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=48074 Draft Environmental Documents Available for Temporary Change in Water Quality Requirements for Groundwater Released into Friant-Kern Canal
FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released environmental documents for public review that analyze a temporary reduction in water quality requirements for groundwater introduced into the Friant-Kern Canal. The proposal would temporarily allow introduction of water from specific, identified wells into the canal. <P> The temporary reduction would stretch limited water supplies available to Reclamation’s Friant Division water contractors. <P> Sampling of the water in the canal would be conducted weekly to ensure nitrate and salinity levels do not exceed certain limits. The proposed action would continue through Feb. 28, 2016 or as long as the drought continues. <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 http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19781. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail ibr2mprpao@usbr.gov. <P> Please email comments to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation at remerson@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to Emerson at 559-487-5397. Comments are due by Nov. 13. 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. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48073 Reclamation Announces Biological Opinions 2014 Annual Science Review and Workshop for the Long-term Operation of the CVP/SWP
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the Delta Science Program, in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and California Department of Water Resources, have scheduled an annual science review and workshop on certain biological opinion implementation actions relative to the 2014 operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. The 2014 annual science review will be the fifth annual review. <P> This annual science review and workshop has been scheduled in response to the June 4, 2009, NMFS Biological and Conference Opinion (BiOp) issued on the long-term operations of the CVP and SWP. This BiOp concluded that the long-term operation of the CVP/SWP was likely to jeopardize the continued existence of several federally listed species under NMFS jurisdiction. Consequently, NMFS provided a Reasonable and Prudent Alternative (RPA) that met the criteria of 50 CFR 402.02 and included a provision for an annual science review and workshop. <P> Under direction from the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior, this review has been expanded to include a review of the implementation of the USFWS Long-term Operation BiOp. DWR also participates in the review because of the joint operation of the CVP/SWP. <P> The goal of the annual science review and workshop is to: (1) provide an Independent Review Panel (IRP) a forum for presentations and discussion of submitted technical reports; (2) develop lessons learned; (3) incorporate new science; and (4) make appropriate scientifically justified adjustments to the RPA or its implementation to support real-time decision making for the next water year. Additionally, the IRP will inform NMFS and USFWS as to the efficacy of the prior years’ water operations and regulatory actions prescribed by their respective RPAs. <P> This year’s annual review will focus on the implementation of BiOp RPAs for operation and fisheries for water year 2014 (Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014) and will include: <P> • Modified Delta Cross Channel Gate Opening Criteria Based on the 2014 Drought Operations Plan <P> • Proposed Modifications to winter-Run Chinook salmon Juvenile Production Estimate Calculation <P> • Metropolitan Water District’s Proposal for Calculating Cumulative Salvage Index Values for Adult Delta Smelt. <P> The workshop is scheduled over two days in Sacramento: <P> Thursday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. <P> Friday, Nov. 7, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. <P> California Department of Food and Agriculture 1220 N Street, Main Auditorium Sacramento, CA 95814 <P> The workshop will have an Instant Net Conference web page and a call-in line for audio. Public comments through this courtesy service will be limited to written comments and may not receive a response during the meeting. <P> To participate via the website: http://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?sigKey=mymeetings&i=743051673&p=Science&t=c <P> To call-in for audio: 1-877-402-9753, Participant Pass Code: 1882129. <P> For additional information, please contact Traci Michel, Reclamation, at 916-414-2420 (TTY 800-877-8339) or tmichel@usbr.gov or Lindsay Correa, Delta Stewardship Council, at 916-445-0092 or lcorrea@deltacouncil.ca.gov. <P> The public is encouraged to visit the Delta Science Program website at http://www.deltacouncil.ca.gov/science-program for the meeting materials. A limited number of copies of these materials will be available at the meeting. Reasonable time limits may be established for public comments (California Government Code Sections 11125). <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48070 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for Exchange of Refuge Water for Panoche Water District Groundwater
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for a proposal to exchange refuge Level 2 water for Panoche Water District’s groundwater. </p> <P> <p>Panoche Water District is proposing to fund the costs of pumping and delivering up to 4,000 acre-feet of groundwater supplies from four existing wells in exchange for up to 2,000 acre-feet of Central Valley Project refuge Level 2 water. The groundwater would be delivered to private wetlands within the Grassland Resources Conservation District in Merced County for refuge water supply needs in fall 2014 through February 28, 2015. In exchange, Panoche Water District would receive Level 2 water delivered by Reclamation to help meet current agricultural water needs.</p> <P> <p>The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19841.%20">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19841.</a> If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>Written comments must be received by close of business Wed., Nov. 5, 2014, and should be sent to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, emailed to <a href="mailto:bhubbard@usbr.gov">bhubbard@usbr.gov</a>, or faxed to 916-978-5059. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft 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=48069 Reclamation and Department of Water Resources to Release the CalLite 3.00 (Beta) Model
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On November 7, 2014, the Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources will jointly release the CalLite 3.00 (Beta) Model, a Central Valley Project and State Water Project water operations simulation screening tool. The CalLite model runs faster and provides results within 5 percent of the more detailed CalSim II model. CalLite is simple enough to be used as an educational resource for stakeholders, yet sophisticated enough to provide powerful analytical capabilities for more experienced modelers. <P> CalLite has a user-friendly interface, faster simulation time, and options for evaluating the impact of different regulations, facilities, and operational strategies on Federal and State reservoirs in the Central Valley. Improvements since the previous version of the CalLite model include batch-run capability, a dynamic San Joaquin River module, and the ability to specify individual actions and various water supply allocation methods required under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Section 3406 (b)(2). The model is also capable of performing climate change analyses. <P> CalLite 3.00 also includes the ability to simulate the water operations necessary to meet the State’s Water Right Decision 1485 because it governed operations when the Coordinated Operations Agreement was put into place, and it is often seen as a fundamental baseline of comparison for water supply benefits. This capacity to model Decision 1485 allows users the opportunity to examine the effects of additional regulations. <P> The CalLite model is posted on the DWR website at http://baydeltaoffice.water.ca.gov/modeling/hydrology/CalLite/index.cfm. <P> For more information about CalLite, please contact Nazrul Islam, DWR, at, nazrul.islam@water.ca.gov, 916-653-8727, or Tom FitzHugh, Bureau of Reclamation, tfitzhugh@usbr.gov, 916-978-5070 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48066 Reclamation to Close the Delta Cross Channel Gates
<p><strong>WALNUT GROVE, Calif.</strong> ? The Bureau of Reclamation will close the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at approximately 9 a.m. The temporary closure is needed to maintain minimum flow requirements for fish and wildlife protection in the Bay-Delta. The gates will open on Thursday, Oct. 30, at approximately 9 a.m. The gates will remain open until further notice. </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; they also allow for boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent salmon from being diverted from their migratory route up the Sacramento River. The temporary closure is for the D-1641 Bay-Delta Standard monthly flow objective at Rio Vista.</p> <p> Boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The gates opening and closing times are approximate, since an operator must travel to the site to perform the change. The opening and closing of the gates generally takes 30 minutes to one hour.</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 916-979-0268. For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48047 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for San Joaquin Valley Irrigation Districts' Water Exchange
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a draft Environmental Assessment analyzing impacts of providing Central Valley Project water to meet water supply needs in four San Joaquin Valley districts in exchange for groundwater from the districts for wildlife refuges in the fall. <P> The San Luis and Del Puerto Water districts are proposing to fund the costs of pumping and delivery of groundwater supplies of up to 2,000 acre-feet from three existing private wells in the Grassland Water District in exchange for up to 1,000 acre-feet of CVP water. The groundwater would be delivered to private lands within the Grassland Resources Conservation District in Merced County for refuge water supply needs in the fall of 2014. In exchange, districts in western San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced and Fresno counties would receive CVP water delivered by Reclamation to help meet water needs. <P> The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19281. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Written comments must be received by close of business Mon., Oct. 27 2014, and should be sent to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, emailed to bhubbard@usbr.gov, or faxed to 916-978-5059. For additional information or to request a copy of the draft 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> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48046 Reclamation to Hold Lake Berryessa Community Forum Meeting Wednesday, Oct. 29
<p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation will hold the next meeting of the Lake Berryessa Community Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Lake Berryessa Senior Center. Forum meetings are designed to promote public input on recreation opportunities and services at Lake Berryessa.</p> <p>The public is invited to attend the Forum meeting which will be held:</p> <p align="center"><strong><u>Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m.</u></strong><br /> Lake Berryessa Senior Center<br /> 4380 Spanish Flat Loop Road<br /> Napa, CA  94558</p> <p>At this meeting, Reclamation will provide status updates on existing and future recreation services, long-term planning processes, the Lake Berryessa Wildlife Area management plan, and current interim services operations.</p> <p>Reclamation is scheduling a meeting for Wednesday, Dec. 10, on the future development of recreation facilities and the award of long-term concession contracts at five Lake Berryessa concession areas. At the meeting, the public will be invited to provide comments on the draft development plans as part of scoping under the National Environmental Policy Act. The time and location of that meeting will be announced at a later date.</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 Oct. 29 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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48030 Reclamation Seeks Public Comment on Interim Water Contracts in American River Division
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif</strong>. ?The Bureau of Reclamation and three water service contractors in the American River Division of the Central Valley Project intend to enter into interim renewal water service contracts for two years starting March 1, 2015. Public comments on the proposed interim contracts are due by Dec. 15, 2014.</p> <p>Existing interim renewal water service contracts with the City of Roseville, Sacramento County Water Agency and Sacramento Municipal Utility District expire February 28, 2015. Interim renewal contracts will allow Reclamation to continue providing water service to these water purveyors until long-term renewal contracts can be executed.</p> <p>The draft forms of the three interim renewal contracts are available for public review at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/lt_contracts/2015_int_cts/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/lt_contracts/2015_int_cts/index.html</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the draft contracts, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>Execution of the proposed interim renewal contracts also requires finalization of the National Environmental Policy Act documentation and Endangered Species Act compliance. The environmental documents will be released separately for public review and comment.</p> <p>Written comments on the draft contracts must be received by close of business Monday, Dec. 15, and should be sent to Patricia Stewart, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-440, Sacramento, CA 95825-1898, faxed to 916-978-5292, or emailed to <a href="mailto:pastewart@usbr.gov">pastewart@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information, please contact Stewart at 916-978-5244 or (TTY 800-877-8339).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48009 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on 10-year Transfer and Warren Act Contracts for Santa Clara Valley Water District
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents on the transfer of up to 36,000 acre-feet of Patterson Irrigation District’s available water to the Santa Clara Valley Water District over a period of 10 years. <P> The SCVWD will be able to receive the water in increments, not to exceed 6,000 acre-feet per year, up to the maximum 36,000 acre-feet annually, from March 1, 2014 through February 29, 2024. Reclamation would also issue Warren Act contracts for conveyance of any non-Central Valley Project water delivered throughout this 10-year period. Conveyance of non-CVP water under a Warren Act contract would be subject to available capacity in federal facilities. The Warren Act of 1911 authorized the United States to execute contracts for the conveyance and storage of non-project water in federal facilities when excess capacity exists. <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 http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17461. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47990 Reclamation to Increase Flows at Iron Gate Dam to Address Fish Health Concerns
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation will release additional water from PacifiCorp’s Iron Gate Dam beginning Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7 a.m. in an effort to reduce the impacts of a parasite outbreak in coho and Chinook salmon in the upper Klamath River. Flows at Iron Gate Dam will increase from 1,000 cubic feet per second to 1,750 cfs for approximately 10 days. <P> Recent fish sampling in the Klamath River indicate that a fish disease outbreak is occurring. Findings of Ichtypthirius multifilis, or Ich, have been observed in fish collected from the mainstem Klamath River over the past several weeks. Significant additional sampling of fish has occurred since Ich was first identified in mid-September. Recent sampling shows that the majority of fish collected in the mainstem Klamath River, upstream of the confluence with the Trinity River, are infected with Ich, with most of the cases classified as severe. Many agency and tribal fisheries biologists believe that a fish die-off is imminent and could occur at any time due to the excessively high disease loads that the fish are carrying. <P> The releases will come from water stored in PacifiCorp’s Klamath River Hydroelectric Reservoirs, based on an agreement between Reclamation and PacifiCorp. In the agreement, PacifiCorp agreed to draw down storage within its hydroelectric reservoirs to provide additional water to assist Reclamation in meeting competing demands for water in the Klamath Basin. <P> “Reclamation understands the severity of the Klamath River Ich disease outbreak and the large-scale impacts that could occur to our valuable in-stream resources and the local communities if a fish die off were to occur. We are continuing to work closely with our federal partners and tribal leaders to ensure that the volume of water we are making available below Iron Gate Dam is used as effectively as possible.” said Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Director, David Murillo. <P> A technical team made up of experts from federal agencies and tribes will monitor and evaluate the impacts on in-stream resources. Overall, it is anticipated that this flow event will use about 16,000 acre-feet from PacifiCorp’s reservoirs and will have no effect on Upper Klamath Lake elevations. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions on or near the river while flows are high during this period. <P> For additional information, please contact Tara Jane Campbell Miranda, Acting Public Affairs Specialist, at 541-880-2540 (TTY 800-877-8339) or tcampbellmiranda@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47989 Reclamation Announces Public Comment for Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation Draft EIS to End on October 27, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation for public comment on September 5, 2014. The DEIS describes possible benefits and impacts of increasing water storage through a proposed dam and reservoir on the upper San Joaquin River, about 25 miles northeast of Fresno in California’s Central Valley. Public comments will be accepted until Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, consistent with the Environmental Protection Agency Notice of Availability. <P> Public hearings on the Draft EIS to gather public comments are scheduled as follows: <P> Sacramento, California Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m. -- 3 p.m. Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region 2800 Cottage Way Cafeteria Conference Rooms 1001-1002 Sacramento, CA 95825 <P> Fresno, California Thursday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. -- 8 p.m. Piccadilly Inn 2305 West Shaw Ave. Fresno, CA 93711 <P> Comments should be mailed to Melissa Harris, Project Manager, Reclamation, Planning Division, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825-1893, faxed to 916-978-5094, or emailed to sha-mpr-usjrbsi@usbr.gov. Comments may also be typed into a form on the project website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/storage/contact.html. All comments will be considered during preparation of the Final EIS. <P> For questions, please contact Harris at 916-978-5075 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> The Draft EIS is available on Reclamation’s website: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=821. <P> To request an electronic copy of the draft document, please contact Steve Geissinger in Reclamation’s Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 or email sgeissinger@usbr.gov. <P> Copies of the documents may also be viewed at the Reclamation Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, by calling 916-978-5593. For more information about the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation, please visit http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/storage/index.html. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47988 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for the Central California Irrigation District Amaral System Improvements Project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for review an Environmental Assessment to fund a portion of the Central California Irrigation District Amaral System Improvements Project. <P> Reclamation would provide funds to CCID for the project through a Bay-Delta Restoration Program: CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant. The proposed project would capture agricultural spill and tailwater, and pump the water into a new regulating reservoir where it can be reincorporated back into CCID’s irrigation system. <P> The proposed project is located near Newman in Stanislaus County, California, and is estimated to save up to 487 acre-feet per year. <P> The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, which is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19461. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Written comments are due by close of business Friday, October 17, 2014. Comments may be sent to Shelly Hatleberg, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, may also be faxed to Hatleberg at 916-978-5290 or emailed to shatleberg@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the EA, please contact Hatleberg at 916-978-5050. Copies of the EA may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Sacramento office at the above address. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47991 Reclamation Releases Revised Environmental Documents on 2014 San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority Transfers
<p>SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a revised Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the transfer of Central Valley Project water by CVP Contractors located north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to CVP Contractors south of the Delta. The water was purchased by the San Luis &amp; Delta-Mendota Water Authority on behalf of their member agencies.</p> <p>The transfers involve Base Supply and/or Project Water from 15 entities with Sacramento River Settlement Contracts located north of the Delta. Conveyance of transfer water across the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta prior to the end of September was not possible due to the restrictive operations that were required to address worsening drought conditions and cold-water pool management at Folsom and Shasta reservoirs; therefore, the revised EA/FONSI consider the effects of the conveyance of transfer water through Nov. 15, 2014.</p> <p>The revised EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act<strong> </strong>and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16681">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16681</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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47987 Central Valley Project Begins Water Year 2015 with 3.1 Million Acre-Feet of Storage (2 Million Acre-Feet Less than WY 2014)
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Central Valley Project began water year 2015 <br /> (Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015) with 3.1 million acre-feet of water in six key CVP reservoirs (Shasta, Trinity, Folsom, New Melones, and Millerton reservoirs and the federal share of the joint federal/state San Luis Reservoir). This is less than half of the 15-year average annual carryover of 6.4 million acre-feet and about 2 million acre-feet less than the amount with which the region started WY 2014.</p> <p>&ldquo;Last year was a difficult one, and we are starting this year with even less water in our reservoirs,&rdquo; said Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. &ldquo;We are working closely now with our stakeholders and partner agencies to determine all possible strategies to help us manage our limited water supplies. It continues to be critical that we use every acre-foot of water wisely and efficiently as the Mid-Pacific Region enters what is potentially a fourth year of a severe drought.&rdquo;</p> <p>The following tables show reservoir capacities and end-of-year storage comparisons for water years 2013 and 2014 for key CVP reservoirs and compare end-of-year storage from WY 2010 to WY 2014. One acre-foot is the volume of water sufficient to cover an acre of land to a depth of one foot, enough water to sustain a typical California household of four for one year.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="646"> <tr> <td width="646" colspan="8" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>CVP Reservoir Capacities and End of WY 2014 Storage in Million Acre-feet </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Reservoirs</strong></p></td> <td width="372" colspan="6" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Annual Storage Comparisons </strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>15-Year <br /> Average Storage</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>CVP Reservoirs <br /> and Capacities<br /> </strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2014</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of  <br /> Capacity</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of <br /> 15 Yr Average</strong></p></td> <td width="54" valign="top"><p><strong>2013</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of  <br /> Capacity</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of <br /> 15 Yr Average</strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1998-2014</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p><strong>Shasta  4.552 </strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.2</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>26</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>47</strong></p></td> <td width="54" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.9</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>42</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>74</strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2.45</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p><strong>New Melones  2.42</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.52</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>21</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>37</strong></p></td> <td width="54" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.0</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>41</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>70</strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.40</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p><strong>Trinity  2.448 </strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.60</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>25</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>40</strong></p></td> <td width="54" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.3</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>53</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>81</strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.53</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p><strong>Folsom  .977 </strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.35</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>36</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>70</strong></p></td> <td width="54" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.36</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>37</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>70</strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.50</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p><strong>Millerton  .52</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.18</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>35</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>75</strong></p></td> <td width="54" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.32</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>61</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>128</strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.25</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p><strong>Federal San Luis  .966</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.25</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>26</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>84</strong></p></td> <td width="54" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.22</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>23</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>77</strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.30</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top"><p><strong>Total  11.8 </strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>3.1</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>27</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>47</strong></p></td> <td width="54" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>5.1</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>43</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>75</strong></p></td> <td width="119" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>6.4</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p><table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="left"> <tr> <td width="481" colspan="7"><p align="center"><strong>Comparison of Previous End-of-Year Storage</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="481" colspan="7" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Million Acre-feet</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="66"><p align="center"><strong>2014</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="69"><p align="center"><strong>2013</strong></p></td> <td width="69"><p align="center"><strong>2012</strong></p></td> <td width="69"><p align="center"><strong>2011</strong></p></td> <td width="63"><p align="center"><strong>2010</strong></p></td> <td width="76" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1977<br /> (Driest Year)</strong></p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1983<br /> (Wettest Year)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>3.1</strong></p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>5.1</strong></p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>6.9</strong></p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>9.3</strong></p></td> <td width="63" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>7.4</strong></p></td> <td width="76" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.5</strong></p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>9.8</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To address the prospect that dry conditions will persist into WY 2015, the Mid-Pacific Region has begun holding meetings with CVP water contractors, power customers, tribes, non-governmental organizations, other federal agencies, and state of California agencies to facilitate open communication on the status of WY 2014 and brainstorm additional water management strategies, suggestions and ideas for consideration going into 2015.</p> <p>&ldquo;Cooperative and collaborative relationships have been critical to managing our scarce supplies through the drought of 2014 and will continue to be indispensable as we face a potentially dry 2015,&rdquo; Murillo said.</p> <p>Following several stakeholder meetings in 2013, Reclamation developed the <em>CVP Water Plan 2014</em>, which contains actions and strategies for managing water in drought conditions. The plan may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/Water_Supply_Meetings/index.html">www.usbr.gov/mp/Water_Supply_Meetings/index.html</a>. Reclamation will develop the <em>CVP Water Plan 2015</em> after gathering information, suggestions and ideas during meetings being held in 2014. In addition, Reclamation and the State of California are working with agencies to develop a 2015 Drought Operations Plan to cooperatively address critical drought-related issues throughout the 2015 water year.</p> <p>The CVP typically provides irrigation water critical to about 3 million acres of agricultural land in the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys and along California&rsquo;s central coast, but that quantity was significantly reduced in WY 2014. The CVP also provides urban water for millions of people and industrial water essential to the San Francisco Bay Area&rsquo;s economy. Water from the CVP is also crucial for the environment, wildlife and fishery restoration, and hydroelectric power production.</p> <p>During WY 2014, CVP powerplants generated about 2.7 billion kilowatt-hours. Project use consumed about 25 percent of this energy; the remaining energy was made available for marketing. The Mid-Pacific Region&rsquo;s hydroelectric generators have a combined capacity of approximately 2.1 million kilowatts.</p> <p>In late January Reclamation will announce preliminary WY 2015 CVP water supply conditions and in late February will announce the initial CVP water supply to be made available under contracts (prior to the start of the contract year, which begins on March 1). Reclamation will continually monitor and evaluate hydrologic conditions and will adjust the initial water supply allocations, as warranted, to reflect updated snowpack and runoff. Current allocations and background information are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water">www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water</a>. </p> <p>For additional storage information, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo">www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo</a> or contact the Public Affairs Office at <br /> 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47986 Environmental Documents Available for the Colusa County Water District Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Installation Project
<p><strong>SHASTA LAKE, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation today released a final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a project that would automate water operations for the Colusa County Water District.</p> <p>Under the WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Program, Reclamation will provide financial assistance to the District to install SCADA equipment to automate District-wide water operations. Automation of water operations would improve water use efficiencies within the District, resulting in substantial energy and water savings. The proposed SCADA project is located in Colusa and Yolo counties, California.</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=19421" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19421</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 documents, please contact Paul Zedonis at <a href="mailto:pzedonis@usbr.gov">pzedonis@usbr.gov</a> or 530-276-2047 (TTY 530-275-8991). The documents may also be viewed at Reclamation's Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Blvd., Shasta Lake, CA 96019. </p> <P>