Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48226 Reclamation to Close the Delta Cross Channel Gates
2014-11-26 09:37:00.0 <p><strong>WALNUT GROVE, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation will close the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Monday, Dec. 1, at approximately 9 a.m. The temporary closure is needed to maintain minimum flow requirements for fish protection in the Bay-Delta per the National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion. The gates will remain closed 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.</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&rsquo;s Central Valley Operations website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt</a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-0268. 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=48207 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for the Proposed Los Banos Creek Diversion Project
2014-11-25 17:39:00.0 <p><b>FRESNO, Calif. ­– </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the draft environmental documents for the proposed installation of a connection structure between Los Banos Creek and Check 15 of the Delta-Mendota Canal for introduction of Los Banos Creek water during flood events.</p> <P> <p>All introduced water would be subject to 5 percent conveyance losses and may only be used on the riparian lands associated with Los Banos Creek located in Central California Irrigation District, Grasslands Water District North and San Luis Water District. </p> <P> <p>The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding Of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20181" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20181</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>Please email comments to Rain Emerson at <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a> by close of business, Monday, Dec. 22. Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397. </p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48191 Reclamation to Hold Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study Public Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 9
2014-11-21 17:14:00.0 <p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> – Next month, the Bureau of Reclamation will hold the fourth in a series of public meetings designed to inform stakeholders and the public about the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study. The public is invited to participate in the meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, from 1:30-4:00 p.m. at the Bureau of Reclamation Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Cafeteria Conference Room C1003 (adjacent to the Cafeteria), Sacramento, CA 95825. </p> <P> <p>Interested individuals, agencies and stakeholders may participate person or online. Please go to: <a href="https://ssjbs.webex.com/ssjbs/onstage/g.php?MTID=ead50dcaafd4003cd6a8634c9bd07c054" target="_blank">https://ssjbs.webex.com/ssjbs/onstage/g.php?MTID=ead50dcaafd4003cd6a8634c9bd07c054</a> and follow the instructions for connecting to the online meeting.</p> <P> <p>Reclamation will present a summary of climate change impacts and findings identified in the <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/wcra/docs/ssjbia/ssjbia.pdf">Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Climate Impact Assessment</a>, released on Sept. 22. Reclamation and the five non-federal partner agencies participating in this Basins Study will be asking participants to propose potential climate adaptation strategies and options in response to potential impacts.</p> <P> <p>The purpose of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study is to identify adaptation strategies to mitigate potential climate change impacts to water and associated resources in these basins and meet future water demands. The study was initiated under the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) Program.</p> <P> <p>Building on previous and ongoing work in the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Tulare Lake Basins, the study is projected to be completed in spring 2015. The study team will use information available throughout the basins, including experiences of interested individuals and organizations, as input for the study.</p> <P> <p>This effort is being conducted through a partnership between Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources, the California Partnership for San Joaquin Valley, Stockton East Water District, Madera County Resource Management Agency, El Dorado County Water Agency, Friant Water Authority and Mountain Counties Water Resources Association.</p> <P> <p>For additional information, please contact Arlan Nickel, Program Manager, at 916-978-5061 or <a href="mailto:anickel@usbr.gov">anickel@usbr.gov</a> or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/SSJBasinStudy/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/SSJBasinStudy/index.html</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48187 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Proposed Warren Act Contracts for West Stanislaus Irrigation District
2014-11-21 17:01:00.0 <p><b>FRESNO, Calif. -</b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed issuance of a series of five-year temporary Warren Act contracts to West Stanislaus Irrigation District. </p> <P> <p>The proposed contracts would allow for the annual conveyance of up to 10,000 acre-feet of the district’s post-1914 San Joaquin River water into the Delta-Mendota Canal beginning in January 2015 and ending on December 31, 2045.</p> <P> <p>The Draft EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20081">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20081</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>Please email comments to Rain Emerson by close of business Monday, Dec. 22. at <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to: Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721, or faxed to Emerson at 559-487-5397. </p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48167 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for a Warren Act Contract with the El Dorado Irrigation District
2014-11-20 15:42:00.0 <p><strong>FOLSOM, Calif. --</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for the execution of a five-year temporary Warren Act contract with the El Dorado Irrigation District to allow for the diversion of non-Central Valley Project water from Folsom Reservoir.</p> <p>Reclamation proposes to enter into this Warren Act contract with EID to allow for the diversion of 8,500 acre-feet per year of their Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Project No. 184 water at EID&rsquo;s raw water pump station on Folsom Reservoir. EID currently operates Project 184 as a hydroelectric project and has consumptive use rights to this water under State Water Resources Control Board Water Right Permit 21112. The Proposed Action would allow EID to utilize Project 184 water for consumptive use purposes within their CVP service area.</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=20106">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20106</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 email comments by close of business Thursday, Dec. 4, to John Hutchings at <a href="mailto:jhutchings@usbr.gov">jhutchings@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to: John Hutchings, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630, or faxed to 916-989-7208.</p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Hutchings at 916-989-7179 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Folsom office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48166 MP-14-227 - CORRECTED - Notice of Availability of Draft EIS on CVP Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy and Public Meetings
2014-11-20 12:23:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has made available for public review and comment the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Central Valley Project Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy. <P> The Draft EIS addresses updating the existing 2001 Draft CVP M&I WSP that would be used by Reclamation to: <P> • Define water shortage terms and conditions for applicable CVP M&I water service contractors, as appropriate <P> • Establish CVP water supply levels that, together with the M&I water service contractors' drought water conservation measures and other water supplies, would assist the M&I water service contractors in their efforts to protect public health and safety during severe or continuing droughts <P> • Provide information to M&I water service contractors for water supply planning and the development of drought contingency plans. <P> Four public meetings have been scheduled to solicit comments on the topics addressed in the Draft EIS: <P> Sacramento, CA - Monday, Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m., Sacramento Inn and Suites, 1401 Arden Way, 95815 <P> Willows, CA - Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m., Willows Memorial Hall, 525 West Sycamore Street, 95988 <P> Fresno, CA - Tuesday, Dec. 16, 6-8 p.m., Piccadilly Inn Airport, 5115 East McKinley Avenue, 93727 <P> Oakland, CA - Wednesday, Dec. 17, 6-8 p.m., Courtyard Oakland Airport, 350 Hegenberger Road, 94621 <P> If special assistance is required to participate in the public meetings, please contact Louis Moore at 916-978-5106 (TTY 800-877-8339) or wmoore@usbr.gov, at least 10 working days prior to the meeting. <P> The Draft EIS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=1717. For additional information, please visit Reclamation’s M&I WSP website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp/mandi/. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Hard copies of the document are available for review at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825; please call 916-978-5593 (TTY 800-877-8339) to request an appointment. The document may also be viewed and at these main libraries: Sacramento, Willows, Fresno, Oakland, and Washington D.C. <P> Written comments are due by close of business Monday, Jan.12, 2015, and should be sent to Tim Rust, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, or emailed to trust@usbr.gov, or faxed to 916-978-5290. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EIS, please contact Rust using the information provided above or call 916-978-5516 (TTY 800-877-8339) or contact Michael Inthavong at 559-487-5295 (TTY 800-735-2929), minthavong@usbr.gov, or at 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48149 Notice of Availability of Draft EIS on CVP Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy and Public Meetings
2014-11-19 15:47:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has made available for public review and comment the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Central Valley Project Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy. <P> The Draft EIS addresses updating the existing 2001 Draft CVP M&I WSP that would be used by Reclamation to: <P> • Define water shortage terms and conditions for applicable CVP M&I water service contractors, as appropriate <P> • Establish CVP water supply levels that, together with the M&I water service contractors' drought water conservation measures and other water supplies, would assist the M&I water service contractors in their efforts to protect public health and safety during severe or continuing droughts <P> • Provide information to M&I water service contractors for water supply planning and the development of drought contingency plans. <P> Four public meetings have been scheduled to solicit comments on the topics addressed in the Draft EIS: <P> Sacramento, CA - Monday, Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m., Sacramento Inn and Suites, 1401 Arden Way, 95815 <P> Willows, CA - Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m., Willows Memorial Hall, 525 West Sycamore Street, 95988 <P> Fresno, CA - Tuesday, Dec. 15, 6-8 p.m., Piccadilly Inn Airport, 5115 East McKinley Avenue, 93727 <P> Oakland, CA - Wednesday, Dec. 17, 6-8 p.m., Courtyard Oakland Airport, 350 Hegenberger Road, 94621 <P> If special assistance is required to participate in the public meetings, please contact Louis Moore at 916-978-5106 (TTY 800-877-8339) or wmoore@usbr.gov, at least 10 working days prior to the meeting. <P> The Draft EIS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=1717. For additional information, please visit Reclamation’s M&I WSP website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp/mandi/. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Hard copies of the document are available for review at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825; please call 916-978-5593 (TTY 800-877-8339) to request an appointment. The document may also be viewed and at these main libraries: Sacramento, Willows, Fresno, Oakland, and Washington D.C. <P> Written comments are due by close of business Monday, Jan.12, 2015, and should be sent to Tim Rust, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, or emailed to trust@usbr.gov, or faxed to 916-978-5290. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EIS, please contact Rust using the information provided above or call 916-978-5516 (TTY 800-877-8339) or contact Michael Inthavong at 559-487-5295 (TTY 800-735-2929), minthavong@usbr.gov, or at 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48148 Bureau of Reclamation Invests $9.2 million in Water and Power Research
2014-11-19 15:00:00.0 <b>Washington, D.C.</b> - Following a year of record drought, water managers throughout the west are searching for information and ideas to ensure a reliable and sustainable water supply. To meet this growing need for information, Bureau of Reclamation Principal Deputy Commissioner Estevan López announced today that Reclamation has awarded $9.2 million for 131 research projects. The complete list of selected projects is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/research">www.usbr.gov/research</a>. <P> "Reclamation and its partners in the West are confronting an ever widening imbalance between supply and demand," López said. "By investing in research to develop innovative solutions we can provide tools to guide a sustainable water and power future for the West." <P> Although Reclamation and its customers face many challenges, particular emphasis is given to addressing knowledge gaps in five research priority areas. <P> <ul> <li>Increasing water supplies through advanced water treatment technologies</li> <li>Optimizing water availability under a changing and variable climate</li> <li>Controlling invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels that can interrupt water and power deliveries</li> <li>Optimizing Hydropower and other forms of renewable energy</li> <li>Improving water infrastructure reliability and safety</li> </ul> <P> The identified knowledge gaps are filled by both competed and directed research. <P> Partnerships are key for Reclamation in completing these research projects. This year, Reclamation has leveraged its $9.2 million with an estimated $3.8 million in non-federal cost-shared funding. Partners include federal and non-federal agencies, research centers and laboratories, universities and private companies. In addition to funding, partners also serve as subject matter experts and advisors for the research projects. <P> Research projects are identified using two different methodologies. 1. Reclamation hosts an internal competition where research is proposed by Reclamation employees. Once received the proposals are ranked, reviewed to ensure they are relevant to Reclamation's mission and checked to ensure they are technically valid. 2. The Research and Development Office facilitates forming and funding high performing research teams that can meet Reclamation's high priority needs that are not well or comprehensively addressed through the internal competitive process. These teams are typically a mix of federal and non-federal experts and organizations. <P> Reclamation's Research and Development Office uses science and technology to advance Reclamation's mission to manage, develop and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public. To learn more, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/research">www.usbr.gov/research</a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48147 Reclamation Announces 30-Day Scoping Period for Lake Berryessa Long-Term Concession Development Plans Public Scoping Open House to be Held Wednesday, Dec. 10, in Winters
2014-11-19 11:54:00.0 <p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, invites the public to participate in a 30-day scoping period concerning proposed long-term concession development at Lake Berryessa, the reservoir for Reclamation&rsquo;s Solano Project. Public scoping will initiate the environmental review process in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.</p> <p>Reclamation is seeking the public&rsquo;s comments on draft conceptual plans for Lake Berryessa&rsquo;s five concession areas: Putah Canyon Recreation Area, Monticello Shores Recreation Area, Berryessa Point Recreation Area, Spanish Flat Recreation Area and Steele Canyon Recreation Area. The draft plans identify the services and facilities that are being proposed for development at the concession areas. The draft plans may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/updates/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/updates/index.html</a>.</p> <p>Information gathered during this scoping period will assist Reclamation in defining the scope of an Environmental Assessment for future development of the concession areas. Reclamation has undertaken this planning process as part of the continued implementation of the 2006 Record of Decision for Future Recreation Use and Operations of Lake Berryessa, which may be viewed online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/documentShow.cfm?Doc_ID=2745">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/documentShow.cfm?Doc_ID=2745</a>. The process will culminate in the development and management of necessary and appropriate long-term recreation facilities and services at the five Lake Berryessa concession areas.</p> <p>Reclamation will hold a Scoping Open House to present the public with draft conceptual site plans, infrastructure designs and a draft market assessment. Reclamation will also solicit input on topics to be addressed in the environmental review process, including potentially significant impacts and concerns regarding the proposed facilities and services. The public&rsquo;s input will assist with the environmental analysis of the infrastructure phase of construction and preparation of an appropriate NEPA document. </p> <p>The Public Scoping Open House will be held:</p> <p><strong><u>Wednesday</u></strong><u>, <strong>Dec. 10:</strong></u> <strong>The public may drop by any time between 4-6 p.m. at the Winters Public Safety Facility (Training Room), 700 Main Street, Winters, CA 95694</strong></p> <p>Written suggestions or comments to be included in the scope of the environmental planning process must be received by close of business Wednesday, Dec. 17, and should be sent to Jessica Andrieux, Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom CA, 95630, or emailed to <a href="mailto:jandrieux@usbr.gov">jandrieux@usbr.gov</a>, or faxed to 916-989-7208. For additional information, please contact Andrieux at 916-989-7208 (TTY 800-877-8339).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To request special assistance to attend the Open House or to be added to the Lake Berryessa email or mailing lists, 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>. For additional information on Lake Berryessa, please visit the project website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48186 Camping and Vehicle Access Restricted at Belle Fourche Reservoir
2014-11-19 00:00:00.0 RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Public safety, law enforcement and resource damage concerns have prompted Reclamation to restrict vehicle access to Belle Fourche Reservoir's Tequila Beach. Tequila Beach is located on Reclamation-managed lands in the Gadens Point area of Belle Fourche Reservoir. <P> "This is a popular area with the public, and use continues to increase at the reservoir. The 'Tequila Beach' area experiences high use during the summer months. Swimming, fishing, camping, picnicking and other day use activities are all popular," said Joe Hall, Division Manager of Environment and Resources for Reclamation's Dakotas Area Office. "Unfortunately, vehicle access to this area causes congestion, law enforcement and public safety concerns," said Hall. <P> Effective immediately, RV camping and motorized vehicles are not allowed in the Tequila Beach Area. Pedestrian-only access and tent camping will be allowed. Reclamation is developing and will designate a day-use-only graveled vehicle parking area to be located in close proximity to Tequila Beach. <P> Reclamation and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, continue to look for opportunities to provide improvements to the Belle Fourche Reservoir area for the public to enjoy. Current and anticipated improvements include the new Tequila Beach parking area, a new gravel/all-weather road at Middle Point, and a new beach and volleyball court at Rocky Point State Recreation Area. <P> Questions and/or concerns should be directed to Jay Leasure at 605-394-9757 ext. 3011. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48146 Reclamation Releases Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement on Newlands Project
2014-11-18 16:25:00.0 <p><b>CARSON CITY, Nev.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has made available for public review and comment the Resource Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Newlands Project. The RMP/FEIS provides a range of alternatives for managing Reclamation-administered lands in the Newlands Project Planning Area, which is in the west-central Nevada counties of Washoe, Storey, Lyon, and Churchill.</p> <P> <p>The purpose of the Newlands Project RMP/FEIS is to provide a single, comprehensive land use plan that will guide contemporary resource and recreation needs of the federal lands administered by Reclamation in the Newlands Project planning area.</p> <P> <p>The Newlands Project provides irrigation water from the Truckee and Carson Rivers for agricultural lands in the Lahontan Valley near Fallon and benchlands near Fernley in western Nevada through a series of diversions, canals, dams and reservoirs.</p> <P> <p>The RMP/FEIS 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=2822">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=2822</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>The RMP/FEIS may be viewed at the Washoe County Library, 301 S. Center St., Reno, NV 89501; the Fernley Branch Lyon County Library, 575 Silver Lace Blvd., Fernley, NV 89408; and the Churchill County Library, 553 South Main St., Fallon, NV 89406. The documents may also be viewed at the Bureau of Reclamation, Lahontan Basin Area Office, 705 N. Plaza Street, Room 320, Carson City, NV 8970; and the Natural Resources Library, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240.</p> <P> <p>Reclamation will not make a decision on the proposed action until at least 30 days after release of the Final RMP/EIS. After the 30-day waiting period, Reclamation will complete a Record of Decision. The ROD will state the action that will be implemented and will discuss all factors leading to the decision.</p> <P> <p>Written comments must be received by close of business Monday, Dec. 29, and should be sent to Bob Edwards, RMP Project Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, 705 N. Plaza Street, Room 320, Carson City, NV 89701, faxed to 775-882-7592, or emailed to <a href="mailto:redwards@usbr.gov">redwards@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P> <p>For additional information, please contact Edwards at 775-884-8342 (TTY 775-882-3436).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48129 Reclamation to temporarily close portions of the S-24 Highway near Imperial Dam for public safety due to road construction activities
2014-11-14 16:15:00.0 Yuma, Ariz. -- Reclamation's Yuma Area Office is alerting motorists traveling to the Yuma Proving Ground from the California border area via the S-24 Highway that they will need to use alternate routes beginning the week of November 17. Reclamation contractors will begin intermittently closing portions of the highway near Imperial Dam to accommodate paving and resurfacing activities. Over the next several weeks, complete closure of a 1.28-mile section of the S-24 Highway will be necessary on an intermittent basis to ensure public safety and accommodate installation of new drainage culverts beneath the new roadway. <P> No public access of the Yuma Proving Ground via the S-24 Highway traveling east from California to Yuma Proving Ground will be permitted until construction activities are substantially complete. The remainder of the S-24 Highway, including the entrance to the Yuma Proving Ground from the Arizona side traveling west on S-24 from U.S. Route 95, will remain open during the construction period. The road and culvert construction work is expected to be completed in mid-December. <P> During construction, access to the Hidden Shores recreation area will be available only from the California S-24 route. The portion of the S-24 highway extending from the California-Arizona border to the perimeter of the western entrance to the Yuma Proving Ground will be closed for approximately one week or longer to accommodate the much needed road repairs. <P> "The S-24 Highway near Imperial Dam was originally paved in the late-1970s," said Maria Ramirez, Area Manager of Reclamation's Yuma Area Office. "Although portions of this highway have been resurfaced since then, some of the pavement has deteriorated substantially over the past several decades and needs to be addressed." <P> Resurfacing and repair of the S-24 roadbed in this area will consist of excavation and re-milling of the existing roadbed, grading of roadway shoulders and installation of new guard rails, drainage culverts and headwall structures. In conducting the road maintenance activities, the contractor will be operating bulldozers and excavators, haul trucks and pavement milling machinery in this area. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48128 Reclamation to Hold Public Meeting on the Central Valley Project Cost Allocation Study on Friday, Nov. 21
2014-11-13 09:54:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a meeting to update the public on the current status of the ongoing Cost Allocation Study for the Central Valley Project. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss a proposed alternative “Two-Period Repayments – Two-Cost Allocation Approach” and the results of the proof-of-concept test for the hydroelectric power benefit analysis. <P> The meeting will be held Friday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Federal Building, 2800 Cottage Way, Cafeteria Conference Rooms C1001-C1002, Sacramento, CA 95825. <P> In 2010, the Region began a process to develop a new cost allocation for the CVP. Cost allocation is a process to determine and distribute the costs of the multi-purpose CVP facilities among the seven congressionally authorized purposes: water supply, flood control, navigation, power, fish and wildlife, recreation and water quality. The cost obligation for each authorized purpose will be determined and will be the basis for repayment requirements for irrigation contractors, municipal and industrial contractors and commercial power contractors. <P> The last major CVP cost allocation was completed in 1970, with a minor update in 1975. The 1975 allocation has since been subject to minimal annual changes related to project water and power uses. The new allocation will replace the 1975 allocation in its entirety. Reclamation is leading the study in coordination with other federal organizations including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Western Area Power Administration. The study is expected to be completed in 2016. <P> For questions, please contact Brooke Miller-Levy, Project Manager, at 916-978-5296 (TTY 800-877-8339) or bmillerlevy@usbr.gov. To request special assistance to attend the meeting or to be added to the email notification list, please contact Janet Sierzputowski at 916-978-5112 or jsierzputowski@usbr.gov. <P> For information on the study, please visit the project website at www.usbr.gov/mp/CVP/CVP-CAS. All meeting materials will be posted on the website the day before the meeting. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48127 Reclamation Announces Temporary Road Closure
2014-11-12 00:00:00.0 MILLS, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation is temporarily closing a section of road west of Miracle Mile bridge over the North Platte River below Kortes Dam, to just north of the North Red Hills entrance to Seminoe State Park, according to Carlie Ronca, Wyoming Area Manager. <P> "This temporary closure is necessary to facilitate the replacement of culverts crossing under the road," said Ronca. "The culvert replacement is part of ongoing work by Reclamation to repair road damage caused by a heavy rainstorm in August." <P> The road is owned and maintained by Reclamation for employee use associated with operation and maintenance of Seminoe and Kortes dams and power plants. Although the road is not maintained for public traffic, the road is normally open to the public for travel. <P> Weather permitting, the road will be closed on the evening of Monday, November 17, and reopened by the evening of Friday, November 21. <P> Seminoe State Park remains open and accessible from the south via Carbon County Road 351 from Sinclair. The Miracle Mile recreation area is accessible via the Kortes Road from the north and the Hanna-Leo Road from the south. <P> Members of the public who desire to travel this section of road between Seminoe State Park and the Miracle Mile before or after the temporary road closure do so at their own risk and are encouraged to use caution due to the condition of the road and the ongoing road repair activities. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48106 Experimental High-Flow Release from Glen Canyon Dam Benefits Important Physical and Biological Resources While Maintaining Water Responsibilities
2014-11-10 14:14:00.0 PAGE, Ariz. – The Department of the Interior initiated its third high-flow release from Glen Canyon Dam today under an innovative science-based experimental protocol. The goal of the releases is to help restore the environment by creating flood-like conditions below Glen Canyon Dam, which rebuild sandbars that are important habitat and recreational resources. <P> During the 2014 high-flow experiment, or HFE, high volumes of water will be released through Glen Canyon Dam’s powerplant and four outlet tubes. The duration of the peak release of approximately 37,500 cubic-feet-per-second will be 96 hours. The annual release volume from Lake Powell will not change as a result of the 2014 HFE, no additional water will be released. <P> “Dams have impacts, but as we have learned over the last 50 years, we can operate Glen Canyon Dam in ways that both meet our demands for water and hydropower, but also achieve our goals for natural resources and recreation,” said Deputy Commissioner for Operations Lowell Pimley. <P> Similar experimental releases have been conducted over the years. The releases include continued scientific research, monitoring, and data collecting along the Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Mead, while continuing to meet water delivery and hydropower needs. These successful experiments were the result of extensive collaboration among various agencies of the Department of the Interior, including the U.S. Geological Survey’s Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, as well as the Colorado River Basin States. <P> The HFE protocol is part of the Department’s efforts to improve conservation of limited sediment resources in the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam. It is intended to improve understanding of how to better distribute sediment to conserve downstream environmental resources by allowing for multiple high-flow tests through 2020, while still meeting needs for water delivery and hydropower generation. <P>