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=48968 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents; Public Meeting on Trinity River Channel Rehabilitation Project
<p><strong>WEAVERVILLE, </strong><strong>Calif.</strong><strong> </strong><strong>– </strong>As part of the Trinity River Restoration Program<strong>, </strong>the Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study for the Trinity River Channel Rehabilitation Site: Limekiln Gulch. A public meeting will be held to receive comments on Wednesday, March 11, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Douglas City School, Douglas City, Calif.  </p> <p>Representatives from Reclamation, the Bureau of Land Management (federal co-lead agencies) and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (California state lead agency) invite you to learn about the scope of the project and submit public comments at the meeting. The Limekiln Gulch channel rehabilitation site is located on the mainstem Trinity River about 0.3 miles upstream of Steel Bridge Campground near Douglas City. The project proposes to start construction and rehabilitation this summer. Constructing this project would increase salmon and steelhead habitat downstream of Lewiston Dam, as described in the Dec. 19, 2000, Record of Decision for the Trinity River Mainstem Fishery Restoration Environmental Impact Statement. </p> <p>The proposed project would enhance the quality of terrestrial and aquatic habitat and increase habitat complexity by (1) constructing slow water refuge habitats, such as side channels, for juvenile salmon and steelhead, (2) reconnecting the floodplain with the river, (3) re-vegetating with native plants, and (4) placing wood and rock structures that react with flow to create and maintain habitat.</p> <p>The Draft EA and IS for this project were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20621">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20621</a>or the Trinity River Restoration Project website at <a href="http://www.trrp.net">www.trrp.net</a>. If you have problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="file:///\\ibr2mprfs006\PAO\Release%20Directory\2015\00-Working%20Folder\mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>Written comments must be received by close of business Tuesday, March 31. Please send comments to Brandt Gutermuth, Trinity River Restoration Program, P.O. Box 1300, Weaverville, CA 96093 or <a href="mailto:bgutermuth@usbr.gov">bgutermuth@usbr.gov</a>. For further information, please contact Gutermuth at 530-623-1806 or <a href="mailto:bgutermuth@usbr.gov">bgutermuth@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48949 New Social Media Channel for Reclamation’s Central Valley Project
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif. --</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation has launched a new Twitter account for its largest water project – the Central Valley Project in Northern California.</p> <p>Follow <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/ReclamationCVP">@ReclamationCVP</a></strong> for the latest information about water operations, storage status and breaking news about the CVP&rsquo;s 19 dams and reservoirs, 11 powerplants, and 500 miles of major canals and related facilities.</p> <p>The CVP serves farms, homes and industry in California&rsquo;s Central Valley as well as major urban centers in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is also the primary source of water for much of California&rsquo;s wetlands. In addition to delivering water for farms, homes, factories and the environment, the CVP produces electric power and provides flood protection, navigation, recreation and water quality benefits.</p> <p>Managed by Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Region headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., the CVP annually delivers about 6 million acre-feet of water for agricultural, urban, and wildlife use.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48948 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document on the Carson River and Derby Diversion Dam Tender Houses Project
<p><strong>CARSON CITY, Nev.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment evaluating the effects of a proposed federal action to implement the Carson River and Derby Diversion Dam Tender Houses Demolition and Removal Project in Churchill and Storey Counties, Nevada.</p> <p>Dam tender houses were historically built by Reclamation to provide on-site housing for operators of the diversion dams associated with the Newlands Project. The Truckee-Carson Irrigation District operates the Carson River and Derby Diversion Dams under a Reclamation contract. The Reclamation houses at the two dams were once used by the District, but they are no longer needed by the District or Reclamation for Newlands Project purposes.</p> <p>The purpose of the proposed action is to demolish and remove the two dam tender houses and all of their associated structures (garages, outbuildings, fences, utility lines). Given their relatively isolated locations, age, condition and unoccupied status, these structures are an unattractive nuisance and present health, safety and security risks for the District and Reclamation. Reclamation would retain the acquired lands where the houses are located for Newlands Project purposes. The EA assesses the potential environmental impacts that could result from the proposed action. Public comment on the Project will help identify any potential environmental issues, concerns and alternatives that should be addressed in the Final EA.</p> <p>The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20845">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20845</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>The EA is also available for public review at the Churchill County Library, 553 South Maine Street, Fallon, Nevada 89406, and the Storey County Library, 95 South &quot;R&quot; Street, Virginia City, Nevada 89440.</p> <p>Written comments are due by close of business Friday, March 27, to Selena Werdon, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 N. Plaza Street, Suite 320, Carson City, Nevada 89701. Comments may also be faxed to 775-882-7592 or emailed to <a href="mailto:swerdon@usbr.gov">swerdon@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information, please contact Werdon at 775-884-8366.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48889 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document on Cawelo Water District and North Kern Water Storage District Calloway Canal Lining Project
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review an environmental assessment of a proposed canal lining project that would be partially funded with CALFED Water Use Efficiency Project Grants. </p> <P> <p>Under the proposed action, Reclamation would award Cawelo Water District with a $300,000 CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant to assist in funding the lining of Reach C1of the Calloway Canal and a similar CALFED grant for $1,000,000 to assist in funding of Reach C2. Reclamation would also award North Kern Water Storage District with an Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency grant for $609,500 to assist in funding the lining of Reach D. The Calloway Canal is near Bakersfield, California.</p> <P> <p>The proposed project involves concrete lining of a total of 5,290 linear feet of the currently unlined Calloway Canal. Lining would reduce seepage from the canal of about 1,842 acre-feet per year. </p> <P> <p>The CALFED Bay-Delta Program is a 30-year program among 25 federal and state agencies with responsibility in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. CALFED Water Use Efficiency Program grants provide matching funds for water conservation projects. </p> <P> <p>The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20505">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20505</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>Written comments are due by close of business Friday, March 6. Comments should be sent to Doug Kleinsmith, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may also be emailed to <a href="mailto:dkleinsmith@usbr.gov">dkleinsmith@usbr.gov</a>, or faxed to 916-978-5055. </p> <P> <p>For additional information or to receive a copy of the EA, please contact Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional office at the above address. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48888 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Two Central Valley Project Interim Renewal Contracts
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. -</b> The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents on the proposed renewal of San Luis Unit Central Valley Project interim renewal contracts for Panoche Water District and San Luis Water District.</p> <P> <p>Interim renewal contracts are undertaken under the authority of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act to provide a bridge between the expiration of the original long-term water service contracts and long-term renewal of those contracts. Each of the interim renewal contracts would be renewed for up to two years beginning March 1, 2015.</p> <P> <p>The Final Environmental Assessment and Findings of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19961">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19961</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 Final EA/FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48887 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Warren Act Contracts
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. -</b> The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents on the proposed issuance of a series of temporary Warren Act contracts to Byron-Bethany Irrigation District, Banta-Carbona Irrigation District, and Patterson Irrigation District.</p> <P> <p>The annual conveyance of up to 10,000 acre-feet of their respective pre-1914 San Joaquin River water into the Delta-Mendota Canal. The Warren Contracts for Byron-Bethany Irrigation District and Banta-Carbona Irrigation District will be from January 2015 through December 2045 and from September 2015 through August 2046 for Patterson Irrigation District.</p> <P> <p>The Final Environmental Assessment and Findings of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20221">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20221</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 Final EA/FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48867 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for a Warren Act Contract with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District
<p><strong>FOLSOM, Calif. --</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation released today for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed execution of a five-year Temporary Warren Act Contract with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.</p> <p>The proposed contract with SMUD is to facilitate the delivery of up to 15,000 acre-feet per year of non-Central Valley Project water diverted from the American River at Nimbus Dam and conveyed through the Folsom South Canal to SMUD’s Rancho Seco CVP service area for Municipal and Industrial purposes. The water under this contract would be used by SMUD for its power generation operations.</p> <p>A 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=20721">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20721</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>Comments are due by <strong><em>Friday, February 27, 2015</em></strong>. Please email comments to John Hutchings, Bureau of Reclamation, at <a href="mailto:jhutchings@usbr.gov">jhutchings@usbr.gov</a> or mail comments to him at 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630 or fax comments to 916-989-7208.</p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Hutchings at 916-989-7179 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the Draft EA may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Folsom office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48846 San Joaquin River Restoration Program to Release Juvenile Spring-run Chinook Salmon into the San Joaquin River
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> –On February 26, the San Joaquin River Restoration Program will release approximately 54,000 hatchery-produced juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River. The release effort will provide an opportunity to carry out fisheries studies while contributing to the long-term reintroduction of spring-run Chinook salmon to the San Joaquin River as called for in the San Joaquin River Settlement.</p> <P> <p>The juvenile salmon are from the Feather River Hatchery and are being released near the confluence of the Merced and San Joaquin rivers near Newman, California. The juveniles will be transported from the hatchery to the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam on February 18 where they will be held in pens to acclimate to San Joaquin River water. After the acclimation period, the juvenile spring-run salmon will be transported to the release site for a short holding period before they are released into the river. The release will happen at night for optimal conditions for the fish, including temperature.</p> <P> <p>As part of this effort, some of these juvenile spring-run salmon are anticipated to return to the river as adults beginning in spring 2017. The SJRRP is prepared to trap and transport the returning adults up-river if conditions are such that they cannot make it on their own. The returning adults will then be monitored to determine what parts of the river they use, their survival during the summer and where they spawn. This information will help further inform future spring-run salmon reintroduction efforts.</p> <P> <p>This release of spring-run salmon represents a significant milestone for the SJRRP and the restoration of spring-run salmon populations in California. Spring-run salmon were historically abundant in the San Joaquin River, but were extirpated from the system in the 1950s. This year’s release of spring-run salmon marks only the second time in more than 50 years that juvenile spring-run salmon will be in the San Joaquin River; an equivalent number of fish were released in April 2014. These releases are early steps in the long-term commitment to bring spring-run salmon back to the San Joaquin River.</p> <P> <p>The released spring-run salmon are considered an experimental population under the Endangered Species Act and are exempted from the take prohibitions by the Central Valley Project and State Water Project consistent with the ESA rule package issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service on <br /> Dec. 31, 2013. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, in March 2014, concurred with the federal regulations using special provisions of the California ESA that the California Legislature enacted specifically for the SJRRP. The release will not impact the water supply for any water user nor will any additional water releases be made for the benefit of these fish.</p> <P> <p>The SJRRP 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.</p> <P> <p>For more information about the SJRRP, please visit <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net">www.restoresjr.net</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48828 Reclamation Extends Bid Opening for Marina Concession Development/Operation at New Melones Lake
<p><strong>SONORA, Calif. </strong>– The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the deadline for submitting proposals for the New Melones Concession Prospectus, which is posted on the Federal Business Opportunity website (<a href="http://www.fbo.gov">www.fbo.gov</a>). The Concession Prospectus provides a business opportunity for the development of new, long-term commercial recreation services and support facilities in an expanded area within the New Melones Lake&rsquo;s Glory Hole Recreation Area.</p> <p>Under the amended Concession Prospectus, proposals will be accepted from Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, to Tuesday, March 17, 2015. To register at the Federal Business Opportunity website, for more information about the business opportunity, or to submit a business proposal, please visit <a href="http://www.fbo.gov">www.fbo.gov</a>. Please insert &ldquo;MP-14-238&rdquo; in the Keyword/Solicitation # box. The prospectus is also available on the New Melones website, along with relevant guidelines, policies, and manuals, at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/">www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/</a>.</p> <p>On Dec. 10, 2014, Reclamation announced this business opportunity for marina concession development and operation at New Melones Lake. Reclamation requested proposals from interested parties for the development and long-term management and operation of concession facilities and services at the Glory Hole Recreation Area. The business will be conducted under the terms and conditions of a concession contract between the successful bidder and Reclamation.</p> <p>Reclamation envisions a concession operation with required services that include a marina with marine fuel, wastewater pumpout, pleasure craft rentals, commercial houseboat rentals, pleasure craft slip rentals, private slip rentals for houseboats and seasonal mooring ball rentals. Additional required services include retail sales, overnight cabin/yurt sites, full-service RV sites, on-site parking, dry boat storage and marine mechanic services. Land-based support facilities will include paved and unpaved roads, a marina access ramp, parking lots, lighting, restroom facilities and landscaping. Reclamation will provide some facilities.</p> <p>To learn more about New Melones Lake, please visit the website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones">www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones</a>. 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=48827 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for a Warren Act Contract with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District
<p><strong>FOLSOM, Calif. --</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation released today for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed execution of a five-year Temporary Warren Act Contract with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. </p> <p>The proposed contract with SMUD is to facilitate the delivery of up to 15,000 acre-feet per year of non-Central Valley Project water diverted from the American River at Nimbus Dam and conveyed through the Folsom South Canal to SMUD&rsquo;s Rancho Seco CVP service area for Municipal and Industrial purposes. The water under this contract would be used by SMUD for its power generation operations.</p> <p>A 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=20721">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20721</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>Comments are due by Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Please email comments to John Hutchings, Bureau of Reclamation, at <a href="mailto:jhutchings@usbr.gov">jhutchings@usbr.gov</a> or mail comments to him at 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, <br /> CA 95630 or fax comments to 916-989-7208. </p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Hutchings at 916-989-7179 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the Draft EA may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Folsom office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48807 Media Advisory: US Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Transport and Prepare Spring-run Juvenile Salmon for Release to the San Joaquin River for San Joaquin River Restoration Program
<p><strong><u>Media Advisory</u></strong><strong>: US Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Transport and Prepare Spring-run Juvenile Salmon for Release to the San Joaquin River for San Joaquin River Restoration Program</strong><u> </u></p> <p><strong>FRESNO Calif. - </strong>The San Joaquin River Restoration Program will release approximately 54,000 hatchery produced juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River near the confluence of the Merced and San Joaquin rivers near Newman, California. The Chinook salmon will be placed in pens and held for several days to acclimate to San Joaquin River water. After the acclimation period, the juvenile spring-run salmon will be transported to a release site for a short holding period prior to being released into the San Joaquin River.</p> <p><strong>WHO: </strong>John Netto, SJRRP Program Manager, USFWS<br /> Gerald Hatler, SJRRP Program Manager, CDFW<br /> <br /> <strong>WHAT: </strong>The juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon from the Feather River Fish Hatchery will be transported to the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam to acclimate to San Joaquin River water for several days.</p> <p><strong>WHEN: </strong>Wednesday, February 18, 2015, estimate 2 - 3 p.m. (when truck arrives from FRFH)</p> <p><strong>MEDIA: </strong>Activity is open to all media<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>WHERE:</strong> Gate to Bureau road below Friant Dam at 18000 N Fork Road (SR 206), Friant, CA. The gate is just across the bridge on North Fork Road on the north side of the San Joaquin River.</p> <p><strong>ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:</strong><br /> On February 26, the juvenile spring-run Chinook will be released during the evening, which provides optimal conditions and temperature. The release effort will provide an opportunity to carryout fisheries studies while contributing to the long-term reintroduction of spring-run salmon to the San Joaquin River as called for in the San Joaquin River Settlement.</p> <p>As part of this effort, some of these juvenile spring-run salmon are anticipated to return to the river as adults beginning in spring 2017. The Program is prepared to trap and transport the returning adults up-river, if conditions are such that they cannot make it on their own. The returning adults will then be monitored to determine what parts of the river they use, their survival during the summer, and where they spawn. This information will help further inform future spring-run salmon reintroduction efforts. This is the second release of spring-run salmon into the San Joaquin River; an equivalent number of fish were released in April, 2014.</p> <p>The released spring-run salmon are considered an experimental population under the Endangered Species Act and are exempted from the take prohibitions by the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project consistent with the Endangered Species Act rule package issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service on December 31, 2013. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, in March 2014, concurred with the federal regulations using special provisions of the California Endangered Species Act that the California Legislature enacted specifically for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. The release will not impact water supply for any water user nor will any additional water releases be made for the benefit of these fish.</p> <p>The SJRRP is a comprehensive, long-term effort to restore flows to the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam to the confluence of the Merced River (153 miles), restoring self-sustaining Chinook salmon populations in the river while reducing or avoiding adverse water supply impacts from the release of restoration flows. <br /> For additional information, please contact John Netto, SJRRP Program Manager, 916-717-0367.</p><p><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/images/Location_Map.png" alt="non-interactive image of physical location of Bureau Road and net pens for media event" width="624" height="406" /></p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48787 Reclamation Announces Funding for Bay Delta Restoration Program Grants
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif</b>. - The Bureau of Reclamation today announces the availability of an additional $5 million for award under the CALFED Bay-Delta Program: CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grants and the Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants Fostering District/Farmer Partnerships. Under the Funding Opportunity Announcement, a maximum of $8 million is available. The federal funding cap has been increased to $750,000 per award, not to exceed 50 percent of project costs. </p> <P> <p>The deadlines for CALFED Water Use Efficiency applications submissions are due on Friday, March 20, 2015. The deadline for Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants Fostering District/Farmer Partnerships applications submissions are due on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Eligibility for Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants Fostering District/Farmer Partnerships was changed from the CALFED solutions area to the State of California.</p> <P> <p>These two Funding Opportunity Announcements invite eligible applicants to utilize their resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on projects emphasizing water use efficiency and conservation activities that will improve ecosystem health, water supply reliability and water quality. Projects that focus on increasing the capability of on-farm water conservation and water use efficiency should be able to be undertaken by farmers and ranchers through irrigation system improvements and irrigation efficiency enhancements.</p> <P> <p>Proposals must be submitted online at <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> using Funding Opportunity Number R15AS00026 for Water Use Efficiency Grants or R15AS00030 for Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants. Awards will be available summer 2015. </p> <P> <p>For additional information, please contact, David White, 916-978-5271, <a href="mailto:dwhite@usbr.gov">dwhite@usbr.gov</a> for the Water Use Efficiency grants and Anna Sutton, 916-978-5214, <a href="mailto:asutton@usbr.gov">asutton@usbr.gov</a> for the Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency grants.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48786 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Folsom Dam Safety and Flood Damage Reduction Project
<p><strong>FOLSOM, Calif. –</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation has released environmental documents for a public safety improvement project at Folsom Dam.</p> <p>Reclamation, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the State of California Central Valley Flood Protection Board and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, has made available today the Finding of No Significant Impact for the Folsom Dam Safety and Flood Damage Reduction Project – Right Bank Stabilization. </p> <p>Reclamation will provide a Land Use Agreement to the Corps for the purposes of using Reclamation lands for their proposed Folsom Dam Safety and Flood Damage Reduction Project – Right Bank Stabilization. As part of this project, the Corps, along with the CVFPB and SAFCA, proposes to install about 40 rock bolts along 400 feet of the lower right bank slope of the American River to stabilize a large rock mass. In addition, a 20-foot wide access road and platform would be constructed to allow for mobilization of the required construction equipment. The Corps is the federal lead agency for this action. Reclamation&rsquo;s FONSI is supported by the Corps Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment/Environmental Impact Report prepared for the activities associated with this LUA action. </p> <p>This FONSI 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=1808">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=1808</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>For additional information or to request a copy of the FONSI, please contact Carolyn Bragg at <br /> 916-989-7198 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:cbragg@usbr.gov">cbragg@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48728 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for the 2015 San Joaquin River Juvenile Salmon Trap and Haul Study
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation today released the Finding of No Significant Impact on a proposed trap-and-haul study to move juvenile fall-run Chinook salmon downstream of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program&rsquo;s Restoration Area, where no migration barriers exist.</p> <p>The effort will evaluate the feasibility of implementing similar rapid response actions in the future and monitor fish movements in certain areas of the San Joaquin River during very dry years when limited flow pulses are available to cue juvenile salmon to begin their downstream migration. The action supports the Restoration Settlement by studying the feasibility of taking adaptive management action to respond to unsuitable environmental conditions.</p> <p>In fall 2014, 510 adult fall-run were moved to Reach 1 of the San Joaquin River, and more than 80 spawning redds (nests where eggs were laid) were documented. The successful outmigration of juvenile salmon is critical for survival to adulthood and to support the goal of the Restoration Program to restore Chinook salmon to the river. Factors determining successful outmigration include suitable water temperatures, adequate and timely flow for downstream movement, and a passable watercourse, none of which are currently available in some reaches of the Restoration Area due to low-flow water conditions. If successful, similar actions could be used in the future with juvenile salmon when flows limit the connectivity of the river.</p> <p>To capture fish, temporary fence weirs using wire mesh panels and supporting metal posts leading to a collection box will be installed in four locations on the San Joaquin River: Scout Island, Milburn Avenue, Highway 99, and West Herndon Avenue. In addition, temporary fish collection netting will be installed at Donnie Bridge. If Friant Dam flows improve to over 300 cubic feet per second, there is potential to install a rotary screw trap near Highway 99. The temporary fish collection facilities will allow for boat passage. Temporary fish collection structures will include bright paint, signage, flashing safety lights, and flagging, as appropriate, to alert boaters. Reclamation will place signage to alert boaters of the temporary fish collection structures upstream and downstream of the structures and at Camp Pashayan, Milburn Unit, Scout Island, Fresno Sportsmen&rsquo;s Club, Fort Washington Campground, Lost Lake County Park, and Friant Dam Landing.</p> <p>Juvenile fall-run Chinook salmon trap and haul activities will occur from early February through June 2015, depending on hydrologic conditions. Following completion of the study, fish collection structures will be removed.</p> <p>The impacts associated with the proposed action were analyzed and disclosed in the 2014 San Joaquin River Restoration Program Juvenile Fall-Run Chinook Salmon Trap and Haul Study Environmental Assessment. </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=16361">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16361</a>. If you have problems accessing the documents, please contact 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>For questions on the study, please contact Rebecca Victorine at 916-978-4624 or <a href="mailto:rvictorine@usbr.gov">rvictorine@usbr.gov</a>. To request a copy of the FONSI, please contact Margaret Gidding at 916-978-5461 or <a href="mailto:mgidding@usbr.gov">mgidding@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>For more information about the SJRRP, please visit <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net">www.restoresjr.net</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48628 Reclamation Releases Central Valley Project Integrated Resource Plan Final Report
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif</b>. – The Bureau of Reclamation today released the final report on the Central Valley Project Integrated Resource Plan. Reclamation investigated climate change impacts on water supplies and demands in the CVP service area and performed an exploratory analysis of potential adaptation strategies to address these impacts.</p> <P> <p>The CVP IRP provides valuable information for other Reclamation and California State Department of Water Resources studies, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Basin Study, the storage investigations authorized by the CALFED Record of Decision, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the California Water Plan Update. </p> <P> <p>Reclamation employed a scenario-based planning approach in the CVP IRP by combining three potential socioeconomic and six climate projections to form 18 scenarios characterizing a wide range of future uncertainties. </p> <P> <p>The CVP IRP was authorized by the CALFED Bay Delta Authorization Act (P.L. 108-362) which directs Reclamation to develop CVP Division-specific water needs assessments and work with partners to develop integrated resource plans. The CVP IRP continues and expands on the long-range planning activities of the CVP Yield Feasibility Investigation by providing an initial assessment of the potential impacts of future uncertainties in climate and socioeconomic conditions on the CVP Service Area and each of the CVP Divisions. The Summary report was released in March 2014.</p> <P> <p>Potential adaptation strategies identified in the CVP IRP include increased water conservation, storage, conveyance and environmental flows. These strategies were evaluated and compared in an exploratory manner to evaluate their potential effectiveness under a wide range of future conditions and to identify tradeoffs among the adaptation strategies.</p> <P> <p>The CVP IRP Final Report may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/SSJBasinStudy/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/SSJBasinStudy/</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 or <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. It may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento. Please call the library to make an appointment, 916-978-5593.</p> <P> For additional information, please contact Michael Tansey at 916-978-5197 (TTY 1-800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:mtansey@usbr.gov">mtansey@usbr.gov</a>.<br /> <br /> <P>