Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48030 Reclamation Seeks Public Comment on Interim Water Contracts in American River Division
2014-10-16 16:27:00.0 <p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif</strong>. ?The Bureau of Reclamation and three water service contractors in the American River Division of the Central Valley Project intend to enter into interim renewal water service contracts for two years starting March 1, 2015. Public comments on the proposed interim contracts are due by Dec. 15, 2014.</p> <p>Existing interim renewal water service contracts with the City of Roseville, Sacramento County Water Agency and Sacramento Municipal Utility District expire February 28, 2015. Interim renewal contracts will allow Reclamation to continue providing water service to these water purveyors until long-term renewal contracts can be executed.</p> <p>The draft forms of the three interim renewal contracts are available for public review at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/lt_contracts/2015_int_cts/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/lt_contracts/2015_int_cts/index.html</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the draft contracts, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>Execution of the proposed interim renewal contracts also requires finalization of the National Environmental Policy Act documentation and Endangered Species Act compliance. The environmental documents will be released separately for public review and comment.</p> <p>Written comments on the draft contracts must be received by close of business Monday, Dec. 15, and should be sent to Patricia Stewart, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-440, Sacramento, CA 95825-1898, faxed to 916-978-5292, or emailed to <a href="mailto:pastewart@usbr.gov">pastewart@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information, please contact Stewart at 916-978-5244 or (TTY 800-877-8339).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48029 Reclamation Resumes Early Season Water Storage at Steinaker Reservoir
2014-10-16 08:50:00.0 <b>Salt Lake City</b> – On Friday, October 10, 2014, following an onsite inspection and subsequent analysis, the hold on early season water storage at Steinaker Reservoir near Vernal, Utah, was rescinded and the reservoir resumed filling. <P> The discontinued early season impoundment of water was initially declared on September 24, 2014, due to observed “sloughing” of riprap on the dam face. While there was no evidence of a threat to public safety, early season water storage at Steinaker Reservoir was put on hold in order to facilitate an inspection of the upstream face of the dam. No further movement has been observed since the initial event and officials have determined that conditions are satisfactory to resume filling. <P> Although the Uintah Water Conservancy District has resumed water storage, filling has been limited to a maximum rate of 0.2 feet per day. In addition, Uintah Water Conservancy District will continue instrumentation monitoring of the dam three times per week. <P> For more information, please contact Provo Area Office Manager Wayne Pullan at 801-369-2778 or Reclamation's Upper Colorado Regional Public Affairs Officer Matthew Allen at 801-524-3774. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48028 Reclamation Contracts with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to Advance Tribal Clean Energy Projects
2014-10-15 12:37:00.0 Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region entered into an agreement with the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to provide technical assistance to advance Tribal clean energy planning and development. The agreement is part of the commitments made by the Department of the Interior (DOI) in the July 2013 Technical Work Group Agreement related to Navajo Generating Station (NGS). <P> “The award of this agreement is another action that Reclamation is taking to advance the development of clean energy to benefit Tribal Nations affected by NGS operations. Reclamation continues to work diligently to support this effort,” said David Palumbo, Deputy Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region. This component of NREL’s technical assistance contract is valued at just over $106,000. <P> This work includes identifying a portfolio of potential projects and providing technical assistance to further some of those projects that have a high likelihood of being implemented within the next five years. This initiative will also identify screening and prioritization criteria to be used to categorize potential clean energy projects. The work is being coordinated with several agencies, including the DOE Tribal Energy Program, DOI Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development. <P> NREL is also providing technical assistance to Reclamation in achieving long-term goals identified in a Joint Federal Agency Statement issued on January 4, 2013, by DOI, DOE and the EPA. These goals are to produce “clean, affordable and reliable power, affordable and sustainable water supplies, and sustainable economic development, while minimizing negative impacts on those who currently obtain significant benefits from NGS, including tribal nations.” <P> “NREL has been a great partner and Reclamation appreciates their expertise as we work to meet future energy related demands and requirements, including compliance with EPA rules affecting carbon emissions at the NGS,” added Deputy Regional Director Palumbo. <P> NGS is a 2,250-megawatt, coal-fired power plant located just outside Page, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. Operated by the Salt River Project, other participants in NGS include the United States, Arizona Public Service Company, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Tucson Electric Power and Nevada Energy. The United States’ share of NGS energy provides power to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District to deliver Colorado River water through the Central Arizona Project. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48027 Reclamation Releases the Final Environmental Assessment for Two Salinity Control Projects
2014-10-14 13:27:00.0 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Reclamation announced today that it has released a final environmental assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for two proposed salinity control projects. The documents assessed and addressed the potential effects of the Bostwick Park Water Conservancy District’s Siphon Lateral Salinity Control Project in Montrose County, Colorado and the Forked Tongue/Holman Ditch Company’s Salinity Control Project located in Delta County, Colorado. <P> The Bostwick Park Project will pipe 1.76 miles of existing earthen ditch and will result in an annual reduction of 413 tons of salt contributions to the Colorado River. The Forked Tongue/Holman Ditch Project will pipe 1.89 miles of existing earthen ditch and will result in an annual reduction of 412 tons of salt contributions to the Colorado River. The purpose of both projects is to improve the efficiency of water delivery to canal users and reduce salinity loading in the Colorado River Basin. <P> The final environmental assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact is available on our <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/ea/BostwickPark/index.html">web site</a> or a copy can be received by contacting Reclamation. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48026 Reclamation Takes Safety to the Dogs
2014-10-14 11:11:00.0 <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/features/images/2seespot.jpg" style="float:right" width="273" height="410" border="1" hspace="10" alt="Otto Otter with his dog Ellie Mae at the 2014 See Spot Walk Event in Boise Idaho"/> Boise, ID – Tails wagging and barks heard across Julia Davis Park, staff from the Bureau of Reclamation’s PN Region joined 3,000 people and their dogs at the See Spot Walk event in Boise Idaho. The event is sponsored by the Idaho Humane Society every year and offers Reclamation the opportunity to reach a very different but important audience; one that would not be reached otherwise. <P> In an event that can only be described as a “doggy Halloween party”, this setting gave Reclamation employees a chance to offer up the message “Leash Up, Stay Out, and Stay Alive” when it comes to dogs and canals. <P> “Many people allow their dogs to swim in canals during the summer months, with no thought of what could happen in an instant,” said Dave Walsh, Acting Deputy Public Affairs Specialist. “Imagine a cubic foot being the size of a basketball. When the canal runs 50-70 cfs of water, that’s 50-70 basketballs per second pushing against your dog. He’s down the canal in seconds with no way of getting out, or even worse drowning under a culvert,” he said. <P> Reclamation also educates people on lack of water treatment; just drinking out of a canal can put your dog’s health at risk. “While these things seem very harsh, they are a reality that dog owners need to consider,’” said Dave. “There are alternatives to swimming in canals, and we need to start doing them. Dog parks, small pools, dog days at local pools are all safe things a pet owner can do in lieu of swimming in a dangerous canal.“ <P> Otto Otter was also present to reach out to children as well. Thanked by everyone for being there and bringing attention to dog safety, Reclamation hopes to attend the event next year as well. <P> Remember that the purpose of a canal is to deliver water swiftly to irrigators. Canals are not for pets or people to play in, period. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/features/images/1seespot.jpg" width="598" height="250" border="1" vspace="10" alt="PN Regional Office Employees at the 2014 See Spot Walk Event in Boise Idaho"/> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48009 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on 10-year Transfer and Warren Act Contracts for Santa Clara Valley Water District
2014-10-09 15:42:00.0 FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents on the transfer of up to 36,000 acre-feet of Patterson Irrigation District’s available water to the Santa Clara Valley Water District over a period of 10 years. <P> The SCVWD will be able to receive the water in increments, not to exceed 6,000 acre-feet per year, up to the maximum 36,000 acre-feet annually, from March 1, 2014 through February 29, 2024. Reclamation would also issue Warren Act contracts for conveyance of any non-Central Valley Project water delivered throughout this 10-year period. Conveyance of non-CVP water under a Warren Act contract would be subject to available capacity in federal facilities. The Warren Act of 1911 authorized the United States to execute contracts for the conveyance and storage of non-project water in federal facilities when excess capacity exists. <P> The Final Environmental Assessment and Findings of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17461. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and/or FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196, TTY 800-735-2929. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48006 U.S. Department of the Interior and Western municipal water suppliers developing water conservation projects as part of a landmark collaborative agreement
2014-10-08 16:09:00.0 Faced with the increasing probability of shortage on the Colorado River, municipal water providers in Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado, and the Bureau of Reclamation are implementing a landmark Colorado River System Conservation program. <P> Beginning today, Reclamation is soliciting water conservation project proposals from Colorado River entitlement holders in Arizona, California, and Nevada. At a later date, water users in the Upper Basin will be invited to participate in this unique agreement. <P> Central Arizona Project, Denver Water, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Southern Nevada Water Authority and Reclamation are providing up to $11 million to fund new Colorado River water conservation projects. The projects are intended to demonstrate the viability of cooperative, voluntary projects to reduce demand for Colorado River water. The program is soliciting project proposals from agriculture, and municipal and industrial Colorado River water entitlement holders. <P> "This partnership demonstrates our commitment to find solutions in meeting the future challenges we face in water supply and demand," said Reclamation's Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp. "Our goal is to put in place a suite of proactive, voluntary measures that will reduce our risk of reaching critical reservoir levels. This pilot program is a good first step toward reaching that goal and, depending upon its success, could be expanded in the future." <P> For more than a decade, a severe drought unprecedented in the last 100 years has gripped the Colorado River, reducing water levels in storage reservoirs throughout the Basin and increasing the risk of falling to critically low water levels. In July, reservoir levels in Lake Mead dipped to the lowest level since Hoover Dam was filled in 1937. <P> "A decade ago, municipal and agricultural agencies in California came together to help the state permanently reduce its use of Colorado River water. The goal of this latest effort is to develop new basin-wide partnerships to expand conservation activities during this historic drought for the benefit of all Colorado River water users," said Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. <P> "With shortage looming on the Colorado River, CAP, with its partners, is taking immediate steps to protect Arizona's Colorado River supply. The goal of this unique program is to develop new conservation programs from municipal, industrial, and agricultural water users from across the seven states which share the river," said Pam Pickard, Board President, Central Arizona Project. "The program saves water in Lake Mead and Lake Powell for the benefit of all Colorado River water users and promotes a healthy river system." <P> All water conserved under this program will stay in the river system, helping to boost the declining reservoir levels and protecting the health of the entire river system. The municipal agencies and the federal government agree that collaborative action is needed now, to reduce the risk to water supplies, hydropower production, water quality, agricultural output, and recreation and environmental resources across the entire Colorado River basin. The Colorado River and its tributaries provide water to nearly 40 million people for municipal use, and the combined metropolitan areas served by the Colorado River represent the world?s 12th largest economy, generating more than $1.7 trillion in Gross Metropolitan Product per year. <P> This first call for proposals is for Lower Basin parties. Upper Basin proposals will be requested in the future. <P> "We are pleased to see the momentum established in the lower basin. We look forward to a similar process starting soon in the upper basin with our partners along the Colorado River, including The Colorado Cattlemen's Association, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado River District, Southwestern Water Conservation District, The Nature Conservancy and Trout Unlimited. Together, we will identify and fund pilot programs that demonstrate the viability of cooperative, voluntary compensated means to reduce water demand," said Jim Lochhead, CEO Denver Water. <P> Reclamation is currently requesting project proposals for 2015 and 2016 funding allocations. The due date for the responses to the solicitation is November 17, 2014. Following the two-year period, Reclamation and the municipal agencies will evaluate the effectiveness of the conservation projects funded by this program and determine if the successful programs could be expanded or extended to provide even greater protection for the Colorado River system. <P> "Managing the Colorado River requires a cooperative and concerted effort between diverse stakeholders, and this pilot program furthers that collaboration and provides another tool we can use in response to the drought," said John Entsminger, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority. "This program is the mechanism for developing a wide array of adaptable and scalable conservation projects to provide real benefit to the overall river system." <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47994 Reclamation, Northern Water Reach Tentative Agreement on Windy Gap Firming Project
2014-10-08 13:40:00.0 BILLINGS, Mont. -- Bureau of Reclamation, Northern Water Conservancy District and Northern Water's Municipal Subdistrict have been negotiating a contract that would allow the Subdistrict to use excess, or unused, capacity in Reclamation's Colorado-Big Thompson Project for the Windy Gap Project and future Windy Gap Firming Project. <P> The 30-day public comment period will open October 8, and close November 7. The comment period provides the public the opportunity to comment on the Contract, Senate Document 80, and Section 14 (Reclamation Project Act of 1939) Determination Memos. <P> "This project will make more efficient use of existing water rights," said Reclamation's Great Plains Regional Director Mike Ryan. "When completed, Windy Gap Firming would provide water storage for 13 municipal providers." <P> The contract will allow for the introduction, storage, conveyance, exchange, substitution, and delivery of water for Municipal Subdistrict, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and allows the flexibility to move or preposition water from the Colorado-Big Thompson Project in Colorado. <P> Section 14 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into contracts for the exchange or replacement of water, water rights, or electrical energy for the adjustment of water rights. Senate Document 80 contains guidelines for Project Facilities operations and Auxiliary Features. <P> "There has been a need for a storage reservoir for Windy Gap water for more than 25 years," said Ryan. "We are getting much closer to making that a reality, and making better use of America's infrastructure, while also creating needed jobs in the process." <P> For more information on the contract, Senate Document 80, and Section 14 Determination Memos, contact Lois Petersen at (406) 247-7752 or <a href="mailto:lapetersen@usbr.gov">lapetersen@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47993 From the Commissioner
2014-10-08 13:00:00.0 With the arrival of the new year quickly approaching, it is an ideal time to review the Bureau of Reclamation's many achievements of 2013. <P> Thanks to Reclamation employees, we have delivered significant benefits to the public through the WaterSMART program, including thoughtful water conservation, water recycling and reuse projects and countless other benefits. We have improved water supplies to tribal communities and taken on the work of implementing many long-overdue treaty obligations through our Indian water rights activities. Reclamation has been able to study and better understand the impacts of climate change and drought - developing science-based measures to improve water basins and encourage healthy watersheds. Through our river restoration activities, we have made Reclamation as well-known for restoration in the 21st Century as it was known for the massive water infrastructure projects that were our 20th Century legacy. <P> In 2013, Reclamation has made great strides toward a framework of solutions for the California Bay Delta, as well as the Colorado and Klamath basins. Many in Reclamation have worked this year to expand the role of hydropower and maximize new, sustainable hydropower opportunities. We even weather a government shutdown together while fulfilling our basic mission to generate power, deliver water and conduct our operations in a way that maintained the health and safety of our employees and the people we serve, as well as the security of vital water and power infrastructure. Without our employees' dedication and hard work - and the commitment of our stakeholders - Reclamation could not tackle these and many other important issues. <P> As many of you may know, I was honored by a nomination from President Obama to work alongside Secretary Sally Jewell as the Deputy Secretary of the Interior. I am humbles by this acknowledgement and recognize the importance of such a distinct position. As I await a Senate confirmation vote, I am reminded of the Department's important mission of conserving and managing our nation's natural resources and vast public areas. This common goal is what unites every within Interior. This goal is shared at the Bureau of Reclamation, where we strive to provide clean, renewable energy while managing and protecting the West's water resources. <P> I take this moment to thank every one of you for the confidence and support you have bestowed on me and look forward to sharing this continued passion in every capacity. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48007 Jamestown Dam Downstream Area Reopens
2014-10-08 00:00:00.0 BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has completed two projects that had the downstream area of Jamestown dam and access roads closed off for public safety. Those areas have been reopened for public use. <P> A replacement concrete drain was installed on the east downstream side of the dam, and a replacement sub surface drain was installed along the west wingwall of the spillway works on the west downstream side of the dam. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation is also planning to conduct maintenance in the Jamestown Dam outlet works over the next several weeks. Minor concrete repairs will be made within the outlet works. Work is scheduled to begin on October 14, and is expected to take up to two weeks. <P> "The concrete repairs are required to repair freeze-thaw damage at the normal winter ice level within the outlet works stilling basin," said Darrin Goetzfried, Deputy of Facility and Engineering at Reclamation's Dakotas Area Office. <P> Releases from Jamestown Dam will be shut off and the Ice House Dam gates will be opened to lower the James River water level to help facilitate the work. <P> Once repairs are complete, the Ice House Dam gates will be closed and releases will again be made from Jamestown Dam to maintain the reservoirs water level at the winter target elevation of 1429.8 or below. Jamestown Reservoir is currently at elevation 1429.35. <P> For additional information, please contact Darrin Goetzfried at 701-221-1272 or Patience Hurley at 701-221-1204. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48008 Reclamation Releasing Water from Patterson Lake for Inspection and Maintenance of the Dam
2014-10-08 00:00:00.0 BISMARCK, N.D. -- Reclamation is temporarily lowering the water level of Patterson Lake to allow for inspection and maintenance of the dam's Bascule Gate. <P> "The water release allows for this work which is part of Reclamation's routine inspection and maintenance associated with all Reclamation water storage facilities," said Darrin Goetzfried, Deputy of Facilities and Engineering. <P> For the duration of the work, which could take up to three weeks, Reclamation will keep the lake elevation just below 2416.5 feet, 3.5 to 4 feet lower than normal. There may be times when no water will be released from the dam during this period. <P> For more information, please contact Patience Hurley at 701.221.1204 or Jim Weigel at 701.221.1289. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47992 Reclamation to Draw Black Canyon Reservoir Down for Routine Maintenance, Caution Advised
2014-10-07 11:25:00.0 EMMETT, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will begin a drawdown of Black Canyon Reservoir approximately 18 feet to elevation 2,479 feet starting October 11 to perform routine maintenance at the facility. Black Canyon Reservoir is located on the Payette River about five miles northeast of Emmett. <P> The reservoir will be drawn down by November 12. The drawdown will allow Reclamation work crews to remove debris from the trash racks located on the upstream face of the dam. The Emmett Irrigation District will take advantage of the reservoir drawdown to perform maintenance activities at its pump station located at the north end of the dam. These maintenance activities are expected to take several days, after which normal reservoir operations will resume. <P> "People in the area are advised to exercise caution along the riverbank as the reservoir recedes and more of the shoreline is exposed," said Brent Jensen, Powerplant Maintenance Supervisor II. "The exposed banks and delta area will be unstable and should be avoided." <P> For more information on the drawdown, please contact Brent Jensen at 208-365-2600, ext. 18. <P> Black Canyon Diversion Dam, completed in 1924, is a multipurpose facility that provides irrigation water and hydropower. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47990 Reclamation to Increase Flows at Iron Gate Dam to Address Fish Health Concerns
2014-10-03 19:15:00.0 KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation will release additional water from PacifiCorp’s Iron Gate Dam beginning Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7 a.m. in an effort to reduce the impacts of a parasite outbreak in coho and Chinook salmon in the upper Klamath River. Flows at Iron Gate Dam will increase from 1,000 cubic feet per second to 1,750 cfs for approximately 10 days. <P> Recent fish sampling in the Klamath River indicate that a fish disease outbreak is occurring. Findings of Ichtypthirius multifilis, or Ich, have been observed in fish collected from the mainstem Klamath River over the past several weeks. Significant additional sampling of fish has occurred since Ich was first identified in mid-September. Recent sampling shows that the majority of fish collected in the mainstem Klamath River, upstream of the confluence with the Trinity River, are infected with Ich, with most of the cases classified as severe. Many agency and tribal fisheries biologists believe that a fish die-off is imminent and could occur at any time due to the excessively high disease loads that the fish are carrying. <P> The releases will come from water stored in PacifiCorp’s Klamath River Hydroelectric Reservoirs, based on an agreement between Reclamation and PacifiCorp. In the agreement, PacifiCorp agreed to draw down storage within its hydroelectric reservoirs to provide additional water to assist Reclamation in meeting competing demands for water in the Klamath Basin. <P> “Reclamation understands the severity of the Klamath River Ich disease outbreak and the large-scale impacts that could occur to our valuable in-stream resources and the local communities if a fish die off were to occur. We are continuing to work closely with our federal partners and tribal leaders to ensure that the volume of water we are making available below Iron Gate Dam is used as effectively as possible.” said Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Director, David Murillo. <P> A technical team made up of experts from federal agencies and tribes will monitor and evaluate the impacts on in-stream resources. Overall, it is anticipated that this flow event will use about 16,000 acre-feet from PacifiCorp’s reservoirs and will have no effect on Upper Klamath Lake elevations. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions on or near the river while flows are high during this period. <P> For additional information, please contact Tara Jane Campbell Miranda, Acting Public Affairs Specialist, at 541-880-2540 (TTY 800-877-8339) or tcampbellmiranda@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47989 Reclamation Announces Public Comment for Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation Draft EIS to End on October 27, 2014
2014-10-03 18:42:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation for public comment on September 5, 2014. The DEIS describes possible benefits and impacts of increasing water storage through a proposed dam and reservoir on the upper San Joaquin River, about 25 miles northeast of Fresno in California’s Central Valley. Public comments will be accepted until Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, consistent with the Environmental Protection Agency Notice of Availability. <P> Public hearings on the Draft EIS to gather public comments are scheduled as follows: <P> Sacramento, California Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m. -- 3 p.m. Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region 2800 Cottage Way Cafeteria Conference Rooms 1001-1002 Sacramento, CA 95825 <P> Fresno, California Thursday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. -- 8 p.m. Piccadilly Inn 2305 West Shaw Ave. Fresno, CA 93711 <P> Comments should be mailed to Melissa Harris, Project Manager, Reclamation, Planning Division, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825-1893, faxed to 916-978-5094, or emailed to sha-mpr-usjrbsi@usbr.gov. Comments may also be typed into a form on the project website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/storage/contact.html. All comments will be considered during preparation of the Final EIS. <P> For questions, please contact Harris at 916-978-5075 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> The Draft EIS is available on Reclamation’s website: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=821. <P> To request an electronic copy of the draft document, please contact Steve Geissinger in Reclamation’s Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 or email sgeissinger@usbr.gov. <P> Copies of the documents may also be viewed at the Reclamation Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, by calling 916-978-5593. For more information about the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation, please visit http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/storage/index.html. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47988 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for the Central California Irrigation District Amaral System Improvements Project
2014-10-03 16:31:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for review an Environmental Assessment to fund a portion of the Central California Irrigation District Amaral System Improvements Project. <P> Reclamation would provide funds to CCID for the project through a Bay-Delta Restoration Program: CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant. The proposed project would capture agricultural spill and tailwater, and pump the water into a new regulating reservoir where it can be reincorporated back into CCID’s irrigation system. <P> The proposed project is located near Newman in Stanislaus County, California, and is estimated to save up to 487 acre-feet per year. <P> The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, which is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=19461. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Written comments are due by close of business Friday, October 17, 2014. Comments may be sent to Shelly Hatleberg, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, may also be faxed to Hatleberg at 916-978-5290 or emailed to shatleberg@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the EA, please contact Hatleberg at 916-978-5050. Copies of the EA may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Sacramento office at the above address. <P>