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=56368 Reclamation to Release Additional Water from Trinity Reservoir to Supplement Flows in the Lower Klamath River; Environmental Documents Released
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will release additional water from Trinity Reservoir for the lower Klamath River to help protect returning adult fall run Chinook salmon from a disease outbreak and mortality. Supplemental flows from Lewiston Dam will commence on August 25 and extend into late September. <P> On August 2, Reclamation released a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the plan to use water from Trinity Reservoir for the supplemental flows. The Draft EA also analyzed using a potential emergency volume, if needed, to avoid a significant die-off of adult salmon. Real-time monitoring and adaptive management will help guide implementation of supplemental flow releases. <P> Releases from Lewiston Dam will be adjusted to target 2,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) in the lower Klamath River starting August 25. To meet this target, releases from Lewiston Dam will increase from 450 cfs up to 1,300 cfs before dropping to 450 cfs in late September. Additional information will be provided if higher peak flows are needed in early-to-mid-September as part of the preventive action. <P> Flows from Lewiston could be raised as high as 3,500 cfs for up to five days if real-time monitoring information suggests a need for additional supplemental flows as an emergency response. <P> Over the next several weeks, releases could increase as quickly as 250 cfs every two hours, and flow reductions could drop as quickly as 100 cfs every four hours. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions on or near the river while flows are high. <P> The Final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26477" target="_blank"> http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26477 </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> For additional information, please contact Paul Zedonis, Supervisory Natural Resource Specialist, at 530-276-2047. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56367 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Temporary Change in Water Quality Requirements for Groundwater Introduced into Upper Portion of the Delta-Mendota Canal
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the final environmental documents for the approval of a temporary change in the maximum acceptable concentration of selenium for groundwater pumped into the upper portion of the Delta-Mendota Canal. <P> The temporary change is in response to drought conditions and would allow an additional 11 wells to cumulatively pump up to 21 cubic feet per second of groundwater through September 30, 2016 (approximately 2,462 acre-feet in total). <P> A similar program was approved in 2014 and 2015 that allowed 14 and 13 wells, respectively to pump groundwater into the upper portion of the DMC that had between 2 and 5 ppb of selenium. As shown in the Environmental Assessment for this proposal, the addition of groundwater from the 2014 and 2015 actions did not cause a measurable increase in selenium in the DMC. <P> The Final Environmental Assessment and Findings 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=26444">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26444</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and/or FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56327 MEDIA ADVISORY: North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program Groundbreaking Event – Friday, August 26
PATTERSON, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and Del Puerto Water District (District) invite the media to a groundbreaking event for the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program (NVRRWP). The NVRRWP is a win-win for agriculture and the environment. At full implementation, the NVRRWP will provide up to 59,000 acre-feet per year of treated recycled water conveyed by the cities of Turlock and Modesto to the Delta-Mendota Canal (DMC), a feature of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project. Water in the DMC will then be conveyed directly to the District for irrigation use. Through an agreement with Reclamation, the NVRRWP will also provide supplemental water to certain Central Valley Project Improvement Act-designated wildlife refuges located south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. <P> <strong><u>WHAT</u></strong> <strong>: </strong> Groundbreaking event for the NVRRWP. <P> <strong><u>WHEN:</u></strong> Friday, August 26, 2016, at 2 p.m. Media are asked to arrive by 1:30 p.m. <P> <strong><u>WHERE</u></strong> <strong>:</strong> From Sacramento on I-5, take the Patterson Exit #434 (Sperry Avenue); turn left under the freeway; turn left at the first stop light, Rogers Road; at the intersection of Rogers Road and the DMC, you will see signage and individuals directing traffic to turn left onto the canal access road (please see blue line on map). <P> <strong><u>ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:</u></strong> Please visit the project website at <a href="http://www.nvr-recycledwater.org/">http://www.nvr-recycledwater.org/</a> or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17241">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17241</a> to view Reclamation’s Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision. <P> <strong><u>QUESTIONS:</u></strong> Please contact the District at 209-892-4470. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56247 Reclamation Releases Draft Water Storage Contract with the City of Fernley and Washoe County Water Conservation District for Public Review
CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation, the City of Fernley and the Washoe County Water Conservation District have completed negotiations for a long-term Water Storage Contract to facilitate the storage of Fernley Municipal Credit Water in Truckee River Reservoirs. <P> Under Title II of Public Law 101-618, Section 205(b)(1), Reclamation is authorized to enter into contracts for the use of space in Truckee River Reservoirs. Contracts must be consistent with the terms and conditions defined in the Truckee River Operating Agreement dated Sept. 6, 2008. <P> The draft contract is available for a 60-day comment period and is available on the Mid-Pacific Region webpage at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/warren_act/index.html. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Written comments must be received by close of business Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, and should be sent to Deborah Page, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 North Plaza Street, Suite 320, Carson City, NV 89701, faxed to 775-884-8376 or emailed to dpage@usbr.gov. For additional information, please contact Page at 775-884-8392. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56190 Reclamation Releases Draft EA for Refuge Water Exchange for Tertiary Treated Water
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment analyzing the impacts of approving an exchange of up to 6,000 acre-feet of tertiary treated water for up to 3,000 acre-feet of refuge (or Level 2) water with the San Luis Water District and Panoche Water District. Up to 3,000 acre-feet of Incremental Level 4 water would also be provided to south-of-Delta refuges. <P> By law, Level 2 water amounts are to be provided annually and must be of suitable quality to maintain and improve wetland habitat areas on 19 federal, state and private lands – collectively referred to as refuges. The acquired water would be discharged directly into Bear Creek and delivered to the East Bear Creek Unit of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex to meet a component of its Level 2 water demand. This water exchange is authorized under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Section 3406(d). <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=26061">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26061</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> Written comments must be received by close of business Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, and should be sent to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way (MP-410), Sacramento, CA 95825, or emailed to <a href="mailto:bhubbard@usbr.gov">bhubbard@usbr.gov</a>, or faxed to 916-978-5290. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Hubbard at 916-978-5204 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office at the above address. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56188 Reclamation and El Dorado Irrigation District Sign Warren Act Contract for Project 184 Water
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Aug. 2, 2016, the Bureau of Reclamation and the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) entered into a Warren Act contract for 17,000 acre-feet per year of EID’s Project 184 supplies (Water Rights Permit 21112) from Folsom Reservoir. The contract will be in effect through February 2030 and is the result of EID’s 25-year effort to secure this new water supply for its customers. <P> “This long-sought contract is the culmination of years of dedicated work by both parties,” said Acting EID General Manager Tom Cumpston. “Access to this supply from Folsom bolsters EID’s robust water portfolio and enhances dry-year water reliability for EID’s customers and the wider community. At the same time, Reclamation has negotiated contract terms that protect both its Folsom Reservoir customers and the aquatic environment downstream of the dam.” <P> Drew Lessard, Area Manager for Reclamation’s Central California Area Office, which manages Folsom Reservoir, stated, “Reclamation is pleased to enter into this contract with EID, which will help ensure critical supplies for their water users through 2030.” <P> EID’s operation of its federally licensed Project 184 hydroelectric project makes the Permit 21112 supplies available; however, permit conditions required that the water be diverted at Folsom Reservoir and that EID enter into a Warren Act contract with Reclamation for the diversion. <P> Deliveries under the long-term Warren Act contract will be limited to 8,500 acre-feet per year until EID completes the installation of a Reclamation-approved fully operational temperature control device at EID’s raw water pump station, at which time the contract will allow diversion of the full 17,000 acre-feet per year of non-Central Valley Project (CVP) water. The long-term Warren Act contract would allow EID to utilize Project 184 water for consumptive use purposes within their CVP service area through February 2030. <P> Reclamation developed an Environmental Assessment (EA) to consider potential impacts of entering into the contract. The Final EA, dated July 2016, supports the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), signed on August 2. The Final EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/documentShow.cfm?Doc_ID=26545">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/documentShow.cfm?Doc_ID=26545</a>. If you have problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> The Warren Act authorizes the United States to execute contracts for the conveyance and storage of non-CVP water in federal facilities when excess capacity exists. Warren Act contracts are undertaken under the authority of the Act of June 17, 1902, (32 Stat. 388) and acts amendatory thereof or supplementary thereto, including the Act of February 21, 1911, (36 Stat. 925) and Section 305 of the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991, enacted March 5, 1992 (106 Stat. 59). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56171 Lower American River Flows to be Decreased to Install Fish Weir Structure at Nimbus Fish Hatchery
The fish weir structure is installed annually to guide spawning Chinook salmon into the hatchery fish ladder. Folsom Dam, Folsom Reservoir and Nimbus Dam are located about 25 miles east of Sacramento, Calif., and are features of the Central Valley Project. <P> Approximate working hours on Aug. 18 will be 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Following completion of the work, Reclamation will begin to incrementally increase flows by approximately 1,000 cfs per hour back up to 3,250 cfs. This increase could begin as early as 9 a.m. and should be completed by 3 p.m. <P> Please note that increasing the flows in the lower American River back up to 3,250 cfs would cause a rise of approximately 1.63 feet near Nimbus Dam. Recreationists on or along the lower American River are advised to exercise caution due to variable flow conditions. <P> Daily information on expected flows in the American River can be found on the California Data Exchange Center website at<a href="http://cdec.water.ca.gov/queryRes.html">http://cdec.water.ca.gov/queryRes.html</a> or on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at <a href="http://www.spk-wc.usace.army.mil/reports/release_changes.html">http://www.spk-wc.usace.army.mil/reports/release_changes.html</a>. <P> For more information on the American River, please visit Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations Office website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the information online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> For additional information, please contact Jessica Andrieux, Central California Area Office, at 916-989-7192 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:jandrieux@usbr.gov">jandrieux@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56168 Lake Berryessa Park Rangers Connect with 817 Youth and Adults in July 2016
In July 2016, Lake Berryessa Park Rangers led 439 visitors in Ranger-guided activities around Lake Berryessa and met with 378 attendees at the California State Fair and the Solano County Fair for a total of 817 individual contacts! <P> Joining Park Rangers at the Monticello Dam for the Saturday afternoon “Meet a Park Ranger” program continues to be a popular activity in spite of July’s hot temperatures. During the get-togethers, participants learned about the history of the Berryessa Valley and how Lake Berryessa’s water is used today. Many took the opportunity to obtain the Rangers’ assistance in planning future visits to the lake. <P> Rangers Erica Calvo and Victoria Payan developed a popular Water Safety Program as part of the Sunday afternoon Ranger programs at the Oak Shores Day Use Area. In July, Park Rangers instructed 39 participants in recognizing distressed swimmers and practiced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills. <P> In addition to the Park Rangers’ regular programs, they had numerous opportunities to engage the public at the California State Fair in Sacramento and the Solano County Fair in Vallejo, California. The Rangers interacted with more than 350 fairgoers, educating them about outdoor recreation opportunities, sharing ideas for water conservation, and challenging families to estimate the amount of water needed to grow their favorite foods. The Rangers look forward to hatching new ideas for fairs coming up this winter. They also greatly appreciate the support of their colleagues at New Melones Lake and at the Solano County Water Agency who helped organize these opportunities. <P> Lake Berryessa Park Rangers will continue to present programs at Monticello Dam and Oak Shores Day Use Area on weekends throughout the summer. Upcoming topics at Oak Shores will include introductions to bats and birds as well as Water Safety and CPR. Please contact the Park Ranger Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 (TTY 800-877-8339) for details on upcoming programs. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/beautiful-lake-berryessa.jpg" alt="Beautiful Lake Berryessa." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56028 Reclamation Awarded Construction Contract for Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project
<p> <strong>Sacramento, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $5.5 million construction contract to TNT Industrial Contractors, Inc. from Sacramento, California. <p> The construction contract involves modifications to the fish ladders and fish screens at Eagle Canyon Diversion Dam and North Battle Creek Feeder Diversion Dam on North Fork Battle Creek to fully satisfy National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) fisheries requirements; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) compliance requirements; and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&amp;E) operations requirements. <p> Battle Creek has the geology, hydrology, and habitat suitability to support threatened and endangered anadromous Chinook salmon and Central Valley steelhead. The Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project, one of the largest cold-water anadromous fish restoration efforts in North America, is restoring approximately 42 miles of habitat on Battle Creek and an additional six miles of habitat on tributaries to Battle Creek, while maintaining the continued production of hydroelectric power at the Battle Creek Hydroelectric Project (owned and operated by PG&amp;E and licensed by FERC). <p> By removing dams and constructing fish screens and ladders, the project is providing safe passage for anadromous fish to reach cold water and habitat needed for successful spawning and to increase their populations. The project is also preventing the mixing of North Fork Battle Creek and South Fork Battle Creek waters, through the construction of powerhouse bypass and tailrace connectors; protecting a trout hatchery from diseases carried by anadromous fish, through the construction of a fish barrier weir; increasing instream flows; dedicating water rights for instream purposes at dam removal sites; and implementing adaptive management to ensure fisheries objectives are met. The project area is located within five miles of Manton, California, in Shasta and Tehama counties. </p> <p> To date, a dam and canal/pipeline system have been removed; two fish screens and fish ladders have been constructed; an approximate mile-long powerhouse bypass and a tailrace connector have been constructed; and a fish barrier weir has been constructed, resulting in approximately 16 miles of stream habitat restoration. Remaining work includes construction of a fish screen and ladder; construction of a powerhouse tailrace connector; removal of a canal system; and removal of four diversion dams. Entire project construction is anticipated to be completed in 2021. </p> <p> “The award of this contract represents the continuation of Reclamation’s commitment to restoring the Battle Creek watershed,” said David Murillo Regional Director Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region. “Protecting and improving populations of Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon, Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon and Central Valley steelhead is vital to ensuring that we can reliably deliver water from Reclamation’s Central Valley Project. As we move forward with the project, the collective efforts from all participating partners demonstrates the importance of reestablishing approximately 48 miles of salmon and steelhead habitat in the Battle Creek watershed.” <p> To learn more about the Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/battlecreek/index.html" target="_blank"> http://www.usbr.gov/mp/battlec <wbr> reek/index.html </wbr> </a> For additional information, please contact Mary Marshall, Project Manager, at 916-978-5248 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:mmarshall@usbr.gov" target="_blank">mmarshall@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55993 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Proposed Operational Exchange of Water between Millerton Lake and San Luis Reservoir
FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released the final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the operational exchange of up to 10,000 acre-feet between the City of Fresno and Fresno Irrigation District for water deliveries between Millerton Lake and San Luis Reservoir. <P> The Final EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26520. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and/or FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55991 Reclamation Announces Temporary Closure of Lake Berryessa’s Capell Cove Launch Ramp
NAPA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, will temporarily close the Capell Cove Launch Ramp at Lake Berryessa effective Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, due to drought conditions and receding water levels. The launch ramp will be re-opened when lake levels rise. <P> The parking lot and small picnic areas at the Capell Cove Launch Ramp will remain open. Additionally, hand launching of kayaks, canoes and other small craft will continue to be permitted. <P> Visitors are encouraged to use other launch ramps at Lake Berryessa including those at Putah Canyon Recreation Area, Spanish Flat Recreation Area, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Pleasure Cove Marina, and Markley Cove Resort. Locations of these areas may be found on the map at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/maps/berryessa-map.pdf">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/maps/berryessa-map.pdf</a>. <P> <strong> </strong>Please note that these concession areas charge a fee for the public to use their launch ramps. For information, please visit the following websites: <ul> <li> Markley Cove - <a href="http://www.markleycoveresort.com/">www.markleycoveresort.com</a> </li> <li> Pleasure Cove Marina and Steele Canyon 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> <li> Spanish Flat Recreation Area - <a href="http://www.spanishflatcamping.com/">www.spanishflatcamping.com</a></li> </ul> For information on lake levels, launch ramp availability or recreation services, please call the Lake Berryessa Administration Office at 707-966-2111, ext. 0 (TTY 800-877-8339). <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=55988 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document to Supplement Flows in the Lower Klamath River with Trinity Reservoir Water
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Assessment for the possible release of Trinity Reservoir-stored water to supplement flows to the lower Klamath River in late summer 2016. <P> The proposed action to supplement flows was prepared as a contingency plan if environmental conditions present an elevated risk of a large-scale fish die-off from the fish disease <em>Ichthyophthirius multifiliis </em>(<em>Ich</em>). Real-time environmental and biological monitoring would be used to determine if and when to implement the proposed action. <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=26477">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26477</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> Comments are due by close of business Monday, August 8, 2016, to Paul Zedonis, Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Blvd., Shasta Lake, CA 96019 or <a href="mailto:bor-slo-kff2016ea@usbr.gov">bor-slo-kff2016ea@usbr.gov</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Zedonis at 530-276-2047. The document may also be viewed at Reclamation's Northern California Area Office at the above address. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55947 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Repairs to the Calaveras Fault Inlet-Outlet Levee/Access Road
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed repairs to the Santa Clara Conduit levee/access road located in Santa Clara County, California. <P> The final EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26277. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the final EA and/or FONSI, please contact Stacy Holt at 559-487-5295 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55907 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on Recapturing San Joaquin River Restoration Program Flows for One Year
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program’s plan to recapture a portion of its Restoration Flows at Patterson Irrigation District and/or Banta-Carbona Irrigation District for up to one year. The one-year period began in March 2016; however, recapture actions are not expected to occur until September due to changing conditions. <P> The project involves recapturing Restoration Flows and conveying them to the Delta-Mendota Canal and San Luis Reservoir, where they will be made available for recirculation to the Friant Division long-term contractors. Both districts have screened pumping plants on the San Joaquin River that can convey 40 cubic feet per second and 65 cfs respectively. <P> The project is consistent with the SJRRP’s Water Management Goal, to reduce or avoid adverse water supply impacts to all Friant Division long-term contractors that may result from the Restoration Flows. <P> The Final 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=24095">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24095</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and FONSI, please contact Becky Victorine at 916-978-4624 or <a href="mailto:rvictorine@usbr.gov">rvictorine@usbr.gov</a>. <P> For information on the Restoration Program, please visit the SJRRP’s website at <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net">www.restoresjr.net</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55851 Upper Klamath Lake Release Adjustments Planned to Aid Listed Suckers
<p><b>KLAMATH FALLS, Ore</b>. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will reduce flows through Link River Dam in early August 2016 to evaluate potential benefits to Endangered Species Act listed suckers. The objective of the flow reduction is to decrease the number of juvenile suckers from Upper Klamath Lake that are passed downstream below Link River Dam into Lake Ewauna, where they may encounter conditions less favorable to their survival. </p> <P> <p>Adjustments are expected to occur coinciding with peak juvenile sucker numbers observed at Link River Dam and will start between August 1 and August 13. These adjustments will result in a flow reduction of approximately 35 percent for 7 - 10 days from the initiation of reduction. </p> <P> <p>Reclamation is coordinating the reduction in flows with PacifiCorp, which operates Reclamation’s Link River Dam as well as the downstream Klamath Hydroelectric Project dams. During the flow reduction, PacifiCorp will maintain flow releases below Iron Gate Dam consistent with the requirements of the 2013 Biological Opinions (BiOp); releases from Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs will be made in order to make up for the reduced flows from Link River Dam. As a result, water levels in Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs will be reduced, but boat ramps will remain accessible. After the reduced flow event, releases from Upper Klamath Lake will be increased to refill Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs to their normal operating levels.</p> <P> <p>Flows in the Link River and in the Klamath River downstream of Keno Dam and J.C. Boyle Dam will remain above established minimum flows, and PacifiCorp expects to maintain flows downstream of the J.C. Boyle powerhouse sufficient to support rafting during this period. Rafters are encouraged to check PacifiCorp’s website for details on daily flow schedules below J.C. Boyle at <a href="http://www.pacificorp.com/es/hydro/hl/wr/kr/jbbf.html">http://www.pacificorp.com/es/hydro/hl/wr/kr/jbbf.html</a>. </p> <P> <p>“Reclamation is committed to working collaboratively with our partner agencies in an effort to evaluate measures which may benefit listed species in the Klamath basin. Implementation of this pilot study reflects our commitment” said Jason Cameron, Acting Area Office Manager. Laurie Sada, Field Supervisor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office, said, “We appreciate the close coordination among the federal agencies to implement and ultimately evaluate the potential benefits to listed suckers that may result from this action. We also appreciate PacifiCorp’s willingness to adjust its operations to make this pilot study possible.”</p> <P> For additional information, please contact Laura Williams at 541-880-2581 or <a href="mailto:ljwilliams@usbr.gov">ljwilliams@usbr.gov</a>. <P>