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2011 CVPIA Gravel Replenishment Program Stanislaus River at River Mile 58 Reclamation proposes to add up to 5,500 cubic yards of gravel to the Lower Stanislaus River at River Mile 58 below Goodwin Dam in 2011. The gravel would be distributed across the channel to create suitable spawning and rearing habitat conditions for steelhead trout and Chinook salmon. Reclamation has been replenishing spawning gravel at existing restoration sites in the Lower Stanislaus River since 1997 to increase and improve Chinook salmon, steelhead, and rainbow trout spawning and rearing habitat. Reclamation prepared an environmental assessment (EA) in 1997 and supplemental EAs in 2000 and 2004 for previous work in the Lower Stanislaus River. The methodologies, locations, and impact descriptions of the proposed action are the same as the methods and gravel placement sites covered in the above referenced Environmental Assessment and Supplements, which covered actions through 2006 and thus another supplemental EA is not needed. Finding of No New Significant Impact signed August 12, 2011.
2013 Water Transfers EA/FONSI Reclamation proposes to approve water transfers in 2013 that require Reclamation's approval, which is any transfer that involves Central Valley Project (CVP) water or requires the use of CVP facilities. Transfer water under the Proposed Action would originate in the Sacramento Valley via groundwater substitution and be transferred to water users south of the Delta that are experiencing water shortages in 2013 due to dry conditions. Water transfers included in the Proposed Action represent only a portion of the expected overall transfers in 2013. Draft EA and FONSI available for review on May 6, 2013. Comments were due May 21, 2013. FONSI signed and final EA completed on June 21, 2013.
2015 Refuge Level 2 Water Exchange between Reclamation and San Luis and Del Puerto Water Districts The Districts propose to fund the costs associated with the delivery of groundwater supplies from two private wells located in Grassland Water District GWD (up to 4,000 acre-feet [AF]) in exchange for refuge Level 2 water supply (2,000 AF). The developed groundwater would discharge directly into the GWD Santa Fe Canal conveyance system and be delivered to the private lands of the Grassland Resource Conservation District (GRCD) to meet a component of its Level 2 water supply demands. Once GWD begins receiving scheduled deliveries of its Level 2 water supply in the fall 2014, it is proposed that the Districts fund the cost to deliver up to 4,000 AF of groundwater in exchange for up to 2,000 AF of Level 2 water during the GRCD Level 2 delivery period this water year (2015/16). For every 2 AF of groundwater delivered to GWD the Districts will receive 1 AF of Refuge Level 2 water. The Level 2 exchange water will be made available to the Districts in the O?Neill Forebay of the Central Valley Project (CVP) facilities each month following the delivery of groundwater to GWD. This 2:1 exchange will result in a net refuge water supply benefit of up to 2,000 AF at no cost to Reclamation and up to 2,000 AF of new water supply for the Districts. FONSI signed September 3, 2015.
2016 Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority Water Transfers The TCCA and its Member Units may experience severe water shortages in 2016 and are soliciting willing sellers to transfer surface water. A number of entities that use surface water from the Sacramento River have expressed interest in transferring water to Member Units of the TCCA. The TCCA would negotiate with these sellers, on behalf of the Member Units, to identify potential transfers and the specifics of each transfer arrangement. Transfers would be from willing sellers to buyers within the Sacramento Valley. Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study available for review February 4, 2016 - March 7, 2016.
5-Year Groundwater Acquisitions for South Delta CVPIA Refuges Reclamation proposes to enter into agreements with various parties SOD to acquire IL4 water supplies from privately and publicly owned groundwater production wells within or near the Grassland Ecological Area (GEA) and the City of Los Banos (Proposed Action). The groundwater acquisitions are proposed as a 5-year action (March 2016 through February 2021). The Proposed Action will include monitoring well production, water quality, groundwater levels, and land subsidence. Monitoring would occur at each well location to confirm that groundwater quality is suitable for refuge use. The groundwater production wells would collectively produce up to 29,000 AF of groundwater of acceptable quality annually, which can be conveyed to and used within the SOD Refuges. Reclamation releases the FONSI for the 5-Year Groundwater Acquisitions for South of Delta Central Valley Project Improvement Act Refuges on 02/01-2016
5-Year Refuge Level 2 Exchange Agreement with San Luis Water District The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate and disclose any potential environmental impacts associated with Reclamation?s 5-year exchange of up to 6,000 acre-feet per year (AFY) groundwater for up to 3,000 AFY of Level 2 (L2) water with the San Luis Water District (District). This EA focuses on the potential impacts of exchanging up to 6,000 AFY of groundwater developed by the District and delivered to the East Bear Creek Unit of the San Luis NWR (EBCU) for up to 3,000 AFY of L2 water made available to the District. The pumped groundwater would help meet the EBCU?s L2 need as well as San Joaquin Valley Refuges? IL4 need. This proposed exchange would occur between October 2016 and February 28, 2021 and is authorized under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA), specifically Sections 3406(d)(2) and 3406(b)(3). FONSI for 2017 signed on September 15, 2017.
ARRA New Wells Project - Region 1 EA Under Title IV of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for drought relief, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is proposing to provide funding for the construction of up to 32 new wells in the Upper Delta-Mendota Canal (DMC) area of the Central Valley Project (CVP) referred to as Region 1. The Proposed Action would include up to one new well constructed in Byron-Bethany Irrigation District, up to 10 new wells constructed in the West Stanislaus Irrigation District, and up to 21 new wells constructed in the Del Puerto Water District. The purpose of these new wells is to supplement the water districts' water supply in years when surface water allocation is constrained. Draft EA/FONSI available June 16th 2010. Comments due by June 30th 2010. FONSI signed July 13, 2010.
ARRA New Wells Project - Region 2 EA Under Title IV of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for drought relief, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes to provide funding for up to four new wells in the San Luis Water District area of the Central Valley Project (CVP) referred to as Region 2. The purpose of these wells is to supplement the water districts' water supply in years when surface water allocation is constrained. Draft EA/FONSI available on June 16th, 2010. Comments are due by June 30th 2010. FONSI signed July 13, 2010.
ARRA New Wells Project - Region 3 EA Under Title IV of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for drought relief, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes to provide funding for up to seven new wells in three water districts on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley referred to as Region 3. The Proposed Action would include up to two new wells constructed in the Tranquility Irrigation District, one new well constructed in the Fresno Slough Water District, and up to four new wells constructed in the James Irrigation District. The purpose of these new wells is to supplement the water districts' water supply in years when surface water allocation is constrained. Draft EA/FONSI available in June 16th 2010. Comments are due by June 30th 2010. FONSI signed July 13, 2010.
ARRA New Wells Project - Region 4 Under Title IV of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for drought relief, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) will provide funding for the construction of up to six new wells within the Grassland Water District referred to as Region 4. Each new well is intended to supplement the refuge and private wetlands water supply associated with the Grassland Resource Conservation District. For a copy of referenced material please contact Shelly Hatleberg. Draft EA/FONSI available on June 17th 2010. Comments are due by July 1 st 2010. FONSI signed on August 3, 2010.
ARRA-funded Water Recycling (Title 16) Projects FONSIs This site shows the FONSIs for water recycling projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These FONSIs can also be found in separate locations in the NEPA website. All of these were completed by June 2010.
Acquisition of Up to 7,363 Acre-Feet of Water from Merced Irrigation District for the East Bear Creek Unit of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (2012) Reclamation proposes to enter into a temporary water service contract with the Merced Irrigation District (MID) to provide up to a maximum of 7,363 acre-feet (AF) of water from November 2012 through September 2013, to the East Bear Creek Unit of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). FONSI signed and EA completed on October 29, 2012.
Acquisition of up to 40,000 Acre-Feet of Level 4 Refuge Water Supply from Westlands Water District (2017) Reclamation proposes to acquire up to 40,000 acre-feet of water from Westlands Water District for Incremental Level 4 (IL4) water supplies for south of the Delta refuges. FONSI signed on August 25, 2017
Agreement for the Reimbursement of Groundwater Pumping Costs For the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Between The United States and the State of California The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes entering into the ?Agreement for the Reimbursement of Groundwater Pumping Costs for the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area between the United States and the State of California? (Reimbursement Agreement) with the State of California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in order to reimbursement CDFW for costs associated with pumping groundwater as part of Level 4 supplies for the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. The term of the Reimbursement Agreement would be effective the date of execution through February 28, 2031, approximately 15 years. EA completed and FONSI signed on August 25, 2016.
Agreement for the Reimbursement of Pumping Costs between the United States and the State of California for Refuge Water Supplies at Wildlife Areas Reclamation proposes entering into the ?Agreement for the Reimbursement of Pumping Costs for Refuge Water Supplies at Department of Fish and Wildlife Region 4 Wildlife Areas between the United States and the State of California? (Reimbursement Agreement) with the State of California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). This Agreement would reimburse CDFW for costs associated with: 1) lift pumping refuge surface water supplies to CDFW Wildlife Areas (WAs); and 2) pumping sources of Incremental Level 4 water supplies developed at CDFW WAs located in the San Joaquin Valley. The Agreement?s term would be effective from the date of execution through February 28, 2029, approximately 15 years. Environmental Assessment completed. FONSI signed August 14, 2015
Amendment to the Agreement for the Acquisition of Water from Merced Irrigation District for the East Bear Creek Unit of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (2017-2018) Reclamation proposes to enter into an agreement with Merced Irrigation District (MID) to acquire Incremental Level (IL4) refuge water from MID's stored surface water supplies. The water would be delivered to to the East Bear Creek Unit of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). The Proposed Action would further the goals and objectives of the Refuge Water Supply Program by improving refuge water availability South of the Delta. FONSI signed for the updated amendment on January 26, 2018.
Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District IRWMP Groundwater Production Element Project EA Reclamation proposes to provide financial assistance to the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District (ACID or District) for the Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Program (IRWMP) revision and implementation. The ACID Groundwater Production Element Project includes the installation of two groundwater wells to supplement existing district surface water and groundwater supplies. The proposed project would improve the flexibility and reliability of the District's water supply required to meet agricultural water needs, particularly during dry and critically dry water years. In 2004, ACID's surface rights were reduced from 165,000 to 121,000 ac-ft per year as part of the renegotiation of the 40 year Settlement Contract. Furthermore, the west side of the District's system has little to no downstream control. This project would help with the flexibility and reliability required to meet agricultural water needs. Draft EA/IS available for public review on August 30, 2011. Comments due by September 28, 2011. FONSI signed November 01, 2011.
Arroyo Canal Fish Screen and Sack Dam 6 Fish Passage Project EA/IS Reclamation in cooperation with the Henry Miller Reclamation District #2131 (HMRD), proposes to replace Sack Dam and install a new fish screen structure in Arroyo Canal to accommodate fish passage in the San Joaquin River, in accordance with the Stipulation of Settlement (Settlement) in NRDC, et al., v. Kirk Rodgers, et al. Draft FONSI and EA available for public review on June 1, 2012. Comments were due July 2, 2012. FONSI signed on September 4, 2013.
Arvin-Edison Water Storage District Water-Energy Conservation & Efficiency Project The Bureau of Reclamation awarded Arvin-Edison Water Storage District a WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant to maximize the use of surface water while decreasing groundwater extractions, conserve water by improved water management, and increase energy efficiency from reduced reliance on pumped groundwater and implementation of on-farm conservation practices. EA available for public review on December 21, 2017. Comments were due on January 5, 2018. FONSI signed on January 10, 2018.
Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project EIS/EIR The purpose of this project is to restore approximately 48 miles of habitat in Battle Creek and its tributaries to facilitate the safe passage for, and the growth and recovery of, naturally-produced anadromous fish populations, including three federally-listed runs: the Central Valley spring-run chinook salmon, the Central Valley steelhead trout, and the Sacramento River winter-run chinook salmon. Alternatives consist of various combinations of dam decommissioning and removals, fish screen/fish ladder improvements and increased in-stream flows. Notice of intent published 1/12/00. Scoping meeting held 1/31/00. Draft EIS/EIR released on 7/18/03. Public hearing on 8/27/03. Draft Supplemental EIS/Revised EIR released on March 1, 2005 for a 60-day review. FWS and NOAA-Fisheries Biological Opinions received June 2005. Final EIS/EIR released July 29, 2005. Record of Decision signed January 20, 2009. PROBLEMS VIEWING OR DOWNLOADING FILES? PLEASE CONTACT LYNNETTE WIRTH AT (916)978-5102 or lwirth@mp.usbr.gov
Bella Vista Water District Advanced Metering and Water Conservation Improvements Reclamation proposes to grant $199,938 to BVWD through a WaterSMART Program grant, for its Advanced Metering and Water Conservation Improvements (project). The grant would partially fund the replacement of approximately 80 water meters on existing service connections, purchase and installation of advanced meter reading registers, smart irrigation controllers to be made available for BVWD water users, purchase of a portable flow meters, and an irrigation consultant for auditing. Once completed, the project would create approximately 275-350 acre-feet of water savings annually. The project would take place in the eastern portion of the City of Redding, California, as well as the rural communities east of Redding, Bella Vista and Palo Cedro. The FONSI was signed April 18, 2016.
Bella Vista Water District Solar Energy Project Reclamation proposes to provide Bella Vista Water District WaterSMART Water Energy and Efficiency Grant to help fund a project to install two solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation facilities near the cities of Bella Vista and Redding, California. The two PV power generation facilities would provide up to 608 kilowatts of combined energy to offset BVWD?s operating energy costs. Draft EA available for public review On October 12, 2017. Comments were due by close of business on October 26, 2017. FONSI signed on November 13, 2017.
Buena Vista Water Storage District Draft Environmental Assessment 2014 WaterSMART Grant for Section One of the Northern Area Project, California This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to examine the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts to the affected environment associated with awarding a WaterSMART grant to Buena Vista Water Storage District (BVWSD). The Buena Vista Water Storage District would use the funding to purchase and install equipment for Section One of their Northern Area Project ( AP). Section One of the NAP primarily involves the installation of approximately 10 miles of buried pipeline to move water through the district and service agricultural production. The BVWSD lies in the trough of California?s southern San Joaquin Valley, approximately 16 miles west of the City of Bakersfield. Draft EA available for public review on June 16, 2015. Comments due by July 1, 2015. FONSI signed on September 16, 2015.
Buena Vista Water Storage District Water Use and Irrigation Efficiency Project Buena Vista Water Storage District (BVWSD) applied for a WaterSMART grant when Reclamation announced Funding Opportunity Announcement No. R11AF20006 to help fund their Water Use and Irrigation Efficiency Project (Project). Building off past effective water conservation practices, the Project generally consists of site-specific improvements installing metered turnouts, automated control structures, variable frequency drives, and flow meters. The Project area includes BVWSD?s service area and the Tule Elk State Natural Reserve in Kern County, California. In order to move forward with their Project, BVWSD needs help funding construction, installation, and furnishing of equipment and related appurtenances. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to assist BVWSD in reducing seepage and evaporation losses, and improving their overall water-use efficiency through site-specific distribution system improvements. The FONSI was signed on December 12, 2012.
Butte Water District Canal Automation Project, Draft EA/FONSI Under the Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (SVIWRMP) Grants Program, Reclamation proposes to provide financial assistance to the Butte Water District (District) for the replacement of the Thresher Weir on the District's Main Canal. The purpose of this Project is take a first step toward improving irrigation service and reducing water shortages by replacing the existing undersized, manually-operated structure at Thresher Weir with an enlarged weir equipped with electrically-driven, remotely-operated gates. In addition to improving irrigation service, installation of automated gates will improve regional water supply reliability by reducing spillage from the canal and laterals and will reduce tailwater now caused by the inability to adjust lateral flows to meet scheduled shutoffs of deliveries. Draft EA/FONSI available for public review on July 14, 2011. Comments due July 28, 2011. FONSI signed and final EA completed on August 18, 2011.
California High Speed Train Project The California High-Speed Train Project is being constructed through a series of design-build contracts. In areas where the guideway crosses Reclamation's lands, the California High Speed Rail Authority has proposed to relocated and replaced existing irrigation laterals. Reclamation would issue the Authority a temporary construction easement and a permanent right of way easement on Federally-owned lands administered by Reclamation, and exchange lands with the Authority that will be impacted by the guideway. FONSI signed September 18, 2017
Carrizo Plain National Monument Land Acquisition Project Through an interagency agreement, Reclamation would provide $732,930 from the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program to the Bureau of Land Management. The funding would be used to purchase four private parcels of land inholdings, totaling 290 acres, which are inholdings surrounded by lands within the Carrizo Plain National Monument. The purchase and management of the parcels would benefit listed species populations by preventing future habitat fragmentation and maintaining habitat connectivity and enhancing species? ability to locate and disperse-to suitable habitats.
Categorical Exclusion Checklists for Calendar Year 2012 Attached are complete Categorical Exclusion Checklists (CECs) for 2012 for our Regional Office in Sacramento. 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 Calendar Year 2015 Attached are complete Categorical Exclusion Checklists (CECs) for 2015 for our Regional Office in Sacramento. 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 effect on the environment nor do they involve unresolved conflicts concerning alternative uses of available resources.
Categorical Exclusion Checklists for Calendar Year 2016 Attached are complete Categorical Exclusion Checklists (CECs) for 2016 for our Regional Office in Sacramento. 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 effect on the environment nor do they involve unresolved conflicts concerning alternative uses of available resources.
Cawelo Water District Calloway Canal Lining Project Reclamation will provide a CALFED Bay-Delta Program grant to the Cawelo Water District to line the Calloway Canal. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to decrease the current water losses through seepage in the canal between the Cross Valley Intertie and Coffee Road. The implementation of the Proposed Action would increase operational efficiency in the CWD and decrease recharge to the underlying groundwater basin that contains constituents of concern. Draft EA available for public review on December 19, 2012. Comments were due January 17, 2013. FONSI signed April 12, 2013.
Cawelo Water District Calloway Canal Lining Project Reach B Reclamation proposes to award CWD with a $500,000 CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant to assist in funding the lining of Reach B of the Calloway Canal in Bakersfield to decrease seepage and increase water supply reliability. 4,124 feet of the Calloway Canal would be lined with concrete. Reach B extends from Coffee Road in the south to 500 feet north of Hageman Road. Draft EA available for public review on January 22, 2014. Comments were due by February 4, 2014. Cawelo Water District joining the Metropolitan Bakersfield HCP for kit fox issues. FONSI signed and final EA completed on July 28, 2014.
Cawelo Water District Famoso Basin Pipeline Project Under the Proposed Action Alternative, Reclamation would grant the SF 299 federal lands encroachment permit to implement the Proposed Action to allow construction within the FKC right-of-way (ROW). Reclamation would also provide partial funding through a CALFED grant of $750,000 to CWD for construction of the Proposed Action. The Proposed Action would allow for the efficient conveyance and return of surface water between CWD and the FKC. Draft EA available for public comment. Comments are due by COB February 23, 2018.
Cawelo Water District and North Kern Water Storage District Calloway Canal Lining Project ? Reaches C1, C2, and D Under the proposed action, Reclamation would award Cawelo Water District with a $300,000 CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant to assist in funding the lining of Reach C1of the Calloway Canal and a similar CALFED grant for $1,000,000 to assist in funding of Reach C2. Reclamation would also award North Kern Water Storage District with an Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency grant for $609,500 to assist in funding the lining of Reach D. The Calloway Canal is in Bakersfield, California. Draft EA available for public review on February 20, 2015. Comments were due on March 6, 2015. FONSI signed and final EA completed on March 24, 2015.
Central California Irrigation District Orestimba Creek Groundwater Recharge Project The Proposed Project will construct a 20 acre recharge facility near Orestimba Creek that would allow the recharge of 500 acre feet per year (afy) to the local groundwater basin. Existing connections to the Delta Mendota Canal would deliver up to 500 afy of excess winter flows and recaptured stormwater flows. The banked water would be available for recovery during dry periods through the construction of an extraction well at the site. FONSI was signed June 20,2017
Central California Irrigation District Amaral Systems Improvement Project The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes to award Central California Irrigation District with a Bay-Delta Restoration Program: CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant (grant) to fund a portion of their Amaral System Improvements Project (Project), located near Newman in Stanislaus County, California. The Project would capture agricultural spill and tailwater, and pump them into a regulating reservoir where they can be reincorporated back into CCID?s irrigation system. The Project is estimated to save up to 487 acre feet per year. Comments due by October 17, 2014.
Central California Irrigation District East Ditch and Poso Canal Reservoirs Project Reclamation proposes to award Central California Irrigation District (CCID) with a grant to fund a portion of their East Ditch and Poso Canal Reservoirs Project (Project) in Fresno and Merced counties, California. The Project involves the construction of two separate regulating reservoirs complete with inlet and outlet pump stations, piped discharges, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) integrated controls. CCID needs to improve their internal water management on a total of 25 miles of affected canals by providing mid-stream regulation and storage. The Project would provide CCID with delivery flexibility to approximately 30,000 acres within their service area that would help facilitate irrigation system conversion to the more efficient buried drip and microsprinkler systems. Furthermore, the reservoirs would recapture and reuse excess irrigation flow and agricultural tailwater to reduce the spread of suspended solids, pesticides, and other constituents of concern that could ultimately flow into Salt Slough. FONSI signed and EA completed on October 6, 2014.
Central California Irrigation District Molasses Ditch Lining Project The Bureau of Reclamation has proposed awarding WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funding to the Central California Irrigation District (District). The District would use the funding to line the existing Molasses Ditch with concrete, as well as to replace culverts and existing water control structures for efficient transport. Approximately two miles of the unlined Molasses Ditch will be engineered to eliminate dead water storage, and to improve flow by reducing seepage and removing aquatic vegetation. The Project is expected to conserve approximately 476 acre feet per year through seepage elimination, and reduce the delivery time between the canal headworks and farm headgate deliveries. Once installed, the Project will reduce the District's irrigation demand from the Central Valley Project, improve operational efficiency, and help encourage growers to convert to high-efficiency irrigation systems. FONSI and Final EA
Central Dublin Recycled Water Distribution and Retrofit Project EA Reclamation proposes to provide Federal funds to the share the cost with the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) to extend recycled water distribution pipelines to serve landscape irrigation demands at several schools, parks, streetscapes and medians in Central Dublin, as well as the common area of one apartment complex. DSRSD would install approximately 4,450 feet of 12-inch pipeline, 10,468 feet of 6-inch pipeline, and 215 feet of 4-inch pipeline within existing paved streets. The proposed action would also provide plumbing retrofits to existing irrigation systems. Draft FONSI and EA available for public review in July 28, 2011. Comments were due by August 11, 2011. FONSI signed and Final EA completed on May 11, 2012.
Central Valley Project Conservation Program/Habitat Restoration Program Projects for Fiscal Year 2013 (EAs and CECs) The primary goal of the Central Valley Project Conservation Program (CVPCP) is to enhance, protect, and recover listed and special-status species and their habitats affected by the Central Valley Project. The CVPCP is highly integrated into the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Habitat Restoration Program (HRP)[b)1)(other) program]. The purpose and objectives of the HRP are generally to address other environmental impacts of the CVP, such as habitat restoration for listed species. There were two EAs and two CECs for projects funded in fiscal year 2013.
Central Valley Project Conservation Program/Habitat Restoration Program Projects for Fiscal Year 2014 (EAs and CECs) The primary goal of the Central Valley Project Conservation Program (CVPCP) is to enhance, protect, and recover listed and special-status species and their habitats affected by the Central Valley Project. The CVPCP is highly integrated into the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Habitat Restoration Program (HRP)[b)1)(other) program]. The purpose and objectives of the HRP are generally to address other environmental impacts of the CVP, such as habitat restoration for listed species. Four projects were funded in Fiscal Year 2014.(3 EAs and 1 CEC).
Central Valley Project Conservation Program/Habitat Restoration Program Projects for Fiscal Year 2015 (EAs and CECs) The primary goal of the Central Valley Project Conservation Program (CVPCP) is to enhance, protect, and recover listed and special-status species and their habitats affected by the Central Valley Project. The CVPCP is highly integrated into the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Habitat Restoration Program (HRP)[b)1)(other) program]. The purpose and objectives of the HRP are generally to address other environmental impacts of the CVP, such as habitat restoration for listed species. FONSI signed for Protection of Alkali Scrub Habitat on December 12, 2015. FONSI signed for Dos Rios Ranch Riparian Brush Rabbit Recovery Project on June 22, 2016. CEC signed for Environmental DNA Assays for Vernal Pool branchiopods and biodiversity assessment on January 28, 2016. CEC signed for Evaluation of Integrating adaptation and phenotypic plasticity into models of habitat connectivity for the Ciervo-Panache giant kangaroo rat on May 20, 2016.
Central Valley Project Conservation Program/Habitat Restoration Program Projects for Fiscal Year 2016 (EAs and CECs) The primary goal of the Central Valley Project Conservation Program (CVPCP) is to enhance, protect, and recover listed and special-status species and their habitats affected by the Central Valley Project. The CVPCP is highly integrated into the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Habitat Restoration Program (HRP)[b)1)(other) program]. The purpose and objectives of the HRP are generally to address other environmental impacts of the CVP, such as habitat restoration for listed species. Todisco Ranch EA available for public review on November 9, 2016. Comments due on November 23, 2016. FONSI signed on January 4, 2017. * * * * * * * Longhorn Fairy Shrimp Habitat EA available for review on March 8, 2017. Comments were due March 22, 2017. FONSI signed on April 11, 2017.
Central Valley Project Conservation Program/Habitat Restoration Program Projects for Fiscal Year 2018 (EAs and CECs) The primary goal of the Central Valley Project Conservation Program (CVPCP) is to enhance, protect, and recover listed and special-status species and their habitats affected by the Central Valley Project. The CVPCP is highly integrated into the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Habitat Restoration Program (HRP)[b)1)(other) program]. The purpose and objectives of the HRP are generally to address other environmental impacts of the CVP, such as habitat restoration for listed species.
Central Valley Project Conservation Program/Habitat Restoration Program Projects from FY 2011 through FY 2012 (EAs and CECs) The primary goal of the Central Valley Project Conservation Program (CVPCP) is to enhance, protect, and recover listed and special-status species and their habitats affected by the Central Valley Project. The CVPCP is highly integrated into the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Habitat Restoration Program (HRP)[b)1)(other) program]. The purpose and objectives of the HRP are generally to address other environmental impacts of the CVP, such as habitat restoration for listed species. This site is for all projects from Fiscal Years 2011 - 2012. Previous years' projects have their own sites.
Colusa Indian Community Council Compton Diversion Fish Screen Project Reclamation proposes to provide cost-share funding to Colusa Indian Community Council (CICC) through the Anadromous Fish Screen Program (AFSP) to screen CICC?s existing 22 cubic feet per second unscreened diversion on the Sacramento River with a conical fish screen that meets the National Marine Fisheries Service?s and California Department of Fish and Wildlife?s design requirements. The Project is needed to minimize diversion impacts to out-migrating anadromous fish on the Sacramento River without impairing the ability of CICC to divert water, consistent with their existing water rights. The fish screen would be placed at the existing intake off the river and would not increase CICC?s overall diversion capacity from the Sacramento River. Draft EA available for public review on August 28, 2014. Comments due September 11, 2014.
Contra Costa Resource Conservation District Recovery Actions for California Red-legged Frog and California Tiger Salamander Reclamation would provide $186,167 from the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program (HRP) to the Contra Costa Resource Conservation District to improve existing livestock ponds by rehabilitating the impoundment structures and the removal of accumulated sediment from the livestock pond. The proposed action would result in the enhancement of California red-legged frog and California tiger salamander breeding habitat. FONSI signed 10/11/2017
Contracts between the United States and Conaway Preservation Group, LLC and, the United States and the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency Reclamation proposes to execute an amendatory Sacramento River Settlement Contract between the United States and the Conaway Preservation Group, LLC and the execution of a Sacramento River Settlement Contract between the United States and the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency (CWA). The purpose of the Proposed Action is for the CWA to be able to exercise its water right under State Water Resources Control Board Permit 20281, which provides for a reliable source of high-quality surface water for the CWA. The CWA is converting its water supply from groundwater to surface water through implementation of the Davis Woodland Water Supply Project. Draft EA available for public review on July 29, 2013. Comments due by August 28, 2013. FONSI signed and final EA completed October 2, 2013.
Corning Water District Partial Reallocation of CVP Refuge Water Supply The Bureau of Reclamation and the Corning Water District (CWD) have prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA)/Initial Study (IS) for the Amendment to the Long-Term Renewal Contract between the United States and Corning Water District. The Proposed Action will provide Project Water Service from the Sacramento River Diversion, for the purpose of relinquishing a portion of Corning Water District?s Central Valley Project water supply to Reclamation to help meet its statutory obligation to provide a water supply to wildlife refuges in the Sacramento Valley. The water would be delivered to four refuges in the Sacramento Valley in Glenn, Colusa, and Sutter counties. Finding of No Significant Impact signed on September 19, 2017
Delivery and Use of Unreleased San Joaquin River Restoration Flows (Water Contract Years 2016-2025) Reclamation proposed to sell and exchange Unreleased Restoration Flows for the purpose supporting restoration actions on the San Joaquin River. This water will be sold or exchanged with willing buyers, with first priority given to Friant Long-term Contractors. The Unreleased Restoration Flows are generated when San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP) Restoration Flows cannot be released due to channel capacity constraints. Since its inception, the SJRRP has been actively addressing downstream constraints that limit Restoration Flows. The quantity of URFs generated over the next ten years is expected to decline as channel capacity constraints are improved. Draft EA/FONSI made available for public review on January 8, 2016. Comments due February 8, 2016. FONSI signed on March 16, 2016. FONSI on Conveyance of Unreleased Restoration Flow Exchange Water in Firebaugh Wasteway signed on November 21, 2016.
Delta Cross Channel Temporary Closure Multi-Year Study Reclamation is proposing to close the Delta Cross Channel (DCC) gates for up to 10 days during the first half of October over the next five years (2012 through 2016). The purpose of the proposed action is to evaluate the effects of short term modifications to DCC gate operations on reduction of Mokelumne River fall-run Chinook salmon straying. Reclamation would evaluate in-season water quality modeling to ensure compliance with water quality standards and minimization of potential impacts to water supply to determine the duration of the closure. Draft FONSI and EA available for review on August 8, 2012. Comments due August 23, 2012. FONSI signed on September 28, 2012.
Delta Diablo Proposed Title XVI Program - Recycled Water System Expansion Project Reclamation proposes to partially fund the Delta Diablo Proposed Title XVI Program - Recycled Water System Expansion Project. The Proposed Project includes both a near-term component and a long-term project for buildout of the recycled water system. Reclamation would only fund the near-term project. The near-term project would serve 15 new users and would include the following components: 6,600 linear feet (LF) of new recycled water pipeline; 0.9 million gallon storage tank; tank flow control valve, tank pad, and other tank-related appurtenances; testing and rehabilitation of 45,100 LF of two existing and parallel 8-inch pipelines; 15 new customer meters; isolation valves; and a High Purity Water Treatment Facility and other related piping. Initial Study/Draft Environmental Assessment available for public review on August 30, 2013. Comments were due October 2, 2013. FONSI signed and Revised EA prepared on February 4, 2016.
Eastside Bypass Conveyance Project Reclamation proposes to restore flow capacity to the low-flow channel within the Eastside Bypass, which will facilitate the passage of Restoration Flows and connectivity for reintroduced salmonids. The project is located in Merced County, approximately 19 miles southwest of the City of Merced, California, in the vicinity of El Nido Road and the southern extent of the Merced National Wildlife Refuge. The project includes removing accumulated sediments in the channel, excavation of a low flow channel, and removing of inoperable culverts currently impeding flows. The project is consistent with the San Joaquin River Restoration Program?s goal of restoring and maintaining fish populations in good condition from below Friant Dam to the confluence of the Merced River. EA was completed and FONSI signed on February 1, 2016. Draft EA/FONSI made available for public review from October 23 to November 23, 2015.
Eastside Bypass Improvements Project Initial Study/Draft Environmental Assessment The proposed project is part of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP). DWR proposes to design, permit, and implement the following three project elements to facilitate fish migration and increased Restoration Flow capacity in the Eastside Bypass by 2020: 1. Reinforce approximately 2 miles of levee along the Eastside Bypass to improve levee stability and reduce seepage (Reach O levee improvements). 2. Modify the existing Eastside Bypass Control Structure to improve fish passage. 3. Replace the existing culvert at the Dan McNamara Road crossing at the Eastside Bypass to improve fish passage. In addition, Reclamation proposes to design, permit, and implement the following project element to facilitate fish migration in the Eastside Bypass by 2020: 1. Improve fish passage by removing two weirs located in the Eastside Bypass that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operate to provide water to the Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and replace an existing abandoned well with a new well to provide replacement water supply for the Refuge. IS/MND posted for public review. Comments were due by COB January 9, 2018. We are extending the public review time to Friday January 19, 2018.
Environmental Assessment Central California Irrigation District CALFED Funding Grant for the Oil Station System Improvement Project 15-18-MP Reclamation would award a $418,500 CALFED Grant for the construction of the Oil Station Improvement Project (Proposed Project). The Proposed Project would replace an existing cast in place pipeline with a 36? PVC Pipeline, and construct a small buffering reservoir with a pump station to provide water delivery service to the Oil Station Service Area. The proposed project is expected to conserve 1,055 af per year through a combination of tailwater recapture and operational spill elimination. It is also expected to improve water quality in the San Joaquin River. The FONSI was signed and the Environmental Assessment completed on 11/23/2015
Exchange of Refuge Level 2 Water for Panoche Water District Groundwater - 2014 Panoche Water District is proposing to fund the costs of pumping and delivery of groundwater supplies of up to 4,000 acre-feet from four existing wells in exchange for up to 2,000 acre-feet of Refuge Level 2 water. The groundwater would be delivered to private lands within the Grassland Resources Conservation District in Merced County for refuge water supply needs in the fall of 2014 through February 28, 2015. In exchange, Panoche Water District would receive Level 2 water delivered by Reclamation to help meet current agricultural water needs. Comments due by COB on November 5, 2014.
Exchange of Refuge Level 2 Water for Panoche Water District Groundwater - 2015 Panoche Water District is proposing to fund the costs of pumping and delivery of groundwater supplies of up to 4,000 acre-feet from four existing wells in exchange for up to 2,000 acre-feet of Refuge Level 2 water. The groundwater would be delivered to private lands within the Grassland Resources Conservation District in Merced County for refuge water supply needs in the fall of 2014 through February 28, 2015. In exchange, Panoche Water District would receive Level 2 water delivered by Reclamation to help meet current agricultural water needs. Draft EA anticipated to be available for public review in July 2015.
Execution of Warren Act Contracts for Storage and Conveyance of Non-CVP Water from Placer County Water Agency to Westlands Water District Reclamation proposes to enter into a one-year Warren Act contract, for storage and conveyance of up to 20,000 AF of non-Central Valley Project water from Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) to Westlands Water District (WWD) to be stored and conveyed through Federal and State facilities. The Proposed Action would help alleviate water supply shortages within WWD, which have been exacerbated by dry conditions and low water allocations. Draft EA and FONSI was available for public review on May 13, 2013. Comments were due May 27, 2013. FONSI signed on May 30, 2013.
Feather Water District North and South Diversions Fish Screen Project Reclamation proposes to provide cost-share funding to SSWD through the Anadromous Fish Screen Program to screen SSWD?s existing 80 cubic feet per second unscreened diversion at Pleasant Grove Canal along Auburn Ravine with two conical fish screens that meet design requirements of the National Marine Fisheries Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Project is needed to minimize diversion impacts to out-migrating anadromous fish on Auburn Ravine without impairing the ability of SSWD to divert water, consistent with their existing water rights. The fish screens would be placed at the Canal?s existing intake at Auburn Ravine and would not increase SSWD?s overall diversion capacity from Auburn Ravine. Comments due April 30, 2014.
Firebaugh Canal Water District (FCWD) 1st Canal WaterSMART Grant Project EA Reclamation would provide grant funding for the concrete lining of 2.6 miles of canal to reduce seepage for the Firebaugh Canal Water District (FCWD). In addition, FCWD would upgrade the pump station at the headworks of this canal to incoperate into the district's current supervisory control and data acquisition system to improve water management. FONSI signed and EA completed on September 29, 2011.
Firebaugh Canal Water District 1st Lift Canal Lining Project - Phase II and Check 2 Modernization Project Reclamation is providing grant funding to Firebaugh Canal Water District (FCWD) through the Bay-Delta Restoration Program (BDRP): CalFed Water Use Efficiency Grant for the concrete lining of approximately two miles of their 1st Lift Canal to reduce seepage. The lining would begin at Shaw Avenue crossing and continue to the Delta-Mendota Canal. In addition, Reclamation is providing grant funding to FCWD through the BDRP: Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grant to demolish an antiquated timber weir and construct an automated reinforced concrete check structure integrated into the District?s current SCADA system to improve water management. The Proposed Action is located south of the community of Firebaugh, with the District encompassing approximately 22,000 acres of irrigated cropland in the Westside of the San Joaquin Valley. FONSI signed and EA completed on October 31, 2013
Firebaugh Canal Water District 1st Lift Canal Lining Project Phase 3 - Shaw Avenue to Check 1 at Highway 33 The 1st Lift Canal Lining Project Phase 3 ? Shaw Avenue to Check 1 at Highway 33 entails Reclamation providing grant funding through the CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant Program to concrete-line approximately 1.5 miles of the 1st Lift Canal and replace control structures to reduce seepage and improve water management. The project is located south of the community of Firebaugh, within the Firebaugh Canal Water District. Draft EA was made available for public review from November 10, 2015 through November 24, 2015. The EA was completed and FONSI was signed on December 3, 2015.
Firebaugh Canal Water District 2nd Canal Lining Project Reclamation is providing a Bay-Delta Restoration Program: Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grant to the Firebaugh Canal Water District (FCWD) for the concrete lining of 2.2 miles of their 2nd Lift Canal to reduce seepage. In addition, FCWD will demolish an existing booster pump and install a new check structure to incorporate into the District?s current SCADA system to improve water management. The Proposed Action is located west of the community of Firebaugh, which encompasses approximately 22,000 acres on the Westside of the San Joaquin Valley in Fresno, California. The 2nd Lift Canal lining would begin at Douglas Avenue and continue to the 2nd Lift Canal booster pump. The FONSI was signed September 20, 2012.
Firebaugh Canal Water District 2nd Lift Canal Modernization and Lining Project Phase 4 - Washoe to Douglas Avenue The 2nd Lift Canal Modernization and Lining Project Phase 4 ? Washoe to Douglas Avenue entails Reclamation providing grant funding through the Reclamation ? Natural Resources Conservation Service Bay-Delta Restoration Program: Water Conservation Efficiency Grant to concrete-line approximately two miles of the 2nd Lift Canal to reduce seepage and update control structures. The project is located south of the community of Firebaugh, within the Firebaugh Canal Water District, with the lining beginning at the Washoe Avenue crossing and continuing to the Douglas Avenue crossing. Comment period for draft EA was December 22, 2014 to January 5, 2015. FONSI signed and EA completed on January 13, 2015.
Fresno Irrigation District?s Installation of a Temporary Pumping Facility for the introduction of Kings River Water into the Friant-Kern Canal at the Gould Canal for Transfer and/or Exchange Reclamation proposes to do the following: (1) enter into an exchange agreement with Fresno Irrigation Distric for the return of previously banked Unreleased Restoration Flows, (2) enter into Warren Act contracts and/or exchange agreements for the introduction and conveyance of the District?s available water supply into and through Friant Division facilities, and (3) issue a land use authorization to the District for the installation, operation, and maintenance of temporary pumping facilities within its right-of-way at or near the Gould Canal. Draft FONSI and EA available for review on March 11, 2014. Comments due March 19, 2014. FONSI signed on March 21, 2014.
Friant-Kern Canal Capacity Restoration Draft EA/FONSI Bureau of Reclamation proposes to restore the capacity of the Friant-Kern Canal (FKC) from the current operating capacity of 4,680 cfs to the previously designed and constructed capacity of 5,000 cfs over 59 miles of canal length, from mile post (MP) 29.14 to MP 88.22, which includes modifications to the Little Dry Creek Wasteway at MP 5.44. Proposed modifications to the FKC would include constructing raised sections of new lining attached to and above the existing concrete and earth lining; raising existing banks; modifying check structures and inlet/outlet structures; removing three timber farm bridges, possibly replacing one timber farm bridge with a concrete farm bridge, and possibly modifying up to 37 other bridges crossing the canal, for a total of 40 bridge modifications or removals; and modifying the Little Dry Creek Wasteway Facility at MP 5.44. Construction activities on the FKC would be contained between the outside slope toes of the canal's existing embankments, except for roadway travel and mobilization. Draft EA/FONSI available for public review June 3, 2011. Comments were due on July 5, 2011. Waiting to complete cultural resources and endangered species compliance.
Garden Highway Mutual Water Company 2015 System Modernization and Real Time Monitoring and Control Reclamation proposes to provide CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant funds to the Garden Highway Mutual Water Company to modernize the SAG Weir, integrate a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system, and use real-time flow measurement, monitoring, and control of system flows. The proposed project would conserve water by reducing operational spillage and tailwater through a combination of infrastructure improvements and implementation of real?time flow monitoring and diversion control. EA available for public review on June 9, 2016. Comments due by June 23, 2016. FONSI signed on June 24, 2016.
Genetic Investigation of Listed Vernal Pool Plants and their Communities, Merced County Reclamation?s proposed grant of $389,831 to University of California, Merced (UC Merced) through the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program, and the Central Valley Project Conservation Program. Staff from UC Merced will conduct field surveys and develop methods for identifying vernal pool plants from environmental DNA in soil samples. The data collected would be used to improve vernal pool plant species richness estimates, develop genetic markers for the observed vernal pool plant species, and understand the population genetics of those species. Surveys would be conducted within the UC Merced Vernal Pool and Grassland Reserve. FONSI signed June 16, 2017
Golden Gate Salmon Association Project B.11 ? Sacramento River Stranding Reclamation wants to stabilize releases from Keswick Dam during October to reduce salmon spawning and juvenile rearing/holding in areas subject to dewatering in November and December. As an experimental effort, Reclamation proposes to operate Shasta and Keswick Dams to provide lower flows in October and higher flows in November and/or December than would otherwise occur. To facilitate these flow changes, and over the span of three years, Reclamation proposes to enter into one-year agreements as necessary with GCID and RD108, with the potential for additional Settlement Contractors to participate in subsequent years of this pilot Project. EA available for review on September 20, 2013. Comments are due September 27, 2013.
Grassland Incremental Level 4 Groundwater Acquisition Pilot Project - Water Years 2008-2010 Environmental Assessment Under the proposed action, Reclamation would purchase up to approximately 10,000 acre-feet of water per year (through February 28, 2011) from the Grassland Water District to meet refuge water needs. All water will be provided from existing wells, previously used from irrigation by local landowners. Water would be conveyed using existing infrastructure. No new water conveyance construction would occur. Draft EA and FONSI available for public review on July 9, 2008. FONSI signed/final EA prepared on August 15, 2008.
Grassland Incremental Level 4 Groundwater Acquisition Pilot Project - Water Years 2012-2013 Environmental Assessment Under the proposed action, Reclamation would purchase up to approximately 10,000 acre-feet of water per year (through February 28, 2014) from the Grassland Water District to meet refuge water needs. All water will be provided from existing wells, previously used from irrigation by local landowners. Water would be conveyed using existing infrastructure. No new water conveyance construction would occur. Supplemental FONSI signed on June 19, 2012.
Grassland Water District Incremental Level 4 Groundwater Acquisition Project In lieu of the availability of other water supplies for wildlife areas this fall, the Bureau of Reclamation proposes to acquire water from four existing groundwater production wells within the GRCD in Merced County, California, which can produce up to 3,450 acre-feet of groundwater in the current water year. The project will develop a groundwater supply in the North Grasslands wildlife area that can be used to supplement refuge water supplies for critical fall and winter brooding habitat and spring nesting habitat. Comments due September 17, 2014. FONSI signed and final EA completed on September 18, 2014.
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area 2014-15 Agreement for the Reimbursement of Deep Well Pumping Costs*********** Gray Lodge Wildlife Area 2012-2014 Agreement for the Reimbursement of Deep Well Pumping Costs on the between the United States and the State of California ***************************** Gray Lodge Wildlife Area 2009 Agreement for the Reimbursement of Deep Well Pumping Costs on the between the United States and the State of California EA Reclamation will amend the performance period for reimbursement of pumping costs at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area until February 28, 2015. ******************************************************************* Reclamation proposes to amend the performance period for reimbursement of pumping costs at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area until February 28, 2014. *************************************** The proposed action by the United States Bureau of Reclamation is to amend the performance period for the existing reimbursement agreement executed on December 20, 2004 (Reimbursement Agreement 2004). This DEA examines the effects of an amendment to Article 1(b) in Reimbursement Agreement 2004, which would allow a term extension of thirty-six months beginning March 1, 2009 through February 28, 2012. This thirty-six month extension is necessary for Reclamation to continue meeting its obligation of supplying full Level 2 water to the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. An EA was prepared and FONSI signed on April 8, 2014 for the 9th Amendment of the Gray Lodge Agreement, 2014-2015
Henry Miller Reclamation District No. 2131 Island Canal System Modernization Project Reclamation is providing grant funding to Henry Miller Reclamation District No. 2131 (HMRD) through the WaterSMART Program: Water and Energy Efficiency grant to construct a pump bay control building and retrofit 15 existing manual check structures into four modern automatic flow control structures and 11 long crested weirs. At each flow control structure site an enclosed Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system would be installed for remote monitoring and flow control. In addition to the new structures, the height of 1,100 linear feet, per bank, of the concrete canal liner on Island ?C? Canal would be extended by five inches. The project is located east of the community of Los Banos, within the San Luis Canal Co./Henry Miller Reclamation District No. 2131. The modernization project would allow HMRD to reduce unwanted canal spill, improve water management and service to water users, and reduce dependence on the Delta and groundwater. FONSI signed and EA completed on January 14, 2014.
Interim San Joaquin Salmon Conservation and Research Facility Operations and Maintenance Funding Reclamation proposes to fund operations and maintenance of the Interim San Joaquin Salmon Conservation and Research Facility to be constructed and operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The Interim Facility is a pilot-scale hatchery facility adjacent to the San Joaquin River Fish Hatchery, about one mile downstream of Friant Dam, in Fresno County. Operations and maintenance of the Interim Facility will include development and maintenance of a genetically diverse brood stock of spring-run Chinook salmon, and potentially fall run Chinook salmon. CDFW will also operate the Interim Facility to conduct and support research on conserving Chinook salmon species in the San Joaquin River Restoration Program Restoration Area. Draft FONSI and EA were available for public review on July 1, 2013. Written comments were due on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. FONSI signed and final EA completed on September 25, 2013.
Ivanhoe Irrigation District Control System Project ? 68 Main WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Reclamation proposes to award Ivanhoe Irrigation District with a $300,000 WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant to assist in providing grant funds to support the acquisition and installation of providing funding for the installation of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) equipment, the construction of a new water control structure and above ground low-flow bypasses, and the replacement of an intertie receiving structure, all in Tulare, California. Draft EA available for review on April 20, 2015. Comments were due on May 4, 2015. FONSI signed on June 1, 2015.
Ivanhoe Irrigation District WaterSMART Grant Reclamation proposes to provide WaterSMART program grant funds to the Ivanhoe Irrigation District (District) for the implementation of the Control System Project ? 69 Main. Under the WaterSMART program, Reclamation provides cost-shared funding on a competitive basis for on-the-ground water conservation and energy efficiency projects. Reclamation would further the goals and objectives of the WaterSMART program as they apply to water management operations in the District by providing funding for the installation of SCADA equipment, the construction of a new water control structure and above ground low-flow bypasses, the installation of three new pumps and associated electrical wiring, the construction of air vents and the removal of an existing baffle structure. The FONSI was signed on November 29, 2012.
Joint Operations Center Relocation Project EIS/EIR The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the California Department of Water Resources propose to relocate their Joint Operations Center (JOC). Three locations are being considered: a Reclamation-owned property near Nimbus Fish Hatchery, a commercial site on Kilgore Road near Sunrise Boulevard, and a commercial site on the former Mather Air Force Base. The JOC coordinates water supply and flood management operations. The proposed relocation would improve communications and coordination during emergencies such as floods and droughts, accommodating approximately 600 employees. The new facility would house control centers for the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project, a flood operations center, backup power supplies, primary and backup communication systems, intense computer infrastructure, physical and cyber security systems and would meet state essential service criteria for an emergency operations center. NOI published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2011. Scoping meetings occurred on February 3, 2011. Scoping comments originally due by February 17, 2011, but extended to March 3, 2011. Meetings with homeowner associations occurred in April 2011. Scoping report was completed. The Draft EIS/EIR was available for public review on September 8, 2011. Comments were due by November 7, 2011. Meetings to receive comments on the Draft EIS/EIR occurred on September 22, 2011. Reclamation and DWR have been exploring and investigating additional alternatives to be considered for the Joint Operations Center project. These investigation efforts have delayed the publication of the final EIS/EIR.
Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District Packwood Creek Control Structures and Oakes Basin Improvements Project Reclamation proposes to provide grant funds Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District to support the habitat restoration of Oakes Basin, the construction of four new check structures, and retrofitting one existing check structure within Packwood Creek. The Proposed Action/Project would provide a reliable source of groundwater recharge and would provide an opportunity for increasing flood protection. The Proposed Action/Project would recharge approximately 1,465 AF/year, and improve the management of the 29,360 AF/year of water that the District oversees. Draft EA available for review on March 17, 2014. Comments were due April 18, 2014. FONSI signed and final EA completed on August 8, 2014.
Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District Paregien Basin Project Reclamation proposes to provide WaterSMART program grant funds to the Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District to support the construction of two groundwater recharge/stormwater control basins, one of 19.6 acres and one of 3.4 acres, that will be used to provide a reliable source of groundwater recharge and will provide flood protection for the nearby City of Farmersville and the Linnell Farm Labor Center. Draft IS/EA and draft FONSI was available for public review on July 10, 2013. Comments were due by August 8, 2013. FONSI signed on August 20, 2013.
Kern County Water Agency Improvement District No. 4 Cross Valley Canal Extension Pool No. 8 Lining Project Reclamation proposes to provide federal funding thought a WaterSMART Grant to ID4 to install a fiber-reinforced concrete lining to a one mile section of the CVC Extension Pool No. 8. The Proposed Action would line the canal with concrete to reduce seepage losses and thereby retain more water volume delivered in the canal. By converting seepage loss to additional water supply, the Proposed Action will also reduce the need to operate groundwater extraction wells in dry years, thus, conserving energy.
Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Annual Acquisition and Conveyance of up to 20,000 Acre-Feet of Water to Meet FWS Level 4 Water Supply Needs. The proposed action is for Reclamation to enter into annual agreements with Kern-Tulare Water District (KTWD) to acquire up to 20,000 acre-feet, annually, to meet Level 4 water supply needs for Kern NWR. Reclamation may annually purchase water acquired by KTWD through transfer from Friant Division CVP Contractors. Draft EA/FONSI for water years 2007-2011 was available for review on August 1, 2007. Comments were due by August 20, 2007. FONSI signed and Final EA completed September 7, 2007.
Knights Landing Outfall Gates Fish Passage Barrier Project The Bureau of Reclamation, a Cooperating Agency with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), proposes to provide federal funding under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act to Reclamation District (RD) 108 to construct new concrete wing walls, install a metal picket weir, install rock slope protection, and remove vegetation for construction access for this fish protection project along the Sacramento River in Yolo County, Calif. The Proposed Action, a cooperative effort among Reclamation, USACE, California Department of Water Resources, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and RD 108, involves the installation of a barrier at the existing structure to prevent salmon from entering the Colusa Basin Drain during upstream migration. FONSI signed 8/31/20015
Loma Rica Hydroelectric Generating Facility Reclamation proposes to provide a WaterSMART Water Energy and Efficiency Grant grant to Nevada Irrigation District (NID)to construct and operate a hydroelectric generation station near the Loma Rica Water Treatment Plant and an energy dissipation structure at the terminus of the Banner-Cascade pipeline (BCP). The Proposed Action would allow NID to maximize hydropower potential from their BCP to help reduce electrical costs within the system and to provide a potential source of income to NID. The Proposed Action is located within west-central Nevada County, California just east of Nevada City and Grass Valley. Draft EA available for public review on August 31, 2017. Comments were due by September 15, 2017. FONSI signed on October 25, 2017.
Long-Term Environmental Water Account EIS/EIR The Environmental Water Account (EWA) was established in the CALFED Programmatic EIS/EIR. The purpose of the Long-term EWA program is to acquire and use water assets through banking, borrowing, transferring, and arranging conveyance for protection, restoration, and recovery of at-risk native Delta-dependent fish. Assets would be used to augment stream flows and Delta outflows; modify water exports during critical stages of fish life cycles; and replace water supply that may be interrupted by changes to water supply operations. Several new tools are being analyzed including land retirement, purchase of water rights from willing sellers, conjunctive use, new surface storage, conservation, reclamation, and desalination. The purpose of the EIS/EIR is to analyze the effects of alternative asset acquisition and use actions from implementing the Long-term EWA program through 2030. Notice of Intent published February 22, 2005. Scoping meetings held March 2005.***** Managers from the five EWA implementing agencies (CA DWR, Reclamation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, CA Department of Fish and Game, and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service) determined that completion of the Long-Term EWA Draft EIS/EIR would be postponed until completion of the Federal Endangered Species Act re-consultation on the Operations Criteria and Plan for Central Valley Project and State Water Project, ongoing investigations into the apparent Delta pelagic organism decline (POD), and ongoing planning for a proposed Bay-Delta Conservation Plan. The EWA implementing agencies had proposed to extend the existing Stage-1 EWA program until these uncertainties are resolved. Project is now inactive.
Long-Term Water Transfers Reclamation will implement a long-term water transfer program to facilitate voluntary water transfers from willing sellers upstream of the Delta to water users south of the Delta and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Water transfers would occur through various methods such as groundwater substitution, cropland idling, reservoir release, and conservation, and would include individual and multiyear transfers from 2015 through 2024. Draft EIS/EIR available for public review on September 30, 2014. Public hearings held on October 15, 16, and 21 (See Notice of Availability below for details). Comments were due December 1, 2014. Final EIS EIR available on March 20, 2015. Notice of Determination for CEQA signed on April 9, 2015. Record of Decision signed on May 1, 2015.
Long-term Recapture and Recirculation of San Joaquin River Restoration Program Flows Reclamation proposes to develop and implement a long-term plan for recirculation, recapture, reuse, exchange or transfer of restoration flows for the purpose of reducing or avoiding impacts to water deliveries to all of the participating Friant Division long-term contractors, pursuant to the Stipulation of Settlement in NRDC, et al. v. Kirk Rodgers, et al. and the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act (SJRRS), Title X of Public Law 111-11. Notice of Intent and Notice of Scoping Meetings published July 28, 2015. Four scoping meetings to be held August 10-13, 2015.
Los Carneros Water District Recycled Water Pipeline Project The Los Carneros Water District Recycled Water Pipeline Project involves Reclamation providing two Agricultural Water Conservation Efficiency grants ($1.730 million) through the CALFED/NRCS collaboration to improve water conservation and efficiency to the Los Carneros Water District. This grant money will partially fund construction of a Recycled Water Pipeline to distribute recycled water from the Napa Sanitation Department wastewater facilities to approximately 4,050 acres of residential and agricultural land. This project will make approximately 1,465 acre-feet of recycled water available for irrigation each year. FONSI signed and EA completed on July 20, 2015.
Los Vaqueros Expansion Project EIS/EIR The objectives of the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project are to develop water supplies for environmental water management, increase water supply reliability for water providers within the San Francisco Bay Area, and improve the quality of water deliveries to municipal and industrial customers in the San Francisco Bay Area. The CALFED Record of Decision includes the expansion of Los Vaqueros Reservoir as one of five water storage projects identified for further investigation as part of the CALFED Storage Program. Draft Supplement to the Final EIS/EIR available for public review on July 3, 2017. Comments due by close of business September 1, 2017. Public hearings scheduled for Sacramento on July 11, San Jose on July 12, Concord on July 18, Oakland on July 20, Brentwood on July 25, and Los Banos on July 27. (See press release for details)
Lower American River Anadromous Fish Habitat Restoration Project Reclamation completed an EA and signed a FONSI in 2008 to complete work in the lower American River for improving spawning and rearing habitat. In 2010 a Supplemental FONSI and EA was signed to evaluate change in gravel sources and use of roads. The 2011 Supplemental FONSI and EA evaluated the addition of woody material into some or all of the main channel sites identified in the 2008 EA. In 2014 a supplemental EA and FONSI is an informational update of the proposed Program activities for the Nimbus Basin project site that were not completed within the 2008 EA timeframe. Reclamation will continue to improve spawning and rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead in the lower American River in 2016 and beyond. Finding of No Significant Impact signed - Lower American River Anadromous Fish Habitat Restoration Program.
Madera Irrigation District Lateral 24.2-17.0 Pipeline and Canal Automation Projects Water and Energy Efficiency Grants Reclamation proposes to provide MID with WEEG funds for part of its Lateral 24.2-17.0 Pipeline Improvement Project (pipeline project) and the Irrigation Water Conservation and Canal Automation Improvement Project (automation project). The proposed projects would conserve between 3,199 and 4,639 acre feet per year of water by reducing losses from seepage and through real-time water management. Finding of No Significant Impact signed and Final Environmental Assessment released.
Madera Irrigation District Water Conservation, Telemetry Upgrade & Improvement Project Reclamation is providing grant funding through the WaterSMART Program: Water and Energy Efficiency grant to retrofit or replace 17 manual check structures and control gates within Madera Irrigation District?s extensive canal system with automated flume gates and flow meters. Madera Irrigation District also proposes to integrate remote sensing capability with additional solar panel powered Supervisory Control and Data Acquisitions system connections to these and three additional sites. The grant funds would also go toward the SCADA master station setup at Madera Irrigation District?s main office. The project would reduce water losses in Madera Irrigation District?s distribution system and improve its water management and overall water-use efficiency. FONSI signed and EA completed on March 17, 2014.
McCoy Lateral Rehabilitation and Atwater Drain Bypass Project The district proposes to retrofit two facilities, the McCoy Lateral and the Atwater Drain Bypass. The project involves replacing dilapidated lining along a portion of the McCoy Lateral along with construction of the Atwater Drain Bypass which will redirect flows to Black Rascal Creek for beneficial reuse. Combined, the total estimated water conservation is estimated to be 2,561 acre-feet-per year. Signed FONSI and Final EA posted.
Mendota Dam Sluice Gates Replacement Project Central California Irrigation District (CCID) would replace all 6 of the existing Calco rectangular cast iron gates on the dam with heavy duty Waterman Gates. Replacing the gates would eliminate the need to refurbish the gates every other year.The old gates tend to stick, come off the guides or otherwise malfunction. New gates would improve reliability and allow CCID to be able to work more quickly in response to San Joaquin River Restoration Program Interim and Restoration flow deliveries through the dam. Draft FONSI and EA available for review on December 14, 2011. Comments due December 28, 2011. FONSI signed and final EA available on December 30, 2011.
Mendota Pool Bypass and Reach 2B Improvements Project The Proposed Action is a component of the San Joaquin River Settlement (October 2006) and is located in Madera and Fresno Counties. The Proposed Action includes the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Mendota Pool Bypass and improvements including the operation and maintenance of the San Joaquin River channel to allow Reach 2B to convey at least 4,500 cubic feet per second. Record of Decision signed on October 28, 2016.
Merced Irrigation District Arena Canal and Howard Lateral Water Conservation Project Reclamation is providing a CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant to the Merced Irrigation District (MID) for the proposed construction activities along the Arena Canal and Howard Lateral. The proposed project includes piping a combined total of over 3,900 feet of both laterals and concrete lining another 10,700 feet of the Arena Canal and Howard Lateral. Removal of a small section of the Arena Canal is also anticipated as part of this project. All construction access and staging activities will be limited to existing roadways and pullouts. FONSI signed on October 16, 2012.
Merced Irrigation District WaterSMART Drought Resiliency Grant The Merced Irrigation District is seeking a WaterSMART grant from Reclamation to provide funding for the development of a real time simulation water management model. The model will use real time Merced River data to analyze and predict drought conditions. Two data collection stations will be installed, along with instream stage gages, along the banks of the Merced River at the Highway 59 bridge and the private Gallo Road bridge. The model is intended to help address climate-related effects to water conditions, enhance drought resiliency, and provide drought protection. Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) released.
Meridian Farms Water Company IRWMP Groundwater Production Element Project EA Under the Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Program (SVIWRMP) Grants Program, Reclamation provides financial assistance to support activities that promote the preparation and revision of written regional water management/conservation plans, implement activities identified in written water management plans, demonstrate new or previously unknown water management technologies and practices, and promote improved understanding of good water use practices and principles. Reclamation is providing financial assistance to the Meridian Farms Water Company (MFWC) for SVIRWMP revision and implementation. The MFWC Groundwater Production Element Project includes the installation of one groundwater well to supplement existing district surface water and groundwater supplies. The proposed project would improve the flexibility and reliability of MFWC's water supply, particularly during dry and critically dry water years. Draft FONSI and EA available for public review on September 16, 2011. Comments due by October 14, 2011. FONSI signed and Final EA completed on January 10, 2012.
Meridian Farms Water Company Phase 2 Fish Screen Project Reclamation proposes to provide cost-share funding to Meridian Farms Water Company (MFWC) through its Anadromous Fish Screen Program for replacing their existing unscreened intake structure on the Sacramento River with a new screened intake structure facility that meets the California Department of Fish and Game and National Marine Fisheries Service anadromous fish screen criteria. MFWC is proposing to remove their existing Meridian Diversion/Pumping Plant along the Sacramento River in the vicinity of the Town of Meridian, Sutter County California and replace it with a new diversion/pumping plant equipped with retractable cylindrical fish screens to preventing entrainment of migrating, at-risk, native fish species. The project would also include improvement of the Main Canal to increase flow capacity to the Drexler Service area, extension of the Drexler Pipeline, and construction of a new Drexler re-lift pump station on the Main Canal east of the Sacramento River. The existing Drexler Diversion/Pumping Plant located south of the Meridian Diversion on the Sacramento River would be removed. The Proposed Project/Action would not increase MFWC?s overall diversion capacity from the Sacramento River. The Draft EA/IS and FONSI was available for public review during a 30-day comment period from August 8, 2012 through September 7, 2012. FONSI signed on September 29, 2015.
Middle Rosewood Creek Restoration Implementation Area A, Environmental Assessment The purpose of the project is to restore Stream Environmental Zone conditions in Middle Rosewood Creek - Area A, a branch of Third Creek, located in the Lake Tahoe Basin within Incline Village, Washoe County, Nevada. The project would implement channel and riparian corridor measures that would limit future channel bed and bank erosion, improve channel conditions, enhance floodplain connectivity, and reduce sediment loads to Lake Tahoe. The Nevada Tahoe Conservation District is managing the project, and Reclamation is providing grant funds to the district for project engineering, design and environmental compliance. Draft environmental assessment available for review on August 12, 2010. Comments due August 26, 2010. FONSI signed October 26, 2010.
Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy, Central Valley Project Reclamation proposes to implement a Municipal and Industrial (M&I) Water Shortage Policy for the Central Valley Project (CVP). The purposes of the policy are to: (1) define water shortage terms and conditions applicable to all CVP water service contractors, as appropriate; (2) establish CVP water supply levels that, together with the M&I contractors' drought water conservation measures and other non-CVP water supplies, would assist the M&I contractors in their efforts to protect public health and safety during severe or continuing drought; and (3) provide information to CVP contractors for use in water supply planning and development of drought contingency plans. Record of Decision signed November 13, 2015.
Natomas Mutual Water Company & Anadromous Fish Screen Program Pritchard Lake Pumping Plant Fish Screen Project The Proposed Action will screen Natomas Mutual Water Company's (NMWC?s) existing 150 cubic feet per second (cfs) unscreened diversion with a fish screen that meets current National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) fish screen design criteria. The Proposed Action is needed to minimize diversion impacts to out-migrating anadromous fish on the Sacramento River without impairing the ability of NMWC to divert water consistent with their existing water rights. Draft EA available for review on January 31, 2014. Comments are due by February 14, 2014.
New Melones Lake Area Storage Facility Reclamation proposes to construct a new storage facility at the New Melones Lake area to provide secure storage space for various equipment and property. This new building will be built on an existing asphalt parking lot near the maintenance facility, administration building, and visitor's center in Tuolumne County, California. The FONSI was signed on June 21, 2013.
North Bay Water Recycling Program (formerly North San Pablo Bay Restoration and Reuse Project) EIR/EIS The Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) has worked with Congressman Thompson to introduce H.R. 1326, which provides authority to plan, design, and construct water reuse projects in the North San Pablo Bay watershed. The NBWRA, comprised of multiple wastewater utilities and one water agency in the North San Pablo Bay region of California (i.e., Marin, Sonoma, Napa, and Solano Counties), plans to expand the use of recycled water in order to improve water supply reliability and reduce treated effluent discharge into San Pablo Bay with this long-term, multi-agency program. The Program area encompasses approximately 318 square miles of land in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties. The Preferred Alternative would be implemented in multiple phases. Reclamtion's Record of Decision covers activities collectively referred to in the EIR/EIS as Phase 1. Phase 1 will provide 2,883 AYF of recycled water for irrigation use. Reclamation is the federal lead agency for NEPA because the Proposed Action may be partially federally funded under Title XVI of Public Law 102-575, as amended, which provides a mechanism for federal participation and cost sharing in approved water reuse projects. Other federal funds would also be used. Notice of Intent to prepare an EIR/EIS published on July 28, 2008. Scoping meetings occurred on August 4, 2008 in Napa, August 5, 2008 in Novato and August 6, 2008 in Sonoma, CA. Draft EIR/EIS available for review on May 12, 2009. Comments were due on July 13, 2009. Sonoma County Water Agency's CEQA notice of availability for Final EIR/EIS published November 2009. The Final EIS was available on June 7, 2010. Reclamation signed the Record of Decision on January 28, 2011.
North Bay Water Recycling Program - Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District Recycled Water Project Supplemental EA/Addendum The Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District proposes to slightly revise its portion of Phase 1, the Sonoma Valley Recycled Water Project, to avoid potential cultural resources along the previously approved pipeline route, which includes recycled water transmission and distribution facilities. This is one of the projects in the North Bay Water Recycling Program. Reclamation would provide Federal funds to share in the cost of the project as authorized by the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act of 1992 (Title XVI of Public Law 102-575). EA completed and FONSI signed on December 20, 2011.
North Bay Water Recycling Program Phase 2 Reclamation proposes to provide funding assistance for North Bay Water Recycling Program ? Phase 2 (NBWRP Phase 2)under Title XVI of Public Law 102-575. The purpose of NBWRP Phase 2 is to provide recycled water for agricultural, urban, and environmental uses and to expand the recycled water system throughout the North San Pablo Bay region to address common needs related to reliable water supplies and enhanced environmental restoration. NBWRP Phase 2 would consist of distribution facilities, treatment capacity improvements, and storage (seasonal and operational) to make between 4,885 and 6,819 acre-feet per year (AFY) of recycled water available for environmental, agricultural, and municipal reuse.
North Grasslands Water Conservation/Water Quality Control and Level 2 Refuge Water Exchange Project Reclamation proposes to enter into an agreement with San Luis Water District (SLWD) and Grassland Water District to exchange Refuge L2 water for water made available via the NGWCWQC Project. The Proposed Action would further the goals and objectives of the RWSP by improving refuge water availability South of the Delta. Another benefit of the Proposed Action is that it would enable delivery of water to SLWD for agricultural use.The NGWCWQC Project's Recovered Water (up to 16,500 acre-feet annually) would be utilized by the RWSP for south-of-Delta L4 refuge water purposes for the Grassland Resources Conservation District. The SLWD intends to provide capital funds to construct the NGWCWQC Project in exchange for refuge L2 water. In exchange for the Recaptured Water delivered to the GRCD, Reclamation would deliver to SLWD, within its Contractor?s Service Area, Refuge L2 Water based on the Project Yield developed during the current Water Year until Project construction and O&M Costs paid by SLWD have been repaid. Exchanged L2 Water will be provided to SLWD after Reclamation receives verified meter readings from GWD confirming the previous month or month(s) Project Yield. The Parties signatory to the exchange agreement may mutually agree in writing to adjust the volume of Exchanged L2 Water on a monthly or seasonal basis, provided that the Exchanged L2 Water shall not exceed 50% of the Recaptured Water produced and delivered by the Project over a 24-month period. The 15-year exchange period is anticipated to start Water Year 2019 and proceed through Water Year 2034, but capital repayment is expected to be completed within five years after NGWCWQC Project start-up. EA completed and FONSI signed on April 24, 2017.
North Kern Water Storage District Calloway Canal Lining and Water Delivery Improvements The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency (AWCE) grants to the North Kern Water Storage District (District) to assist with funding concrete lining of 1.1 miles of the Callaway Canal and installing water delivery improvement equipment at 112 District-owned groundwater and monitoring wells and water level sensing equipment at 14 remote terminal unit locations within the District. Draft EA available for public review on October 27, 2017. Comments were due close of business November 10, 2017. FONSI signed on December 5, 2017.
One-Year Recapture of San Joaquin River Restoration Flows at Patterson Irrigation District and/or Banta-Carbona Irrigation District Reclamation is proposing an action to recapture San Joaquin River Restoration Flows (Restoration Flows) at Patterson Irrigation District (PID) and/or Banta-Carbona Irrigation District (BCID) for the purpose of contributing to meeting the Water Management Goal for Water Contract Year 2016. Under the proposed action, Reclamation would enter into a one-year agreement with PID for recapture of up to 28,979 AF of Restoration Flows and/or a one year agreement with BCID for the recapture of up to 47,090 AF of Restoration Flows, for a maximum of up to 76,069 AF total. The amount of Restoration Flows recaptured will be dependent on hydrologic conditions and the availability of Restoration Flows, as well as recapture and conveyance capacity. This temporary action would begin on February 1, 2016, and would continue for a period of up to one year. FONSI was signed for 2017 actions on March 7, 2017.
Palo Alto Recycled Water Project Reclamation proposes to partially fund the Palo Alto Recycled Water Project. The City of Palo Alto proposes the construction and operation of an expanded recycled water system to deliver recycled water produced by the Regional Water Quality Control Plant (RWQCP) to customers in the City, within South Palo Alto including Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Stanford Research Park and others. The Proposed Action would help the RWQCP and its partners further preserve San Francisco Bay by reducing the wastewater constituent mass loadings to the Bay and provide long-term environmental and economic benefits to the community. The City prepared a draft EIR in April 2015 and final EIR in July 2015. FONSI signed February 22, 2016.
Patterson Irrigation District Two-Drains Project Reclamation proposes to provide a $1,500,000 grant to Patterson Irrigation District to help fund construction of three pump stations and four pipelines to reduce the discharge of agricultural drainage flows. About 20,000 linear feet of pipeline would be constructed to capture drain water from the Marshall Road Drain and Spanish Land Grant Drain and recirculate approximately 5,000 acre feet per year of drainage water into the Patterson Irrigation District irrigation system as a supplemental water supply. Draft EA/IS available for review on June 17, 2014. Comments were due by July 18, 2014. FONSI signed and final EA completed on September 3, 2014.
Pelger Mutual Water Company Groundwater Production Element Project and Sutter Mutual Water Company groundwater Monitoring Project Integrated Regional Water Management Program EA Reclamation proposes to provide a grant to the Pelger Mutural Water Company PMWC) and the Sutter Mutual Water Compancy (PMWC). The PMWC Groundwater Production Element and SMWC Groundwater Monitoring Project would include installing one groundwater well to supplement existing company surface water and groundwater supplies (PMWC), and one groundwater monitoring well (SMWC). The proposed project is supported by both state and federal grant funding. Federal funding is also being provided to support PMWC's and SMWC's implementation of the Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Program (IRWMP). Reclamation has prepared a Supplemental Environmental Assessment to analyze potential impacts to the affected environment as a result of changes to the project location and timing from what was previously described in the 2011 EA/IS. The Supplemental Environmental Assessment will be available for public review from July 16 to July 30, 2013.
Pixley Irrigation District Gravity Conveyance and Conservation Project Reclamation proposes to award Pixley Irrigation District (PID) with a WaterSMART grant to help fund their Gravity Conveyance and Conservation Project (Project). The Project is a cooperative effort between PID and Lower Tule River Irrigation District (LTRID) that would allow for delivery of available surplus surface water supplies to agricultural lands within PID that is currently dependent on groundwater. In addition, the Project would assist PID with reducing seepage losses in their distribution system. The Project generally consists of upgrades to LTRID?s existing Casa Blanca Canal, excavation of a new open-channel canal, and excavation for a new buried pipeline in Tulare County, California. The FONSI was signed on 9/26/13.
Porterville Irrigation District In-Lieu Ground Water Recharge Project Reclamation proposes to provide partial funding for Porterville Irrigation District (PID) to construct new water conveyance facilities to supply surface water to 2,120 acres that currently utilize groundwater for irrigation purposes. The proposed action would connect pipelines to the Wood Central Ditch and the Friant-Kern Canal. This would enable PID to deliver more of their surface water allocation within the district, and landowners in the project area would be able to use surface water in lieu of groundwater, allowing for passive groundwater recharge. FONSI and EA-IS posted 09/19/16. The EA/IS was available for review on June 15, 2016.
Protection of Alkali Scrub Habitat on the Sand Ridge at the Atwell Island Project, Kings and Tulare Counties, California Through an interagency agreement, Reclamation would provide $835,400 to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for land acquisitions through the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program, and the Central Valley Project Conservation Program. Using grant funds, BLM would purchase 19 parcels of land containing 250.8 acres to expand the Atwell Island Project which BLM manages for the protection of special status species and wildlife travel corridors. The parcels proposed to be acquired are located in the southern San Joaquin Valley in unincorporated portions of Tulare and Kings Counties in the Tulare Basin. FONSI signed December 11, 2015
Pure Water Monterey Groundwater Replenishment Project - Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency Reclamation plans to fund a portion of the Groundwater Replenishment Project's cost under the Title XVI program as authorized by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act. The primary need for the Groundwater Replenishment Project is to replenish the Seaside Basin with 3,500 AFY of purified recycled water to replace a portion of California American Water Company's water supply as required by state orders, including State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) Order WR 2009-0060, as amended by Order WR 2016-0016. The project would also provide additional recycled water for crop irrigation in the Castroville Seawater Intrusion Project area reducing reliance on Salinas Valley groundwater. FONSI signed and Final EA posted.
Quartz Valley Indian Reservation Wells Project The Bureau of Reclamation is providing funding to the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation (QVIR) for the installation of three groundwater monitoring wells to increase the spatial resolution on the Quartz Valley floor and increase understanding of the three sub-basins of Quartz Valley. The Proposed Project also includes drilling two drinking water wells to meet the needs of tribal drinking water, especially during drought years. During the summer of 2014 and 2015, some drinking water wells were completely dry leaving tribal members without residential water. The QVIR is located in Siskiyou County approximately six miles west of Fort Jones, California. Finding of No Significant Impact signed on March 29, 2017
RD 2035 Joint Intake and Fish Screen Project EA/IS Reclamation proposes to provide cost-share funding to RD 2035 through its Anadromous Fish Screen Program for replacing their existing unscreened intake structure on the Sacramento River with a new screened intake structure facility that meets the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) anadromous fish screen criteria. Reclamation?s involvement is limited to contributing up to 50% of the cost of the fish screen based on the total cost of screening associated with the historical peak diversions at the existing RD 2035 intake. This funding will be provided by Reclamation under Section 3406(b)(21) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act which authorizes the Department of the Interior to develop and implement measures to avoid losses of juvenile anadromous fish resulting from unscreened diversions on the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and their tributaries. EA/IS Addendum #1 completed July 2014.
Rangewide and Landscape Genomics Research on the Central DPS of California Tiger Salamander The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposed to grant $350,865.32 to the University of California, Los Angeles to conduct research on landscape resistance and the movement of native and non-native genes, across the range of the Central Distinct Population Segment of the California tiger salamander. The work will focus on four genetically distinct geographic management units: Santa Barbara County, Sonoma County, the western Central Valley (SF Bay Area and the Central Coast Range), and the eastern Central Valley (Central Valley and Southern San Joaquin County). The project would last 2 years and six months. The proposed action supports goals of the Central Valley Project Conservation Program and those included in the 2017 Recovery Plan for the Central California Distinct Population Segment of the California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense) published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Finding of No Significant Impact signed on September 29, 2017
Reach 4B, Eastside Bypass and Mariposa Bypass Low Flow Channel and Structural Improvements Project The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources are proposing to prepare a joint EIS/EIR to evaluate effects of the proposed Reach 4B, Eastside Bypass and Mariposa Bypass Low Flow Channel and Structural Improvements Project. The Proposed Action includes the construction, operation, and maintenance of a low flow channel in Reach 4B of the San Joaquin River and in the Eastside and Mariposa bypasses and improvements to facilities in the Eastside and Mariposa bypasses to allow for fish passage. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to comply with the San Joaquin River Settlement by improving conveyance capacity in Reach 4B of the San Joaquin River to ensure conveyance of at least 475 cubic feet per second (cfs), modifying the Eastside and Mariposa bypass channels to establish a low flow channel, and modifying structures in the Eastside and Mariposa bypasses to provide for fish passage. NOI published September 9, 2009.
Recirculated Restoration Flows to Red Top The Bureau of Reclamation is proposing a new turnout and pipeline to facilitate a 10-year transfer and exchange of recaptured San Joaquin River Restoration Flows to Red Top. The purpose of the proposed action is to reduce reliance on deep aquifer groundwater pumping in the Red Top area to reduce the rate of subsidence, as well as avoid water supply impacts to Friant Contractors by providing a mechanism to recirculate, reuse, exchange or transfer recaptured Restoration Flows near the San Joaquin River and Eastside Bypass. FONSI, Final EA/IS, and Response to Comments - Water Year 2016-2026 Transfer and Exchange from Madera Irrigation District to Chowchilla Water District to the Red Top Area
Recirculation of Recaptured Water Year 2010 San Joaquin River Restoration Program Interim Flows EA Reclamation is entering into various 12 consecutive month transfer and exchange agreements to recirculate recaptured water to the Friant Division. Recaptured water available for transfer to the Friant Division as a result of releases of flows from Friant Dam from the implementation of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program Interim Flows for Water Year 2010, specified as October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010, is estimated to be up to 60,000 AF of the CVP Friant Division Class 2 water supply. The transfers and exchanges will be completed through several mechanisms utilizing potential Federal, State, and Local Facilities. The recaptured water will be recirculated back to 16 of the Class 2 Friant Division contractors as Class 2 supplies. Draft EA/FONSI available June 28, 2010. Comments are due by July 16, 2010. FONSI signed and final EA completed on July 22, 2010. Updated FONSI signed and Addendum to the final EA completed on February 4, 2011.
Recirculation of Recaptured Water Year 2012 San Joaquin River Restoration Program Interim Flows Environmental Assessment Reclamation estimates the recirculation of approximately 20,000 to 80,000 acre-feet (AF), based on 90 and 50 percent exceedance levels, of recaptured water from south-of-Delta facilities as a result of San Joaquin River Restoration Program Water Year 2012 Interim Flows. The recaptured water will be recirculated back to the listed Friant Division long-term contractors whose supplies are impacted by Water Year 2012 Interim Flow releases. Draft EA and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) available for review on February 7, 2012 with comments due by February 24, 2012. FONSI signed and final EA completed on April 3, 2012.
Recirculation of Recaptured Water Year 2013-2017 San Joaquin River Restoration Program Flows Reclamation proposes to implement the provisions of the Settlement pertaining to the Water Management Goal for Water Years (WY) 2013-2017 Interim Flows and Restoration Flows (SJRRP Flows) March 1, 2013, through February 28, 2018. The need for the action is to reduce or avoid water supply impacts to Friant Contractors by providing mechanisms to ensure that recirculation, recapture, reuse, exchange, or transfer of SJRRP Flows occurs. FONSI signed and Final EA completed on April 1, 2013. PVWD FONSI signed May 9, 2017. For PVWD FONSI contact Erika Kegel. For all other project-related documents contact Rebecca Victorine.
Reclamation District 108 South Steiner Pumps and Pipeline Project EA Reclamation would help fund Reclamation District 108's (District) proposal to abandon in place the South Steiner Pumping Plant (SSPP) on the Sacramento River after constructing a 2,830 foot pipeline and related facilities to redirect irrigation water pumped from the Wilkins Slough Pumping Plant and Fish Screen Facility (also on the Sacramento River) to fields previously served by the SSPP. The proposed action includes two primary components: 1) installation of pump sumps; and 2) construction of a dual 21-inch, 2,830 foot-long PVC pipeline. Draft FONSI and EA available for review September 30, 2011. Comments due by October 28, 2011. Final FONSI signed October 31, 2011.
Redwood City Recycled Water Project Phase II The City of Redwood City proposes to construct three segments of Phase II of the City?s Recycled Water Project. The Project will extend the existing recycled water distribution system from the Bayfront area of Redwood City into Central Redwood City and entails construction of approximately 2.5 miles of new recycled water pipelines that will connect to the existing recycled water pipeline. The proposed action will serve landscape irrigation demands at parks, streetscapes and medians, and for various indoor uses in both new buildings and existing buildings located in Central Redwood City, San Mateo County, California. Reclamation may provide funding to Redwood City, through a competitive process, to help finance the project. The project falls under Reclamation?s Water Reclamation and Reuse Program, as authorized by the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act of 1992, or Title XVI of Public Law 102-575, as amended (Title XVI). Title XVI provides a mechanism for Federal participation and cost-sharing in approved water reuse projects. EA available for review on October 31, 2017. Comments were due close of business on November 14, 2017. FONSI signed on December 12, 2017.
Refuge Acquisition Agreement for Tertiary Treated Water Project for East Bear Creek Unit of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the impacts of purchasing water for the East Bear Creek Unit of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex (EBC Refuge). The Proposed Action would allow for the purchase of up to 6,000 acre-feet of tertiary treated water for the EBC Refuge. Reclamation proposes entering into a one year agreement with Santa Rita Water, LCC for the purchase of tertiary treated recycled water. This water acquisition is authorized under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA), specifically Sections 3406(d)(2) and 3406(b)(3). Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment available.
Refuge Level 2 Exchange Agreement for Tertiary Treated Water Project Reclamation proposes to enter into an agreement with Panoche and San Luis Water Districts (Districts) to exchange L2 water for tertiary treated water acquired by the Districts from the Gallo Farmland Company. The Districts would provide East Bear Creek Refuge up to 6,000 acre-feet per year (AFY) of treated water from Gallo farmlands to East Bear Creek Refuge. Treated water would leave the Gallo Point of Discharge and join instream flows, entering at Bear Creek until reaching the East Bear Creek Refuge pump station approximately 5 miles west. The acquired water for East Bear Creek Refuge would be pumped onto refuge land and used for the benefit of wildlife on lands within the refuge boundary. The Districts will provide Reclamation up to 6,000 AFY of tertiary treated water to be delivered to East Bear Creek Refuge and Reclamation will deliver to the Districts one acre-foot of Refuge L2 Water for every two acre-feet of treated water delivered to Bear Creek. Finding of No Significant Impact signed on September 27, 2016
Refuge Level 2 Water Exchange between Reclamation and San Luis and Del Puerto Water Districts The Districts propose to fund the costs associated with the delivery of groundwater supplies from two private wells located in Grassland Water District GWD (up to 2,000 acre-feet [AF]) in exchange for refuge Level 2 water supply (1,000 AF). The developed groundwater would discharge directly into the GWD Santa Fe Canal conveyance system and be delivered to the private lands of the Grassland Resource Conservation District (GRCD) to meet a component of its Level 2 water supply demands. Once GWD begins receiving scheduled deliveries of its Level 2 water supply in the fall 2014, it is proposed that the Districts fund the cost to deliver up to 2,000 AF of groundwater in exchange for up to 1,000 AF of Level 2 water during the GRCD Level 2 delivery period this water year (2014/15). For every 2 AF of groundwater delivered to GWD the Districts will receive 1 AF of Refuge Level 2 water. The Level 2 exchange water will be made available to the Districts in the O?Neill Forebay of the Central Valley Project (CVP) facilities each month following the delivery of groundwater to GWD. This 2:1 exchange will result in a net refuge water supply benefit of up to 1,000 AF of Incremental Level 4 water at no cost to Reclamation and up to 1,000 AF of new water supply for the Districts. FONSI signed October 30, 2014
Refuge Level 2 Water Exchange between the United States and Panoche Water District Resulting in Additional Incremental Level 4 Refuge Water Panoche Water District is proposing to fund the costs of pumping and delivery of groundwater supplies of up to 4,000 acre-feet from four existing wells in exchange for up to 2,000 acre-feet of Refuge Level 2 water. The groundwater would be delivered to private lands within the Grassland Resources Conservation District in Merced County for refuge water supply needs in the fall of 2015 through February 28, 2016. In exchange, Panoche Water District would receive Level 2 water delivered by Reclamation to help meet current agricultural water needs. EA and FONSI available for public review on July 13, 2015. Comments were due July 27, 2015. FONSI signed on August 11, 2015.
Refuge Level 2 Water Exchange with San Luis Water District The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation)has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate and disclose any potential environmental impacts associated with Reclamation?s exchange of up to 6,048 acre-feet (AF) of groundwater for up to 3,024 AF of Level 2 (L2) water with the San Luis Water District (District). This EA focuses on the potential impacts of exchanging up to 6,048 AF of groundwater developed by the District and delivered to the East Bear Creek Unit of the San Luis NWR (EBCU) for up to 3,024 AF of L2 water made available to the District. The pumped groundwater would help meet the EBCU?s L2 need as well as San Joaquin Valley Refuges? IL4 need. This proposed exchange would occur between October 2015 and May 31, 2016 and is authorized under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA), specifically Sections 3406(d)(2) and 3406(b)(3). FONSI was signed October 29, 2015.
Resighini Rancheria Culverts Replacement Project The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation proposes to provide federal grant funding to the Resighini Rancheria for its Junior Creek Culverts Replacement Project (Project). Funding would be provided through a Public Law 63-638 Self-Determination Construction Contract with Resighini Rancheria. The Project would replace 3 failing culverts which support access roads to a Resighini gravel processing yard. The existing culverts block Junior Creek flow which then floods the gravel processing yard. Finding of No Significant Impact signed on October 27, 2017
Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, and Solar Power Project Reclamation proposes to contribute $300,000 to the Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Service District (RRBWSD) through a WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Program grant. The RRBWSD would provide the remaining funding to implement the Project. The Project entails two Project areas: the West Project Area and the East Project Area. In the West Project Area, one mile of the West Intake Canal will be lined from Stockdale Highway northward with a 40-mil polymer lining. Additionally, variable-frequency drive pumping units will be installed on three wells that serve as high-capacity-banking wells in the West Project Area to improve efficiency. The Project would reduce seepage losses, reduce subsurface drain water discharges, and improve water management capabilities. The East Project Area involves water delivery along the South Fork River at Onyx Ranch. The proposed action involves retrofitting up to nine control structures with a combination of sluice gates and acoustic Doppler flow metering devices. By making improvements, system over-diversion and spillage could be reduced. FONSI signed and EA completed on January 8, 2016.
Salmon Conservation and Research Facility Water Infrastructure and Supply Project Reclamation proposes to amend an existing water service agreement with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to allocate the additional 20 cfs of CVP water requested for non-consumptive use at the Salmon Conservation and Research Facility to be constructed in following years. Until the SCARF is constructed, the additional 20 cfs of CVP water would be used at the Interim Salmon Conservation and Research Facility (Interim Facility). Reclamation also proposes to construct the water supply infrastructure needed to convey the additional 20 cfs, in addition to the 35 cfs currently allocated to the existing San Joaquin River Fish Hatchery and Interim Facility. The additional 20 cfs would be taken through the Friant Dam ROW or a combination of the Friant Dam ROW and the FKC outlet works, depending upon water temperature, O&M conditions, and other parameters. EA was completed and FONSI signed on March 28, 2016. Draft EA was made available for public review from January 29 - February 29, 2016.
San Joaquin River Flow Modification Project EA/IS Reclamation proposes to provide two years of continued implementation of State Water Resources Control Board Decision 1641 (D-1641) spring pulse flow targets for the San Joaquin River at Vernalis. Reclamation previously contracted with the San Joaquin River Group Authority to help it meet D-1641 pulse flow targets through the San Joaquin River Agreement (SJRA) for a period of twelve years. Reclamation is now entering into an agreement with Merced Irrigation District (MID) to help Reclamation provide spring pulse flows from Lake McClure to the Merced River. Draft EA/IS available for public review on January 17, 2012. Comments were due February 1, 2012. FONSI signed on February 7, 2012.
San Joaquin River Invasive Vegetation Monitoring and Management EA Reclamation proposes to monitor and manage invasive vegetation with potential to compromise successful implementation of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. Draft FONSI and EA was available for public review on June 19, 2012. Comments were due July 2, 2012. FONSI signed on October 11, 2012.
San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP) Interim Flows Project Environmental Assessment/ Initial Study Water Year 2010 ***************************** 2. SJRRP Water Year 2011 Interim Flows Project Supplemental Environmental Assessment ***************************** 3. SJRRP Water Year 2012 Interim Flows Project Supplemental Environmental Assessment 1. Water Year 2010 EA: Reclamation temporarily changed Friant Dam operations in Water Year (WY) 2010 to release Interim Flows from Friant Dam into the San Joaquin River and potentially downstream to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (Delta), as specified in the Stipulation of Settlement in NRDC et al. v. Kirk Rodgers et al., and as part of the SJRRP. Interim Flows would be constrained by existing channel capacity, anticipated seepage, future agreements with downstream agencies, entities, and landowners, and the capacity of diversions, as well as water supply demand at the possible diversion locations. The purpose of the WY 2010 Interim Flows Project is to implement provisions of the Settlement related to Interim Flows and to collect relevant data to guide future releases of Interim Flows and Restoration Flows under the SJRRP.*********************** 2. Water Year 2011 EA: This Supplemental EA described and analyzed the effects of an additional year of Interim Flows for WY 2011. The Supplemental EA includes a review of the WY 2010 Final EA/IS, synthesizes discussions/results where conditions have not changed, and evaluates potential impacts due to implementation of WY 2011 Interim Flows in consideration of changed conditions or new data/information that have occurred.************************** 3. Water Year 2012 EA: The purpose of this Supplemental EA is to proceed with the continuation of activities necessary to convey the flows in the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam to the Delta, and to continue data collection and monitoring activities during Interim Flow releases consistent with the provisions and conditions described in the WY 2010 Interim Flows Final EA/IS and the Supplemental WY 2011 Interim Flows Final EA. Draft Supplemental EA for 2012 available for review June 14, 2011. Comments due 5:00 p.m. on July 21, 2011. FONSI signed and Final EA available on September 30, 2011.
San Joaquin River Restoration Program Categorical Exclusion Checklists 2014 onwards Attached are completed Categorical Exclusion Checklists (CECs) for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program beginning in 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.
San Joaquin River Restoration Program Juvenile Fall-Run Chinook Salmon Trap and Haul Study Reclamation proposes to implement a trap and haul study to support the NRDC, et al., v. Kirk Rodgers, et al. settlement Restoration Goal. The study would assess the feasibility of moving juvenile fall-run Chinook salmon downstream of the Restoration Area where the San Joaquin River is connected in low flow years and no migration barriers exist, and monitor fish movements in Reach 1 of the San Joaquin River during a Critical Low hydrologic water-year type where no flow pulses are available to cue juvenile salmon downstream migration in already low water conditions. To capture juvenile fish, temporary fence weirs would be installed in three locations in Reach 1 of the San Joaquin River: within 1 mile downstream of the Highway 41 Bridge, at Scout Island, and within 1 mile downstream of the Highway 99 Bridge. Reclamation is again proposing to implement the same 2014 trap and haul study in 2016, with minor changes (dates and locations). The impacts associated with implementing this study in 2016 are within those analyzed and disclosed in the 2014 EA, and a Finding of No New Signification Impact was signed on February 3, 2016 to disclose the minimal changes.
San Joaquin River Restoration Program Programmatic EIS/EIR Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have prepared a PEIS/EIR for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (Program). The Program is based on the settlement agreement of Natural Resources Defense Council et al., v. Rodgers, et al. lawsuit. The program would restore and maintain fish populations in "good condition" in the main stem of the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam to the confluence of the Merced River, including naturally reproducing and self-sustaining populations of salmon and other fish; and reduce or avoid adverse water supply impacts to all of the Friant Division long-term contractors that may result from the Interim Flows and Restoration Flows provided for in the Settlement. Notice of Intent published in the Federal Register on August 2, 2007(FR72 42428). Scoping meetings held in August and September 2007. Scoping report prepared December 14, 2007. Draft PEISR was available for public review on April 11, 2011. Public hearings were held on May 24-26. (Details in below Notice of Availability). Comments were originally due June 21, 2011 but the review period was extended through September 21,2011. ************************************************************* Final PEISR available on July 31, 2012. Record of Decision signed September 28, 2012.
San Joaquin River Restoration Program Seepage Management Actions The Bureau of Reclamation, San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP), proposes to implement seepage management actions along the river associated with the release of Restoration Flows. Based on landowner input, seepage management actions currently being evaluated include the purchase of easements allowing for higher groundwater tables underneath crops as a result of the release of Restoration Flows or purchase of land affected by groundwater seepage on a willing seller basis. The release of Restoration Flows is required in the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act, Public Law 111-11 (Act) and the Stipulation of Settlement of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), et al., v. Kirk Rodgers, et al. (Settlement), and was addressed in the 2012 SJRRP Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement / Report (PEIS/R) and Record of Decision. A Draft Environmental Assessment was released for public review on December 23, 2016. Comments were accepted by Reclamation through February 6, 2017. Responses were developed for the comments received and the Environmental Assessment was updated for the Final EA accordingly. For any inquiries, please contact Ms. Regina Story at 916-978-5466.
San Jose Water Company Phase II Recycled Water Project Reclamation proposes to provide partial funding for the San Jose Water Company?s (SJWC)construction and operation of three proposed recycled water alignments located within Santa Clara County, California. The recycled water would be used for landscape irrigation, cooling towers, and toilets in commercial buildings. SJWC prepared a revised Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) on the San Jose Water Company Phase II Recycled Water Project (Proposed Action) in November 2011, which is incorporated by reference. The City circulated the Phase II IS/MND for review from July 8, 2011 to August 8, 2011. The City adopted the IS/MND in November 2011. Reclamation signed FONSI and completed an EA on July 28, 2015.
San Luis Reservoir Low Point EIS/EIR The Santa Clara Valley Water District has proposed the San Luis Reservoir Low Point Improvement Project to maintain a high quality, reliable, and cost-effective water supply for the water district and other contractors of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation?s San Felipe Division. Santa Clara Water District wants to ensure that it and other San Felipe division contractors receive their annual Central Valley Project contract allocations at the time and at the level of quality needed to meet water supply commitments. Project objectives are: (1) avoiding supply interruptions when water is needed by increasing the certainty of meeting the requested delivery schedule throughout the year to south-of-Delta contractors dependent on San Luis Reservoir; (2) increasing the reliability and quantity of yearly allocations to south-of-Delta contractors dependent on San Luis Reservoir; and (3) announcing higher allocations earlier in the season to south-of-Delta contractors dependent on San Luis Reservoir without sacrificing accuracy of the allocation forecasts. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report and Feasibility Report are being developed and is anticipated to be completed in August 2017.
Santa Barbara County Water Agency WaterWise Landscape Rebate Program The Santa Barbara County Water Agency WaterWise Landscape Rebate Program entails Reclamation providing $396,310 of grant funding through the WaterSMART Program: Water and Energy Efficiency grant to the Santa Barbara County Water Agency to increase rebates for non-agricultural water users that implement a variety of landscape-related water efficient upgrades. The project would reduce the demand for water and energy and improve overall water-use efficiency. Participating water purveyor service areas in Santa Barbara County include the City of Santa Barbara, Goleta Water District, Carpinteria Valley Water District, Vandenberg Village CSD, the City of Solvang, the City of Buellton, and the City of Lompoc. FONSI signed and EA completed on November 10, 2014.
Semitropic Water District: Groundwater Well Operational Data Acquisition, Solar Power and Lateral Canal Lining Project Bureau of Reclamation has awarded Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grant funding to the Semitropic Water Storage District to facilitate the construction of an operational groundwater well data management system, a renewable energy production facility, and lining of conveyance ditches in Kern County. EA was available for public review on October 25, 2017. Comments were due by close of business on November 8, 2017. FONSI signed on December 11, 2017.
Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District Kimberlina Groundwater Recharge Basin and Banking Project The Bureau of Reclamation proposes to award grant funds to the SWID from the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (Title X, Part III, sec. 10202) for partially funding the construction of recharge basins, recovery wells, and new conveyance facilities approximately 3 miles southeast of Wasco, California Environmental Assessment available for public comment from September 1, 2016 to September 20, 2016 COB. FONSI signed on September 29, 2016.
Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation EIS and Feasibility Report Reclamation is conducting a feasibility study to evaluate the potential effects of alternative plans for enlarging Shasta Dam from 6.5 feet, 12.5 feet, and 18.5 to increase anadromous fish survival, water supply reliability, and opportunities to improve flood damage reduction, water quality, hydropower generation, and recreation. Results of the study have been addressed in a Final Feasibility Report and environmental impact statement for the Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation, which were provided to Congress on July 29, 2015. When providing these reports to Congress, it was noted that they do not include a recommendation for Congressional action, and should the Congress authorize a project based on these reports, then the specified outstanding issues must be resolved before making a recommendation, and subject to future federal budget priorities and securing non-federal financing for a majority of the construction costs before the Secretary of Interior could recommend the project. The feasibility report can be found at the above website. The Final EIS for the Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation released to the public on July 29, 2015. The NOA was published on August 7, 2015 in the Federal Register. Reclamation filed the EIS with EPA on August 7, 2015. ******************************************** Attachments to the SLWRI Final EIS appendices are available upon request. To obtain copies of these attachments, please contact Katrina Chow at 916-978-5067 or via email at kchow@usbr.gov.
Short-term Sacramento Valley Water Management Program EIS/EIR. The Short-term phase of the SVWM Program resolves water quality and water rights issues arising from the need to meet the flow-related water quality objectives of the 1995 Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan and the State Water Resources Control Board's Phase 8 Water Rights Hearing process, and would promote better water management in the Sacramento Valley and develop additional water supplies through a cooperative water management partnership. Program participants include Reclamation, DWR, Northern California Water Association, San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, some Sacramento Valley water users, and Central Valley Project and State Water Project contractors. SVWM Program actions would be locally-proposed projects and actions that include the development of groundwater to substitute for surface water supplies, conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water, refurbish existing groundwater extraction wells, install groundwater monitoring stations, install new groundwater extraction wells, reservoir re-operation, system improvements such as canal lining, tailwater recovery, and improved operations, or surface and groundwater planning studies. These short-term projects and actions would be implemented for a period of 10 years in areas of Shasta, Butte, Sutter, Glenn, Tehama, Colusa, Sacramento, Placer, and Yolo counties. NOI/NOP was published on August 5th 2003. Public scoping meetings held August 20/21 2003. Draft and Final EIS/EIR dates to be determined.
Site 902 Acquisition, Suisun Marsh Bureau of Reclamation proposes to provide funding to the State of California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for the purchase of individual ownership 902 in Suisun Marsh, Solano County, California. Title will be transferred to the State of California and the lands held and managed by DWR. The property will be protected in perpetuity to provide habitat with multi-species benefits, including those for federally listed species associated with the property.
Sites Reservoir Project The Project would consist of a new, offstream storage reservoir with a capacity of up to 1.9 million acre-feet. The Sites Reservoir would be approximately 12,000 to 14,000 acres in size. It would be created by inundating the area around the unincorporated community of Sites, California, which is referred to locally as Antelope Valley. Up to 11 dams would be needed to create Sites Reservoir. There would be two main dams: the Golden Gate Dam on Funks Greek, and the Sites Dam on Stone Corral Creek. There would also be up to nine saddle dams on the northern end of the reservoir, between Funks Creek and Hunters Creek watersheds. The project would also include an inlet/outlet structure; a pumping plant, electrical switchyard and overhead powerlines; and a tunnel of approximately 4,030 feet in length, connecting the pumping plant to the reservoir. The Draft EIR/EIS is also available for review and can be found at the Sites Authority Website listed above. If the link above does not work, copy the link into internet explorer. (https://www.sitesproject.org/information/DraftEIR-EIS/). The Draft Feasibility Report and EIR/EIS is posted for public review. Comments are due by COB on January 15, 2018.
Smith River Rancheria Water Resources Development Project The Bureau of Reclamation will provide funding to the Smith River Rancheria (SRR) to install and develop a new community well on the SRR to provide an alternative source of water which would aid in reducing health risks associated with their current operation. Draft FONSI and EA available for review on April 7th, 2010. Comments due Tuesday, April 20th, 2010. Signed FONSI and Final EA available April 24th, 2010
South Bay Advanced Recycled Water Treatment Facility Environmental Assessment/Initial Study The proposed Advanced Recycled Water Treatment Facility (ARWTF) would treat secondary effluent from the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant (SJ/SC WPCP) with advanced tertiary treatment to produce high-purity effluent with low total dissolved solids concentration. The high-purity effluent from ARWTF would blend with tertiary effluent from the SJ/SC WPCP and feed into the South Bay Water Recycling system via the SBWR Transmission Pump Station. Reclamation proposes to provide federal funds to cost share the project as authorized by the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act of 1992 (Title XVI of Public Law 102-575). Draft EA/IS available for public review on December 24, 2009. Comments due January 22, 2010. FONSI signed and final EA/IS available February 24, 2010. Memo on revised project signed on April 28, 2010.
South Bay Recycling Program - Phase 1C Projects The City of San Jose (City) has planned and implemented the San Jose Nonpotable Reclamation Project, now known as the South Bay Water Recycling Program (Program), to provide recycled water for industrial and a variety of irrigation uses, including agriculture and landscaping in institutional, commercial, and residential areas. The Program includes installing pipelines, pump stations, storage tanks, and appurtenant facilities. The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), pursuant to funding provided through Title XVI of Public Law 102-575, has been providing up to 25 percent of the total project cost to the City to help fund the Program. The City certified a final environmental impact report (EIR) for the Program in November 1992. Reclamation released a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Program in May 1996 and issued a record of decision in July 1996. The EIR and the EIS evaluated both project-level effects for those pipelines and users that had been identified at that time, and programmatic-level analysis for the rest of the Program. The City has continued to design additional pipelines and associated facilities within the Program area. For all of these additional projects, the City has adopted addenda to the Program EIR. Reclamation has continued to provide funding for these projects under Title XVI and has prepared EAs and categorical exclusion checklists, tiering off of the original EIS, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. The Phase 1C projects are the latest projects that the City has planned. These are all extensions from existing water recycling pipelines. Reclamation would provide Federal funds to share in the cost of the projects through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (P.L. 111-5) as well as through Title XVI of Public Law 102-575). FONSI's and associated addendums, and memorandums to file that are available through May 2012.
South Bay Water Recycling Program San Jose Hedding Extension EA Reclamation, pursuant to funding provided through Title XVI of Public Law 102-575, will provide up to 25 percent of the total cost to the City of San Jose (City) to help fund construction of a recycled water pipeline in the City. This pipeline, termed San Jose Hedding Extension, will connect to existing recycled water pipelines, and will be from 9303 feet to 9810 feet, depending on the option chosen. FONSI signed and EA completed on January 25, 2011.
South County Recycled Water Master Plan - Short Term Phase I The Bureau of Reclamation is proposing to fund through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (P.L. 111-5) the installation of water pipelines for the delivery of recycled water to users in Gilroy, Santa Clara County, California. Approximately three miles of recycled water pipelines would be installed under this project. Reclamation released the Draft EA, FONSI and Appendices on May 13, 2010. The public comment period closed on May 28, 2010. FONSI signed July 1, 2010.
South Delta Improvements Program EIS/EIR The SDIP is a joint California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and Reclamation project that contains elements of the CALFED Record of Decision for long-term comprehensive actions to restore the ecological health and improve water management of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Bay-Delta system. The major components of the project are: (1) increasing water supplies for water contractors and improving the operational flexibility of the State Water Project by increasing the diversions through Clifton Court Forebay from 6,680 cfs to 8,500 cfs; (2) constructing three permanent operable barriers to improve existing water level and circulation patterns for south Delta agricultural diverters; and (3) constructing a permanent operable fish control barrier at the head of Old River to reduce the downstream movement of the San Joaquin River watershed Central Valley fall-/late-fall run Chinook salmon into the south Delta via the head of Old River; (4) dredging local channels in the south Delta to improve conveyance and dredge areas surrounding agricultural diversions to improve function; (5) the extension of up to 24 shallow agricultural intake facilities to improve function; and (6) implementation of an interim operations regime between December 15-March 15 until the permanent barriers are fully operable. NOI released August 30, 2002. Public scoping meetings held in October 2002. Biological Assessment/ASIP completed June 5, 2006. Draft EIS/EIR released November 10, 2005. Draft EIS/EIR hearings in December 2005. Final EIS/EIR Stage 1 Decision released December 15, 2006. Biological Opinion due date to be determined.
South San Joaquin Irrigation District Division 9 Irrigation Enhancement Project The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate and disclose any potential environmental impacts associated with implementation of the South San Joaquin Irrigation District's (SSJID) Division 9 Irrigation Enhancement Project. Reclamation proposes to disburse Water SMART grant funds to SSJID to support construction of the proposed project. The location of the proposed project and service area is Division 9 of the existing SSJID irrigation system, which encompasses approximately 3,800 acres west of the City of Ripon in an unincorporated area of southern San Joaquin County in California. The new pressurized irrigation system would consist of 12.6 miles of underground, pressurized PVC pipeline, along with two storage basins with a total capacity of approximately 80 acre-feet (AF). Each basin would be equipped with a pump station and a groundwater well to provide an alternative water supply in dry years. Available June 15, 2011. Comments due June 29, 2011. FONSI signed and Final EA completed June 30, 2011
South Sutter Water District Fish Screen Project Reclamation proposes to provide cost-share funding to South Sutter Water District (SSWD) through the Anadromous Fish Screen Program to screen SSWD?s existing 80 cubic feet per second unscreened diversion at Pleasant Grove Canal along Auburn Ravine with two conical fish screens that meet design requirements of the National Marine Fisheries Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Project is needed to minimize diversion impacts to out-migrating anadromous fish on Auburn Ravine without impairing the ability of SSWD to divert water, consistent with their existing water rights. The fish screens would be placed at the Canal?s existing intake at Auburn Ravine and would not increase SSWD?s overall diversion capacity from Auburn Ravine. Draft EA available for public review on August 18, 2014. Comments due September 2, 2014.
South Valley Water Bank Authority Pixley Groundwater Banking Project The release of Restoration Flows would reduce annual surface water deliveries to Friant Division water contractors, potentially placing greater stress on the region's groundwater basins and the region's agricultural economy. The purpose of the proposed action is to contribute to achieving the Settlement Water Management Goal by reducing, avoiding, or offsetting the quantity of expected water supply impacts to Friant Division long-term contractors caused by the release of Restoration Flows by facilitating groundwater banking and recharge activities by local districts. Original Draft EA/IS released for public review in 2016. The project and draft 2016 EA/IS have been modified due to comments received on the draft. A revised draft EA/IS has been released for public review on April 17, 2017. FONSI was signed Dec. 21, 2017
Southwest Groundwater Banking Project for Fresno Irrigation District Reclamation proposes to provide federal funding through a WaterSMART Grant to help fund Fresno Irrigation District?s (FID) proposed groundwater banking facility and effort to increase conveyance capacity along the downstream portion of the Dry Creek Canal. The Proposed Action is located 7 miles west of Raisin City in Fresno County, California. FONSI signed 3/31/2017
Stockdale East Groundwater Recharge Project - Rosedale - Rio Bravo Water Storage District The Proposed Action involves construction of the Stockdale East Recharge Pond and the Central Intake Pumping Plant. Of the 230 acre parcel, 200 acres will be used for the recharge pond and the remaining area will be used for construction of the Central Intake Pumping plant along with access roads and staging areas. FONSI and Final EA posted.
Stockton East Water District - Groundwater Recharge Basin, Southeast Recharge Basin Reclamation proposes to provide $300,000 through the Drought Response Program to Stockton East Water District for the development of a 73-acre groundwater recharge basin.
Suisun Marsh Habitat Management, Preservation, and Restoration Plan EIS/EIR Develop a regional plan for Suisun Marsh that balances implementation of the CALFED Program, the Suisun Marsh Preservation Agreement, and other management and restoration programs within the Suisun Marsh in a manner responsive to the concerns of stakeholders and based upon voluntary participation by private landowners. Charter agencies include Reclamation, Calif. Dept. of Fish and Game, Calif. Dept. of Water Resources, Fish & Wildlife Service, Suisun Resource Conservation District, and other agencies. NOI/NOP published 11/10/03.(FR 68:63814). Science workshop held March 1-2 2004. Public Scoping Meetings 11/03 and 12/03. Draft EIS/EIR available for review on October 28, 2010. Comments were due December 29, 2010. Two public meetings held on November 18, 2010 to receive written comments regarding environmental effects. Final EIS/EIR available on December 6, 2011. Record of Decision signed on April 21, 2014.
Sutter National Wildlife Refuge Reclamation District No. 1004 Refuge Level 2 Water Conveyance Pilot Project The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes to enter into a two-year conveyance agreement with Reclamation District 1004 in order to convey 14,354 acre-feet (annually) of Level 2 Refuge Water provided from Central Valley Project yield. Water would be conveyed from the Sacramento River through RD 1004?s conveyance system to Butte Creek and continuing to the Points of Delivery on the Sutter National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR) boundary. The project, implemented during two water years, is expected to yield sufficient data for Reclamation to determine if this conveyance alternative would be an efficient and reliable method for long-term conveyance of Central Valley Project Improvement Act refuge water supplies to the SNWR. Finding of No Significant Impact signed September 18, 2017
Sycamore Island Pond Isolation Project Reclamation is proposing to provide partial funding for a San Joaquin River Conservancy project to isolate a gravel pit pond from the San Joaquin River Channel by repairing a berm breach. The proposed project would also restore alternate vehicle access to the Sycamore Island Recreation Area and create floodplain habitat. Draft EA was made available for public comment on October 9, 2015. All comments were due by COB on October 26, 2015. FONSI signed on February 1, 2016.
Temporary Acquisition of Up to 2,000 Acre-Feet of Water from Merced Irrigation District for the East Bear Creek Unit of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge EA Reclamation proposes to acquire from 500 to 2000 acre-feet of water from the Merced Irrigation District and deliver it to the East Bear Creek of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge complex. This will help meet the Refuge needs in December and November. 2010 Acquisition: Draft FONSI and EA available for review on October 19, 2010. Comments due by November 2, 2010. FONSI signed and final EA completed November 3, 2010. ****** 2011 Acquisition: Finding of No New Significant Impact signed on November 21, 2011.
Temporary One-Year Transfer and Exchange of Recaptured San Joaquin River Restoration Program Flows from Madera Irrigation District and Chowchilla Water District to Red Top The purpose of the Proposed Action is to implement the provisions of the San Joaquin River Settlement pertaining to the Water Management Goal by facilitating a temporary one-year transfer and/or exchange of up to 20,000 acre-feet of recaptured SJRRP Interim and Restoration Flows from Madera Irrigation District (MID) and Chowchilla Water District (CWD) to the Red Top area. This action will occur during Water Year (WY) 2013, from April 1, 2013, through February 28, 2014. The need for the action is to reduce or avoid water supply impacts to Friant Contractors by providing mechanisms to ensure that recirculation, recapture, reuse, exchange, or transfer of Interim and Restoration Flows Draft EA and FONSI was available for review on March 22, 2013. Comments were due by March 29, 2013. FONSI signed and final EA completed on April 2, 2013.
The City of Fresno School District Water Conservation Project The Bureau of Reclamation prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the City of Fresno (City) School District Water Conservation Project. The EA details Reclamation?s proposed grant of $300,000 to the City through a WaterSMART Grant. The City will install high efficiency irrigation systems at several schools. Once completed, the project would conserve an annual savings of 1.33 acre feet per acre at each school campus. FONSI signed May 24, 2017
Tranquillity Irrigation District, East-West Intertie Water Conservation Project Reclamation proposes to provide WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funds to Tranquillity Irrigation District to construct a pump structure and turnout at the Western Distribution System?s Towne Ditch, construct an approximately one-half mile pipeline to intertie with the Eastern Distribution System?s South Canal, install a flow-meter and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition control system, and construct a photovoltaic solar panel system. Draft EA/IS available for public review on March 2, 2016. Comments were due April 1, 2016. FONSI signed on April 14, 2016.
Tulare Irrigation District Canal Modernization Project The Tulare Irrigation District Canal Modernization Project is being partially funded through Reclamation's Bay-Delta Restoration Program: Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants program. The project will assist the district in reducing seepage and evaporation losses, as well as improve its overall water-use efficiency by installing flow meters and automated control structures at targeted areas on their distribution system in Tulare County, California. The FONSI was signed on May 23, 2013.
Tulare Irrigation District Cordeniz Basin Reclamation is proposing to provide partial funding for a project to expand an existing groundwater recharge basin in Tulare County. The proposed project includes the construction and operation of an 80-acre groundwater recharge basin, installation of supervisory control and data acquisition equipment, relocation of a segment of the Serpa Ditch, and construction of five groundwater monitoring wells within the Tulare Irrigation District. Draft EA was made available for public comment October 9 - November 9, 2015. FONSI was signed and EA completed on November 13, 2015.
Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation Geotechnical Field Exploration at River Mile 274 The purpose of the geological field exploration is to collect feasibility-level data for the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation. Field exploration efforts will be focused at the proposed Temperance Flat Dam alignment at RM 274 and along the diversion tunnel alignment. The information collected will be used to determine if geologic conditions at RM 274 are suitable to construct Temperance Flat Dam. EA/FONSI available August 1, 2014
Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Project EIS The purpose of the study is to evaluate proposed actions to increase the storage of water from the San Joaquin River. Potential uses of stored water may include: water supply reliability improvement for agricultural, urban, and environmental uses; and water temperature and flow enhancement in the San Joaquin River. This is one of five potential surface storage projects which the CALFED Programmatic EIS Record of Decision (ROD) recommended for additional study to determine the potential for the projects to meet identified objectives in the ROD. Notice of Intent published February 3, 2004. (69 FR 5184) Scoping meetings held March 16-18, 2004. Draft EA/FONSI on Geologic Drilling & Aggregate Sampling Program released on May 12, 2006. FONSI signed/final EA completed on July 11, 2006. ***********Draft EIS available for review on September 5, 2014. The public comment period on the Draft EIS has been extended to Monday, October 27, 2014.
Upper Truckee River Restoration Project Middle Reaches 3 and 4 EA/IS/IEC The City of South Lake Tahoe with grant funding from the California Tahoe Conservancy and Reclamation propose to restore a portion of the Upper Truckee River channel and associated riparian and stream environment zone habitat. This is the Upper Truckee River corridor directly east of the Lake Tahoe Airport and grazing land directly north of the airport. The objectives of the project are to improve natural function of the channel, increase overbank flow, and deposit sediment into the floodplain more frequently. Controlling the flow and gradient, protecting the stream banks and designing to allow the river to overtop its banks during peak periods will have many benefits. Draft EA/IS/IEC available for 30-day review on January 16, 2008. Final EA/IS/IEC completed April 4, 2008. FONSI signed July 3, 2008.
Upper Truckee River Restoration and Golf Course Relocation Project EIS/EIR The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and Reclamation propose a restoration project along the reach of the Upper Truckee River that extends from its entry point at the southern boundary of Washoe Meadows State Park (SP) to that point just west of U.S. Highway 50 (U.S. 50) where the river exits Lake Valley State Recreation Area (SRA). The proposed restoration project would require relocation of a portion of the Lake Tahoe Golf Course to allow for restoration of the Upper Truckee River, reduce the area of stream environment zone occupied by the golf course, and allow for establishment of a buffer area between the golf course and the river. Draft EIR/EIS available for review on August 25, 2010. Public meetings scheduled for October 13 and 27, 2010. Comments due by November 4, 2010. Final EIR/EIS available on October 7, 2011.
Upper Truckee River and Marsh Restoration Project EIR/EIS/EIS The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, California Tahoe Conservancy and Reclamation are proposing a joint restoration project along the reach of the Upper Truckee River that extends from U.S. Highway 50 north to Lake Tahoe and its adjacent wetland. The purpose of the proposed action is to restore natural geomorphic processes and ecological functions in this lowest reach of the Upper Truckee River and the surrounding marsh to improve ecological values of the study area and help reduce the river's discharge of nutrients and sediment that diminish Lake Tahoe's clarity. Notice of Intent published on October 19, 2006. Public scoping meeting held on October 24, 2006. TRPA and TLC released the Draft EIR/EIS/EIS to the public on February 8, 2013. Reclamation made the Draft EIR/EIS/EIS available on February 26, 2013. Public hearings held on March 13 and March 23, 2013 in Stateline, Nevada. Comments were due by April 29, 2013. Final EIR/EIS/EIS available on December 11, 2015.
Volta Wells 5-Year Incremental Level 4 Groundwater Pumping and Level 2 Diversification Project Reclamation proposes to diversify Central Valley Project Level 2 (L2) and supplement Incremental Level 4 (IL4) refuge water supplies by pumping groundwater from two groundwater wells located at the Volta Wasteway (VW). Reclamation proposes to enter into an agreement with local water districts to support the IL4 water supply groundwater pumping and L2 Exchange with a local water district (Proposed Action). The groundwater pumping is proposed as a 5-year action (May 2016 through February 2021). The Proposed Action will include monitoring well production, water quality, groundwater levels, and land subsidence. Monitoring would occur at each well location to confirm that groundwater quality is suitable for refuge use. The VW groundwater production wells would collectively produce up to 6,600 AF of groundwater of acceptable quality annually, which can be conveyed to south-of-Delta Refuges. FONSI signed May 25, 2016
Warren Act Contract for Storage and Conveyance of Non-CVP Water from El Dorado Irrigation District to Westlands Water District in 2015 Reclamation proposes to enter into a one-year Warren Act contract with Westlands Water District (WWD) for the storage and conveyance through federal facilities of up to 3,100 acre-feet of non-CVP water.El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) proposes to transfer the water during summer and fall 2015 to WWD. EID would make the water available through re-operations of EID reservoirs to release water otherwise planned to be stored within the EID network of reservoirs. The proposed action would help alleviate water supply shortages within WWD. Draft EA available for review on August 4, 2015. Comments due on August 11, 2015. FONSI signed and final EA completed on August 17, 2015
Warren Act Contract for Storage and Conveyance of Non-CVP Water from Placer County Water Agency to Westlands Water District in 2014 Reclamation proposes to enter into a one-year Warren Act contract with Westlands Water District (WWD) for the storage and conveyance through federal facilities of up to 35,000 acre-feet of the non-CVP water from Placer County Water Agency. The proposed action would help alleviate water supply shortages within WWD. A similar action was done in 2013. Draft EA available for public review on July 7, 2014. Comments were due on July 14, 2014. FONSI signed on July 17, 2014.
Water Transfer Program for the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority 2005?2014 EIS EIR The program consists of the transfer of up to 130,000 acre-feet of substitute water annually from 2005 to 2014 from the Exchange Contractors to other Central Valley Project (CVP) contractors, to Reclamation for delivery to the San Joaquin Valley wetland habitat areas (wildlife refuges), and to Reclamation and/or the California Department of Water Resources for use by the CALFED Environmental Water Account (EWA) as replacement water for CVP contractors south of Delta. Reclamation would approve and/or execute short-term and/or long-term temporary water transfers or agreements. Final EIS EIR completed in December 2004. Record of Decision signed March 24, 2005.
Water Transfer Program for the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority, 2014-2038 EIS/EIR Reclamation would execute agreements for water transfers with Reclamation, Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) contractors; and the Exchange Contractors for water service years 2014 to 2038. The proposed new transfer program would provide for the transfer and/or exchange of up to 150,000 acre-feet of substitute water from the Exchange Contractors to several potential users over a 25-year time frame (water service years 2014?2038), where necessary, to supplement previous environmental compliance documents prepared by Reclamation and the Exchange Contractors. Draft EIS/EIR was available for a 60-day review beginning on May 4, 2012. Comments were due by July 3, 2012. A public meeting to receive public and agency comments was held in Los Banos, California on June 13, 2012. Final EIS/EIR was available on January 31, 2013. Record of Decision signed on July 30, 2013.
Water Transfers for the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority in 2014 The San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA) and its Participating Members will experience severe water shortages in 2014 and are soliciting willing sellers to transfer water. A number of entities upstream from the Delta have expressed interest in transferring water to the Participating Members of the SLDMWA. The SLDMWA would negotiate with these sellers, on behalf of the Participating Members, to identify potential transfers and the specifics of each transfer arrangement, which, collectively, constitute the "proposed project" addressed in the Initial Study. Transfers would be from willing sellers in the Sacramento Valley to buyers in the San Joaquin Valley and Santa Clara Valley. Draft EA completed. Comments were due April 2, 2014. Final EA completed April 14, 2014. FONSI signed on April 22, 2014. Due to continued drought conditions, Reclamation was unable to deliver transfer water south of the Delta during the transfer period described in the original EA, and the EA was revised to include delivering water south of the Delta in October through November 15. The Revised EA and Revised FONSI were completed on October 3, 2014.
Water Transfers for the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority in 2014 The Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority (TCCA) and its Member Units will experience severe water shortages in 2014 and are soliciting willing sellers to transfer water. A number of entities have expressed interest in transferring water to the Member Units of the TCCA. The TCCA would negotiate with these sellers, on behalf of the Member Units, to identify potential transfers and the specifics of each transfer arrangement, which collectively, constitute the "proposed project" addressed in the Initial Study. Transfers would be from willing sellers to buyers within the Sacramento Valley. Comments were due by April 2, 2014. Final EA/IS completed April 15, 2014. FONSI signed April 22, 2014.
Water Transfers for the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority in 2015 The Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority (TCCA) and its Member Units will experience severe water shortages in 2015 and are soliciting willing sellers to transfer water. A number of entities have expressed interest in transferring water to the Member Units of the TCCA. The TCCA would negotiate with these sellers, on behalf of the Member Units, to identify potential transfers and the specifics of each transfer arrangement, which collectively, constitute the "proposed project" addressed in the Initial Study. Transfers would be from willing sellers to buyers within the Sacramento Valley. FONSI signed on April 30, 2015. CEQA Mitigated Negative Declaration and Notice of Determination signed April 14, 2015. Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study was available for review March 2, 2015-March 23, 2015.
West Bay Sanitary District Recycled Water Project at Sharon Heights Phase I includes construction of: an influent pipeline and pump station to transport wastewater from an existing sewer line to the new satellite WWTP: the satellite WWTP itself which would include equipment for grit and fine material screening, a membrane bioreactor treatment system, and ultraviolet disinfection; a solids discharge pipeline back to the sewer; a recycled water pump station; and delivery pipelines. Phase II includes the installation of recycled water distribution pipelines to deliver recycled water to end users in the vicinity of the Golf Course. FONSI and Final EA posted.
West Kern Water District Water Use Efficiency Project Reclamation manages the CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant Program. The program was established to accelerate the implementation of cost-effective actions that provide state-wide benefits of water conservation. Water conservation and water use efficiency are critical elements of any plan to address Bay-Delta water concerns. Applicants can apply for grant assistance through the program. The West Kern Water District applied for a program grant to expand rebates on water-efficient appliances and to install automated water meters in their service area. Reclamation?s action would be to provide financial assistance to the water district for their Water Use Efficiency Project through a program grant. Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact are available for public review.
West Stanislaus Irrigation District Fish Screen Intake Project Reclamation proposes to provide cost-share funding to WSID through its Anadromous Fish Screen Program (AFSP) to screen WSID?s existing 347 cubic feet per second (cfs) unscreened diversion along the San Joaquin River with a fish screen that meets current fish screen design criteria. The Project is needed to minimize diversion impacts to out-migrating anadromous fish on the San Joaquin River without impairing the ability of WSID to divert water consistent with their existing water rights. The new intake facility would be located at the WSID existing intake canal and would not increase WSID?s overall diversion capacity from the San Joaquin River. Project funding will be provided by Reclamation under Section 3406(b)(21) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act which authorizes the Department of the Interior to develop and implement measures to avoid losses of juvenile anadromous fish resulting from unscreened diversions on the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and their tributaries. Draft EA available for public review September 1, 2017 to COB October 2, 2017.
Western Dublin Recycled Water Project Reclamation proposes to provide funding to the Dublin San Ramon Service District (DSRSD) to partially fund extending recycled water distribution pipelines to serve landscape irrigation demands at several schools, parks, streetscapes and medians, and the common area of developed areas in Western Dublin. DSRSD would install approximately 11,560 feet of 8-inch pipeline, 1,300 feet of 6-inch pipeline, and 4,760 feet of 4-inch pipeline within existing developed roadways, landscaped areas and bike paths in Western Dublin. Draft EA available for public review on July 14,2015. Comments were due on July 28, 2015. FONSI signed and final EA completed on September 2, 2015.
Yountville Recycled Water Project EA/MND The Town of Yountville (Town) is proposing to meet its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Wastewater Treatment Permit requirements and offset river water and groundwater use by expanding its existing recycled water system to accommodate additional recycled water users. Reclamation proposes to provide partial funding for Phase 1 of the Project. With Phase I, the Town would install approximately 6,100 linear feet of new 8-inch diameter pipeline, 1,190 linear feet of new 6-inch diameter pipeline, new valves and turnouts (inlets), and equipment upgrades at the Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant and Recycled Water Pump Station to distribute disinfected tertiary recycled water to new customers for storage in existing vineyard irrigation ponds. Draft EA/MND available for public review on June 12, 2012. Comments were due July 24, 2012. FONSI signed and final EA completed on April 18, 2013.
Yuba City Feather River Fish Screen Environmental Assessment/Initial Study Reclamation is funding a portion of the Yuba City Fish Screen Project through its Anadromous Fish Screen Program. Reclamation's involvement is limited to contributing up to 50% of the cost of the fish screen based on the total cost of screening associated with the historical peak diversions at the existing Yuba City intake. This funding will be provided by Reclamation under Section 3406(b)(21) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, which authorizes the Department of the Interior to develop and implement measures to avoid losses of juvenile anadromous fish resulting from unscreened diversions on the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and their tributaries. Under the Proposed Action Alternative, the City of Yuba City proposes to replace its existing unscreened intake structure on the Feather River with a new screened intake structure facility that meets the California Department of Fish and Game and National Marine Fisheries Service anadromous fish screen criteria. The Proposed Action for Reclamation includes only the fish screen portion of the overall project. Draft EA available for review on November 2, 2009. Comments were due December 4, 2009. FONSI signed and Final EA completed April 27, 2012.