Department of Water Resources and Byron Bethany Irrigation District which provides service to the 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>The proposed exchanges would improve reliability by having DWR deliver State Water Project water diverted at the Harvey O. Banks Pumping Plant to the three Central Valley Project contractors consistent with approved monthly schedules. In exchange, Reclamation would deliver an equivalent amount of CVP water pumped at the Jones Pumping Plant or Joint Point at Banks Pumping 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 Draft 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=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 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P> <p>Comments are due by close of business May 1, 2015. Please email comments to <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397. </p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation?s Fresno office at the above address. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49156 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Proposed Long-Term Exchange Agreements to Divert SWP Water to Three CVP Contractors
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. ? </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed long-term exchange agreements with The California Department of Water Resources and Byron Bethany Irrigation District which provides service to the 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>The proposed exchanges would improve reliability by having DWR deliver State Water Project water diverted at the Harvey O. Banks Pumping Plant to the three Central Valley Project contractors consistent with approved monthly schedules. In exchange, Reclamation would deliver an equivalent amount of CVP water pumped at the Jones Pumping Plant or Joint Point at Banks Pumping 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 Draft 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=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 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P> <p>Comments are due by close of business May 1, 2015. Please email comments to <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397. </p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation?s Fresno office at the above address. </p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49125 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Proposed Exchange agreement between Kern-Tulare Water District, Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District and the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. – </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review draft environmental documents for the proposed exchange agreement between Kern-Tulare Water District, Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District and the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors. </p> <P> <p>The exchange agreement would be comprised of up to 21,000 acre-feet (11,000 Kern-Tulare and 10,000 Delano-Earlimart) previously banked Central Valley Project water for San Joaquin River water that would have been released for delivery to the Exchange Contractors by Reclamation from Millerton Lake. </p> <P> <p>The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding Of No Significant Impact 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=21241">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21241</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>Comments are due by close of business April 14, 2015. Please email comments to <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a> or faxed to 559-487-5397. Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. </p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address. </p> <P>