Bay Delta Office

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Categorical Exclusion Checklists for the Bay Delta Office in 2017 Attached are completed Categorical Exclusion Checklists (CECs) for 2017 for our Bay Delta Office. A CEC excludes certain categories of Federal actions from further NEPA documentation because these categories of actions have been determined in a public process to have no significant affect on the environment nor do they involve unresolved conflicts concerning alternative uses of available resources.
Coordinated Long-Term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project Reclamation proposes to continue the operation of the Central Valley Project in coordination with the State Water Project by implementing the associated 2008 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinion and the 2009 National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion, including the Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives. The draft EIS was drafted in response to the November 16, 2009 United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling that the Bureau of Reclamation must conduct a National Environmental Policy Act review to determine whether the associated 2008 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and 2009 National Marine Fisheries Service Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives cause a significant effect to the human environment. The Notice of Applicability was published and the Draft EIS was available for public review on July 31, 2015 to September 29, 2015. Scoping meetings were held on September 9, 2015 in Sacramento, CA; September 10, 2015 in Red Bluff, CA; September 15, 2015 in Los Banos, CA; and September 17, 2015 in Irvine, CA. Notice of Availability of Final EIS posted in Federal Register and Final EIS released on November 23, 2015. Record of Decision signed on January 11, 2016.
Delta Smelt Fall Outflow 2017 Reclamation submitted a request to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to modify the implementation of the 2008 Biological Opinion (BO) on the Coordinated Long-Term Operation (LTO) of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The request would allow the operation of the CVP and SWP such that the monthly average position of the fall outflow requirement (Fall X2) is no more eastward than 81 km from the Golden Gate Bridge. The Environmental Assessment evaluates the potential change to the operation of the CVP and SWP in the month of October in 2017. The EA is being tiered off Reclamation's EIS on the LTO of the CVP and SWP, found here: https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21883 The EA was released for public comment from September 22 to September 27, 2017.
Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage Modification Project Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Water Resources intend to prepare an environmental impact statement/environmental impact report for the implementation of actions I.6.1 and I.7 identified in the National Marine Fisheries Service's 2009 Biological Opinion and Conference Opinion on the Long-term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project Reasonable and Prudent Alternative. These actions consist of salmonid habitat restoration efforts within the lower Sacramento River basin and fish passage through the Yolo Bypass. The Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage Modification Project was part of the original Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project and was identified to be included in California EcoRestore in 2015. Final Initial Study/Environmental Assessment completed and Finding of No Significant Impact signed on August 22, 2017
Temporary Use of Central Valley Project Water - APN 021-130-001, Colusa County, CA Reclamation proposes to approve Colusa County Water District's (District) request to provide temporary Central Valley Project (CVP) water service to APN 021-130-001, located just outside the District's service boundary. The property is not within the boundary of any other CVP contractor, but is within the Place of Use identified for water rights held by the CVP. The land is permanently planted to almonds and ordinarily serviced by the landowner's well, which has failed. The water is needed immediately for post-harvest irrigation and fertilizing while the well is under repair. The District proposes to serve up to 80 acre-feet from its Contract Total for the 2016 Contract Year to the property, during the period from approval of the request through February 28, 2017. The water would be served through the District's existing distribution system, diverted through an existing metered diversion and applied to the northern 1/3 of the property, which constitutes approximately 170 acres of cropland, through existing private lines. Finding of No Significant Impact released.
Upper Sacramento River Anadromous Fish Habitat Restoration Program Reclamation proposes to create new side channels, modify existing side channels, and place gravel and instream habitat structure at several sites in the Sacramento River below Keswick Dam to Red Bluff Diversion Dam. Gravel would be placed to improve spawning at specific locations and to replenish spawning gravel downstream that is not replaced by upstream sources. Restoration actions included under the Proposed Action would occur through the year 2030. FONSI signed Feb 10, 2016.
Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Water Resources intend to prepare an environmental impact statement/environmental impact report for the implementation of actions I.6.1 and I.7 identified in the National Marine Fisheries Service's 2009 Biological Opinion and Conference Opinion on the Long-term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project Reasonable and Prudent Alternative. These actions consist of salmonid habitat restoration efforts within the lower Sacramento River basin and fish passage through the Yolo Bypass. The Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage Modification Project was part of the original Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project and was identified to be included in California EcoRestore in 2015. Public meetings are scheduled for January 17th and 18th, 2018. Comments are due at the COB February 15, 2018.