Mid-Pacific Region News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases for Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Region https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=68023 Reclamation, TCID begin contract negotiations for Newlands Project operations and maintenance
FALLON, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation and the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District will enter into contract negotiations October 2 for the transfer of operation, maintenance and replacement activities in the Newlands Project, located in western Nevada. <P> The project provides irrigation water for about 57,000 acres of cropland in the Lahontan Valley near Fallon and bench lands near Fernley in western Nevada. <P> “These negotiations help ensure that our infrastructure of canals and dams remains a reliable system for delivering water for drinking, irrigation, wildlife habitat and power production,” said Terri Edwards, area manager, Lahontan Basin Area Office. <P> The Newlands Project has major water delivery features in both the Carson River and Truckee River basins, such as Derby Diversion Dam, Truckee Canal, Lahontan Dam, Carson River Diversion Dam, Lahontan Power Plant, and hundreds of miles of delivery and drainage canals. <P> The district has been the operations and maintenance contractor for the Newlands Project since 1926; its current contract expires on December 31, 2021. The first two negotiation sessions for a new contract will be held on October 2 and 3, 2019, at 9 a.m. at the Fallon Convention Center in the Rawhide Wonder Room on 100 Campus Way, Fallon, NV 89406. <P> Reclamation will update the Lahontan Basin Area Office website with information for additional negotiation sessions when scheduled at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/lbao/programs/newlands-project.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/lbao/programs/newlands-project.html</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the draft contract, contact Deborah Page at <a href="mailto:dpage@usbr.gov">dpage@usbr.gov</a> or 775-884-8392 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67923 Reclamation authorizes Swan Lake land use for transmission line project near Klamath Falls
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation issued a Right-of-Use authorization Thursday that allows for the construction of a transmission line project on two remote 40-acre parcels east of Klamath Falls, Oregon. The 19-acre Swan Lake North Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project site, adjacent to the Lost River, will be used to construct and maintain an electrical transmission line, associated right-of-way, four mono-poles that support the transmission line and temporary access roads. The authorization permits Swan Lake North Hydro LLC to develop a 393.3-megawatt hydropower generating facility through a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for private development. Reclamation adopted and re-circulated the FERC’s Final Environmental Impact Statement on July 19, 2019 and signed a Record of Decision Thursday authorizing public land use. <P> Reclamation worked with FERC on the development of the Final EIS beginning in 2016. <P> The Final EIS is available here: <a href="https://www.ferc.gov/industries/hydropower/enviro/eis/2019/01-25-19-FEIS.asp">https://www.ferc.gov/industries/hydropower/enviro/eis/2019/01-25-19-FEIS.asp</a>; view the ROD here: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=40029">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=40029</a>. <P> For more information about the ROD, contact Laura Williams at 541-880-2581 or <a href="mailto:ljwilliams@usbr.gov">ljwilliams@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67903 Reclamation notifies public of Folsom Dam training exercise
FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in cooperation with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department/Folsom Dam Security Bureau, City of Folsom Police and Fire Departments, and California State Parks will conduct a full-scale training exercise at Folsom Dam on September 18. <P> The public may see emergency response vehicles and personnel throughout the day participating in the exercise at the dam or on the surrounding federal property. <P> Folsom-Auburn Road and the Folsom Lake Crossing bridge will remain open throughout the exercise which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., some areas of Beals Point will be roped off, but the park will remain open. <P> Reclamation regularly conducts exercises at its facilities in coordination with local emergency response agencies to practice plans and operating procedures, develop expertise and build good working relationships and communication with local responders. Reclamation’s top priority is the safety of the public, employees, property and facilities. Practicing these emergency response plans is essential to being prepared in the event of a real emergency. <P> For additional information, contact Brionna Ruff at <a href="mailto:bruff@usbr.gov">bruff@usbr.gov</a>or 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67863 Groundbreaking begins on Truckee River to improve cutthroat trout passage at Derby Dam
SPARKS, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation joined its partners today at Derby Dam to celebrate the start of a $23.3-million infrastructure project that promises to greatly improve passage for Lahontan cutthroat trout journeying to upstream rearing and spawning habitat for the first time in a century. <P> Officials from Reclamation, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service broke ground to begin installing an 80-ft-wide by 390-ft-long horizontal fish screen at Derby Dam. The 110-year-old dam is the first irrigation structure designed by Reclamation and part of a system that provides water to 57,000 acres of cropland in the Lahontan Valley near Fallon and bench lands near Fernley in western Nevada. <P> "For more than a century, Reclamation has provided reliable water to the West. Since Derby Dam's construction, our mission has evolved with new technology and diverse conservation and water management strategies so that we carefully balance the needs of farmers and families with natural resource protection," said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. "This fish passage project is a critical investment in modernizing our infrastructure to provide reliable water supplies in an environmentally sound manner." <P> Two decades of focused efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex and Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe have helped the Lahontan cutthroat trout's passage from Pyramid Lake, past Derby Dam, to the lower Truckee River for spawning. Installation of the screen will substantially improve fish access and significantly aid in the recovery of the cutthroat trout. <P> "The Derby Dam fish screen groundbreaking marks the culmination of a long-standing partnership between the Service, Reclamation and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, to conserve Nevada's precious terminal lake ecosystem and recover a federally threatened sportfish - the Lahontan cutthroat trout. The fish screen will allow this iconic species to travel beyond Derby Dam, from Pyramid Lake to their spawning grounds, for the first time in more than a century," said Jody Holzworth, Deputy Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. <P> "Over the years, the Service and our partners have made significant progress in supporting the Lahontan cutthroat trout, including through the creation of the Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex, the reestablishment of a fish population in Pyramid Lake, and now with the investment of a fish screen at Derby Dam. These efforts will enhance recreation and angling opportunities in northern Nevada and the ability of this species to recover," she added. <P> The fishway project has three components: the fish passage on river left of the Derby Dam structure, modification to automate two Derby Dam river gates to maintain the required pool to allow the correct water flow through the fish passage and a fish screen to allow for fish entrained in the Truckee Canal to return to the Truckee River. <P> In 2001, Reclamation and the Service designed and completed a fish bypass around Derby Dam; the fish passage structure was not yet able to be used for fish migration because there was no fish screen on the dam to prevent fish from being diverted to the Carson River. <P> At that stage, the two agencies began reviewing different fish screen designs to implement the fish protection portion of the Derby Dam fish passage improvements. Reclamation selected the horizontal fish screen technology and entered into a cooperative agreement with Farmers Conservation Alliance for its design, construction and commissioning. <P> The screen is designed to work with the diverted flow of water, providing fish protection by allowing fish and debris to move above and over the surface of the screen. <P> Construction of the screen is expected to be completed in fall 2020. <P> The construction of Derby Dam, completed in 1905, was the first project designed by the newly formed U.S. Reclamation Service, now Bureau of Reclamation, organized under the Reclamation Act of 1902. Today, Reclamation oversees infrastructure that delivers water to more than 31 million people and provides one out of five western farmers with irrigation water for 10 million acres of farmland. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67843 Reclamation and DWR to restore floodplain habitat for endangered salmon in the Yolo Bypass
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with the California Department of Water Resources, today announced its decision to move forward with a restoration project to improve fish passage and increase floodplain fisheries-rearing habitat in the Yolo Bypass. <P> “This is a major milestone for habitat restoration in the Central Valley and an important part of working toward improving conditions for salmon and sturgeon and water supply reliability in California,” said Reclamation Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. “We appreciate the work of our local and state partners as we’ve moved toward this crucial goal. We look forward to coordination with landowners in the bypass.” <P> The project will reconnect the floodplain for fish during the winter season and improve connectivity within the bypass and to the Sacramento River by allowing up to 6,000 cubic feet of water per second to flow through new east side gates on the Fremont Weir. The project seeks to benefit juvenile salmon on their way out to the ocean and adults moving upstream to their spawning grounds. Juvenile salmon will be able to feed on the food-rich floodplains and grow. Improvements will also reduce stranding and migratory delays of adult salmon and sturgeon due to passage barriers. <P> The ROD was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act after completing thorough environmental review, public outreach and required permitting. The documents are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=30484">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=30484</a>. <P> To request a copy of the documents, contact Ben Nelson at 916-414-2424 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:bcnelson@usbr.gov">bcnelson@usbr.gov</a>. Hard copies of the documents can be reviewed at the Bureau of Reclamation, Bay-Delta Office, 801 I Street, Suite 140, Sacramento, CA. Call to make an appointment (916-414-2400). <P> For additional information on the Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/bdo/yolo-bypass.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/bdo/yolo-bypass.html</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67543 Lewiston Dam to temporarily increase releases over Labor Day
REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled increased releases from Lewiston Dam into the Trinity River, from Sept. 1 through Sept. 5. People near or recreating on the river over the holiday can expect river levels to increase and should take appropriate safety precautions. <P> The increased releases are in support of the Hoopa Valley Tribe's biennial Boat Dance Ceremony in Hoopa, California, and are separate from the Trinity River restoration flows. <P> Lewiston Dam releases are scheduled to increase above the summer base flow of 450 cubic feet per second around 5 p.m. Sept.1, and are expected to reach a peak flow of 2,650 cfs between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 2. Releases are scheduled to gradually return to summer flows about 3 p.m. Sept. 5. <P> For more information, please contact Reclamation’s Northern California Area Office at 530-247-8530 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67503 Reclamation recommends alternatives for addressing seismic concerns at B.F. Sisk Dam
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has evaluated the potential environmental impacts of various alternatives to reduce seismic risks at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/projects/index.php?id=57">B.F. Sisk Dam</a>, located in Merced County. <P> The recommended action from the environmental impact statement/environmental impact report will address potential seismic-induced destabilization of the dam, reduce safety concerns and maintain water supply deliveries to state and federal water contractors. <P> “The safety and welfare of those living downstream of this dam is our priority,” said Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. “The project will also ensure we protect this vital water supply resource.” <P> Reclamation has implemented additional risk reduction measures as it works to put a more permanent dam safety project in place. These measures include heightened earthquake monitoring, real-time seismic monitoring, dam safety tabletop exercises with local responders, increased seismic inspection criteria and an update to the dam’s emergency management plan. <P> Reclamation owns B.F. Sisk Dam (also known as San Luis Dam) while the California Department of Water Resources operations the dam along with the off-stream San Luis Reservoir to provide more than 2 million acre-feet of supplemental storage capacity for the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. The reservoir provides many benefits to the nation, including water for irrigation, municipal and industrial use, recreation and hydroelectric power. <P> Reclamation and DWR expect to begin implementation of seismic modifications of the dam at the end of 2020. <P> The Final EIS/EIR considers and addresses all comments received during the public review period on the Draft EIS/EIR. Reclamation anticipates signing a Record of Decision in October 2019. The Final EIS may be viewed at Reclamation’s website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=34281">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=34281</a>. Contact Jamie LeFevre at 916-978-5035 (TTY 800-877-8339) for a CD copy. <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67403 Construction to begin on American River Bike Trail along Lake Natoma
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation and California State Parks will temporarily close a segment of the American River Bike Trail, also known as the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, beginning Monday, August 19, to remove debris and enhance public safety near the Orangevale Bluffs. <P> The segment of the trail by the northern shore of Lake Natoma and Nimbus Dam will remain closed from August 19, 5 a.m. until trail repairs are complete later this year. Reclamation and State Parks will announce the trail opening once construction has been completed. <P> A large landslide covered portions of the trail, located between Nimbus Dam and the Negro Bar recreation area of Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, during the winter storms of January and February 2017. Heavy equipment will be used to remove the fallen debris from the trail. Additional loose material will be removed from the bluffs directly above the trail. Reopening this section of trail will be a major asset to the recreating and commuting public. <P> This closure will begin at American River Call Box #28, approximately 3.25 miles upstream of Hazel Avenue and continue to the southern end of Negro Bar. People using the bike trail access points located at the Hazel Avenue overpass, Sunset Avenue and Main Avenue intersection, the Mississippi Bar area, and the Negro Bar area, are advised that trail traffic will not be permitted through the closure area. <P> Visitors are advised to use other area trails; the south side of Lake Natoma will not be affected. Signage will be posted at each end of the trail closure. The public may encounter construction equipment and the public is strongly advised to keep out of this area. <P> For questions on the closure please contact California State Parks at (916)-988-0205 or visit the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area website at <a href="http://www.parks.ca.gov/FolsomLakeSRA">www.parks.ca.gov/FolsomLakeSRA</a> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67323 Reclamation seeks volunteers for the American River Water Education Center at Folsom Dam
FOLSOM, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office is seeking volunteers to assist at the American River Water Education Center. <P> ARWEC offers an educational and entertaining way to increase the public’s knowledge of Reclamation, the American River watershed, the water cycle, water management, resource conservation, and the multiple roles, benefits and history of Folsom Dam, Reservoir and Powerplant. <P> An interview with the ARWEC Volunteer Coordinator and a background investigation are required to become a volunteer. Once these steps are completed, orientation and training will be held August 29 for all new volunteers, followed by 60 days of hands-on training. Although not required, experience in elementary education or interpretation and an interest in water conservation is a plus. <P> Volunteer opportunities at ARWEC include: <ul> <li>Greeting visitors and answering questions in the exhibit center.</li> <li>Assisting the groundskeeper in maintaining the drought-tolerant garden, a Certified Wildlife Habitat.</li> <li>Leading hands-on activities with school groups in the schoolhouse, amphitheater or picnic grounds.</li> <li>Guiding school groups through the exhibit center or on a hike around Beals Point at Folsom Reservoir.</li> </ul> <P> ARWEC is located at 7785 Folsom-Auburn Road, Folsom, CA 95630 and is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. <P> Various volunteer shifts are currently available. Interested individuals should contact Joan Roush, Volunteer Coordinator, at (916) 537-7054 or <a href="mailto:jroush@usbr.gov">jroush@usbr.gov</a></p> <P> For more information about ARWEC, visit the website at <u><a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/arwec">www.usbr.gov/mp/arwec</a></u>&nbsp; (TTY 800-877-8339) <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67084 Reclamation seeks comments on plan to ensure San Luis Reservoir water reliability
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and Valley Water released today draft environmental documents for public comment on the San Luis Low Point Improvement Project, which addresses water delivery interruptions and proposes to maintain reliable and cost-effective water supply. <P> The proposed project would expand the Pacheco Reservoir and respond to a “low point” problem that occurs when San Luis Reservoir falls below 300,000 acre-feet in the summer and late fall. The low water level fosters algae growth, making the water unsuitable for municipal and industrial use by Valley Water and other contractors of Reclamation’s San Felipe Division. <P> The public is invited to attend the following open houses to learn about the project, address questions and receive written comments on the draft environmental documents. <P> <ul> <li><strong>Gilroy: </strong>Monday, August 12, 2019, 6:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m., Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth Street</li> <li><strong>Sacramento: </strong>Friday, August 16, 2019, 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m., Federal Building, 2800 Cottage Way, Caf&eacute; Conference Rooms C1001-C1002</li> </ul> <P> The draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=339">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=339</a> and <a href="https://www.valleywater.org/project-updates/public-review-documents">https://www.valleywater.org/project-updates/public-review-documents</a>. <P> Submit written comments on the draft EIS at the open houses or mail by close of business Tuesday, September 24, 2019, to Nicole Johnson, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-700, Sacramento, CA 95825; faxed to 916-978-5094; or email to <a href="mailto:njohnson@usbr.gov">njohnson@usbr.gov</a>. Electronic CD copies of the draft document may be requested from Johnson. <P> Submit written comments on the draft EIR at the open houses or mail by close of business Tuesday, September 24, 2019, to Melih Ozbilgin, Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118-3686 or email to <a href="mailto:mozbilgin@valleywater.org">mozbilgin@valleywater.org</a>. Electronic CD copies of the draft document may be requested from Ozbilgin. <P> For more information on SLLPIP or to request special assistance at the public open houses, please contact Nicole Johnson, 916-978-5085, <a href="mailto:njohnson@usbr.gov">njohnson@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information on the project, please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/sllpp/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/sllpp/index.html</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67063 Lake Berryessa begins fee program to improve facilities
NAPA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will implement day use and boat launching fee changes at Lake Berryessa beginning August 12 to help improve Lake Berryessa’s local facilities, provide increased visitor services and protect natural resources. <P> An open house about the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act program will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on July 26 at Lake Berryessa’s Oak Shores entrance station. <P> <p><strong>The following Lake Berryessa fees are effective August 12:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Oak Shores Day Use Areas: $5 per vehicle ($50 annual fee)</li> <li>Capell Cove boat launch: $10 per launch ($100 annual fee)</li> <li>Shade shelter: $25 per shelter</li> </ul> <p><strong>America the Beautiful-The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes will be accepted with the following pass options: </strong></p> <ul> <li>All interagency Senior and Access Passes will be accepted for 50% off day use and discounted boat launching fees.</li> <li>The Federal Interagency Annual Pass will cover the day use fees.</li> <li>Annual Pass ($80.00 - anyone 16 years and older can purchase)</li> <li>Lifetime Senior Pass ($80.00 - valid for the lifetime of the pass owner; must be 62+ older, U.S. citizen, or a permanent resident)</li> <li>Annual Senior Pass ($20 - valid for one year from month of purchase; must be 62+ older, U.S. citizen, or a permanent resident)</li> <li>Access Pass (free for lifetime with documentation of permanent disability, U.S. citizens and permanent residents)</li> <li>Volunteer Pass (earned with 250+ hours of volunteer service in public lands)</li> </ul> Obtain passes at the Lake Berryessa Administration office, call for more information at 707-966-2111, ext. 113 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit the website at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>. Reserve shade shelters through the Recreation One Stop at <a href="http://www.recreation.gov">www.recreation.gov</a> or call 1-877-444-6777. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66903 Reclamation seeks comment on proposed changes to its operations in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation released a draft environmental impact statement analyzing potential effects associated with long-term water operations for the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. Reclamation’s goal is to incorporate updated science into CVP and SWP operations to optimize water deliveries for communities and farms, while protecting threatened and endangered species. The draft environmental impact statement will be available for public input for a 45-day review period. <P> “This is a huge undertaking that affects water operations throughout California. It is important we listen to as many voices as we can,” said Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. “Seeking public input is an essential part of the process to ensure our actions are improving the quality of life for people and also protecting our valuable natural resources.” <P> Proposed actions outlined in the document include temperature management at Shasta Dam, habitat and salinity measures in the Delta, and management of fish entrainment related to water exports from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Delta. Together, these proposed actions aim to give water operators more flexibility to deliver water, optimize power generation and protect threatened and endangered species. <P> Three public meetings are scheduled: <ul> <li>July 30, 5 - 7 p.m. – San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority (842 6th St, Los Banos, CA 93635)</li> <li>July 31, 3 - 5 p.m. – Kimpton Sawyer Hotel/Magnolia Ballroom (500 J St., Sacramento, CA 95814)</li> <li>August 1, 5 - 7 p.m. – Lakeside Pavilion (2565 California Park Dr., Chico, CA 95928)</li> </ul> Current CVP and SWP operations are guided by 2008 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and 2009 NOAA Fisheries biological opinions. Since completion of those opinions, the Department of the Interior, the state of California, federal and state contractors, non-governmental organizations and others invested significant resources to advance the science of the Central Valley and Delta to more effectively manage this system. <P> <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=39181">The draft environmental impact statement is available here</a>. Submit written comments to <a href="mailto:sha-mpr-bdo@usbr.gov">sha-mpr-bdo@usbr.gov</a> by close of business August 26. <P> For more information about the public meetings or the documents, please call 916-414-2426 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66646 Reclamation hosts “Improvements to Water Governance” workshop for local water users
REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting an “Improvements to Water Governance” workshop with presenters Josh Watkins, Redding City Water Utility Manager, and Tom Warnock, Principal Engineer of PACE Engineering, Inc. <P> Reclamation is sponsoring the one-hour workshop to encourage possible future training topics and knowledge sharing mechanisms among the water resources’ community. The workshop also creates a platform to promote best practices and life-long learning, which is suitable for staff engineers, technicians, consultants and contractors. <P> This is a free event; participants will be required to register to receive a 1.0 PDH certificate. <P> <strong>What: </strong>Improvements to Water Governance workshop<br /> <strong>Who: </strong>Water Resources Planners, Engineers and Leadership<br /> <strong>Where: </strong>Community Room, City of Redding (777 Cypress Avenue, Redding, CA 96001)<br /> <strong>When: </strong>Friday, June 28, from noon -1:00 p.m. Bring your lunch.<br /> <strong>Registration: </strong>Email name, business and phone number to <a href="mailto:asce.shastabranch@gmail.com">asce.shastabranch@gmail.com</a> or fax to 530-247-8531, attention: Dr. Edward Wang <P> More event information is available by contacting Sheri Harral at 530-247-8530 (TTY 800-877-8339) or emailing her at <a href="mailto:sharral@usbr.gov">sharral@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66645 Reclamation prohibits charcoal or wood fires during Red Flag Warnings at Lake Berryessa
NAPA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation is increasing fire restrictions at Lake Berryessa during Red Flag Warnings. Reclamation is prohibiting the use of charcoal or wood fires, even in established fire rings and grills, during Red Flag Warnings at Lake Berryessa. A Red Flag Warning, the highest wildfire alert, means that potentially dangerous weather conditions (hot/dry/windy) may result in extreme fire behavior within 24 hours. <P> When Red Flag Warning conditions are in effect, the wind has the highest potential to blow fire embers that can easily ignite fast-burning wildfires. Visitors may use propane cook stoves during their stay and are encouraged to regularly check weather conditions before choosing to grill outdoors. <P> Park staff and posted signs will inform visitors of Red Flag Warning conditions at recreation entrances. These new restrictions apply to all Lake Berryessa Reclamation lands including, but not limited to, EcoCamp Berryessa, Eticuera Day Use, Oak Shores Day Use, Smittle Creek Day Use, Capell Cove, Olive Orchard, Putah Canyon, Pope Creek Day Use, Spanish Flat, Steele Canyon, Pleasure Cove, Markley Cove Recreation Area, Lake Solano County Park, and Markley turnouts. <P> More information is available at the Lake Berryessa Administration Office at 707-966-2111, ext. 0 (TTY 800-877-8339) or the website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>. <P> Red Flag Warning conditions for Lake Berryessa may be viewed at: <a href="https://www.weather.gov/">https://www.weather.gov</a>, which displays Napa County’s warning days. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66563 Reclamation updates 2019 Central Valley Project South-of-Delta water allocations
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation Friday issued updated Central Valley Project South-of-Delta allocations for the 2019 contract year. This update reflects ongoing water supply improvements due to May’s late-season precipitation. <P> “I am pleased to announce that South-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors’ allocations have been increased to 75% of their contract total because of May’s snow and rain totals,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. South-of-Delta allocations for municipal and industrial contractors have been increased to 100% of their historic use. <P> Unusual May snow and rainfall set some new records in Central Valley locations and some mountain regions experienced over five inches above normal precipitation. Flood flows from Friant Reservoir and the King’s River have offset supplies from the Delta, prompting this increased allocation. <P> The CVP Friant Division’s allocation remains unchanged for Class 1 contractors at 100%. However, the period for uncontrolled season deliveries to Class 2 contractors has been extended to June 30. (The first 800,000 acre-feet of available water supply is considered Class 1; Class 2 is considered the next amount of available water supply up to 1.4 million acre-feet). <P> All other CVP contractors’ allocations were previously increased to 100% of their contract totals in recent months. <P> The wet conditions this year have allowed Reclamation to meet full allocations for most CVP water users. However, Reclamation has had ongoing challenges in providing higher allocations for South-of-Delta water service contractors in recent decades due to regulatory restrictions. <P> Even in above average water years, threatened and endangered species’ requirements, storage limitations and lost conveyance capacity from land subsidence pose challenges on Reclamation’s ability to export water South-of-Delta. Reclamation is currently engaged in several processes to improve its ability to meet the water supply needs of the CVP in an environmentally and economically sound manner. These include several efforts directed by the October 2018 Presidential Memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West, such as the effort to develop new biological opinions for the long-term coordinated operations of the CVP and State Water Project. <P> <P>