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=54769 Reclamation Announces Summer Tour Schedule at Shasta Dam
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will start the summer tour schedule at Shasta Dam on Saturday, May 28. Daily tour times are 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. <P> Visitors are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before the tour time and are required to check in at the Shasta Dam Visitor Center to receive free tickets. The tours are “first come, first served,” and a maximum of 40 people are allowed on each tour. Free parking is available. The tours begin after a short walk to the entrance of the dam. <P> No bags of any kind, electronic devices or weapons, including small pocket knives, are allowed on the tour; however, cameras and cellular telephones are permitted. <P> The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free video version of the tour is available in the auditorium, along with displays and exhibits explaining the dam’s construction history. The Discover Your Northwest Gift Shop is also located at the Visitor Center. <P> Shasta Dam is located approximately 10 miles north of Redding, Calif. Exit at Shasta Dam Boulevard (exit 685) off Interstate 5 and drive west 6 miles to the dam. <P> For more information, please contact the Shasta Dam Visitor Center at 530-275-4463 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ncao/shasta/">www.usbr.gov/mp/ncao/shasta/</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54767 Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region Participates in Tree Mortality Task Force
Over the past few years, California has been experiencing a rapid increase in conifer tree (pine tree) mortality due to bark beetles, which are native to California. This is a direct result of the drought: the lack of water has caused the pine trees to become stressed, and they are unable to fight off insects and disease as they normally would. <P> Bark beetles are small insects – only about the size of a piece of cooked rice – that attack stressed trees by boring holes into the bark. A healthy tree would be able to fend off the attack by exuding pitch into the holes, pushing the beetles out. But drought-stressed trees have a difficult time producing enough pitch to fight off the insects. Compounding the problem, the beetles release pheromones that attract other beetles. This mass influx of beetles can quickly overwhelm a tree, killing it in just two to four weeks during warmer months. <P> According to the U.S. Forest Service, tree mortality from bark beetles and drought has reached over 29 million trees, up from 3.3 million in 2014. Most tree mortality in California has occurred in the southern Sierra Nevada and the Central Coast. Southern California began seeing a rapid increase in tree mortality in 2015, experiencing up to 90 percent pine-tree mortality. <P> This situation has been spreading north and has reached El Dorado and Placer counties, where the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region owns a significant amount of land in the Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA) and Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (FLSRA). Placer County has formed a Tree Mortality Task Force to respond to the crisis, and El Dorado County is in the process of forming a similar task force. <P> Many of the populated rural communities in Placer and El Dorado counties are adjacent to the Reclamation-owned lands in the ASRA and FLSRA, and the dead trees present a risk of wildland fires, endangering our watershed and the public. Reclamation has joined the Placer County Tree Mortality Task Force to help address these issues on our lands and assist in a regional solution. <P> Participating on the Task Force adds a significant new challenge to the Mid-Pacific Region’s fire management/pre-fire suppression efforts, which are already in place to mitigate wildfires in the communities surrounding the ASRA and FLSRA. These projects are being conducted as multi-agency efforts with the public, the California Department of Parks & Recreation (State Parks), CAL FIRE, the California Conservation Corps, local fire departments, and local fire-safe councils. This collaboration is critical to developing long-term solutions. <P> CAL FIRE has developed a “Bark Beetle Campaign Toolkit” to help inform California residents about bark beetle infestation. Please visit <a href="http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Bark-Beetle-Campaign-Toolkit/">http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Bark-Beetle-Campaign-Toolkit/</a> for additional information on this serious problem. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/dying-trees-from-bark-beetle-infestation%202.JPG" alt="Dying trees from bark beetle infestation." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/bark-beetle-infestation.JPG" alt="Bark beetle infestation." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54754 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Warren Act Contract with Del Puerto Water District
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a five-year Warren Act Contract to be issued to Del Puerto Water District. Due to drought conditions, the district needs to convey non-Central Valley Project water to existing crops within their district that are in need of supplemental irrigation water. <P> 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> The city of Turlock would release recycled, treated water to the San Joaquin River, and then it would be conveyed by way of Patterson Irrigation District to the Delta-Mendota Canal. Del Puerto would take the water from their existing turnouts along the DMC for agricultural use. Up to 13,400 acre-feet of water per year will be conveyed under the contract. <P> The Final EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17001. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA/FONSI, please contact Stacy Holt at 559-487-5295 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54752 Reclamation to Open the Delta Cross Channel Gates
WALNUT GROVE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Friday, May 27, 2016, at approximately 9 a.m. for the Memorial Day weekend. The gates will be closed on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at approximately noon. Please be advised that the decision to open or close the gates can be made on short notice based on requirements. <P> The Delta Cross Channel Gates control the diversion channel near Walnut Grove about 30 miles south of Sacramento. When the gates are open, fresh water is drawn from the Sacramento River into the interior of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta through Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River. The open gates also allow boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent juvenile salmon from being diverted from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta. <P> Boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The opening and closing of the gates generally takes about one hour. <P> Information on gate operations can be accessed on Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt</a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-2683. <P> For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54747 Reclamation and USFWS Announce the Availability of $2.1 Million in Grants to Help Imperiled Species
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce the availability of approximately $2.1 million in grants for projects that improve conditions for federally-imperiled species and their habitats impacted by the federal Central Valley Project. The CVP, owned and operated by Reclamation, is one of the world’s largest water storage and conveyance systems. <P> The grants are funded by the Fiscal Year 2017 Central Valley Project Conservation Program and Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program. The CVPCP and CVPIA HRP have established 16 specific Priority Actions related to CVP-impacted species, their habitats and corresponding geographic areas. <P> Each of the Priority Actions is supported by a threatened or endangered species recovery plan that provides strategies and guidance on how the species could be restored to a healthy and viable status. Applicants are requested to submit proposals that support these Priority Actions. <P> The 2017 grants continue 22 years of funding projects. This year, four categories of projects are being solicited for funding: land protection (fee title and conservation easement); habitat restoration; research; and species captive propagation and reintroduction. <P> State or local government agencies, private organizations, individuals and educational institutions are eligible to apply for grants. Applications for grants will close on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Federal agencies wanting to apply are encouraged to contact the program managers named in the announcement to discuss potential projects and the proposal submission process. <P> Instructions for submitting a proposal and background information on the programs is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov/">www.grants.gov</a>. Applicants may search for the Funding Opportunity Announcement by Funding Opportunity Number BOR-MP-16-0004. <P> Additional information about the CVPCP and HRP may be found at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpcp/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpcp/</a>. For questions, please contact Daniel Strait, Manager, Reclamation’s CVP Conservation Program and CVPIA Habitat Restoration Program, at 916-978-5052 or <a href="mailto:dstrait@usbr.gov">dstrait@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54727 Federal Agencies Announce Final Schedule for Clear Creek Spring Pulse Flows
REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced today that three pulse flow releases from Whiskeytown Dam into Clear Creek will be made in late May and June to attract adult spring-run Chinook salmon to upstream Clear Creek habitats for holding and spawning purposes. <P> The pulse flows are required under the Endangered Species Act to protect populations of steelhead and spring-run Chinook salmon, both listed as threatened species. Water released as part of the pulse flows will remain within the Central Valley Project system and will be available for use downstream by Reclamation customers, including agricultural and municipal and industrial users in the Central Valley and Bay Area. <P> Release of flows for the first pulse will begin to increase on Monday, May 23, and peak at 400 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Wednesday, May 25. Release rates will be reduced back to base flow of 200 cfs by Sunday, May 29. Releases for the second pulse flow will begin to increase on Monday, June 6, and peak at 400 cfs on Wednesday, June 8. Release rates will be reduced back to base flow by Sunday, June 12. Releases for the third pulse flow will begin to increase on Monday, June 20, and peak at 800 cfs on Thursday, June 23. Release rates will be reduced back to base flow by Tuesday, June 28. <P> The public should take appropriate safety precautions when near or on Clear Creek during these pulse flows. <P> In 2009, NMFS issued the Biological and Conference Opinion on the Long-Term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. Included in the Opinion is a reasonable and prudent alternative to conduct at least two pulse flows in Clear Creek in May and June to attract adult spring-run Chinook to move to upstream Clear Creek habitats for holding and spawning purposes. In these habitats, spring-run Chinook can access colder water temperatures, access large holding pools, access newly provided and clean spawning gravel, and avoid hybridization and competition with fall-run Chinook. USFWS monitoring has shown that pulse flows have been successful in attracting spring-run Chinook into Clear Creek. Salmon are counted during snorkel surveys immediately before and after each pulse flow. Salmon are also counted during the pulse flows using video cameras running 24 hours a day. <P> For more information, please contact Charlie Chamberlain, Reclamation, at 530-276-2046 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:cchamberlain@usbr.gov">cchamberlain@usbr.gov</a> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54707 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for the Dos Rios Ranch Riparian Brush Rabbit Recovery Project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has prepared for public review an Environmental Assessment on providing $447,415 from the Central Valley Project Conservation Program (CVPCP) to River Partners. <P> The Proposed Action would restore and enhance native habitat on 175 acres of historic riparian forest that are now degraded farmlands and remnant habitat within Dos Rios Ranch. A 1.5 acre elevated flood refuge mound for the riparian brush rabbit would also be created. Restored habitat would provide a suitable reintroduction site for riparian brush rabbit, as well as expanded habitat areas for additional federally endangered, threatened and state listed species. The Proposed Action would supplement proposed funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service Wetland Reserve Program to restore habitat at Dos Rios Ranch. <P> The 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=24515">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24515</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> Written comments are due by close of business on Monday, June 6, 2016, to Doug Kleinsmith, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 or emailed to <a href="mailto:dkleinsmith@usbr.gov">dkleinsmith@usbr.gov</a>, or faxed to 916-978-5055. For additional information please contact Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54689 New Melones Lake Activities for Summer 2016 Support the Department of the Interior’s Let’s Move Outside and Every Kid in a Park Initiatives
SONORA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announces summer interpretive programs and activities at New Melones Lake, located in Calaveras County. All activities are at the Amphitheater at the Glory Hole Recreation Area, are free of charge, are suitable for all ages and do not require reservations. Please wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for weather conditions. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. <P> <strong> </strong> <strong>New Melones JEOPARDY!</strong> <strong>Saturday, May 28, 7:30 p.m.</strong> Come to the Amphitheater and participate in one of America’s favorite games – JEOPARDY! For our version, we will divide into teams to test your group’s knowledge on the history and wildlife that makes New Melones unique. Prizes will be awarded! <P> <strong>Dangerous Creatures,</strong> <strong>Sunday, May 29, 7:30 p.m.</strong> Join Park Ranger Hilary and learn about some of the creepy creatures at New Melones Lake. Learn how to avoid being injured and what to do if you are. Develop a better understanding of these creatures and how important they are to our own survival. Fun activities begin at 7:30 p.m. and a PowerPoint presentation at 8 p.m. <P> <strong> </strong> <strong>Nocturnal Happenings,</strong> <strong>Saturday, June 4, 7:30 p.m.</strong> Join Park Ranger Mike and discover what travels by “dark feet and dark wings.” Learn about bats, owls and other nocturnal critters that call New Melones home, and experience the night-time world using all your senses. The program will include a walk on the Gold Rush Trail, an activity or two and storytelling. Please wear sturdy shoes appropriate for hiking. A headlamp or flashlight is required. <P> <strong> </strong> <strong>Water Safety,</strong> <strong>Saturday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.</strong> What do you like to do around New Melones Lake? Swim, boat or fish? Join us to learn how you can be water safe. Play the Life Jacket Relay and Save the Ranger games. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones this summer at New Melones Lake. Activities begin at 7:30 p.m. <P> <strong> </strong> <strong>Hanging with Bats!</strong> <strong>Saturday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.</strong> Bats can be dark and mysterious creatures that scare many people, but don’t be afraid! Join Park Rangers Matt and Ryan and learn the important role that bats play in nature and why bats are really your buddies! <P> <strong> </strong> <strong>Campground Feud!</strong> <strong>Saturday, June 25, 7:30 p.m.</strong> How well do you think you and your neighbor knows New Melones Lake? “Survey says” this will be an exciting, fast-paced event on what the majority of people think about New Melones! Come to the Amphitheater to find out. Fabulous prizes will be awarded! <P> <strong>Wheel of Wealth!</strong> <strong>Saturday, July 2, 7:30 p.m.</strong> Come to the Amphitheater to spin the Wheel of Wealth! Will your team go home bankrupt, or will you win the grand prize? Spin the wheel just right and solve word riddles to find out! This is a fun way to learn about New Melones and the great outdoors! Let the games begin at 7:30 p.m. <P> <strong> </strong> <strong>Eat a Bug Club!</strong> <strong>Sunday, July 3, 7:30 p.m.</strong> Join us for an evening to discuss creepy crawlies and their role in the ecosystem. Join the club by crunching down some crispy critters! Arts and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. and a presentation at 8 p.m. <P> <strong> </strong> <strong>Wildlife Wonders of New Melones!</strong> <strong>Saturday, July 9, 7:30 p.m.</strong> Join Ranger Diana to find out about some of the critters that call New Melones home! Learn about their behaviors, habitats and how we can coexist peacefully with them. Arts and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. and a presentation at 8 p.m. <P> <strong>Skins, Scat and Skulls!</strong> <strong>Saturday, July 16, 7:30 p.m.</strong> Come see a great collection of skins, scat and skulls! Feel a bear’s fur, examine real skulls and identify tracks and scat. Match up the skin, scat and skull of the creatures and win a prize! Arts and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. and a presentation at 8 p.m. <P> <strong> </strong> <strong>Outrageous Osprey,</strong> <strong>Saturday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.</strong> Join Ranger Shelly for an insightful look at the Ospreys of New Melones. The Osprey or “fish hawk” possesses talents no other raptor can match! Discover what makes them unique and why we should protect them. Arts and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. and a presentation at 8 p.m. <P> <strong> </strong> <strong>There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills!</strong> <strong>Saturday, July 30, 7:30 p.m.</strong> Experience the thrill of finding GOLD like a gold rush prospector! We will explore the lifestyle of early California miners and the towns they lived in, including Melones now submerged beneath New Melones Lake. The evening will offer the opportunity to pan for some of the precious dust they were after! Join Rangers Max and Geoff for a darn-tootin’ time! <P> <strong>Planet Party!</strong> <strong>Saturday, August 13, 8 to 10 p.m. </strong> Come down to the Amphitheater and enjoy the planets that share our solar system! We will have spotting and telescopes set up on the planets that are visible! Before nightfall, join a Ranger to learn about outdoor safety. Learn how to prepare before you go out and take away some hints that will keep you safe. Safety presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. with the Planet Party to follow at nightfall. <P> <strong>People and Plants,</strong> <strong>Saturday, August 20, 7:30 p.m.</strong> Join Ranger Josh to discover how Native Americans in our region relied on natural resources. Learn the traditional uses for trees, shrubs and herbs found around New Melones Lake. <P> <strong> </strong> <strong>Watershed Down (Hill),</strong> <strong>Saturday, August 27, 7:30 p.m.</strong> Gold Country icon, Mark Twain, has been credited by some as saying<strong> </strong><em>Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over. </em>Join Ranger Robert to discover the world of water. Learn what a watershed is and how the management of water both above and below ground determines life in our semi-arid State. <P> <strong> </strong> <strong>Calaveras Community Band!</strong> <strong>Saturday, September 3, 6:00 p.m.</strong> Come celebrate the end of the summer with us! The Calaveras Community Band will be playing all your favorites until the sun goes down. Get up and dance, clap, and sing or just sit back and enjoy the music. Bring the family and enjoy one last summer night! Music begins at 6 p.m. <P> Ranger-led activities support the Department of the Interior’s <em>Let’s Move Outside </em>initiative which encourages children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities that abound in every city, town and community. For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside</a>. <P> To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, the White House, in partnership with federal land management agencies, launched the <em>Every Kid in a Park</em> initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for every fourth-grade student across the country to experience their federal public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year. For more information, please visit <a href="https://www.everykidinapark.gov/">https://www.everykidinapark.gov/</a>. <P> If you would like to participate in a program and need accommodation, please contact Park Ranger Hilary Maxworthy at 209-536-9094, ext. 221, or email <a href="mailto:hmaxworthy@usbr.gov">hmaxworthy@usbr.gov</a> at least 14 days in advance. <P> The New Melones Visitor Center and Museum is managed by Reclamation’s Central California Area Office. Hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information on activities, directions, pet restrictions or other questions, please call 209-536-9543 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit the website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54667 Reclamation CANCELS C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing Event at Shasta Lake on May 21
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – Due to a weather forecast calling for a 90-percent chance of rain, thunderstorms and lightning, the Bureau of Reclamation’s Northern California Area Office has cancelled the C.A.S.T. (Catch a Special Thrill) for Kids event which had been scheduled for Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Packers Bay Boat Marina on Shasta Lake. <P> Although Reclamation looks forward to this event every year, safety must be the first priority. Reclamation thanks everyone who had volunteered to help with the event, including the boat captains, fishing mentors, Shasta County Sheriff’s Boat Patrol, Elks Lodge, Shasta Lake Lions Club and Reclamation staff members. <P> This C.A.S.T. event will not be rescheduled. The next C.A.S.T. event at Shasta Lake will be held in 2017. <P> For questions, please contact Sheri Harral at 530-276-2030 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:sharral@usbr.gov">sharral@usbr.gov</a>. For more information on the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, please visit <a href="http://www.castforkids.org/">http://www.castforkids.org</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54649 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Storage and Conveyance of Yuba Accord Water in Federal Facilities for South of Delta Central Valley Project Contractors
FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed execution of Warren Act contracts or exchange agreements with South-of-Delta Central Valley Project contractors within the Delta Division, San Luis Unit, and San Felipe Division to store, convey, or exchange purchased Yuba Accord water in Federal facilities, when excess capacity exists. <P> The Final EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=13512. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA/FONSI, please contact Kelly Baker at 559-487-5039 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the Final EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54647 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Proposed Additional Points of Delivery for Panoche Water District’s Non-Project Groundwater
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the approval of additional delivery points for up to 5,000 acre-feet (AF) of Panoche’s non-Project groundwater introduced into the Delta-Mendota Canal as part of the DMC Groundwater Pump-in Program. Reclamation will executed an exchange agreement and or Warren Act contract with requesting Central Valley Project contractors within the Delta Division and San Luis Unit. <P> The 5,000 AF is included in the estimated 10,000 AF provided in the existing 5-year Panoche Warren Act contract which is part of the cumulative total (50,000 AF per year) allowed under the DMC Groundwater Pump-in Program. <P> The Final EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=11470. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA/FONSI, please contact Kelly Baker at 559-487-5039 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the Final EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54607 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for the Proposed Fresno Irrigation District Gould Canal to Friant-Kern Canal Intertie Project
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed series of Warren Act Contracts and/or exchange agreements over a 25 year period for the storage and conveyance of up to 50,000 acre-feet per year of Fresno Irrigation Districts’ Kings River water and/or previously banked non-CVP groundwater into and through Friant Division facilities. The project would also issue a permit and land use authorization to Fresno Irrigation District for construction, operation, and maintenance of a new pump station and intertie that would connect the Friant-Kern Canal and the Gould Canal. The project would also be partially funded through a 50/50 cost share program. <P> The Draft EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=25687. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Comments are due by close of business Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Email comments to kmbaker@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to Kelly Baker, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5927. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Baker 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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54587 Reclamation Awards Construction Contract for Safety Modification Project at Stampede Dam
TRUCKEE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $21.8 million construction contract to NW Construction Inc. of Bozeman, Montana for dam safety modifications to Stampede Dam to prevent potential overtopping of the dam in a significant hydrologic event. <P> Stampede Dam will be raised 11.5 feet using mechanically stabilized earth walls. Two small dikes will also be constructed along the south reservoir rim. In addition, the spillway crest structure will be reconstructed to limit discharges to the current spillway capacity. Completed in 1970, Stampede Dam is a zoned earthfill embankment dam located approximately 11 miles northeast of Truckee, California, in Sierra County. <P> The Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and completed in May 2012. The cultural resources programmatic agreement was executed by the California state historic preservation officer in March 2014. <P> "This is one example of the way Reclamation works to ensure the safety of water infrastructure across the West," said Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López. "This construction contract at Stampede Dam underscores our commitment to the safety and reliability of water infrastructure that millions of citizens rely upon every day." <P> To learn more about Reclamation’s Safety of Dams program, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod</a>. <P> To learn more about the Stampede Safety of Dams Modification Project, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/stampede/index.html" target="_blank"> http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/ <wbr> projects/stampede/index.html </wbr> </a> . The website will be updated periodically as the project occurs. <P> For additional information, please contact Todd Hill, Branch Chief, at 916-978-5328 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:thill@usbr.gov" target="_blank">thill@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54568 Reclamation Park Rangers Participate in the Berryessa Waterways Program
On Friday, April 22, and Thursday, April 28, 2016, Bureau of Reclamation Park Ranger Todd Eggert teamed up with the Putah Creek Council and Solano County Parks to introduce fifth-grade students from Vacaville, California, to their water source: Lake Solano. <P> A total of 135 individuals, including 110 students, their teachers and chaperones, visited Lake Solano to explore the Putah Creek watershed. Lake Solano is a reservoir on Putah Creek formed by the Putah Diversion Dam. Lake Solano is 1.5 miles long, has a capacity of 750 acre-feet, and is located 6 miles downstream from Lake Berryessa’s Monticello Dam. Water is diverted from Lake Solano into the Putah South Canal to supply agricultural and urban users. The lake and the surrounding land is managed by Solano County Parks for recreation such as picnicking, camping, boating, swimming, fishing, bird watching and hiking <P> The participants enjoyed learning how invertebrates that live in the water indicate water quality and how temperature and oxygen levels impact these indicator species. Participants also identified local plants and learned how they contribute to water flow and quality. <P> Lake Berryessa Park Rangers coordinate with the Putah Creek Council and Solano County Parks on the Berryessa Waterways education program every year. The Putah Creek Council is a grassroots organization that works to protect and enhance Putah Creek, its watershed and its tributaries through advocacy, education and community-based stewardship. Solano County Parks manages Lake Solano for public recreation, with more than 60,000 visitors a year enjoying a wide variety of recreational activities both on and off the water. <P> Lake Berryessa staff look forward to increasing their participation with this valuable program in the coming years. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/students-learning-activity.jpg" alt="Two fifth-grade students participate in a learning activity as part of the Berryessa Waterways Program." hspace="2" vspace="2"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/students-hiking-lake-solano.jpg" alt="Fifth-grade students from Vacaville, California, go on a hike near Lake Solano." hspace="2" vspace="2"/> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54687 Reclamation Park Rangers Participate in the Berryessa Waterways Program
On Friday, April 22, and Thursday, April 28, 2016, Bureau of Reclamation Park Ranger Todd Eggert teamed up with the Putah Creek Council and Solano County Parks to introduce fifth-grade students from Vacaville, California, to their water source: Lake Solano. <P> A total of 135 individuals, including 110 students, their teachers and chaperones, visited Lake Solano to explore the Putah Creek watershed. Lake Solano is a reservoir on Putah Creek formed by the Putah Diversion Dam. Lake Solano is 1.5 miles long, has a capacity of 750 acre-feet, and is located 6 miles downstream from Lake Berryessa’s Monticello Dam. Water is diverted from Lake Solano into the Putah South Canal to supply agricultural and urban users. The lake and the surrounding land is managed by Solano County Parks for recreation such as picnicking, camping, boating, swimming, fishing, bird watching and hiking <P> The participants enjoyed learning how invertebrates that live in the water indicate water quality and how temperature and oxygen levels impact these indicator species. Participants also identified local plants and learned how they contribute to water flow and quality. <P> Lake Berryessa Park Rangers coordinate with the Putah Creek Council and Solano County Parks on the Berryessa Waterways education program every year. The Putah Creek Council is a grassroots organization that works to protect and enhance Putah Creek, its watershed and its tributaries through advocacy, education and community-based stewardship. Solano County Parks manages Lake Solano for public recreation, with more than 60,000 visitors a year enjoying a wide variety of recreational activities both on and off the water. <P> Lake Berryessa staff look forward to increasing their participation with this valuable program in the coming years. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/students-learning-activity.jpg" alt="Two fifth-grade students participate in a learning activity as part of the Berryessa Waterways Program." hspace="2" vspace="2"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/students-hiking-lake-solano.jpg" alt="Fifth-grade students from Vacaville, California, go on a hike near Lake Solano." hspace="2" vspace="2"/> <P> <P> <P>