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=49332 Reclamation’s Lake Berryessa is a Great Choice for Summer Recreation
<p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> –For those who are looking for summer recreation, Lake Berryessa in Napa County is a great choice. It&rsquo;s open for business with full services expected throughout the summer, including boating, skiing, swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, biking and camping – and it is also full of wildlife and natural beauty.</p> <p><strong><u>Reclamation Operated Facilities</u></strong><br /> The Capell Cove Boat Launch, Dufer Point Visitor Center, expansive Oak Shores Day Use Area, Smittle Creek Trail and several other Day Use areas around the lake are all open for the summer recreation season. Come fish for bluegill, bass, trout and salmon. Barbecue with family or friends at one of the many picnic areas. Walk the many miles of beach, or hike the Smittle Creek Trail.</p> <p><strong><u>Concession Operations</u></strong> <br /> Markley Cove Resort, Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area and Putah Canyon Recreation Area are open and offer a variety of recreation services, including camping, boat rentals, cabin rentals, boat launching and more. For specific information, please call the concession operators or visit their websites:</p> <p>Markley Cove: 707-966-2134, <a href="http://www.markleycoveresort.com">www.markleycoveresort.com</a> <br /> Pleasure Cove Marina: 707-966-9600, <a href="http://www.goberryessa.com">www.goberryessa.com</a><br /> Steele Canyon Recreation Area: 707-966-9179, <a href="http://www.goberryessa.com">www.goberryessa.com</a> <br /> Putah Canyon Recreation Area: 707-966-9051, <a href="http://www.royalelkparkmanagement.com">www.royalelkparkmanagement.com</a>. </p> <p><strong><u>Other Recreation</u></strong><br /> There are many other recreation opportunities at and around Lake Berryessa. For questions, please contact the Lake Berryessa Field Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 0, or visit the lake&rsquo;s website for directions, hours of operation and other information at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49331 Reclamation to Open the Delta Cross Channel Gates
<p><strong>WALNUT GROVE, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Friday, May 22, at about 9 a.m. to allow for boat traffic during the Memorial Day weekend. The gates are scheduled to close on Tuesday, May 26, at about 9 a.m.</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. The open gates also allow boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent juvenile salmon from being diverted from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta.</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 about 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 916-979-2683.</p> <p>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=49330 Reclamation Announces Negotiations for Reno-area Water Storage Contracts
<p><b>CARSON CITY, Nev. -</b> The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct a series of negotiations for storage contracts with the cities of Reno and Sparks and Washoe County, Nev., this summer. 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> <P> <p>The negotiations will be held on: </p> <P> <p>Thursday, July 30, beginning at 9 a.m.</p> <P> <p>Reno City Hall</p> <P> <p>7<sup>th</sup> Floor Caucus Room</p> <P> <p>1 East 1<sup>st</sup> St., Reno, NV 89501</p> <P> <p>If negotiations are not completed during this session, the need for additional sessions will be determined during this session. The public is welcome to observe the negotiations. For further information, please contact Bryce White, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Carson City, Nev., at </p> <P> <p>775-882-8392 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:bwhite@usbr.gov">bwhite@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49313 New Melones Lake Activities for Summer 2015 Support the Department of the Interior’s Let’s Move Outside Initiative
<p> <strong>SONORA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation announces summer interpretive programs and activities at New Melones Lake, located in Calaveras County. All activities are at the Amphitheater at the Glory Hole Recreation Area, are free of charge, are suitable for all ages and do not require reservations. Please wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for weather conditions. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. </p> <p> <strong>Wheel of Wealth!</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Saturday, May 23, 7:30 p.m.</strong> </p> <p> Come to the Amphitheater to spin the Wheel of Wealth! Will your team go home bankrupt or will you win the grand prize? Spin the wheel just right and solve word riddles to find out! Let the games begin at 7:30 p.m. </p> <p> <strong>Eat a Bug Club!</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Saturday, May 30, 7:30 p.m.</strong> </p> <p> Join us for an evening discussing creepy crawlies and their role in the ecosystem. Join the club by crunching down some crispy critters! Arts and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. and a presentation at 8 p.m. </p> <p> <strong>Skins, Scat and Skulls</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Saturday, June 6, 7:30 p.m.</strong> </p> <p> Come see a great collection of skins, scat and skulls! Feel a bear’s fur, examine real skulls and identify tracks and scat. Match up the skin, scat and skull of the creatures and win a prize! Arts and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. and a presentation at 8 p.m. </p> <p> <strong>Dangerous Creatures</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Saturday, June 13, 7:30 p.m.</strong> </p> <p> Join Park Ranger Hilary and learn about some of the creepy creatures at New Melones Lake. Learn how to avoid being injured and what to do if you are. Develop a better understanding of these creatures and how important they are to our own survival. Fun activities begin at 7:30 p.m. and a PowerPoint presentation at 8 p.m. </p> <p> <strong>Water Safety</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Saturday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.</strong> </p> <p> What do you like to do around New Melones Lake? Swim, boat or fish? Join us to learn how you can be water safe. Play the Life Jacket Relay and Save the Ranger games. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones this summer at New Melones Lake. Activities will begin at 7:30 p.m. </p> <p> <strong>Outdoor Safety</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Saturday, June 27, 7:30 p.m.</strong> </p> <p> What would you do if you got lost in the woods? Learn how to prepare before you go out and get some hints to keep you safe in the outdoors. The presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. </p> <p> <strong>New Melones JEOPARDY!</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Saturday, July 4, 7:30 p.m.</strong> </p> <p> Come to the Amphitheater and participate in one of America’s favorite games – JEOPARDY! For our version, we will divide into teams to test your group’s knowledge on the history and wildlife that make New Melones unique. Prizes will be awarded! </p> <p> <strong>Birds of New Melones Lake</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Saturday, July 11, 7:30 p.m.</strong> </p> <p> How important are birds to our existence? Discover their significance while we discuss how to identify species, flight patterns, habitats, calls and songs. Arts and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. and a presentation at 8 p.m. </p> <p> <strong>Bats are Your Buddies!</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Saturday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.</strong> </p> <p> Bats can be dark and mysterious creatures that scare many people. But don’t be afraid! Join us to find out why bats are really your buddies! Arts and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. and a presentation at 8 p.m. </p> <p> <strong>Awesome Arachnids!</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Saturday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.</strong> </p> <p> Spiders are awesome! Learn about these amazing creatures and just how important they are to our own existence! Arts and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. and a presentation at 8 p.m. </p> <p> <strong>Eagles and Osprey</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Saturday, August 1, 7:30 p.m.</strong> </p> <p> Come out for an insightful look at the raptors that call New Melones their home! While recently off the endangered species list, the Bald Eagle is still fragile in our changing environment. The Osprey possesses talents no other raptor can match! Discover what makes them unique and why we should continue to protect them. Arts and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. and a presentation at 8 p.m. </p> <p> <strong>Dragon and Damselflies</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Saturday, August 8, 7:30 p.m.</strong> </p> <p> Did you know that dragonflies existed before the dinosaurs? Learn all about these tiny dragons and their evolution. Arts and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m. and a presentation at 8 p.m. </p> <p> <strong>Campground Feud!</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Saturday, August 15, 7:30 p.m.</strong> </p> <p> How well do you think you and your neighbor know New Melones Lake? “Survey says” this will be an exciting, fast-paced event on what the majority of people think about New Melones! Come to the Amphitheater to find out! Fabulous prizes will be awarded! </p> <p> <strong>Whooo’s Up When You’re Asleep?</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Saturday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.</strong> </p> <p> Come to the Amphitheatre and find out who’s up when you’re not. Arts and crafts begin at 7:30 p.m., a PowerPoint presentation at 8 p.m., followed by a short hike in the great outdoors around the campground in search of some night-time creatures. Please wear sturdy shoes appropriate for hiking. A headlamp or flashlight is required. </p> <p> <strong>Flying Rainbows</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Saturday, August 29, 7:30 p.m.</strong> </p> <p> Come out and learn about our colorful flying friends! Discover the butterfly lifecycle, their importance and how to encourage them to live in your own yard. Find out what is threatening these beautiful creatures and what you can do to help. </p> <p> <strong>Calaveras Community Band!</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Saturday, September 5, 6 p.m.</strong> </p> <p> Come celebrate the end of the summer with us! The Calaveras Community Band will be playing all your favorites until the sun goes down. Get up and dance, clap and sing or just sit back and enjoy the music. Bring the family and enjoy one last summer night! Music begins at 6 p.m. </p> <p> Interpretive programs and events at New Melones Lake tie into President Barack Obama’s <em>America’s Great Outdoors </em>initiative ( <a href="http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov/">http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov</a>/) which seeks to empower Americans to share in the responsibility to conserve restore and provide better access to our lands and waters and leave a healthy and vibrant outdoor legacy for generations to come. Ranger-led activities also support 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 encourages children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities that abound in every city, town and community. </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 email <a href="mailto:hmaxworthy@usbr.gov">hmaxworthy@usbr.gov</a> at least 14 days in advance. </p> <p> The New Melones Visitor Center and Museum is managed by Reclamation’s Central California Area Office. Hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information on activities, directions, pet restrictions or other questions, please call 209-536-9543 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit the 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=49312 Reclamation Announces Negotiations with East Bay Municipal Utility District for a Long-Term Warren Act Contract
<p> <strong>FOLSOM, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation will initiate negotiations with East Bay Municipal Utility District on a proposed long-term Warren Act contract for the storage and conveyance of non-Project water using excess capacity in Central Valley Project facilities of the American River Division. The contract is needed to facilitate a proposed water transfer agreement between Placer County Water Agency and EBMUD. </p> <p> The first negotiation session will be held: </p> <p align="center"> <strong><u>Monday, June 1, 2015</u></strong> </p> <p align="center"> <strong>10:00 - 11:30 a.m.</strong> </p> <p align="center"> Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office </p> <p align="center"> 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630 </p> <p> The public is welcome to attend the negotiation session and will have the opportunity to provide comments to Reclamation regarding this proposed contracting action. Participation instructions and copies of the proposed draft contract will be provided at the negotiation session. </p> <p> Due to security requirements, attendees are required to preregister by <u>close of business, Wednesday, May 27,</u> by contacting Lucille Billingsley, Supervisory Repayment Specialist, Central California Area Office, at 916-989-7121 (TTY 916-877-8339), fax 916-989-7109 or <a href="mailto:lbillingsley@usbr.gov">lbillingsley@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p> Attendees must also show a photo ID in order to obtain a visitor’s badge. If the preregistration and photo ID requirements are not met, the individual will not be allowed to attend the negotiation session. For additional information regarding the negotiation session, please contact Billingsley. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49311 Draft Environmental Documents Released for Proposed Exchange of Water Between Dudley Ridge Water District and San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif. -- </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review draft environmental documents assessing the proposed exchange of up to 6,900 acre-feet of Dudley Ridge Water District&rsquo;s available State Water Project water in San Luis Reservoir for federal Central Valley Project water from the San Joaquin River that would have been released for delivery to the Exchange Contractors by Reclamation from Millerton Lake. The Proposed Action is in response to drought conditions in the San Joaquin Valley.</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=21701">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21701</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>Please email comments by close of business Friday, May 22, to Rain Emerson at <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to: Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: R. Emerson, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721, or faxed to 559-487-5397.</p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the draft documents may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Fresno office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49310 Draft Environmental Documents Released for the Proposed San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority 2015 Delta-Mendota Canal Reverse Flow Project
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif. – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review draft environmental documents assessing the proposed installation, operation and maintenance of a 75 cubic feet per second temporary pumping plant at milepost 54.41 on the Delta-Mendota Canal (Check Structure No. 10) in order to reverse flow Central Valley Project and non-CVP water previously stored in San Luis Reservoir.</p> <p>The Proposed Action is in response to drought conditions and forecasted pumping restrictions at the C.W. &ldquo;Bill&rdquo; Jones Pumping Plant this summer.</p> <p>The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21684">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21684</a> and were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>Please email comments by close of business Friday, May 22, to Rain Emerson at <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to: Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: Rain Emerson, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to Emerson at 559-487-5397.</p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Fresno office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49302 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Proposed Excess Capacity Contracts for Conveyance of Non-Klamath Project Water
<p><strong>KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the draft environmental compliance documents for the proposed issuance of three temporary Excess Capacity contracts to Klamath Irrigation District, Langell Valley Irrigation District and Tulelake Irrigation District.</p> <p>The Excess Capacity contracts would allow for temporary conveyance of non-Klamath Project water through Reclamation facilities, subject to available capacity, from June 1, 2015, through Nov. 15, 2015, and from April 1, 2016, through Nov. 15, 2019, for the three districts.</p> <p>The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21661">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21661</a> and were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. 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>Please email comments to Tyler Hammersmith at <a href="mailto:thammersmith@usbr.gov">thammersmith@usbr.gov</a> by close of business Thursday, May 28, 2015. Written comments may also be mailed to: Bureau of Reclamation, Attn: Tyler Hammersmith, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603 or faxed to 541-884-9053.</p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Hammersmith at 541-880-7514 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Klamath Basin Area Office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49298 Reclamation, Water Users Reach Agreement to Provide Water to Friant Division
<p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation and water users in California&rsquo;s Central Valley have forged an agreement that will bring some much-needed Central Valley Project water supplies to farmers in the CVP&rsquo;s Friant Division this summer.</p> <p>&ldquo;Thanks to unprecedented collaboration between districts on both the west and east sides of the San Joaquin Valley, about 60,000 acre-feet of water will be made available as much-needed relief to our Friant Division,&rdquo; said David Murillo, Director of Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Region.</p> <p>Recognizing the dire situation faced in the Friant Division, the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority and its members– senior water-right holders for waters originating in the upper San Joaquin River basin – reached out to Reclamation and the Friant contractors to develop a collaborative plan. Weeks of negotiations involving nearly all Friant Division contractors, the Exchange Contractors, Westlands Water District, Reclamation and other agencies paid off in an agreement reached May 7.</p> <p>&ldquo;The deal has a lot of pieces, but the gist of it is that Friant contractors are going to be securing some supplies either by purchase, exchange or time-shifting exchanges in the San Luis Reservoir,&rdquo; said Friant Water Authority Acting General Manager Eric R. Quinley. &ldquo;The amount of Millerton deliveries Friant contractors can expect to receive varies by district; however, most contractors will receive a supply that is roughly equivalent to 5 percent of Class 1 entitlement.&rdquo;</p> <p>From Reclamation&rsquo;s perspective, the plan would leave water that the Exchange Contractors are otherwise entitled to in Millerton Lake, making it available for Friant Division contractors, rather than Reclamation having to make equivalent releases down the San Joaquin River, as was done last year to provide a partial supply to the Exchange Contractors.</p> <p>Some of the water transactions that make the deal possible include a land fallowing and transfer program put forth by the Exchange Contractors, an exchange of State Water Project and other non-CVP supplies in San Luis Reservoir for supplies in Millerton Lake put forth by the Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District and the Kern-Tulare Water District, and an arrangement with Westlands Water District to defer delivery of about 13,195 acre-feet until at least the fall of 2015 when critically low storage levels in San Luis Reservoir are not of imminent concern.</p> <p>Thomas Birmingham, Westlands Water District&rsquo;s general manager, said &ldquo;The current drought conditions demand maximum cooperation among water agencies. Westlands entered into this agreement because it was the right thing to do in order to enable Reclamation to make water available to farmers and communities on the east side of the Valley.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We wish to thank Westlands, the Exchange Contractors and Reclamation for their willingness to make these important agreements a reality to make at least a little water available to Friant Division Class 1 contractors, some of whom have no other water supplies or only very limited availability,&rdquo; Quinley said.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Exchange Contractors members recognized the plight of the Friant contractors and the communities they serve and sought a means to achieve a common goal – providing critical-needs water for east-side CVP agriculture and communities,&rdquo; said Steve Chedester, executive director for the Exchange Contractors.</p> <p>&ldquo;We appreciate Westlands and the Exchange Contractors working with us, and we are grateful for Reclamation&rsquo;s expeditious cooperation in putting this complicated deal together,&rdquo; said Steve Dalke, general manager of the Kern-Tulare Water District.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is a great example of how various interests within the larger water community can collaborate to find a solution to a critical water concern. Without the cooperation of all of the parties involved, this water supply for the east side of the valley simply would not have happened. Delano-Earlimart is pleased to be a part of the solution, and we appreciate the work of others that made this program possible,&rdquo; said Dale Brogan, general manager of Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District.</p> <p>&ldquo;This water supply makes a dire situation manageable and proves what what we can accomplish through the power of collaboration,&rdquo; said Eric Borba, chairman of the Friant Water Authority board. &ldquo;We sincerely appreciate the Exchange Contractors&rsquo; bold step to put forth an offer to work with us, and extend a special thanks to Westlands for voluntarily putting the final piece on the table to seal the deal.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Friant Water Authority is coordinating the agreement and payment logistics for the Friant contractors.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49297 Reclamation to Open the Delta Cross Channel Gates
<p><strong>WALNUT GROVE, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel Gates today, Thursday, May 14, at approximately 9 a.m. The opening is needed to meet interior water quality standards in the Bay-Delta. The gates are scheduled to close on Monday, May 18, at approximately 9 a.m. </p> <p>During this opening, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be monitoring salmon and steelhead in the system. The gates may need to be closed earlier than Monday if any fishery concerns are identified.</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 juvenile salmon from being diverted from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta.</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 approximately 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.</p> <p>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=49296 Federal Agencies Announce Final Schedule for Clear Creek Spring Pulse Flows
<p><strong>REDDING, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation, National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that pulse flow releases from Whiskeytown Dam into Clear Creek will be made in mid-May and mid-June to attract adult spring-run Chinook to Clear Creek habitats for holding and spawning purposes.</p> <p>The pulse flows are required under the Endangered Species Act to protect populations of steelhead and spring-run Chinook salmon, both listed as threatened species. Water released as part of the pulse flows will remain within the Central Valley Project system and will be available for use downstream by Reclamation customers, including agricultural and municipal and industrial users in the Central Valley and Bay Area.</p> <p>Releases will begin increasing on Monday, May 18, and remain at the peak of 800 cubic feet per second for two days, May 21 and 22. Release rates will then be reduced back to a base flow of 175 cfs by Tuesday, May 26. The second pulse flow release will begin on Monday, June 15, increasing to a peak flow of 400 cfs on Wednesday, June 17. Release rates will then be reduced back to a base flow of 175 cfs by Saturday, June 20.</p> <p>The public should take appropriate safety precautions when near or on Clear Creek during these pulse flows.</p> <p>In 2009, NMFS issued the Biological and Conference Opinion on the Long-Term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. Included in the Opinion is a reasonable and prudent alternative to conduct at least two pulse flows in Clear Creek in May and June to attract adult spring-run Chinook to move to upstream Clear Creek habitats for holding and spawning purposes. In these habitats, spring-run Chinook can access colder water temperatures, access large holding pools, access newly provided and clean spawning gravel and avoid hybridization and competition with fall-run Chinook.</p> <p>USFWS monitoring has shown that pulse flows have been successful in attracting spring-run Chinook into Clear Creek. The number of spring-run in Clear Creek increased 40 percent in 2013 and 66 percent in 2014 during pulse flows in June. Salmon were counted during snorkel surveys immediately before and after each pulse flow. Salmon were also counted during the pulse flows using video cameras running 24 hours a day. Pulse flows in 2014 attracted spring-run Chinook into Clear Creek where temperatures were 3°F cooler than where they would have spawned in the Sacramento River. These high temperatures would have led to very low survival for eggs remaining in the Sacramento River.</p> <p>On Monday, May 18, a daily schedule of flow releases will be available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ncao/">www.usbr.gov/mp/ncao/</a>.</p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49293 Reclamation Finalizes Contra Loma Reservoir and Recreation Area Resource Management Plan
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif. – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has signed a Record of Decision for the Contra Loma Reservoir and Recreation Area Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement. Reclamation’s decision is to implement Alternative 3, Expanded Recreation and Facilities (the Preferred Alternative), as described in the Final EIS. Under this alternative, management actions may expand existing recreational uses and facilities and install new facilities that expand recreational opportunities, including construction of a fishermen’s shelter, a playground structure, a disc golf course, new multi-use sports fields, and expansion of the swim lagoon and the trail system.</p> <p>The Contra Loma Reservoir and Recreation Area is located in Contra Costa County, California, and consists of a 741-acre recreation area, an 80-acre reservoir and 661 acres of surrounding land, including the Contra Loma Regional Park and the Antioch Community Park. The East Bay Regional Park District currently manages the Contra Loma Regional Park, and the city of Antioch manages the Antioch Community Park. The Contra Costa Water District operates and maintains the reservoir under separate contract with Reclamation.</p> <p>The RMP addresses resource management alternatives for the plan area as appropriate for water quality, recreation, natural resources and cultural resources. The RMP provides for the enhancement and expansion of current recreational uses and public access while continuing to protect water quality, natural resources and cultural resources consistent with Reclamation’s core mission of delivering water and generating power.</p> <p>The decision will allow Reclamation to execute new management agreements with local managing partners. The RMP provides guidance on allowed uses and desired future conditions at Contra Loma and establishes the framework for the new management agreements.</p> <p>The ROD and Final RMP/EIS 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=6396">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=6396</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>For additional information, please contact Jason Kirby, Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office, at 559-487-5409 (TTY 800-735-2929).</p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49278 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Proposed Warren Act Contract to Santa Clara Valley Water District
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif. -- </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed five-year Warren Act contract to Santa Clara Valley Water District that would allow conveyance of up to 300,000 acre-feet of SCVWD&rsquo;s available State Water Project water supplies through federal facilities at times when excess capacity exists (annually no more than 60,000 acre-feet).  </p> <p>SCVWD&rsquo;s available SWP supplies would be pumped at the Harvey O. Banks Pumping Plant and conveyed through the California Aqueduct to O&rsquo;Neill Forebay. The water would then be pumped into San Luis Reservoir and conveyed through the San Felipe Division in the same manner that SCVWD receives its Central Valley Project water supplies.</p> <p>The draft EA and FONSI 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=21603">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21603</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>Comments are due by close of business Friday, May 22, 2015. Please email comments to Rain Emerson at <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a> or fax to 559-487-5397. Written comments may also be mailed to Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. </p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY&nbsp;800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Fresno office at the above address. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49276 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document on the Ash Canyon Acquisition Project
<p><strong>CARSON CITY, Nev.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment evaluating the effects of the proposed Ash Canyon Acquisition Project in Carson City, Nev.</p> <p>The proposal would allow federal grant funding to be used by the Nevada Land Trust to acquire a 45.5-acre parcel of private land and approximately 20 acre-feet of associated water rights from a willing seller in Ash Canyon. The acquisition funds would be provided via a sub-grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; the original grant-funding source is Reclamation&rsquo;s Desert Terminal Lakes Program. </p> <p>The sub-grant funding would be used to complete acquisition of the property and transfer of fee title to an appropriate public entity such as the Nevada Division of State Parks or the Carson City Open Space Program, both of which are adjacent landholders. The funding would also allow the Nevada Land Trust to provide interim protection for a wet meadow on the property by relocating logs and boulders on site to block motorized access and prevent ongoing damage. Public comment on the project will help identify any potential environmental issues, concerns and alternatives that should be addressed in the Final EA.</p> <p>The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21541" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21541</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>The Draft EA is also available for public review at the Carson City Library, 900 North Roop Street, Carson City, NV 89701.</p> <p>Written comments are due Friday, May 22, 2015, to Selena Werdon, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 N. Plaza Street, Suite 320, Carson City, NV 89701. Comments may also be faxed to 775-882-7592 or emailed to <a href="mailto:swerdon@usbr.gov">swerdon@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information, please contact Werdon at 775-884-8366.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49271 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for the Proposed Three-Year Extension of the Mendota Pool Group Exchange Agreements
<p><strong>FRESNO, Calif. -- </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for the proposed execution of a series of one-year exchange agreements with the Mendota Pool Group and Donald J. Peracchi over a three-year period (2015-2018).</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. Reclamation would then reduce Central Valley Project deliveries to the Mendota Pool by the quantity exchanged and make an equivalent amount of CVP water (up to 25,000 acre-feet per year) available to the Mendota Pool Group and Peracchi lands in Westlands Water District for irrigation purposes via the San Luis Canal.</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 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>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>