Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48074 Draft Environmental Documents Available for Temporary Change in Water Quality Requirements for Groundwater Released into Friant-Kern Canal
2014-10-30 17:04:00.0 FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released environmental documents for public review that analyze a temporary reduction in water quality requirements for groundwater introduced into the Friant-Kern Canal. The proposal would temporarily allow introduction of water from specific, identified wells into the canal. <P> The temporary reduction would stretch limited water supplies available to Reclamation’s Friant Division water contractors. <P> Sampling of the water in the canal would be conducted weekly to ensure nitrate and salinity levels do not exceed certain limits. The proposed action would continue through Feb. 28, 2016 or as long as the drought continues. <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 http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19781. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail ibr2mprpao@usbr.gov. <P> Please email comments to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation at remerson@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to Emerson at 559-487-5397. Comments are due by Nov. 13. 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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48073 Reclamation Announces Biological Opinions 2014 Annual Science Review and Workshop for the Long-term Operation of the CVP/SWP
2014-10-30 15:21:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the Delta Science Program, in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and California Department of Water Resources, have scheduled an annual science review and workshop on certain biological opinion implementation actions relative to the 2014 operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. The 2014 annual science review will be the fifth annual review. <P> This annual science review and workshop has been scheduled in response to the June 4, 2009, NMFS Biological and Conference Opinion (BiOp) issued on the long-term operations of the CVP and SWP. This BiOp concluded that the long-term operation of the CVP/SWP was likely to jeopardize the continued existence of several federally listed species under NMFS jurisdiction. Consequently, NMFS provided a Reasonable and Prudent Alternative (RPA) that met the criteria of 50 CFR 402.02 and included a provision for an annual science review and workshop. <P> Under direction from the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior, this review has been expanded to include a review of the implementation of the USFWS Long-term Operation BiOp. DWR also participates in the review because of the joint operation of the CVP/SWP. <P> The goal of the annual science review and workshop is to: (1) provide an Independent Review Panel (IRP) a forum for presentations and discussion of submitted technical reports; (2) develop lessons learned; (3) incorporate new science; and (4) make appropriate scientifically justified adjustments to the RPA or its implementation to support real-time decision making for the next water year. Additionally, the IRP will inform NMFS and USFWS as to the efficacy of the prior years’ water operations and regulatory actions prescribed by their respective RPAs. <P> This year’s annual review will focus on the implementation of BiOp RPAs for operation and fisheries for water year 2014 (Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014) and will include: <P> • Modified Delta Cross Channel Gate Opening Criteria Based on the 2014 Drought Operations Plan <P> • Proposed Modifications to winter-Run Chinook salmon Juvenile Production Estimate Calculation <P> • Metropolitan Water District’s Proposal for Calculating Cumulative Salvage Index Values for Adult Delta Smelt. <P> The workshop is scheduled over two days in Sacramento: <P> Thursday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. <P> Friday, Nov. 7, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. <P> California Department of Food and Agriculture 1220 N Street, Main Auditorium Sacramento, CA 95814 <P> The workshop will have an Instant Net Conference web page and a call-in line for audio. Public comments through this courtesy service will be limited to written comments and may not receive a response during the meeting. <P> To participate via the website: http://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?sigKey=mymeetings&i=743051673&p=Science&t=c <P> To call-in for audio: 1-877-402-9753, Participant Pass Code: 1882129. <P> For additional information, please contact Traci Michel, Reclamation, at 916-414-2420 (TTY 800-877-8339) or tmichel@usbr.gov or Lindsay Correa, Delta Stewardship Council, at 916-445-0092 or lcorrea@deltacouncil.ca.gov. <P> The public is encouraged to visit the Delta Science Program website at http://www.deltacouncil.ca.gov/science-program for the meeting materials. A limited number of copies of these materials will be available at the meeting. Reasonable time limits may be established for public comments (California Government Code Sections 11125). <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48072 WaterSMART Grants Available from Reclamation to Conserve Water and Improve Energy Efficiency
2014-10-30 14:00:00.0 <b>Washington, D.C.</b> - Reclamation is inviting States, Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts and other organizations with water or power delivery to apply for a funding opportunity to cost-share on projects that conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency. The projects should support water sustainability in the west. <P> The funding opportunity announcement is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> using funding opportunity number R15AS00002. <P> Applications may be submitted to one of two funding groups: <P> <ul> <li>Funding Group I: Up to $300,000 will be available for smaller projects that may take up to two years to complete.</li> <li>Funding Group II: Up to $1,000,000 will be available for larger, phased projects that will take up to three years to complete. No more than $500,000 in federal funds will be provided within a given fiscal year to complete each phase. This will provide an opportunity for larger, multiple-year projects to receive some funding in the first year without having to compete for funding in the second and third years.</li> </ul> <P> Proposals must seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, carry out activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict. To view examples of previous successful applications, including projects with a wide-range of eligible activities, please visit <a href=http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg">www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg</a>. <P> Reclamation awarded $17.8 million for 36 Water and Energy Efficiency Grants in 2014. These projects were estimated to save about 67,000 acre-feet of water per year ? enough water to serve a population of more than 250,000 people. The President's FY 2015 budget request included a $19 million request for WaterSMART grants. <P> Since 2009, about $134 million in Federal funding for WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants has been leveraged with approximately $290 million in non-Federal cost share to implement more than $420 million in water management improvements across the West. <P> The WaterSMART Program focuses on improving water conservation, sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. It identifies strategies to ensure that this and future generations will have sufficient supplies of clean water for drinking, economic activities, recreation and ecosystem health. The program also identifies adaptive measures to address climate change and its impact on future water demands. <P> Proposals must be submitted as indicated on <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by 4 p.m., Mountain Standard Time, Jan. 14, 2015. It is anticipated that awards will be made this spring. <P> To learn more about WaterSMART please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48071 Authorized Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects WaterSMART Funding Opportunity Now Available
2014-10-30 10:00:00.0 <b>Washington, D.C.</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking applications from congressionally authorized sponsors of Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse projects for cost-shared funding to plan, design or construct their projects. The funding opportunity is part of Reclamation's activity under the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART initiative, which focuses on improving water conservation, sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. <P> The funding opportunity is available on <a href="http://www.grants.gov">http://www.grants.gov</a> by searching funding opportunity number R15AS00009. <P> Reclamation provides funding through the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for projects that reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic or agricultural wastewater and naturally impaired ground or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes, such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife, groundwater recharge, municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation or recreation. Water reuse is an essential tool in stretching limited water supplies. <P> Title XVI projects provide communities with a new source of clean water while promoting water and energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Title XVI also is an important part of the Department of the Interior's implementation of the President’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan and the Nov. 1, 2013 Executive Order, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change. <P> Since 1992, approximately $600 million in Federal funding through the Title XVI Program has been leveraged with non-Federal funding to implement more than $3 billion in water reuse improvements. This year, Reclamation anticipates providing funding for 5-10 projects. The President's FY 2015 budget request included a $21.5 million request for the Title XVI Program. <P> Proposals must be submitted as indicated on <a href="http://www.grants.gov">http://www.grants.gov</a> by 4 p.m., Mountain Standard Time, Dec. 15, 2014. It is anticipated that awards will be made this spring. <P> To learn more about WaterSMART, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48070 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for Exchange of Refuge Water for Panoche Water District Groundwater
2014-10-29 17:40:00.0 <p><b>FRESNO, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for a proposal to exchange refuge Level 2 water for Panoche Water District’s groundwater. </p> <P> <p>Panoche Water District is proposing to fund the costs of pumping and delivering up to 4,000 acre-feet of groundwater supplies from four existing wells in exchange for up to 2,000 acre-feet of Central Valley Project refuge Level 2 water. The groundwater would be delivered to private wetlands within the Grassland Resources Conservation District in Merced County for refuge water supply needs in fall 2014 through February 28, 2015. In exchange, Panoche Water District would receive Level 2 water delivered by Reclamation to help meet current agricultural water needs.</p> <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=19841.%20">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19841.</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> <p>Written comments must be received by close of business Wed., Nov. 5, 2014, and should be sent to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, emailed to <a href="mailto:bhubbard@usbr.gov">bhubbard@usbr.gov</a>, or faxed to 916-978-5059. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Hubbard at 916-978-5204 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48069 Reclamation and Department of Water Resources to Release the CalLite 3.00 (Beta) Model
2014-10-29 12:25:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On November 7, 2014, the Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources will jointly release the CalLite 3.00 (Beta) Model, a Central Valley Project and State Water Project water operations simulation screening tool. The CalLite model runs faster and provides results within 5 percent of the more detailed CalSim II model. CalLite is simple enough to be used as an educational resource for stakeholders, yet sophisticated enough to provide powerful analytical capabilities for more experienced modelers. <P> CalLite has a user-friendly interface, faster simulation time, and options for evaluating the impact of different regulations, facilities, and operational strategies on Federal and State reservoirs in the Central Valley. Improvements since the previous version of the CalLite model include batch-run capability, a dynamic San Joaquin River module, and the ability to specify individual actions and various water supply allocation methods required under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Section 3406 (b)(2). The model is also capable of performing climate change analyses. <P> CalLite 3.00 also includes the ability to simulate the water operations necessary to meet the State’s Water Right Decision 1485 because it governed operations when the Coordinated Operations Agreement was put into place, and it is often seen as a fundamental baseline of comparison for water supply benefits. This capacity to model Decision 1485 allows users the opportunity to examine the effects of additional regulations. <P> The CalLite model is posted on the DWR website at http://baydeltaoffice.water.ca.gov/modeling/hydrology/CalLite/index.cfm. <P> For more information about CalLite, please contact Nazrul Islam, DWR, at, nazrul.islam@water.ca.gov, 916-653-8727, or Tom FitzHugh, Bureau of Reclamation, tfitzhugh@usbr.gov, 916-978-5070 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48068 Provo River Aqueduct Title Transfer Ceremony
2014-10-28 14:12:00.0 Salt Lake City, Utah ? Reclamation and the Provo River Water Users Association will conduct a signing ceremony to celebrate transfer of ownership of the Provo River Aqueduct on Friday, October 31, 2014, at 10 a.m. This will transfer ownership of the aqueduct from the United States, with Administration by the Bureau of Reclamation, to the Association. <P> Transfer of ownership is the final step in a major project initiated by the Association in 1998. The project included enclosure of the Provo Reservoir Canal (historically known as the Murdock Canal and now known as the Provo River Aqueduct) within a 21-mile long and 10.5-foot diameter pipe, and the subsequent construction of the Murdock Canal Trail. Completion of this project required cooperation and input from five funding stakeholders including Central Utah Project Completion Act Office, Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, Metropolitan Water Districts of Salt Lake and Sandy, Central Utah Water Conservancy District, and the Association, and numerous other federal, state, local and municipal agencies. <P> WHO: The ceremony will begin with remarks from the Association?s General Manager, Keith Denos. He will be followed by the Department of the Interior?s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Jennifer Gimbel. The ceremony will conclude with the signing of title transfer documents. Light refreshments will be served. <P> WHAT: Provo River Aqueduct Title Transfer Ceremony <P> WHEN: Friday, October 31, 2014, 10:00 a.m. <P> WHERE: Provo River Water Users Association, 285 West 1100 North, Pleasant Grove, UT 84062 <P> Directions: Southbound and Northbound on I-15: Take exit 275 for Pleasant Grove. Turn northeast onto Pleasant Grove Blvd and continue 1.5 miles. Cross W State Street/ U.S. Hwy 89 and take the first left onto N 600 W. Continue 0.7 miles and turn right onto W 1100 N St. Continue 0.2 miles, and the Association offices will be on the right. <P> For more information, please contact Provo Area Office Manager Wayne Pullan at 801-369-2778, or Provo Area Office Public Affairs Specialist Lee Traynham at 801-379-1196. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48066 Reclamation to Close the Delta Cross Channel Gates
2014-10-27 16:41:00.0 <p><strong>WALNUT GROVE, Calif.</strong> ? The Bureau of Reclamation will close the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at approximately 9 a.m. The temporary closure is needed to maintain minimum flow requirements for fish and wildlife protection in the Bay-Delta. The gates will open on Thursday, Oct. 30, at approximately 9 a.m. The gates will remain open until further notice. </p> <p>The Delta Cross Channel Gates control the diversion channel near Walnut Grove about 30 miles south of Sacramento. When the gates are open, fresh water is drawn from the Sacramento River into the interior of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta through Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River; they also allow for boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent salmon from being diverted from their migratory route up the Sacramento River. The temporary closure is for the D-1641 Bay-Delta Standard monthly flow objective at Rio Vista.</p> <p> Boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The gates opening and closing times are approximate, since an operator must travel to the site to perform the change. The opening and closing of the gates generally takes 30 minutes to one hour.</p> <p> Information on gate operations can be accessed on Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt</a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-0268. For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48055 Reclamation Plans to Sell Long-Term Water Storage Credits
2014-10-27 12:02:00.0 PHOENIX ? Reclamation?s Phoenix Area Office is seeking offers to purchase long-term storage credits accumulated in the Tucson Active Management Area via effluent recharge into the Santa Cruz River. Interested parties may offer to purchase up to 20,000 acre-feet of credits each year, for the next three years, 2015 through 2018. <P> The proceeds of the sale will be deposited in the Cooperative Fund established under the Southern Arizona Water Rights Settlement Act of 1982. <P> Offers may be accepted for any portion of 20,000 acre-feet available annually. Multiple offers may be accepted for single or multiple years. Recovery of the credits will be the sole responsibility of the purchaser. Offers must be received by Dec. 10, 2014, to be considered. <P> A copy of the solicitation letter, containing additional requirements, restrictions, and information, can be acquired by contacting Mr. Lawrence Marquez at 623-773-6213, <a href=mailto:lmarquez@usbr.gov>lmarquez@usbr.gov</a> or by downloading from the internet at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix">www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix</a>. <P> For further information or questions call Lawrence Marquez at (623) 773-6213. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48067 Goose Bay Boat Ramp to Close
2014-10-27 00:00:00.0 BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Goose Bay boat ramp will be closed starting Monday, October 27, 2014. The Bureau of Reclamation will close the boat ramp in preparation for construction on the modernization of Goose Bay Marina. The entire Marina area including the boat ramp, parking area, and camping areas, will be closed through the entire 2015 recreation season. Reclamation is planning for the Marina to be operational for the 2016 recreation season. <P> The dispersed camping area to the northwest of Goose Bay Marina will remain open during the Marina construction period. This area is a non-fee area with limited facilities. <P> The Canyon Ferry Unit of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program is a multiple-purpose project which makes an important contribution to the power supply, flood control, and irrigation in the upper Missouri Basin. Principal structures are Canyon Ferry Dam and Power Plant, located about 17 miles northeast of Helena, Montana. <P> For more information, visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/canyonferry/goosebay/">http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/canyonferry/goosebay/</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48054 Mammoth Fossil Recovered from American Falls Reservoir
2014-10-24 15:27:00.0 BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation reports that the fossil remains of a more than 70,000 year-old mammoth discovered near American Falls Reservoir last week were excavated and transferred to the Idaho Museum of Natural History in Pocatello. <P> A partial skull encased in plaster and parts of one tusk were carefully removed by IMNH paleontological staff under contract with the Bureau of Reclamation on the weekend of Oct. 18. Museum researchers who examined growth rings on the tusk estimate the mammal was 16 years old at the time of its death. <P> "The exposed fossil will be cleaned and prepped for long-term storage or possibly exhibit, depending on its state of preservation," said Dr. Mary Thompson, IMNH Senior Collection Manager and lead contractor for the fossil recovery effort. "This find is exciting because there are still teeth in place in the jaw - so much can be learned from that." <P> The threat of rising water in the reservoir prompted Reclamation to act quickly to recover the remains. Under the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act, federal agencies are required to manage paleontological resources located on federal land. Also, the law which was enacted in 2009 says the fossil locations should be kept confidential to protect them from looting. <P> The fossils were found in an irrigation drainage, about 30 feet below the reservoir high water mark. Reclamation's Upper Snake Field Office Manager Roland Springer believes that increased flows in a small drainage due to unusually heavy rainfall in August caused erosion which led to the exposure of the tusk and skull artifacts. "We're very lucky to have recovered them," says Springer. "Had they not been reported to Reclamation, the fossils may have been eroded and carried away into the reservoir." <P> Casual collection of fossils is not permitted on Reclamation-managed areas at American Falls Reservoir. If fossils are found on reservoir lands, Reclamation asks the public to photograph them, note their GPS location if possible, and report their findings to the nearest Reclamation office or the IMNH in Pocatello. <P> "The scientific value of those specimens is so high that we really need to make sure that they get into the hands of researchers who can interpret these things and help us understand their significance," says Reclamation's Regional Archaeologist Dr. Sean Hess. <P> View fossil excavation photos: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/afmammoth2014.pdf">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/afmammoth2014.pdf<br> </a> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48050 Finding Durable Foul-Release Coatings to Control Invasive Mussel Attachment Highlighted in Bureau of Reclamation Study
2014-10-21 12:25:00.0 <b>DENVER</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation has released a report summarizing six years of testing coatings to control the attachment of quagga and zebra mussels to water and power facilities. Since the study began in 2008, Reclamation has tested more than 100 coatings and materials. <P> "Controlling attachment of invasive quagga and zebra mussels on Bureau of Reclamation facilities is important to ensure water delivery and hydropower generation," principal researcher Allen Skaja said. "Though we have tested many different coatings, three durable foul-release coatings are showing promise in managing mussels." <P> The Silicon Epoxy allowed mussels to attach but were easily cleaned for the first 12 months of exposure. Two experimental formulations prevented mussel attachment for the first 18 months. These three durable foul release coatings will be tested further. <P> Silicone foul release coatings are the most promising for deterring mussel attachment in flowing and static water. Though aquatic vegetation and algae may provide a surface for attachment, the coatings can be easily cleaned with no measurable force. Unfortunately, silicone foul release coatings are soft and are easily damaged. <P> The testing was conducted at Parker Dam on the Colorado River. Invasive mussels at this location reproduce year-round and have a high growth rate. Each coating system was tested in static and flowing water conditions at the dam. Each coating system was evaluated approximately every six months, about every May and November. <P> The research was funded by Reclamation's Research and Development Office where research is conducted to develop and deploy successful solutions to improve water management practices, increase water supply and ensure cost-effective power generation operations. <P> To view the report, please visit Reclamation's <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mussels">Quagga and Zebra Mussel Website</a>. <P> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/jIof1XY9zy8?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48049 Carlie Ronca Selected as Wyoming Area Manager
2014-10-21 00:00:00.0 BILLINGS, Mont. -- Great Plains Regional Director Michael Ryan has announced the selection of Carlie Ronca as Area Manager for Reclamation’s Wyoming Area Office. <P> "Carlie brings a wealth of experience to our organization," said Ryan. "She is well-versed in critical issues ranging from water rights to operations and maintenance of Reclamation facilities. She is the right person to lead this vital area of the Great Plains Region." <P> Ronca is responsible for the management of the Wyoming Area Office's portion of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, the Shoshone Project in the Bighorn River Basin, and the North Platte and Kendrick Projects in the North Platte River Basin. <P> The Area Office provides approximately 2.8 million acre-feet of water releases, 800 gigawatt-hours of hydroelectric power generation, and manages over one half million acres of land for beneficial uses each year. WYAO employs a supervisory control system for operation of the federal dams and power plants on the North Platte, Wind, Bighorn, and Shoshone Rivers in Wyoming. The Area also provides supervisory control for Colorado's Big Thompson Project and Montana’s Yellowtail and Canyon Ferry hydropower facilities. <P> Prior to the Area Manager position, Ronca was the Resources Division Chief for the Eastern Colorado Area Office in Loveland, Colorado. In that capacity, she managed Project water rights and operations, operations and maintenance of Pueblo dam, water contract administration, and natural resources compliance and management. Ronca joined Reclamation in 2006 as a Natural Resource Specialist and Project Manager. After serving some years in the state public sector, she began her federal career in 1999 in the natural resources fields for the National Park Service. <P> Ronca holds a Master of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Science in Biology and General Science. She is a graduate of the Reclamation Executive Leadership Program, and has been recognized by customers and stakeholders for her service-oriented approach and ability to produce collaborative and creative solutions to complex issues. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48047 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for San Joaquin Valley Irrigation Districts' Water Exchange
2014-10-20 18:14:00.0 FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a draft Environmental Assessment analyzing impacts of providing Central Valley Project water to meet water supply needs in four San Joaquin Valley districts in exchange for groundwater from the districts for wildlife refuges in the fall. <P> The San Luis and Del Puerto Water districts are proposing to fund the costs of pumping and delivery of groundwater supplies of up to 2,000 acre-feet from three existing private wells in the Grassland Water District in exchange for up to 1,000 acre-feet of CVP water. The groundwater would be delivered to private lands within the Grassland Resources Conservation District in Merced County for refuge water supply needs in the fall of 2014. In exchange, districts in western San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced and Fresno counties would receive CVP water delivered by Reclamation to help meet water needs. <P> The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19281. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Written comments must be received by close of business Mon., Oct. 27 2014, and should be sent to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, emailed to bhubbard@usbr.gov, or faxed to 916-978-5059. For additional information or to request a copy of the draft EA, please contact Hubbard at 916-978-5204 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at Reclamation?s Mid-Pacific Regional Office at the above address. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48046 Reclamation to Hold Lake Berryessa Community Forum Meeting Wednesday, Oct. 29
2014-10-20 16:21:00.0 <p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation will hold the next meeting of the Lake Berryessa Community Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Lake Berryessa Senior Center. Forum meetings are designed to promote public input on recreation opportunities and services at Lake Berryessa.</p> <p>The public is invited to attend the Forum meeting which will be held:</p> <p align="center"><strong><u>Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m.</u></strong><br /> Lake Berryessa Senior Center<br /> 4380 Spanish Flat Loop Road<br /> Napa, CA  94558</p> <p>At this meeting, Reclamation will provide status updates on existing and future recreation services, long-term planning processes, the Lake Berryessa Wildlife Area management plan, and current interim services operations.</p> <p>Reclamation is scheduling a meeting for Wednesday, Dec. 10, on the future development of recreation facilities and the award of long-term concession contracts at five Lake Berryessa concession areas. At the meeting, the public will be invited to provide comments on the draft development plans as part of scoping under the National Environmental Policy Act. The time and location of that meeting will be announced at a later date.</p> <p>Reclamation is working to implement the Lake Berryessa Visitor Services Plan Record of Decision and provide safe and enjoyable recreation experiences for visitors to Lake Berryessa.</p> <p>To be added to the Lake Berryessa email/mailing list or to request special assistance to attend the Oct. 29 meeting, please contact Janet Sierzputowski, Public Affairs Office, at 916-978-5112 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:jsierzputowski@usbr.gov">jsierzputowski@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>Lake Berryessa is managed by Reclamation&rsquo;s Central California Area Office as part of the Solano Project. Additional information is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>.</p> <P>