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=54107 Hiking New Melones’ Table Mountain Trail in Search of Mushrooms
On Saturday, April 16, 2016, New Melones Park Rangers led a group of eight hardy explorers between the ages of 35-65 on a hike along the Table Mountain trail in search of mushrooms. Several species were identified, and the parasitic and symbiotic relationships humans have with the fungi was discussed, along with the importance of mushrooms and the ways people can promote a healthy balance with the fungi. Several of the hikers then climbed the steep trail to the top of Table Mountain for grand views of New Melones Lake. <P> Mushrooms are not plants; as fungi, they’re actually more closely related to animals! They contain no chlorophyll and obtain nutrition from breaking down and “eating” dead plants, similar to a compost pile. Mushrooms are nutritious and a good source of B vitamins; they are also high in protein, low in fat, and a fresh pound has only 125 calories. Approximately 10,000 known mushroom varieties exist, half of which grow in the United States, and of those, about 100 are edible. But some mushrooms are poisonous and can sicken or even kill you, so if you're not absolutely 100 percent positive that a mushroom is safe, do not eat it! <P> ****************************************************************************** <P> Park Rangers offer a variety of programs and activities including these coming up in May: <P> • “Capture Composition in 10 Ways” on Saturday, May 7 – Hikers will get pointers on taking pictures with their camera or cell phone during a moderate 4-mile hike along the Melones Branch of the Sierra Railway. <P> • “Horseshoe Bend Kayaking Excursion” on Sunday, May 15 – Participants will experience the beauty of New Melones from a unique perspective on this 4-hour paddling tour. <P> • “Dangerous Desperados Frisbee Golf” on Sunday, May 22 – Frisbee enthusiasts will learn about some of the men and women from the Wild West while playing a great game of Frisbee Golf on a 9-hole course set in the rambling oak woodlands of French Flat. <P> For information about Ranger-led activities, please call 209-536-9543 or 209-536-9094 ext. 221 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54087 Reclamation Seeks Volunteer Boaters and Participants for the 17th Annual Shasta Lake C.A.S.T. for Kids Event, as Part of Let’s Move Outside
REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Northern California Area Office, in partnership with the C.A.S.T. (Catch a Special Thrill) for Kids Foundation, will host a C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event at Shasta Lake on Saturday, May 21. Shasta Lake is located 20 miles north of Redding. <P> The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation is a national, non-profit organization whose goal is “to provide disabled or disadvantaged children with the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing,” <a href="http://www.castforkids.org/">http://www.castforkids.org/</a>. <P> The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Packers Bay Marina at Shasta Lake. Each child will receive a fishing pole, tackle box, T-shirt, and other prizes and spend the morning fishing with local anglers and volunteers. A free breakfast and barbeque lunch will be served to participants, parents and volunteers. <P> Pre-registration is required for this event as availability is currently limited to 40 children. Reclamation is seeking boaters and anglers who wish to volunteer their time and the use of their boat, as well as volunteers for shoreline support. For more information, please contact Sheri Harral at 530-276-2030 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:sharral@usbr.gov">sharral@usbr.gov</a>. <P> This C.A.S.T. for Kids event ties into the Department of the Interior’s “<em>Let’s Move Outside</em>” initiative, <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside</a>, which was created to encourage children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities, which abound in every city, town and community. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54067 New Melones Lake Sponsors Mussel Prevention Education Booth at the Sonora Home and Garden Show
On Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, 2016, the Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office, New Melones Field Office, staffed a booth at the Sonora Home and Garden Show in partnership with Sonora’s Union Democrat newspaper. <P> New Melones Park Rangers Pat Sanders, Joshua Pelham and Annilie Kelley and Natural Resource Specialist Sandra Patania staffed the booth, interacting with several thousand visitors, including school and youth groups. Promotional materials on “Every Kid in a Park” and “National Park Week” were provided. <P> The booth also offered information on fishing opportunities at New Melones. With low lake levels as a result of the drought, many visitors appreciated knowing that good recreational fishing may still be found at New Melones Reservoir. Colorful photos, a variety of brochures and mussel prevention handouts attracted visitors to the booth. <P> Educating the public on aquatic invasive species and how to prevent their introduction was also highlighted at the Home and Garden Show. Through interpretive displays, visitors gained an appreciation of the impact that invasive species have on river and lake ecosystems. Special attention was given to preventing Quagga and Zebra mussel infestations and the problems associated with water hyacinth in the region’s waterways. The link between lost fishing opportunities and the introduction of aquatic invasive species was a message that was strongly emphasized. <P> Visitors also learned about protecting cultural and natural resources, restoring the health of waterways, and the critical importance of water conservation to ensure a healthy and vibrant outdoor legacy for generations to come. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/new-melones-booth-2.jpg" alt="New Melones Booth at Sonora Home and Garden Show-2." hspace="3" vspace="3"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/new-melones-booth-3.jpg" alt="New Melones Booth at Sonora Home and Garden Show-3." hspace="3" vspace="3"/> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54047 San Joaquin River Restoration Program Extends Comment Period for South Valley Groundwater Banking Project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The San Joaquin River Restoration Program is extending by 21 days, the public comment period for a draft environmental assessment/initial study on a new groundwater recharge banking project in Tulare County. The original comment period was scheduled to close on Thursday, April 28. <P> The proposed project includes constructing a 532-acre groundwater recharge basin, installing a 4.5 mile pipeline connecting the new recharge basin to the Friant-Kern Canal, and installing eleven groundwater recovery wells within the Pixley Irrigation District. These actions would allow the Pixley and Delano-Earlimart Irrigation districts to expand groundwater recharge efforts and improve groundwater levels. The proposed project would also contribute to the San Joaquin River Restoration Program’s goal of reducing or avoiding adverse water supply impacts to Friant Division long-term contractors. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation would provide partial funding for construction of the proposed project, under Public Law 111-11, which authorizes Reclamation to provide financial assistance to local agencies within its Central Valley Project for planning, designing and constructing local facilities to bank water underground or recharge groundwater. <P> The Draft EA/IS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and California Environmental Quality Act. Reclamation is the lead agency in accordance with NEPA, and Pixley Irrigation District is the lead agency in accordance with CEQA. The Draft EA/IS may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=25157" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=25157</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> Written comments are due by close of business May 19, 2016, to Becky Victorine, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-170, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may also be faxed to 916-978-5469 or emailed to <a href="mailto:rvictorine@usbr.gov">rvictorine@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information, please contact Victorine at 916-978-4624. <P> For information on the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, please visit <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net">www.restoresjr.net</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53987 Reclamation Resumes Negotiations for City of Fernley Water Storage Contract
CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct a negotiation session for a storage contract with the City of Fernley, Nevada. 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. <P> The negotiation session will be held: <P> <p align="center"><strong><u>Fernley, Nevada</u></strong> <p align="center">Monday, May 9, 10 a.m. <p align="center">Fernley City Hall <p align="center">595 Silver Lace Blvd. <P> The public is welcome to observe the negotiations and make comments once they are completed. For further information, please contact Rena Ballew, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Carson City, at 775-884-8342 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:rballew@usbr.gov">rballew@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53948 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Cantua Creek Stream Group Improvement Project
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Cantua Creek Stream Group Improvement Project. <P> Reclamation will provide partial funding to the California Department of Water Resources to create storage in ponding basins adjacent to the San Luis Canal segment of the California Aqueduct, located in Fresno County. The Project will provide protection to the canal from flooding and sediment deposition. <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=23517. 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 Jennifer L. Lewis at jllewis@usbr.gov, or 559-487-5197 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53927 Reclamation to Increase Stanislaus River Flows April 25
SONORA, Calif. – On April 25, the Bureau of Reclamation in conjunction with the Oakdale Irrigation District and South San Joaquin Irrigation District plans to increase releases from Goodwin Dam into the Stanislaus River, to supplement spring fishery flow requirements according to the National Marine Fisheries Service 2009 Biological Opinion. Goodwin Dam is located downstream from Tulloch Dam and New Melones Dam and Reservoir. <P> The increased flows will be in the form of an upcoming six-day controlled pulse, with flows ranging between 1,400 cubic feet per second and up to 3,200 cfs. Flow changes will occur between midnight and 10 a.m. to minimize public impact. The flows will begin ramping down on April 28 and return to 1400 cfs by April 30. <P> People recreating in or along the Stanislaus River downstream from Goodwin Dam to the confluence of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Rivers should take safety precautions with the increased flows. <P> For more information on the Stanislaus River and daily reservoir operations, visit Reclamation’s Central Valley Operation Office website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53887 Reclamation Increases the Friant 2016 Class 1 Water Supply Allocation
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation today announces an increased allocation to the Friant Division contractors of Class 1 water supply from 40 to 50 percent. The initial Friant Division water supply allocation announced on April 1, 2016, was 30 percent Class 1water supply and an additional 100,000 acre-feet of Uncontrolled Season supply to be scheduled and delivered by the end of April. The Class 1 water supply allocation was subsequently increased from 30 to 40 percent pursuant to Reclamation’s April 11, 2016, notification to Friant Division contractors. <P> Class 1 is generally considered the supply which can be dependably managed through storage regulation over the season and delivered at the contractor’s convenience. The Class 1 supply will continue to be reassessed at weekly intervals until further notice. <P> Uncontrolled Season scenarios are generally descriptive of Class 2 supplies, in that they must be evacuated from the reservoir in the near term to avert flood control concerns, are generally undependable in character with regard to predicted volume and duration, and may not necessarily be scheduled at the contractor’s convenience. <P> Reclamation is able to make this announcement and notify Friant Division Class 1 contractors of their increase in water supply based upon improved forecasted hydrologic conditions, commercial power operations in the Upper San Joaquin River Basin, current storage in Millerton Lake, and cooler weather demand patterns. <P> For additional information, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53847 Reclamation Announces 2016 Schedule for Release into Trinity River as Part of Restoration Program
REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that releases from Lewiston Dam into the Trinity River began increasing gradually on Thursday, April 21, from 300 cubic feet per second to approximately 4,500 cfs by Saturday, May 7. <P> On Sunday, May 8, flows will begin to increase from 4,500 cfs, reaching 10,000 cfs on Monday, May 9, through May 10. On Wednesday, May 11, flows will be gradually decreased to 5,600 cfs. On Friday, May 13, flows will rapidly increase to 10,000 cfs through Saturday, May 14. Release rates will then gradually decrease over approximately 11 weeks to return to the 450 cfs summer baseflow rate around August 2. <P> The public should take appropriate safety precautions whenever near or on the river. Landowners are advised to clear personal items from the floodplain prior to the releases. <P> The releases for this “wet” 2016 water year will result in a total volume of 701,000 acre-feet. This year releases will include two peak flows as compared to only one peak flow in previous years. The two peak flows are to better meet coarse sediment management objectives as part of the Trinity River Restoration Program. <P> The December 2000 Trinity River Mainstem Fishery Restoration Record of Decision created a plan for the restoration of the Trinity River and its fish and wildlife populations. The Program’s restoration strategy includes four different restoration elements, two of which include increased releases to the river and sediment management. Flow regimes link two essential purposes deemed necessary to restore and maintain the Trinity River’s fishery resources: (1) flows to provide physical fish habitat (i.e., appropriate depths and velocities, and suitable temperature regimes for anadromous salmonids) and (2) flows to restore the riverine processes that create and maintain the structural integrity and spatial complexity of the fish habitats. More information on the Trinity River ROD can be found at <a href="http://www.trrp.net/background/rod/">www.trrp.net/background/rod/</a>. <P> A daily schedule of flow releases is available at <a href="http://www.trrp.net/restore/flows/current">www.trrp.net/restore/flows/current</a><u>/</u>, and the public may subscribe to automated notifications (via phone or email) of Trinity River release changes. The flow release schedule is posted at the Trinity River Restoration Program office, located at 1313 South Main Street, Weaverville, CA. <P> For additional information, please call 530-623-1800 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:info@trrp.net">info@trrp.net</a>.<u> </u> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53811 Reclamation and the City of Fernley Cancel Negotiation for a Water Storage Contract
CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation and the city of Fernley, Nevada, have canceled a negotiation previously scheduled on a water storage contract. <P> The negotiation had been planned for April 22 in Fernley. Additional negotiations are anticipated to be scheduled for May 2016. <P> For questions or additional information, please contact Rena Ballew at 775-884-8342 (TTY 800-877-8339) or rballew@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53808 Folsom Dam Water Releases
On March 7, 2016, the Bureau of Reclamation began releasing water from the spillway gates at the top of Folsom Dam, the first time the gates have been used in four years. California has been experiencing an “atmospheric river” since March 1, and storage in Folsom Reservoir has increased by 83,600 acre-feet: very positive news in a State hoping to recover from the drought. Yet Reclamation must keep Folsom roughly 40 percent empty in winter to protect the Sacramento region against flooding. Folsom Dam releases on March 1 were 3,500 cubic feet per second (cfs). By March 8, when these photos were taken, releases had increased to 15,000 cfs. Forecasts call for above-average precipitation in California to continue, and Folsom inflows could be over 2.5 million acre-feet for the water year, so significant amounts of water will likely continue to be released from Folsom Dam for flood control. <P> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/fdwr4-11-16/folsom-dam1.jpg" alt="Folsom Dam with Gates open"/></td> <td><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/fdwr4-11-16/folsom-dam2.jpg" alt="Folsom Dam with Gates open at another angle" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Folsom Dam gates are opened to release water and <br /> prevent flooding.</td> <td>A view of water released from Folsom Dam into the <br /> American River.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/fdwr4-11-16/folsom-dam3.jpg" alt="Folsom Dam with Gates open on March 7, 2016"/></td> <td><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/fdwr4-11-16/spillway.jpg" /></td> <td><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/fdwr4-11-16/folsom-powerplant.jpg" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td>On March 7, 2016, <br /> Bureau of Reclamation <br /> released 15,000 cfs of <br /> water from Folsom Dam.</td> <td valign="top">Bureau of Reclamation releases water from Folsom <br /> Dam near the construction of the spillway.</td> <td>A view of Folsom <br /> Powerplant and water <br /> releases from Folsom <br /> Dam.</td> </tr> </table> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53807 Photo of the Week: San Joaquin River Juvenile Salmon Trap
The Bureau of Reclamation’s San Joaquin River Restoration Program has built a temporary fish collection structure in the San Joaquin River to protect juvenile Chinook salmon from predators. The structure, a fence built of wire mesh panels, metal posts and collection box, was constructed to capture juvenile salmon and transport them downstream to be released to head out to the ocean. Hopefully, we will see them again in 3 to 5 years when they return to spawn in the river. <P> The two men, as seen in the photograph, are responsible for checking the fish collection box for salmon and cleaning the box of all debris. The blue basket, seen at the left, is used to collect the fish from the container to be transported downstream to the release area. <P> For more information on the Juvenile Salmon Trap, please visit: <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net/wp-content/uploads/20160127_FieldAdvisoryJuvFishCollection-1.pdf">http://www.restoresjr.net/wp-content/uploads/20160127_FieldAdvisoryJuvFishCollection-1.pdf</a> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53787 Reclamation Announces Customer Appreciation Day at New Melones Lake on Saturday, April 23
SONORA, Calif. – Please join Bureau of Reclamation staff at New Melones Lake on Saturday, April 23, as we celebrate the 8th Annual Customer Appreciation Day. <P> To show Reclamation’s appreciation for their customers, the $8 day use fee at Tuttletown and Glory Hole recreation areas will be waived for all visitors on April 23. <P> New Melones Lake is managed by the Mid-Pacific Region’s Central California Area Office and is located approximately 60 miles east of Stockton, Calif. <P> For more information, please call 209-536-9094, ext. 0 (TTY 800-877-8339); stop by the New Melones Lake Administration Office, 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora, CA 95370, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; or visit the New Melones website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53750 Reclamation to Increase Stanislaus River Flows April 19
SONORA, Calif. – On April 19, the Bureau of Reclamation in conjunction with the Oakdale Irrigation District and South San Joaquin Irrigation District plans to increase releases from Goodwin Dam into the Stanislaus River, to supplement spring fishery flow requirements according to the National Marine Fisheries Service 2009 Biological Opinion. Goodwin Dam is located downstream from Tulloch Dam and New Melones Dam and Reservoir. <P> The increased flows will be in the form of an upcoming three-day controlled pulse, with flows ranging between 1,000 cubic feet per second and up to 3,500 cfs. Flow changes will occur between midnight and 10 a.m. to minimize public impact. The flows will begin ramping down on April 21 and return to 1400 cfs by April 23. <P> People recreating in or along the Stanislaus River downstream from Goodwin Dam to the confluence of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Rivers should take safety precautions with the increased flows. <P> For more information on the Stanislaus River and daily reservoir operations, visit Reclamation’s Central Valley Operation Office website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53749 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on Tranquillity Irrigation District, East-West Intertie Water Conservation Project
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. - The Bureau of Reclamation has prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment/Initial Study for the Tranquillity Irrigation District, East-West Intertie Water Conservation Project. <P> TID proposes to construct a pump structure and turnout at the Western Distribution System’s Towne Ditch, construct an approximately one-half mile pipeline to intertie with the Eastern Distribution System’s South Canal, install a flow-meter and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition control system, and construct a photovoltaic solar panel system that consists of 55 solar panels which will produce enough electricity to partially offset the energy usage at the pump structure. <P> Reclamation proposes to provide WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funds to TID. Under the WaterSMART program, Reclamation provides cost-shared funding on a competitive basis for on-the-ground water conservation and energy efficiency projects. The WaterSMART grant program is under the authority of Section 9504(a) of the Secure Water Act, Subtitle F of Title IX of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, P.L. 111-11 (42 USC 10364). <P> The EA/IS was available for public review from March 2, 2016, to April 1, 2016. The EA/IS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24855. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information or to receive a copy of the FONSI or EA/IS, please contact Doug Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339). The documents may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. <P>