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=48608 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Temporary Transfer of Water from the City of Redding’s Settlement Contract to the City of Redding’s Central Valley Project Water Service Contract
<p><strong>SHASTA LAKE, Calif.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents on a temporary transfer of Project Water from the City of Redding’s Sacramento River Settlement Contract to the City of Redding’s Central Valley Project Water Service Contract. </p> <P> <p>This action approves a temporary water transfer of up to 2,000 acre-feet of Project Water in a contract water year to alleviate shortfalls in water supply for M&amp;I needs. This water would be typically transferred in January and February of the contract water year.</p> <P> <p>The Final 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=20561">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20561</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> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA/FONSI, please contact Paul Zedonis at <a href="mailto:pzedonis@usbr.gov">pzedonis@usbr.gov</a>, 530-276-2047, (TTY 530-275-8991). Copies of the documents may also be viewed at Reclamation's Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Blvd., Shasta Lake, CA 96019. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48606 Bureau of Reclamation Outlines Water Year 2015 Central Valley Project Water Supply Conditions
<p><strong>RENO, NEV.</strong> – In preparation for the initial 2015 water supply allocation announcement in late February, the Bureau of Reclamation provided an update today on water supply conditions for the federal Central Valley Project (CVP). The water year in California runs from October 1 to September 30; the contract year for most CVP contractors runs from March 1 to February 28.</p> <p>The CVP&rsquo;s reservoir carryover storage from WY 2014 into WY 2015 (October 1, 2014) was 3.1 million acre-feet, which is 27 percent of capacity and 47 percent of the 15-year average for that date in six key CVP reservoirs (Shasta, New Melones, Trinity, Folsom, Millerton and the federal portion of San Luis). The table below shows conditions in those reservoirs as of January 22 for 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.</p> <p>&ldquo;While we were encouraged by storms in December, this very dry January illustrates just how precarious our water supplies can become,&rdquo; said Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. &ldquo;Since 2015 may be another critically dry water year, we are being extremely cautious as we develop initial operation plans and allocations for CVP water contractors. By building on what we learned last year, I am confident that we can maximize operational flexibility for the benefit of all water users.&rdquo;</p> <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="2" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td> <td width="694" colspan="12" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>CVP Reservoir Storage Comparisons for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 15-Year Average</strong><br /> <strong>As of January 22 for Each Year – Storages Listed in Millions of Acre-feet (MAF)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="131" colspan="2" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>CVP Reservoir <br /> Capacities</strong></p></td> <td width="1" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> <td width="58" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2015</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of<br /> 15-year</strong> <br /> <strong>Average</strong></p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2014</strong></p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of<br /> 15-year</strong> <br /> <strong>Average</strong></p></td> <td width="53" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2013</strong></p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of <br /> 15-year</strong> <br /> <strong>Average</strong></p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2012</strong></p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of <br /> 15-year</strong> <br /> <strong>Average</strong></p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>15-Year Average</strong></p></td> <td width="5"></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="131" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Shasta 4.552&nbsp; </strong></p></td> <td width="1" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td> <td width="58" valign="top"><p align="center">1.962</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top"><p align="center">70</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">1.659</p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center">56</p></td> <td width="53" valign="top"><p align="center">3.424</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">112</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">3.097</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">100</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">2.817</p></td> <td width="5"><p>&nbsp; </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="131" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Trinity 2.448</strong></p></td> <td width="1" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td> <td width="58" valign="top"><p align="center">.856</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top"><p align="center">55</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">1.168</p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center">71</p></td> <td width="53" valign="top"><p align="center">1.913</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">113</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">1.945</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">116</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">1.559</p></td> <td width="5"><p>&nbsp; </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="131" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Folsom 0.977</strong></p></td> <td width="1" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td> <td width="58" valign="top"><p align="center">.447</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top"><p align="center">107</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">.166</p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center">39</p></td> <td width="53" valign="top"><p align="center">.557</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">124</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">.413</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">90</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">.417</p></td> <td width="5"><p>&nbsp; </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="131" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>New Melones 2.420</strong></p></td> <td width="1" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td> <td width="58" valign="top"><p align="center">.556</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top"><p align="center">38</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">1.047</p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center">67</p></td> <td width="53" valign="top"><p align="center">1.624</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">100</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">1.975</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">120</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">1.469</p></td> <td width="5"><p>&nbsp;</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="131" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Millerton 0.520</strong></p></td> <td width="1" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td> <td width="58" valign="top"><p align="center">.184</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top"><p align="center">64</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">.206</p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center">70</p></td> <td width="53" valign="top"><p align="center">.303</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">98</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">.316</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">101</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">.287</p></td> <td width="5"><p>&nbsp; </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="131" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Fed. San Luis 0.966</strong></p></td> <td width="1" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td> <td width="58" valign="top"><p align="center">.332</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top"><p align="center">47</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">.335</p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center">46</p></td> <td width="53" valign="top"><p align="center">.709</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">94</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">.945</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">123</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">.708</p></td> <td width="5"><p>&nbsp; </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="131" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Total 11.883</strong></p></td> <td width="1" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td> <td width="58" valign="top"><p align="center">4.337</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top"><p align="center">61</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">4.581</p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center">58</p></td> <td width="53" valign="top"><p align="center">8.530</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">107</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">8.691</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">108</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">7.257</p></td> <td width="5"><p>&nbsp; </p></td> </tr> </table> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Water conditions in the Sacramento Valley have progressively become dryer since the very wet year of 2011going from Below Normal in WY 2012, Dry in WY 2013, Critically Dry in WY 2014, and Below Normal as of January 1, 2015. The California Department of Water Resources&rsquo; first snow survey for 2015, based on January 1 conditions, showed the statewide mountain snowpack water content to be about 57 percent of normal for the date, which is only 17 percent of the average April 1 measurement when the snowpack is normally at its peak before the spring melt. With the lack of snowfall in January, those numbers have fallen to 35 percent of average for the date and only 15 percent of the average April 1 measurement.</p> <p>As of January 22, DWR reported that the Northern Sierra 8-Station Precipitation Index Water Year total was 23.1 inches, which is about 96 percent of the seasonal average to date and 46 percent of an average water year (which is 50.0 inches). Additionally, the San Joaquin 5-Station Precipitation Index Water Year total was 9.1 inches, which is 49 percent of the seasonal average to date and 22 percent of an average water year (which is 40.8 inches). If the current 10-day weather forecasts come to pass, this January will be one of the driest Januarys on record and the third consecutive very dry January of this current drought.</p> <p>In December 2014, Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, DWR, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife released a working draft of the Interagency 2015 Drought Strategy, which outlines possible upcoming drought response actions and seeks to inform stakeholders and the public about the five agencies&rsquo; planning efforts for a possible fourth year of drought. The document is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/drought/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/drought/index.html</a>.</p> <p>Last week, Reclamation and DWR also submitted a Drought Contingency Plan in coordination with FWS, NMFS and CDFW to the State Water Resources Control Board. The Plan outlines projected water operations and potential modifications to water quality rules and water rights permits that project operators may seek, depending on the developing hydrologic conditions. The document is available on the SWRCB website: <a href="http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/tucp.shtml">http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/tucp.shtml</a>.</p> <p>The first official 2015 CVP water allocation announcement is planned for late February consistent with our contract terms. Water supply updates will then be made monthly or more often as appropriate and will be posted on Reclamation&rsquo;s website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water</a>.</p> <p>Reclamation balances the operation of the CVP and delivery of CVP water for agricultural, municipal and industrial, and environmental purposes based on factors that include hydrology, changing river and Delta conditions, storage in CVP reservoirs, regulatory requirements, court decisions, biological opinions, environmental considerations, operational limitations and input from other agencies and organizations.</p> <p>For further information, please visit the CVP water supply website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water</a> or contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48527 Reclamation To Host a Meeting on the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an informational meeting to present updates on the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation. This meeting will address potential impacts to residents and landowners from the proposed construction activities if Congress authorizes the project.</p> <P> <p>The meeting will include a review of the planning process and how sites were selected for the proposed utility corridor along Sky Harbour Road, powerhouse, and disposal site for tunneling debris. Officials also plan to brief attendees on construction planning and mitigation actions, and the long-term project schedule. An open house will follow the presentation. </p> <P> <p><b>Informational Meeting</b></p> <P> <p>Wednesday Feb. 4, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm</p> <P> <p>Valley Oak Elementary School</p> <P> <p>465 East Champlain Drive, Fresno CA 93730 </p> <P> <p>Reclamation is currently evaluating alternatives including a new 665-foot high dam upstream of Friant Dam near Temperance Flat that would provide an additional 1.26 million acre feet of storage in the upper San Joaquin River Basin. The Environmental Impact Statement and Feasibility Report describe the potential benefits and impacts of the action alternatives. Drafts of these two reports are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/storage/docs/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/storage/docs/index.html</a>.</p> <P> <p>For more information about the upcoming meeting, contact Melissa Harris, Project Manager, Reclamation, Planning Division, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825-1893. Harris can also be contacted by phone at 916-978-5075 (TTY 800-877-8339), fax at 916-978-5094, or email at <a href="mailto:sha-mpr-usjrbsi@usbr.gov">sha-mpr-usjrbsi@usbr.gov</a> . Additional information is available at the project website: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/storage/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/storage/index.html</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48507 Reclamation Requests Nominations for Individuals to Serve on the Lake Berryessa Community Forum Coordinating Team
<p><b>NAPA, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation is requesting nominations for new members of the Lake Berryessa Community Forum Coordinating Team to replace the following five stakeholder group representatives whose terms expire in February 2015: Local Landowners and Residents, Local Businesses, Water Quality and Water Supply, Public Services and Public Safety, and Broad Based Interests. Reclamation will also accept nominations for the Fish and Wildlife Management stakeholder group representative, a position that has not yet been filled.</p> <P> <p>The purpose of the Community Forum is to promote communication and collaboration in implementing the Lake Berryessa Visitor Services Plan Record of Decision and address issues of mutual concern. Reclamation requests that stakeholder groups nominate individuals to represent the interests of their group. Self-nominations will also be accepted and should include a justification for wanting to represent a certain group. Please note that the Community Forum Charter does not prohibit consecutive terms for stakeholder representatives.</p> <P> <p>Nominations are requested by Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, and should be in a letter or email outlining the interest and background of the nominee. Nominations should be a maximum of one page. Please send nominations to Lake Berryessa Park Manager Jeff Laird, 5520 Knoxville Road, Napa, CA 94558 or to <a href="mailto:jlaird@usbr.gov">jlaird@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>Nominees should be individuals who can fairly represent an interest group, are results oriented, collaborative and courteous, and have the ability to attend meetings at different locations and times. There will be no compensation for those selected to serve on the Forum. Nominees should be able to serve a term of two years.</p> <P> <p>Reclamation holds regularly scheduled Forum meetings as plans are being developed and put in place for visitor services and recreation at the lake. Reclamation’s goal continues to be to provide safe and enjoyable recreation experiences for visitors to Lake Berryessa.</p> <P> <p>To be added to the Lake Berryessa email or mailing lists, please contact Janet Sierzputowski, Public Affairs Specialist, at 916-978-5100 (TTY 1-800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:jsierzputowski@usbr.gov">jsierzputowski@usbr.gov</a>. Lake Berryessa is managed by Reclamation’s Central California Area Office as part of the Solano Project. Additional information on Lake Berryessa is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48488 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Sacramento Suburban Water District Water Use Efficiency Grants
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif. ?</b> The Bureau of Reclamation has made available the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Sacramento Suburban Water District Water Use Efficiency Grants.</p> <P> <p>Reclamation will provide funding towards two CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grants (a-R14AP00159 & b-R14AP00167) and one WaterSMART Water Use Efficiency Grant (R14AS00001) to the Sacramento Suburban Water District to assist in implementation of water conservation measures within the Sacramento Region. This action is authorized under Public Law 108-361, section 103(c)(d)(3)(A).</p> <P> <p>The final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20421">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20421</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>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA/FONSI, please contact Carolyn Bragg at 916-989-7198 (TTY 1-800-877-8339) or cbragg@usbr.gov.</p> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48487 Reclamation Announces Notice of Availability for Draft EIS/EIR on North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program; and Public Open House
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has made available the draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program and has scheduled a public meeting to solicit comments on the draft EIS/EIR. The program would provide recycled water, conveyed from the Cities of Turlock and Modesto via the Central Valley Project’s Delta-Mendota Canal to Del Puerto Water District for irrigation purposes. It would also provide annual supplemental water to Central Valley Project Improvement Act-designated wildlife refuges south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. </p> <P> <p>The public meeting will include an open house from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A formal presentation will begin at 6:00 pm. </p> <P> <p><b>Wednesday, Feb. 11, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm</b></p> <P> <p>Open House 5:00 pm</p> <P> <p>Formal Presentation Begins at 6:00 pm</p> <P> <p>Modesto City Hall - Room 2001 </p> <P> <p>1010 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354</p> <P> <p>If special assistance is required to participate in the public meeting, please contact Fernando Ponce at (916) 978-5104 or <a href="mailto:fponce@usbr.gov">fponce@usbr.gov</a> at least 10 working days prior to the meeting. </p> <P> <p>The draft EIS/EIR was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act. It is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17241">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17241</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>. The draft EIS/EIR describes the alternatives under consideration, as well as the benefits and environmental impacts of each alternative.</p> <P> <p>Written comments are due by close of business Tuesday, March 10, 2015, and should be sent to Benjamin Lawrence, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721, or <a href="mailto:blawrence@usbr.gov">blawrence@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P> <p>To request a CD copy of the EIS/EIR, please contact Lawrence as described above. Hard copies of the document are available for review at Reclamation’s South Central California Area Office at 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721; Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office Library at 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825; or the U.S Department of the Interior’s Natural Resources Library at 1849 C Street NW, Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240-0001. <br /> <br /> </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48466 Extension of Public Comment Period for Draft EIS on CVP Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announced today an additional extension of the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Central Valley Project Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy to Friday, March 13, 2015. The extension will allow the public more time to review and to make additional comments on the document. The public comment period was most recently scheduled to end on Friday, Jan. 30. Reclamation initially released the Draft EIS on Nov. 19, 2014 and four public meetings were held in Sacramento, Willows, Fresno, and Oakland to solicit comments on the topics addressed in the Draft EIS. <P> The purposes of the policy are to: (1) define water shortage terms and conditions applicable to all CVP M&I contractors, as appropriate; (2) establish CVP water supply levels that, together with the M&I contractors' drought water conservation measures and other water supplies, (a) would sustain urban areas during droughts, and (b) during severe or continuing droughts would assist the M&I contractors in their efforts to protect public health and safety; and (3) provide information to M&I contractors for development of drought contingency plans. <P> The Draft EIS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=1717. For additional information, please visit Reclamation’s M&I WSP website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp/mandi/. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Hard copies of the documents are available for review at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825; please call 916-978-5593 to request an appointment. The document may also be viewed and at these main libraries: Sacramento, Willows, Fresno, Oakland, and Washington D.C. <P> Written comments are due by close of business Friday, March 13, 2015, and should be sent to Tim Rust, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, or emailed to trust@usbr.gov, or faxed to 916-978-5290. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EIS, please contact Rust using the information provided above or call 916-978-5516 (TTY 800-877-8339); or contact Michael Inthavong at 559-487-5295 (TTY 800-735-2929), minthavong@usbr.gov, or at 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48446 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on Safety of Dams Modifications at Folsom Reservoir’s Dike 1; Construction to Begin January 13
<p><strong>FOLSOM, Calif. - </strong>The Bureau<strong> </strong>of Reclamation has released the final environmental documents on a Safety of Dams project at Folsom Reservoir&rsquo;s Dike 1 in the Granite Bay Recreation Area. The Dike 1 improvement modifications are being performed under Reclamation&rsquo;s Safety of Dams Program to address water seepage through the Dike 1 embankment. The work will begin on or about Tuesday, Jan. 13, and is expected to be completed approximately April 30.</p> <p>The project includes five primary components: (1) stockpiling of filter materials (sand and gravel); (2) removal and stockpiling of slope protection material and riprap; (3) installation of a toe drain at the base of Dike 1; (4) installation of a gravel and sand slope filter; and (5) replacement of the stockpiled protection material on the face of Dike 1.</p> <p>The final 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=20121">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20121</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>.<br /> <br /> For questions, please contact Kyle Keer, Project Manager Folsom Safety of Dams Program, at 916-989-7295 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:kkeer@usbr.gov">kkeer@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48432 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Temporary Change in Water Quality Requirements for Groundwater Released into Friant-Kern Canal
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. -</b> The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents on a temporary reduction in water quality requirements for groundwater introduced into the Friant-Kern Canal. </p> <P> <p>The temporary reduction may extend through Feb. 29, 2016, should drought conditions continue, and would help stretch limited water supplies available to Reclamation’s Friant Division water contractors. Sampling of water in the canal would be conducted weekly to ensure nitrate and salinity levels do not exceed certain limits. </p> <P> <p>The final 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=19781">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19781</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 or to request a copy of the final EA/FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a></p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48431 Reclamation Amends Prospectus for Marina Concession Development/Operation at New Melones Lake
<p><strong>SONORA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has amended the New Melones Concession Prospectus, which is posted on the Federal Business Opportunity website (<a href="http://www.fbo.gov">www.fbo.gov</a>). The Concession Prospectus provides a business opportunity for the development of new, long-term commercial recreation services and support facilities in an expanded area within the New Melones Lake&rsquo;s Glory Hole Recreation Area.</p> <p>On Dec. 10, Reclamation announced this business opportunity for marina concession development and operation at New Melones Lake. Reclamation requested proposals from interested parties for the development and long-term management and operation of concession facilities and services at the Glory Hole Recreation Area. The business will be conducted under the terms and conditions of a concession contract between the successful bidder and Reclamation.</p> <p>Reclamation envisions a concession operation with required services that include a marina with marine fuel, wastewater pumpout, pleasure craft rentals, commercial houseboat rentals, pleasure craft slip rentals, private slip rentals for houseboats and seasonal mooring ball rentals. Additional required services include retail sales, overnight cabin/yurt sites, full-service RV sites, on-site parking, dry boat storage and marine mechanic services. Land-based support facilities will include paved and unpaved roads, a marina access ramp, parking lots, lighting, restroom facilities and landscaping. Reclamation will provide some facilities.</p> <p><strong>Under the amended Concession Prospectus, proposals will be accepted from Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, to Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. </strong>To register at the Federal Business Opportunity website, for more information about the business opportunity, or to submit a business proposal, please visit <a href="http://www.fbo.gov">www.fbo.gov</a>. Please insert &ldquo;MP-14-238&rdquo; in the Keyword/Solicitation # box.</p> <p>To learn more about New Melones Lake, please visit the website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones">www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones</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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48430 Final Environmental Documents Available for Inclusion of Baldocchi Property into Contra Costa Water District’s Service Area
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. - </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for inclusion of the Baldocchi Property into the Contra Costa Water District’s Central Valley Project water service area boundary, allowing the Diablo Water District to deliver CVP water to the property. </p> <P> <p>The property is located in Oakley in Contra Costa County. The property owner is proposing a 24-acre development, which would include up to 100 residential units and a small park.</p> <P> <p>The 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=19804">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19804</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 or to request a copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Ben Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:blawrence@usbr.gov">blawrence@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48428 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Firebaugh Canal Water District Lift Canal Modernization and Lining Project
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a draft Environmental Assessment for the Firebaugh Canal Water District Canal Modernization and Lining Project partially funded by a $300,000 grant through the CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grants Program. </p> <P> <p>The 2<sup>nd</sup> Lift Canal Modernization and Lining Project Phase 4 program entails the concrete lining of approximately two miles of the 2<sup>nd</sup> Lift Canal of the Firebaugh Canal Water District Lift System from Washoe Avenue to Douglas Avenue. The Project would also update control structures in order to reduce seepage losses, reduce subsurface drain water discharges to the local perched saline water table, and improve water management capabilities. </p> <P> <p>The Project will improve water management and enable the District’s growers to convert to high-efficiency irrigation systems. The Project is located south of the community of Firebaugh, within the Firebaugh Canal Water District.</p> <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=19661">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19661</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>Written comments must be received by close of business Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, and should be sent to Alexandra Aviles, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 or emailed to <a href="mailto:aaviles@usbr.gov">aaviles@usbr.gov</a> or faxed to 916-978-5055. </p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the draft EA, please contact Aviles at 916-978-5056 (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=48427 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Four Central Valley Project Interim Renewal Contracts
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. -</b> The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents on the proposed renewal of San Luis Unit Central Valley Project interim renewal contracts for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Cities of Avenal, Coalinga, and Huron.</p> <P> <p>Interim renewal contracts are undertaken under the authority of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act to provide a bridge between the expiration of the original long-term water service contracts and long-term renewal of those contracts. Each of the interim renewal contracts would be renewed for up to two years beginning March 1, 2015. The four contractors are currently on their third interim renewal contract. The planned action would continue the existing interim renewal contracts with only minor, administrative changes to the contract provisions to update the contracts for the new contract period.</p> <P> <p>The final 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=19801">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19801</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> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA/FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48426 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Placement of Temporary Pumping Facilities Along the California Aqueduct
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. -</b> The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents on a proposal to place temporary pumps along a joint-use portion of the California Aqueduct. The temporary pumps would reverse flow north in the Aqueduct for exchange with Reclamation so that the Santa Clara Valley Water District can recover previously banked Central Valley Project water. Normal operations of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s previously approved banking and exchange program are not possible due to severe drought conditions.</p> <P> <p>The final 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=19871%20">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19871%20</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> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the final EA/FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-877-8339) <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48389 Reclamation to Reopen Lake Berryessa’s Capell Cove Launch Ramp Effective Thursday, Dec. 18
<p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, will reopen the Capell Cove Launch Ramp at Lake Berryessa effective Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Reclamation closed the ramp Sept. 15 when drought conditions and receding water levels caused it to become unusable. Due to recent storms, lake levels have risen to the point where the Capell Cove Launch Ramp can now be re-opened.</p> <p>Visitors may also use other ramps at Lake Berryessa, including those at Putah Canyon Recreation Area, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Pleasure Cove Marina and Markley Cove Resort. Locations of these concession areas may be found on the map at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>.</p> <p>For information, please visit the following websites:</p> <ul> <li>Markley Cove – <a href="http://www.markleycoveresort.com">www.markleycoveresort.com</a></li> <li>Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area and Spanish Flat Recreation Area – <a href="http://www.goberryessa.com">www.goberryessa.com</a>.</li> <li>Putah Canyon Recreation Area – <a href="http://www.royalelkparkmanagement.com">www.royalelkparkmanagement.com</a>.</li> </ul> <p>For information on lake levels, launch ramp availability or recreation services, please call the Lake Berryessa Administration Office at 707-966-2111.</p> <p>For additional information, please visit the 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>