Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47546 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on Cawelo Water District’s Calloway Canal Lining Project – Reach B
2014-07-29 09:40:00.0 <p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a proposed canal lining project that would be partially funded with a CALFED Water Use Efficiency Program grant.</p> <p>Under the proposed action, Reclamation would award Cawelo Water District with a CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant to assist in funding the lining of Reach B of the Calloway Canal near Bakersfield, Calif. Lining 4,124 feet of Reach B would reduce seepage from the canal of about 1,442 acre-feet per year.</p> <p>The CALFED Bay-Delta Program is a 30-year program among 25 federal and state agencies with responsibility in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. CALFED Water Use Efficiency Program grants provide matching funds for water conservation projects.</p> <p>The Draft EA was available for public comment from January 22 to February 4, 2014. No comments were received. </p> <p>The EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16081">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16081</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Doug Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:dkleinsmith@usbr.gov">dkleinsmith@usbr.gov</a>. Copies of the documents may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47529 Lower American River Salmonid Spawning and Rearing Habitat Restoration Project to Begin in Nimbus Basin
2014-07-28 15:14:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Water Forum, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, will begin work on the 2014 American River Salmonid Spawning and Rearing Habitat Restoration Project in early August. <P> This seventh year of the Project continues the work of improving spawning and rearing habitat for steelhead trout and Chinook salmon in the lower American River. Much of the existing spawning habitat consists of large rocks and fine sediment that reduces the ability for the fish to construct redds (nests) and may reduce the number of eggs surviving and emerging as juvenile fish from the redds. A 350-yard-long side channel will be excavated along the south side of the river in the Nimbus Basin, and spawning gravel will be added to the main river channel. The side channel will be excavated and gravel will be placed in the river using excavators, front-end loaders and bulldozers to distribute the spawning gravel. This Project is one of many to help meet the requirements of the 1992 Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Section 3406 (b)(13), to restore and replenish spawning gravel and rearing habitat. <P> Work will begin Monday, August 4. Work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Heavy equipment work is expected to be completed by the end of August, with tree planting expected to be done later. All work in the river is located between Nimbus Dam and Hazel Avenue. <P> Safety is a priority, and it is very important for the public to pay attention to the informational signage located around the Nimbus Basin. <P> To learn more about the Project, please review the 2014 Supplemental Environmental Assessment and the 2008 Final Environmental Assessment., which are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=3202. For additional information, please contact Louis Moore, 916-978-5106 (TTY 800-877-8339) or wmoore@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47528 Terri Edwards Selected as Area Manager for Reclamation’s Lahontan Basin Area Office
2014-07-28 14:10:00.0 CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region announces the selection of Terri Edwards as the Area Manager for the Lahontan Basin Area Office located in Carson City, Nevada. The former Deputy Area Manager, Edwards assumed her new duties on July 27, 2014. <P> David G. Murillo, Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region, said: “Terri is thoroughly familiar with the programs and projects handled by the Lahontan Basin Area Office and has extensive work experience with area stakeholders. We’re very pleased to announce her selection, and Reclamation will benefit greatly from the continuity that her selection will provide.” <P> As Area Manager, Edwards will direct and oversee program activities covering a large area of the Great Basin including most of the northern two-thirds of Nevada, with a small amount of overlap into California and Oregon. She has worked in LBAO in various other positions, including as a project repayment specialist, Native American Affairs coordinator, Resource Division manager, and most recently as the Deputy Area Manager with former Area Manager Kenneth Parr, who retired earlier this year. <P> LBAO has jurisdiction over some of the oldest and most enduring Reclamation projects, the Newlands, Washoe, Truckee Storage, and Humboldt projects. The protection of endangered species, the maintenance of aging infrastructure, and the urbanization of areas surrounding our facilities are ongoing issues within LBAO and the communities it serves. <P> Edwards earned a Bachelors in Business Administration at the University of Arizona, Tucson; a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University; and she served in the U.S. Army. Edwards has a thorough understanding of both the budgeting and execution of Reclamation’s mission, has been recognized several times for her performance, and has received numerous awards from external stakeholders served by Reclamation. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47526 Reclamation Reopens the Public Comment Period on Proposed NGS and Kayenta Mine Complex Operations, Schedules Additional Open House Meeting
2014-07-28 12:21:00.0 PHOENIX – At the request of the Hopi Tribe, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an additional public scoping open-house meeting on August 14, 2014 in Hotevilla, Arizona. The meeting will occur from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) at the Hotevilla Youth and Elderly Center, 1 Main Street, Hotevilla, Arizona. Hopi and Navajo interpreters will be available. <P> In June, the Reclamation hosted a series of public scoping open-house meetings to share information on the development of the Environment Impact Statement (EIS) to study the human and environmental effects of extending operations of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), located near Page, Arizona and the associated production of coal at the Kayenta Mine, located near Kayenta, Arizona from 2020 through 2044. The events were open to the public and offered an opportunity to learn about the proposed project and to provide input on environmental factors to be considered in the EIS. The open-house format included no formal presentations but gave an opportunity for informal exchanges of information. The additional meeting will follow the same format. <P> In addition, the comment period has been reopened and extended through August 31, 2014. All comments on the proposed EIS must be postmarked by that date to ensure consideration in the Draft EIS. Send written comments via postal mail, hand delivery or courier to: Ms. Sandra Eto, NGS-KMC Project Environmental Coordinator, Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office, 6150 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306-4001 <P> Comments also may be faxed to 623-773-6486, emailed to <a Href=mailto:NGSKMC-EIS@usbr.gov>NGSKMC@usbr.gov</a>, or submitted in person at the upcoming public scoping meeting. Court reporters will also be available to record oral comments. To learn more about the project, visit <a href="http://ngskmc-eis.net">http://ngskmc-eis.net </a> or call Ms. Patricia Cox, Public Affairs Specialist, at 623-773-6214. <P> ### <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47527 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document on Tulare Irrigation District WaterSMART Funding Grant for Visalia Water Conservation Project and 25-year Exchange with the City of Visalia
2014-07-25 14:06:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. -The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment of a proposed WaterSMART grant of $696,000 to Tulare Irrigation District to help fund the proposed construction of a 8,300-foot-long water conservation and reuse pipeline to convey a portion of the tertiary treated wastewater from the City of Visalia’s newly upgraded Water Conservation Plant. The treated wastewater would be used by TID’s customers. <P> Reclamation would also approve a 25-year exchange of a portion of the City’s treatment plant water for a portion of TID’s Central Valley Project water. <P> WaterSMART is the U.S. Department of the Interior’s sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. Through WaterSMART grants, Reclamation provides 50/50 cost-share funding to irrigation and water districts, tribes, states, and other entities with water or power delivery authority. Additional WaterSMART information is available at http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart. <P> The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18141. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Comments must be received by close of business Monday, August 11, 2014. Written comments should be sent to Doug Kleinsmith, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may be emailed to dkleinsmith@usbr.gov, or faxed to 916-978-5055. <P> For additional information or to receive a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office at the above address or at Reclamation’s fresno office at 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47507 Reclamation Hosting Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event at Potholes State Park
2014-07-25 11:08:00.0 MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Children with a wide range of special needs will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join some enthusiastic volunteers during the C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside event on August 2 at Potholes Reservoir located 15 miles south of Moses Lake, Wash. C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with special needs an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. <P> This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier. <P> Participants and volunteers will meet at Potholes State Park located off State Route 262. Washington State Parks manages the campground which offers easy access to Potholes Reservoir. <P> "This will be a first fishing experience for some of these kids," said Jennifer McConnell of Reclamation's Ephrata Field Office. "It is a great opportunity for volunteers to be part of an experience that these children will remember for years to come." <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old and will each receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat. <P> Local Potholes Bass Club members and the Columbia Basin Walleye Club will be on hand with fishing boats and years of professional experience to assist novice anglers. The morning fishing events will be followed by a picnic lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts Class of the Columbia Basin Job Corps Center. <P> Partners include: Bureau of Reclamation, C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation , Columbia Basin Walleye Club, Potholes Bass Club, Washington BASS Club, Columbia Basin Job Corps Center, Washington State Parks, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, and Grand Coulee Council Boy Scout Troup 24. Donations for the event were provided by local businesses including: Coulee Playland Resort, Richard & Karen Honey, Moses Lake FFA, Grand Coulee Dam Federal Employees Association, and Sporty's Steakhouse. Medical support this year is provided by Fire District No. 12 from Royal Slope, Wash. <P> For more information about the August 2 event, contact Jennifer McConnell at (509) 754-0215. In case of rain, the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled. To find out more about the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Sandra Furguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47506 Reclamation Hosting Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event at Potholes State Park
2014-07-25 10:56:00.0 MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Children with a wide range of special needs will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join some enthusiastic volunteers during the C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside event on August 2 at Potholes Reservoir located 15 miles south of Moses Lake, Wash. <P> C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with special needs an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. <P> This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier. <P> Participants and volunteers will meet at Potholes State Park located off State Route 262. Washington State Parks manages the campground which offers easy access to Potholes Reservoir. <P> "This will be a first fishing experience for some of these kids," said Jennifer McConnell of Reclamation's Ephrata Field Office. "It is a great opportunity for volunteers to be part of an experience that these children will remember for years to come." <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old and will each receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat. <P> Local Potholes Bass Club members and the Columbia Basin Walleye Club will be on hand with fishing boats and years of professional experience to assist novice anglers. The morning fishing events will be followed by a picnic lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts Class of the Columbia Basin Job Corps Center. <P> Partners include: Bureau of Reclamation, C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation , Columbia Basin Walleye Club, Potholes Bass Club, Washington BASS Club, Columbia Basin Job Corps Center, Washington State Parks, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, and Grand Coulee Council Boy Scout Troup 24. Donations for the event were provided by local businesses including: Coulee Playland Resort, Richard & Karen Honey, Moses Lake FFA, Grand Coulee Dam Federal Employees Association, and Sporty's Steakhouse. Medical support this year is provided by Fire District No. 12 from Royal Slope, Wash. <P> For more information about the August 2 event, contact Jennifer McConnell at (509) 754-0215. In case of rain, the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled. To find out more about the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Sandra Furguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47486 C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside a Hit in Yakima
2014-07-24 07:53:00.0 <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/1yak2014.jpg" style="float:left" width="200" height="200" hspace="10" alt="Volunteer with his fishing student"/>On June 14, at Sarg Hubbard Pond in Yakima, Wash., 18 enthusiastic and excited participants registered for the annual "Catch a Special Thrill," better known as C.A.S.T./Let's Move Outside event. The participants ranged in age from 7 to 17. <P> Two entities combine to create a day of excitement for the outdoors and fishing. The first is C.A.S.T., which is a fishing event that is offered to children with a wide range of disabilities and terminal illnesses. The second is the Let's Move Outside initiative, which was introduced by First Lady Obama, with the goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity and healthy eating. <P> After registration, the excited participants readied for a couple of hours of fishing and catching a "big one." The participants were assigned a "fishing buddy," they received their fishing gear, a C.A.S.T. tee shirt and cap. With their fishing buddy and either a volunteer or parent, they were photographed to memorialize the moment. Then off to the pond to catch FISH! <P> Not all of the participants caught the "big one," but they learned how to cast a fishing rod. Some participants didn't just catch one fish, but caught the limit of five fish. The volunteers at the fish cleaning station made it possible for the participants to take the fish home, ready to cook and eat. <P> The kids' smiles were shared in a group picture. Then the hungry participants enjoyed a delicious and nutritious meal of meat and veggie burgers, hotdogs, carrots, celery, apple juice, and sweet juicy watermelon. <P> As the participants and volunteers ate, the presentation program began. Each young angler received a plaque, goody bag, and their fishing buddy picture for a job well done. The crowd of proud parents/guardians, and volunteers cheered loudly as each name was read. <P> This year's local event sponsors shared in the celebration by giving donations, providing food, fishing gear, and miscellaneous services. Those sponsors include: AB Foods, Tree Top, Pepsi, Greenway Foundation, Washington State Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, Valley Septic, Rex & Diane's Mobile Grill, and Culligan. <P> The "fish" stories, the participants, the smiles, the parents, and the food all contributed to the success of this event, but without the volunteers who worked behind the scene, it would not have happened. Over 40 Reclamation employees, family members, and retirees participated this year. Their unselfishness and willingness to share their love of outdoor activities helped to make the kids "star anglers" for the day. The event was a great success! <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/2yak2014.jpg" style="float:left" width="500" height="167" hspace="10" alt="Yakima C.A.S.T. Event Group Photo"/> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47466 Final Environmental Document Released for Storage and Conveyance of Non-CVP Water from Placer County Water Agency to Westlands Water District
2014-07-22 13:13:00.0 <p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact for execution of a Warren Act contract for the storage and conveyance of non-Central Valley Project water to facilitate a water transfer from Placer County Water Agency to Westlands Water District.</p> <p>Reclamation proposes to enter into a one-year Warren Act contract with WWD for the storage and conveyance through federal facilities of up to 35,000 acre-feet of non-CVP water. The proposed action would help alleviate water supply shortages within WWD.</p> <p>The document is available online at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17861">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17861</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 FONSI, please contact Sheri Looper at 916-978-5556 or <a href="mailto:slooper@usbr.gov">slooper@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47467 Reclamation and Partners Release New Hydrologic Projections for Contiguous United States
2014-07-22 13:01:00.0 WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation has released new hydrologic projections that will help local water managers answer questions about future climate, stream flow and water resources. This new scientific data uses the updated World Climate Research Program climate projections that have been scaled to a finer resolution (downscaled) for water management decision support systems. "Reclamation is helping water managers prepare for the impacts of climate change with the release of this information, supporting the President's Climate Action Plan," Acting Reclamation Commissioner Lowell Pimley said. "Researchers and planners can use these future climate and hydrology projections to assess societal impacts and explore adaptation options." <P> The hydrologic data was derived from new downscaled climate projections using the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) data from the World Climate Research Program that was made available by Reclamation and collaborators in May 2013. To develop the new hydrologic projections, the group translated 97 of those downscaled CMIP5 climate projections into fine resolution projections of hydrology for the contiguous United States. <P> The new hydrology projections are available <a href="http://bit.ly/1rwh1kS">here</a>. Scientists and engineers can use this website to quickly access and download the new information. <P> The World Climate Research Program develops global climate projections through its CMIP roughly every five to seven years. Results from CMIP3 were released in 2007 and later used in Reclamation research and assessments including the 2011 SECURE Water Act Report and WaterSMART Basin Studies completed in the Colorado, Yakima and St. Mary - Milk River basins. <P> These new hydrology projections were developed by Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Corporation for Atmospheric Research in collaboration with Climate Analytics Group, Climate Central, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Santa Clara University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and U.S. Geological Survey. <P> You can learn more about how Reclamation is addressing climate change at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/climate">www.usbr.gov/climate</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47449 Spillway Testing This Week for Parker and Davis Dams
2014-07-21 17:06:00.0 BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region is conducting a test of Parker Dam’s spillway structure on July 22, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m. (PT). The spillway test for Davis Dam is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. (PT). The water being released through the testing of the spillway gates is part of the water normally released to fulfill downstream water orders. <P> At each dam, one spillway gate will be opened for about seven minutes releasing approximately 26 acre-feet (af) at 1,500 to 1,700 cubic feet per second (cfs). During the seven minute controlled test, the water will be released from the face of the Parker Dam and the forebay of Davis Dam through a one-foot opening in the spillway gate and be visible to visitors and residents in the area. <P> This spillway gate testing is part of Reclamation's maintenance process that involves periodic and mandatory testing of critical portions of each facility to ensure that they will operate normally if needed. Spillways are used to safely pass water that cannot be accommodated through other means such as penstocks and turbine-generators during a flooding event. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47448 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document Assessing the Agreement for the Reimbursement of Pumping Costs for Refuge Water Supplies at Wildlife Areas
2014-07-18 16:00:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a draft environmental document for the proposed Agreement for the Reimbursement of Pumping Costs between the United States and the State of California for Refuge Water Supplies at Wildlife Areas. The Agreement covers the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Los Banos, Mendota, and Volta Wildlife Areas; and the China Island, Salt Slough, and Gadwall Units of the North Grasslands Wildlife Area. <P> Under the proposed action, the Agreement would reimburse the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for costs associated with (1) lift pumping required to complete the initial conveyance of refuge surface water supplies to CDFW Wildlife Areas and (2) pumping sources of Incremental Level 4 water supplies developed at CDFW Wildlife Areas located in the San Joaquin Valley. The Agreement terms would be effective from the date of execution through February 28, 2029, approximately 15 years. The Central Valley Project Improvement Act is the authority that authorizes Reclamation to sign the agreement and implement the proposed action. <P> The Draft Environmental Assessment was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17581. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Comments must be received by close of business Friday, August 1, 2014. Written comments should be sent to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may be emailed to bhubbard@usbr.gov or faxed to 916-978-5290. <P> For additional information or to receive a copy of the EA, please contact Hubbard at 916-978-5204 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional office at the above address. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47447 PN Region Participates in Welcome Home Veterans Event
2014-07-18 13:26:00.0 The PN Region staff participated in the annual "All Veterans Welcome Home" celebration on Saturday, June 28. The event was held on the campus of the Boise VA Medical Center. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/vetotto.jpg" style="float:right" width="292" height="236" hspace="10" alt="Veterans pose with Otto Otter"/> The "All Veterans Welcome Home" event was designed to be a welcome home festivity for veterans who have recently returned and those men and women who never received a welcome home when they returned from overseas 20, 30, 40 years ago. <P> Reclamation hosted a Canal Safety booth with the focus being on the danger of canals and canal safety tips. Reclamation's mascot Otto Otter also participated by greeting the kids and their families, and handing out Otto Canal Safety coloring books along with canal safety stickers. <P> The event was free to the public including exhibitors. Those in attendance were entertained with live music. There were free BBQ and drinks, free massages, cool raffle prizes, and lots of games for the kids. <P> Representatives from the VA and veteran's organizations were there to help veterans get connected with various resources available to them such as health benefits, education, and employment services.  <P> Hundreds of veterans and family members from surrounding communities attended the event. <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/ottohugs.jpg" style="float:left" width="287" height="352" hspace="10" alt="Otto Otter receives hugs"/<img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/ottoandfriend.jpg" style="float:left" width="287" height="351" hspace="10" alt="Otto Otter and Friend"/><BR> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47432 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents Assessing Conveyance of Non-Central Valley Project Water from the Kaweah River in the Friant-Kern Canal
2014-07-16 14:56:00.0 <p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong><strong> – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review draft environmental documents assessing Warren Act agreements that would allow seven contractors in the Central Valley Project&rsquo;s Friant Division to convey non-CVP water from the Kaweah River in the federal Friant-Kern Canal.</p> <p>The amount of water introduced into the canal by each contractor would vary, but the total volume of water for all contractors would not exceed 8,250 acre-feet per year. Each agreement would be issued for a maximum period of five years.</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=18061">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18061</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>Comments are due by July 31. Please email comments to Ben Lawrence, Bureau of Reclamation, at <a href="mailto:blawrence@usbr.gov">blawrence@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Bureau of Reclamation, 1243&nbsp;N&nbsp;Street, Fresno, CA&nbsp;93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397.  For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY&nbsp;800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Fresno office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47431 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on Additional Points of Delivery of Panoche Water District’s Non-Central Valley Project Water to Westlands Water District
2014-07-16 14:53:00.0 <p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong> -- The Bureau of Reclamation today released final environmental documents for approval of additional points of delivery for up to 5,000 acre-feet of Panoche Water District&rsquo;s non-Central Valley Project groundwater into the Delta-Mendota Canal, as part of the DMC Groundwater Pump-in Program.</p> <p>The program allows certain South-of-Delta CVP contractors to cumulatively pump up to 50,000 acre-feet of groundwater into the DMC annually. The program began in 2013 due to worsening drought conditions.</p> <p>No additional groundwater pumping will occur under the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact released today. The documents assessed an increase in the number of locations for delivery of the water.</p> <p>The Final 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=11470">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=11470</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.</p> <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&nbsp;800-877-8339) or <a href="file:///C:\Users\sgeissinger\Downloads\emerson@usbr.gov">emerson@usbr.gov. </a> </p> <P>