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=49120 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents 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 final environmental documents for a proposed canal lining project that will be partially funded with CALFED Water Use Efficiency Project Grants. </p> <P> <p>Under the proposed action, Reclamation will 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. 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 Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were 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, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>For additional information or to receive a copy of the Final EA/FONSI, please contact <br /> Doug Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339) or at <a href="mailto:dkleinsmith@usbr.gov">dkleinsmith@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49117 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for 5-year Warren Act Contract for Conveyance and Storage of Groundwater within Friant Division Facilities
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif.</b> – TheBureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents on the issuance of a five-year Warren Act contract for the conveyance and storage of non-Central Valley Project water from within Friant Division facilities to Friant Division and Cross Valley contractors located within Fresno County, California. </p> <P> <p>The source of the non-CVP water used for storage and conveyance would be groundwater pumped from existing wells beneath Flyin’ J Ranch. </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=19721">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19721</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>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and/or FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196, (TTY 800-735-2929). </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49115 Reclamation Provides Updated Central Valley Project Water Supply Information
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif. – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation reports that, due to continued dry conditions, the initial 2015 water supply allocation released on February 27 for Central Valley Project agricultural contractors and municipal and industrial contractors remains unchanged.</p> <p>&ldquo;When we announced the initial allocation, we committed to providing regular water supply updates, recognizing the severe impacts of this fourth year of drought on our water users,&rdquo; stated Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. &ldquo;We continue to work closely with our customers, contractors and federal and state partners to do everything possible to deliver the maximum amount of CVP water, including the 3.1 million acre-feet of CVP water already announced for allocation to our senior water contractors and urban water users last month.&rdquo;</p> <p>A complete breakdown of the initial allocation is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/PA/water/docs/1_CVP_Water_Quantities_Allocation.pdf">www.usbr.gov/mp/PA/water/docs/1_CVP_Water_Quantities_Allocation.pdf</a>.</p> <p>The February allocation was based on a conservative runoff forecast driven by critically dry hydrologic conditions, low storage levels, water quality requirements, flow objectives, relative priority of water rights and endangered species protection measures. Currently, the California Department of Water Resources reports that the snow water content statewide is only 12 percent of average for this time of year. </p> <p>This is the second consecutive Shasta Critical Year for purposes of determining maximum contract quantities for senior water rights holders and wildlife refuges in the Central Valley. Those contractors and refuges have been put on notice that their contract supplies will be reduced due to persistent dry conditions. Reclamation remains committed to working with these contractors to meet their demands through the summer.</p> <p>Reclamation and DWR are operating the CVP and State Water Project consistent with the 2015 Drought Contingency Plan. The Plan outlines actions to help the CVP and SWP manage limited water supplies and outlines potential adjustments to regulatory requirements. The Plan may be viewed at <a href="http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/docs/2015_drought_contingency_plan.pdf">www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/docs/2015_drought_contingency_plan.pdf</a>.</p> <p>As the water year progresses, Reclamation will continue to monitor changes to hydrology and opportunities to exercise operational flexibility of the CVP that could influence the allocation. Water supply updates will be made as appropriate and posted on Reclamation&rsquo;s website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water</a>. For further information, 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>.<u></u></p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49112 Bid Opening Announced for Klamath Project Lease Lands
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The Bureau of Reclamation announces that sealed bids for agricultural leasing of 24 parcels of federal lease lands, totaling 3,597 acres, will continue to be received until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the Klamath Basin Area Office. A public bid opening will be held at the office at 10:00 a.m. the same day. <P> Open for bid on the Tule Lake federal lease lands in California are Sump 2 (seven lots) and Sump 3 (17 lots). Some lots include alfalfa while others are suitable for potatoes, onions and grain. Leasing on Area K lands is unavailable at this time. <P> Bidding instructions, lease information, a sample copy of the lease contract, location maps, and bid forms that must be used in submitting bids are available at the Klamath Basin Area Office, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603 and at the Tulelake Irrigation District, 2717 Havlina Road, Tulelake, CA 96134. <P> Information on the Lease Lands Program can be viewed on the Klamath Basin Area Office website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao/operations/land_lease/index.html. If you encounter any problems accessing documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information, please contact Mike Green, Lease Lands Program Manager, by email at mgreen@usbr.gov or by calling 541-880-2565. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49110 Celebrate Heritage Day at New Melones Lake on Saturday, April 18, 2015
<p><strong>SONORA, Calif.</strong> – Please join the Bureau of Reclamation at the New Melones Lake Visitor Center on Saturday, April 18, for the lake&rsquo;s first annual Heritage Day. The day will be a celebration of the Native American Me-Wuk peoples of Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, their history, culture and traditions. Admission and parking are free.</p> <p>The festivities will commence with a traditional blessing at 9:30 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m. Demonstrations of beadwork and jewelry making, basket weaving, flint knapping and acorn preparation will continue throughout the event. A special presentation of traditional native dancing by the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuks will take place at 10 a.m.</p> <p>Representatives of the Tuolumne Me-Wuk&rsquo;s Four Seasons Native Plant Nursery will be present, and the Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will be onsite to answer questions and give away native seeds and plants (while supplies last). The Master Gardeners will also have information available on invasive species and their eradication.</p> <p>Please bring the family for this special day. Reclamation strives to preserve historical heritage landscapes for future generations to discover. For further information on Heritage Day activities, please contact Ranger Pat Sanders at 209-536-9094, ext. 200.</p> <p>The New Melones Visitor Center and Museum is managed by Reclamation&rsquo;s Central California Area Office and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p>If you would like to participate in a program and need accommodation, please contact Park Ranger Hilary Maxworthy at 209-536-9094, ext. 221, or <a href="mailto:hmaxworthy@usbr.gov">hmaxworthy@usbr.gov</a> a minimum of 14 days in advance.</p> <p>For information on activities, directions, pet restrictions or other questions, please call the Visitor Center and Museum at 209-536-9543 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit the New Melones Lake website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49109 Reclamation Extends Comment Period on Draft Environmental Documents for the Proposed Westlands Water District San Luis Canal Pump-In Program
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the public comment period on draft environmental documents for the proposed issuance of a five-year Warren Act contract to Westlands Water District. The Warren Act contract would allow introduction and conveyance of pumped groundwater and other non-CVP water in the San Luis Canal. The non-CVP water would come from wells located throughout the district, as well as the Mendota Pool.</p> <P> <p>The total non-CVP water introduced into the canal would not exceed 30,000 acre-feet in a given year. Proposed introduction would only take place in years in which Westlands Water District’s CVP allocation is 20% or less. Operational exchanges would also be required for situations where agricultural users are located upstream of the points of introduction. These operations would involve exchanges of the district’s non-CVP water in the canal for water stored in San Luis Reservoir. No new construction or modification of facilities would be necessary. </p> <P> <p>Reclamation also proposes to issue a single 25-year land use authorization to cover facilities along the San Luis Canal that could be used for this action which have expired easements or licenses or those for which no clear license could be identified.</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=21021">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21021</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> <p>Comments are due by close of business Friday, April 10. Please email comments to <a href="mailto:blawrence@usbr.gov">blawrence@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Ben Lawrence, 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 Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (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> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49107 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Mendota Pool Group Exchange Agreements
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. -- </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a series of one-year exchange agreements over a 3-year period (2015-2018) with the Mendota Pool Group and Donald J. Peracchi. </p> <P> <p>Under the proposed one-year exchange agreements, groundwater pumped annually into Mendota Pool, minus losses, would be used by Reclamation to offset existing water contract obligations at the Mendota Pool. </p> <P> <p>Reclamation would then reduce CVP deliveries to the Mendota Pool by the quantity exchanged and make an equivalent amount of up to 25,000 Acre-Feet per year of CVP water available to the Mendota Pool Group and Peracchi lands in Westlands Water District for irrigation purposes via the San Luis Canal.</p> <P> <p>The Draft 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=21181">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21181</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>Comments are due by close of business, April 6, 2015. Written comments may be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. You may also email comments to <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a> 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=49093 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Proposed Los Banos Creek Diversion Project
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. -</b> The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents to issue a series of Warren Act contracts to Central California Irrigation District, Grasslands Water District, and/or San Luis Water District for introduction of Los Banos Creek water into the Delta Mendota Canal. </p> <P> <p>Reclamation will also issue a 50-year land use authorization within the next two years to Central California Irrigation District for installation, operation, and maintenance of a connection structure and creek control structure within Reclamation right-of-way near Check 15 of the Delta Mendota Canal. </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 at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20181">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20181</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 and/or FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49092 Reclamation Announces Spring and Summer Hours of Operation for Recreation Facilities at New Melones Lake
<p><strong>SONORA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Central California Area Office announces that effective Wednesday, April 1, most recreation facilities at New Melones Lake will be open for the public&rsquo;s enjoyment, with some exceptions.</p> <p>Individual and group campsites and group picnic reservations may be made a minimum of two days in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service at <a href="http://www.recreation.gov">www.recreation.gov</a> or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Several individual campsites are also available on a first-come first-served basis.</p> <p>The Glory Hole and Tuttletown Recreation Areas&rsquo; gates currently open at 4 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Beginning Wednesday, April 1, the gates will remain open until 10 p.m., and beginning Thursday, May 14, the gates will remain open until 11 p.m.</p> <p>The New Melones Lake Visitor Center and Museum is currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Beginning Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, the Visitor Center will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p>In the Glory Hole Recreation Area, the Angels Creek boat launch ramp, restroom and fish cleaning station will remain closed due to low lake levels. Portable restrooms for use by shore fishermen and trail users will be available April 1 in the Angels Creek Parking Lot and Buck Brush Day Use Area. The Osprey Point Day Use Area will re-open on April 1. All other day use areas and trailheads at both the Glory Hole and Tuttletown Recreation Areas will remain open.</p> <p>Boat launching is currently available at the Glory Hole Point low-level concrete ramp; however, once the lake level drops below an elevation of 860 feet, the concrete ramp will no longer be usable. An adjacent natural surface ramp may be available for launching and retrieving boats at the user&rsquo;s risk. We advise visitors to use four-wheel drive vehicles if launching from the natural surface ramp. Boat launching is not permitted except in designated areas. Launching at the Tuttletown Recreation Area will remain closed throughout the summer due to low lake levels. Additionally, floating restrooms will not be available on the lake this year.</p> <p>The New Melones Lake Marina in the Glory Hole Recreation Area will remain open, with boat rentals, boat slips, marine fuel, retail store and other services available subject to favorable lake conditions. For updated information regarding marina services, please visit the marina&rsquo;s website at <a href="http://newmeloneslakemarina.com/">http://newmeloneslakemarina.com/</a>.</p> <p>Camping will continue to be offered at both the Tuttletown and Glory Hole Recreation Areas, with some reductions due to drought impacts. On April 1, Manzanita Campground in the Tuttletown Recreation Area will be reopened to the public; however, Chamise and Acorn Campgrounds will be closed. In the Glory Hole Recreation Area, Iron Horse and Big Oak Campgrounds will remain open throughout the summer.<br /> <br /> An RV dump station is currently available for a fee at the Tuttletown Recreation Area. The RV dump station in the Glory Hole Recreation Area will remain closed until further notice.</p> <p>Electric vehicle charging stations are available to the public at the Glory Hole Recreation Area&rsquo;s Iron Horse Campground and in the Tuttletown Recreation Area&rsquo;s Lupine Day Use Area. The electric vehicle charging stations are free to those who have paid standard or expanded amenity fees and may be accessed on a first-come first-served basis.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact the New Melones Lake Recreation Resources Branch Office at 209-536-9094, ext. 0 (TTY 1-800-877-8339), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or visit the New Melones Lake website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49085 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Proposed Long-Term Water Transfers from 2015 to 2024
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif</strong>. – The Bureau of Reclamation and San Luis &amp; Delta-Mendota Water Authority today released the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report on the effects of long-term water transfers from 2015 to 2024. The project is aimed at providing water users with immediately implementable and flexible water supplies to help alleviate shortages due to drought.</p> <p>The project facilitates voluntary water transfers from willing sellers north of the Delta to willing buyers south of the Delta and in the San Francisco Bay Area. The transfers consist of Central Valley Project or non-CVP water that would be conveyed through CVP or State Water Project facilities. </p> <p>Reclamation will not make a decision on the proposed action until at least 30 days after release of the Final EIS/R; Reclamation will then complete a Record of Decision. The ROD will state the action that will be implemented and will discuss all factors leading to the decision.</p> <p>Reclamation and SLDMWA are the lead federal and state agencies, respectively, for the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act. The Final EIS/R is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18361">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18361</a>. If you have 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>Copies of the Final EIS/R are available for public review at the following locations: (1) Reclamation, <br /> Mid-Pacific Region, Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA  95825, (2) Natural Resources Library, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Main Interior Building, Washington, DC  20240,<br /> (3) SLDMWA, 842 6th Street, Los Banos, CA 93635. </p> <p>For additional information, please contact Brad Hubbard, Reclamation, at 916-978-5204 (TTY 800-877-8339) or Frances Mizuno, SLDMWA, at 209-832-6200 or P.O. Box 2157, Los Banos, CA, 93635.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49081 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for the Proposed Zebra Mussel Eradication Project at San Justo Reservoir
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. – </b>Reclamation has released for public review environmental documents for the proposed zebra mussel eradication project for San Justo Reservoir, the Hollister Conduit and the San Benito County Water District’s distribution system. The proposed treatment is to use potash which has been shown to be effective in killing zebra mussels. </p> <P> <p>In January 2008, zebra mussels were discovered in San Justo Reservoir. The reservoir was subsequently closed to public recreational access. San Benito County Water District’s water distribution system was also examined for the presence of mussels and live zebra mussels were confirmed present in the San Benito Conduit in January 2009. </p> <P> <p>Zebra mussels are an invasive freshwater mollusk that attach to infrastructure, clog water systems, cause changes in food web dynamics, and deteriorate recreational uses of reservoirs. </p> <P> <p>The Draft Environmental Assessment and Find 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=21049">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21049</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>Comments are due by close of business, Thursday, April 16. Please email comments to <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 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=49080 Society of Civil Engineers Honors Reclamation with the 2014 Outstanding Project Award
<div class="floatRight"><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/images/ASCE_award_winners.jpg" width="300px" align="right" alt="image of Jay Higgins, Welsh and LaFond."><br /><span class="caption">L-R: LaFond, Welsh & Higgins.</span></div> <P> <b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation was honored at the 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers Region 9 (California) Infrastructure Symposium and Awards Dinner on March 6, 2015. The Mid-Pacific Region was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Project Award for the development of the Red Bluff Pumping Plant and Fish Screen Project. Presented at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park, the award was accepted by, Richard Welsh, Mid-Pacific Regional Construction Engineer, and Richard LaFond, Division Manager for Civil Engineering Services at Reclamation's Technical Service Center in Denver. <P> Completing the project ends nearly 40 years of effort by many groups, agencies and individuals to find a balanced solution that improves fish passage while sustaining the reliability of agricultural water deliveries in Tehama, Colusa, Glen and Yolo counties. <P> As the project manager and funding agency, Reclamation contracted with Balfour Beatty, Inc. who completed the pumping plant and fish screen on Sept. 26, 2012.The Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority, Reclamation?s partner and the project beneficiary, took over operations and maintenance. Initially the project was estimated at $230 million, but refinements to the scope and other efficiencies reduced the total cost to under $180 million. The project received $113.7 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, $53.3 million from other federal sources and $12 million from the State of California. <P> The project replaced the existing Red Bluff Diversion Dam on the Sacramento River. When the 11 dam gates were lowered, Lake Red Bluff was formed and provided for diversion of irrigation water from the river into the Tehama-Colusa and Corning canals. The gates not only controlled river flow but also created a barrier to adult fish migrating both upstream and downstream. Although the dam was initially operated to provide for continuous diversion, the gates-in diversion period had been incrementally reduced over the years to less than four months in an effort to improve fish passage of several salmon species and green sturgeon, listed under the Endangered Species Act. <P> The completed construction of the screened pumping plant allows the diversion dam gates to be placed permanently in the open position to allow unimpeded fish migration while ensuring continued water deliveries to 150,000 acres of high-value cropland. Features of the project include a fish screen, intake channel, a pumping plant with a capacity of 2,500 cubic feet per second, an access bridge and a pipeline to convey water from the pumping plant into the Tehama-Colusa and Corning canals. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49076 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for New Connection to Hollister Conduit for West Hills Water Treatment Plant
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif. -</b> The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for the authorization of a new connection to the Hollister Conduit as proposed by San Benito County Water District. The connection would allow delivery of San Benito County Water District’s Central Valley Project water to a new municipal Water Treatment Plant that would serve the Hollister urbanized area. </p> <P> <p>The Final 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=16641">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16641</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 Ben Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY 800-735-2929) or <a href="mailto:blawrence@usbr.gov">blawrence@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49048 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Westlands Water District San Luis Canal Pump-In Program
<p><b>FRESNO, Calif</b>. ­­– The Bureau of Reclamation today has released for public review draft environmental documents for proposed issuance of a five-year Warren Act contract to Westlands Water District. The Warren Act contract would allow introduction, conveyance, and storage of pumped groundwater and other non-CVP water in the San Luis Canal. The non-CVP water would come from wells located throughout the district, as well as the Mendota Pool.</p> <P> <p>The total non-CVP water introduced into the canal would not exceed 30,000 acre-feet in a given year. Proposed introduction would only take place in years in which Westlands Water District’s CVP allocation is 20% or less. Operational exchanges would also be required for situations where agricultural users are located upstream of the points of introduction. These operations would involve exchanges of the district’s non-CVP water in the canal for water stored in San Luis Reservoir. No new construction or modification of facilities would be necessary. </p> <P> <p>Reclamation also proposes to issue a single 25-year land use authorization to cover facilities along the San Luis Canal that could be used for this action which have expired easements or licenses or those for which no clear license could be identified.</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=21021">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21021</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> <p>Comments are due by close of business Thursday, March 26. Please email comments to Ben Lawrence, Bureau of Reclamation at <a href="mailto:blawrence@usbr.gov">blawrence@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to 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 Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (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=49047 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for East Park Reservoir Recreational Improvements
<p><strong>SHASTA LAKE, Calif.</strong>—The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Assessment for a 15-day public review and comment period for a proposal to enhance recreational activities at East Park Reservoir in Colusa County, California. The proposed action is to build an 18-hole disc golf course on the eastern side and create a landing zone for non-motorized aircraft on the western side of East Park Reservoir.</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=20981" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20981</a>. If you have 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>Written comments must be received by close of business Wednesday, March 25. Comments may be sent to Paul Zedonis, Bureau of Reclamation, 16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard, Shasta Lake, CA 96019, emailed to <a href="mailto:pzedonis@usbr.gov">pzedonis@usbr.gov</a> or faxed to 530-275-2441. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Zedonis at <a href="mailto:pzedonis@usbr.gov">pzedonis@usbr.gov</a> or 530-276-2047. </p> <P>