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=50268 Reclamation Releases Draft EA for the Refuge Level 2/ Incremental Level 4 Water Exchange with San Luis and Del Puerto Water Districts
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment analyzing the impacts of approving an exchange of up to 2,000 acre-feet of Level 2 refuge water for groundwater that will also result in up to 2,000 acre-feet of Incremental Level 4 refuge water for the fall of 2015. </p> <P> <p>The San Luis and Del Puerto Water Districts propose to fund the costs associated with the pumping and delivery of groundwater supplies up to 4,000 acre-feet from existing private wells located within the Grassland Water District in exchange for up to 2,000 acre-feet of Central Valley Project L2 refuge water supply. The developed groundwater supplies would be delivered to private lands within the Grassland Resources Conservation District, Merced County, to meet refuge water supply demands. In exchange for funding and delivering the groundwater supplies, the districts, which are located in western San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced and Fresno counties, would receive CVP L2 water delivered by Reclamation to help meet their agricultural water needs.</p> <P> <p>The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22752">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22752</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> <P> <p>Written comments must be received by close of business Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, and should be sent to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way (MP-410), Sacramento, CA 95825, emailed to <a href="mailto:bhubbard@usbr.gov">bhubbard@usbr.gov</a>, or faxed to 916-978-5059. </p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Hubbard at 916-978-5204 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50247 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Exchange of Refuge Level 2 Water for Panoche Water District Groundwater
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. </b>– The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for a proposal to exchange Refuge Level 2 water for Panoche Water District’s groundwater.</p> <P> <p>The Panoche WD is funding the costs of pumping and delivering up to 4,000 acre-feet of groundwater supplies from four existing wells in exchange for up to 2,000 acre-feet of Central Valley Project Refuge Level 2 water. The groundwater would be delivered to private wetlands within the Grassland Resources Conservation District in Merced County for refuge water supply needs in fall 2015 through Feb. 29, 2016. In exchange, Panoche WD would receive Refuge Level 2 water delivered by Reclamation to help meet current agricultural water needs.</p> <P> <p>The Environmental Assessment and related documents are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21961">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21961</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> <P> <p>To request copies of the documents or for additional information, please contact Brad Hubbard at 916-978-5204 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:bhubbard@usbr.gov">bhubbard@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50149 Reclamation to Release Additional Water from Trinity Reservoir to Supplement Flows in the Lower Klamath River
<p><b>REDDING, Calif. – </b>The Bureau of Reclamation will release additional water from Trinity Reservoir for the lower Klamath River to help protect returning adult fall run Chinook salmon from a disease outbreak and mortality. Supplemental flows from Lewiston Dam would commence on August 21 and extend into late September.</p> <P> <p>“In this fourth year of severe drought, the conditions in the river call for us to take extraordinary measures to reduce the potential for a large-scale fish die-off,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. “This decision was made after discussions with federal and state fish regulatory agencies and serious consideration of the impacts on all affected parties.”</p> <P> <p>Continued dry hydrologic conditions and the recent discovery of the presence of Ich, the fish disease thought primarily responsible for a fish die-off in the river in 2002, prompted Reclamation to consider supplementing flows in the lower Klamath this summer. In July, Reclamation released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the plan to use water from Trinity Reservoir for the supplemental flows. The EA also analyzed using a potential emergency volume if needed to avoid a significant die-off of adult salmon. Real-time monitoring and adaptive management will help guide implementation of supplemental flow releases.</p> <P> <p>Releases from Lewiston Dam will be adjusted to target 2,800 cubic feet per second in the lower Klamath River starting this week. Current river flow forecasts indicate that Lewiston Dam releases could increase from the current rate of 450 cubic feet per second on August 21 and could range up to 1,300 cubic feet per second before dropping to 450 cubic feet per second in late September. Additional information will be provided in the event that higher peak flows are needed in early to mid-September as part of the preventative action.</p> <P> <p>Flows from Lewiston could be raised as high as 3,500 cubic feet per second for up to five days if real-time monitoring information suggests a need for additional supplement flows as an emergency response.</p> <P> <p>Over the next several weeks, releases could increase as quickly as 250 cubic feet per second every two hours, and flow reductions could drop as quickly as 100 cubic feet per second every four hours. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions on or near the river while flows are high.</p> <P> <p>The Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for this project are available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22309">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22309</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50067 Reclamation to Hold Public Meeting on the Central Valley Project Cost Allocation Study on Friday, August 21
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif. – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation will hold a meeting to update the public on the current status of the ongoing Cost Allocation Study for the Central Valley Project. The meeting will cover three topics: (1) A high-level summary on the cost estimating analyses, reminding everyone of the presentation from the May 2014 public meeting. It will focus on the Single Purpose Facilities and the elements which derive the overall facility cost, including Operation and Maintenance and Interest During Construction. We will also discuss costs related to Safety of Dams, Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Extraordinary Maintenance and Replacement, and indexing; (2) the allocation of joint costs to fish and wildlife enhancement; and <br /> (3) recognizing flood control as a project purpose at Trinity Dam. The meeting will be held:</p> <p align="center"><strong><u>Friday, August 21, 10 a.m. to Noon</u></strong><br /> Federal Building, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825<br /> Cafeteria Conference Rooms C1001-C1002</p> <p>In 2010, the Region began a process to develop a new cost allocation for the CVP. Cost allocation is a process to determine and distribute the costs of the multi-purpose CVP facilities among the seven congressionally authorized purposes: water supply, flood control, navigation, power, fish and wildlife, recreation and water quality. The cost obligation for each authorized purpose will be determined and will be the basis for repayment requirements for irrigation contractors, municipal and industrial contractors and commercial power contractors.</p> <p>The last major CVP cost allocation was completed in 1970, with a minor update in 1975. The 1975 allocation has since been subject to minimal annual changes related to project water and power uses. The new allocation will replace the 1975 allocation in its entirety. Reclamation is leading the study in coordination with other federal organizations including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Western Area Power Administration. The study is expected to be completed in 2016.</p> <p>For questions, please contact Brooke Miller-Levy at 916-978-5296 or <a href="mailto:bmillerlevy@usbr.gov">bmillerlevy@usbr.gov</a>. For special assistance to attend the meeting or to be added to the email notification list, please contact Janet Sierzputowski at 916-978-5112 or <a href="mailto:jsierzputowski@usbr.gov">jsierzputowski@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>For information on the study, please visit the project website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp/cvp-cas">www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp/cvp-cas</a>. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50050 Reclamation Extends the Bid Period for the Prospectus for Concession Development and Operation at Lake Berryessa
<p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the bid period for the business opportunity (Prospectus) for recreation development and operation at five concession areas located at Lake Berryessa in Napa County, which is posted on the Federal Business Opportunity website at <a href="http://www.fbo.gov">http://www.fbo.gov</a>. The Concession Prospectus provides business opportunities for the development of new long-term commercial recreation services and support facilities at five Recreation Areas at Lake Berryessa.</p> <p>On July 2, 2015, Reclamation announced a request for proposals from interested parties for the development and long-term management of concession facilities and services at Lake Berryessa. These businesses will be conducted under the terms and conditions of long-term concession contracts between the successful bidders and Reclamation. <strong>This extension of the bid period changes the date and time that proposals are due to 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Sept. 15, 2015. As part of this extension, Reclamation is providing written answers to questions received regarding the Prospectus.</strong></p> <p>Concession operations at Lake Berryessa were selected as the preferred management option in the 2006 Visitor Services Plan/Record of Decision. The Lake Berryessa Prospectus offers five areas for development and operation as concession facilities: Putah Canyon, Monticello Shores, Berryessa Point, Spanish Flat and Steele Canyon Recreation Areas. Bidders may submit proposals on all five concession areas, either singly or as bundled sites to take advantage of potential cost savings from combined operations. Reclamation will award no more than three areas to any one bidder. </p> <p>Business opportunities may include full-service marinas, overnight lodging, tent and RV camping, houseboat and pleasure boat rentals, retail sales, restaurants, day use facilities and other services. Some operations may be seasonal while others will be year-round. Bidders may also suggest other appropriate facilities/activities as part of their unique proposals. Reclamation has conducted substantial advanced planning in the development of this business opportunity and has several relevant draft reports and reference materials available for review on the <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/prospectus.html">Lake Berryessa Prospectus</a> website.</p> <p><strong>Proposals will be accepted until Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015.</strong></p> <p>To register at the Federal Business Opportunity website and for information on submitting a business proposal, please visit <a href="https://www.fbo.gov/">https://www.fbo.gov/</a> and search for Keyword/Solicitation #<strong>MP-15-LB1</strong>.</p> <p>Information about Lake Berryessa may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/</a>. For additional information, please contact Peggi Brooks, Chief, Recreation Resources Division, Central California Area Office, at 916-989-7128 (TTY 800-877-8339), <a href="mailto:pbrooks@usbr.gov">pbrooks@usbr.gov</a>, or fax 916-989-7208.</p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50049 Reclamation to Increase Releases from Lewiston Dam to the Trinity River for Tribal Ceremony
<p><b>SHASTA LAKE, Calif.</b> – On Sunday afternoon, Aug. 16, 2015, the Bureau of Reclamation will begin to increase releases from Lewiston Dam to the Trinity River in support of the Hoopa Valley Tribe's bi-annual Boat Dance Ceremony. The increased flows in the Trinity River will be adjusted at rates that protect the public and fish and wildlife.</p> <P> <p>The increased releases at Lewiston will raise flows gradually from the summer base flow of 450 cubic feet per second to a peak of 2,650 cfs by around 6 a.m. Monday, August 17. The peak flow of 2650 cfs is expected to reach the town of Hoopa, Calif. on Tuesday, August 18.</p> <P> <p>The flows will be gradually reduced at Lewiston beginning about 10 p.m. on Monday, August 17. The releases from Lewiston will continue to decline until they reach the summer base flow again, around 10 p.m. on Thursday, August 20.</p> <P> <p>The ceremonial flows are separate from the Trinity River restoration and potential release of fall flows. Initial estimates of the downstream flow rates and timing are preliminary and typical minor fluctuations can be expected. As always, the public is urged to exercise caution when recreating in or around the Trinity River.</p> <P> <p>For more information, please contact Reclamation’s Northern California Area Office at 530-275-1554 (TTY 800-877-8339).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50048 Robert LaFleur is New Park Manager at New Melones Lake
<p><strong>SONORA, Calif. –</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation welcomes Robert LaFleur as the new Park Manager for New Melones Lake in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties. In this position, LaFleur assists the Area Manager of the Mid-Pacific Region’s Central California Area Office in managing public recreation and natural resources at the lake.</p> <p>“We are very happy to welcome Robert to the Mid-Pacific Region,” stated Drew Lessard, CCAO Area Manager. “He has 15 years of supervisory experience, and with his knowledge and abilities in the area of managing public lands, he will be a great asset to CCAO and New Melones Lake.”</p> <p>In his new position, LaFleur is responsible for the management and maintenance of developed recreation areas, natural and cultural resources, visitor services and concession management at New Melones Lake, which includes more than 30,000 surface acres of water and land and the Peoria Wildlife Management Area.</p> <p>LaFleur earned a Bachelor of Science (Major in Forest Management, Minor in Wildlife Management) from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., in 1991. He began his career as a Student Trainee Forester with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Tennessee.</p> <p>LaFleur has worked for several federal agencies throughout the U.S., developing an understanding of public use and federal land management, including forest management; wildfire suppression; wildlife habitat and population management; public recreation management; natural resource education, interpretation and planning; and environmental analysis. A lifelong outdoor enthusiast, LaFleur believes in serving the American public for the greater good of our Nation by conserving and protecting our natural and cultural resources.</p> <p>New Melones is part of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project. The Flood Control Act of December 1944 authorized construction of New Melones Dam on the Stanislaus River to replace the original Melones Dam, built by the Oakdale and South San Joaquin Irrigation Districts in 1926. Completed in 1979, New Melones Dam helps alleviate flooding along the Stanislaus and Lower San Joaquin rivers. The original dam is located about a mile upstream from the current dam and is submerged under the lake. New Melones is authorized for flood protection, recreation, water supply, electric power, water quality enhancement and fish and wildlife purposes. </p> <p>For additional information on New Melones Lake, please call the New Melones Visitor Center and Museum at 209-536-9543 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit the website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html</a>.</p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49976 Reclamation to Temporarily Close the Delta Cross Channel Gates
<p><b>WALNUT GROVE, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation will close the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Tuesday, August 11, at about 9 a.m. The temporary closure is needed to meet salinity level requirements in the Bay-Delta. The gates will reopen on Friday, August 14, at approximately 12 p.m. Please be advised that the gates may need to be closed on short notice, so please check the status prior to travel. </p> <P> <p>The Delta Cross Channel Gates control the diversion channel near Walnut Grove about 30 miles south of Sacramento. When the gates are open, fresh water is drawn from the Sacramento River into the interior of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta through Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River. The open gates also allow boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent juvenile salmon from being diverted from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta.</p> <P> <p>Boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The closing and opening of the gates generally take about one hour.</p> <P> <p>Information on gate operations can be accessed on Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt</a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-2683.</p> <P> For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49975 Reclamation’s American River Water Education Center at Folsom Dam is Seeking Volunteers
<p><b>FOLSOM, Calif.</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office is seeking volunteers to assist at the American River Water Education Center.</p> <P> <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> <P> <p>Volunteer opportunities at ARWEC include:</p> <P> <p>• Greeting visitors and answering questions in the exhibit center</p> <P> <p>• Assisting the groundskeeper in maintaining the drought-tolerant garden, a Certified Wildlife Habitat</p> <P> <p>• Leading hands-on activities with school groups in the schoolhouse, amphitheater, or picnic grounds</p> <P> <p>• Guiding school groups through the exhibit center or on a hike around Beals Point at Folsom Reservoir.</p> <P> <p>Interested individuals will interview with the ARWEC Volunteer Coordinator and must pass a background investigation. An orientation in late August will be scheduled 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> <P> <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> <P> <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=49971 Lee Mao Appointed Deputy Area Manager for Reclamation’s Central California Area Office
<p><strong>FOLSOM, Calif. –</strong> Drew Lessard, Area Manager for the Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Central California Area Office, announces the selection of Leeyan (Lee) Mao as CCAO&rsquo;s Deputy Area Manager. As the Deputy, Mao will assist the Area Manager in managing the operation of Folsom, Nimbus, New Melones and Monticello dams and the associated lands, powerplants, canals, etc.</p> <p>Lessard stated, &ldquo;Lee has worked for Reclamation since 1997, most recently as Chief of the Program Management Branch in the Mid-Pacific Region&rsquo;s Division of Resources Management. With his Reclamation background, management skills, education, and previous experience here at CCAO as the Acting Deputy Area Manager, Lee was clearly the right fit for this important position.&rdquo;</p> <p>A federal employee for 18 years, Mao began his Reclamation career in the Resources Management Division as the Regional Quality Assurance Officer overseeing the data quality of the Mid-Pacific Region&rsquo;s monitoring program. He also served in the Division of Planning as the Regional Water Quality Coordinator and as the Chief of the Decision Analysis Branch. Prior to Reclamation, Mao spent 11 years in the private sector working for two environmental engineering and laboratory firms.</p> <p>Mao is a 1986 graduate of California State University Sacramento and a 2014 graduate of Reclamation&rsquo;s Advanced Leadership Development Program.</p> <p>With its headquarters located at Folsom Dam, 23 miles east of Sacramento, CCAO&rsquo;s jurisdiction extends from the California coast to the crest of the Sierra Nevada and from the American River Basin to the Stanislaus River Basin. CCAO encompasses twelve counties and includes the Central Valley Project&rsquo;s American River Division (Folsom Dam, powerplant and reservoir and Nimbus Dam, powerplant and Lake Natoma); the Auburn-Folsom South Unit (the Auburn Dam site and the Folsom-South Canal); the Eastside Division (New Melones Dam, powerplant and reservoir on the Stanislaus River); and the Solano Project (Monticello Dam, Lake Berryessa and the Putah South Canal). CCAO manages recreation at Lake Berryessa and New Melones and has a long-term managing partnership agreement with the California Department of Parks and Recreation for recreation management at Folsom Lake, Lake Natoma and the Auburn Recreation Area.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49969 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Dam Tender Houses Demolition and Removal Project
<p><b>CARSON CITY, Nev.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for the Carson River Diversion Dam and Derby Diversion Dam Tender Houses Demolition and Removal Project, located in the Newlands Project in western Nevada.</p> <P> <p>The project includes the demolition and removal of the two vacant dam tender houses and all of their associated structures, filling any resulting excavation sites (<i>e.g.</i>, from septic tank removal), and general site cleanup. The dam tender houses were built in 1910 (Carson) and 1982-1983 (Derby) to provide on-site housing for operators of the diversion dams associated with the Newlands Project. </p> <P> <p>The Truckee-Carson Irrigation District operates the Carson River and Derby Diversion Dams under a Reclamation contract. These houses are no longer needed for Newlands Project purposes, and this project will eliminate future safety, security and maintenance issues for Reclamation and the District.</p> <P> <p>The final Environmental Assessment and related documents are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20845" title="Hyperlink to Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Region NEPA website">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20845</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>To request copies of the documents or for additional information, please contact Selena Werdon at 775-884-8366 or <a href="mailto:swerdon@usbr.gov">swerdon@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49947 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents on San Jose Water Company Phase II Recycled Water Project
<p>SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment to provide partial funding for the San Jose Water Company’s construction and operation of three proposed recycled water pipelines located within Santa Clara County, California. The recycled water would be used for landscape irrigation, cooling towers, and toilets in commercial buildings.</p> <P> <p>Reclamation proposes to provide federal funds to share in the cost of the project through Section 1604 of the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act of 1992 (Title XVI of Public Law 102-575, as amended). Section 1604 authorizes federal cost-sharing in water reuse projects for up to 25 percent or $20 million of construction costs, whichever is lesser, if and when authorized by Congress.</p> <P> <p>The Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment were 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=22370">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22370</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> For additional information or to receive a copy of the FONSI or Final EA, please contact Doug Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339) or at <a href="mailto:dkleinsmith@usbr.gov">dkleinsmith@usbr.gov</a>. Copies of the documents may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional office at 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49912 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Proposed Conveyance of Kaweah River Water in the Friant-Kern Canal to Stone Corral Irrigation District
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. - </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for the proposed issuance of a five-year Warren Act approval for conveyance of up to 1,000 acre-feet of non-Central Valley Project water per year from the Kaweah River through the Friant-Kern Canal to the Stone Corral Irrigation District.</p> <P> <p>The Stone Corral ID has proposed introducing the Kaweah River water into the Friant-Kern Canal using Lindsay-Strathmore Irrigation District’s turnout at the Friant-Kern Canal. Stone Corral ID is located upstream of the introduction point; therefore, an operational exchange agreement with Terra Bella ID (located downstream of the introduction point) is needed.</p> <P> <p>Under the operational exchange, Stone Corral ID would take delivery of Terra Bella Irrigation District’s CVP water. In exchange, Terra Bella Irrigation District would take Stone Corral ID non-CVP surface water from their existing turnouts located downstream of the point of introduction.</p> <P> <p>The Final Environmental Assessment and Findings 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=22170">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22170</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and/or FONSI, please contact Jennifer L. Lewis at 559-487-5197, (TTY 800-877-8339). </p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49911 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Warren Act Contract for Storage and Conveyance of Non-CVP Water from El Dorado Irrigation District to Westlands Water District
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the execution of a Warren Act contract for the storage and conveyance of non-Central Valley Project water to facilitate a water transfer from El Dorado Irrigation District to Westlands Water District.</p> <p>Reclamation proposes to enter into a one-year Warren Act contract with WWD for the storage and conveyance through federal facilities of up to 3,100 acre-feet of non-CVP water. The proposed action would help alleviate water supply shortages within WWD.  </p> <p>The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22389">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22389</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>Written comments are due by close of business Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, and should be sent to Sheri Looper, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-400, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may also be emailed to <a href="mailto:slooper@usbr.gov">slooper@usbr.gov</a> or faxed to 916-978-5290. </p> <p>For additional information or to receive a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Looper at 916-978-5556 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at the Mid-Pacific Regional office at the above address.  </p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49910 Reclamation to Temporarily Close the Delta Cross Channel Gates
<p><b>WALNUT GROVE, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation will close the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Tuesday, August 4, at about 9 a.m. The temporary closure is needed to meet salinity level requirements in the Bay-Delta. The gates will reopen on Friday, August 7, at approximately 12 p.m. Please be advised that the gates may need to be closed with short notice if a fishery concern is identified. </p> <P> <p>The Delta Cross Channel Gates control the diversion channel near Walnut Grove about 30 miles south of Sacramento. When the gates are open, fresh water is drawn from the Sacramento River into the interior of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta through Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River. The open gates also allow boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent juvenile salmon from being diverted from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta.</p> <P> <p>Boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The closing and opening of the gates generally take about one hour.</p> <P> <p>Information on gate operations can be accessed on Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt</a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-2683.</p> <P> For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>