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=56799 Donald Bader Selected as the New Area Manager for Reclamation’s Northern California Area Office
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region announces that Donald Bader has been selected as the Area Manager for the Northern California Area Office (NCAO) at Shasta Dam. <P> “Don has successfully collaborated with both internal and external stakeholders to meet our diverse and challenging goals,” stated Deputy Regional Director Pablo Arroyave. “Based on his impressive tenure with Reclamation and experience with supervision, Operations and Maintenance (O&M), resources management, security, Safety of Dams and recreation management, Don will be a great asset in his new position.” <P> As the Area Manager, Bader is responsible for managing a staff of 170 people, all programs and facilities within the Shasta and Trinity Divisions of the Central Valley Project, along with the Orland Project and the Trinity River Restoration Program (TRRP). These divisions include thirteen dams with a combined storage capacity of nearly 9 million acre-feet and six powerplants with a combined nameplate capacity of over 1,200 megawatts. <P> Bader was formerly the NCAO Deputy Area Manager. His duties included directly overseeing the Environmental, Security and Safety, and Water and Lands Divisions, as well as providing oversight for the TRRP. He also served as the O&M Director, and responsible for all O&M Program accomplishments for NCAO power plants, dams and associated facilities. Prior to his position at NCAO, he was responsible for the O&M Program at Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Boulder City, Nevada. <P> Bader graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Civil Engineering; he is a registered Professional Engineer. His wife, Julie, is a Reclamation Electrical Engineer at the Mid-Pacific Regional Office. They have three daughters, Andrea, Rachel and Natalie. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56796 New Melones Lake’s Great Sierra River Cleanup Event
On Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, from 9 a.m. to noon, five Bureau of Reclamation Park Rangers and 12 volunteers from the local community, ages 16-70, spent the morning removing debris from the shoreline of New Melones Lake as part of the Great Sierra River Cleanup (GSRC). <P> Reclamation’s Central California Area Office partnered with the Tuolumne County Land Trust, Tuolumne Resource Conservation District, Tuolumne Master Gardeners, Tuolumne County Probation Department, and New Melones Lake Marina to hold the 2016 GSRC. The cleanup focused on sites around New Melones Lake in the Stanislaus River watershed as the declining water level has exposed trash and debris. <P> This annual event, coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and held in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day, encourages the public to become involved in maintaining the health of their local watershed. <P> Volunteers on two Reclamation vessels and on a boat from the New Melones Marina scouted the lakeshore, and teenagers from the Tuolumne County Probation Department walked the shoreline of the Tuttletown Recreation Area picking up trash. <P> The energetic clean-up crew removed bottles, cans, metal cables, sheet iron, tires and old pop-up shelters. Thanks to the volunteers and Reclamation staff, approximately 1,200 pounds of trash and debris were removed from New Melones! Great job, everyone! <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/new-melones-great-sierra-river-cleanup-1.jpg" alt="New Melones Lake 2016 Great Sierra River Cleanup." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/new-melones-great-sierra-river-cleanup-2.jpg" alt="New Melones Lake 2016 Great Sierra River Cleanup." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56747 2016 C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing Fun Fair at New Melones Lake
On Saturday, August 6, 2016, Bureau of Reclamation staff from the Central California Area Office’s New Melones Lake held their annual C.A.S.T. (Catch a Special Thrill) for Kids fishing event at the Mark Twain Day Use Area. Reclamation’s participating partners were the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Messengers Motorcycle Club, New Melones Lake Marina, Arnold Rotary Club, and ARC of Amador and Calaveras Counties. <P> C.A.S.T. events provide an opportunity for disabled and disadvantaged children to team with experienced anglers. Although the ongoing drought has dramatically impacted New Melones, the low lake levels did not discourage an eager group of young boys and girls from enjoying a day of fishing. <P> This year, 28 children ages 5-15 and 21 adult family members participated along with 24 volunteers and 14 Reclamation employees. All participants were provided with a free fishing rod and reel, bait and tackle, ball cap, T-shirt, and a personalized plaque commemorating the day. <P> New Melones Marina and Reclamation provided boats, giving the children a chance to be out on the water to fish. Although not many fish were caught, the day was still thrilling for these first-time anglers. <P> Besides fishing, the children learned about New Melones Lake through games and activities conducted by Reclamation and Corps Park Rangers. Water safety and the importance of wearing a life jacket were highlighted. <P> Outdoor fun and fishing builds up an appetite, and by noon everyone was ready to eat. For lunch, the Messengers Motorcycle Club barbecued hot dogs. An assortment of fruits, granola bars and bottled water, donated by Mountain Oasis, were also available, helping to make the meal healthy and nutritious. <P> C.A.S.T. events tie into the Department of the Interior’s <em>Let’s Move Outside </em>initiative, which encourages children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities that 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> For information on C.A.S.T. for Kids, please visit <a href="http://www.castforkids.org/">http://www.castforkids.org/</a>. For information on New Melones Lake, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/">www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/</a>. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/new-melones-2016-cast-event-1.jpg" alt="New Melones 2016 C.A.S.T. Event." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/new-melones-2016-cast-event-2.jpg" alt="New Melones 2016 C.A.S.T. Event." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/new-melones-2016-cast-event-3.jpg" alt="New Melones 2016 C.A.S.T. Event." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56689 Reclamation to Provide $3.3M for Friant-Kern Canal Reverse Flow Pump-Back Project
SACRAMENTO, Calif – The Bureau of Reclamation will provide $3.3 million to the Friant Water Authority for its Friant-Kern Canal Reverse Flow Pump-Back Project. The estimated $9.3 million total project will improve the Friant Division’s operational flexibility, including the ability during dry years to recover banked groundwater. It is expected to be completed within three years. <P> The project includes planning, designing, constructing and operating three permanent pump-back facilities on the Friant-Kern Canal. The new facilities would improve the Friant Division’s ability to recirculate and return recaptured Restoration Flows as part of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. <P> Federal funding is authorized under Subtitle F of Title IX of Public Law 111-11, and is part of a suite of Reclamation drought relief efforts intended to help boost water efficiency and resiliency in high-risk communities, including in California's Central Valley. <P> The Friant-Kern Canal is a Reclamation facility, operated and maintained by the Friant Water Authority. The canal conveys water over 152 miles in a southerly direction, from Millerton Lake to the Kern River four miles west of Bakersfield, for agricultural and urban use. <P> For additional information, please contact Reclamation’s Kellye Kennedy at (916) 978-4640 (TTY 800-877-8339), or Friant Water Authority’s Steve Ottemoeller at (559) 306-9986 or <a href="mailto:sottemoeller@friantwater.org">sottemoeller@friantwater.org</a>. <P> For information on the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, please visit <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net">www.restoresjr.net</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56647 San Joaquin River Restoration Program Releases Final Environmental Documents on Porterville Irrigation District In-Lieu Groundwater Project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As part of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, the Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment/Initial Study and Finding of No Significant Impact for a new water conveyance project that would allow Porterville Irrigation District to supply surface water to 2,120 acres that currently utilize groundwater for irrigation. <P> The project will connect two areas, Service Area 1 (1,400 acres) and Service Area 2 (720 acres) to surface supplies. Service Area 1 will connect pipelines to the Wood Central Ditch and Service Area 2 will connect new pipelines to the Friant Kern Canal. The pipelines will be installed into existing agricultural fields. These actions will allow landowners to take surface water diversions in lieu of pumping groundwater, allowing the aquifer to passively recharge and slow groundwater overdraft in the system. <P> Reclamation’s proposed funding for construction of the project is in accordance with Part III of Title X, Subtitle A of Public Law 111-11, which authorizes Reclamation to provide financial assistance to local agencies within its Central Valley Project for planning, designing and constructing local facilities to bank water underground or recharge groundwater in order to reduce or avoid water supply impacts of implementing the San Joaquin River Settlement. <P> The Final EA/IS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and California Environmental Quality Act. The FONSI was prepared in accordance with NEPA. Reclamation is the lead agency in accordance with NEPA and Porterville Irrigation District is the lead agency in accordance with CEQA. The documents are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26057">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26057</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> For additional information, please contact Adam Nickels at 916-978-4415 or <a href="mailto:anickels@usbr.gov">anickels@usbr.gov</a>. For information on the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, please visit <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net">www.restoresjr.net</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56643 Reclamation Announces Negotiations for a Repayment Contract for Extraordinary Maintenance on the Truckee Canal with Truckee Carson Irrigation District
CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct a negotiation session for a repayment contract between the United States and the Truckee Carson Irrigation District for the pre-construction activity costs associated with extraordinary maintenance on the Truckee Canal. Under Section 9603 of Public Law 111-11, Reclamation is authorized to enter into contracts for the repayment of costs associated with extraordinary operation and maintenance activities. <P> The negotiation session will be held: <P> <p align="center"> <strong><u>Fallon, Nevada</u></strong> <p align="center"> Friday, September 30, 9:00 a.m. <p align="center"> Churchill County Commission Chambers <p align="center"> 155 North Taylor Street <P> The public is welcome to observe the negotiations and make comments once they are completed. For further information, please contact Deborah Page, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Carson City, at 775-884-8392 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:rballew@usbr.gov">dpage@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56640 Reclamation Announces Seasonal Recreation Area Closures and Seasonal Changes to Park Hours at Lake Berryessa
NAPA, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, has scheduled a seasonal closure of the north side of Oak Shores Day Use Area and the two restrooms along the Smittle Creek Trail at Lake Berryessa beginning Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, through Saturday, April 1, 2017. <P> The south side of Oak Shores will continue to offer restroom facilities, picnic tables, barbeque grills, water access, and a kayak/canoe hand launch. This seasonal closure allows Reclamation to perform necessary maintenance tasks and provides time for natural resource recovery.<strong> </strong>All other Reclamation-operated locations will remain open year-round. <P> Seasonal changes to park hours include the following Reclamation-operated areas: Oak Shores Day Use Area, Smittle Creek Day Use Area and Eticuera Day Use Area. Beginning Saturday, October 1, gates will close at 5 p.m. to reflect changes in daylight hours. <P> The Capell Cove Boat Launch Ramp is currently closed due to drought conditions and receding water levels; the ramp will re-open when water levels rise. Boaters are encouraged to use other ramps at Lake Berryessa, including those at the Putah Canyon Recreation Area, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Pleasure Cove Marina, Spanish Flat Recreation Area and Markley Cove Resort (see the map at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>). Please note that these concession areas charge a fee to use their launch ramps. Please contact the locations to ensure ramps are still in operation prior to traveling, as some will likely be closing soon due to the dropping lake level. For information, please visit the following websites: <ul> <li> Markley Cove - <a href="http://www.markleycoveresort.com/">www.markleycoveresort.com</a> </li> <li> Pleasure Cove Marina and Steele Canyon Recreation Area - <a href="http://www.goberryessa.com/">www.goberryessa.com</a> </li> <li> Spanish Flat Recreation Area- <a href="http://www.spanishflatcamping.com/">http://www.spanishflatcamping.com</a><u> </u> </li> <li> Putah Canyon Recreation Area - <a href="http://www.royalelkparkmanagement.com/">www.royalelkparkmanagement.com</a> </li> </ul> <P> The Dufer Point Visitor Center is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. from Oct. 1, 2016, through April 1, 2017. For information on activities, directions, pet restrictions, or other questions, please call the Visitor Center at 707-966-2111, ext. 113, or the Lake Berryessa Administration Office at 707-966-2111. <P> The Administration Office will continue to be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; it is located at 5520 Knoxville Road, Napa, CA 94558. Maps and information are available at both the Administration Office and the Visitor Center. For additional information, please visit the Lake Berryessa website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56639 Reclamation Waives Day Use Fees and Invites Volunteers to Help Beautify New Melones Lake on Saturday, September 24, in Celebration of National Public Lands Day
SONORA, Calif. – On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, the Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office will celebrate the 23<sup>rd</sup> anniversary of National Public Lands Day (NPLD) at New Melones Lake, located northwest of Sonora, California. <P> Day use fees will be waived, and New Melones staff will host a recreation area clean-up at the New Melones Lake Dam Overlook from 9 a.m. to noon. Use of this beautiful area has diminished over time, and the area is in need of maintenance. After NPLD, New Melones looks forward to holding interpretive events at the New Melones Lake Dam Overlook. <P> To volunteer and register, please contact Park Ranger Grant Harrison at 209-536-9094, ext. 214 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:jgharrison@usbr.gov">jgharrison@usbr.gov</a>. On-site registration and check-in will begin at 8 a.m. at the Overlook gate on Old Melones Road, which can be reached by taking Obyrnes Ferry Road from Hwy 108. Volunteers should dress in appropriate attire for the weather and bring a snack, water and work gloves. <P> NPLD is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Begun in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers, it is typically held on the last Saturday in September. For additional information, please visit the NPLD website at <a href="http://www.publiclandsday.org/">http://www.publiclandsday.org/</a>. <P> Reclamation is focusing on the connections between outdoor recreation and health. With the growing concern about childhood obesity and children's lack of time spent enjoying nature, NPLD is a perfect opportunity for families to get outdoors and experience what our public lands have to offer. As part of this effort, Reclamation continues to support the Department of the Interior's <em>Let's Move Outside!</em> initiative. To learn more about this initiative, please visit <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside</a>. <P> Please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html</a> for additional information on New Melones. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56636 Jeffrey Nettleton Selected as the New Area Manager for the Klamath Basin Area Office in Klamath Falls, Oregon
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region announced today that Jeffrey Nettleton has been selected as the Area Manager for the Klamath Basin Area Office. He will assume his new responsibilities in Klamath Falls on Wednesday, Sept. 21. <P> “Jeff has had a long and successful Reclamation career,” stated Regional Director David Murillo. “His wealth of engineering and management experience will assist the Region and the Klamath Project to accomplish our commitments to manage water delivery. His considerable people skills make him particularly well suited for the dynamic work in the Klamath Basin.” <P> For the past 17 years Nettleton has worked as the Rapid City Field Office Manager and Facilities and Engineering Division Chief, managing projects in North and South Dakota. Prior to that, he managed the San Juan Chama Project in Chama, New Mexico, for five years; was the project engineer on The Trinity River Restoration Program in Weaverville, California for four years; and worked on dam safety and engineering programs in Reclamation’s Technical Service Center in Denver, Colorado, for four years. <P> “I’m looking forward to the challenges and opportunities inherent to the Klamath Project,” Nettleton said. “The staff at KBAO is top notch and I am excited for the opportunity to join with them to build relationships with our managing partners and continue to provide excellent service to the Klamath Community.“ <P> Nettleton graduated from Colorado University in 1984 with a degree in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering. He is married to Jaqueline Nettleton, who owns a general contracting and construction business. They have a daughter, son-in-law, and new grandson who live in Nevada and a son who lives in South Dakota. In their spare time the Nettleton’s enjoy outdoor sports and spending time with friends and family <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56631 Free Fishing Day at Lake Berryessa Over Labor Day Weekend
On Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, the Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), held a Free Fishing Day program at Lake Berryessa, located in California’s beautiful Napa Valley. <P> Twice a year, CDFW allows the public to enjoy the sport of fishing without having to purchase a license. The intent is to provide novice anglers with an inexpensive way to try their hand at fishing and learn about fishing ethics, fish habits, tackle and bait, and effective ways to catch fish. Individuals who then wish to purchase a fishing license may visit the CDFW website at <a href="https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing">https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing</a> or call 916-928-5805. <P> Lake Berryessa Park Ranger Dylan Dowe and CDFW Game Warden Mark White assisted some 25 enthusiastic novice anglers in a 3-hour free fishing program at the Foxtail Flat beach in the Oak Shores Day Use Area. About 10 of the participants were children, with the youngest approximately 8 years old. <P> The anglers were provided with fishing poles and rubber worms for bait. Although it’s uncertain exactly how many fish were caught, Ranger Dowe saw one person catch a crappie, a member of the sunfish family considered to be one of the best-tasting freshwater fish. In the future, Lake Berryessa Park Rangers plan to use live bait, which will hopefully yield more catches. <P> California’s two free fishing days are always held on the Saturday closest to the 4<sup>th</sup> of July and the Saturday during Labor Day weekend. In 2017, the two free days will be held July 1 and September 2. <P> At Lake Berryessa, anglers enjoy fishing for both cold and warm water species, including rainbow trout, bass, catfish, crappie, and bluegill. For a brochure on fishing at the lake, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/docs/brochure-fishing.pdf">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/docs/brochure-fishing.pdf</a>. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/lbffd/lake-berryessa-free-fishing-day-1.jpg" alt="Lake Berryessa Labor Day Weekend 2016 Free Fishing Day." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/lbffd/lake-berryessa-free-fishing-day-2.jpg" alt="Lake Berryessa Labor Day Weekend 2016 Free Fishing Day." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/lbffd/lake-berryessa-free-fishing-day-3.jpg" alt="Lake Berryessa Labor Day Weekend 2016 Free Fishing Day." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/lbffd/lake-berryessa-free-fishing-day-4.JPG" alt="Lake Berryessa Labor Day Weekend 2016 Free Fishing Day." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/lbffd/lake-berryessa-free-fishing-day-5.jpg" alt="Lake Berryessa Labor Day Weekend 2016 Free Fishing Day." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56629 Reclamation Announces Selected Bidder for Markley Cove Marina at Lake Berryessa
NAPA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announces that FX10 International Inc. is the selected bidder for the Markley Cove Marina business opportunity at Lake Berryessa. The principal shareholders in FX10 are John and Linda Frazier, who currently operate Markley Cove under an interim contract with Reclamation. <P> The business opportunity is to operate a marina and associated facilities for a term of 30 years, with a possible 10-year extension. The business opportunity was advertised on May 13, 2016, and the bid period closed on July 19. After a bid review by a panel of staff with experience in managing concessions and recreation on public lands, the bid from FX10 was determined to best meet the needs of Reclamation and the public in the provision of required and authorized recreational services and facilities. <P> Reclamation’s Central California Area Office (CCAO) will be initiating negotiations with FX10 with the intention of having a new concession contract signed and in effect prior to January 1, 2017. <P> Markley Cove is one of five currently operating concession areas at Lake Berryessa. The other four concessions – Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Spanish Flat Recreation Area, and Putah Canyon Recreation Area – are operated by concession contractors providing a variety of camping, lodging, marina, and boat-launch opportunities. <P> Lake Berryessa is operated by CCAO as part of the Solano Project. Reclamation manages facilities including a visitor center, a boat launch ramp at Capell Cove, a hand-launch ramp at Eticuera Day Use Area, and the popular Oak Shores and Smittle Creek Day Use Areas for picnicking, fishing, swimming, and hiking. <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 information on recreation services at the lake or contact Park Manager Margaret Bailey at 707-966-2111 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:mbailey@usbr.gov">mbailey@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56627 Labor Day Kayaking at Lake Berryessa
On Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2016, Lake Berryessa Park Rangers Aaron Page and Todd Eggert led eight enthusiastic paddlers on a kayak tour of Lake Berryessa, located in California’s scenic Napa Valley. The participants ranged in age from 10 to 55 years. <P> The outing began at 9 a.m. with introductions, a safety briefing and safety checks. The expedition then launched from Foxtail Flat beach in the Oak Shores Day Use Area. <P> The group kayaked halfway to the southeast corner of Big Island in an east-by-northeasterly direction. Taking a short break, they discussed the rocks found around Lake Berryessa, their origins, and the basics of geology. Ranger Eggert also answered questions about a nest of Egrets the group had seen. An Egret is a species of heron that lives in fresh or salt water and typically builds stick nests high in trees, often on islands that are isolated from predators such as raccoons. <P> The expedition then continued to the southeast corner of Big Island where they enjoyed an excellent view of the lake. Here, Ranger Page talked about the Putah Creek watershed, how geology is responsible for creating watersheds, why this area is a great location for Monticello Dam and Lake Berryessa, and the importance of the dam and lake to the residents of Solano County. <P> The group then paddled south-southwest to Goat Island where they talked about the geographic fault lines in the area. Spotting a nearby Osprey nest, Ranger Eggert answered questions about Ospreys, which are large, fish-eating raptors also known as fish eagles, sea hawks, river hawks, and fish hawks. <P> From Goat Island, the paddlers headed back to Foxtail Flat where they concluded their successful kayak trip and a delightful morning on the beautiful waters of Lake Berryessa. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/lbldk/lake-berryessa-labor-day-2016-kayakers-1.JPG" alt="Lake Berryessa Labor Day 2016 Kayakers." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/lbldk/lake-berryessa-labor-day-2016-kayakers-2.JPG" alt="Lake Berryessa Labor Day 2016 Kayakers." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/lbldk/lake-berryessa-labor-day-2016-kayakers-3.JPG" alt="Lake Berryessa Labor Day 2016 Kayakers." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/lbldk/lake-berryessa-labor-day-2016-kayakers-4.JPG" alt="Lake Berryessa Labor Day 2016 Kayakers." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56572 Lake Berryessa Park Rangers Wrap up a Busy Summer 2016 Recreation Season
During the month of August through the Labor Day Weekend, some 300 visitors participated in Ranger-led activities at beautiful Lake Berryessa, located near Napa, California. <P> Lake Berryessa Park Rangers hosting the Saturday afternoon “Meet a Park Ranger” program at Monticello Dam talked with about 250 people who stopped by to view the dam and lake from this vantage point along Route 128. Visitors learned about the history of the Berryessa Valley and Monticello Dam and how the lake’s water is used today. Pointing out the visible burn area from the August 2, 2016, “Cold Fire,” the Rangers reminded visitors that, although not recommended due to extremely dry conditions, the use of campfires and charcoal grills are currently allowed at Lake Berryessa, but only in designated area such as campsites. <P> On August 19, Lake Berryessa Park Rangers Erica Calvo and Todd Eggert led 11 kayakers on a “Full-Moon Friday” paddle. Beginning the excursion under a cloudy sky, the Rangers initially provided the paddlers with information about the lake’s colorful history and constellation myths. When the clouds finally parted, the Rangers discussed the moon’s role in bat migration and food sourcing. <P> On August 14 and 28, Ranger Calvo presented two Water Safety Programs as part of the Sunday afternoon Park Ranger programs at the Oak Shores Day Use Area. <P> Over the Labor Day Weekend, things were busy at the lake: <P> • On Saturday, September 3, 25 hopeful anglers participated in a Free Fishing Day, offered by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW). Two Free Fishing Days are offered by CDFW each year (the first was July 2, 2016). On these days, individuals may give fishing a try without needing to buy a sport fishing license. Lake Berryessa Park Ranger Dylan Dowe and CDFW Warden Mark White assisted the anglers at the Oak Shores Day Use Area. <P> • On Sunday, September 4, as shown in the accompanying photos, Ranger Erica Calvo instructed eight individuals in layman CPR skills and taught them to recognize distressed swimmers as part of the Water Safety Program at Oak Shores. <P> • And on Monday, September 5, Rangers Aaron Page and Todd Eggert led eight paddlers in a kayak trip from Oak Shores, discussing Lake Berryessa’s local geology along the way. <P> Although the Park Rangers’ summer programs are over for the year, they’ll pick up again in spring 2017. For information on fall and winter programs, please contact the Ranger Office at 707-966-2111, ext. 113 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/berryessa-water-safety-program-2.jpg" alt="Lake Berryessa Water Safety Program over Labor Day Weekend 2016." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56547 Reclamation Invites Volunteers to Participate in the Great Sierra River Cleanup at New Melones Lake on Sept. 17, 2016
SONORA, Calif. – On Saturday, September 17, the Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office is partnering with the Tuolumne County Land Trust, Tuolumne Resource Conservation District, Master Gardeners, and New Melones Lake Marina to hold the 2016 Great Sierra River Cleanup (GSRC) in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. The cleanup will focus on sites around New Melones Lake in the Stanislaus River watershed as declining water levels expose trash and debris. <P> The public, organizations and local businesses are invited and encouraged to participate in the GSRC on September 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. To register, please contact Park Ranger Mike McGraw at 209-536-9094 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <u><a href="mailto:mmcgraw@usbr.gov">mmcgraw@usbr.gov</a></u>. On-site registration and check-in will begin at 8 a.m. at the New Melones Lake Visitor Center, 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora. <P> Cleanup sites will be located in the Glory Hole and Tuttletown Recreation Areas, New Melones Lake Marina, and the Parrotts Ferry Area. Maps will be provided for these locations upon check-in, and volunteers will need to provide their own transportation. Volunteers should dress for the summer heat; bring snacks and water; wear a hat, sunscreen and sturdy shoes; and bring work gloves and trash grabbers, if possible. Participants requiring special accommodations should contact Reclamation as far in advance as possible. <P> The GSRC is the premier volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of waterways throughout the Sierra Nevada Region. This annual event is coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and held in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day. For information on the GSRC, please visit <a href="http://www.sierranevada.ca.gov/our-work/rivercleanup">http://www.sierranevada.ca.gov/our-work/rivercleanup</a>. <P> This event supports the Department of the Interior’s <em>Let's Move Outside! </em>initiative, which was created to get kids and families to take advantage of America’s great outdoors, which abound in every community, city and town. For information on <em>Let’s Move Outside!</em>, please visit <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside</a>. <P> For information on New Melones Lake, please 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=56507 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Operational Exchange of Water between Friant Division Contractors, Millerton Lake and San Luis Reservoir
<p>FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the operational exchange of up to 10,000 acre-feet of the Friant Division Contractor’s available water supplies between Millerton Lake and San Luis Reservoir. </p> <P> <p>The Final EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/documentShow.cfm?Doc_ID=26707">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/documentShow.cfm?Doc_ID=26707</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>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> <P> <P>