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=49902 Reclamation Seeks Public Input on the Coordinated Long-term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation today released environmental documents that analyze the impacts of implementing requirements to protect listed species for the operation of the two major water projects in California. <P> The Draft Environmental Impact Statement analyzes the impacts of implementing the 2008 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and 2009 National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinions associated with the coordinated long-term operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. <P> Four public meetings will be held to gather public input on the environmental analysis. The meetings will be held at the following locations: <P> <ul> <li>Sacramento: Wednesday, September 9, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m., John E. Moss Federal Building, Stanford Room, 650 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814.</li> <P> <li>Red Bluff: Thursday, September 10, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m., Red Bluff Community Center, 1500 S. Jackson Street, Red Bluff, CA 96080.</li> <P> <li>Los Banos: Tuesday, September 15, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m., Los Banos Community Center, Grand Room, 645 7th Street, Los Banos, CA 93635.</li> <P> <li>Irvine: Thursday, September 17, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m., Hilton Hotel Irvine/Orange County Airport, 18800 MacArthur Boulevard, Irvine, CA 92612.</li> </ul> <P> In August 2008, Reclamation submitted a biological assessment to the Service and NMFS for consultation on the impacts of the coordinated long-term operation of the CVP and SWP on listed fish species. The Service and NMFS concluded in their BOs, respectively, that the coordinated long-term operation of the CVP and SWP did not comply with the requirements of section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act. To remedy this ESA compliance issue, the Service and NMFS provided Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives in their respective BOs. Lawsuits were filed challenging Reclamation’s acceptance and implementation of the associated RPAs. The Court ruled that Reclamation must conduct an environmental review to determine whether implementing the RPAs causes a significant effect to the human environment. <P> The DEIS analyzes five alternatives that consider modifications to operational components of the CVP and SWP from both the RPAs. All of the alternatives address continued operation of the CVP, in coordination with the SWP. <P> Continued operation of the CVP and the SWP is necessary to provide river regulation, improvement of navigation; flood control; water supply for irrigation and domestic uses; fish and wildlife mitigation, protection, and restoration; fish and wildlife enhancement and power generation. The CVP and SWP facilities also provide recreation benefits and must meet water rights and water quality. <P> Hard copies of the DEIS are located at Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento CA 95825-1898. For access to the document at 2800 Cottage Way, please call 916-978-5100 and reference press release number MP-15-125. A hard copy is also available at Bureau of Reclamation, Bay-Delta Office, 801 I Street, Suite 140, Sacramento, CA 95814. For access to the document at 801 I Street, please call 916-414-2424. <P> To view or download the DEIS, go to <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21883">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21883</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> Written comments are due by close of business, Tuesday, September 29, 2015. You may mail your comments to Ben Nelson, Natural Resources Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Bay-Delta Office, 801 I Street, Suite 140, Sacramento, CA 95814-2536. Comments may also be emailed to <a href="mailto:bcnelson@usbr.gov">bcnelson@usbr.gov</a> or fax to (916) 414-2439. <P> For additional information, please contact Theresa Olson, Conservation and Conveyance Division Chief, Bay-Delta Office, Bureau of Reclamation at <a href="mailto:tolson@usbr.gov">tolson@usbr.gov</a>, or by phone at 916-414-2433 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49901 Reclamation Announces Summer/Fall 2015 Park Events and Ranger Interpretive Programs at Lake Berryessa
<p><b>NAPA, Calif. </b>– The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office announces summer and fall 2015 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. Some programs have group size limitations, so please contact the Park Ranger office regarding availability. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather and bring water and sunscreen for daytime activities. Children are welcome, but those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.</p> <P> <p><b>Meet a Park Ranger at Monticello Dam!</b></p> <P> <p><b>Sunday, Aug. 9, and Sunday, Aug. 23, Any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.</b></p> <P> <p><b>Monticello Dam Overlook Parking, Highway 128, 9 miles west of Winters</b></p> <P> <p>Ever wonder why Lake Berryessa was created? How much water it holds? What was there before the reservoir? Where the water goes? Get the answers to these questions and more when you meet a Park Ranger at the Monticello Dam. Stop by any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn fun facts about this essential water resource. Please contact a Park Ranger at 707-966-2111 ext.113 for questions.</p> <P> <p><b>Paddle with a Park Ranger!</b></p> <P> <p><b>Friday, July 31: Moonlight Paddle! 7-10 p.m., Capell Cove Boat Launch, meet at the launch ramp</b></p> <P> <p><b>Saturday, Aug. 15: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Foxtail Flat, Oak Shores Day Use Area</b></p> <P> <p><b>Sunday, Sept. 13: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Foxtail Flat, Oak Shores Day Use Area</b></p> <P> <p>Experience the beauty of Lake Berryessa from a unique perspective during Ranger-led paddling tours. Join a Park Ranger for fun 2-3 hour paddling trips, exploring various locations around the lake. Watch for bald eagles, ospreys, otters and other wildlife as the Ranger introduces you to the natural and human history of the lake. These outings are open to experienced swimmers with a kayak or canoe. Coast Guard-approved life jackets will be available. Participants should bring their boat, life jackets, paddles, sunscreen, hat, water and a lunch/snack. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Kayaks may be available for participant use if requested. For more information or directions, please contact Victoria Payan at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 or <a href="mailto:vpayan@usbr.gov">vpayan@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p><b>California Coastal Clean Up Day</b></p> <P> <p><b>Saturday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.</b></p> <P> <p><b>Pope Creek Bridge and Markley Turnouts (other locations may be announced prior to the event)</b></p> <P> <p>Join Reclamation, 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 clean up event. To volunteer, please contact Phillip Collins at 707-966-2111 ext. 111 or <a href="mailto:pmcollins@usbr.gov">pmcollins@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P> <p><b>Catch a Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) for Kids Foundation, Kids’ Fishing Event</b></p> <P> <p><b>Saturday, Sept. 12, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pleasure Cove Marina</b></p> <P> <p>Reclamation, in partnership with Pleasure Cove Marina, is hosting the C.A.S.T. for Kids event that provides children with disabilities or disadvantages the opportunity to experience the sport of fishing. Kids will be partnered with fishermen for a morning out on beautiful Lake Berryessa. Reclamation is looking for boaters, volunteers and children interested in participating in this great event. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering or participating, please contact Phillip Collins at 707-966-2111 ext. 111 or <a href="mailto:pmcollins@usbr.gov">pmcollins@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P> <p><b>National Public Lands Day / Every Kid in a Park! (E.K.I.P.)</b></p> <P> <p><b>Friday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oak Shores Day Use Area</b></p> <P> <p>Come join us for National Public Lands Day, the nation’s <a href="http://www.publiclandsday.org/about">largest volunteer event</a> for public lands. More than <a href="http://www.publiclandsday.org/newsroom/releases/more-170000-volunteers-expected-national-public-lands-day-september-29">170,000 Americans</a> will volunteer their time this year helping to restore and conserve their favorite places. </p> <P> <p>This year’s event will also be a kick off to E.K.I.P., an initiative to get every 4<sup>th</sup> grader to visit our nation’s federal lands within the next year! Help restore Lake Berryessa’s native landscape at this restoration event at Oak Shores Day Use Area. Volunteers of all ages will plant native trees, distribute mulch and create a grove of trees for future generations to enjoy while visiting our park. From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., 4<sup>th</sup> graders will attempt to catch one of the many species of fish that thrive at Lake Berryessa. Fishing poles will be provided. If you are interested in volunteering or attending, please contact Jennifer Onufer at 707-966-2111 ext.112 or <a href="mailto:jonufer@usbr.gov">jonufer@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p><b>Displays and Exhibits</b></p> <P> <p><b>May 16 through Sept. 14: Weekends 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Weekdays 12-3 p.m.</b></p> <P> <p><b>Dufer Point Visitor Center</b></p> <P> <p>The Lake Berryessa Visitor Center offers displays and exhibits on the history of Lake Berryessa, the Monticello Valley and the construction of the Solano Project. It also houses an exhibit of local wildlife showing the common and not-so-common animals found around the lake. Park Rangers are available to answer questions about natural resources, recreational opportunities, wildlife and the area’s history. Brochures, maps, trail guides and other educational information are available free of charge.</p> <P> <p>Interpretive programs and events at Lake Berryessa tie into President Obama’s <i>America’s Great Outdoors</i> 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. Ranger-led hikes and activities also support the Department of the Interior’s <i>Let’s Move Outside </i>initiative (<a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside</a>) which encourages children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities that abound in every city, town and community.</p> <P> <p>E.K.I.P. (<a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/02/19/let-s-get-every-kid-park">https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/02/19/let-s-get-every-kid-park</a> and <a href="http://www.nationalparks.org/ook/every-kid-in-a-park">http://www.nationalparks.org/ook/every-kid-in-a-park</a>) is a Presidential initiative to help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.</p> <P> <p>If you would like to participate in a program and need accommodation, please contact the Lake Berryessa Ranger Department at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 at least 14 days in advance. Please visit the Lake Berryessa website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a> for additional information.</p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49898 San Joaquin River Restoration Program Releases Framework for Completing Construction Work
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation, on behalf of the five implementing agencies of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, today released the Final Revised Framework for Implementation containing a revised budget and schedule in five-year increments for the duration of the Program. The Program is based on the Stipulation of Settlement in <i>Natural Resources Defense Council, et al., v. Rodgers, et al.,</i> and the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act (Title X of Public Law 111-11). The updated Framework will be used as the guiding document for schedule and priorities for construction projects and activities across the Program. The document is available under the 2015 section on the following page: <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net/documentsreports/program-documents/">http://www.restoresjr.net/documentsreports/program-documents/</a>.</p> <P> <p>“This revised document reflects months of coordinated outreach and focused efforts to set out a realistic schedule and budget that prioritizes actions and activities for the Program. We are on the verge of major construction projects that have significant benefits to water supply, flood control, the agricultural community, wildlife habitat and recreation. We are excited about the future of this program and to begin turning dirt,” said David Murillo, Reclamation Mid-Pacific Regional Director.</p> <P> <p>“We have always known that the San Joaquin River Restoration Program was a long-term and ambitious undertaking. The revised Framework creates a marriage between the long-term vision and what’s realistic right now,” said Maria Rea, Assistant Regional Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service’s West Coast Region. “It sets out critically important milestones for progress, making it all the more likely the reintroduction of salmon will be successful.”</p> <P> <p>“The revised Framework will facilitate collaboration with partners to incorporate new schedules for conveying flows and providing passage for the reintroduction of Chinook salmon” said Ren Lohoefener, Regional Director for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.</p> <P> <p>The Settlement provided an aggressive schedule to construct major improvements in the river and reintroduce spring and fall-run Chinook salmon. The Settlement’s schedule represents the minimum time period the federal defendants calculated to complete the improvements. By 2011, it was evident that the timelines established in the Settlement were not going to be achieved.</p> <P> <p>In 2012, Reclamation began a process to prepare a revised schedule and budget for the Program. The resulting document was called the Working Draft Framework for Implementation, dated June 2012. The 2012 Framework was successful in establishing “core” projects and limiting actions that were being requested of the Program.</p> <P> <p>In 2014, the Program once again began working with the parties to prioritize the projects based on a better understanding of the amounts of state and federal funding available. This update seeks to sequence projects and phases of projects based on realistic funding and resources in a logical order to achieve Program goals. Reclamation prepared the Framework update in an open and inclusive process. Participants included representatives from the Friant Districts, Natural Resources Defense Council, the Exchange Contractors, conservation groups and downstream landowners and water districts to achieve as much agreement as possible.</p> <P> <p>The Framework prioritizes and limits actions to those that can be accomplished with no more than about $50 million in federal appropriations plus funds from the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund and the San Joaquin River Restoration Fund along with state funding sources.</p> <P> <p>A series of meetings were held between October 2014 and March 2015 to develop the Revised Framework. The meetings established common expectations on the process for updating the Framework; provided participants with an overview on the need and purpose for updating the Framework; established a common understanding of the Settlement, the Act, Program funding, and constraints that Reclamation faces in implementing the Settlement and the Act; and provided participants with a tool to develop their own schedule and funding for implementing the Settlement. Participants presented their ideas on how they would implement the Settlement within Reclamation’s constraints. Reclamation released the Framework document for a 30-day public comment period on May 15, 2015.</p> <P> <p>The Program is a comprehensive, long-term effort to restore flows to the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam to the confluence of the Merced River, restoring self-sustaining Chinook salmon populations in the river while reducing or avoiding adverse water supply impacts from those flows. The implementing agencies include Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Water Resources and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.</p> <P> <p>The Framework represents the federal views of the actions necessary to implement the Settlement and Settlement Act. Throughout the process for development of the Framework, some parties expressed differing views of what they believe to be the federal settling parties’ obligations in the Settlement and Settlement Act. Reclamation is embarking on a separate process to resolve these outstanding concerns.</p> <P> <p>For more information about the Program, please visit <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net">www.restoresjr.net</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49894 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for the Ash Canyon Acquisition Project
<p><b>CARSON CITY, Nev.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for a project that would allow the Nevada Land Trust to use $250,000 in federal grants to acquire 45 acres of land in Ash Canyon, located west of Carson City, Nev.</p> <P> <p>The grant is funded through Reclamation’s Desert Terminal Lake Program, which provides funding for projects that benefit at-risk natural desert terminal lakes and associated riparian and watershed resources.</p> <P> <p>The project allows federal grant funding to be used to acquire a 45.5-acre parcel of private land and approximately 20 acre-feet of associated water rights from a willing seller in Ash Canyon.</p> <P> <p>The funding will primarily be used to complete acquisition of the property by Nevada Land Trust. Funding will also be provided for them to transfer fee title of the property in the future to a public entity the Trust deems appropriate. This could include adjacent landowners such as Nevada Division of State Parks or the Carson City Open Space Program. The funding will also allow the Nevada Land Trust to protect a wet meadow on the property by relocating logs and boulders on site to block motorized access and prevent ongoing damage to the meadow.</p> <P> <p>The Final Environmental Analysis and related documents are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21541">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21541</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>To request copies of the documents or for additional information, please contact Selena Werdon at </p> <P> <p>775-884-8366 or <a href="mailto:swerdon@usbr.gov">swerdon@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49892 Public Scoping Meeting Scheduled for Boca Dam Safety of Dams Modification Project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public meeting on the Boca Dam Safety of Dams Modification Project to solicit comments on the alternatives being analyzed, provide a summary of environmental effects and update the public on project developments. The public meeting will be held: <P> Wednesday, August 12 7-9 p.m. Truckee Town Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor 10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA 96161 <P> In 2004, Reclamation began analyzing Boca Dam under the Safety of Dams Program for possible deficiencies that could lead to failure. Reclamation is required to evaluate all dam facilities to determine if they have an unacceptable risk of seismic, hydrologic (overtopping) and/or static potential failure modes. <P> Boca Dam is located in a seismically active area. Exploration and analyses indicate that foundation materials beneath the dam may be susceptible to loss of strength during a major earthquake. The loss of strength, known as liquefaction, could result in a potential failure. Analyses also indicate the dam’s concrete spillway walls have seismic deficiencies. In order to reduce the risk of such an event happening, Reclamation will take corrective actions. <P> Reclamation’s preferred alternative at Boca Dam is to construct a stability berm and modify the spillway crest structure. The stability berm will be constructed on the downstream side of the dam. This alternative would reduce the seismic risks and meet Reclamation’s interim Public Protection Guidelines. <P> Boca Dam was completed in 1939 and is 116 feet high and 1,630 feet long. The dam creates Boca Reservoir that has a capacity of about 40,000 acre-feet. The reservoir is used to regulate the Truckee River and provide water for irrigation, recreation, fish and wildlife benefits, and municipal and industrial uses in Truckee Meadows. The dam is owned by Reclamation and operated by the Washoe County Water Conservation District. <P> Written comments will be taken during the meeting. For more information, please contact Andrea Meier at 916-978-5041 (TTY 800-877-8339) or ameier@usbr.gov. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49890 Reclamation Transmits to Congress Final Report on Proposed Shasta Dam Raise
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation transmitted to Congress today the Final Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation.</p> <P> <p>The report describes the technical, environmental, economic, and financial evaluations prepared to date for alternatives to raise Shasta Dam, located approximately 10 miles northwest of Redding, Calif. The report also identifies next steps to identify construction cost-share partners and project financing, and to develop the Recommended Plan. </p> <P> <p>The project is intended to increase water supply and water supply reliability for agricultural, municipal and industrial, and environmental purposes and increase survival of anadromous fish populations in the upper Sacramento River.</p> <P> <p>Public Law 108-361 (2004) required the Secretary of the Interior to conduct feasibility studies of enlarging Shasta Dam and Reservoir, consistent with the CALFED Record of Decision (ROD) and the 1983 <i>Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies</i>.</p> <P> <p>The Investigation is one of four active surface storage feasibility studies identified in the CALFED ROD. The final reports are available for public review at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/slwri/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/slwri/</a>.</p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49870 San Joaquin River Restoration Program Seeks Input on Recapturing and Recirculating Restoration Flows
<p>SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation is preparing the Long-term Recapture and Recirculation of Restoration Flows Environmental Impact Statement for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. Reclamation has published a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS to identify a set of alternatives for the recapture and recirculation of restoration flows to long-term contractors of the Friant Division of the Central Valley Project. Reclamation is seeking suggestions and information on the alternatives and topics to be addressed and any other important issues related to the proposed action. Four scoping meetings will be held at the following dates and locations to help gather that input:</p> <P> <p>· <b>Sacramento </b>August 10, 1-3 p.m. - Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Regional Office </p> <P> <p>2800 Cottage Way, Cafeteria Conference Room C 1002 </p> <P> <p>· <b>Tulare </b>August 11,6-8 p.m. - Tulare International Agriculture Center, 4500 S. Laspina Street </p> <P> <p>· <b>Fresno</b> August 12, 6-8 p.m. – DoubleTree by Hilton, Fresno Conference Center, Salon A, 2233 </p> <P> <p>Ventura Street</p> <P> <p>· <b>Los Banos</b> August 13, 6-8 p.m. – College Green Building, 1815 Scripps Dr. </p> <P> <p>Oral and written comments will be accepted during the meetings to solicit public input on alternatives, concerns, and issues to be addressed in the EIS. Submit written comments on the scope of the EIS by close of business, Thursday, August 27, 2015, to Kellye Kennedy, Bureau of Reclamation, SJRRP, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-170, Sacramento, CA 95825; fax to 916- 978-5469; or email <a href="mailto:recaptureandrecirculation@restorejsr.net">recaptureandrecirculation@restorejsr.net</a>.</p> <P> <p>Reclamation will develop a reasonable range of alternatives for analysis in the EIS based on previous studies, stakeholder and public input. The SJRRP has been working to implement the Restoration Goal and Water Management Goal described in the Stipulation of Settlement in Natural Resources Defense Council, et al., v. Kirk Rodgers, et al. These goals are both critical to the success of the overall SJRRP. Successfully achieving the Water Management Goal includes recirculating water back to the Friant Division Water Contractors to reduce the supply impacts of releasing Restoration Flows. Paragraph 16(a) of the Settlement directs the Secretary of the Interior to develop and implement a plan to recapture, recirculate and return water through transfers or other means.</p> <P> <p>As described in the SJRRP Program EIS/R, the long-term recapture and recirculation alternatives may include modifications to existing facilities or the construction of new facilities. The water may be delivered directly back to the Friant Division Contractors, or may be made available to others through transfers, exchanges or sales. Action alternatives in the EIS could include expansion of existing facilities or construction of new facilities for the recapture of SJRRP water, the direct delivery of SJRRP water to Friant Division Contractors and, the exchange and/or transfer of recaptured SJRRP Flows among Friant Contractors or between Friant and non-Friant Contractors. </p> <P> <p>The Long-term Recapture and Recirculation of San Joaquin River Restoration Program Flows is authorized by Title X of Public Law 111-11, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, Reclamation will analyze in the EIS the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental effects that may result from implementation of the proposed action and alternatives.</p> <P> <p>For information on the Restoration Program, please visit <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net">www.restoresjr.net</a>. </p> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49869 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Los Carneros Water District’s Recycled Water Pipeline Project
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif. </b>- The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact and an Environmental Assessment for the Los Carneros Water District’s Recycled Water Pipeline Project. The EA details Reclamation’s proposed grants of a total of $1.73 million to the Los Carneros Water District to improve water conservation efficiency and to increase water reliability. </p> <P> <p>The grants will partially fund the construction of a metered recycled water pipeline to distribute recycled water from the Napa Sanitation District’s wastewater facilities to approximately 4,050 acres of residential and agricultural land in southwest Napa County. Once constructed, the metered pipeline will distribute approximately 1,465 acre-feet of recycled water each year. </p> <P> <p>The EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22274">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22274</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a></p> <P> <p>For questions on the project or to request a copy of the EA and FONSI, please contact Kylene Lang at (916) 978-6153 or email <a href="mailto:klang@usbr.gov">klang@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49832 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for a Temporary Warren Act Contract for Storage and Conveyance of Non-CVP Water from Placer County Water Agency to East Bay Municipal Utility District in 2015
FOLSOM, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the execution of a temporary Warren Act contract with the East Bay Municipal Utility District. The Warren Act contract would allow for the storage and conveyance of non-Central Valley Project water from the Placer County Water Agency’s Middle Fork Project reservoirs in Folsom Reservoir, Lake Natoma and the Folsom South Canal. <P> Reclamation proposes to enter into a temporary Warren Act contract to allow EBMUD to store and convey up to 12,000 acre-feet of PCWA’s stored Middle Fork Project water in federal facilities. The Proposed Action will authorize the use of the federally-owned Folsom Reservoir, Lake Natoma and Folsom South Canal for storage and conveyance of the PCWA transfer water. The transfer water will be diverted at EBMUD’s Freeport Regional Water Project intake facility located on the lower Sacramento River below the confluence of the lower American and Sacramento rivers. After diversion at Freeport, the transfer water would be conveyed through the lower reach of the Folsom South Canal via EBMUD’s Folsom South Canal Connection Pipeline and EBMUD’s Mokelumne Aqueducts to the EBMUD service area. <P> The Final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are attached to the news release email distribution. To request a copy of the Final EA/FONSI or for additional information, please contact John Hutchings at jhutchings@usbr.gov or 916-989-7179 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49812 Public Comment Period on Revised Delta Conveyance Document Extended 60 Days
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Department of Water Resources and the Federal Bureau of Reclamation announced today a 60-day extension of the public comment period for the joint Partially Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report (RDEIR)/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan/California WaterFix. <P> The public comment period began July 10. Originally scheduled to end on August 31, 2015, it is being extended to Friday, October 30, 2015. <P> The two-month extension gives the public, government agencies, and independent scientists more time to consider refinements and changes made since last summer to the plan that seeks to secure California’s water supplies and improve ecosystem conditions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Delta is the West Coast’s largest estuary and is the hub of the state’s water distribution system. It provides water to 25 million of California’s 38 million residents and three million of roughly nine million irrigated acres of farmland. The Delta also harbors several threatened and endangered fish species. <P> To view or download the RDEIR/SDEIS, or for a list of locations to access a DVD of the document, please go to www.baydeltaconservationplan.com. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. Upcoming Meetings <P> Two public meetings are scheduled for next week in Sacramento and Walnut Grove. The open house-style meetings will allow those with questions about the revised documents to speak individually to technical experts. A court reporter will be available for those who would prefer to submit comments verbally rather than in writing. <P> Meeting information: • Tuesday, July 28, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, Magnolia Room, 1230 J Street, Sacramento. • Wednesday, July 29, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jean Harvie Senior and Community Center, 14273 River Road, Walnut Grove. <P> To Submit Comments Written comments are due by close of business Friday, October 30, 2015. Comments should be mailed to BDCP/WaterFix Comments, P.O. Box 1919, Sacramento, CA 95812 or emailed to BDCPComments@icfi.com. <P> For additional information, please contact Theresa Olson, Reclamation, 916-930-5676 (TTY 800-877-8339) or Cassandra Enos-Nobriga, California Department of Water Resources, 916-651-0178. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49811 Reclamation to Open the Delta Cross Channel Gates
<p><b>WALNUT GROVE, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Friday, July 24, at about 12 p.m. The gates will remain open until further notice. Please be advised that the decision to open or close the gates can be made on short notice based on requirements. </p> <P> <p>The Delta Cross Channel Gates control the diversion channel near Walnut Grove about 30 miles south of Sacramento. When the gates are open, fresh water is drawn from the Sacramento River into the interior of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta through Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River. The open gates also allow boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent juvenile salmon from being diverted from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta.</p> <P> <p>Boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The closing and opening of the gates generally take about one hour.</p> <P> <p>Information on gate operations can be accessed on Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt</a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-2683.</p> <P> For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49790 Reclamation to Close the Delta Cross Channel Gates
WALNUT GROVE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will close the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Monday, July 20, at about 10 a.m. The closure is required to meet Bay-Delta Salinity requirements. The gates will remain closed until further notice. Please be advised that the decision to open or close the gates can be made on short notice based on requirements. <P> The Delta Cross Channel Gates control the diversion channel near Walnut Grove about 30 miles south of Sacramento. When the gates are open, fresh water is drawn from the Sacramento River into the interior of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta through Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River. The open gates also allow boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent juvenile salmon from being diverted from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta. <P> Boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The closing and opening of the gates generally take about one hour. <P> Information on gate operations can be accessed on Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-2683. <P> For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49782 Reclamation Amends Prospectus for Concession Development and Operation at Lake Berryessa
<p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has amended the business opportunity (Prospectus) for recreation development and operation at five concession areas located at Lake Berryessa in Napa County, which is posted on the Federal Business Opportunity website at <a href="http://www.fbo.gov">http://www.fbo.gov</a>. The Concession prospectus provides business opportunities for the development of new long-term commercial recreation services and support facilities at five Recreation Areas at lake Berryessa.</p> <p>On July 2, Reclamation announced a request for proposals from interested parties for the development and long-term management of concession facilities and services at Lake Berryessa. These businesses will be conducted under the terms and conditions of long-term concession contracts between the successful bidders and Reclamation. <strong>This amendment provides Infrastructure Design Plans and Financial Feasibility information necessary for bidders to complete and submit their bids, along with corrections to the original Prospectus.</strong></p> <p>Concession operations at Lake Berryessa were selected as the preferred management option in the 2006 Visitor Services Plan/Record of Decision. The Lake Berryessa Prospectus offers five areas for development and operation as concession facilities: Putah Canyon, Monticello Shores, Berryessa Point, Spanish Flat and Steele Canyon Recreation Areas. Bidders may submit proposals on all five concession areas, either singly or as bundled sites to take advantage of potential cost savings from combined operations. Reclamation will award no more than three areas to any one bidder. </p> <p>Business opportunities may include full-service marinas, overnight lodging, tent and RV camping, houseboat and pleasure boat rentals, retail sales, restaurants, day use facilities and other services. Some operations may be seasonal while others will be year-round. Bidders may also suggest other appropriate facilities/activities as part of their unique proposals. Reclamation has conducted substantial advanced planning in the development of this business opportunity and has several relevant draft reports and reference materials available for review on the <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/prospectus.html">Lake Berryessa Prospectus</a> website.</p> <p><strong>Proposals will be accepted until Monday, Aug. 31, 2015.</strong></p> <p>To register at the Federal Business Opportunity website and for information on submitting a business proposal, please visit <a href="https://www.fbo.gov/">https://www.fbo.gov/</a> and search for Keyword/Solicitation #<strong>MP-15-LB1</strong>.</p> <p> Information about Lake Berryessa may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/</a>.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact Peggi Brooks, Chief, Recreation Resources Division, Central California Area Office, at 916-989-7128 (TTY 800-877-8339), <a href="mailto:pbrooks@usbr.gov">pbrooks@usbr.gov</a>, or fax 916-989-7208.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49780 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Proposed Temporary Change in Water Quality Requirements for Groundwater in Delta-Mendota Canal
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. -- </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review draft Environmental Assessment and Finding Of No Significant Impact documents for the approval of a temporary change in the maximum acceptable concentration of selenium for groundwater pumped into the upper portion of the Delta-Mendota Canal. The temporary change is in response to drought conditions and would allow an additional 13 wells to collectively pump up to 30 cubic feet per second of groundwater through August 30, 2015 (approximately 1,841 acre-feet per month). </p> <P> <p>A similar program was approved in 2014 that allowed 14 wells to pump groundwater into the upper portion of the DMC that had between 2 and 5 ppb of selenium. As shown in the EA for this proposal, the addition of groundwater from the 14 wells did not cause a measurable increase in selenium in the DMC. In addition, during the 2014 action concentration of selenium at Check 13 (O’Neill Forebay) did not exceed 0.4 ppb which is well below the water quality standard for human consumption of 50 ppb and wildlife of 2 ppb.</p> <P> <p>The draft EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. If you would like a copy of the documents, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). </p> <P> <p>Comments are due by close of business, Friday, July 24, 2015. Please email comments to <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 to 559-487-5397. Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address.</p> <P> <p>For additional information, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49777 Reclamation to Hold Lake Berryessa Community Forum Meeting July 21 at the Lake Berryessa Senior Center
<p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation will hold the next meeting of the Lake Berryessa Community Forum on Tuesday, July 21, at the Lake Berryessa Senior Center. Forum meetings are designed to promote public input on recreation opportunities and services at Lake Berryessa. The public is invited to attend the Forum meeting, which will be held:</p> <p align="center"><strong><u>Tuesday, July 21, 6-8 p.m.</u></strong><br /> Lake Berryessa Senior Center<br /> 4380 Spanish Flat Loop Road<br /> Napa, CA  94558</p> <p>At the meeting, Reclamation will provide status updates on planning for current and future recreation services, the newly released Prospectus for five concession areas, and Eastside management planning.</p> <p>Reclamation is working to implement the Lake Berryessa Visitor Services Plan Record of Decision and provide safe and enjoyable recreation experiences for visitors to Lake Berryessa. </p> <p>To be added to the Lake Berryessa email/mailing list or to request special assistance to attend the July 21 meeting, please contact Janet Sierzputowski, Public Affairs Office, at 916-978-5112 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:jsierzputowski@usbr.gov">jsierzputowski@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>Lake Berryessa is managed by Reclamation&rsquo;s Central California Area Office as part of the Solano Project. Additional information is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>.</p> <P>