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=47935 New Melones Lake Activities for Autumn 2014 Support the Let’s Move Outside Initiative
<p><strong>SONORA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation announces the fall interpretive programs at New Melones Lake. All activities are free and suitable for all ages; most do not require reservations. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. A water bottle and sunscreen are recommended. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Mormon Creek Paddle</strong><br /> <strong>Sunday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.</strong><br /> <strong>Tuttletown Recreation Area </strong><br /> Experience the beauty of New Melones from a unique perspective on this Ranger-led paddling tour. We will launch from Tuttletown, hugging the shoreline past the campgrounds, and up Mormon Creek. Along the way we will look for river otters, bald eagles, osprey, and other wildlife. This outing is open to experienced swimmers with their own kayak or other non-motorized boat. Expect to be out for 3 hours. Participants need to bring their own boat, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket (properly fitting and serviceable), paddles, sunscreen, hat, water, and lunch. Each child under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Please contact Ranger Hilary at 209-536-9094 ext. 236 to reserve your place. We will meet at the Tuttletown Entrance Station at 10 a.m. Participants will be given a parking pass for the duration of the event.</p> <p><strong>Creepy Crawlies of Natural Bridges</strong><br /> <strong>Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.</strong><br /> <strong>Natural Bridges </strong><br /> Come out for a hike to discover some of the “scary” critters at New Melones Lake. Find out about their importance in our ecosystem and why they’re really not scary at all! We will bring along microscopes to examine some of the creepy crawlies we find along the way! This is a moderate-to-strenuous hike, 2 miles roundtrip; participants may return uphill on their own. Please bring water, snacks, and wear shoes appropriate for hiking. We will meet at the Natural Bridges Trailhead parking lot off of Parrotts Ferry Road at 10 a.m.  Dogs are not allowed on the Natural Bridges trail.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Eagles and Osprey Kayaking Tour</strong><br /> <strong>Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.</strong><br /> <strong>New Melones Lake Visitor Center</strong><br /> Coyote Creek is the home for year-round raptors! Join Ranger Hilary on this kayaking birding adventure. We will launch from the Mark Twain Day Use Area then traverse across the lake and up Coyote Creek. This will be a strenuous paddling tour. Expect to be out on the water 4 to 5 hours. This outing is open to experienced swimmers with their own kayak or other non-motorized boat. Participants need to bring their own boat, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket (properly fitted and serviceable), paddles, sunscreen, hat, water, and lunch; waterproof binoculars are recommended for this event. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Please contact Ranger Hilary at 209-536-9094 ext. 236 to reserve your place. We will meet at the New Melones Lake Visitor Center at 10 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Geocaching Tuttletown’s Trails</strong><br /> <strong>Sunday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.</strong><br /> <strong>Tuttletown Recreation Area</strong><br /> “There’s gold in them thar hills!” Ranger Greg has hidden trinkets along the trails in Tuttletown, and it’s your job to find them! Cash in on the Geocaching craze and join us in Tuttletown! This is a moderate 3-mile roundtrip hike. We will meet at the Tuttletown Entrance Station at 10 a.m. Bring your GPS unit or download an app on your phone before the event. Participants will be given a parking pass for the duration of the event.</p> <p><strong>Melones Branch of the Sierra Railway</strong><br /> <strong>Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.</strong><br /> <strong>Peoria Wildlife Management Area</strong><br /> Traverse the historic route of the Melones Branch of the Sierra Railway and discover how the Melones Dam was built! This is a moderate 4-mile roundtrip hike. We will meet at the Peoria Wildlife Equestrian Staging Area on Peoria Flat Road at 10 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Capture Composition in 10 Ways</strong><br /> <strong>Sunday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.</strong><br /> <strong>Angels Creek Trail, Glory Hole Recreation Area</strong><br /> You don’t need expensive equipment to take meaningful photographs. Composition before you click is the true key to success. Bring your camera or cell phone and get some pointers on pictures! This will be a moderate 2.5-mile hike along the Angels Creek Trail. We will meet at the Glory Hole Entrance Station at 10 a.m. and caravan to the Angels Creek Trailhead. Participants will be given a parking pass for the duration of the event.</p> <p><strong>Mark Twain’s Trials, Tales and Trails</strong><br /> <strong>Saturday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m.</strong><br /> <strong>New Melones Visitor Center</strong><br /> Step back in time to experience Mark Twain’s past while we follow the Sierra Railroad’s tracks that traversed through the winding foothills from Angels Camp to Jamestown. This is an easy 2.5-mile hike. We will meet at the New Melones Visitor Center at 10 a.m. and caravan to the Stevenot Bridge.</p> <p><strong>Carson Creek’s Cultural Kayaking Tour</strong><br /> <strong>Sunday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.</strong><br /> <strong>Glory Hole Recreation Area</strong><br /> Carson Creek is filled with history. Join us as we explore what the receding water levels reveal from the past. Launching from Glory Hole Point, we will hug the shoreline past the Marina and up Carson Creek. This outing is open to experienced swimmers with their own kayak or other non-motorized boat. Expect to be out 3 to 4 hours. Participants need to bring their own boat, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket (properly fitted and serviceable), paddles, sunscreen, hat, water, and lunch. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Please contact Ranger Hilary at 209-536-9094 ext. 236 to reserve your place. We will meet at the Glory Hole Entrance Station at 10 a.m. Participants will be given a parking pass for the duration of the event.</p> <p><strong>Everything Is Connected</strong><br /> <strong>Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.</strong><br /> <strong>New Melones Visitor Center</strong><br /> Everything is dependent on everything else. You cannot remove a single entity without causing a chain reaction in the ecosystem. Join us on a short journey along the Norwegian Gulch Trail and find out how we are all connected. This is an easy 1-mile hike. We will meet at the New Melones Visitor Center at 10 a.m.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>French Flat Frisbee Golf</strong><br /> <strong>Sunday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m.</strong><br /> <strong>French Flat</strong><br /> Come out for the fun of our first-ever Frisbee golf interpretive program! Rangers will set a course filled with clues about the natural and cultural history of New Melones Lake. Hit the targets, gain the clues, and answer the questions to win a prize! This will be a 9-hole course set in the rambling oak woodlands of French Flat. Participants will be walking through tall grass, so long pants (and your own Frisbee) are required. We will meet at the corner of Shell and Rawhide Roads at 10 a.m. and caravan to French Flat for a great game of golf!</p> <p><strong>If This Rock Could Talk</strong><br /> <strong>Table Mountain </strong><br /> <strong>Saturday Dec. 27, 10 a.m.</strong><br /> Join us on a hike though time and discover the geologic wonders of Table Mountain. Learn where this lava flow originated and the processes that occurred to create such a beautiful landmark. This is a challenging 3-mile hike with a ¼-mile series of steep, rocky switchbacks that leads to the top for grand views of New Melones Lake. We will meet at the corner of Shell and Rawhide Roads at 10 a.m.</p> <p>If you would like to participate in a program and need accommodation, please contact Park Ranger Hilary Maxworthy at 209-536-9094 ext. 236 or email <a href="mailto:hmaxworthy@usbr.gov">hmaxworthy@usbr.gov</a> a minimum of 14 days in advance.</p> <p>All hikes tie into First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Outsideinitiative, <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside</a>. The First Lady’s goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America’s public lands and waterways and by eating healthier. And where better for the public to enjoy the great outdoors than at a Reclamation facility like New Melones?</p> <p>The New Melones Visitor Center and Museum is managed by Reclamation’s Central California Area Office and is open 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 New Melones Lake 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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47930 Reclamation Announces C.A.S.T. for Kids Event at New Melones Lake on Saturday, Oct. 11
<p><strong>SONORA, Calif</strong>. – The Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Central California Area Office will hold a C.A.S.T. (Catch a Special Thrill) for Kids event on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Melones Lake&rsquo;s Glory Hole Recreation Area. New Melones Lake is located in Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties, approximately 60 miles east of Stockton, Calif.</p> <p>C.A.S.T. for Kids events &ldquo;team up&rdquo; sponsors and anglers with special needs children for a day of fishing enjoyment. Disabled and disadvantaged children ages 5 to16 years may participate in this fun and educational annual activity free of charge.</p> <p>This children&rsquo;s fishing event, begun in 1992 by Reclamation staff, was combined with the C.A.S.T. Foundation in 2003 to offer increased outdoor recreational opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged children. At this year&rsquo;s event, each child will receive a free fishing rod and reel, bait and tackle equipment, and instruction. Environmental exhibits, displays and activities will be offered. The morning will culminate with a nutritious free BBQ lunch provided by The Messengers Motorcycle Club.</p> <p>For additional information, to participate as a volunteer, to contribute support, or to register a child for this event, please contact New Melones Park Ranger Cynthia Watson at <a href="mailto:creppond@usbr.gov">creppond@usbr.gov</a> or 209-536-9094, ext. 217. The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 29. </p> <p>The event ties into President Obama&rsquo;s America&rsquo;s Great Outdoors initiative, <a href="http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov/">http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov/</a>, which seeks to empower Americans to share in the responsibility to conserve, restore and provide better access to our lands and waters and leave a healthy and vibrant outdoor legacy for generations to come. It also supports First Lady Michelle Obama&rsquo;s Let&rsquo;s Move Outside initiative, <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside</a>. The First Lady&rsquo;s goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America&rsquo;s public lands and waterways and by eating healthier.</p> <p>For 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>For information on New Melones Lake, 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 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=47929 Notice of Availability for Final Plans for Contra Loma Reservoir and Recreation Area
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has made available for public review and comment the final management and environmental assessment plans to establish uniform policy guidelines at the Contra Loma Reservoir and Recreation Area.</p> <p>Final Resource Management Plans and the Environmental Impact Statement will promote organized use, development, and management of the Contra Loma Reservoir and the surrounding recreational lands, located in Antioch, which is in Contra Costa County.  </p> <p>The Final RMP/EIS may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=6396">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=6396</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>Comments on the Final RMP/EIS may be submitted by close of business by Oct. 27 to David Woolley, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721, by phone at 559-487-5049 or by email to <a href="mailto:dwoolley@usbr.gov">dwoolley@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47928 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Inclusion of Planned Development into Contra Costa Water District Service Area
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif. --</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review draft environmental documents for inclusion of a proposed 140-acre, mixed-use development into the Contra Costa Water District’s service area.</p> <p>The proposed inclusion in Oakley, Calif., would allow CCWD to provide Central Valley Project water to the planned development, which would include up to 578 residential units; about 24 acres of commercial uses;  and about 10 acres of park, storm-water pond areas, and trails. Water provided to the property would come from the water district’s existing CVP supply.</p> <p>A Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at <a href="http://intra.mp.usbr.gov/nepaadmin/projectEdit.cfm?project_ID=19201&CFID=154010&CFTOKEN=19632371.%20">http://intra.mp.usbr.gov/nepaadmin/projectEdit.cfm?project_ID=19201&CFID=154010&CFTOKEN=19632371.</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 the Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397. Comments are due by October 17, 2014. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47927 Volunteers Invited to Join National Public Lands Day Activities at Shasta Lake as Part of Let’s Move Outside Initiative
<p><strong>SHASTA LAKE, Calif. –</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Northern California Area Office, in partnership with the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, will host a cleanup event at Shasta Lake&rsquo;s Fisherman&rsquo;s Point Day Use Area and the Shasta Dam area on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in celebration of National Public Lands Day. </p> <p>The public is invited to participate. Work will include litter removal, planting native California plants, and minor maintenance at Fisherman's Point Day Use Area. Another group project will concentrate on shoreline clean-up on both sides of Shasta Dam. A barbecue lunch will be provided. Volunteers will receive a Shasta Lake National Public Lands Day t-shirt, a certificate of appreciation, and a &ldquo;fee-free day&rdquo; coupon good for one day free entrance to any federal public land.</p> <p>On-site registration and check-in will begin at 8 a.m. at the Shasta Dam Visitor Center, 16349 Shasta Dam Blvd., Shasta Lake. Participants should dress for fall weather, bring a hat and sunscreen, and wear sturdy shoes. </p> <p>In addition to public service activities, an educational booth will be set up at Shasta Dam. Activities will highlight the importance of disposing of trash responsibly and will provide participants with an opportunity to see firsthand that everyone has a significant part to play in creating a healthier environment.</p> <p>Now in its 21st year, NPLD is the nation&rsquo;s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance public lands. More than 180,000 volunteers will participate at some 2,200 public lands across the nation to complete a projected $17 million in improvements. For additional information on NPLD, please visit <a href="http://www.publiclandsday.org">www.publiclandsday.org</a>.</p> <p>Again this year, the NPLD focus is on our national commitments to support public lands, spend time outdoors, and be more active. Research shows that one step to preventing childhood obesity, diabetes and depression is getting kids and their families to spend more time outside. NPLD encourages volunteers to explore and enjoy America's natural wonders through outdoor recreation. As part of this effort, Reclamation is involved in the national movement supporting the Department of the Interior&rsquo;s Let&rsquo;s Move Outside initiative. To learn more about this initiative, please visit <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside</a>.</p> <p>To register for the event, please contact Sheri Harral, Reclamation, at 530-276-2030 (TTY 530-275-8991) or <a href="mailto:sharral@usbr.gov">sharral@usbr.gov</a> or the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area at 530-275-1587.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47908 Reclamation Releases Additional Water to Address Fish Health in Lower Klamath River
<p><strong>REDDING, Calif. –</strong> In response to the discovery of a parasite infection in Chinook salmon in the lower Klamath River, the Bureau of Reclamation began today to release additional water from Trinity Reservoir.</p> <p>On Monday, Sept. 15, scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service&rsquo;s Fish Health Center captured and examined 20 fish from the lower Klamath River mainstem. Of those 20, nine tested positive for Ich parasites, with six of those nine determined to be severe. Ich was the primary pathogen responsible for the fish die-off in 2002.</p> <p>The Fish Health Center&rsquo;s findings are well above the emergency response criteria described in an August 2013 joint memorandum from USFWS and NOAA Fisheries. The recommended response is an immediate doubling of the flow rate in the lower Klamath River for seven days. Accordingly, releases from Lewiston Dam were increased beginning at 10 a.m. today.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is the only possible means of preventing or reducing the severity of a parasite outbreak,&rdquo; said Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. &ldquo;We are greatly concerned about the impact today&rsquo;s decision may have on already depleted storage levels, particularly the cold water pool in Trinity Reservoir. We must, however, take all reasonable measures to prevent a recurrence of the fish losses experienced in 2002.&rdquo; </p> <p>Today&rsquo;s decision comes on the heels of Reclamation&rsquo;s decision on August 22 to supplement flows in the lower Klamath River in an effort to stave off a large-scale fish die-off. While fish health had initially appeared to be improving following the August augmentations, Reclamation received reports late last week that fish in the river were exhibiting possible signs of Ich parasites, prompting further investigation.</p> <p>Starting today and for the next seven days, the flow rate from Lewiston Dam will be increased to a maximum of about 3,400 cubic feet per second (cfs), which will provide a flow rate of approximately 5,000 cfs in the lower Klamath River. This is double the 2,500 cfs flow sustained since August 23. It will require approximately 35,000-40,000 acre-feet to accomplish the flow doubling. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions on or near the river while flows are high during this period. </p> <p>Reclamation will continue to work with NOAA Fisheries and other federal agencies to comply with applicable provisions of the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47898 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Transfer of Water Between Contra Costa Water District and Byron Bethany Irrigation District
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the approval of a transfer of up to 4,000 acre-feet of Central Valley Project water between Contra Costa Water District and Byron Bethany Irrigation District.</p> <p>Due to extraordinary dry hydrological conditions, CCWD and BBID are working together to share resources and facilities as part of an integrated regional water management plan to the mutual benefit of their collective customers. Under the partnership, BBID purchased 4,000 acre-feet of CCWD water stored in Los Vaqueros Reservoir for use during this drought year.</p> <p>Because there is no direct conveyance mechanism to deliver water from Los Vaqueros to BBID’s distribution system, CCWD would instead make use of the 4,000 acre-feet BBID purchased and stored in Los Vaqueros; BBID would then accept delivery of up to 4,000 acre-feet of CCWD’s CVP supply from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as a substitution.</p> <p>A temporary transfer petition was completed to add BBID’s point of diversion on the Banks Intake Channel as a point of diversion/rediversion for CVP water rights.</p> <p>The final EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18781">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18781</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA/FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47896 Reclamation Waives Day Use Fees and Invites Volunteers to Help Beautify New Melones Lake on Sept. 27 in Celebration of National Public Lands Day
<p><strong>SONORA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Central California Area Office, in celebration of the 21st anniversary of National Public Lands Day, will waive day use fees at New Melones Lake for all visitors on Saturday, Sept. 27. New Melones Lake is located about 8 miles/13 km north of Sonora and 6 miles/9 km south of Angels Camp, Calif.</p> <p>As part of the NPLD celebration, Reclamation will host an invasive plant removal and native plant beautification event at the New Melones Lake Recreation Areas from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers may also visit the lake&rsquo;s new greenhouse where some of the native plants were grown and learn about New Melones&rsquo; efforts to promote ecosystem conservation, reduce waste, expand recycling, conserve energy, and develop partnerships and children&rsquo;s programs.</p> <p>Reclamation is seeking volunteers to assist with this event. Volunteers will receive a &ldquo;fee-free day&rdquo; coupon, which provides free entry to any federal public land for one day, no matter which agency. Free California native plant seeds and zebra and quagga mussel prevention gifts will also be available for volunteers. The public, organizations, and local businesses are invited to participate. To register as a volunteer, please contact Park Ranger Cindy Watson or Park Ranger Sarah Corpening at 209-536-9094 (TTY 800-877-8339). Participants who require special accommodations should contact Reclamation as far in advance as possible. </p> <p>On-site registration and check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the New Melones Visitor Center, 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora, off Highway 49. Volunteers should dress for summer heat; bring lunch, water, and work gloves; and wear sturdy shoes.</p> <p>NPLD is the nation&rsquo;s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Begun in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers, it is typically held on the last Saturday in September. In 2013, about 175,000 volunteers<strong> </strong>worked at 2,237 sites performing a variety of services, including building and maintaining an estimated 1,500 miles of trails; planting an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs, and native plants; and removing about 500 tons of trash. For additional information, please visit the NPLD website at <a href="http://www.publiclandsday.org/">http://www.publiclandsday.org/</a>.</p> <p>Reclamation is focusing on the connections between outdoor recreation and health. With the growing concern about childhood obesity and children's lack of time spent enjoying nature, NPLD is a perfect opportunity for families to get outdoors and experience what our public lands have to offer. As part of this effort, Reclamation continues to support the Department of the Interior's <em>Let's Move Outside!</em> initiative. To learn more about this initiative, please visit <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47893 Reclamation Announces Seasonal Closure at Stony Gorge Reservoir
<p><strong>ELK CREEK, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a seasonal closure at Stony Gorge Reservoir beginning Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, through April 2015.</p> <p>Stony Gorge Reservoir is located in western Glenn County, 18 miles west of Willows, Calif. This action will allow Reclamation the opportunity to perform necessary maintenance tasks and provide time for natural resource restoration.</p> <p>All camping and day use areas at Stony Gorge Reservoir will be closed. All boat use will be closed due to low water levels and safety concerns from obstacles that are exposed.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact the Ranger Station at 530-968-5267 or visit the Stony Gorge website at <a href="http://www.recreation.gov">www.recreation.gov</a>.<strong></strong></p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47890 Erin Curtis Selected as Public Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region
<p><strong><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/PA/images/Erin_Curtis.jpg" alt="non-interactive image of Erin Curtis" width="190" height="217" align="left" />SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – David Murillo, Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Region, announces the selection of Erin Curtis as the Region&rsquo;s Public Affairs Officer. In this position, Curtis will manage the Region&rsquo;s public affairs, public involvement, and public education programs. She will also be responsible for internal communications and media and congressional relations.</p> <p>&ldquo;Erin has more than 15 years of experience working with the media, the public, elected officials, and representatives of federal, state, and local government agencies,&rdquo; stated Murillo. &ldquo;Her strong communication and people skills make her well-suited to be an effective spokesperson for the Mid-Pacific Region.&rdquo;</p> <p>Prior to joining Reclamation, Curtis was the Communications Chief for the Bureau of Land Management&rsquo;s Alaska State Office in Anchorage and worked in public affairs for BLM&rsquo;s California State Office. Curtis began her Public Affairs career with the Association of California Water Agencies. She has also worked for the Municipal Water District of Orange County and as Director of Public Affairs for the Coast Community College District in Orange County.</p> <p>Erin holds a master's degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach, and a bachelor's degree in Government/Journalism from California State University, Sacramento. She is a native of El Dorado County and started her career as a reporter in California&rsquo;s gold country. She and her family currently live in Placer County.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47889 Reclamation Releases Draft EA for the Grassland Resource Conservation District Urgent Groundwater Acquisition Project for the North Grasslands Wildlife Area
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a draft Environmental Assessment analyzing the impacts of acquiring up to 3,450 acre-feet of groundwater from privately owned groundwater wells within the Grassland Resource Conservation District.</p> <p>Due to the lack of available surface water supplies for wildlife areas this fall in a critically dry year, Reclamation proposes to acquire water from four existing groundwater production wells within the GRCD in Merced County, California, which can produce up to 3,450 acre-feet of groundwater in the current water year. The proposed action will develop a groundwater supply in the North Grasslands wildlife area that can be used to supplement refuge surface water supplies for critical fall and winter brooding habitat and spring nesting habitat for waterfowl.  </p> <p>The draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19121">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19121</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>Written comments must be received by close of business Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, and should be sent to Russell W. Grimes, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way (MP-150), Sacramento, CA 95825, emailed to <a href="mailto:rwgrimes@usbr.gov">rwgrimes@usbr.gov</a>, or faxed to 916-978-5055. For additional information or to request a copy of the draft EA, please contact Grimes at 916-978-5051 (TTY&nbsp;800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at the Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Regional Office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47888 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on Patterson Irrigation District Two-Drains Project
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif. </strong><strong>–</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a proposed grant to the Patterson Irrigation District to help construct three pump stations and four pipelines to reduce the discharge of agricultural drainage flows.</p> <p>About 20,000 linear feet of pipeline would be constructed to capture drain water from the Marshall Road Drain and Spanish Land Grant Drain and recirculate approximately 5,000 acre-feet per year of drainage water into the PID irrigation system as a supplemental water supply. Reclamation will help fund the Proposed Project with $1,500,000 in grant funds through the WaterSMART grant program. </p> <p>WaterSMART is the U.S. Department of the Interior&rsquo;s sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. Through WaterSMART grants, Reclamation provides 50/50 cost-share funding to irrigation and water districts, tribes, states, and other entities with water or power delivery authority. To learn more about WaterSMART, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a>.</p> <p>The EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17621">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17621</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 receive a copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Doug Kleinsmith at <br /> 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the documents may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s <br /> Mid-Pacific Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47887 Reclamation Announces Seasonal Changes to Park Hours and Annual Closures at New Melones Lake
<p><strong>S</strong><strong>ONORA, Calif. </strong>- The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled annual recreation area closures at New Melones Lake from Oct. 1, 2014, through March 31, 2015. These annual closures allow Reclamation to perform necessary maintenance tasks and also allow for natural resource recovery.</p> <ul> <li>Closures in the Tuttletown Recreation Area: Chamise and Manzanita Campgrounds and Oak Knoll Group Camp. The Tuttletown Boat Launch remains closed due to the low water level. All other locations in Tuttletown remain open year-round.<br /> <br /> </li> <li>Closures in the Glory Hole Recreation Area: Big Oak Campground, Ironhorse Campground sites 8-22 and sites 70-79, and Osprey Point Day Use Area. The Angels Creek Boat Launch and parking lot remain closed due to the low water level. All other locations in Glory Hole remain open year-round.<br /> <br /> </li> <li>Beginning Sept. 15, gates for both recreation areas will be closed one hour earlier, at 10 p.m.<br /> <br /> </li> <li>Beginning Oct. 15, 2014, through March 31, 2015, gates for both recreation areas will be closed at 9 p.m.<br /> <br /> </li> <li>Beginning Sept. 15, the New Melones Lake Visitor Center and Museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as staffing allows, and closed Monday and Tuesday.</li> </ul> <p>Visitors should be aware that accessing the shoreline by foot can be difficult in areas due to the low water level. The water level at the lake fluctuates frequently, and Reclamation encourages all boaters to use caution while navigating the lake. Some hazards may still emerge as the lake&rsquo;s surface elevation gradually drops due to continued drought conditions.</p> <p>Boaters are required to maintain speeds of no more than 5 miles per hour within 200 feet of any island or shoreline. Wearing life jackets while on the water will help visitors have a safe and enjoyable day on the<br /> lake. Children age 11 and younger must wear a properly fitting life jacket while on a vessel of 26 feet or less.</p> <p>The New Melones Administration Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located at 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora, CA 95370. For additional information on activities, directions, pet restrictions, or other questions, please call the New Melones Visitor Center &amp; Museum at 209-536-9543, or the Administration Office at 209-536-9094, ext. 0 (TTY 800-877-8339), or visit the New Melones Lake 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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47872 Reclamation Invites Volunteers to Participate in the 2014 Great Sierra River Cleanup at New Melones Lake on Sept. 20
<p><strong>SONORA, Calif.</strong> – On Saturday, Sept. 20, in celebration of the 2014 Great Sierra River Cleanup, the Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Central California Area Office is partnering with the Tuolumne County Resource Conservation District, Tuolumne County Land Trust, and the University of California Cooperative Extension to organize the cleanup in Tuolumne County and southern Calaveras County.</p> <p>The cleanup will focus on sites around New Melones Lake in the Stanislaus River watershed as the declining water levels expose trash and submerged debris. The public, organizations, and local businesses are invited and encouraged to participate in the cleanup on Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. </p> <p>To register, please contact Park Ranger Cindy Watson or Park Ranger Sarah Corpening at 209-536-9094 (or TTY 800-877-8339). On-site registration and check-in will begin at 8 a.m. at the New Melones Lake Visitor Center, 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora.</p> <p>Cleanup sites will be located in the Glory Hole and Tuttletown Recreation Areas, Camp 9, and Natural Bridges. Maps will be provided for these locations upon check-in, and volunteers will need to provide their own transportation. Volunteers should dress for the summer heat, bring lunch and water, wear a hat, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves and trash grabbers, if possible. Participants requiring special accommodations should contact Reclamation as far in advance as possible.</p> <p>The Great Sierra River Cleanup is the premier volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of waterways throughout the Sierra Nevada Region. This annual event is coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and held in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day.</p> <p>These events support the Department of the Interior's <em>Let's Move Outside!</em> initiative, which was created to get kids and families to take advantage of America&rsquo;s great outdoors, which abound in every community, city and town. For information on <em>Let&rsquo;s Move Outside!</em>, please visit <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside</a>.<br /> For information on the GSRC, please visit <a href="http://www.sierranevada.ca.gov/our-work/rivercleanup">http://www.sierranevada.ca.gov/our-work/rivercleanup</a>. <br /> For information on New Melones Lake, please visit <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=47871 Reclamation Announces Temporary Closure of Capell Cove Launch Ramp Effective Sept. 15
<p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, will temporarily close the Capell Cove Launch Ramp at Lake Berryessa effective Monday, Sept. 15. Drought conditions and receding water levels have caused the launch ramp to become unusable. The Capell Cove Launch Ramp will be re-opened when lake levels rise.</p> <p>Visitors are encouraged to use other ramps at Lake Berryessa, including those at Putah Canyon Recreation Area, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Pleasure Cove Marina, and Markley Cove Resort. Locations of these concession areas may be found on the map at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>.</p> <p>Please note that these concession areas charge a fee for the public to use their launch ramps. For information, please visit the following websites:</p> <ul> <li>Markley Cove - <a href="http://www.markleycoveresort.com">www.markleycoveresort.com</a></li> <li>Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, and Spanish Flat Recreation Area - <a href="http://www.goberryessa.com">www.goberryessa.com</a></li> <li>Putah Canyon Recreation Area - <a href="http://www.royalelkparkmanagement.com">www.royalelkparkmanagement.com</a>.</li> </ul> <p>For information on lake levels, launch ramp availability, or recreation services, please call the Lake Berryessa Administration Office at 707-966-2111.</p> <p>For additional information, please visit the website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>.</p> <P>