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=46566 Reclamation Announces Final Schedule for Releases into Trinity River as Part of Restoration Program
<p><strong>REDDING, Calif. -</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that releases from Lewiston Dam into the Trinity River will increase to a peak flow of 1,500 cubic feet per second over a two-day period as part of the Trinity River Restoration Program.</p> <p>Releases will begin increasing April 23 and remain at the peak of 1,500 cfs for a period of 36 days, extending from April 24 to May 29. Release rates will then be reduced to 1,200 cfs during June 3-5 and to 700 cfs during June 15-18. The summer base-flow rate of 450 cfs will begin on June 26. The total water allocation for Trinity River restoration flows in a &ldquo;critically dry&rdquo; water year, such as this, is 369,000 acre-feet.</p> <p>The public should take appropriate safety precautions whenever near or on the river. Landowners are advised to clear personal items and debris from the floodplain prior to the releases.</p> <p>The December 2000, Trinity River Mainstem Fishery Restoration <a href="http://odp.trrp.net/Library/Details.aspx?document=227">Record of Decision</a> created a plan for the restoration of the Trinity River and its fish and wildlife populations. The Program&rsquo;s restoration strategy includes four different restoration elements, one of which includes increased releases to the river, separate and apart from Central Valley Project water allocations. Flow regimes link two essential purposes deemed necessary to restore and maintain the Trinity River&rsquo;s fishery resources: 1) flows to provide physical fish habitat (i.e., appropriate depths and velocities, and suitable temperature regimes for anadromous salmonids), and 2) flows to restore the riverine processes that create and maintain the structural integrity and spatial complexity of the fish habitats. More information on the Trinity River ROD can be found at <a href="http://www.trrp.net/background/rod/">www.trrp.net/background/rod/</a>.</p> <p>A daily schedule of flow releases is available at <a href="http://www.trrp.net/restore/flows/current/">http://www.trrp.net/restore/flows/current/</a>, and the public may subscribe to automated notifications (via phone or email) of Trinity River release changes. The flow release schedule is posted at the Trinity River Restoration Program office, located at 1313 South Main Street, Weaverville, CA. </p> <p>For additional information, please call 530-623-1800 or email <a href="mailto:info@trrp.net">info@trrp.net</a>. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46565 Reclamation Announces Update to 2014 CVP Water Supply for Settlement Contractors and Refuges
<p><strong>Sacramento, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation today announced an update to the February 2014 Central Valley Project water supply for Sacramento River Settlement Contractors and wildlife refuges north-of-delta. This update reflects improved precipitation and runoff in Northern California to date.</p> <p>Based on the California Department of Water Resources&rsquo; April 1, Runoff Forecast, current hydrological conditions and actions taken to date to manage scarce supplies, the available contractual supply for North-of-Delta Settlement Contractor&rsquo;s and wildlife refuges increased from 40 percent to 75 percent. Allocations for all other water contractors serviced by the CVP remain the same.</p> <p>&ldquo;In light of this year&rsquo;s lower than average CVP water supply, Reclamation and its federal, state and local partners have been committed to ensuring our water resources are available, not just for today but for the future,&rdquo; Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo said today.&nbsp;&ldquo;The low initial allocation announced on Feb. 21, has been difficult for all CVP contractors, however, with the recent precipitation, it is with some optimism that we are able to increase the available supply for these two entities. We also continue to work toward stretching available water supplies as far as possible for all of our water contractors as we manage through the drought.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This type of water year reinforces the critical need for long-term solutions to drought management and improving California&rsquo;s water supply reliability,&rdquo; Murillo continued. &ldquo;While managing the existing water resources stored in reservoirs across the region, we remain committed to working with our partners to develop a firm water supply for the future.&rdquo; </p> <p>Reclamation will continue to monitor water supply data provided by the state and will make adjustments to the allocation as soon as they are indicated. Changes to hydrology and opportunities to exercise operational flexibility of the CVP are factors and conditions that will influence the water supply and allocations as the water year progresses. Water supply updates will be posted at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/</a>PA/water.</p> <p>For additional information, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water</a> or contact the Mid-Pacific Region&rsquo;s Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46564 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Westlands Water District Warren Act Contract
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a five-year Warren Act Contract proposed to be issued to Westlands Water District. Due to drought conditions, Westlands needs to convey non-Project supplies to existing crops within the district in need of supplemental irrigation water. The Warren Act authorizes Reclamation to enter into contracts to impound, store or convey non-Project water in federal facilities when excess capacity is available.</p> <p>Various well owners within Westlands would be allowed to pump up to 10,000 acre-feet per year of groundwater into the Coalinga Canal. The non-Central Valley Project water would then be conveyed to Westlands Water District turnouts and diverted to the existing distribution system. The groundwater would be tested to demonstrate that the water standards are met before owners would be allowed to discharge to the Canal.  An easement or other license would also be issued for the pipes used to discharge to the Canal, which are already in place. The land use authorization would be for a period of 25 years.</p> <p>The Draft EA and FONSI were released for public comment from March 7, 2014 to April 8, 2014.  No comments were received during the comment period.</p> <p>The Final EA/FONSI 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=16581">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16581</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Ben Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY&nbsp;800-735-2929).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46545 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Improvements to the U.S. Forest Service Fire Station at Lake Casitas
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif. - </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for upgrades to the U.S. Forest Service fire station at Lake Casitas in Ventura County. </p> <p>The Forest Service&rsquo;s improvements include relocation of a sanitary leach line, installation of a 10,000 gallon water storage tank, clearing land for additional helipads, and installing new security fencing.</p> <p>The Draft EA and FONSI were released for public comment from Feb. 11 to March 13, 2014. No comments were received during the comment period.</p> <p>The environmental documents 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=16441">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16441</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>For additional information or to request a copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Ben Lawrence at <br /> 559-487-5039 (TTY&nbsp;800-735-2929).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46544 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Reclamation Release Spring-run Chinook Salmon into the San Joaquin River for Study
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong><strong> – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on April 17 to 18 are releasing 54,000 hatchery produced juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River as part of the implementation of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. The Restoration Program is a comprehensive long-term effort to restore flows to the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam to the confluence of the Merced River restoring a self-sustaining Chinook salmon fishery in the river while reducing or avoiding adverse water supply impacts from those flows.  </p> <p>The salmon are from the Feather River Hatchery and are being released near the confluence of the Merced and San Joaquin rivers near Newman, California. The release effort will provide an opportunity to carryout fisheries studies while contributing to the long-term reintroduction of spring-run salmon to the San Joaquin River as called for in the San Joaquin River Settlement.  </p> <p>As part of this effort, some of these juvenile spring-run are anticipated to return to the river as adults in spring 2017. However dry year conditions will likely impact the number of returning fish. The USFWS and Reclamation are prepared to trap and transport the returning adults up river, if conditions are such that they cannot make it on their own. The returning adults will then be monitored to determine what parts of the river they use, their survival over the summer, and where they spawn in the fall of 2017. This information will help further inform future spring-run reintroduction efforts.  </p> <p>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s salmon release is a monumental step forward for California&rsquo;s fishing economy and the health of the state&rsquo;s second largest river, particularly as we face a historic drought,&rdquo; said Monty Schmitt, Senior Scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council. &ldquo;Even in the driest years, it is essential for the livelihood of communities in the Central Valley to protect the health of our rivers and fisheries while supporting the region&rsquo;s agricultural economy.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This is an important study effort for the Restoration Program that does not impact water supply,&rdquo; said David Murillo, Director of Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Region. &ldquo;We are hopeful that in three years, some of these juveniles return to the San Joaquin River as adults so that we learn more toward the long-term reintroduction of this species.&rdquo;</p> <p>The released spring-run are considered an experimental population under the Endangered Species Act and are exempted from the take prohibitions by the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project consistent with the Endangered Species Act rule package issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service on December 31, 2013. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife concurred with the federal regulations under special provisions of the California Endangered Species Act that apply to the San Joaquin River Restoration Program on March 17, 2014. The release will not impact water supply for any water user nor will any additional water releases be made for the benefit of these fish.  </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46526 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Gray Lodge Reimbursement Agreement
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO</strong>, <strong>Calif</strong>. – The Bureau of Reclamation proposes to extend the Agreement for the Reimbursement of Deep Well Pumping Costs on the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area between the United States and the State of California. The proposed agreement would add an additional 12 months until February 28, 2015. The Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is located near Gridley, CA. </p> <p>For the current Amendment, Reclamation prepared an Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact to evaluate and disclose any potential environmental impacts. This extension would permit Reclamation to meet obligations under Central Valley Project Improvement Act Section 3406(d)(1) by continuing to provide reimbursement of costs to the California Department of Fish &amp; Wildlife to pump up to approximately 16,159 acre-feet of groundwater, the quantity currently covered by previous environmental documentation. </p> <p>The groundwater would continue to supplement limited historical average annual surface water deliveries (Level 2) for the wildlife area.</p> <p>The EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with NEPA and is available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=3609">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=3609</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Shelly Hatleberg at 916-978-5050. Copies of the EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Sacramento office 2800 Cottage Way, CA 95825.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46525 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for Feather Water District Fish Screen Project
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO,  Calif</strong>. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Feather Water District Fish Screen Project (Proposed Action). Reclamation proposes to provide federal funding to the FWD to screen two of their existing unscreened diversions along the Feather River in Sutter County, Calif. This effort is a feature of the Anadromous Fish Screen Program, part of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act; Reclamation would manage the project together with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.</p> <p>The Proposed Action is a cooperative effort among the AFSP, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Family Water Alliance, and FWD. The District operates two unscreened diversions on the Feather River. The Proposed Action involves the installation of barriers and fish screens in the existing pump intake channels to improve fish passage in the Feather River. Installation of the fish screens would help prevent listed and other migratory or resident fish species in the Feather River from becoming entrained or otherwise impacted by the continued use of FWD&rsquo;s pumps.</p> <p>Reclamation is the lead federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act and would contribute up to 50 percent of the cost of the fish screen intake and pumping facility. This funding will be provided under Section 3406(b)(21) of the CVPIA, which authorizes the Department of the Interior to develop and implement measures to avoid losses of juvenile anadromous fish resulting from unscreened diversions on the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and their tributaries.</p> <p>The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with NEPA and is available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17041">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17041</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>Please send written comments to Shelly Hatleberg, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, by close of business Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Comments may also be faxed to Hatleberg at 916-978-5290 or emailed to <a href="mailto:shatleberg@usbr.gov">shatleberg@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Hatleberg at 916-978-5050. Copies of the Draft EA may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Sacramento office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46524 Reclamation Extends Comment Period on Draft Environmental Documents Regarding Water Transfers from Central California Irrigation District’s Central Valley Project Water Over Five-Year Period
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong><strong> – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the period for comments on the availability of draft environmental documents assessing the proposed annual transfers of up to 20,500 acre-feet of Central California Irrigation District&rsquo;s Central Valley Project water, over a five-year period, to Del Puerto Water District, Panoche Water District, San Luis Water District and Westlands Water District.</p> <p>The proposed transfers would occur from April through December of each year in which water is transferred.&nbsp;In order to make CCID&rsquo;s CVP water supplies available for the transfers, common landowners in the water districts&nbsp;would pump a like-amount of groundwater for use in CCID in lieu of receiving the CVP supplies.</p> <p>The Draft Environmental Assessment&nbsp; and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=10110" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=10110</a>. &nbsp;If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail&nbsp;<a href="mailto:ibr2mprpao@usbr.gov" target="_blank">ibr2mprpao@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>Please email comments to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov" target="_blank">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243&nbsp;N&nbsp;Street, Fresno, CA&nbsp;93721 or faxed to Emerson at 559-487-5397. Comments are due by&nbsp;April 24, 2014. For additional information&nbsp;or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY&nbsp;800-735-2929).&nbsp; Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Fresno office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46508 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Issuance of Warren Act Contracts for Kern-Tulare Water District and Lindsay-Strathmore Irrigation District
<p><b> FRESNO, Calif.</b> -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for issuance of Warren Act contracts to Kern-Tulare Water District and Lindsay-Strathmore Irrigation District.</p> <P> <p>Reclamation proposes to approve storage, conveyance, and/or diversion of up to 30,000 acre-feet per year of Lindsay-Strathmore Irrigation District non-Central Valley Project water in the Friant-Kern Canal, when excess capacity exists, according to LSID’s Friant Division repayment contract. LSID’s non-CVP water originates in the Kaweah River.</p> <P> <p>Reclamation is also proposing to approve storage, conveyance, and/or diversion of up to 30,000 acre-feet per year of Kern-Tulare Water District’s non-CVP water in the FKC when excess capacity exists, per the terms of KTWD’s Friant Division repayment contract. KTWD’s non-CVP supplies include Kern River and State Water Project water, which are tested at specific points to confirm that they meet Reclamation’s water quality requirements prior to entering the FKC. </p> <P> <p>The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were released for public comment from January 24 to February 24, 2014. No comments were received.</p> <P> <p>The EA/FONSI 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=16261">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16261</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail <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). Copies of the EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46506 Reclamation Schedules Full-Scale Security Exercise at Folsom Dam
<p><strong>FOLSOM, Calif. –</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation, in cooperation with the Sacramento County Sheriff&rsquo;s Department/Folsom Dam Security Bureau, City of Folsom Police and Fire Departments, California State Parks, Sacramento Office of Emergency Services, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Sacramento County Department of Technology, will conduct a full-scale security exercise at Folsom Dam on Wednesday, April 23.</p> <p>The exercise will simulate emergency response activities at Folsom Dam. The exercise will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by 4 p.m. and will allow emergency response agencies to check security systems, practice tactical skills and perform multi-agency coordination.</p> <p>An Incident Command Post will be established close to Reclamation&rsquo;s Central California Area Office, which is located at Folsom Dam. The public may see emergency response vehicles and personnel throughout the day participating in the exercise.</p> <p>Folsom-Auburn Road and the Folsom Lake Crossing bridge will remain open throughout the exercise. Although it is unlikely the public will notice any unusual activity at the dam or on the surrounding federal property, they should be aware that the exercise is under way. Normal business will continue at CCAO during the exercise.</p> <p>Reclamation regularly conducts exercises at its facilities in coordination with local emergency response agencies to practice plans and operating procedures, develop expertise and build good working relationships and communication with local responders. Reclamation&rsquo;s top priority is the safety of the public, employees, property and facilities. Practicing these emergency response plans is essential to being prepared in the event of a real emergency situation.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact Janet Sierzputowski at <a href="mailto:jsierzputowski@usbr.gov">jsierzputowski@usbr.gov</a> or 916-978-5112 (TTY 800-877-8339).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46505 Reclamation Announces Customer Appreciation Day at New Melones Lake on Saturday, April 19
<p><strong>SONORA, Calif</strong>. – Please join Bureau of Reclamation staff at New Melones Lake on Saturday, April 19, as they celebrate the sixth annual Customer Appreciation Day.</p> <p>To show Reclamation&rsquo;s appreciation for their customers, the $8 day use fee at Tuttletown and Glory Hole recreation areas will be waived for all visitors on April 19. </p> <p>At the boat launches in both recreation areas, New Melones staff will provide visitors with information on the threat posed by invasive species, such as Quagga and zebra mussels, and will distribute tote bags and other items to educate the public on this issue (while supplies last).</p> <p>New Melones Lake is managed by the Mid-Pacific Region&rsquo;s Central California Area Office and is located approximately 60 miles east of Stockton, Calif.</p> <p>For more information, please call 209-536-9094, ext. 0 (TTY 800-877-8339); stop by the New Melones Lake Administration Office, 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora, CA 95370, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; or visit the New Melones website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46488 Reclamation to Increase Stanislaus River Flows on April 14
<p><b>SONORA, Calif</b>. - On Monday, April 14, the Bureau of Reclamation will begin increasing releases from Goodwin Dam into the Stanislaus River to benefit Stanislaus River steelhead and San Joaquin River Chinook salmon. Goodwin Dam is located downstream from Tulloch Dam and New Melones Dam and Reservoir, features of the Central Valley Project (CVP).</p> <P> <p>The releases (pulse flows) will begin to increase from 600 cubic feet per second at 4 a.m. by about 250 cfs every two hours to 2,500 cfs at 4 p.m. These releases will be maintained for approximately 16 days, but this may vary depending upon downstream conditions. On about April 30, releases will decrease to a rate yet to be determined.</p> <P> <p>People recreating in or along the Stanislaus River downstream from Goodwin Dam to the confluence of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Rivers should take safety precautions with the increased flows. Particular attention is drawn to the sharp increase from 600 to 2,500 cfs during the 12-hour period on April 14.</p> <P> <p>This pulse flow is being implemented in accordance with the action described in the CVP and State Water Project Drought Operations Plan to meet requirements in the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinions and assist in meeting San Joaquin River at Vernalis flow objectives. The operations are targeting a higher Vernalis pulse flow period of about 16 days followed by a lower Vernalis pulse flow period for about 15 days. The Drought Operations Plan may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/drought/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/drought/index.html</a> or <a href="http://www.ca.gov/drought/managementactions.html">http://www.ca.gov/drought/managementactions.html</a>.</p> <P> <p>The California Department of Water Resources, USFWS, NMFS, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and State Water Resources Control Board coordinated with Reclamation in developing these operations.</p> <P> <p>Daily information on expected flows in the Stanislaus River can be found on the California Data Exchange Center website at <a href="http://cdec.water.ca.gov./queryRes.html">http://cdec.water.ca.gov./queryRes.html</a> or from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at <a href="http://www.spk-wc.usace.army.mil/plots/california.html">http://www.spk-wc.usace.army.mil/plots/california.html</a>. For more information on the Stanislaus River, please visit Reclamation’s Central Valley Operation Office website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46487 Bid Opening Announced for Klamath Project Lease Lands
<p><strong>KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation announces that sealed bids for agricultural leasing of 34 parcels of federal lease lands, totaling 4,822 acres, will continue to be received until 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Klamath Basin Area Office. A public bid opening will be held at the office at 10 a.m. the same day.</p> <p>Open for bid in Area K on the Lower Klamath federal lease lands in Oregon are five grass lots and 10 grain lots. Open for bid on the Tule Lake federal lease lands in California are seven lots in Sump 2 and 12 lots in Sump 3. Some lots include alfalfa while others are suitable for potatoes, onions and grain. Additionally, of the available lease lands, 215 acres&nbsp;may qualify for organic production.   </p> <p>Bidding instructions, lease information, a sample copy of the lease contract, location maps and bid forms required for submitting bids are available on the Klamath Basin Area Office website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao/operations/land_lease/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao/operations/land_lease/index.html</a>; at the Klamath Basin Area Office, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603; and at the Tulelake Irrigation District, 2717 Havlina Road, Tulelake, CA 96134. If you encounter problems accessing the website, 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, please contact Mike Green, Lease Lands Program Manager, at 541-880-2565 or <a href="mailto:mgreen@usbr.gov">mgreen@usbr.gov</a>.  </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46464 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Friant-Kern Canal Pump-In Program
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong> -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Friant-Kern Canal Pump-In Program.</p> <p>Reclamation proposes to issue Warren Act contracts to Central Valley Project contractors located within the Friant Division, along the Friant-Kern Canal to allow conveyance of pumped groundwater in the canal. The amount of water introduced into the canal by each contractor would vary, but the total volume of water for all contractors would not exceed 50,000 acre-feet per year.</p> <p>The term of the contracts would be for one year, with an option for a second one-year term.  Authorizations would also be issued to the contractors to cross Reclamation right-of-way with the pipes and hoses used to discharge groundwater to the canal.</p> <p>The Draft EA/FONSI 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=17022">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17022</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>Please email comments to Ben Lawrence, Bureau of Reclamation at <a href="mailto:blawrence@usbr.gov">blawrence@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397. Comments are due by April 17, 2014.  For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY 800-877-8339).  Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address.</p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46448 Reclamation to Host Triathlon at Lake Berryessa’s Putah Canyon Recreation Area on April 12-13
<p><strong>NAPA, Calif. </strong>– The Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Central California Area Office and our concessionaire, Royal Elk Park Management, will host the annual HITS Triathlon at Lake Berryessa&rsquo;s Putah Canyon Recreation Area on Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.</p> <p>Putah Canyon Recreation Area will experience some temporary interruptions in regular services from this large public event. The east side of Putah Canyon Recreation Area will be temporarily closed to the public for the safety of both triathlon participants and the public, and the main road in the recreation area will be temporarily closed to vehicle traffic and boat launching. Limited day use and camping will be available in Putah Canyon&rsquo;s west side. Please contact Royal Elk Park Management for reservation information at <a href="http://www.royalelkparkmanagement.com">http://www.royalelkparkmanagement.com</a>.</p> <p>The California Highway Patrol will manage traffic safety and will implement temporary road closures and traffic control during the triathlon events. Local residents will be allowed to enter and exit their residences but may experience short delays. For additional information and course maps, please visit the HITS Triathlon Series at <a href="http://www.hitstriathlonseries.com/">http://www.hitstriathlonseries.com/</a>.</p> <p>The temporary closures at Putah Canyon will not impact the hours of operation for any other developed recreation areas, marinas or day use areas at Lake Berryessa. Boat launching will be available at Capell Cove Boat Launch, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Pleasure Cove Marina and Markley Cove Resort. Regular services at Putah Canyon Recreation Area will resume on Monday, April 14, at 7 a.m.</p> <p>Please visit at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a> for additional information about recreational opportunities at Lake Berryessa.</p> <P>