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=47771 Reclamation to Release Additional Water to Supplement Flows in the Lower Klamath River
<p><strong>REDDING, Calif. –</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation will release additional water from Trinity Reservoir to supplement flows in the lower Klamath River to help protect the returning run of adult Chinook salmon. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions on or near the river while flows are high during this period. </p> <p>&ldquo;We have determined that unprecedented conditions over the past few weeks in the lower Klamath River require us to take emergency measures to help reduce the potential for a large-scale fish die-off,&rdquo; said Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. &ldquo;This decision was made based on science and after consultation with Tribes, water and power users, federal and state fish regulatory agencies, and others.&rdquo;</p> <p>Several recent factors prevalent in the lower Klamath River are the basis for the decision to provide emergency augmentation flows. Reclamation will increase releases from Lewiston Dam beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, from approximately 450 cubic feet per second to approximately 950 cfs to achieve a flow rate of 2,500 cfs in the lower Klamath River.</p> <p>At 7 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, releases from Lewiston Dam will begin increasing to approximately <br /> 2,450 cfs to achieve a flow rate of approximately 4,000 cfs in the lower Klamath River. This release from Lewiston Dam will be maintained for approximately 24 hours before returning to approximately 950 cfs and will be regulated at approximately that level as necessary to maintain lower Klamath River flows at 2,500 cfs until approximately Sunday, Sept. 14. River and fishery conditions will be continuously monitored, and those conditions will determine the duration.</p> <p>&ldquo;We fully recognize that during this prolonged severe drought, every acre-foot of water is extremely valuable, and we are making every effort to conserve water released for fish health purposes to reduce hardships wherever possible,&rdquo; added Murillo.</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=47770 Draft Environmental Documents Available for the Transfer of Water Between Contra Costa Water District and Byron Bethany Irrigation District
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. – </b>The Bureau of Reclamation today announced the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed transfer of up to 4,000 acre-feet of Central Valley Project water, facilitated by a storage substitution. </p> <P> <p>The Draft EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18781">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18781</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> <p>Comments are due by close of business Tuesday, August 26. Please email comments to Rain Emerson at <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed at 559-487-5397.</p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address.<br /> </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47768 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Conveyance of Non-Central Valley Project Water from the Kaweah River in the Friant-Kern Canal
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif</b>. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Warren Act agreements that will allow seven contractors in the Central Valley Project’s Friant Division to convey non-CVP water from the Kaweah River in the federal Friant-Kern Canal.</p> <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> <p>The Final EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=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 email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47767 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Terra Bella Irrigation District Tule River Water Warren Act Agreement
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif.</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a Warren Act agreement with Terra Bella Irrigation District for the introduction and conveyance of up to 5,000 acre-feet of Tule River water in the Friant-Kern Canal through September 2014.</p> <P> <p>The Final EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18261">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18261</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 EA/FONSI, please contact Ben Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY 800-735-2929) or <a href="mailto:blawrence@usbr.gov">blawrence@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47766 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for South Sutter Water District Pleasant Grove Canal Fish Screen Project
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO</strong>, <strong>Calif</strong>. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the South Sutter Water District Pleasant Grove Canal Fish Screen Project, located near the city of Lincoln.</p> <p>Reclamation proposes to provide cost-share funding to SSWD through the Anadromous Fish Screen Program to screen SSWD&rsquo;s existing 80 cubic feet per second unscreened diversion at Pleasant Grove Canal along Auburn Ravine with two conical fish screens that meet design requirements of the National Marine Fisheries Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Project is needed to minimize diversion impacts to out-migrating anadromous fish on Auburn Ravine without impairing the ability of SSWD to divert water, consistent with their existing water rights. The fish screens would be placed at the Canal&rsquo;s existing intake at Auburn Ravine<strong> </strong>and would not increase SSWD&rsquo;s overall diversion capacity from Auburn Ravine. </p> <p>Reclamation&rsquo;s AFSP involvement is limited to contributing up to 50 percent of the cost of the Project&rsquo;s fish screen intake and pumping facility. The funding will be provided by Reclamation under <a name="_Toc231717908" id="_Toc231717908"></a><a name="_Toc242671705" id="_Toc242671705"></a><a name="_Toc242672058" id="_Toc242672058"></a>the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Section 3406(b)(21), which authorizes the Department of the Interior to develop and implement measures to avoid losses of juvenile anadromous fish resulting from unscreened diversions on the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and their tributaries. </p> <p>The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18221">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18221</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>Please send written comments to Shelly Hatleberg, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, by close of business Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Comments may also be faxed to Hatleberg at 916-978-5290 or emailed to <a href="mailto:shatleberg@usbr.gov">shatleberg@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Hatleberg at 916-978-5050. Copies of the Draft EA may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Sacramento office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47754 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District Packwood Creek and Oakes Basin Improvements WaterSMART Project
<p><b>VISALIA, Calif. </b>– The Bureau of Reclamation today released final environmental documents for the Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District Packwood Creek Control Structures and Oakes Basin Improvements WaterSMART Grant Project.</p> <P> <p>The Project is located at multiple locations within Packwood Creek within the city limits of the city of Visalia, County of Tulare, Calif. The Project consists of the construction of four new in-channel concrete water control structures and retrofitting one existing water control structure within Packwood Creek for improved recharge to groundwater supplies. The Project also involves habitat restoration improvements of Oakes Basin. </p> <P> <p>The Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment/Initial Study were prepared in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act and are available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16841">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16841</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> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the EA/IS and/or FONSI, please contact Brad Hubbard at 916-978-5204 or <a href="mailto:bhubbard@usbr.gov">bhubbard@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47726 Reclamation Seeks Volunteer Boaters and Participants for Sixth Annual Lake Berryessa C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing Event
<p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, in partnership with the C.A.S.T. (Catch a Special Thrill) for Kids Foundation and Pleasure Cove Marina, will host a C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event at Lake Berryessa on Saturday, Sept. 13. Lake Berryessa is located in Napa County, Calif.</p> <p>The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation is a national, non-profit organization whose goal is &ldquo;to provide disabled or disadvantaged children with the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing&rdquo; (<a href="http://www.castforkids.org/">http://www.castforkids.org/</a>).</p> <p>The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Berryessa&rsquo;s Pleasure Cove Marina. Each child will receive a fishing pole, tackle box, T-shirt, and other prizes and spend the morning fishing with local anglers and volunteers. A free barbeque lunch will be served to participants, parents and volunteers in the afternoon.</p> <p>Pre-registration is required for this event as availability is currently limited to 35 children. Reclamation is seeking boaters and anglers who wish to volunteer their time and use of their boat. There is still availability for participants to register for this event. To register as a volunteer boater or participant go to <a href="http://www.castforkids.org/events-calendar/cast-events/lake-berryessa/">http://www.castforkids.org/events-calendar/cast-events/lake-berryessa/</a> For more information, please contact Jason Jordan, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at 707-966-2111, ext. 143, or <a href="mailto:jgjordan@usbr.gov">jgjordan@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>This C.A.S.T. for Kids event ties into the Department of the Interior&rsquo;s &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s Move Outside&rdquo; initiative, <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside</a>, which was created to encourage children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities, which abound in every city, town and community. Reclamation also supports President Obama&rsquo;s &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Great Outdoors&rdquo;initiative, <a href="http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov/">http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov/</a>, by providing recreational opportunities in the great outdoors, promoting stewardship of our natural resources, and reconnecting Americans – especially our young people – with the riches the outdoors has to offer.</p> <p>Individuals who would like to participate in this program and need accommodation should contact Jason Jordan at 707-966-2111, ext. 143, or <a href="mailto:jgjordan@usbr.gov">jgjordan@usbr.gov</a> at least 14 days in advance of the activity.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47687 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Temporary Change in Water Quality Requirements for Groundwater Introduced into Upper Portion of Delta-Mendota Canal
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation today released final environmental documents for the proposed approval of a temporary change in the maximum acceptable concentration of selenium for groundwater introduced into the upper portion of the Delta-Mendota Canal through Aug. 30, 2014.</p> <p>The proposed action is in response to drought conditions in the San Joaquin Valley.</p> <p>These introductions would only occur prior to the fall delivery season for refuges as agreed to by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Grasslands Water District.  </p> <p>The Final Environmental Assessment and Findings 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=11470">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=11470</a><u>. </u>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 and/or FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196, TTY&nbsp;800-735-2929.  </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47686 PacifiCorp Agrees to Reservoir Drawdown to Lessen Impacts of Water Shortage in Reclamation’s Klamath Project
<p><strong>KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation and PacifiCorp have announced that, due to the drought conditions being experienced in the Klamath Basin during the 2014 water year, PacifiCorp has agreed to a proposal which will allow flexibility in managing water currently stored in its Klamath River hydroelectric reservoirs. </p> <p>Under the proposal, PacifiCorp would release up to 20,000 acre-feet of water from its reservoirs, as needed, to meet required Iron Gate Dam releases pursuant to the 2013 joint Biological Opinions for Reclamation&rsquo;s Klamath Project in such a way to ensure Upper Klamath Lake remains above specified minimum elevations.  After the irrigation season has concluded, Reclamation and PacifiCorp will meet and discuss the timing of returning water to the hydroelectric reservoirs, in a manner that is consistent with the BiOp. </p> <p>Although Reclamation will continue restricting Klamath Project irrigation water supplies through certain Project facilities, this proposal will assist Reclamation by extending the Klamath Project&rsquo;s available water supplies from Upper Klamath Lake to help close the irrigation season.  The agreed-to proposal will also assist Reclamation in supporting culturally significant tribal trust responsibilities.<br /> &ldquo;Reclamation applauds PacifiCorp's willingness to consider and agree to a proposal that will assist in alleviating impacts being felt by both Klamath Project water users and natural resources as a result of the 2014 drought,&rdquo; said Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Deputy Regional Director Jason Phillips. &ldquo;We appreciate the collaboration and coordination shown by PacifiCorp and the support for this proposal expressed by our federal partners, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service. This proposal is an opportunity to positively contribute to the health of federally listed fish species in Upper Klamath Lake and the Klamath River, supports tribal interests, and will prove beneficial to Project irrigators for the 2014 water year during these critical drought conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>Reclamation has been coordinating with PacifiCorp, stakeholders, USFWS, and NMFS in an attempt to identify, assess, and determine what conservation strategies and flexibility exists to more effectively manage available water supplies to meet the competing demands for water in the Klamath Basin.      </p> For additional information, please contact Tara Jane Campbell Miranda, at 541-880-2540 or <a href="mailto:tcampbellmiranda@usbr.gov">tcampbellmiranda@usbr.gov</a>.<br /> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47677 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Transfer of Water to Alameda County Water District
<p>FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Final Finding of No Significant Impact for the transfer of 5,000 acre-feet of Contra Costa Water District’s Central Valley Project water to Alameda County Water District.</p> <P> <p>Under the terms of the transfer, CCWD would use 5,000 acre-feet of previously stored CVP water in Los Vaqueros Reservoir for its in-district needs. In return, ACWD would receive an equal amount of CCWD’s CVP water via a transfer from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta from July 15, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2014. The CVP water would be taken at Clifton Court Forebay and delivered to ACWD’s service area by way of the South Bay Aqueduct. </p> <P> <p>Reclamation provided the public with an opportunity to comment on the Draft EA/FONSI between May 22, 2014 and June 6, 2014. No comments were received.</p> <P> <p>The Final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17481. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.</p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA/FONSI, please contact Ben Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY 800-735-2929) or email at blawrence@usbr.gov. Copies of the Final 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=47676 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on Conveyance and Storage of Groundwater in Delta-Mendota Canal to Del Puerto Water District
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif.</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation today released final environmental documents for the proposed issuance of a Warren Act contract for the introduction of up to 13,000 acre-feet per year of non-Central Valley Project groundwater into the Delta-Mendota Canal for storage and conveyance to Del Puerto Water District for a period not to exceed two years. </p> <P> <p>The source of the groundwater is from private landowners within Merced County, California (4-S Ranch Partners, LLC and SHS Family Limited Partnership).</p> <P> <p>The proposed action is in response to drought conditions in the Del Puerto Water District, in the San Joaquin Valley.</p> <P> <p>The Final Environmental Assessment and Findings 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=17363">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17363</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.</p> <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 800-735-2929. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47675 Reclamation Delays Decreasing Lower American River Flows for Work at Nimbus Fish Hatchery to August 13 from August 8
<p><strong>GOLD RIVER, Calif. – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation previously scheduled a decrease in flows in the lower American River below Nimbus Dam on Friday, Aug. 8, to prepare the Nimbus Fish Hatchery weir foundation for picket installation. This date has now been rescheduled to Wednesday, Aug. 13, in order to support other uses of the American River.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Aug. 13, Reclamation will temporarily decrease flows in the lower American River below Nimbus Dam from 1,500 cubic feet per second to as low as 800 cfs for work on the fish weir foundation.</p> <p>The weir structure is installed annually to guide spawning Chinook salmon into the hatchery fish ladder. Folsom Dam, Folsom Reservoir and Nimbus Dam are located about 25 miles east of Sacramento, Calif., and are features of the Central Valley Project.</p> <p>Approximate working hours on Aug. 13 will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Following completion of the work, Reclamation will begin increasing flows back up to 1,500 cfs. This could happen as early as 1 p.m.; however, if additional work is required, lower flows could extend into Thursday, Aug. 14.</p> <p>Please note that increasing the flows in the lower American River back up to 1,500 cfs would cause a rise of approximately 8 inches near Nimbus Dam. Recreationists on or along the lower American River are advised to exercise caution due to variable flow conditions.</p> <p>Daily information on expected flows in the American River can be found on the California Data Exchange Center website at <a href="http://cdec.water.ca.gov./queryRes.html">http://cdec.water.ca.gov./queryRes.html</a> or on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at <a href="http://www.spk-wc.usace.army.mil/reports/release_changes.html" target="_blank">http://www.spk-wc.usace.army.mil/reports/release_changes.html</a>.</p> <p>For more information on the American River, please visit Reclamation&rsquo;s Central Valley Operations Office website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the information online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>For additional information, please contact Louis Moore, Public Affairs Office, at 916-978-5106 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:wmoore@usbr.gov">wmoore@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47610 Lower American River Flows Decreased for Installation of Fish Weir Structure at Nimbus Fish Hatchery
<p><strong>GOLD RIVER, Calif. – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily decrease flows in the lower American River below Nimbus Dam on Friday, Aug. 8, from 1,500 cubic feet per second to as low as 800 cfs to prepare the Nimbus Fish Hatchery weir foundation for picket installation.</p> <p>The fish weir structure is installed annually to guide spawning Chinook salmon into the hatchery fish ladder. Folsom Dam, Folsom Reservoir and Nimbus Dam are located about 25 miles east of Sacramento, Calif., and are features of the Central Valley Project.</p> <p>Approximate working hours on Aug. 8 will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Following completion of the work, Reclamation will begin increasing flows back up to 1,500 cfs. This could happen as early as 1 p.m.; however, if additional work is required, lower flows could extend into Saturday, Aug. 9. </p> <p>Please note that increasing the flows in the lower American River back up to 1,500 cfs would cause a rise of approximately 8 inches near Nimbus Dam. Recreationists on or along the lower American River are advised to exercise caution due to variable flow conditions.</p> <p>Daily information on expected flows in the American River can be found on the California Data Exchange Center website at <a href="http://cdec.water.ca.gov/queryRes.html">http://cdec.water.ca.gov/queryRes.html</a> or on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at <a href="http://www.spk-wc.usace.army.mil/reports/release_changes.html" target="_blank">http://www.spk-wc.usace.army.mil/reports/release_changes.html</a>.</p> <p>For more information on the American River, please visit Reclamation&rsquo;s Central Valley Operations Office website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the information online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>For additional information, please contact Louis Moore, Public Affairs Office, at 916-978-5106 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:wmoore@usbr.gov">wmoore@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47609 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents on the Lahontan Substation Rebuild and Upgrade Project in Nevada
<p><strong>CARSON CITY, Nev.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact to authorize the Lahontan Substation Rebuild and Upgrade Project.</p> <p>The EA analyzed the effects of authorizing NV Energy a right-of-way to rebuild the Lahontan Substation on a new site approximately one-half mile northeast of Lahontan Dam and approximately 200 feet to the northeast of the existing substation, on land under Reclamation jurisdiction in Churchill County, Nevada.</p> <p>The substation is the primary source for customers in the Fallon, Nevada, area as well as the Naval Air Station. Upgrades to the substation are necessary to more reliably serve NV Energy&rsquo;s customers by bringing the substation facilities up-to-date while ensuring facility operations function in a dependable manner and to bring geothermal generation into NV Energy&rsquo;s system from the Stillwater, Nevada, area.</p> <p>The comment period for the Draft EA ended May 28. No comments were received during the period.</p> <p>The Final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17446">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17446</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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47608 Reclamation Announces Negotiation Session on New Repayment Contract with Truckee-Carson Irrigation District for Newlands Project Extraordinary Maintenance
<p><strong>CARSON CITY, Nev.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public session to negotiate a new repayment contract for extraordinary maintenance with an existing operation and maintenance contractor, Truckee-Carson Irrigation District, in Fallon, Nevada, for Newlands Project improvements.</p> <p>Reclamation proposes to negotiate and execute a new repayment contract between TCID and the United States for the repayment of pre-construction costs for the planning, risk assessment, environmental compliance, and design and specifications for future safety and structural improvements on the Truckee Canal. The Truckee Canal extends 32 miles from Derby Diversion Dam to the Lahontan Reservoir. It provides 100 percent of the water to the Fernley Division and also provides a supplemental supply to the Carson Division of the Newlands Project.  </p> <p>The negotiation session will be held:</p> <p align="center"><strong>Tuesday, August 12, 10 a.m. </strong><br /> <strong>Wednesday, August 13, 10 a.m. (if needed*)</strong><br /> Churchill County Commissioners Chambers<br /> 155 North Taylor Street<br /> Fallon, NV 89406</p> <p>* Note: If negotiations are not completed the first day, negotiations will continue on the second day.</p> <p>The public is welcome to attend and will have the opportunity to comment. Participation instructions will be provided at the beginning of the session, along with pertinent documents. For additional information, please contact Bryce White at 775-884-8392 (TTY 800-735-2929), email <a href="mailto:bwhite@usbr.gov">bwhite@usbr.gov</a> or Lee Berget at 775-884-8360, email <a href="mailto:lberget@usbr.gov">lberget@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>