Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46609 Temporary Transfer of Water from the McConnell Foundation to Kanawha and Glide Water Districts in Contract Year 2014
2014-04-22 17:29:00.0 <p><b>SHASTA LAKE, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation today released environmental documents that allow the transfer of up to 5,100 acre-feet of Central Valley Project water from the McConnell Foundation to the city of Redding. This transfer will subsequently be conveyed through the Tehama-Colusa Canal to Glide and Kanawha Water Districts for agricultural and municipal and industrial use. </p> <P> <p>The Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17081">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17081</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and/or FONSI, please contact Paul Zedonis at 530-276-2047 (TTY 530-275-8991 or email pzedonis@usbr.gov. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46608 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on 2014 Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority Water Transfers
2014-04-22 17:20:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation today released the final environmental documents for the transfer of Central Valley Project water by CVP contractors located north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The water may be purchased by up to 13 Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority member agencies located north of the Delta. <P> The proposed action includes groundwater substitution and land idling/crop shifting transfers in 2014 that require Reclamation’s approval. The transfers involve Base Supply and/or Project Water from 18 entities with Sacramento River Settlement Contracts located north of the Delta; a total of up to 155,000 acre-feet of water could be made available for transfer. Reclamation will evaluate each transfer proposal to determine if it meets state law and/or Central Valley Project Improvement Act requirements. <P> The Environmental Assessment/Initial Study and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16682. 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 copies of the documents, please contact Brad Hubbard at 916-978-5204 or bhubbard@usbr.gov. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46607 News Advisory: Federal Agencies Invite News Media to Ceremony Marking Implementation of Suisun Marsh Habitat Management, Preservation and Restoration Plan
2014-04-22 17:16:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that on Thursday they will hold a ceremony and news media availability marking implementation of a comprehensive, 30-year plan to restore and enhance Suisun Marsh, a critical part of the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta estuary ecosystem. <P> The Suisun Marsh Habitat Management, Preservation and Restoration Plan addresses concerns over use of resources within about 50,000 acres of the ecological treasure, which is the largest contiguous brackish (fresh and salt water) marsh on the West Coast. Operations of the federal Central Valley Project and State Water Project influence the health of the ecosystem, much of which is privately owned and home to waterfowl hunting clubs. <P> WHAT: The news media is invited to attend a celebration where speakers will include officials from Reclamation, the USFWS, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Suisun Resources Conservation District. <P> WHERE: The event will be held at Rush Ranch Lodge, 3521 Grizzly Island Road, Suisun City, CA 94585. <P> WHEN: Thursday, April 24, at 12:30 p.m. <P> The plan creates a framework for a broad partnership to restore 5,000 to 7,000 acres of the marsh to tidal wetlands and enhance and protect more than 40,000 acres of managed wetlands. The plan’s objectives include improving habitat for multiple special-status species, maintaining the heritage of waterfowl hunting and other recreational opportunities; improving water quality to assist fish migration and spawning; and improving and maintaining the levee system to protect property, infrastructure and wildlife habitats from flooding. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46606 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on 2014 San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority Transfers
2014-04-22 15:56:00.0 <p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation today released the final environmental documents for the transfer of Central Valley Project water by CVP contractors located north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The water may be purchased by up to 24 entities in the San Joaquin and Santa Clara Valleys, including up to 20 San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority member agencies.</p> <p>The proposed action includes groundwater substitution and land idling/crop shifting transfers in 2014 that require Reclamation’s approval. The transfers involve Base Supply and/or Project Water from 15 entities with Sacramento River Settlement Contracts located north of the Delta; a total of up to 175,226 acre-feet of water could be made available for transfer. Reclamation will evaluate each transfer proposal to determine if it meets state law and/or Central Valley Project Improvement Act requirements.  <strong></strong></p> <p>The Environmental Assessment/Initial Study and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act<strong> </strong>and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16681">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16681</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>For additional information or to request copies of the documents, please contact Brad Hubbard at 916-978-5204 or <a href="mailto:bhubbard@usbr.gov">bhubbard@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46605 Public Scoping Meeting Scheduled on Proposed North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program
2014-04-22 14:34:00.0 <p><strong>MODESTO, Calif.</strong> ­-- The Bureau of Reclamation is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report to evaluate the proposed North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program as a regional solution to address water supply shortages within Del Puerto Water District&rsquo;s service area, on the west side of the San Joaquin River in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties, south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.</p> <p>Under the proposed program, up to 59,000 acre-feet per year of recycled water produced by the cities of Turlock and Modesto would be delivered via the Delta-Mendota Canal. Recycled water would be conveyed from Modesto and Turlock through pipelines from their wastewater treatment facilities, crossing the San Joaquin River, and ending at the Delta-Mendota Canal. The recycled water would then be conveyed directly to Del Puerto Water District customers or to the San Luis Reservoir for storage during low water demand periods.</p> <p>In addition to uses within Del Puerto Water District&rsquo;s service area, this program proposes to provide water to Central Valley Project Improvement Act-designated refuges, south of the Delta, to meet their need for water supply.</p> <p>A public scoping meeting is being held to solicit public input on topics to be addressed in the environmental document including resources to be evaluated, alternatives to be considered and significant concerns and issues. Reclamation is the National Environmental Protection Act lead agency and the city of Modesto is the California Environmental Quality Act lead agency. The meeting is scheduled as follows:</p> <p align="center"><strong><u>Modesto</u></strong> <br /> Tuesday, May 13, 2014<br /> 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.<br /> Modesto City Hall,<br /> 1010 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354</p> <p>Written comments on the scope of the environmental document should be received by close of business Wednesday, May 28, 2014, and should be sent to Benjamin Lawrence, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, SCC-412, Fresno, California 93721, via e-mail to <a href="mailto:blawrence@usbr.gov">blawrence@usbr.gov</a>, or faxed to 559-487-5194. For additional information, please contact Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY 800-735-2929).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46604 Read Across Interior
2014-04-22 12:10:00.0 Excitement and laughter spread throughout the hallways of C. Melvin Sharpe Health School on April 2. Representatives from the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Secretary and Bureau of Reclamation were guest readers as part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America initiative. <P> NEA’s Read Across America is a nationwide celebration that takes place annually on March 2, which happens to be the birthday of children’s author Theodore Geisel, known as the great Dr. Seuss. DOI decided to extend this celebration into the month of April. <P> “Reading is fundamental. It is the keystone for success,” said Brenda Woods. Ms. Woods is a Program Manager for DOI’s Office of the Secretary and has coordinated the Department’s participation in this initiative so far this year. “The success of the program has been based upon the collaboration with the DOI Bureaus and Offices. It is a pleasure to work with individuals who are dedicated to public service and are making a difference in a child’s life,” Woods continued. <P> To support this initiative, the Department’s Educational Partnerships Program, Office of Facilities and Administrative Services and Office of the Secretary established a reading program where DOI employees can read to students in the classroom throughout the academic school year. Since 1983, the Department has developed strong relationships with many schools located across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. DOI currently partners with C. Melvin Sharpe Health School, School Without Walls, Ross Elementary School, The Lab School of Washington, The School for Education Evolution and Development Public Charter School and Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools. <P> Students at C. Melvin Sharpe Health School were elated to have the ladies visit and read stories to them. Some DOI readers were dressed as Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat character, wearing the signature red and white striped top hat. Reclamation Management Analyst Holly Peoples was indeed a big hit at C. Melvin Sharpe Health School. “I feel like I am making a difference in a young person’s life when I participate in education initiatives such as the Read Across America events. I work to motivate, energize and encourage employees within the Bureau of Reclamation to participate as well. It is truly a joy to be able to put a smile on a young person's face,” said Ms. Peoples. <P> Other Bureaus and Offices that have participated in the Read Across America initiative include: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of the Interior Library, Department of the Interior University, Interior Business Center, Interior Federal Credit Union, National Park Service, Office of Civil Rights, Office of Facilities and Administrative Services, Office of External and Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the Secretary, Office of the Secretary’s Human Resources Office, Office of the Secretary’s Office of Communications, Office of the Solicitor’s Division of Indian Affairs, Office of Surface Mining and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. <P> C. Melvin Sharpe Health School serves the academic needs of students between the ages of 5-22 with special educational needs and disabilities. It is located at 4300 13th St. NW, Washington, D.C. For additional information about the Read Across America initiative at DOI and volunteer opportunities, please contact Brenda Woods at 202-208-3617 or via e-mail at Brenda_Woods@ios.doi.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46585 Reclamation Increases Flows in the American River
2014-04-21 16:06:00.0 <p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – On Monday, April 21, the Bureau of Reclamation will increase releases from Nimbus Dam into the lower American River from 500 cubic feet per second to 1,500 cfs for three days. On Thursday, April 24, flows will be ramped down by 250 cfs increments to reach 800 cfs by Friday morning, April 25. These flows will be maintained until further notice.</p> <p>The increased flows will help juvenile steelhead and Chinook salmon migrate downstream, help with in-river conditions for young steelhead now, and provide functional rearing habitat for steelhead that stay through the summer. Additionally, the increased release of 800 cfs may assist in managing other project demands such as river temperatures, Delta requirements and downstream water supplies.</p> <p>Nimbus Dam is located approximately seven miles downstream from Folsom Dam and Reservoir, features of the Central Valley Project. People recreating in or along the lower American River downstream from Nimbus Dams to the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers at the Discovery Park Recreation area near downtown Sacramento, should take appropriate safety precautions with the increased flows.</p> <p>Daily information on expected flows in the American River can be found on the California Data Exchange Center website at <a href="http://cdec.water.ca.gov./queryRes.html">http://cdec.water.ca.gov./queryRes.html</a> or on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at <a href="http://www.spk-wc.usace.army.mil/reports/release_changes.html">http://www.spk-wc.usace.army.mil/reports/release_changes.html</a>.  </p> For more information on the American River, please visit Reclamation&rsquo;s Central Valley Operation Office website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo</a> or call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46566 Reclamation Announces Final Schedule for Releases into Trinity River as Part of Restoration Program
2014-04-18 14:53:00.0 <p><strong>REDDING, Calif. -</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that releases from Lewiston Dam into the Trinity River will increase to a peak flow of 1,500 cubic feet per second over a two-day period as part of the Trinity River Restoration Program.</p> <p>Releases will begin increasing April 23 and remain at the peak of 1,500 cfs for a period of 36 days, extending from April 24 to May 29. Release rates will then be reduced to 1,200 cfs during June 3-5 and to 700 cfs during June 15-18. The summer base-flow rate of 450 cfs will begin on June 26. The total water allocation for Trinity River restoration flows in a &ldquo;critically dry&rdquo; water year, such as this, is 369,000 acre-feet.</p> <p>The public should take appropriate safety precautions whenever near or on the river. Landowners are advised to clear personal items and debris from the floodplain prior to the releases.</p> <p>The December 2000, Trinity River Mainstem Fishery Restoration <a href="http://odp.trrp.net/Library/Details.aspx?document=227">Record of Decision</a> created a plan for the restoration of the Trinity River and its fish and wildlife populations. The Program&rsquo;s restoration strategy includes four different restoration elements, one of which includes increased releases to the river, separate and apart from Central Valley Project water allocations. Flow regimes link two essential purposes deemed necessary to restore and maintain the Trinity River&rsquo;s fishery resources: 1) flows to provide physical fish habitat (i.e., appropriate depths and velocities, and suitable temperature regimes for anadromous salmonids), and 2) flows to restore the riverine processes that create and maintain the structural integrity and spatial complexity of the fish habitats. More information on the Trinity River ROD can be found at <a href="http://www.trrp.net/background/rod/">www.trrp.net/background/rod/</a>.</p> <p>A daily schedule of flow releases is available at <a href="http://www.trrp.net/restore/flows/current/">http://www.trrp.net/restore/flows/current/</a>, and the public may subscribe to automated notifications (via phone or email) of Trinity River release changes. The flow release schedule is posted at the Trinity River Restoration Program office, located at 1313 South Main Street, Weaverville, CA. </p> <p>For additional information, please call 530-623-1800 or email <a href="mailto:info@trrp.net">info@trrp.net</a>. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46565 Reclamation Announces Update to 2014 CVP Water Supply for Settlement Contractors and Refuges
2014-04-18 13:49:00.0 <p><strong>Sacramento, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation today announced an update to the February 2014 Central Valley Project water supply for Sacramento River Settlement Contractors and wildlife refuges north-of-delta. This update reflects improved precipitation and runoff in Northern California to date.</p> <p>Based on the California Department of Water Resources&rsquo; April 1, Runoff Forecast, current hydrological conditions and actions taken to date to manage scarce supplies, the available contractual supply for North-of-Delta Settlement Contractor&rsquo;s and wildlife refuges increased from 40 percent to 75 percent. Allocations for all other water contractors serviced by the CVP remain the same.</p> <p>&ldquo;In light of this year&rsquo;s lower than average CVP water supply, Reclamation and its federal, state and local partners have been committed to ensuring our water resources are available, not just for today but for the future,&rdquo; Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo said today.&nbsp;&ldquo;The low initial allocation announced on Feb. 21, has been difficult for all CVP contractors, however, with the recent precipitation, it is with some optimism that we are able to increase the available supply for these two entities. We also continue to work toward stretching available water supplies as far as possible for all of our water contractors as we manage through the drought.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This type of water year reinforces the critical need for long-term solutions to drought management and improving California&rsquo;s water supply reliability,&rdquo; Murillo continued. &ldquo;While managing the existing water resources stored in reservoirs across the region, we remain committed to working with our partners to develop a firm water supply for the future.&rdquo; </p> <p>Reclamation will continue to monitor water supply data provided by the state and will make adjustments to the allocation as soon as they are indicated. Changes to hydrology and opportunities to exercise operational flexibility of the CVP are factors and conditions that will influence the water supply and allocations as the water year progresses. Water supply updates will be posted at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/</a>PA/water.</p> <p>For additional information, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water</a> or contact the Mid-Pacific Region&rsquo;s Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46564 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Westlands Water District Warren Act Contract
2014-04-18 13:47:00.0 <p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a five-year Warren Act Contract proposed to be issued to Westlands Water District. Due to drought conditions, Westlands needs to convey non-Project supplies to existing crops within the district in need of supplemental irrigation water. The Warren Act authorizes Reclamation to enter into contracts to impound, store or convey non-Project water in federal facilities when excess capacity is available.</p> <p>Various well owners within Westlands would be allowed to pump up to 10,000 acre-feet per year of groundwater into the Coalinga Canal. The non-Central Valley Project water would then be conveyed to Westlands Water District turnouts and diverted to the existing distribution system. The groundwater would be tested to demonstrate that the water standards are met before owners would be allowed to discharge to the Canal.  An easement or other license would also be issued for the pipes used to discharge to the Canal, which are already in place. The land use authorization would be for a period of 25 years.</p> <p>The Draft EA and FONSI were released for public comment from March 7, 2014 to April 8, 2014.  No comments were received during the comment period.</p> <p>The Final EA/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=16581">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16581</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Ben Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY&nbsp;800-735-2929).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46545 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Improvements to the U.S. Forest Service Fire Station at Lake Casitas
2014-04-17 15:15:00.0 <p><strong>FRESNO, Calif. - </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for upgrades to the U.S. Forest Service fire station at Lake Casitas in Ventura County. </p> <p>The Forest Service&rsquo;s improvements include relocation of a sanitary leach line, installation of a 10,000 gallon water storage tank, clearing land for additional helipads, and installing new security fencing.</p> <p>The Draft EA and FONSI were released for public comment from Feb. 11 to March 13, 2014. No comments were received during the comment period.</p> <p>The environmental documents 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=16441">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16441</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 EA/FONSI, please contact Ben Lawrence at <br /> 559-487-5039 (TTY&nbsp;800-735-2929).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46544 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Reclamation Release Spring-run Chinook Salmon into the San Joaquin River for Study
2014-04-17 10:15:00.0 <p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong><strong> – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on April 17 to 18 are releasing 54,000 hatchery produced juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River as part of the implementation of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. The Restoration Program is a comprehensive long-term effort to restore flows to the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam to the confluence of the Merced River restoring a self-sustaining Chinook salmon fishery in the river while reducing or avoiding adverse water supply impacts from those flows.  </p> <p>The salmon are from the Feather River Hatchery and are being released near the confluence of the Merced and San Joaquin rivers near Newman, California. The release effort will provide an opportunity to carryout fisheries studies while contributing to the long-term reintroduction of spring-run salmon to the San Joaquin River as called for in the San Joaquin River Settlement.  </p> <p>As part of this effort, some of these juvenile spring-run are anticipated to return to the river as adults in spring 2017. However dry year conditions will likely impact the number of returning fish. The USFWS and Reclamation are prepared to trap and transport the returning adults up river, if conditions are such that they cannot make it on their own. The returning adults will then be monitored to determine what parts of the river they use, their survival over the summer, and where they spawn in the fall of 2017. This information will help further inform future spring-run reintroduction efforts.  </p> <p>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s salmon release is a monumental step forward for California&rsquo;s fishing economy and the health of the state&rsquo;s second largest river, particularly as we face a historic drought,&rdquo; said Monty Schmitt, Senior Scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council. &ldquo;Even in the driest years, it is essential for the livelihood of communities in the Central Valley to protect the health of our rivers and fisheries while supporting the region&rsquo;s agricultural economy.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This is an important study effort for the Restoration Program that does not impact water supply,&rdquo; said David Murillo, Director of Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Region. &ldquo;We are hopeful that in three years, some of these juveniles return to the San Joaquin River as adults so that we learn more toward the long-term reintroduction of this species.&rdquo;</p> <p>The released spring-run are considered an experimental population under the Endangered Species Act and are exempted from the take prohibitions by the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project consistent with the Endangered Species Act rule package issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service on December 31, 2013. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife concurred with the federal regulations under special provisions of the California Endangered Species Act that apply to the San Joaquin River Restoration Program on March 17, 2014. The release will not impact water supply for any water user nor will any additional water releases be made for the benefit of these fish.  </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46526 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Gray Lodge Reimbursement Agreement
2014-04-16 14:58:00.0 <p><strong>SACRAMENTO</strong>, <strong>Calif</strong>. – The Bureau of Reclamation proposes to extend the Agreement for the Reimbursement of Deep Well Pumping Costs on the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area between the United States and the State of California. The proposed agreement would add an additional 12 months until February 28, 2015. The Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is located near Gridley, CA. </p> <p>For the current Amendment, Reclamation prepared an Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact to evaluate and disclose any potential environmental impacts. This extension would permit Reclamation to meet obligations under Central Valley Project Improvement Act Section 3406(d)(1) by continuing to provide reimbursement of costs to the California Department of Fish &amp; Wildlife to pump up to approximately 16,159 acre-feet of groundwater, the quantity currently covered by previous environmental documentation. </p> <p>The groundwater would continue to supplement limited historical average annual surface water deliveries (Level 2) for the wildlife area.</p> <p>The EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with NEPA and is available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=3609">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=3609</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>For additional information or to request a copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Shelly Hatleberg at 916-978-5050. Copies of the EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Sacramento office 2800 Cottage Way, CA 95825.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46525 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for Feather Water District Fish Screen Project
2014-04-16 14:36:00.0 <p><strong>SACRAMENTO,  Calif</strong>. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Feather Water District Fish Screen Project (Proposed Action). Reclamation proposes to provide federal funding to the FWD to screen two of their existing unscreened diversions along the Feather River in Sutter County, Calif. This effort is a feature of the Anadromous Fish Screen Program, part of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act; Reclamation would manage the project together with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.</p> <p>The Proposed Action is a cooperative effort among the AFSP, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Family Water Alliance, and FWD. The District operates two unscreened diversions on the Feather River. The Proposed Action involves the installation of barriers and fish screens in the existing pump intake channels to improve fish passage in the Feather River. Installation of the fish screens would help prevent listed and other migratory or resident fish species in the Feather River from becoming entrained or otherwise impacted by the continued use of FWD&rsquo;s pumps.</p> <p>Reclamation is the lead federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act and would contribute up to 50 percent of the cost of the fish screen intake and pumping facility. This funding will be provided under Section 3406(b)(21) of the CVPIA, which authorizes the Department of the Interior to develop and implement measures to avoid losses of juvenile anadromous fish resulting from unscreened diversions on the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and their tributaries.</p> <p>The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with NEPA and is available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17041">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17041</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>Please send written comments to Shelly Hatleberg, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, by close of business Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Comments may also be faxed to Hatleberg at 916-978-5290 or emailed to <a href="mailto:shatleberg@usbr.gov">shatleberg@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Hatleberg at 916-978-5050. Copies of the Draft EA may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Sacramento office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46524 Reclamation Extends Comment Period on Draft Environmental Documents Regarding Water Transfers from Central California Irrigation District’s Central Valley Project Water Over Five-Year Period
2014-04-16 13:13:00.0 <p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong><strong> – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the period for comments on the availability of draft environmental documents assessing the proposed annual transfers of up to 20,500 acre-feet of Central California Irrigation District&rsquo;s Central Valley Project water, over a five-year period, to Del Puerto Water District, Panoche Water District, San Luis Water District and Westlands Water District.</p> <p>The proposed transfers would occur from April through December of each year in which water is transferred.&nbsp;In order to make CCID&rsquo;s CVP water supplies available for the transfers, common landowners in the water districts&nbsp;would pump a like-amount of groundwater for use in CCID in lieu of receiving the CVP supplies.</p> <p>The Draft Environmental Assessment&nbsp; and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=10110" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=10110</a>. &nbsp;If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail&nbsp;<a href="mailto:ibr2mprpao@usbr.gov" target="_blank">ibr2mprpao@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>Please email comments to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov" target="_blank">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243&nbsp;N&nbsp;Street, Fresno, CA&nbsp;93721 or faxed to Emerson at 559-487-5397. Comments are due by&nbsp;April 24, 2014. For additional information&nbsp;or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY&nbsp;800-735-2929).&nbsp; Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Fresno office at the above address.</p> <P>