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=48389 Reclamation to Reopen Lake Berryessa’s Capell Cove Launch Ramp Effective Thursday, Dec. 18
<p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, will reopen the Capell Cove Launch Ramp at Lake Berryessa effective Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Reclamation closed the ramp Sept. 15 when drought conditions and receding water levels caused it to become unusable. Due to recent storms, lake levels have risen to the point where the Capell Cove Launch Ramp can now be re-opened.</p> <p>Visitors may also use other ramps at Lake Berryessa, including those at Putah Canyon Recreation Area, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Pleasure Cove Marina and Markley Cove Resort. Locations of these concession areas may be found on the map at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>.</p> <p>For information, please visit the following websites:</p> <ul> <li>Markley Cove – <a href="http://www.markleycoveresort.com">www.markleycoveresort.com</a></li> <li>Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area and Spanish Flat Recreation Area – <a href="http://www.goberryessa.com">www.goberryessa.com</a>.</li> <li>Putah Canyon Recreation Area – <a href="http://www.royalelkparkmanagement.com">www.royalelkparkmanagement.com</a>.</li> </ul> <p>For information on lake levels, launch ramp availability or recreation services, please call the Lake Berryessa Administration Office at 707-966-2111.</p> <p>For additional information, please visit the website 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=48347 Louis Moore Selected as Deputy Public Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region
<p><strong><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/images/LWMoore.jpg" alt="non-interactive image of Wilbert "Louis" Moore" width="217" height="326" align="left" />SACRAMENTO, Calif. -</strong> Wilbert Louis Moore has been selected as the Deputy Public Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation?s Mid-Pacific Region. In this position, Moore will assist the Regional Public Affairs Officer, Erin Curtis, with management of the Region's public affairs, public involvement and public education programs. Moore will also help guide the Region?s internal communications and media and congressional relations.</p> <p>"Louis has been an essential member of the Region's Public Affairs Office for 20 years. He has extensive experience working with the media, the public, elected officials and representatives of federal, state and local government agencies," stated Curtis. "His comprehensive knowledge of the Mid-Pacific Region, and particularly the Central Valley Project, as well as his exceptional people skills basically guarantee his success in this position"</p> <p>Prior to joining Reclamation, Moore served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He then worked for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force in Berlin, West Germany, as a local national, and he led tours of East Berlin for Destinations Unlimited. Moore began working for the Region's Public Affairs Office in October 1993 as a data entry clerk, and in 1994, he became the lead Reclamation guide at Folsom Dam for the Central California Area Office. He returned to Public Affairs part-time in 1997 and full-time in 1998. He has also worked in the Mid-Pacific Region's Division of Planning as a project coordination specialist.</p> <p>Moore holds a bachelor's degree in Information Technology from National University. He was born in Georgia and raised in New Jersey.</p> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48346 Federico Barajas Selected as the New Area Manager for the Northern California Area Office at Shasta Dam
<p><strong><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/images/Barajas.jpg" alt="non-interactive image of Frederico Barajas" width="217" height="326" align="left" />SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Region announced today that Federico Barajas has been selected as the Area Manager for the Northern California Area Office at Shasta Dam. This position was formerly held by Brian Person who will retire in 2015.</p> <p>&ldquo;Federico has held several key positions since joining Reclamation,&rdquo; stated Regional Director David Murillo. &ldquo;His leadership will be exceptional in helping the Region continue to accomplish our commitments to manage water delivery, water conservation, flood control and power generation and protect natural and cultural resources.&rdquo;</p> <p>Barajas&rsquo; former position was Deputy Area Manager for the Central California Area Office based at Folsom Dam, 23 miles east of Sacramento. He previously served as Deputy Area Manager for the Bay Delta Conservation Program in Reclamation&rsquo;s Bay-Delta Office.</p> <p>Barajas began his Reclamation career in the Mid-Pacific Region in 1991 as a Project Manager in the Planning Division, managing and directing multiple long-term water resources projects throughout the Region for more than 10 years. His positions since that time have included manager for the San Luis Drainage Collaborative Resolution Program, Regional Liaison for Reclamation&rsquo;s Commissioner's Office, Special Assistant to the Regional Director, and Special Assistant to the Department of the Interior&rsquo;s Assistant Secretary for Water &amp; Science. During his tenure with Reclamation, Barajas has provided program direction and management oversight for a number of complex projects in connection with sensitive water resource issues.</p> <p>Barajas is a graduate of Reclamation&rsquo;s Leadership Development Program and the California Agricultural Leadership Program. He resides in Sacramento with his wife, Berenice and their two children.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48306 Reclamation Announces Business Opportunity for Marina Concession Development/Operation at New Melones Lake
<p><strong>SONORA, Calif.</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation announces a business opportunity for marina concession development and operation at New Melones Lake. Reclamation is requesting proposals from interested parties for the development, and long-term management and operation of concession facilities and services at the Glory Hole Recreation Area at New Melones Lake, located in Calaveras County, Calif. This business will be conducted under the terms and conditions of a concession contract between the successful bidder and Reclamation.</p> <p>Reclamation envisions a new concession operation with required services that includes 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. Some facilities will be provided by Reclamation.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/Marina/index.html">New Melones Concession Prospectus</a> provides a business opportunity for the development of new long-term commercial recreation services and support facilities in an expanded area within the Glory Hole Recreation Area. Reclamation will provide an opportunity for prospective offerors to tour the existing facilities, see the proposed marina location and expanded concession area, and submit questions regarding this concession business opportunity. The site visit will be held on Friday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. Participants will meet at the New Melones Lake Administrative Center, 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora, CA 95370, 209-536-9094 (<a href="http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?searchtype=address&country=US&addtohistory=&searchtab=home&formtype=address&popflag=0&latitude=&longitude=&name=&phone=&level=&cat=&address=6850+Studhorse+Flat+Road&city=Sonora&state=CA&zipcode=">location map</a>).</p> <p>New Melones Lake is located in the northern Sierra foothills in the Southern Mother Lode, approximately eight miles south of Angels Camp in Calaveras County and six miles north of the town of Sonora in Tuolumne County. New Melones Lake is within a short drive of other attractions such as Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Yosemite National Park. It is a popular camping, boating and stopping point along Highway 49 and is readily accessible by millions of potential visitors. It is within a three-hour drive of the San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento and other municipalities in Central California.</p> <p><strong>Proposals will be accepted for 60 days, from Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, to Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.</strong></p> <p>To register at the Federal Business Opportunity website and for information on the submittal of a business proposal, please visit <a href="http://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/Default.htm">http://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/Default.htm</a>. </p> <p>To learn more about this business opportunity, please visit the New Melones Prospectus website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/Marina/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/Marina/index.html</a>.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact Peggi Brooks, Chief, Recreation Resources Division, Central California Area Office, at 916-989-7128 (TTY 800-877-8339), <a href="mailto:pbrooks@usbr.gov">pbrooks@usbr.gov</a>, or fax 916-989-7208.</p> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48286 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Proposed Warren Act Contracts for Conveyance and Storage
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. - </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental documents for 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 Warren Act contracts would allow annual conveyance of up to 10,000 acre-feet of their respective pre-1914 San Joaquin River water into the Delta-Mendota Canal from January 2015 through December 2045 for Banta-Carbona Irrigation District and Byron-Bethany Irrigation District and from September 2015 through August 2046 for Patterson Irrigation District. </p> <P> <p>The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact 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=20221">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20221</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>Please email comments to <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a> by close of business on Friday, Dec. 26. Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 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. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48249 Reclamation Announces Temporary Closure of Lake Berryessa’s Spanish Flat Recreation Area
<p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, will temporarily close Spanish Flat Recreation Area at Lake Berryessa beginning Thursday, Jan 1, 2015. Drought conditions and resulting low visitation have caused Spanish Flat Recreation Area to become economically unfeasible for the concessionaire to operate during the off-peak recreation season.</p> <p>Visitors are encouraged to use the recreation areas at Lake Berryessa that typically remain open during the off-peak recreation season, including Putah Canyon Recreation Area, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Pleasure Cove Marina, Markley Cove Resort, and Oak Shores and Smittle Creek Day Use Areas. The locations of these recreation areas can be found on the map at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/maps/Berryessa_Map2013.pdf">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/maps/Berryessa_Map2013.pdf</a>.</p> <p>The Spanish Flat Recreation Area is scheduled to re-open on Friday, May 15, 2015, if drought conditions have substantially improved. For additional information on Spanish Flat Recreation Area services and schedules, please call the concessionaire, Pleasure Cove Marina, LLC, at 707-966-9600 or visit their website at <a href="http://www.goberryessa.com/">http://www.goberryessa.com/</a>.</p> <p>For information on recreation services, lake levels, launch ramp availability, etc. please call the Lake Berryessa Administration Office at 707-966-2111 or visit the Lake Berryessa website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48247 Reclamation Releases Habitat Assessment for Shasta Dam Fish Passage; Public Webinar Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 4
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation, National Marine Fisheries Service and federal and state partner agencies have released an assessment detailing the ability of two major tributaries to Shasta Reservoir to support the spawning, rearing and migration of Chinook salmon.</p> <p>The Shasta Dam Fish Passage Evaluation Final Habitat Assessment contains results of surveys of the McCloud River and upper Sacramento River and provides a comparison of habitat for each river system. The assessment is available for download at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/BayDeltaOffice/Documents/Shasta_Fish_Passage/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/BayDeltaOffice/Documents/Shasta_Fish_Passage/index.html</a>.</p> <p>Methodology and key results of the surveys will be presented during a subcommittee meeting of the Interagency Fish Passage Steering Committee from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4. The public, riverine landowners and other interested parties are invited to participate in the meeting, which will be held via webinar. To attend the meeting via webinar, please register at the following link: <a href="https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/63640095752776449">https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/63640095752776449</a>. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.</p> <p>The Shasta Dam Fish Passage Evaluation is a joint effort of Reclamation, NMFS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Water Resources, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California State Water Resources Control Board and the University of California. The project is part of Reclamation&rsquo;s response to the NMFS June 4, 2009, Biological Opinion on the coordinated long-term operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. The BO concluded, in part, that CVP and SWP operations were likely to jeopardize the continued existence of salmonids protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. The BO outlines a Reasonable and Prudent Alternative that obligates Reclamation to evaluate the feasibility of reintroducing federally listed salmonids upstream of Shasta, Folsom and New Melones dams.</p> <p>The Habitat Assessment will assist in the development of approaches to reintroduce Chinook salmon. A Draft Environmental Assessment for the Pilot Implementation Plan is scheduled for a 30-day public comment period in January 2015. Comments received will be considered for inclusion in the Final Environmental Assessment and will contribute to the completion of the Pilot Implementation Plan. The Pilot Implementation Plan will describe how the feasibility for fish passage at Shasta Dam will be evaluated.</p> <p>For contacts and additional information on the Shasta Dam Fish Passage Evaluation, please visit Reclamation&rsquo;s website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/BayDeltaOffice/Documents/Shasta_Fish_Passage/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/BayDeltaOffice/Documents/Shasta_Fish_Passage/index.html</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48246 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for Folsom Reservoir Safety of Dams Dike 1 Modifications
<p><strong>FOLSOM, Calif.- </strong>The Bureau<strong> </strong>of Reclamation today announced the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment for proposed Safety of Dams modifications to Folsom Reservoir&rsquo;s Dike 1 in the Granite Bay Recreation Area.</p> <p>Although there is no immediate danger, the purpose of the proposed project is to more thoroughly reduce the risk of Dike 1 failure from water seepage through the embankment. The project includes five primary components: (1) stockpiling of filter materials (sand and gravel); (2) removal and stockpiling of slope protection material and riprap; (3) installation of a toe drain at the base of Dike 1; (4) installation of a gravel and sand slope filter; and (5) replacement of the stockpiled protection material on the face of Dike 1.</p> <p>The Draft EA has been 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=20121">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20121</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>Written comments are due by close of business Thursday, Dec. 11. Please email comments to Elizabeth Dyer at <a href="mailto:elizabethdyer@usbr.gov">elizabethdyer@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to: Elizabeth Dyer, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630 or faxed to 916-989-7208. For questions, please contact Dyer at 916-989-7256 (TTY 800-877-8339) or at <a href="mailto:elizabethdyer@usbr.gov">elizabethdyer@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48226 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 Monday, Dec. 1, at approximately 9 a.m. The temporary closure is needed to maintain minimum flow requirements for fish protection in the Bay-Delta per the National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion. The gates will remain closed 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.</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&rsquo;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=48207 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for the Proposed Los Banos Creek Diversion Project
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. ­– </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the draft environmental documents for the proposed installation of a connection structure between Los Banos Creek and Check 15 of the Delta-Mendota Canal for introduction of Los Banos Creek water during flood events.</p> <P> <p>All introduced water would be subject to 5 percent conveyance losses and may only be used on the riparian lands associated with Los Banos Creek located in Central California Irrigation District, Grasslands Water District North and San Luis Water District. </p> <P> <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 <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20181" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20181</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>Please email comments to Rain Emerson at <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a> by close of business, Monday, Dec. 22. Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 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. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48191 Reclamation to Hold Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study Public Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 9
<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> ? Next month, the Bureau of Reclamation will hold the fourth in a series of public meetings designed to inform stakeholders and the public about the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study. The public is invited to participate in the meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, from 1:30-4:00 p.m. at the Bureau of Reclamation Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Cafeteria Conference Room C1003 (adjacent to the Cafeteria), Sacramento, CA 95825. </p> <P> <p>Interested individuals, agencies and stakeholders may participate in person or online. Please go to: <a href="https://ssjbs.webex.com/ssjbs/onstage/g.php?MTID=ead50dcaafd4003cd6a8634c9bd07c054" target="_blank">https://ssjbs.webex.com/ssjbs/onstage/g.php?MTID=ead50dcaafd4003cd6a8634c9bd07c054</a> and follow the instructions for connecting to the online meeting.</p> <P> <p>Reclamation will present a summary of climate change impacts and findings identified in the <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/wcra/docs/ssjbia/ssjbia.pdf">Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Climate Impact Assessment</a>, released on Sept. 22. Reclamation and the five non-federal partner agencies participating in this Basins Study will be asking participants to propose potential climate adaptation strategies and options in response to potential impacts.</p> <P> <p>The purpose of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study is to identify adaptation strategies to mitigate potential climate change impacts to water and associated resources in these basins and meet future water demands. The study was initiated under the Department of the Interior?s WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America?s Resources for Tomorrow) Program.</p> <P> <p>Building on previous and ongoing work in the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Tulare Lake Basins, the study is projected to be completed in spring 2015. The study team will use information available throughout the basins, including experiences of interested individuals and organizations, as input for the study.</p> <P> <p>This effort is being conducted through a partnership between Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources, the California Partnership for San Joaquin Valley, Stockton East Water District, Madera County Resource Management Agency, El Dorado County Water Agency, Friant Water Authority and Mountain Counties Water Resources Association.</p> <P> <p>For additional information, please contact Arlan Nickel, Program Manager, at 916-978-5061 or <a href="mailto:anickel@usbr.gov">anickel@usbr.gov</a> or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/SSJBasinStudy/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/SSJBasinStudy/index.html</a>.</p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48187 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Proposed Warren Act Contracts for West Stanislaus Irrigation District
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. -</b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed issuance of a series of five-year temporary Warren Act contracts to West Stanislaus Irrigation District. </p> <P> <p>The proposed contracts would allow for the annual conveyance of up to 10,000 acre-feet of the district’s post-1914 San Joaquin River water into the Delta-Mendota Canal beginning in January 2015 and ending on December 31, 2045.</p> <P> <p>The Draft 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=20081">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20081</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>Please email comments to Rain Emerson by close of business Monday, Dec. 22. 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 to Emerson 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. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48167 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for a Warren Act Contract with the El Dorado Irrigation District
<p><strong>FOLSOM, Calif. --</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for the execution of a five-year temporary Warren Act contract with the El Dorado Irrigation District to allow for the diversion of non-Central Valley Project water from Folsom Reservoir.</p> <p>Reclamation proposes to enter into this Warren Act contract with EID to allow for the diversion of 8,500 acre-feet per year of their Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Project No. 184 water at EID&rsquo;s raw water pump station on Folsom Reservoir. EID currently operates Project 184 as a hydroelectric project and has consumptive use rights to this water under State Water Resources Control Board Water Right Permit 21112. The Proposed Action would allow EID to utilize Project 184 water for consumptive use purposes within their CVP service area.</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=20106">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20106</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 email comments by close of business Thursday, Dec. 4, to John Hutchings at <a href="mailto:jhutchings@usbr.gov">jhutchings@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to: John Hutchings, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630, or faxed 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 800-735-2929). 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=48166 MP-14-227 - CORRECTED - Notice of Availability of Draft EIS on CVP Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy and Public Meetings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has made available for public review and comment the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Central Valley Project Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy. <P> The Draft EIS addresses updating the existing 2001 Draft CVP M&I WSP that would be used by Reclamation to: <P> • Define water shortage terms and conditions for applicable CVP M&I water service contractors, as appropriate <P> • Establish CVP water supply levels that, together with the M&I water service contractors' drought water conservation measures and other water supplies, would assist the M&I water service contractors in their efforts to protect public health and safety during severe or continuing droughts <P> • Provide information to M&I water service contractors for water supply planning and the development of drought contingency plans. <P> Four public meetings have been scheduled to solicit comments on the topics addressed in the Draft EIS: <P> Sacramento, CA - Monday, Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m., Sacramento Inn and Suites, 1401 Arden Way, 95815 <P> Willows, CA - Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m., Willows Memorial Hall, 525 West Sycamore Street, 95988 <P> Fresno, CA - Tuesday, Dec. 16, 6-8 p.m., Piccadilly Inn Airport, 5115 East McKinley Avenue, 93727 <P> Oakland, CA - Wednesday, Dec. 17, 6-8 p.m., Courtyard Oakland Airport, 350 Hegenberger Road, 94621 <P> If special assistance is required to participate in the public meetings, please contact Louis Moore at 916-978-5106 (TTY 800-877-8339) or wmoore@usbr.gov, at least 10 working days prior to the meeting. <P> The Draft EIS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=1717. For additional information, please visit Reclamation’s M&I WSP website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp/mandi/. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Hard copies of the document are available for review at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825; please call 916-978-5593 (TTY 800-877-8339) to request an appointment. The document may also be viewed and at these main libraries: Sacramento, Willows, Fresno, Oakland, and Washington D.C. <P> Written comments are due by close of business Monday, Jan.12, 2015, and should be sent to Tim Rust, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, or emailed to trust@usbr.gov, or faxed to 916-978-5290. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EIS, please contact Rust using the information provided above or call 916-978-5516 (TTY 800-877-8339) or contact Michael Inthavong at 559-487-5295 (TTY 800-735-2929), minthavong@usbr.gov, or at 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48149 Notice of Availability of Draft EIS on CVP Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy and Public Meetings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has made available for public review and comment the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Central Valley Project Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy. <P> The Draft EIS addresses updating the existing 2001 Draft CVP M&I WSP that would be used by Reclamation to: <P> • Define water shortage terms and conditions for applicable CVP M&I water service contractors, as appropriate <P> • Establish CVP water supply levels that, together with the M&I water service contractors' drought water conservation measures and other water supplies, would assist the M&I water service contractors in their efforts to protect public health and safety during severe or continuing droughts <P> • Provide information to M&I water service contractors for water supply planning and the development of drought contingency plans. <P> Four public meetings have been scheduled to solicit comments on the topics addressed in the Draft EIS: <P> Sacramento, CA - Monday, Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m., Sacramento Inn and Suites, 1401 Arden Way, 95815 <P> Willows, CA - Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m., Willows Memorial Hall, 525 West Sycamore Street, 95988 <P> Fresno, CA - Tuesday, Dec. 15, 6-8 p.m., Piccadilly Inn Airport, 5115 East McKinley Avenue, 93727 <P> Oakland, CA - Wednesday, Dec. 17, 6-8 p.m., Courtyard Oakland Airport, 350 Hegenberger Road, 94621 <P> If special assistance is required to participate in the public meetings, please contact Louis Moore at 916-978-5106 (TTY 800-877-8339) or wmoore@usbr.gov, at least 10 working days prior to the meeting. <P> The Draft EIS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=1717. For additional information, please visit Reclamation’s M&I WSP website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp/mandi/. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Hard copies of the document are available for review at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825; please call 916-978-5593 (TTY 800-877-8339) to request an appointment. The document may also be viewed and at these main libraries: Sacramento, Willows, Fresno, Oakland, and Washington D.C. <P> Written comments are due by close of business Monday, Jan.12, 2015, and should be sent to Tim Rust, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, or emailed to trust@usbr.gov, or faxed to 916-978-5290. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EIS, please contact Rust using the information provided above or call 916-978-5516 (TTY 800-877-8339) or contact Michael Inthavong at 559-487-5295 (TTY 800-735-2929), minthavong@usbr.gov, or at 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. <P> <P>