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=55341 Reclamation Announces $2.9 Million in Water Use Efficiency Grants
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announces the selection of five projects across California to receive a total of $2.9 million in CALFED Water Use Efficiency grants for fiscal year 2016. Combined with local cost-share contributions, approximately $10 million in water management improvement projects will be implemented during the next 24 months. <P> The selected projects will conserve an estimated 10,275 acre-feet per year of water, contributing to the CALFED Bay-Delta Program objectives of improving ecosystem health, water supply reliability, and water quality. California and federal agencies are partners in the 30-year Program (2000-2030). <P> Reclamation selected the projects through a competitive process, giving priority consideration to projects that address CALFED goals on a statewide basis. The following provides details on the selected districts’ projects and federal cost share: <P> Biggs-West Gridley Water District, $747,311 This project will conserve water by reducing operational spillage through a combination of infrastructure modernization improvements and implementation of a canal operations decision support system. Modernization improvements will be made at 130 customer delivery turnouts to provide accurate delivery measurement; improvements at nine canal headings to provide improved flow measurement; and flow measurement and real time monitoring at six primary operational spills. Real-time monitoring will be implemented through the District’s new Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. Annual water savings will be 3,320 acre-feet per year; lifetime water savings will be 116,200 acre-feet. Total project cost is $1,494,622 with a federal cost-share of $747,311. <P> Cawelo Water District, $375,000 The District will install a 1.8-mile long, 36-inch diameter, bi-directional, intertie pipeline. The intertie pipeline will allow for the efficient conveyance of surface water into the District from the Friant-Kern Canal and the efficient return of water stored in the District back to the Friant-Kern Canal. The project will conserve groundwater by allowing for the piped delivery of surface water to in-district irrigation distribution systems or spreading facilities. The project improves the efficiency of the District’s in-district water management by decreasing seepage loss through use of the intertie pipeline instead of relying on the 2.4 miles of unlined canals. Annual water savings will be 358 acre-feet per year; lifetime water savings will be 17,919 acre-feet. Total project cost is $2,772,345 with a federal cost-share of $375,000. <P> Firebaugh Canal Water District, $290,000 The project will replace approximately 1.8 miles of the District’s unlined 2nd Lift Canal with a concrete-lined canal. The project will encourage growers to utilize high-efficiency irrigation systems, reduce tail water production, and promote water conservation. Annual water savings will be 220 acre-feet per year; lifetime water savings will be 6,600 acre-feet. Total project cost is $1,198,100 with a federal cost-share of $290,000. <P> Richvale Irrigation District, $748,319 The project will conserve water through infrastructure modernization improvements that will result in reduced operational spillage and reduced farm deliveries through increased efficiency. Modernization improvements to the District’s infrastructure will include improvements at 14 check structures and lateral canal headings along the Main Canal and Main West Canal to provide improved water level control, flow control, flow measurement, SCADA system, and automation. The project will improve delivery flexibility and steadiness for 22 delivery turnouts along the Main Canal and Main West Canal and 110 delivery turnouts along lateral canals. These turnouts serve approximately 40 percent of the District’s irrigated area. Annual water savings will be 3,790 acre-feet per year; lifetime water savings will be 113,700 acre-feet. Total project cost will be $1,496,638 with a federal cost-share of $748,319. <P> Reclamation District 108, $750,000 The project will replace 26 manual control gates with automated control gates along with remote monitoring capability to provide system-wide management and monitoring and will replace over two miles of unlined earthen ditches with a pipeline to reduce seepage and provide the flexibility and infrastructure suitable for high-efficiency irrigation systems. The pipeline project will support abandoning a point of diversion without National Marine Fisheries Service approved fish screens. Annual water savings will be 2,587 acre-feet per year; lifetime water savings will be 61,600 acre-feet. Total project cost is $3,000,000 with a federal cost-share of $750,000. <P> For more information on the Water Use Efficiency program, please contact David T. White at <a href="mailto:dwhite@usbr.gov">dwhite@usbr.gov</a> or 916-978-5208 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55338 Reclamation Increasing Lower American River Releases to 5,000 cfs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation is increasing releases below Nimbus Dam into the lower American River from 4,000 cubic feet per second to 4,500 cfs on July 1, and then to 5,000 cfs on July 5. Nimbus Dam is located seven miles downstream of Folsom Dam and Reservoir. The increases are based on Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta water quality requirements, Delta outflow requirements and to support Central Valley Project water deliveries. <P> People recreating in or along the lower American River downstream of Folsom Dam to the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers can expect cold and swifter than average flows for this time of year and should take appropriate safety precautions. <P> Located 26 miles northeast of Sacramento, Folsom Reservoir provides water for people, fish and wildlife, hydropower, the environment, and salinity-control requirements in the Delta. <P> Midnight Reservoir Elevation and Flows for Folsom may be found at Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations Office website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/</a>. Current American River conditions may be found at the Department of Water Resources’ California Data Exchange Center website at <a href="http://cdec.water.ca.gov/river/americanStages.html">http://cdec.water.ca.gov/river/americanStages.html</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55334 Reclamation Resumes Negotiations for City of Fernley Water Storage Contract
CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation will resume negotiations for a water storage contract with the city of Fernley, Nevada. Under Title II of Public Law 101-618, Section 205(b)(1), Reclamation is authorized to enter into contracts for the use of space in Truckee River reservoirs. Contracts must be consistent with the terms and conditions defined in the Truckee River Operating Agreement. <P> The negotiation session will be held: <P> <p align="center"> <u>Fernley, Nevada</u> <p align="center"> Wednesday, July 13, 9:00 a.m. <p align="center"> Fernley City Hall <p align="center"> 595 Silver Lace Blvd. <P> The public is welcome to observe the negotiation session and make comments once it is completed. For further information, please contact Deb Page, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Carson City, at 775-884-8392 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:dpage@usbr.gov">dpage@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55333 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Dos Rios Ranch Riparian Brush Rabbit Recovery Project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Environmental Assessment (EA) on providing $447,415 from the Central Valley Project Conservation Program 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, located at the confluence of the Tuolumne and San Joaquin rivers, near Modesto, California. A 1.5 acre elevated flood refuge mound for the riparian brush rabbit would also be created. <P> 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 available for public review from May 23, 2016, to June 6, 2016. No public comments were received. The FONSI and EA 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=24519">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24519</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> For additional information or to receive copies of the FONSI and EA, please contact Doug Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339). To view the documents at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California, please contact Kleinsmith to schedule an appointment. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55329 Reclamation Announces $3 Million in Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announces the selection of three California water districts to receive $3 million total in Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency grants for Fiscal Year 2016. The grants, combined with local cost share contributions, total more than $6 million slated for water management improvement projects to be implemented during the next two years. <P> The AWCE program is a joint effort with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to promote district level water conservation improvements that facilitate on-farm water use efficiency and conservation projects. With NRCS support, Reclamation selected three projects for funding. Once Reclamation and the water districts have signed agreements and developed working plans, NRCS will work with the districts to determine eligible conservation practices and provide complementary funding and technical assistance for eligible growers. <P> The following provides details of the selected districts and projects: <P> North Kern Water Storage District, $1 million The North Kern Water Storage District Calloway Canal Lining Project will concrete line 1,600 linear feet of Calloway Canal and includes water delivery improvement components. This project is expected to save 1,135 acre-feet of water annually over the 35-year life of the project. <P> Rancho California Water District, $1 million The Agricultural Crop Conversion Program will convert high water use agricultural crops to lower water use crops among 154 acres. Crops identified for conversion include avocado and citrus for conversion to lower use crops such as grapes. This project is expected to save 396 acre-feet of water annually over the 10-year life of the project. <P> Semitropic Water Storage District, $1 million The Groundwater Well Operational Data Acquisition and Lateral Canal Lining Project includes concrete lining approximately 19,000 feet of Pond Poso Canal and installation of remote data acquisition system controls. The project is expected to save 16,630 acre-feet of water annually over the 17-year life of the project. <P> For more information on the AWCE program, please contact Anna Sutton at <a href="mailto:asutton@usbr.gov">asutton@usbr.gov</a> or 916-978-5214 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55307 It’s Summer—Time to Recreate with Reclamation!
June 20—the summer solstice—marks the official beginning of summer with the longest day and shortest night across the northern hemisphere. This summer, the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region invites you to visit our recreation areas, including campgrounds, day use areas, visitor centers, trail systems, wildlife viewing, and water-based facilities and opportunities. Stay safe this summer and be sure to check out what Reclamation has to offer! (more) <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/recreation/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/recreation/index.html</a> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55267 Red-Tail Hawks Rescued at New Melones Lake
On May 26, 2016, at approximately 9 p.m., Natural Resource Ranger Pat Sanders received a call from Natural Resource Specialist Sandra Patania and Park Ranger Mike McGraw regarding three very young red-tail hawks that had fallen from their nest at New Melones Lake’s Big Oak Campground, within the Glory Hole Recreation Area. <P> The Park Ranger on duty that evening, Ryan Hinojoza, stated that the three young birds had been on the ground for a couple of days, and their parents were still feeding them. As it was the Thursday before the big Memorial Day holiday, the Rangers consulted with Rose Wolf Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation ( <a href="http://rosewolfwildlife.org/">http://rosewolfwildlife.org/</a>) and decided that the baby hawks would be brought to the New Melones Lake Headquarters to safely spend the night. <P> The next morning, Park Ranger Diana Popkins took the three babies back to Big Oak Campground to place them in a tree near where they’d been found so that their parents could continue to care for them; however, the birds were unable to perch in the tree, likely due to weakness and dehydration, and it wasn’t safe to leave them on the ground. At that point, Ranger Popkins transported the babies back to the New Melones Headquarters where Nina Resnik of Rose Wolf Wildlife was called for advice. Soon volunteer Elissa Wall came to the Headquarters to pick up and transport the three young red-tailed hawks to Tri-County Wildlife Care (<a href="http://www.pawspartners.org/tcwc.html">http://www.pawspartners.org/tcwc.html</a>). <P> The same evening the three young hawks arrive at Tri-County Wildlife Care, volunteer Pat Benik notified New Melones Park Ranger staff that the birds were doing well. They were a little dehydrated and much too young to fly, so their removal from the campground had been critical to their survival. Ten days later, a follow-up on the three youngsters showed them perching and eating on their own. They will be released when they are ready to care for themselves. <P> Photos provided by Elissa Wall of Rose Wolf Wildlife, and Pat Benik of Tri-County Wildlife Care. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/three-baby-red-tail-hawks.jpg" alt="The three baby red-tail hawks" hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/rescued-hawks.jpeg" alt="Rescued Hawks at Tri-County Wildlife Care" hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55207 Reclamation to Open the Delta Cross Channel Gates
WALNUT GROVE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at approximately 9 a.m. The gates will remain open until further notice. 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.pdf">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.pdf</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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55167 Reclamation to Hold Lake Berryessa Community Forum Meeting June 22 at the Lake Berryessa Senior Center
NAPA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will hold the next meeting of the Lake Berryessa Community Forum on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at the Lake Berryessa Senior Center. Forum meetings are designed to promote public input on recreation opportunities and services at Lake Berryessa. The public is invited to attend the meeting, which will be held: <P> <p align="center"> <strong><u>Wednesday, June 22, 6-8 p.m.</u></strong> <p align="center"> Lake Berryessa Senior Center <p align="center"> 4380 Spanish Flat Loop Road <p align="center"> Napa, CA 94558 <P> At the meeting, Mid-Pacific Deputy Regional Director Pablo Arroyave and Central California Area Office Manager Drew Lessard will discuss the next steps in planning for long-term recreation at the lake. <P> To be added to the email/mailing lists or request special assistance to attend the 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> Lake Berryessa is managed by Reclamation’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=55150 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Recreational Improvements at East Park Reservoir
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a proposal to enhance recreational activities at East Park Reservoir in Colusa County, California. This action would approve the installation of an 18-hole disc golf course on the east side of East Park Reservoir and a landing zone for non-motorized aircraft on the west side of the reservoir. Construction for the improvements is scheduled to begin in June 2016. <P> The EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20981" target="_blank"> http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20981</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> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Megan Simon at <a href="mailto:msimon@usbr.gov">msimon@usbr.gov</a> or 530-276-2045 (TTY 800-877-8339). The documents may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Blvd., Shasta Lake, CA 96019. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55148 San Joaquin River Restoration Program Releases Draft Environmental Document on the Porterville Irrigation District In-Lieu Groundwater Project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA)/Initial Study (IS) for a project to construct new water conveyance facilities that would allow Porterville Irrigation District (PID) to supply surface water to 2,120 acres that currently utilize groundwater for irrigation purposes. <P> The proposed action would connect pipelines to the Wood Central Ditch and the Friant-Kern Canal. This would enable PID to deliver more of their surface water allocation within the district, and landowners in the project area would be able to use surface water in lieu of groundwater, allowing for passive groundwater recharge. Reclamation would provide partial funding for construction of the proposed action in accordance with Part III of Title X, Subtitle A, of Public Law 111-11, which authorizes Reclamation to provide financial assistance to local agencies within its Central Valley Project for planning, designing and constructing local facilities to bank water underground or recharge groundwater. <P> The Draft EA/IS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Reclamation is the lead agency in accordance with NEPA, and PID is the lead agency in accordance with CEQA. The Draft EA/IS may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26057">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26057</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 Thursday, July 14, 2016, to Becky Victorine, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-170, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may also be faxed to 916-978-5469 or emailed to <a href="mailto:rvictorine@usbr.gov">rvictorine@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information, please contact Victorine at 916-978-4624 or Adam Nickels at 916-978-4415 or <a href="mailto:akf@tulareid.org" target="_blank">anickels@usbr.gov</a>.<u></u> <P> For information on the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, please visit <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net/">www.restoresjr.net</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55147 $3.7 Million in Grant and Matching Funds Announced for Klamath River Coho Habitat Restoration Program
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Reclamation, NOAA Fisheries, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced June 9, 2016, the award of 12 grants from the Klamath River Coho Habitat Restoration Grant Program. The restoration program will serve to enhance the survival and recovery of the Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) coho salmon (<em>Oncorhynchus kisutch</em>), a species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. <P> The 12 grants announced today leverage over $1.37 million of funding from Reclamation with an additional $2.35 million in matching funds, for a total conservation impact of over $3.7 million that will enhance the survival and recovery of the threatened SONCC coho salmon. SONCC coho salmon are listed as threatened due to a range of limiting factors that have reduced the amount and quality of habitat available. Spanning 40 populations, SONCC coho salmon can be found in Coos, Douglas, Curry, Josephine, Jackson and Klamath counties in Oregon, and Del Norte, Siskiyou, Humboldt, Trinity, Mendocino, Lake and Glenn counties in California. Projects supported by the grant funds will focus on instream enhancements such as adding large woody debris and brush bundles in streams, creating off channel habitats and the improvement of salmon refuge sites to increase the duration and extent of cold-water plumes. Other projects will address existing fish passage barriers — including small dams, fords and culverts — to create permanent access to spawning and rearing habitats. <P> The Klamath River Coho Habitat Restoration Grant Program builds on partnerships with Reclamation, NOAA Fisheries and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The program is funded by Reclamation and administered by NFWF. <P> “For 2016, Reclamation was able to contribute over $1.37 million in funds that will be used to implement coho habitat restoration actions within the Klamath River and its tributaries,” said David Murillo, Regional Director, Mid-Pacific Region. “The restoration program demonstrates Reclamation’s commitment to threatened and endangered species recovery and highlights the federal, state, tribal and community partnerships in the Klamath Basin working toward implementation of projects that offer direct benefit to the coho salmon.” <P> “Approximately one quarter of all individual populations of SONCC coho salmon exist in the Klamath Basin,” said Barry Thom, Deputy Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region. “These 12 projects will address high-priority recovery actions that have been defined in our Recovery Plan and will also benefit the tribal and restoration communities within the Klamath River Basin.” <P> “Coho need access to high-quality spawning and rearing habitat to thrive, and the grants announced today will support on-the-ground efforts to ensure the recovery of this amazing fish species,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO at NFWF. “Improvements to these streams and rivers will benefit not only salmon, but also the many communities that depend on the freshwater flows of California.” <P> For a complete list of the grants announced today, please click <a href="http://www.nfwf.org/klamathcoho/Documents/klamathcoho_2016grantslate.pdf">here</a> . For additional information on the grants please contact Andrew Purkey, 503-417-6009. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55127 Lake Berryessa Wildlife Area Prescribed Burn Planned for Thursday, June 16
NAPA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in cooperation with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE), plans to conduct a prescribed fire near the northeastern portion of Lake Berryessa, within the Lake Berryessa Wildlife Area, on Thursday, June 16, 2016. CALFIRE expects to begin the prescribed fire at approximately 10 a.m. with mop-up completed the same day; however, the burn is dependent upon wind and weather conditions. <P> The purpose of the prescribed burn is to suppress the spread of invasive weeds, improve the quality of wildlife habitat and continue to reduce the accumulation of thatch and plant fuels. The project will encompass approximately 100 acres of open grasslands and oak savanna located just south of the junction of Berryessa Knoxville Road and East Side Road. <P> No road closures are planned for the prescribed fire operations. CALFIRE crew members will assist with traffic control on the East Side Road. <P> Reclamation and CALFIRE staff will monitor the smoke generated by the fire; however, smoky conditions may exist for the duration of the project and continue for several days. Smoke impacts to the East Side Road and adjacent properties may occur. During the burning periods, smoke may be visible in Napa, Solano and Yolo counties. <P> Residents near the project area are encouraged to keep doors and windows closed during burn periods. The American Lung Association recommends those with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis, as well as those with chronic heart disease monitor their breathing and exposure to airborne matter and avoid inhalation of smoke, ashes and particulate matter. <P> For questions regarding the prescribed fire, please contact Natural Resource Specialist Jason Jordan at 707-966-2111, ext. 143 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:jgjordan@usbr.gov">jgjordan@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55050 The Great Canada Goose Egg Roundup at New Melones Lake
On Wednesday afternoon, March 30, 2016, the New Melones Lake patrol boat was launched at the Mark Twain Day Use Area to save numerous eggs found in four Canada goose nests on a nearby island. New Melones Lake levels were rapidly rising, and without a rescue attempt, there was concern that the nests might be inundated. <P> Al Tunsen, a local boater, informed New Melones Natural Resource Specialist Sandra Patania and Natural Resource Ranger Pat Sanders of the general location of the nests. The Rose Wolf Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center Coordinator, Nina Resnik, and volunteer Elissa Wall met the New Melones staff at Mark Twain for the rescue attempt (<a href="http://rosewolfwildlife.org/">http://rosewolfwildlife.org/</a>). <P> The group walked the small island and found the four nests, three with seven eggs each and one with five eggs. The 26 eggs were carefully removed, along with some of the nesting material, and placed in a container that was heated for transport to Tri-County Wildlife Care ( <a href="http://www.pawspartners.org/tcwc.html">http://www.pawspartners.org/tcwc.html</a>). There, Carol Galinski placed the eggs on several shelves in a large incubator. <P> The island from which the eggs were removed was totally submerged just a few days later, and several weeks later, 20 of the 26 rescued eggs hatched! Numerous goslings were transported to the Sacramento Wildlife Care Association (<a href="http://wildlifecareassociation.net/">http://wildlifecareassociation.net/</a>). From there, volunteers with Gold Country Wildlife Rescue ( <a href="http://goldcountrywildliferescue.org/">http://goldcountrywildliferescue.org/</a>) picked up the goslings and transported them to their final destination, Rancho Esquon in Durham, California, near Yuba City, which offers more than 900 acres of wildlife habitat ( <a href="http://www.ranchoesquon.com/">http://www.ranchoesquon.com/</a>). <P> The remarkable rescue, care and rehabilitation of the goslings happened thanks to a large team of compassionate and concerned professionals and dedicated wildlife care providers and volunteers. Photos of the rescue were taken by Elissa Wall of the Rose Wolf Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/goose-egg/canada-goose-nests.jpg" alt="Canada goose nests." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/goose-egg/transporting-eggs.jpg" alt="Transporting the goose eggs." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/goose-egg/newly-hatched-goslings.jpg" alt="Newly hatched goslings." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/goose-egg/ready-for-transport.jpg" alt="Goose eggs are ready for transport." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/goose-egg/goslings-at-rancho-esquon.jpg" alt="Goslings at Rancho Esquon." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55032 Reclamation Announces Summer 2016 Park Events and Park Ranger Interpretive Programs at Lake Berryessa
NAPA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office announces summer 2016 park events and Park Ranger interpretive programs at Lake Berryessa in Napa County. All activities will be held rain or shine and are free of charge. Some programs have group-size limitations, so please contact the Park Ranger office regarding availability. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather and bring water and sunscreen. Children are welcome, but those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. <P> <strong> </strong> <strong>Dufer Point Visitor Center</strong> <strong>Through September 11: Weekends and holidays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Weekdays Noon-3 p.m.</strong> Park Rangers are available to answer questions about natural resources, recreational opportunities, wildlife and the area’s history. Brochures, maps, trail guides and other educational information are available free of charge. Contact a Park Ranger at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 for information about park events, hikes, kayak tours and educational programs. <P> <strong> </strong> <strong>Meet a Park Ranger at Monticello Dam!</strong> <strong>Saturdays 12-3 p.m. through Labor Day at the Monticello Dam Overlook Parking Lot (along Highway 128, 9 miles west of Winters)</strong> Ever wonder why Lake Berryessa was created? How much water it holds? What was there before the lake? Where the water goes? Get the answers to these questions and more when you meet a Park Ranger at Monticello Dam every Saturday through the summer. Stop by any time between noon and 3 p.m. to learn fun facts about this essential water resource. Questions? Contact a Park Ranger at 707-966-2111 ext. 113. <P> <strong> </strong> <strong>Oak Shores Ranger Programs</strong> <strong>1 p.m. on Sundays through Labor Day at the Oak Shores Day Use Area</strong> Experience the beauty of Lake Berryessa from a unique perspective during a 30-60 minute Park Ranger-led program. Topics range from water safety to nature hikes along the Smittle Creek Trail. Participants are encouraged to check the weather, bring water and come prepared to meet outside in the heat. For more information on meeting locations, topics to be covered and recommended gear to bring, please contact a Park Ranger at 707-966-2111 ext. 113. <P> <strong> </strong> If you would like to participate in a program and need accommodation, please contact the Lake Berryessa Park Ranger Department at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 at least 14 days in advance. Please visit the Lake Berryessa website 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. <P> <P> <P>