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=65223 Spring photography contest at Reclamation’s New Melones Lake
SONORA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announces the third annual spring photography contest at New Melones Lake. The contest is only open to amateur photographers and the deadline for submissions is June 3, 2019. <P> The photo contest has three categories: landscape, flora/fauna, and recreation. Participants may submit one photograph per category. All photographs must be from the New Melones Lake Recreation Area, taken in 2019, and must be in their original, un-edited form. <P> Two photographs from each category will be selected and the winning photographers will be awarded a two-night camping certificate for New Melones Lake. One photograph will be selected as “Best of Show,” and the winner will receive a New Melones Lake Annual Pass. The winning photographs will be announced by July 4, 2019. <P> Please submit photographs to Joshua Pelham at <u><a href="mailto:jpelham@usbr.gov">jpelham@usbr.gov</a></u>, and include: the photographer’s name, contact information, location of the photograph and photographic category of each picture. For more information, contact Joshua at 209-536-9094 ext. 236. <P> The photographer retains their rights to the photograph; however, they grant Reclamation (and those authorized by Reclamation) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce, and create works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any Reclamation purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion, website, exhibition, and commercial products, including, but not limited to Reclamation publications. Any photograph reproduced will be given photograph credit as Bureau of Reclamation. <P> The New Melones Lake Administration office and Visitor Center and Museum is located at 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora, CA 95370. For additional information call the Visitor Center at 209-536-9543 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65163 Reclamation hosts public meeting on Klamath Basin water conditions and operational plans
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, will hold a public meeting on 2019 Klamath Basin water conditions and operational plans on Friday, March 22. <P> Presentations will focus on current and forecasted hydrologic conditions; outlook for the 2019 water year, including preliminary Klamath Basin project allocations; status of the Endangered Species Act, Section 7, reinitiation of consultation; and National Environmental Policy Act processes. <P> <strong>What:</strong> 2019 Klamath Basin water year and operations public meeting<br /> <strong>Who:</strong> Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service<br /> <strong>When:</strong> Friday, March 22, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Klamath County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall 2; 3531 S 6th Street, Klamath Falls <P> The meeting will provide an opportunity for public input. For additional information, contact Laura Williams at 541-880-2581 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:ljwilliams@usbr.gov">ljwilliams@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65144 Reclamation updates 2019 Central Valley Project water allocations
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation today issued updated allocations for Central Valley Project contractors for the 2019 contract year. This update reflects the benefits of the series of storms that brought significant precipitation to California during February and early March. <P> “The precipitation we’ve experienced since mid-February has provided a significant boost to the projected water supply for the Central Valley Project this year,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. “With the improved CVP storage conditions and the latest runoff forecasts, we are pleased to increase the amount of water allocated to many of our water service contractors.” <P> The three updated allocation areas include: <ul> <li>North of the Delta, in-Delta and American River contractors’ allocations, for both agricultural water service and municipal and industrial service contractors, are increased to 100 percent.</li> <li>South-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors’ allocations are increased to 55 percent of their contract total.</li> <li>South-of-Delta allocations for municipal and industrial contractors’ allocations are increased to 80 percent of their historic use. </li> </ul> <P> Friant Division’s allocation remains unchanged with Class 1 contractors at 100 percent. The period for uncontrolled season deliveries to Class 2 contractors has been extended to April 10, and for the time being, contractors are being encouraged to take delivery of as much water as possible for beneficial use under their respective contracts to help minimize flood control releases. (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> In addition, due to the current hydrologic conditions and storage levels in San Luis Reservoir, Reclamation declared the temporary availability of Section 215 water from the Delta for south-of-Delta contractors that enter into a "Temporary Water Service Contract for Surplus Water" with Reclamation. Section 215 refers to a section in the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (Public Law 97-293) that defines temporary water supplies that are unusually large and not storable for project purposes, and how that non-storable water may be used. The availability period for this water delivery will depend on hydrologic conditions and water demands in the coming weeks. <P> As the water year progresses, changes in hydrology and opportunities to deliver additional water will influence future allocations. Water supply updates are posted <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.html" target+"_blank">here</a>. For additional information, please contact the public affairs office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64968 *CANCELED* Reclamation to host Project Learning Tree workshop at New Melones Lake
SONORA, Calif. – (Canceled due to weather) The Bureau of Reclamation will host a Project Learning Tree workshop for educators March 8 and 9 at New Melones Lake. The workshop is an ecosystems-based curriculum, hosted in collaboration with the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. <P> Project Learning Tree workshop attendees will have the option to attend the one or two-day training. The March 8 workshop will focus on becoming a certified Project Learning Tree facilitator, giving attendees the skills to host their own workshop in their local community. The March 9 workshop will give educators the tools to use the curriculum in their classrooms. <P> Workshop lessons will focus primarily on the Oak Woodland ecosystems, since this represents New Melones. Register online for this workshop through March 9 at <a href="http://ucanr.edu/pltnewmelones">http://ucanr.edu/pltnewmelones</a> <P> Project Learning Tree is a nationally-recognized curriculum that relies on trees and forestry to help enhance students’ understanding about the environment and how they can help sustain it. The workshop supports California State Science Standards and focuses on inquiry-based lessons and activities to help students understand the basic features of forest ecology and natural resource stewardship. <P> For more information about the workshop, contact Project Learning Tree coordinator Sandy Derby at <a href="mailto:stderby@ucanr.edu">stderby@ucanr.edu</a> or Park Ranger Mike McGraw at <a href="mailto:mmcgraw@usbr.gov">mmcgraw@usbr.gov</a> <P> For additional information on New Melones Lake, call the Visitor Center at 209-536-9543 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html</a> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64967 Reclamation increasing releases into Sacramento River for storage management
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will incrementally increase Keswick Dam releases into the Sacramento River from 30,000 cubic feet per second at 7 a.m. to 40,000 cfs by 11 a.m. on March 7.</p> <p>The increased releases are necessary to meet flood space regulatory requirements within Shasta Reservoir. Depending on current conditions and inflow levels, operational adjustments will be made as necessary and may occur on short notice.</p> <p>Sacramento River levels will increase downstream of Keswick Dam. Take appropriate safety precautions by avoiding the high-water areas. It is unsafe to walk or drive into or near flood waters.</p> <p>Midnight reservoir elevations and flows from Keswick Dam may be found at Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations Office website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/wtr_rpt.pdf">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/wtr_rpt.pdf</a>.</p> <p>Hourly reservoir data may be found at the Department of Water Resources’ California Data Exchange Center website at <a href="http://cdec.water.ca.gov/dynamicapp/QueryF?s=KES">http://cdec.water.ca.gov/dynamicapp/QueryF?s=KES</a>, or by calling DWR Flood Operations Center at 916-574-2619. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64943 Reclamation requests comments on Klamath Project draft environmental assessment
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation invites public review and comment on a draft Environmental Assessment titled, Implementation of Klamath Project Operating Procedures 2019-2024. The draft evaluates the proposed action for the Biological Assessment that was transmitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dec.21, 2018, as modified on Feb. 15, 2019. The 2018 BA can be referenced at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao">www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao</a> <P> The draft EA is being completed for the Endangered Species Action Section 7 Klamath Project Reinitiation of Consultation process, which is expected to culminate in coordinated Biological Opinions from the NMFS and the USFWS by April 1. <P> The document was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, available at a <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=37522">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=37522</a> <P> Comments must be received by March 19, 2019. The comments may be sent via email to <a href="mailto:tcampbellmiranda@usbr.gov">tcampbellmiranda@usbr.gov</a>, or by hard copy to Tara Jane Campbell Miranda, Bureau of Reclamation, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97603. <P> For additional information, contact Laura Williams at 541-880-2581 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:ljwilliams@usbr.gov">ljwilliams@usbr.gov</a> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64903 Reclamation announces temporary closure of Lake Berryessa’s Capell Cove launch ramp
Napa, Calif. &ndash; The Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, has temporarily closed the Capell Cove launch ramp at Lake Berryessa today, March 4, due to high lake levels. The launch ramp may close and reopen whenever the conditions are unsafe for the boating public.</p> <p>The parking lot and small picnic areas at the Capell Cove launch ramp will remain open. Additionally, hand-launching of kayaks, canoes and other small craft is allowed.</p> <p>Visitors are encouraged to use other launch ramps at Lake Berryessa including those at: Putah Canyon Recreation Area, Spanish Flat Recreation Area, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Pleasure Cove Marina, and Markley Cove Resort. Locations of these areas may be found on the map at: <u><a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/maps/berryessa-map.pdf">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/maps/berryessa-map.pdf</a></u>.</p> <p>These concession areas charge a fee for the public to use their launch ramps. For information, visit the following websites:</p> <ul> <li>Markley Cove - <a href="http://www.markleycove.com">markleycove.com</a></li> <li>Pleasure Cove Marina and Steele Canyon Recreation Area - <u><a href="http://www.goberryessa.com">goberryessa.com</a></u></li> <li>Putah Canyon Recreation Area - <u><a href="http://www.royalelkparkmanagement.com">royalelkparkmanagement.com</a></u></li> <li>Spanish Flat Recreation Area - <u><a href="http://www.spanishflatcamping.com/">spanishflatcamping.com</a></u></li> </ul> <p>For most up-to-date information, please call the Lake Berryessa Administration Office at 707-966-2111, ext. 0 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit the website at:</p> <p><a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64844 Reclamation increasing releases into Sacramento River for storage management
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will incrementally increase releases below Keswick Dam from 7,000 cubic feet per second to 25,000 cfs by 2 p.m. on Feb. 28, and then up to 30,000 cfs on March 2. <P> Sacramento River levels are expected to increase downstream of Keswick Dam. Take appropriate safety precautions by avoiding the area. It is unsafe to walk or drive into or near flood waters. <P> The increased releases are necessary to meet flood space regulatory requirements within Shasta Reservoir. Depending on current conditions and inflow levels, operational adjustments will be made as necessary and may occur on short notice. <P> Midnight reservoir elevations and flows from Keswick Dam may be found at Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations Office website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/wtr_rpt.pdf">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/wtr_rpt.pdf</a>. <P> Current Sacramento River conditions may be found at the Department of Water Resources’ California Data Exchange Center website at <a href="http://cdec.water.ca.gov/dynamicapp/QueryF?s=KES">http://cdec.water.ca.gov/dynamicapp/QueryF?s=KES</a> or by calling DWR Flood Operations Center at 916-574-2619. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64684 Reclamation announces initial water supply allocation for the Central Valley Project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation today announced the initial 2019 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project water service contractors. This allocation is based on a conservative estimate of the amount of water that will be available for delivery to CVP water users and reflects current reservoir storages, precipitation and snowpack in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada. <P> California experienced a dry summer and fall in 2018; however, precipitation so far this year has been well above average. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) reports that as of February 15, the statewide average snow water equivalent in the Sierra Nevada snowpack was 141 percent of the historical average, and overall precipitation is currently approximately 121 percent of the historical average for the northern Central Valley. <P> “Though we’ve had a great start to 2019, our experience as the operator of this complex and important infrastructure dictates we act conservatively at this time of year,” said Ernest Conant, Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region Director. “In particular, we are closely monitoring the current and projected storage at Shasta Lake, which is the largest reservoir in the CVP.” <P> With a capacity of about 4.5 million acre-feet, Shasta Lake generally represents the majority of the water storage for the CVP. The water stored in Shasta Lake is used for many purposes, including supply for many of the water contractors of the CVP both north and south of the Delta, as well as ensuring that adequate temperatures can be maintained in the Sacramento River downstream of the dam throughout the summer and fall for endangered winter-run Chinook salmon. Recent storms have brought storage in the reservoir back up to just above the historic average. However, runoff forecasts still predict that overall storage this year might be limited if the typical spring precipitation does not materialize. <P> “Reclamation’s initial allocations this year reflect the rain and snow we’ve had to date, balanced with the need to exercise reasonable caution should the remainder of the winter turn dry,” Conant said. “We recognize the importance of providing meaningful allocations early in the year for the planning needs of our contractors and must also ensure we can meet these commitments should conditions turn dry or other contingencies arise.” <P> Based on the conditions described above, Reclamation provides an initial allocation as described below. <P> <strong><u>North-of-Delta Contractors (Including American River and In-Delta Contractors)</u></strong> <ul> <li>Agricultural water service contractors North-of-Delta are allocated 70 percent of their contract supply.</li> <P> <li>Pursuant to Reclamation’s M&I water shortage guidelines, M&I water service contractors North-of-Delta (including American River and In-Delta Contractors) are allocated 95 percent of their historic use.</li> </ul> <strong><u>Eastside Water Service Contractors</u></strong> <ul> <li>Eastside water service contractors (Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District and Stockton East Water District) will receive 100 percent of their contract total.</li> </ul> <strong><u>South-of-Delta Contractors</u></strong></p> <ul> <li>Agricultural water service contractors South-of-Delta are allocated 35 percent of their contract supply.</li> <P> <li>M&I water service contractors South-of-Delta are allocated the greater of 75 percent of their historic use or public health and safety needs.</li> </ul> <strong><u>Friant Division Contractors</u></strong> <ul> <li>Friant Division contractors’ water supply develops in the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Watershed and is delivered from Millerton Lake through Friant Dam to the Madera Canal and Friant-Kern Canal. The first 800,000 acre-feet of available water supply is considered Class 1; and Class 2 is considered the next amount of available water supply up to 1.4 million acre-feet. Given the current hydrologic conditions, we have determined that a block of 150,000 acre-feet needs to be evacuated from Millerton Lake in March in order to avoid making flood releases later in the spring. As such the initial Friant Division water supply allocation is being based on “uncontrolled season” conditions. During this uncontrolled season period the Class 1 allocation is 100 percent, and any portions of the uncontrolled season supply not picked up by Class 1 contractors are accordingly made available to contractors with Class 2 designations in their contract. The uncontrolled season may be shortened or extended, however, we will coordinate our operations with the Friant contractors on a weekly basis throughout this period, and will update the Friant Division allocations following the conclusion of uncontrolled season.</li> <P> <li>For the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, Reclamation is currently forecasting a “Normal-Wet” water year type, providing for about 322,000 acre-feet to be used for Restoration Program purposes.</li> </ul> On February 15, Reclamation notified the Sacramento River Settlement Contractors, San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors, San Joaquin Settlement Contractors, and Refuge Contractors that the forecasted inflow to Shasta Lake is currently greater than the amount that would cause this to be a “Shasta Critical” year as that term is defined in their contracts. <P> As the water year progresses, changes in hydrology and opportunities to deliver additional water will influence future allocations. Water supply updates will be made as appropriate and posted at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.html</a>. <P> For additional information, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64623 Reclamation seeks comments on draft environmental document for long-term water transfers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation is requesting comments on a draft revised environmental analysis for long-term water transfers prepared with the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority. The analysis includes the environmental effects of approving voluntary water transfers from 38 water management agencies and individuals north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to Central Valley Project water contractors south of the Delta and in the Bay Area over the next six years. <P> Reclamation and the water authority completed a joint environmental document in 2015 for approving water transfers over a ten-year period. The document was challenged in U.S. District Court, resulting in a 2018 court ruling that the document needed further clarification. The draft revised environmental documents provide additional analysis clarifying potential environmental effects of approving these water transfers. <P> Water transfers analyzed could occur through various methods including groundwater substitution, cropland idling, reservoir releases and conservation. <P> The Draft Revised Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act is available <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=18361">here</a>. <P> Comments are due by March 18. Email comments to Daniel Cordova at <a href="mailto:dcordova@usbr.gov">dcordova@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments must be mailed by March 18 to: <P> <p style="text-align: center;">Daniel Cordova<br /> Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Room E-2604<br />2800 Cottage Way<br />Sacramento, CA 95825</p> <P> For questions on the project or to request a copy of document, please email Cordova or call 916-978-5483 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64503 Reclamation releases Biological Assessment for California water operations
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation released the Biological Assessment for the re-initiation of consultation on the coordinated long-term operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. The document was transmitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service for consideration in developing new biological opinions covering CVP and SWP operations. Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources re-initiated consultation in 2016 based on new information related to multiple years of drought and ongoing science efforts. <P> In October 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed the Presidential Memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West, citing the "diminished...ability" of America's infrastructure "to deliver water and power in an efficient, cost-effective way." To that end, the Memorandum directed the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce to work together to complete the consultation process in a timely manner. <P> The Biological Assessment supports Reclamation’s consultation pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. It was prepared consistent with the timeline outlined in the Presidential Memorandum. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service are expected to issue final biological opinions within 135 days. <P> “It has been 10 years since the biological opinions on the coordinated long-term operation of the CVP and SWP were issued. Since then, we’ve experienced extreme drought and invested significant resources to advance the science of the Central Valley and the Delta in coordination with our state and federal partner agencies and stakeholders. The result of our investments is an improved understanding of the system,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. “By expanding our toolkit with the best science and using what we know today, new biological opinions will allow us to maximize water and power benefits while supporting endangered fish populations.” <P> The Biological Assessment analyzes potential effects of the proposed action on federally listed endangered and threatened species and critical habitat for these species. The proposed action incorporates the best available science into the operation of the CVP and SWP. Proposed actions outlined in the document include temperature management at Shasta Dam, fall habitat and salinity measures in the Delta, and entrainment management related to water exports. Together, these proposed actions aim to give water operators more flexibility, maximize water supply delivery and optimize power generation consistent with applicable laws. <P> The Biological Assessment is available <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/bdo/lto.html" target="_blank">here</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64484 Reclamation issues safety tips for Berryessa recreators
NAPA, Calif. – Officials with Reclamation’s Lake Berryessa office are encouraging visitors to take extra caution when recreating in and around the lake this winter. The lake is high due to recent storms, and recent wildfires have brought more sediment and downed trees into the lake. <P> Visitors should use caution in and around the lake, and follow these safety tips: <P> <b>1.</b> <b>Driving:</b> Check road and weather conditions prior to starting trips and allow extra driving time due to rock/debris slides, visitors and wildlife. Consider visiting during the weekdays if possible. <P> <b>2. Boating:</b> Use extreme caution navigating through the reservoir. The 2018 County Fire’s burned areas are experiencing their first heavy rains. Upstream burned area runoff entering the lake is thick with silt and downed trees. Increased lake cloudiness has resulted in poor visibility of submerged and floating hazards. <P> <b>3. Shoreline: </b>Shoreline: Quickly rising waters may weaken and undermine shorelines around the lake. Keep some distance from the shoreline, observe terrain changes and remain on maintained roadways and trails when possible. <P> <b>4. Hypothermia: </b> Lake Berryessa’s cold water can lead to potentially life-threatening hypothermia. Symptoms include shivering, slurred speech, apathy, disorientation, drowsiness and unconsciousness. Move into a warm or sheltered area immediately. Replace wet clothing with dry clothes, a sleeping bag, or blankets and drink a warm, nonalcoholic beverage if conscious. Contact the Lake Berryessa Field Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 before visiting the lake for current information or visit the website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/</a> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64466 Visit the American River Water Education Center
FOLSOM, Calif. – Visit the family friendly American River Water Education Center gardens from Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Folsom-Auburn Road. The gardens include California natives, UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars and 100 easy-to-grow plants. <P> Plants are labeled with species, water usage and drought tolerance information in a water-efficient landscape that is also certified as a National Wildlife Habitat. Center exhibits provide American River watershed details and its location offers access to American River Parkway Bike Trail, Beals Point and Folsom State Park. <P> ARWEC shares Reclamation’s mission by informing future generations and the public about water management and hydropower generation to support the state’s water and power demands. School groups and other agencies partner with ARWEC to further educate its visitors’ knowledge about 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> Learn more by visiting these websites: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/arwec/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/arwec/</a>, <a href="https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/arboretum-all-stars">https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/arboretum-all-stars</a> or calling the scheduling office for free group garden tours at 916-537-7300 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64464 Reclamation seeks New Melones Lake volunteers
SONORA, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking volunteers at its New Melones Lake, located 10 miles north of downtown Sonora at 6850 Studhorse Flat Road. <P> Volunteers may work towards acquiring annual day use, boat launch and federal park passes with hours worked. No experience necessary; however, working with diverse populations, enjoying people and being reliable are desired attributes. <p> </p> <P> Volunteer opportunities include: <p> </p> <p> </p> <ul> <li>Greeting visitors, answering phone calls, questions, and providing resources such as maps and guides of New Melones Lake and surrounding areas. Shifts available all week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</li> <li>Assisting park rangers with school programs and special events</li> <li>Helping to care for drought-tolerant native plants in the garden and nursery</li> <li>Living on site as a campground host</li> <li>Monitoring wildlife</li> </ul> For information on becoming a volunteer, please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/volunteer.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/volunteer.html</a> or contact Park Ranger Mike McGraw at 209-536-9094 ext. 233 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:mmcgraw@usbr.gov">mmcgraw@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64385 Reclamation completing Folsom Dam safety work; trail detours to begin
FOLSOM, Calif.- The Bureau of Reclamation is completing its construction improvements at Folsom Reservoir’s Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam and Dikes 1, 4, 5 and 6 in the Granite Bay and Folsom Recreation areas beginning January 2019 and ending around July 2019. <P> Trail segments will be temporarily restricted during construction. To accommodate recreational traffic, Reclamation has designated an alternate route, with signage at all the access points. <P> The improvement modifications are being completed under Reclamation’s Safety of Dams Program to address minor runoff, drainage and erosion conditions along maintenance access roads initially modified under prior public safety activities that have been ongoing since 2007. <P> The work includes (1) re-grading and resurfacing access roads at Dikes 4, 5 and 6 to better facilitate runoff; (2) installation of vehicle traffic curbing at Dike-1; (3) installation of drainage channels to better control runoff; (4) removal of k-rail traffic barriers currently in place at Dike 1; and (5) clean out of sediment deposition within downstream outfall channels. <P> Learn more about these improvements by visiting <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/folsom/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/folsom/</a> <P> Contact Kyle Keer with questions at 916-537-7111 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:kkeer@usbr.gov">kkeer@usbr.gov</a> <P> <P>