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=47848 Reclamation Invites Volunteers to Help Clean Up Lake Berryessa During California Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, Sept. 20
<p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> – In celebration of California Coastal Cleanup Day, the Bureau of Reclamation is partnering with the California Coastal Commission, Solano County Resource Conservation District, the Napa Resource Conservation District, and the Napa Dive Club to clean up Lake Berryessa&rsquo;s Markley Cove and Pope Creek Bridge areas on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be served immediately following the cleanup.</p> <p>In an effort to reduce the use of additional plastic at the cleanup sites, volunteers are encouraged to bring a bucket or reusable bag, work gloves, a reusable water bottle, and trash grabbers (if possible), but supplies will be available for all who need them. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, a hat, and sunscreen and should be prepared to be outside in potentially changing weather.</p> <p>To volunteer as part of the dive, canoe, and kayak crew, or the ground crew at Pope Creek Bridge, please contact Jason Jordan at 707-966-2111 ext. 143 or <a href="mailto:jgjordan@usbr.gov">jgjordan@usbr.gov</a>. To volunteer as part of the ground crew picking up trash at Markley Cove, please contact Marianne Butler at 707-301-5778 or <a href="mailto:Marianne.Butler@Solanorcd.org">Marianne.Butler@Solanorcd.org</a>. Pre-registration is required for this event. Details about meeting locations and lunch at each site will be provided as individuals call in to pre-register. </p> <p>Held every year on the third Saturday in September, California Coastal Cleanup Day is the state&rsquo;s largest volunteer event. In 2013, over 51,543 volunteers removed 471,218 pounds of trash and 30,530 pounds of recyclables from California&rsquo;s beaches, lakes, bays, creeks, rivers, and highways. For additional information, please visit the website at <a href="http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html">http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html</a>.</p> <p>California Coastal Cleanup Day supports President Obama&rsquo;s <em>America&rsquo;s Great Outdoors </em>initiative, 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, vibrant outdoor legacy for generations to come. To learn more about the initiative, please visit <a href="http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov/">http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov/</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47847 Reclamation Announces New Interim Concessionaire at New Melones Lake Marina
<p><strong>SONORA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation announces that effective Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, a new concessionaire will be operating the New Melones Lake Marina at Glory Hole Recreation Area, New Melones Lake.</p> <p>Darrin Mills of Angels Camp has assumed the current interim contract formerly held by David Smith of Shasta Lake Resorts, LP. In addition, the contract will be extended for two additional years beginning <br /> Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2016. This contract extension is being implemented to support continuity of services until a new long-term concession contract can be advertised and awarded through a competitive bidding process.</p> <p>Throughout the term of this interim concession contract, all current marina services and operations will continue to be available as lake levels permit. Current services include wet slips for houseboats and pleasure boats; rental of houseboats, pleasure boats, kayaks, and paddle boards; boat fueling and wastewater pump-out stations; and the marina&rsquo;s floating convenience store. In addition, Mills intends to offer expanded land-based services for park visitors.</p> <p>For a listing of services and hours of operation, please contact the New Melones Lake Marina at 209-785-3300 or at <a href="http://newmeloneslakemarina.com">http://newmeloneslakemarina.com</a>. The public is invited to visit the new marina operation this fall.</p> <p>Reclamation appreciates the many years of dedicated service provided by David Smith and Shasta Lake Resorts, LP on behalf of visitors to New Melones Lake and the marina.</p> <p>For questions on the New Melones Lake Marina interim concession contract or future long-term concession contract opportunities, please contact Resource Manager Alex Michalek at <a href="mailto:amichalek@usbr.gov">amichalek@usbr.gov</a> or Chief Park Ranger Billy Brown at <a href="mailto:wabrown@usbr.gov">wabrown@usbr.gov</a> or call them at 209-536-9094 (TTY 800-877-8339).</p> <p>For information on New Melones Lake, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47846 Reclamation Announces Public Meetings and Revision of Standard Criteria for Evaluating Water Management Plans
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will host three public meetings to present information and receive comments on the proposed revision to the Standard Criteria for Evaluating Water Management Plans. Reclamation developed the Standard Criteria in response to the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992 and in accordance with the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982. The purpose of the Standard Criteria is to promote the highest efficiency of water delivery. <P> Section 210 of the Reclamation Reform Act requires contractors to prepare and submit Water Management Plans with definite goals, appropriate water conservation measures, and timetables. Contractors are required to submit Plans every five years to be evaluated against the Standard Criteria by the Mid-Pacific Regional Water Conservation Office. Section 3405(e) of the CVPIA requires that the Standard Criteria be reviewed every Three years and revised, if necessary. <P> The three public meetings to receive comments are scheduled for: <P> Willows: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1-3 p.m., Holiday Inn, 545 N Humboldt Ave, Willows, CA 95988 <P> Sacramento: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1-3 p.m., Federal Building, Cafeteria Conference Rooms C-1001-C1002, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 <P> Fresno: Thursday, Sept. 11, 1-3 p.m., Piccadilly Inn Airport, 5115 E. McKinley Ave, Fresno, CA 93727 <P> Please visit http://www.usbr.gov/mp/watershare/ to view the proposed 2014 Standard Criteria. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Comments must be received by close of business, Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Written comments should be sent to Angela Anderson, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825 or emailed to aanderson@usbr.gov. For additional information, please contact Anderson at 916-978-5215 (TTY 1-800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47830 Water Service Contracts Available for 60-Day Public Review
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and six Central Valley Project contractors intend to execute two-year interim renewal contracts effective March 1, 2015. The existing contracts expire on Feb. 28, 2015. <P> The draft contracts for the cities of Avenal, Coalinga and Huron; the California Department of Fish and Wildlife; the Panoche Water District; and the San Luis Water District are available for public review at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/lt_contracts/2015_int_cts/index.html. If you encounter problems accessing the draft contracts, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> This action is dependent on the finalization of the National Environmental Policy Act documentation and Endangered Species Act compliance. Environmental documents will be released for public review and comment, separately, at a later date. <P> Written comments must be received by close of business Tuesday, Oct. 28 and should be sent to Barbara Hidleburg, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-440, Sacramento, CA 95825-1898, faxed to 916-978-5193, or emailed to bhidleburg@usbr.gov. For additional information, please contact Hidleburg at 916-978-5193 or (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47828 Bureau of Reclamation Encourages Visitors to Protect Historic Resources at New Melones Lake
<p><strong>SONORA, Calif. </strong>– Visitors to New Melones Lake are asked to help protect historic resources by not handling, removing, or destroying any artifacts or ruins on or along the lake bed. The remains of some historic sites are now being exposed due to low reservoir levels. The sites and artifacts are protected by federal laws that prohibit disturbing them in any way, including removing or relocating artifacts.</p> <p>Reclamation reminds visitors that it is important to protect exposed historic resources by not digging, handling, or removing anything from the lake bed or adjacent lands and that the use of metal detectors is not permitted within the New Melones Lake Project Area.</p> <p>The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 43, Part 423, Section 423.29, states that visitors must not destroy, injure, deface, remove, search for, disturb, or alter natural resources or cultural resources and that visitors must not possess a metal detector on Reclamation lands (<a href="http://cfr.regstoday.com/43cfr423.aspx" target="_blank">http://cfr.regstoday.com/43cfr423.aspx</a>). The historic sites around the lake and those that are normally covered by water in the reservoir are protected by the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (16 USC 470aa-mm) and other federal laws.</p> <p>Please report any found ruins or artifacts or any tampering, destruction, or removal of ruins or artifacts to the New Melones Lake office at 209-536-9094. For additional information on New Melones Lake, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47827 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for Colusa Indian Community Council’s Compton Diversion Fish Screen Project
<p><strong>COLUSA</strong>, <strong>Calif</strong>. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Colusa Indian Community Council&rsquo;s Compton Diversion Fish Screen Project, located near the town of Colusa.</p> <p>Reclamation proposes to provide cost-share funding to CICC through the Anadromous Fish Screen Program to screen CICC&rsquo;s existing 22 cubic feet per second unscreened diversion on the Sacramento River with a conical fish screen that meets the National Marine Fisheries Service&rsquo;s and California Department of Fish and Wildlife&rsquo;s design requirements. The Project is needed to minimize diversion impacts to out-migrating anadromous fish on the Sacramento River without impairing the ability of CICC to divert water, consistent with their existing water rights. The fish screen would be placed at the existing intake off the river<strong> </strong>and would not increase CICC&rsquo;s overall diversion capacity from the Sacramento River. </p> <p>The AFSP&rsquo;s 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=18821">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18821</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 Thursday, Sept. 11, 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=47789 Reclamation, State of California Announce Negotiations with Cross Valley Contractors for Conveyance Service
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif. --</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have scheduled a negotiation session with seven Cross Valley Contractors on long-term conveyance contracts for the delivery of federal Central Valley Project water conveyed through state-owned facilities.</p> <p>Reclamation, DWR, and the contractors have previously entered into successive, short-term interim renewal contracts pursuant to the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, which included both federal water service and state conveyance terms and conditions. However, DWR now prefers that its conveyance responsibilities be defined in a separate contract that is exclusive of Reclamation&rsquo;s water service responsibilities.</p> <p>The contractors are the Hills Valley Irrigation District, Kern-Tulare Water District, Lower Tule River Irrigation District, Pixley Irrigation District, Tri-Valley Water District, the county of Tulare and the county of Fresno.</p> <p>The next conveyance contract negotiation session will be held in: </p> <p align="center"><strong><u>Fresno</u></strong></p> <p align="center">Thurs., Aug. 28, 2014<br /> 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.<br /> Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office<br /> 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721</p> <p>The public is welcome to attend and will have the opportunity to comment. Participation instructions and all pertinent documents will be provided at the beginning of the session. For additional information, please contact Scott Taylor, Senior Repayment Specialist, at 559-487-5504 (TTY 800-735-2929), fax 559-487-5397, or e-mail <a href="mailto:staylor@usbr.gov">staylor@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
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>