Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57637 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Camp Nine Whitewater Events
2016-12-07 09:29:00.0 FOLSOM, Calif.<strong> – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has released the final environmental documents for a program to issue Special Event Permits (SEP) to local outfitter companies to conduct commercial whitewater boating operations on the main stem Stanislaus River between the Camp Nine area and Mark Twain Day Use Area at New Melones Lake. The whitewater boating program was identified in the 2010 New Melones Lake Area Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement. <P> As water-level conditions allow, Reclamation would issue SEPs to up to four local outfitter companies (permittees) to conduct whitewater boating operations at New Melones Lake. The permittees would use existing roads to transport customers, outfitter staff, and equipment along Highways 4 and 49, Parrotts Ferry Road, and Camp Nine Road, including the access route to Mark Twain Recreation Area on former Highway 49. The Camp Nine Road extends about nine miles from Parrotts Ferry Road to the Collierville Power Plant. The put-in would be located below Camp Nine Road near Mile 8 and the former Camp Nine Bridge. The former bridge and an adjacent weir were removed in 2008. <P> The Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (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=25758">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=25758</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> For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA/FONSI, please contact Sarah Perrin at 916-989-7173 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the Final EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Central California Area Office, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57636 Bonfils Blood Drive on December 8 in Hungry Horse Room
2016-12-07 09:16:00.0 The next Bonfils/Denver Federal Center blood drive is scheduled for Thursday, December 8, 2016, with appointments from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Hungry Horse Conference Room. <P> For over 70 years the Bonfils Blood Center has supported the community blood supply and has played an instrumental role in the lives of patients in need throughout Colorado and beyond. Each week Bonfils needs thousands of people to donate blood to meet the needs of Colorado’s patients and to maintain a state of blood supply readiness to support any unforeseen events. Currently, 4 percent of Colorado’s population generously donates blood and every 2 seconds, someone in the United States receives a transfusion of donated blood. <P> To make an appointment, go to https://www.bonfils.org. Click on “Schedule an Appointment.” After the Donor Portal opens, enter the date of the blood drive and enter the site code 2015. Select “Denver Federal Center, Building 67.” From this point on, the instructions should be self-explanatory. If you encounter problems, e-mail center@bonfils.org. <P> If you would rather not make the appointment online, Bonfils still makes appointments by telephone through Bonfils Donor Relations at 303-363-2300. As always, you must tell them the date of the drive and the location site code 2015. <P> If you have a specific question about your eligibility, contact Bonfils Donor Relations at 303-363-2202. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57616 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Transfer or Exchange of Recirculated Restoration Flows to Red Top
2016-12-06 14:12:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As part of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, the Bureau of Reclamation has made available the Final Environmental Assessment/Initial Study and Finding of No Significant Impact for a new turnout and pipeline to facilitate a 10-year transfer and exchange of recaptured San Joaquin River Restoration Flows to Red Top. <P> The purpose of the proposed action is to reduce reliance on deep aquifer groundwater pumping in the Red Top area to reduce the rate of subsidence, as well as avoid water supply impacts to Friant Contractors by providing a mechanism to recirculate, reuse, exchange or transfer recaptured Restoration Flows. <P> Red Top is located in western Fresno and Madera counties, south of Highway 152, near the San Joaquin River and Eastside Bypass. Restoration Flows are water releases from Friant Dam that are made for environmental purposes, as authorized in the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act. <P> The turnout and pipeline will connect Central California Irrigation District’s (CCID) Poso Canal to pumping and conveyance facilities in Red Top. Construction of the pipeline will begin in December 2016 and the new facility will allow for the transfer or exchange of up to 10,000 acre-feet per year during water years 2016 – 2026. <P> The Final EA/IS and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act. Reclamation is the lead agency in accordance with NEPA, and CCID is the lead agency in accordance with CEQA in preparing the analysis. The documents are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24552">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24552</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> For additional information, please contact Becky Victorine at 916-978-4624 or <a href="mailto:rvictorine@usbr.gov">rvictorine@usbr.gov</a>. More information on the San Joaquin River Restoration Program is available at <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net/">www.restoresjr.net</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57596 Late Reporting, Closures and Early Dismissals Due to Extreme Weather Conditions
2016-12-05 15:58:00.0 Ever wonder what happens if there is bad weather and your commute may be impacted? Well, Reclamation in Denver has a process for late reporting, closures and early dismissals for hazardous weather. <P> There are multiple methods being used for announcing late reporting, closures, and early dismissals based on the time of day and weather conditions. <P> Late Reporting and Closure Announcements <P> Reclamation’s Public Affairs Office will post closure information to KUSA (Channel 9) and KCNC (Channel 4) as early as conditions permit; however, the Public Affairs Office cannot guarantee that late reporting and closures will be reported by these media outlets. The key words to listen for are: “Bureau of Reclamation.” The announcement will indicate that: <P> <ul> <li>Reclamation is closed.</li> <li>Reclamation is on late reporting up to ___ hours (hours are determined based on conditions).</li> </ul> <P> In addition, the Public Affairs Office will also post late reporting and closure information on Reclamation’s Twitter account at www.twitter.com/usbr. Employees may also call the Information and Weather Hotline at 303-445-4199 for information specific to the Denver Office. If the line is busy, please redial the number. <P> Questions regarding timesheet coding may be directed to Freddie Treece at 303-445-2651, in the Human Resource (HR) Operations office, or Lori Skulavik at 303-445-2654, in the HR Operations office. Questions regarding the Information and Weather Hotline may be directed to Nathan Portman, Facilities Supervisor, at 303-445-2087. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57577 Efforts to Protect Endangered Species in the Middle Rio Grande Continue with Renewed Commitments from Key Water Management Agencies
2016-12-05 12:12:00.0 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed and provided a new biological opinion to the Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District and the State of New Mexico, providing Endangered Species Act coverage for water-related activities in the Upper and Middle Rio Grande. <P> The parties have been formally consulting for nearly four years to address the needs of species protected under the act. The Service’s biological opinion concludes that the proposed water-related activities, including almost 90 species conservation commitments from the entities, will not jeopardize the survival of the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow, southwestern willow flycatcher and the threatened yellow-billed cuckoo. <P> The Rio Grande is one of the most important natural resources in the state of New Mexico. “This Biological Opinion recognizes the core management elements that are necessary to sustain and ultimately recover populations of silvery minnows. The Biological Opinion is based on years of experimentation, rigorous science, and adaptive management strategies that will balance and meet human water needs while supporting wildlife conservation,” said Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, the Service’s Southwest Regional Director. “The substantial conservation commitments made by the Middle Rio Grande Partners will significantly improve the status of the silvery minnow, flycatcher and cuckoo.” <P> The entities involved in this consultation worked closely with the Service to come up with innovative, science-based solutions to improve habitat for the species between Cochiti Dam and Elephant Butte Reservoir while continuing to improve water delivery efficiencies. <P> "We are hopeful that the trust built during this complicated consultation will carry through to the implementation phase. We have a lot of work to do and are eager to move forward,” said Jennifer Faler, Albuquerque Area Manager for Reclamation. <P> “The Bureau of Indian Affairs has worked hard in collaboration with the parties and with affected tribes to maintain the sovereignty of the tribes as well as accomplish the goals related to the species,” said Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional Director William T. Walker. <P> These entities have worked collaboratively and persistently on water use and Endangered Species Act issues for about 20 years, starting with the onset of drought in 1996, through severe drought and litigation in early 2000’s, to continued drought in the following decade, all with significant investments of federal, state and local resources. <P> “Our agency continues to engage with its federal water management partners, the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, the six Middle Rio Grande Pueblos and other water users to ensure State water laws and regulations provide a solid foundation in the basin from which to build upon,” said Interstate Stream Commission Director Deborah Dixon. “We have offered commitments that are included in the new biological opinion that will provide improvements in water availability for species, better habitat conditions and science-based water management while continuing to provide water and endangered species compliance for New Mexicans.” <P> An example of joint efforts in recent years is the coordination by water managers last spring to temporarily store additional water on the Rio Chama. This allowed them to augment the natural flow of the river through the middle valley in May to mimic a moderate spring runoff instead of the lower runoff that would have occurred naturally. That effort, in combination with habitat restoration conducted over the last decade contributed to increased numbers of young silvery minnow in the river this fall. <P> “The District is pleased to be able to work in partnership with Reclamation, the state of New Mexico and the Fish and Wildlife Service to assist in the preservation and recovery of endangered species, while preserving water rights and agricultural use in the Middle Rio Grande Valley. This fifteen-year biological opinion is a comprehensive approach that provides us needed flexibility to adapt to highly variable water supply conditions while providing the District the necessary coverage under the Endangered Species Act that allows us to continue our mission in meeting the needs of our constituents,” said MRGCD Board Chairman Derrick Lente. <P> The new biological opinion is available to the public at https://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/NewMexico/. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57576 Reclamation to Perform Maintenance on Nimbus Dam Powerplant; Water to be Released through Spillway Gates
2016-12-05 11:02:00.0 GOLD RIVER, Calif. – From Monday, December 12, through Monday, December 19, 2016, the Bureau of Reclamation will shut down the Nimbus Dam Powerplant to perform preventative maintenance on the facility. Maintenance activities are required to satisfy North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) requirements as well as Reclamation Power Recommendations for the equipment. <P> During the maintenance activities, 1,250 cubic feet per second will continue to be released through Nimbus Dam into the Lower American River to maintain river flows. These water releases are generally made through the powerplant for power production; however, during the preventative maintenance work, the releases will be made through the spillway gates and will be visible to the public. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57556 Record of Decision Signed for Lower Yellowstone Fish Passage Project
2016-12-05 09:05:00.0 BILLINGS, Mont. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Bureau of Reclamation signed a Record of Decision (ROD) today for the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam Fish Passage Project selecting the Bypass Channel Alternative and associated Adaptive Management and Monitoring Plan (AMP) for implementation. <P> "Signing the ROD is the final step in the process that highlights the efforts of so many people," said Col. John W Henderson, Omaha District commander for the Corps. "This is a positive step forward in getting this project off the ground." <P> Reclamation and the Corps selected the Bypass Channel Alternative because it best meets the purpose and need of improving pallid sturgeon fish passage and ecosystem restoration while continuing viable and effective operations of the Lower Yellowstone Project. <P> This alternative involves constructing a 15,500-foot long bypass channel from the upper end of the existing side channel, to just downstream of the existing diversion dam. <P> "The Bypass Channel Alternative provides the best opportunity for fish and farms to coexist," said Reclamation's Great Plains Regional Director Mike Ryan. "I also would like to recognize the Army Corps of Engineers commitment of resources and seeing the process through for the people of Montana and North Dakota." <P> The Bypass Channel Alternative is expected to improve pallid sturgeon passage at Intake Diversion Dam and contribute to ecosystem restoration. At the same time, while an increase in operations and maintenance costs is expected, it is not anticipated to disrupt operation of the Lower Yellowstone Project. <P> "The Service is encouraged by the Corps and Reclamation decision," said Noreen Walsh, Mountain-Prairie Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "This is a positive outcome of many years of project evaluation, planning, and close coordination across many agencies and private interests." <P> Construction of the approximately $57 million Bypass Channel project will be funded and managed by the Corps of Engineers and is expected to begin as early as the spring of 2017 and take approximately 28 months to complete. The Corps and Reclamation will implement the AMP beginning in 2017. The Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project Board of Control will be responsible for the long term operation and maintenance of the project and for certain aspects of the AMP. <P> The Intake Diversion Dam is located 70-miles upstream from the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers near Glendive, Montana. It is a feature of the Lower Yellowstone Project which provides irrigation water to approximately 55,000 acres in eastern Montana and Western North Dakota. <P> To view the ROD and other associated documents, please visit: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/loweryellowstone/">www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/loweryellowstone/</a> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57538 MP Region Joins the Fun at Winters Salmon Festival
2016-12-02 14:59:00.0 On Nov. 4, 2016, the Bureau of Reclamation joined the Solano County Water Agency, Solano County Parks, Putah Creek Council, the City of Winters, and many others in celebrating the first ever Winters, CA Salmon Festival. Staff from the Lake Berryessa Field Office participated in the event in downtown Winters, where they shared with over 130 visitors many ways that Sal the Salmon could make better use of water. <P> <P> The festival highlighted years of successful work in the Putah Creek Watershed to restore habitat for salmon, which are returning to the creek to spawn in noticeable numbers. Leading up to the event, Reclamation Rangers Jennifer Onufer and Todd Eggert assisted with school programs at Lake Solano County Park aimed at educating Winters’ fourth-graders about salmon, their habitat, and their life cycle in advance of the festival. <P> During the festival, visitors enjoyed live music, face painting, a salmon derby, food and beverages, raffle items, an opportunity to meet Quagga Mussel Dogs, and more. To wrap up the event, there was a parade and drum circle to and from the Putah Creek Bridge. Thanks to everyone who came out to the event, hope to see you at next year’s! <P> <img src="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/salmon-festival/Rangers%20help%20Visitors%20at%20Salmon%20Festival.JPG" alt="Park rangers help visitors learn about Putah Creek and salmon at the Winters Salmon Festival" align="left" hspace="12"/>Park rangers help visitors learn about Putah Creek and salmon at the Winters Salmon Festival <P> <img src="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/salmon-festival/Sal%20the%20Salmon.JPG" alt="Sal the Salmon" align="left" hspace="12"/>Lake Berryessa staff teach children about Sal the Salmon <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57537 Reclamation releases Environmental Document for the Firebaugh Canal Water District Second Lift Canal Lining
2016-11-30 17:09:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation prepared an Environmental Assessment for the Firebaugh Canal Water District Second Lift Canal Lining Project Phase 5 – Washoe Avenue to Ashlan Avenue. The EA details Reclamation’s proposed grant of $564,000 to FCWD through CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant Funding to reduce canal seepage, improve water reliability, and update structures to allow conversion to high-efficiency irrigation systems. <P> The grant will partially fund the concrete lining of 1.7 miles of the Second Lift Canal of the FCWD Lift System, from Washoe Avenue to Ashlan Avenue, to reduce seepage losses. Grant funds would also go towards replacing control structures along that segment of canal to improve water management capabilities. Water conserved by the project would also reduce the discharge of subsurface drainage to the San Joaquin River. <P> <p>The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and may be viewed at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=27228" target="_blank">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=27228</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978- 5100 (TTY 800-877- 8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P> <p>Comments must be received by close of business Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, and should be sent to Alexandra Woodward, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 or emailed to <a href="mailto:aawoodward@usbr.gov">aawoodward@usbr.gov</a> or faxed to 916-978-5055. </p> <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the EA, please contact Woodward at 916-978- 5056 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office at the above address. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57536 Notice of Building 67 Maintenance
2016-11-30 16:25:00.0 Work to replace fans today created a burning smell that was detected randomly throughout the building, but was reported on the 9th & 14th Floors. The smells dissipated very quickly. If for any reason you experience burning smells that are not dissipating and you are concerned please contact Facilities at 303-445-2080. If you see fire or smoke call 9-911 from a work phone or 911 from your cell phone. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57516 Reclamation Announces 2016 Long-term Operations Biological Opinions Informational and Update Meeting
2016-11-30 14:25:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will hold an informal stakeholder meeting Dec. 6, 2016, to allow public input regarding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Biological Opinion (BiOp) on the long-term operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. Specifically, there will be opportunity for input regarding the various regulatory actions prescribed by their respective Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs). <P> The review will enable Reclamation, NMFS, and USFWS to use lessons learned, incorporate new science and make appropriate, scientifically justified adjustments to the implementation of the RPAs. The BiOps and their RPAs were designed by NMFS and the USFWS to avoid the likelihood of jeopardy to listed species and adverse modification of critical habitat. NMFS’s RPA requires Reclamation and NMFS to host a workshop no later than Nov. 30 of each year to determine whether any measures prescribed in the RPAs should be altered in light of information learned from the prior year’s operations or research. <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 Operations BiOp. The California Department of Water Resources also participates in the review because it operates the SWP. The intent of the annual review is to inform NMFS and USFWS as to the efficacy of the prior years’ water operations and regulatory actions prescribed by their respective RPAs, with the goal of developing lessons learned, incorporating new science and proposing scientifically justified adjustments to the RPAs or their implementation to support decision-making for the next water year. <P> In April 2016, Reclamation and NMFS agreed to temporarily modify the RPAs science review frequency from annual to biennial from 2016 through 2020. At that time, Reclamation and NMFS will evaluate whether to make this change permanent or consider additional changes. The next science review will be held in November 2017. <P> <p><b>2016 Long-term Operations Biological Opinions Informational and Update Meeting</b></p> <P> <p>Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. PST<br /> 980 Ninth Street<br /> Second Floor Conference Room<br /> Sacramento, California 95814</p> <P> <p>As a courtesy, this workshop will have a WebEx Conference link and a call-in line for audio. For those who will be calling in, please email comments to <a href="mailto:mhendrick@usbr.gov">mhendrick@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P> <p><b>Conference Line:</b> 303-445-3818 or 800-595-8343 (toll free)</p> <P> <p><b>Passcode:</b> 3563</p> <P> <p><b>WebEx Conference Links:</b></p> <P> <p><a href="https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usbr/join" target="_blank">https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usbr/join</a></p> <P> <p><b>Meeting ID:</b> CGRJR5</p> <P> <p><b>Entry Code:</b> X/Nr3q43j</p> <P> <p><b>First Time Users of Live Meeting:</b></p> <P> <p><a href="https://goo.gl/jpPQVt">https://goo.gl/jpPQVt</a></p> <P> <p>AGENDA (all times in PST, order of agenda items and listed times are subject to change)</p> <P> <p>1:30 – 1:40 Welcome Remarks – Mike Hendrick (Reclamation) </p> <P> <p>1:40 – 2:10 Hydrologic/Water Year Review – Liz Kiteck (Reclamation) </p> <P> <p>2:10 – 2:30 Biological/Fisheries Water Year Update – Mike Hendrick (Reclamation) </p> <P> <p>2:30 – 2:40 Break</p> <P> <p>2:40 – 3:45 Public Input/Comment</p> <P> <p>3:45 – 4:00 Next Steps – Mike Hendrick (Reclamation) </p> <P> <p>4:00 Adjourn </p> <P> <p>• If you have any questions, please contact Mike Hendrick at (916) 414-2420 or <a href="mailto:mhendrick@usbr.gov">mhendrick@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P> <p>• Reasonable time limits may be established for public comments (Government Code Sections 11125.7).</p> <P> For more details, refer to the following webpage: <a href="http://deltacouncil.ca.gov/science-program/long-term-operations-biological-opinions-annual-science-review">http://deltacouncil.ca.gov/science-program/long-term-operations-biological-opinions-annual-science-review</a><p><a name="_SG_08ef1c922fb040f2bff2cf9e15696335"></a></p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57496 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for MU5 Farms Lateral 32.2 Turnout and Irrigation Pipeline Project
2016-11-30 13:22:00.0 <p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif. </b>- The Bureau of Reclamation prepared an Environmental Assessment to disclose potential environmental effects associated with authorizing MU5 Farms LLC to construct a turnout within Reclamation right-of-way that will connect an irrigation pipeline to Lateral 32.2, which connects to the Madera Canal. The turnout will allow MU5 Farms the flexibility of using surface water from the Madera Canal via Lateral 32.2 for irrigation.</p> <P> <p>The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=27232">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=27232</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>Written comments are due by close of business Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Please email comments to <a href="mailto:nmartin@usbr.gov">nmartin@usbr.gov</a>. You can also mail comments to Nathaniel Martin, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-152, Sacramento, CA 95825.</p> <P> <p>For questions or to request a copy of the EA, please contact Nathaniel Martin at 916-978-6153 (TTY 800-877-8339). </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57476 Reclamation to Close Delta Cross Channel Gates Dec. 1
2016-11-30 11:45:00.0 WALNUT GROVE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will close the Delta Cross Channel Gates Thursday, Dec. 1, at approximately 9 a.m. The closure is due to the National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion. The gates will remain closed until further notice. Please be advised that the decision to open or close the gates can be made on short notice based on requirements. <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> Boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The closing and opening of the gates generally takes about one hour. <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.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.pdf</a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-2683. <P> For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57458 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Horsefly Irrigation District’s WaterSMART Grant Project
2016-11-29 16:12:00.0 KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Horsefly Irrigation District’s (HID) Dairy and Yonna Canals Piping Project. <P> Through a WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant, Reclamation will provide financial assistance to HID to convert approximately 1.22 miles of its open canal to subterranean piping. The project, located in Klamath County, Ore., will eliminate seepage and evaporation losses in those sections and is anticipated to result in an annual water savings of about 700 acre-feet. Conserved water would remain in the Lost River System for instream benefits and downstream users. <P> The EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=27208" target="_blank">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=27208</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339), or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the EA and/or FONSI, please contact Laura Williams at 541-880-2581 or <a href="mailto:ljwilliams@usbr.gov">ljwilliams@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57456 Reclamation Releases Progress Report on Meeting Climate Change Adaptation Strategy
2016-11-29 14:00:00.0 WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López released a report today that provides a status update on the actions Reclamation is undertaking to meet the challenges of climate change on Western water supplies. This includes meeting the four goals established in the strategy, increasing water management flexibility, enhancing climate adaptation planning, improving infrastructure resiliency, and expanding information sharing. <P> "Climate change poses clear risks to our ability to deliver water and power," Commissioner López said. "In light of those risks, Reclamation and our partners will take key steps that line up with the goals of this strategy, helping to ensure a sustainable water supply across the West." <P> The strategy identifies four primary goals to improve Reclamation's ability to consider climate change information in its decision making: <ul> <li>Goal 1 - Increase Water Management Flexibility</li> <li>Goal 2 - Enhance Climate Adaptation Planning</li> <li>Goal 3 - Improve Infrastructure Resiliency</li> <li>Goal 4 - Expand Information Sharing</li> </ul> <P> Reclamation is making progress on the activities identified in the four goals of the strategy. These activities include: <ul> <li>five reservoir operation pilot studies that are evaluating how weather, hydrology and climate change information can better inform reservoir operations;</li> <li>implementing hydropower optimizations that could increase generation by 410,000 to 1.2 million megawatt hours per year, enough electricity for between 37,000 to 109,000 households;</li> <li>Reclamation is supporting integration of climate change information across planning activities through approaches developed through the basin studies and the drought response program;</li> <li>the Western Watershed Enhancement Program that has provided nearly $1.2 million to cost-share seven wildfire resiliency projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho and Washington; and</li> <li>Reclamation working with its partners to offer climate change training courses for technical water resource professionals and for general audience on integrating climate change considerations into water resources planning.</li> </ul> <P> The actions identified in the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy are part of the Department of the Interior's implementation of President Obama's <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/president27sclimateactionplan.pdf" target="_blank">Climate Action Plan</a>, the strategy provides a framework in which Reclamation managers can develop and adopt innovative solutions that provide a more reliable water supply in a changing climate. It also supports the Nov. 1, 2013, Executive Order, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change. <P> To view the progress report and learn more about how Reclamation is incorporating climate change into its efforts, please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/climate">https://www.usbr.gov/climate</a>. <P> <P>