Lahontan Basin Area

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Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) System - South Tahoe Public Utilities District The Proposed Action involves installation of AMI for Phase 3 and part of Phase 4 in the STPUD service area. Phase 3 involves the installation of 1,432 water meters and Phase 4 involves the installation of 1,327 water meters. Metering in the STPUD service area will allow STPUD to meter volumetric consumption, and better determine district water allocation. Signed FONSI and Final EA posted.
Ash Canyon Acquisition Project The proposed action is to allow the use of federal grant funding by the Nevada Land Trust (NLT) for acquisition of a 45.5-acre parcel of private land and approximately 20 acre-feet of associated water rights from a willing seller in Ash Canyon, Carson County, Nevada. The acquisition funds would be provided via a sub-grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; the original grant-funding source is Reclamation?s Desert Terminal Lakes Program Draft EA available for review on May 8, 2015. Comments are due on May 22, 2015. FONSI signed on July 8, 2015.
Authorization of Naval Air Station Fallon Stormwater Discharge Reclamation proposes to authorize the continued discharge and conveyance of stormwater from Naval Air Station Fallon through Newlands Project drainage facilities. Expected volumes and flow rates of stormwater discharging to Reclamation facilities would not change from the current estimated volumes and flow rates as long as the amount of impermeable surfaces remain the same. Environmental Assessment available for review on November 6, 2015. Comments were due December 7, 2015. FONSI signed on December 11, 2015.
Battle Mountain Community Pasture Barn Demolition EA Reclamation is proposing to demolish and remove the Battle Mountain Community Pasture barn. The barn is part of Reclamation's Humboldt Project, which is operated and managed by the Pershing County Water Conservation District. Because the barn is unusable and no longer structurally sound, its removal is necessary for safety reasons. The Battle Mountain Community Pasture barn is located east of the town of Battle Mountain, on the north side of I-80. Draft EA and draft FONSI available for review on June 3, 2011. Comments were due Friday June 17, 2011. FONSI signed July 5, 2011.
Boca Dam Safety of Dams Modification Project Based upon extensive engineering analysis, Boca Dam is at risk from structural failure during an earthquake due to the presence of sand and gravel within the dam?s foundation. Reclamation proposes to excavate material from within Boca Reservoir to construct a shear key and stability berm on the downstream face of the dam, and modify the spillway crest structure. Boca Reservoir will be temporarily lowered to elevation 5,581 feet (NAVD88) in the first year of construction from June 15 to November 15, 2019. Construction will conclude by October 2020. The project will reduce seismic risks and meet Reclamation?s interim public protection guidelines. Draft EA/IS released for public review on January 3, 2018, with comments due by COB February 1, 2018.
Carson Lake and Pasture Transfer and Management EA Reclamation proposes to convey Federal lands known as the Carson Lake and Pasture (CLP) to the State of Nevada for use as a State wildlife management area and management as a component of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. CLP is located approximately 8 miles southeast of Fallon, Nevada. CLP consists of approximately 30,000 acres of pasture and wetlands. Draft Environmental Assessment available June 1, 2009. Comments were due August 14, 2009. No change in status.
Carson River Diversion Dam and Derby Diversion Dam Tender Houses Demolition and Removal Project Reclamation is proposing to hire a contractor to demolish, remove, and safely dispose of the Carson River Diversion Dam and Derby Diversion Dam Tender Houses and all associated facilities on Reclamation land. Site cleanup would also include removal of all accumulated trash. FONSI and Final EA available 8/7/2015
Carson River Floodplain Rehabilitation and Habitat Restoration Project Reclamation proposes to allow the Dayton Valley Conservation District to use National Fish and Wildlife Foundations sub-grant funding to control noxious and invasive weeds and to restore native and desirable vegetation on 12 parcels (451 acres total)within the floodplain of the Middle Carson River Draft EA available for review on September 30, 2015. Comments due October 30, 2015. Final EA prepared and FONSI signed on November 18, 2015.
Categorical Exclusion Checklists for Calendar Year 2011 Attached are the recent Categorical Exclusion Checklists for the Lahontan Basin Area 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.
Categorical Exclusion Checklists for LBAO for 2014 Attached are the Categorical Exclusion Checklists for the Lahontan Basin Area Office for 2014. 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.
Categorical Exclusion Checklists for LBAO for 2015 Attached are the Categorical Exclusion Checklists for the Lahontan Basin Area Office for 2015. 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.
Categorical Exclusion Checklists for Lahontan Basin Area Office for Calendar Year 2012 Attached are the recent Categorical Exclusion Checklists for the Lahontan Basin Area 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.
Categorical Exclusion Checklists for Lahontan Basin Area Office for Calendar Year 2013 Attached are the Categorical Exclusion Checklists for the Lahontan Basin Area Office for 2013. 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.
Humboldt River Water Conservation Project Reclamation proposes to approve and fund Pershing County Water Conservation District (PCWCD) to install a hydropower turbine on Rye Patch Dam. Improvements would also be installed in Pitt Dam and Rogers Dam and Canal to help coordinate releases with Rye Patch. The purpose for the project would be to generate electricity that could be sold back to the existing grid. Revenue generated by the sale of power would provide PCWCD with a steady source of funding for water system improvements and to offset irrigation pumping costs throughout the PCWCD system. The improvements funded by the power generation would potentially increase the conservation efficiency of existing facilities in the district, including the Rye Patch Dam and Reservoir. Environmental Assessment was available for public review on December 3, 2012. Comments were due December 28, 2012. FONSI signed on February 13, 2013.
Independence Lake Forest Thinning and Hazardous Fuels Reduction EA Reclamation proposes to approve the Nature Conservancy to utilize Desert Terminal Lake grant funding to conduct forest thinning and hazardous fuels reduction at Independence Lake. The purpose of the project is to protect the lake?s water quality and native fishery (including the federally listed Lahontan cutthroat trout) by implementing forest health activities to reduce the risk of damage from high severity wildfire that could affect water quality. EA available for public review April 16, 2012. Comments were due May 16, 2012. FONSI signed September 5, 2012.
Independence Lake Spillway Fish Barrier EA Reclamation proposes to construct the Independence Lake Spillway Fish Barrier. Reclamation has been directed by the Congress of the United States to provide funds to The Nature Conservancy to partially fund the acquisition of land that surrounds Independence Lake and for protection of the native fishery and water quality of the lake. The construction of a barrier to fish passage on Independence Lake's spillway would prevent the upstream migration of non-native fish that threaten the long-term viability of Lahontan cutthroat trout populations in the lake. Draft EA available for review on June 13, 2011. Comments due July 15, 2011. FONSI signed and final EA completed on September 1, 2011.
Installation of SatLink2 on Flow Measurement Devices in Truckee-Carson Irrigation District TID proposes to install 50 SatLink2 devices in the Cason Division that allow remote monitoring of irrigation water deliveries. The installation of SatLink2 devices at the water meters would reduce over-deliveries and ultimately the amount of water released from Lahontan Reservoir. Reclamation proposes to provide WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funds to the District to help fund the Proposed Action. EA available for public review on March 17, 2016. Comments due by April 1, 2016. FONSI signed on April 14, 2016.
Lahontan State Recreation Area Aquatic Invasive Species Wash Station Reclamation proposes to approve Nevada State Parks (State Parks) plans to construct a permanent pull-out area to use as an inspection and decontamination area for watercraft for quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive species. This will be located within Lahontan State Recreation Area, near the Silver Springs ranger station. Draft EA available for review on February 11, 2013. Comments were due March 1, 2013. FONSI signed on March 7, 2013.
Lahontan Substation Rebuild and Upgrade Project Reclamation proposes to issue a license for NV Energy?s SF-299 Application for the construction of a new substation, which would be adjacent to the existing Lahontan Substation on lands under Reclamation?s jurisdiction located in Churchill County, Nevada. NV Energy would rebuild the Lahontan Substation approximately 200 feet to the northeast of the existing site, and would install a 4.5/7.5 Million Volt-Ampere regulator, seven 69-kilovolt (kV) circuit breakers, and other related facilities. NV Energy also proposes to construct a new 200-foot access road and to realign six 60-kV transmission lines. Draft EA available for review on May 15, 2014. Comments were due May 28, 2014. FONSI signed August 1, 2014.
Lower Truckee River Restoration Projects at Tracy Power Plant, West McCarran Ranch, and Upper Mustang Ranch EA The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) utilizing Reclamation Desert Terminal Lakes grant funds for a portion of the funding required for the restoration of the Lower Truckee River at the three subject locations. The goal of the projects is to restore the river channel, wetlands, and riparian forest. The Tracy Power Plant project site is located along the Truckee River approximately 12 miles east of Sparks, Nevada, in Washoe and Storey Counties and includes approximately two miles of river restoration. The West McCarran Ranch project site is located in Washoe County along the Truckee River approximately 8 miles east of Sparks, Nevada and would affect one river mile. The Upper Mustang Ranch is located along the Truckee River approximately 4 miles east of Sparks, Nevada, in Washoe and Storey Counties and would affect approximately one river mile. EA available for public review April 16, 2012. Comments due May 16, 2012. FONSI signed on August 24, 2012.
Municipal Well Aquifer Storage and Recovery Retrofit Project for Drought Resiliency The Truckee Meadows Water Authority proposes to retrofit three existing groundwater production wells located in Spanish Springs Valley to be capable of Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR). ASR is an effective method to increase reliability and flexibility of water supply delivery by allowing for conjunctive use of both surface water and groundwater. A groundwater production well with ASR allows for surface water to be injected into the aquifer and saved for use during drought periods. FONSI Signed and posted.
Newlands Project Resource Management Plan Reclamation prepared an EIS to evaluate options for management of natural resources on lands within the Newlands Project. The goal of Reclamation's Resource Management Plan (RMP) is to create a balance of resource development, recreation, and protection of natural and cultural resources for the managed lands and waters. The RMP outlines Reclamation management actions that will be implemented over a 10-year planning span. NOI published in Federal Register on August 15, 2007. Public Scoping Meetings September 18, 2007 in Reno and September 19, 2007 in Fallon. Government-to-government consultation meeting in October 2007 with Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe. ****************************** Draft EIS available for review on May 28, 2013. Comments were due by July 29, 2013. Public meetings on the draft EIS held June 18, 2013 in Fallon, NV and June 19 in Reno, NV. *********************************** Final EIS available on November 18, 2014. ****************************** Record of Decision signed on October 27, 2015.
Patua Geothermal Project Phase II EA Gradient Resources Inc., (GRI) has obtained the rights to federal geothermal leases which comprise portions of the Patua Geothermal Project Phase II (project), located in Churchill and Lyon Counties, Nevada. GRI is proposing to design, construct, and operate geothermal well pads and wells, geothermal fluid pipelines, and their associated access roads. Reclamation?s action would be to approve the geotechnical investigations of the three under-crossings of the Truckee Canal. Pending the results of the investigations, Reclamation would review and approve the design of the crossings and consequently allow construction of the crossings of the Truckee Canal, laterals, and Hazen Drain. FONSI signed on June 7, 2012. The EA is available at BLM's website at:https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/projectSummary.do?methodName=renderDefaultProjectSummary&projectId=17952
Pyramid Lake Watercraft Inspection Station The Proposed Action is to allow the Pyramid Lake Reservation for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe's Pyramid Lake Fisheries Department to use National Fish and Wildlife Foundation sub-grant funding to construct a permanent watercraft inspection and decontamination station for aquatic invasive species on the Reservation. Environmental assessment available for public review on May 10, 2016. Comments were due on June 8, 2016. FONSI signed on June 10, 2016.
Salt Wells Geothermal Energy Projects EIS The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District-received proposals from Ormat Technologies, Inc. and Vulcan Power Company to develop geothermal power plants and facilities on private property and on BLM and Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) land in Nevada. Sierra Power Company has proposed above-ground electrical transmission lines, electrical substations, and switching facilities related to the geothermal proposals. BLM has been preparing an environmental impact statement for the project. Reclamation is a cooperating agency. BLM issued the draft EIS on January 28, 2011. Comments were due on March 28, 2011. Final EIS was issued July 22, 2011. Reclamation signed its own Record of Decision on December 14, 2011. The Final EIS and BLM's RODs can be viewed at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field/blm_information/nepa/salt_wells_energy.html.
Stampede Dam Safety of Dams Modification Project EA Reclamation proposes to construct safety modifications to Stampede Dam near Truckee, California. Reclamation performed risk analyses for Stampede Dam and the results indicate that the dam cannot safely pass floodwaters in accordance with Reclamation's Public Protection Guidelines. Modifications are needed to prevent potential overtopping of the dam during an extreme flood event. Failure of Stampede Dam would result in the probable loss of life, failure of downstream dams, significant downstream property damage, and the loss of stored water for fishery enhancement along the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake Fishway facilities. The preferred structural alternative to address the potential overtopping condition involves raising the dam and dike 11.5 feet using mechanically stabilized earth construction techniques to temporarily store flood-waters. The spillway would be modified to accommodate the raised embankment and limit peak flows through the spillway to maintain current flood operations in the Little Truckee River. Two small earthen dikes would be constructed in low-lying areas on the south rim of the reservoir. There would be no changes to the operation of Stampede Reservoir. Reservoir levels and flow releases to the Little Truckee River would continue unchanged over the long term. Figures 2-2 and 2-7 of the EA have been updated to reflect minor changes in haul routes and staging areas.
Truckee Canal Extraordinary Operation and Maintenance Environmental Impact Statement The purpose is to improve public safety by reducing the risk of a Canal breach. Reclamation needs to take action to evaluate alternatives that will enable the Canal operator ? the Truckee Carson Irrigation District (TCID) ? to safely operate the Truckee Canal and deliver Newlands Project water in compliance with operating criteria and procedures. Additional restrictions on Canal operations may be necessary without taking actions or initiating risk-reducing repairs. Proposed Federal Action. Reclamation or TCID are proposing to complete structural improvements of the Canal facilities; and/or implement a long-term tolerable stage level restriction. opportunities to reduce the risk to public safety from a Canal breach. Notice of Intent to prepare EIS published October 19, 2015. Scoping report completed in May 2016.
Truckee River Below Derby Dam Riparian Ecosystem Restoration The project to be analyzed is augmenting the fishway at Derby Dam, Truckee River, east of Reno, Nevada, by providing a riparian canopy- shaded channel in the Truckee River below the fishway. The channel will enhance the aquatic habitats by improving fish access and water quality. The increase in riparian canopy should result in lowering water temperatures and increasing terrestrial species richness. Final FONSI signed on April 6, 2009
Truckee River Restoration Environmental Assessment Reclamation is co-lead with BLM for this NEPS project for the restoration of three sites on the lower Truckee River (Mustang Ranch, Lockwood, and 102 Ranch). This project is funded under the Reclamation's Desert Terminal Lakes Program created under Public Law 101-171 in 2002. The law set aside $200 million to provide water to at-risk natural desert terminal lakes. Partners working on the project include The Nature Conservancy, City of Sparks and Reno and Washoe County. Restoration includes putting in river meanders, riffles, wetlands and planting riparian vegetation. Public Meetings held February 2007. Draft EA out January 2008. Final EA/signed FONSI March 2008.
Truckee-Carson Irrigation District Lewis Wasteway Replacement and Low Head Hydroelectric Project TCID is proposing to replace the Lewis Wasteway structure, which suffered a structure failure in June 2008. The structure was replaced with a compacted earthen embankment. Replacement of the Wasteway would: restore the ability to evacuate the V-Line Canal during an emergency event; allow TCID operational flexibility in delivering water to the Newlands system; and reduce risk to the urbanized reaches of the V-Line Canal. In addition to replacement of the Lewis Wasteway, TCID is requesting the authorization, development, and implementation of a Lease of Power Privilege Agreement No. 14-LC-20-0500 and the issuance of Permit No. 14-LC-20-0498 for the construction and installation of a small conduit low head hydroelectric unit and related appurtenances at two structures located within the Newlands Project. The Permit would authorize TCID to construct additions or make alterations to facilities under Reclamation?s jurisdiction and water used for conduit hydroelectric power generation would be incidental to the use of water for Reclamation project purposes. FONSI signed and EA completed on July 9, 2014.