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=47546 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on Cawelo Water District’s Calloway Canal Lining Project – Reach B
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a proposed canal lining project that would be partially funded with a CALFED Water Use Efficiency Program grant.</p> <p>Under the proposed action, Reclamation would award Cawelo Water District with a CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant to assist in funding the lining of Reach B of the Calloway Canal near Bakersfield, Calif. Lining 4,124 feet of Reach B would reduce seepage from the canal of about 1,442 acre-feet per year.</p> <p>The CALFED Bay-Delta Program is a 30-year program among 25 federal and state agencies with responsibility in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. CALFED Water Use Efficiency Program grants provide matching funds for water conservation projects.</p> <p>The Draft EA was available for public comment from January 22 to February 4, 2014. No comments were received. </p> <p>The EA/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=16081">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16081</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> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Doug Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:dkleinsmith@usbr.gov">dkleinsmith@usbr.gov</a>. Copies of the documents may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47529 Lower American River Salmonid Spawning and Rearing Habitat Restoration Project to Begin in Nimbus Basin
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Water Forum, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, will begin work on the 2014 American River Salmonid Spawning and Rearing Habitat Restoration Project in early August. <P> This seventh year of the Project continues the work of improving spawning and rearing habitat for steelhead trout and Chinook salmon in the lower American River. Much of the existing spawning habitat consists of large rocks and fine sediment that reduces the ability for the fish to construct redds (nests) and may reduce the number of eggs surviving and emerging as juvenile fish from the redds. A 350-yard-long side channel will be excavated along the south side of the river in the Nimbus Basin, and spawning gravel will be added to the main river channel. The side channel will be excavated and gravel will be placed in the river using excavators, front-end loaders and bulldozers to distribute the spawning gravel. This Project is one of many to help meet the requirements of the 1992 Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Section 3406 (b)(13), to restore and replenish spawning gravel and rearing habitat. <P> Work will begin Monday, August 4. Work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Heavy equipment work is expected to be completed by the end of August, with tree planting expected to be done later. All work in the river is located between Nimbus Dam and Hazel Avenue. <P> Safety is a priority, and it is very important for the public to pay attention to the informational signage located around the Nimbus Basin. <P> To learn more about the Project, please review the 2014 Supplemental Environmental Assessment and the 2008 Final Environmental Assessment., which are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=3202. For additional information, please contact Louis Moore, 916-978-5106 (TTY 800-877-8339) or wmoore@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47528 Terri Edwards Selected as Area Manager for Reclamation’s Lahontan Basin Area Office
CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region announces the selection of Terri Edwards as the Area Manager for the Lahontan Basin Area Office located in Carson City, Nevada. The former Deputy Area Manager, Edwards assumed her new duties on July 27, 2014. <P> David G. Murillo, Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region, said: “Terri is thoroughly familiar with the programs and projects handled by the Lahontan Basin Area Office and has extensive work experience with area stakeholders. We’re very pleased to announce her selection, and Reclamation will benefit greatly from the continuity that her selection will provide.” <P> As Area Manager, Edwards will direct and oversee program activities covering a large area of the Great Basin including most of the northern two-thirds of Nevada, with a small amount of overlap into California and Oregon. She has worked in LBAO in various other positions, including as a project repayment specialist, Native American Affairs coordinator, Resource Division manager, and most recently as the Deputy Area Manager with former Area Manager Kenneth Parr, who retired earlier this year. <P> LBAO has jurisdiction over some of the oldest and most enduring Reclamation projects, the Newlands, Washoe, Truckee Storage, and Humboldt projects. The protection of endangered species, the maintenance of aging infrastructure, and the urbanization of areas surrounding our facilities are ongoing issues within LBAO and the communities it serves. <P> Edwards earned a Bachelors in Business Administration at the University of Arizona, Tucson; a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University; and she served in the U.S. Army. Edwards has a thorough understanding of both the budgeting and execution of Reclamation’s mission, has been recognized several times for her performance, and has received numerous awards from external stakeholders served by Reclamation. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47527 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document on Tulare Irrigation District WaterSMART Funding Grant for Visalia Water Conservation Project and 25-year Exchange with the City of Visalia
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment of a proposed WaterSMART grant of $696,000 to Tulare Irrigation District to help fund the proposed construction of a 8,300-foot-long water conservation and reuse pipeline to convey a portion of the tertiary treated wastewater from the City of Visalia’s newly upgraded Water Conservation Plant. The treated wastewater would be used by TID’s customers. <P> Reclamation would also approve a 25-year exchange of a portion of the City’s treatment plant water for a portion of TID’s Central Valley Project water. <P> WaterSMART is the U.S. Department of the Interior’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. Additional WaterSMART information is available at http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart. <P> The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18141. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Comments must be received by close of business Monday, August 11, 2014. Written comments should be sent to Doug Kleinsmith, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may be emailed to dkleinsmith@usbr.gov, or faxed to 916-978-5055. <P> For additional information or to receive a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office at the above address or at Reclamation’s fresno office at 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47466 Final Environmental Document Released for Storage and Conveyance of Non-CVP Water from Placer County Water Agency to Westlands Water District
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact for execution of a Warren Act contract for the storage and conveyance of non-Central Valley Project water to facilitate a water transfer from Placer County Water Agency to Westlands Water District.</p> <p>Reclamation proposes to enter into a one-year Warren Act contract with WWD for the storage and conveyance through federal facilities of up to 35,000 acre-feet of non-CVP water. The proposed action would help alleviate water supply shortages within WWD.</p> <p>The document is available online at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17861">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17861</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the FONSI, please contact Sheri Looper at 916-978-5556 or <a href="mailto:slooper@usbr.gov">slooper@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47448 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document Assessing the Agreement for the Reimbursement of Pumping Costs for Refuge Water Supplies at Wildlife Areas
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a draft environmental document for the proposed Agreement for the Reimbursement of Pumping Costs between the United States and the State of California for Refuge Water Supplies at Wildlife Areas. The Agreement covers the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Los Banos, Mendota, and Volta Wildlife Areas; and the China Island, Salt Slough, and Gadwall Units of the North Grasslands Wildlife Area. <P> Under the proposed action, the Agreement would reimburse the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for costs associated with (1) lift pumping required to complete the initial conveyance of refuge surface water supplies to CDFW Wildlife Areas and (2) pumping sources of Incremental Level 4 water supplies developed at CDFW Wildlife Areas located in the San Joaquin Valley. The Agreement terms would be effective from the date of execution through February 28, 2029, approximately 15 years. The Central Valley Project Improvement Act is the authority that authorizes Reclamation to sign the agreement and implement the proposed action. <P> The Draft Environmental Assessment was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17581. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Comments must be received by close of business Friday, August 1, 2014. Written comments should be sent to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may be emailed to bhubbard@usbr.gov or faxed to 916-978-5290. <P> For additional information or to receive a copy of the EA, please contact Hubbard at 916-978-5204 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional office at the above address. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47432 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents Assessing Conveyance of Non-Central Valley Project Water from the Kaweah River in the Friant-Kern Canal
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong><strong> – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review draft environmental documents assessing Warren Act agreements that would allow seven contractors in the Central Valley Project&rsquo;s Friant Division to convey non-CVP water from the Kaweah River in the federal Friant-Kern Canal.</p> <p>The amount of water introduced into the canal by each contractor would vary, but the total volume of water for all contractors would not exceed 8,250 acre-feet per year. Each agreement would be issued for a maximum period of five years.</p> <p>The 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://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18061">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18061</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>Comments are due by July 31. Please email comments to Ben Lawrence, Bureau of Reclamation, at <a href="mailto:blawrence@usbr.gov">blawrence@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Bureau of Reclamation, 1243&nbsp;N&nbsp;Street, Fresno, CA&nbsp;93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397.  For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY&nbsp;800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Fresno office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47431 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on Additional Points of Delivery of Panoche Water District’s Non-Central Valley Project Water to Westlands Water District
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong> -- The Bureau of Reclamation today released final environmental documents for approval of additional points of delivery for up to 5,000 acre-feet of Panoche Water District&rsquo;s non-Central Valley Project groundwater into the Delta-Mendota Canal, as part of the DMC Groundwater Pump-in Program.</p> <p>The program allows certain South-of-Delta CVP contractors to cumulatively pump up to 50,000 acre-feet of groundwater into the DMC annually. The program began in 2013 due to worsening drought conditions.</p> <p>No additional groundwater pumping will occur under the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact released today. The documents assessed an increase in the number of locations for delivery of the water.</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=11470">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=11470</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.</p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and/or FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY&nbsp;800-877-8339) or <a href="file:///C:\Users\sgeissinger\Downloads\emerson@usbr.gov">emerson@usbr.gov. </a> </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47430 Draft Environmental Assessment Released for Warren Act Contract for Storage and Conveyance of Non-CVP Water from Placer County Water Agency to Westlands Water District
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif. </strong>- The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the execution of a Warren Act contract for the storage and conveyance of non-Central Valley Project water to facilitate a water transfer from the Placer County Water Agency to Westlands Water District.  </p> <p>Reclamation proposes to enter into a one-year Warren Act contract with WWD for the storage and conveyance through federal facilities of up to 35,000 acre-feet of the non-CVP water. The proposed action would help alleviate water supply shortages within WWD.  </p> <p>The document is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17861" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17861</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>.<br /> <br /> Written comments on the Draft EA must be received by close of business Monday, July 14. Please send comments to Sheri Looper, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-400, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may also be faxed to 916-978-5290 or emailed to <a href="mailto:slooper@usbr.gov">slooper@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information, please contact Looper at 916-978-5556.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47427 Reclamation, State of California Announce Negotiations with Cross Valley Contractors for Conveyance Service
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif. --</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have scheduled a negotiation session with seven Cross Valley Contractors on long-term conveyance contracts for the delivery of federal Central Valley Project water conveyed through state-owned facilities.</p> <p>Reclamation, DWR, and the contractors have previously entered into successive, short-term interim renewal contracts pursuant to the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, which included both federal water service and state conveyance terms and conditions. However, DWR now prefers that its conveyance responsibilities be defined in a separate contract that is exclusive of Reclamation&rsquo;s water service responsibilities.</p> <p>The contractors are the Hills Valley Irrigation District, Kern-Tulare Water District, Lower Tule River Irrigation District, Pixley Irrigation District, Tri-Valley Water District, the county of Tulare, and the county of Fresno.</p> <p>The conveyance contract negotiation session will be held in: </p> <p align="center"><strong><u>Fresno</u></strong></p> <p align="center">Friday, July 18, 2014<br /> 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.<br /> Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office<br /> 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721</p> <p>The public is welcome to attend and will have the opportunity to comment. Participation instructions and all pertinent documents will be provided at the beginning of the session. For additional information, please contact Scott Taylor, Senior Repayment Specialist, at 559-487-5504 (TTY 800-735-2929) or <a href="mailto:staylor@usbr.gov">staylor@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47446 Reclamation to Hold Public Meeting on the Central Valley Project Cost Allocation Study on Friday, July 18
<p><strong>S</strong><strong>ACRAMENTO, Calif. – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a meeting to update the public on the current status of the Cost Allocation Study for the Central Valley Project. The focus of the meeting is to<br /> discuss the methodology on calculating the economic benefits for irrigation and municipal and industrial water supply. An update will also be provided on development of the single purpose facility sizing model and on CalSim representation of water deliveries. The public meeting will be held:</p> <p align="center"><strong><u>F</u></strong><strong><u>r</u></strong><strong><u>iday, July 18 - 12:30-2:30 p.m.</u></strong> <br /> Western Area Power Administration<br /> New Melones/Folsom Conference Rooms <em>(</em><em>C</em><em>orrected Room Information)</em> <br /> 114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA  95630</p> <p>To be allowed entry into Western’s facilities, attendees will need to produce a current government-issued identification card with a photograph, such as a driver’s license or passport. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting but are not United States’ citizens needed to be cleared by June 18 in accordance with Western’s security procedures; notification of this requirement was announced on June 9. Individuals planning to attend the meeting are asked to call 916-353-4019 and provide their names so that Western may prepare badges in advance of their arrival to facilitate entry into the building.</p> <p>Individuals unable to attend in person are welcome to call-in to the meeting at 1-650-479-3208 and enter Access Code 803 746 137. The public is also welcome to participate by clicking on the Internet URL: <a href="https://wapa.webex.com/mw0401l/mywebex/default.do?service=1&siteurl=wapa&nomenu=true&main_url=%2Fmc0901l%2Fe.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dwapa%26AT%3DMI%26EventID%3D309822492%26UID%3D490844797%26Host%3Da0c40509225f5e44%26FrameSet%3D2%26MTID%3Dm7a1fc72f56711b6355841608f41e9514">https://wapa.webex.com/mw0401l/mywebex/default.do?service=1&siteurl=wapa&nomenu=true&main_url=</a> <br /> <a href="https://wapa.webex.com/mw0401l/mywebex/default.do?service=1&siteurl=wapa&nomenu=true&main_url=%2Fmc0901l%2Fe.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dwapa%26AT%3DMI%26EventID%3D309822492%26UID%3D490844797%26Host%3Da0c40509225f5e44%26FrameSet%3D2%26MTID%3Dm7a1fc72f56711b6355841608f41e9514">%2Fmc0901l%2Fe.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dwapa%26AT%3DMI%26EventID%3D309822492%26UID%3D49084</a> <br /> <a href="https://wapa.webex.com/mw0401l/mywebex/default.do?service=1&siteurl=wapa&nomenu=true&main_url=%2Fmc0901l%2Fe.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dwapa%26AT%3DMI%26EventID%3D309822492%26UID%3D490844797%26Host%3Da0c40509225f5e44%26FrameSet%3D2%26MTID%3Dm7a1fc72f56711b6355841608f41e9514">4797%26Host%3Da0c40509225f5e44%26FrameSet%3D2%26MTID%3Dm7a1fc72f56711b6355841608f41e</a> <br /> <a href="https://wapa.webex.com/mw0401l/mywebex/default.do?service=1&siteurl=wapa&nomenu=true&main_url=%2Fmc0901l%2Fe.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dwapa%26AT%3DMI%26EventID%3D309822492%26UID%3D490844797%26Host%3Da0c40509225f5e44%26FrameSet%3D2%26MTID%3Dm7a1fc72f56711b6355841608f41e9514">9514</a>. </p> <p>For questions or to submit comments, please contact Brooke Miller-Levy, Project Manager, at 916-978-5296 (TTY 800-877-8339) or  <a href="mailto:bmillerlevy@usbr.gov">bmillerlevy@usbr.gov</a>. To request special assistance to attend the meeting or to be added to the email list, please contact Janet Sierzputowski at 916-978-5112 or <a href="mailto:jsierzputowski@usbr.gov">jsierzputowski@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>For additional information on the study, please visit the project website at  <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/CVP/CVP-CAS">www.usbr.gov/mp/CVP/CVP-CAS</a>. All meeting materials will be posted on the website the day before the meeting. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47413 Public Open House Scheduled on Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2015
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public Open House on Thursday, July 31, 2014, to present and solicit comments on the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2015. The Open House will be held in:</p> <p align="center"><strong><u>Sacramento</u></strong><br /> <strong>Thursday, July 31, 2014, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.</strong><br /> Cafeteria Conference Room C-1001-1002, Federal Building<br /> 2800 Cottage Way </p> <p>At the Open House, presentations will be made on the following: </p> <p>9:00-9:15         Introductions and Finances (Restoration Fund): David Mooney, Reclamation <br /> 9:15-9:30         CVPIA Fisheries Structured Decision Making Process: Cesar Blanco, USFWS<br /> 9:30-9:45         CVPIA Refuges Interagency Refuge Water Management Team Updates: Tim Rust, Reclamation<br /> 9:45-10:00       Introduction to Program Stations: David Mooney<br /> 10:00-11:00     Breakout Session</p> <table width="600" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tr> <td width="44%" valign="top">Anadromous Fish Restoration Program  <br /> Habitat Restoration Program<br /> Trinity River Restoration Program  <br /> Dedicated Project Yield <br /> Instream Water Acquisition Program<br /> Tracy Fish Collection Facility<br /> Clear Creek Restoration Program</td> <td width="56%" valign="top"><p>Spawning and Rearing Habitat Restoration Program <br /> Comprehensive Assessment and Monitoring Program   <br /> Anadromous Fish Screen Program<br /> San Joaquin River Restoration Program<br /> Ecosystem and Water System Modeling Program <br /> Refuge Water Supply Program </p></td> </tr> </table> <p> 11:00-11:45  Public Comments<br /> 11:45-Noon  Closing Remarks and Next Steps: David Mooney </p> <p>Comments must be submitted by close of business Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, to Anna Sutton, Reclamation, Division of Resources Management, at 916-978-5214 or <a href="mailto:asutton@usbr.gov">asutton@usbr.gov</a>. The Draft CVPIA Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2015 will be available Thursday, July 24, 2014, at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/index.html</a> and at the Open House.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact Cesar Blanco, Ph.D., USFWS, CVPIA Implementation Division, at 916-978-6190 or <a href="mailto:cesar_blanco@fws.gov">cesar_blanco@fws.gov</a>, or David Mooney, Ph.D., P.E., Reclamation, Division of Resources Management, at 916-978-5190 or <a href="mailto:dmmooney@usbr.gov">dmmooney@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p>The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Visit our website at <a href="http://www.fws.gov">http://www.fws.gov</a>.<br /> <br /> Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov">http://www.usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47412 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents on the Lewis Wasteway Replacement and Low Head Hydroelectric Project
<p><strong>CARSON CITY, Nev.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact which authorize the Lewis Wasteway Replacement and Low Head Hydroelectric Project.</p> <p>The Truckee-Carson Irrigation District requested Reclamation issue a Lease of Power Privilege Agreement and an Additions or Alterations to Conveyance and Distribution Facilities Permit to use facilities under Reclamation’s jurisdiction for hydroelectric power generation that is consistent with Reclamation project purposes in Churchill County, Nevada.</p> <p>The project consists of two primary actions:</p> <p>TCID is proposing to reconstruct the Lewis Wasteway structure; the original structure failed in June 2008 and was replaced with a compacted earthen embankment. The system remains non-operational. </p> <p>The replacement of the Wasteway would restore the ability to evacuate the V-Line Canal during an emergency event, allow TCID operational flexibility in delivering water to the Newlands system, and reduce the risk to urbanized reaches of the V-Line Canal.</p> <p>In addition, TCID is requesting the authorization, development and implementation of a LOPP Agreement and the issuance of a permit for the construction and installation of a small conduit low head hydroelectric unit and related appurtenances at two structures located within the Newlands Project. One small conduit would be installed at the replaced Lewis Wasteway and would be a maximum 250-kilowatt unit, and the second small conduit low head hydroelectric unit would be installed at A-C3 Panicker Drop and would generate a maximum of 125 kilowatts. </p> <p>The comment period for the Draft EA ended June 23. The comments received have been addressed in the Final EA and FONSI.</p> <p>The Final 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=17601">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17601</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> <p>To request a copy of the environmental documents or for additional information, please contact Julia Long at 775-884-8372 or <a href="mailto:jlong@usbr.gov">jlong@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47410 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on the Temporary Transfer of CVP Water from the City of Redding to the Bella Vista Water District
<p><strong>SHASTA LAKE, Calif.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Temporary Transfer of Central Valley Project Water from the City of Redding to the Bella Vista Water District. </p> <p>This action approves a temporary transfer of up to 1,200 acre-feet of CVP water from the City of Redding to the Bella Vista Water District to alleviate an unexpected shortfall in water supply for municipal and industrial needs of the areas served by the District. The water would be transferred from July through October 2014 at the District&rsquo;s Wintu Pump Station, located approximately 5 miles downstream of Keswick Dam.</p> <p>The EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17961" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17961</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and FONSI, please contact Paul Zedonis at <a href="mailto:pzedonis@usbr.gov">pzedonis@usbr.gov</a> or 530-276-2047 (TTY 530-275-8991). Copies of the documents may also be viewed at Reclamation's Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Blvd., Shasta Lake, CA 96019.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47392 Reclamation Announces Summer/Fall Park Events and Interpretive Programs at Lake Berryessa
<p><strong>Napa, Calif.-</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Central California Area Office announces  summer and fall park events and Park Ranger interpretive programs at Lake Berryessa in Napa County, Calif. All activities will be held rain or shine and are free of charge. Participants will need to pay day use or camping fee for walks and programs held in  the concession areas. Activity descriptions state if a day use or camping fee is required. Some programs have group-size limitations, so please contact the Park Ranger office or recreation planner regarding availability. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather and bring water and sunscreen for daytime activities. Children are welcome, but those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. </p> <p><strong>Night Walk</strong><br /> <strong>Saturday, Aug. 2, 8 to 9:30 p.m.</strong><br /> <strong>Steele Canyon Recreation Area campground</strong><br /> Join a Park Ranger for an evening walk and discover &ldquo;what goes bump in the night.&rdquo; Learn about the nocturnal critters that call Lake Berryessa home and experience the night time world using all your senses. Day use or camping fees at Steele Canyon Recreation Area apply. For details and directions, please contact Mike McGraw at 707-966-2111 ext. 112 or <a href="mailto:mmcgraw@usbr.gov">mmcgraw@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>Snakes Alive! (Campfire Program)</strong><br /> <strong>Saturday, Aug. 9, 7:30 to 9 p.m.</strong><br /> <strong>Putah Canyon Recreation Area campground</strong><br /> Join a Park Ranger and explore the world of rattlesnakes and their kin. Separate fact from fiction and learn the valuable role these amazing animals play in the ecosystem. Following the program will be a marshmallow roast. Day use or camping fees at Putah Canyon Recreation Area apply. For details and directions, please contact Mike McGraw at 707-966-2111 ext. 112 or <a href="mailto:mmcgraw@usbr.gov">mmcgraw@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>Evening with a Park Ranger (Campfire Program)</strong><br /> <strong>Saturday, Aug. 23, 7:30 to 9 p.m.</strong><br /> <strong>Spanish Flat Recreation Area campground</strong><br /> Join a Park Ranger around a campfire and learn the story of Lake Berryessa. Discover the human drama behind the scenery from early Native American inhabitants to the residents of Northern California who now depend on Berryessa&rsquo;s waters. Following the program will be a marshmallow roast. Day use or camping fees at Spanish Flat Recreation Area apply. For details and directions, please contact Mike McGraw at 707-966-2111 ext. 112 or <a href="mailto:mmcgraw@usbr.gov">mmcgraw@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Kids Fishing Event</strong><br /> <strong>Saturday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.</strong><br /> <strong>Pleasure Cove Marina</strong><br /> Reclamation, in partnership with Pleasure Cove Marina, is hosting the Fifth Annual C.A.S.T. (Catch a Special Thrill) for Kids Fishing Event. The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation provides children with disabilities or disadvantages an opportunity to experience the sport of fishing. Kids will be partnered with anglers for a morning on beautiful Lake Berryessa. Reclamation is looking for boaters, volunteers and children to participate in this great event. To volunteer or register a child, please contact Jason Jordan at 707-966-2111 ext 143 or <a href="mailto:jgjordan@usbr.gov">jgjordan@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>Nocturnal Happenings (Evening Program and Walk)</strong><br /> <strong>Friday, Sept. 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m.</strong><br /> <strong>Putah Canyon Recreation Area</strong><br /> Join a Park Ranger for an evening talk and walk to discover which animals call Lake Berryessa home. Learn about the special adaptations needed to survive in this rugged landscape. Day use or camping fees at Putah Canyon Recreation Area apply. For details, directions and to RSVP, please contact Victoria Payan at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 or <a href="mailto:vpayan@usbr.gov">vpayan@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p><strong>California Coastal Cleanup Day</strong><br /> <strong>Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.</strong><br /> <strong>Pope Creek Bridge Parking Lot &amp; Markley Cove Area</strong><br /> Join Reclamation, the Solano Resource Conservation District and partners for this annual lake and shoreline clean up event. Volunteers will clean up the shoreline of Lake Berryessa as part of the State-wide event. Since the program began in 1985, over 800,000 Californians have removed more than 15 million pounds of debris from California&rsquo;s shorelines and coast. To volunteer, please contact Jason Jordan at 707-966-2111 ext 143 or <a href="mailto:jgjordan@usbr.gov">jgjordan@usbr.gov</a>.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Nature Hike – Fall Foray</strong><br /> <strong>Saturday, Oct. 18 and Saturday Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.</strong><br /> <strong>Meet at the Smittle Creek Day Use Parking Lot</strong><br /> Join a Park Ranger for a leisurely hike on the Smittle Creek Trail along the western shoreline of the lake. Enjoy an autumn day exploring California&rsquo;s unique Blue Oak woodland and the tranquility of Lake Berryessa. Meet at the south end of the Smittle Creek Day Use Area parking lot, off of Knoxville-Berryessa Road. Vehicles can be shuttled to the trail end point at Coyote Knolls within the Oak Shores Day Use Area. Hikers can stay with the Park Ranger for the entire 2.6 mile, 3-hour hike or leave early if they choose. Bring a lunch to enjoy on the hike. For details and directions, please contact Mike McGraw at 707-966-2111 ext. 112 or <a href="mailto:mmcgraw@usbr.gov">mmcgraw@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>National Public Lands Day</strong><br /> <strong>Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.</strong><br /> <strong>Location: Eticuera Day Use Area</strong><br /> Help restore Lake Berryessa&rsquo;s native landscape at this restoration event. Volunteers will plant native plants and trees as part of an ongoing restoration effort. To volunteer, please contact Jason Jordan at 707-966-2111 ext. 143 or <a href="mailto:jgjordan@usbr.gov">jgjordan@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>Lake Berryessa Water Education Program </strong> <br /> <strong>Available by Appointment</strong> <br /> <strong>Oak Shores Day Use Area </strong> <br /> The Lake Berryessa Water Education Program is an interdisciplinary learning experience for students in grades<br /> 4-6. The program integrates the natural resources of Lake Berryessa with California State curriculum standards. Classes join a Park Ranger at the lake to learn about the importance of water in their lives. In addition to the onsite learning experience, a teacher packet is available with logistical information and pre- and post-site activities. Berryessa Park Rangers may be available to conduct pre-site classroom visits. For more details on this free program, please contact Mike McGraw at 707-966-2111, ext. 112 or <a href="mailto:mmcgraw@usbr.gov">mmcgraw@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>Paddle With A Park Ranger</strong><br /> See locations and times below. <br /> Experience Lake Berryessa from a unique perspective during these Ranger-led paddling tours. Paddling outings are open to experienced swimmers with a kayak, canoe or other non-motorized boat. Coast Guard-approved life jackets will be available, but boats are not available for rent. Participants should bring their boat, life jacket, paddle, sunscreen, hat, water, clothing layers depending on the weather, and a lunch/snack. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Changes to locations and times may occur because of fluctuating water levels. Events occur rain or shine, but high winds could cause an event to be cancelled. For details, directions and to RSVP, please contact Victoria Payan at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 or <a href="mailto:vpayan@usbr.gov">vpayan@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p><strong><em>Oak Shores Exploration – </em></strong><strong>Saturday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.</strong> <br /> Meet at Foxtail Flat in Oak Shores. Trailers are not permitted inside the park. Be prepared for a strenuous walk to the shoreline.</p> <p><strong><em>Capell Cove Cruise – </em></strong><strong>Sunday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.</strong> <br /> Meet at the Capell Cove Public Boat Launch.</p> <p><strong><em>Oak Shores Exploration – </em></strong><strong>Sunday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.</strong> <br /> Meet at Foxtail Flat in Oak Shores. Trailers are not permitted inside the park. Be prepared for a strenuous walk to the shoreline.</p> <p><strong><em>Capell Cove Cruise – </em></strong><strong>Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.</strong> <br /> Meet at the Capell Cove Public Boat Launch.</p> <p><strong><em>Special Event – Kayaks &lsquo;n Camping – </em></strong><strong>Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19 and 20</strong> <br /> Join the Lake Berryessa Park Rangers for a special camping weekend at Putah Canyon Recreation Area. Enjoy the Nocturnal Happenings evening program and walk on Friday night, an opportunity to participate in the annual California Coastal Cleanup on Saturday morning, and a paddling outing on Saturday afternoon based out of Putah Canyon Recreation Area. Day use or camping fees at Putah Canyon Recreation Area apply.</p> <p>Interpretive programs and events at Lake Berryessa tie into President Barack Obama&rsquo;s America&rsquo;s Great Outdoors initiative (http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov/) 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. Park Ranger-led hikes and activities also support the Department of the Interior&rsquo;s <em>Let&rsquo;s Move Outside </em>initiative (http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside) which encourages children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities that abound in every city, town and community. And where better for the public to appreciate and enjoy the great outdoors than at a Reclamation facility like Lake Berryessa?</p> <p>If you would like to participate in a program and need accommodation, please contact the Lake Berryessa Park Ranger Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 at least 14 days in advance.</p> <p>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>