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=48047 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for San Joaquin Valley Irrigation Districts' Water Exchange
FRESNO, Calif. ? The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a draft Environmental Assessment analyzing impacts of providing Central Valley Project water to meet water supply needs in four San Joaquin Valley districts in exchange for groundwater from the districts for wildlife refuges in the fall. <P> The San Luis and Del Puerto Water districts are proposing to fund the costs of pumping and delivery of groundwater supplies of up to 2,000 acre-feet from three existing private wells in the Grassland Water District in exchange for up to 1,000 acre-feet of CVP water. The groundwater would be delivered to private lands within the Grassland Resources Conservation District in Merced County for refuge water supply needs in the fall of 2014. In exchange, districts in western San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced and Fresno counties would receive CVP water delivered by Reclamation to help meet water needs. <P> The Draft EA 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=19281. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Written comments must be received by close of business Mon., Oct. 27 2014, and should be sent to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, emailed to bhubbard@usbr.gov, or faxed to 916-978-5059. 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 Reclamation?s Mid-Pacific Regional Office at the above address. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48046 Reclamation to Hold Lake Berryessa Community Forum Meeting Wednesday, Oct. 29
<p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation will hold the next meeting of the Lake Berryessa Community Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Lake Berryessa Senior Center. Forum meetings are designed to promote public input on recreation opportunities and services at Lake Berryessa.</p> <p>The public is invited to attend the Forum meeting which will be held:</p> <p align="center"><strong><u>Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m.</u></strong><br /> Lake Berryessa Senior Center<br /> 4380 Spanish Flat Loop Road<br /> Napa, CA  94558</p> <p>At this meeting, Reclamation will provide status updates on existing and future recreation services, long-term planning processes, the Lake Berryessa Wildlife Area management plan, and current interim services operations.</p> <p>Reclamation is scheduling a meeting for Wednesday, Dec. 10, on the future development of recreation facilities and the award of long-term concession contracts at five Lake Berryessa concession areas. At the meeting, the public will be invited to provide comments on the draft development plans as part of scoping under the National Environmental Policy Act. The time and location of that meeting will be announced at a later date.</p> <p>Reclamation is working to implement the Lake Berryessa Visitor Services Plan Record of Decision and provide safe and enjoyable recreation experiences for visitors to Lake Berryessa.</p> <p>To be added to the Lake Berryessa email/mailing list or to request special assistance to attend the Oct. 29 meeting, please contact Janet Sierzputowski, Public Affairs Office, at 916-978-5112 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:jsierzputowski@usbr.gov">jsierzputowski@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>Lake Berryessa is managed by Reclamation&rsquo;s Central California Area Office as part of the Solano Project. Additional information is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48030 Reclamation Seeks Public Comment on Interim Water Contracts in American River Division
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif</strong>. ?The Bureau of Reclamation and three water service contractors in the American River Division of the Central Valley Project intend to enter into interim renewal water service contracts for two years starting March 1, 2015. Public comments on the proposed interim contracts are due by Dec. 15, 2014.</p> <p>Existing interim renewal water service contracts with the City of Roseville, Sacramento County Water Agency and Sacramento Municipal Utility District expire February 28, 2015. Interim renewal contracts will allow Reclamation to continue providing water service to these water purveyors until long-term renewal contracts can be executed.</p> <p>The draft forms of the three interim renewal contracts are available for public review at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/lt_contracts/2015_int_cts/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/lt_contracts/2015_int_cts/index.html</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the draft contracts, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>Execution of the proposed interim renewal contracts also requires finalization of the National Environmental Policy Act documentation and Endangered Species Act compliance. The environmental documents will be released separately for public review and comment.</p> <p>Written comments on the draft contracts must be received by close of business Monday, Dec. 15, and should be sent to Patricia Stewart, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-440, Sacramento, CA 95825-1898, faxed to 916-978-5292, or emailed to <a href="mailto:pastewart@usbr.gov">pastewart@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information, please contact Stewart at 916-978-5244 or (TTY 800-877-8339).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48009 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on 10-year Transfer and Warren Act Contracts for Santa Clara Valley Water District
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents on the transfer of up to 36,000 acre-feet of Patterson Irrigation District’s available water to the Santa Clara Valley Water District over a period of 10 years. <P> The SCVWD will be able to receive the water in increments, not to exceed 6,000 acre-feet per year, up to the maximum 36,000 acre-feet annually, from March 1, 2014 through February 29, 2024. Reclamation would also issue Warren Act contracts for conveyance of any non-Central Valley Project water delivered throughout this 10-year period. Conveyance of non-CVP water under a Warren Act contract would be subject to available capacity in federal facilities. The Warren Act of 1911 authorized the United States to execute contracts for the conveyance and storage of non-project water in federal facilities when excess capacity exists. <P> The Final Environmental Assessment and Findings of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17461. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and/or FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196, TTY 800-735-2929. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47990 Reclamation to Increase Flows at Iron Gate Dam to Address Fish Health Concerns
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation will release additional water from PacifiCorp’s Iron Gate Dam beginning Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7 a.m. in an effort to reduce the impacts of a parasite outbreak in coho and Chinook salmon in the upper Klamath River. Flows at Iron Gate Dam will increase from 1,000 cubic feet per second to 1,750 cfs for approximately 10 days. <P> Recent fish sampling in the Klamath River indicate that a fish disease outbreak is occurring. Findings of Ichtypthirius multifilis, or Ich, have been observed in fish collected from the mainstem Klamath River over the past several weeks. Significant additional sampling of fish has occurred since Ich was first identified in mid-September. Recent sampling shows that the majority of fish collected in the mainstem Klamath River, upstream of the confluence with the Trinity River, are infected with Ich, with most of the cases classified as severe. Many agency and tribal fisheries biologists believe that a fish die-off is imminent and could occur at any time due to the excessively high disease loads that the fish are carrying. <P> The releases will come from water stored in PacifiCorp’s Klamath River Hydroelectric Reservoirs, based on an agreement between Reclamation and PacifiCorp. In the agreement, PacifiCorp agreed to draw down storage within its hydroelectric reservoirs to provide additional water to assist Reclamation in meeting competing demands for water in the Klamath Basin. <P> “Reclamation understands the severity of the Klamath River Ich disease outbreak and the large-scale impacts that could occur to our valuable in-stream resources and the local communities if a fish die off were to occur. We are continuing to work closely with our federal partners and tribal leaders to ensure that the volume of water we are making available below Iron Gate Dam is used as effectively as possible.” said Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Director, David Murillo. <P> A technical team made up of experts from federal agencies and tribes will monitor and evaluate the impacts on in-stream resources. Overall, it is anticipated that this flow event will use about 16,000 acre-feet from PacifiCorp’s reservoirs and will have no effect on Upper Klamath Lake elevations. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions on or near the river while flows are high during this period. <P> For additional information, please contact Tara Jane Campbell Miranda, Acting Public Affairs Specialist, at 541-880-2540 (TTY 800-877-8339) or tcampbellmiranda@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47989 Reclamation Announces Public Comment for Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation Draft EIS to End on October 27, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation for public comment on September 5, 2014. The DEIS describes possible benefits and impacts of increasing water storage through a proposed dam and reservoir on the upper San Joaquin River, about 25 miles northeast of Fresno in California’s Central Valley. Public comments will be accepted until Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, consistent with the Environmental Protection Agency Notice of Availability. <P> Public hearings on the Draft EIS to gather public comments are scheduled as follows: <P> Sacramento, California Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m. -- 3 p.m. Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region 2800 Cottage Way Cafeteria Conference Rooms 1001-1002 Sacramento, CA 95825 <P> Fresno, California Thursday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. -- 8 p.m. Piccadilly Inn 2305 West Shaw Ave. Fresno, CA 93711 <P> Comments should be mailed to Melissa Harris, Project Manager, Reclamation, Planning Division, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825-1893, faxed to 916-978-5094, or emailed to sha-mpr-usjrbsi@usbr.gov. Comments may also be typed into a form on the project website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/storage/contact.html. All comments will be considered during preparation of the Final EIS. <P> For questions, please contact Harris at 916-978-5075 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> The Draft EIS is available on Reclamation’s website: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=821. <P> To request an electronic copy of the draft document, please contact Steve Geissinger in Reclamation’s Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 or email sgeissinger@usbr.gov. <P> Copies of the documents may also be viewed at the Reclamation Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, by calling 916-978-5593. For more information about the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation, please visit http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/storage/index.html. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47988 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for the Central California Irrigation District Amaral System Improvements Project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for review an Environmental Assessment to fund a portion of the Central California Irrigation District Amaral System Improvements Project. <P> Reclamation would provide funds to CCID for the project through a Bay-Delta Restoration Program: CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant. The proposed project would capture agricultural spill and tailwater, and pump the water into a new regulating reservoir where it can be reincorporated back into CCID’s irrigation system. <P> The proposed project is located near Newman in Stanislaus County, California, and is estimated to save up to 487 acre-feet per year. <P> The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, which is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19461. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Written comments are due by close of business Friday, October 17, 2014. Comments may be sent to Shelly Hatleberg, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, may also be faxed to Hatleberg at 916-978-5290 or emailed to shatleberg@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the EA, please contact Hatleberg at 916-978-5050. Copies of the EA may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Sacramento office at the above address. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47991 Reclamation Releases Revised Environmental Documents on 2014 San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority Transfers
<p>SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a revised Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the transfer of Central Valley Project water by CVP Contractors located north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to CVP Contractors south of the Delta. The water was purchased by the San Luis &amp; Delta-Mendota Water Authority on behalf of their member agencies.</p> <p>The transfers involve Base Supply and/or Project Water from 15 entities with Sacramento River Settlement Contracts located north of the Delta. Conveyance of transfer water across the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta prior to the end of September was not possible due to the restrictive operations that were required to address worsening drought conditions and cold-water pool management at Folsom and Shasta reservoirs; therefore, the revised EA/FONSI consider the effects of the conveyance of transfer water through Nov. 15, 2014.</p> <p>The revised EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act<strong> </strong>and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16681">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16681</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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47987 Central Valley Project Begins Water Year 2015 with 3.1 Million Acre-Feet of Storage (2 Million Acre-Feet Less than WY 2014)
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Central Valley Project began water year 2015 <br /> (Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015) with 3.1 million acre-feet of water in six key CVP reservoirs (Shasta, Trinity, Folsom, New Melones, and Millerton reservoirs and the federal share of the joint federal/state San Luis Reservoir). This is less than half of the 15-year average annual carryover of 6.4 million acre-feet and about 2 million acre-feet less than the amount with which the region started WY 2014.</p> <p>&ldquo;Last year was a difficult one, and we are starting this year with even less water in our reservoirs,&rdquo; said Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. &ldquo;We are working closely now with our stakeholders and partner agencies to determine all possible strategies to help us manage our limited water supplies. It continues to be critical that we use every acre-foot of water wisely and efficiently as the Mid-Pacific Region enters what is potentially a fourth year of a severe drought.&rdquo;</p> <p>The following tables show reservoir capacities and end-of-year storage comparisons for water years 2013 and 2014 for key CVP reservoirs and compare end-of-year storage from WY 2010 to WY 2014. One acre-foot is the volume of water sufficient to cover an acre of land to a depth of one foot, enough water to sustain a typical California household of four for one year.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="646"> <tr> <td width="646" colspan="8" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>CVP Reservoir Capacities and End of WY 2014 Storage in Million Acre-feet </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Reservoirs</strong></p></td> <td width="372" colspan="6" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Annual Storage Comparisons </strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>15-Year <br /> Average Storage</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>CVP Reservoirs <br /> and Capacities<br /> </strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2014</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of  <br /> Capacity</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of <br /> 15 Yr Average</strong></p></td> <td width="54" valign="top"><p><strong>2013</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of  <br /> Capacity</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of <br /> 15 Yr Average</strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1998-2014</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p><strong>Shasta  4.552 </strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.2</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>26</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>47</strong></p></td> <td width="54" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.9</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>42</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>74</strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2.45</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p><strong>New Melones  2.42</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.52</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>21</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>37</strong></p></td> <td width="54" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.0</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>41</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>70</strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.40</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p><strong>Trinity  2.448 </strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.60</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>25</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>40</strong></p></td> <td width="54" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.3</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>53</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>81</strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.53</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p><strong>Folsom  .977 </strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.35</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>36</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>70</strong></p></td> <td width="54" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.36</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>37</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>70</strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.50</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p><strong>Millerton  .52</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.18</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>35</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>75</strong></p></td> <td width="54" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.32</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>61</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>128</strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.25</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p><strong>Federal San Luis  .966</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.25</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>26</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>84</strong></p></td> <td width="54" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.22</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>23</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>77</strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.30</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p><strong>Total  11.8 </strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>3.1</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>27</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>47</strong></p></td> <td width="54" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>5.1</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>43</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>75</strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>6.4</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p><table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="left"> <tr> <td width="481" colspan="7"><p align="center"><strong>Comparison of Previous End-of-Year Storage</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="481" colspan="7" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Million Acre-feet</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="66"><p align="center"><strong>2014</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="69"><p align="center"><strong>2013</strong></p></td> <td width="69"><p align="center"><strong>2012</strong></p></td> <td width="69"><p align="center"><strong>2011</strong></p></td> <td width="63"><p align="center"><strong>2010</strong></p></td> <td width="76" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1977<br /> (Driest Year)</strong></p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1983<br /> (Wettest Year)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>3.1</strong></p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>5.1</strong></p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>6.9</strong></p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>9.3</strong></p></td> <td width="63" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>7.4</strong></p></td> <td width="76" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.5</strong></p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>9.8</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To address the prospect that dry conditions will persist into WY 2015, the Mid-Pacific Region has begun holding meetings with CVP water contractors, power customers, tribes, non-governmental organizations, other federal agencies, and state of California agencies to facilitate open communication on the status of WY 2014 and brainstorm additional water management strategies, suggestions and ideas for consideration going into 2015.</p> <p>&ldquo;Cooperative and collaborative relationships have been critical to managing our scarce supplies through the drought of 2014 and will continue to be indispensable as we face a potentially dry 2015,&rdquo; Murillo said.</p> <p>Following several stakeholder meetings in 2013, Reclamation developed the <em>CVP Water Plan 2014</em>, which contains actions and strategies for managing water in drought conditions. The plan may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/Water_Supply_Meetings/index.html">www.usbr.gov/mp/Water_Supply_Meetings/index.html</a>. Reclamation will develop the <em>CVP Water Plan 2015</em> after gathering information, suggestions and ideas during meetings being held in 2014. In addition, Reclamation and the State of California are working with agencies to develop a 2015 Drought Operations Plan to cooperatively address critical drought-related issues throughout the 2015 water year.</p> <p>The CVP typically provides irrigation water critical to about 3 million acres of agricultural land in the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys and along California&rsquo;s central coast, but that quantity was significantly reduced in WY 2014. The CVP also provides urban water for millions of people and industrial water essential to the San Francisco Bay Area&rsquo;s economy. Water from the CVP is also crucial for the environment, wildlife and fishery restoration, and hydroelectric power production.</p> <p>During WY 2014, CVP powerplants generated about 2.7 billion kilowatt-hours. Project use consumed about 25 percent of this energy; the remaining energy was made available for marketing. The Mid-Pacific Region&rsquo;s hydroelectric generators have a combined capacity of approximately 2.1 million kilowatts.</p> <p>In late January Reclamation will announce preliminary WY 2015 CVP water supply conditions and in late February will announce the initial CVP water supply to be made available under contracts (prior to the start of the contract year, which begins on March 1). Reclamation will continually monitor and evaluate hydrologic conditions and will adjust the initial water supply allocations, as warranted, to reflect updated snowpack and runoff. Current allocations and background information are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water">www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water</a>. </p> <p>For additional storage information, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo">www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo</a> or contact the Public Affairs Office at <br /> 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47986 Environmental Documents Available for the Colusa County Water District Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Installation Project
<p><strong>SHASTA LAKE, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation today released a final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a project that would automate water operations for the Colusa County Water District.</p> <p>Under the WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Program, Reclamation will provide financial assistance to the District to install SCADA equipment to automate District-wide water operations. Automation of water operations would improve water use efficiencies within the District, resulting in substantial energy and water savings. The proposed SCADA project is located in Colusa and Yolo counties, California.</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/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19421" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19421</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>For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Paul Zedonis at <a href="mailto:pzedonis@usbr.gov">pzedonis@usbr.gov</a> or 530-276-2047 (TTY 530-275-8991). 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=47974 San Joaquin River Restoration Program to Design Seepage Projects with Contractor CDM Smith
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a contract to CDM Smith for seepage project design for $2,539,322 with one option year as part of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. The Bureau of Reclamation also awarded a cooperative agreement with the Central California Irrigation District for seepage project construction for $6,258,150. </p> <P> <p>Resolving seepage challenges through this agreement is needed to reestablish and reconnect flows in the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam to the Merced River confluence. At the same time, seepage projects protect landowners from root zone salinity and waterlogging impacts to their crops as a result of higher groundwater levels.</p> <P> <p>The contract will provide for CDM Smith to design and do environmental compliance for seepage projects, as well as update the Seepage Management Plan, Seepage Project Handbook, conduct groundwater monitoring, soil salinity tests, hydraulic conductivity tests, and install staff gages. Reclamation will then work with the Central California Irrigation District through the cooperative agreement to construct, operate and maintain seepage projects. </p> <P> <p>Seepage projects include interceptor lines, drainage ditches, slurry walls, shallow groundwater pumping, seepage berms, and land-releveling in support of seepage management under the Restoration Program. </p> <P> <p>“These two agreements are a big step forward in Reclamation upholding its commitments to the parties to the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement and to the landowners adjacent to the San Joaquin River,” said David Murillo, Mid-Pacific Region Regional Director. “We are excited to be moving forward with construction actions to address seepage.”</p> <P> <p>The Restoration Program seeks to increase releases from Friant Dam to support a self-sustaining population of Chinook salmon and other fish in the San Joaquin River. The Record of Decision supporting the release of Restoration Program flows from Friant Dam limits the release of flows to levels that will not cause material adverse impacts to adjacent lands due to groundwater seepage. The current channel cannot support the required releases. Seepage projects address the groundwater seepage impacts and allow for the conveyance of the flows necessary to achieve the Program’s Restoration Goal.</p> <P> <p>To address groundwater seepage, the Restoration Program has committed in the Seepage Management Plan to hold flows low until seepage projects are implemented. Flows are limited based on groundwater level thresholds set in a network of over 200 groundwater wells, of which half are monitored weekly. Reclamation has been working on seepage project implementation for the past several years. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47973 Draft Environmental Documents Available for Addition of North-Kern Water Storage District to Friant-Kern Canal Groundwater Pump-in Program
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. --</b> The Bureau of Reclamation has announced the availability of draft environmental documents for the proposed introduction of up to 10,000 acre-feet of North-Kern Water Storage District groundwater into the Friant-Kern Canal as part of the FKC Groundwater Pump-In Program.</p> <P> <p>The introduction of up to 10,000 acre-feet is included in the cumulative annual total of 50,000 acre-feet allowed Friant Division contractors under the FKC Groundwater Pump-In Program.</p> <P> <p>Under the proposal, North-Kern’s non-CVP water would be conveyed through the FKC to the Cross Valley Canal for delivery to four westside Kern County water districts via the California Aqueduct.</p> <P> <p>The Draft Environmental Assessment and Findings of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19441">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19441</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail <a href="mailto:ibr2mprpao@usbr.gov">ibr2mprpao@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>Please email comments to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation. at <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721, or faxed to Emerson at 559-487-5397. Comments are due by Oct. 7, 2014. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47972 Reclamation Awards Contract for Nimbus Dam Radial Gates Repair
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif</b>. - The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $11,141,820 construction contract for the Nimbus Dam Radial Gate Repair Phase III to Alltech Engineering Corp. of Mendota Heights, Minnesota. The dam is located near Sacramento, Calif. </p> <P> <p>The primary purpose of the project is to repair 14 spillway gates and construct a bulkhead storage facility by the end of fiscal year 2019. Over the five-year construction period, the project will include removing and disposing of the coating that potentially contains lead and other heavy metals and performing mechanical repairs on the nearly 70-year-old gates. The contract also calls for making concrete repairs to the dam’s spillway and piers. </p> <P> <p>Nimbus Dam was constructed in 1956. The original steel wire ropes were replaced with stainless steel wire ropes in the 1980s, but other than normal maintenance, no major work has been done to the gates since the dam began operations. Four of the dam’s 18 gates were repaired in previous phases. This will be the final contract for the remaining 14 gates.</p> <P> <p>“This construction project will help bring Nimbus Dam – a key feature of the Central Valley Project ­­­­– up to date,” said Acting Reclamation Commissioner Lowell Pimley “It will ensure the Nimbus Dam facility continues to operate at full capacity, while protecting and safeguarding environmental conservation and water-related recreational activities.”</p> <P> <p>Nimbus Dam is located about seven miles downstream of Folsom Reservoir and impounds Lake Natoma, a regulating reservoir for water releases out of Folsom Dam/Reservoir. </p> <P> <p>For additional information, please contact Jay Emami, Chief Operation and Maintenance Division, Central California Area Office, at 916-989-7143 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:jemami@usbr.gov">jemami@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47969 Notice of Availability for Draft EIS/EIR on Proposed Long-Term Water Transfers; Public Hearings Scheduled
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif</b>. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the San Luis &amp; Delta-Mendota Water Authority have made available for public review a joint Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report on the effects of water transfers from 2015 to 2024. </p> <P> <p>This Draft EIS/EIR evaluates water transfers that originate from willing sellers in northern California to buyers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Proposed Action includes transfers of Central Valley Project water through CVP or State Water Project facilities and transfers of non-CVP water supplies that require the use of CVP facilities. </p> <P> <p>Water transfers would occur through various methods such as groundwater substitution, cropland idling, reservoir releases, or conservation and would include individual and multiyear transfers from 2015 through 2024. The transfers could originate in Colusa, Butte, Glenn, Merced, Placer, Sacramento, Shasta, Solano, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo, or Yuba counties. The transfer buyers could be in Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kings, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, or Stanislaus counties. The Draft EIS/EIR evaluation found no significant, unavoidable impacts on environmental resources.</p> <P> <p>Hearings to solicit comments on topics addressed in the Draft EIS/EIR have been scheduled for:</p> <P> <p>· Sacramento: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2 to 4 p.m., 1413 Howe Avenue, Quality Inn and Suites At Cal Expo </p> <P> <p>· Los Banos: Thursday, Oct. 16, 6 to 8 p.m., 842 6<sup>th</sup>, Street, Los Banos, SLDMWA </p> <P> <p>· Chico: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 to 8 p.m., 1110 W. East Avenue, Chico Masonic Family Center</p> <P> <p>Reclamation and SLDMWA are lead federal and state agencies, respectively, for the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act. The Draft EIS/EIR may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18361">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=1836<i>1</i></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>. Paper copies of the documents are also available for review at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 and at the SLDMWA’s office: 842 6th Street, Los Banos, CA 93635. </p> <P> <p>The documents are also available at the main libraries in Auburn, Colusa, Fairfield, Fremont, Fresno, Hanford, Hollister, Marysville, Merced, Milpitas, Modesto, Oroville, Pleasant Hill, Red Bluff, Redding, Sacramento, Stockton, Willows, Woodland, and Yuba City.</p> <P> <p>Written comments are due by close of business Monday, December 1, 2014, and should be sent to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, or email to <a href="mailto:bhubbard@usbr.gov">bhubbard@usbr.gov</a>, or faxed to 916-978-5290. </p> <P> <p>For additional information, please contact Hubbard at 916-978-5204 (TTY 800-877-8339) or Frances Mizuno, SLDMWA, at 209-832-6200 or at , P.O. Box 2157, Los Banos, CA, 93635.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47948 Reclamation to Hold Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study Online Public Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 2
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation will hold an online public meeting on the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study. The public is invited to participate in the meeting on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, from 2:30-3:30 p.m.</p> <p>Please go to <a href="https://ssjbs.webex.com/ssjbs/onstage/g.php?t=a&amp;d=292388954">https://ssjbs.webex.com/ssjbs/onstage/g.php?t=a&amp;d=292388954</a> and follow the instructions for connecting to the online meeting.</p> <p>This is the third in a series of web-based presentations designed to inform stakeholders and the public about the basin study process. In this meeting, Reclamation will present a summary of climate change impacts and findings identified in the <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/wcra/docs/ssjbia/ssjbia.pdf">Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Climate Impact Assessment</a>, which was released on Sept. 22. The presentation will encourage participation by stakeholders and the public to propose and evaluate potential climate adaptation options.</p> <p>The purpose of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study is to identify adaptation strategies to mitigate potential climate change impacts to water and associated resources in these basins and meet future water demands. The study was initiated under the Department of the Interior&rsquo;s WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America&rsquo;s Resources for Tomorrow) Program.</p> <p>Building on previous and ongoing work in the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Tulare Lake basins, the study is projected to be completed in spring 2015. The study team will use information available throughout the basins, including experiences of interested individuals and organizations, as input for the study.</p> <p>This effort is being conducted as a partnership by Reclamation with the California Department of Water Resources, the California Partnership for San Joaquin Valley, Stockton East Water District, Madera County Resource Management Agency, El Dorado County Water Agency, Friant Water Authority, and Mountain Counties Water Resources Association.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact Arlan Nickel, Program Manager, at 916-978-5061 or <a href="mailto:anickel@usbr.gov">anickel@usbr.gov</a> or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/SSJBasinStudy/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/SSJBasinStudy/index.html</a>.</p> <P>