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=62295 Delta Cross Channel gates open through Memorial Day weekend
WALNUT GROVE, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel gates through Memorial Day weekend beginning 10 a.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Tuesday. <P> Opening or closing gates can be made on short notice and boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The process takes about one hour. <P> The Delta Cross Channel gates control the diversion channel near Walnut Grove, about 30 miles south of Sacramento. When the gates are open, fresh water is drawn from the Sacramento River into the interior of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta through Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River. The open gates also allow boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent juvenile salmon from straying from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta. <P> Information on gate operations can be accessed on Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.pdf">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.pdf</a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-2196. <P> For additional information, please call Reclamation’s public affairs office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62294 Reclamation pauses Klamath Project deliveries through May 26
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office has notified Klamath Project irrigators that they must temporarily restrict taking water deliveries from the Klamath Project due to a lack of available water. Reclamation officials also announced they have coordinated with two east-side irrigation districts to provide access to a different water source during this temporary pause so that limited irrigation operations can continue. <P> “We are in a tight spot for the next several days, and we are doing everything we can to scrape by with a very limited water supply. We are grateful that our partners have stepped up to help their neighbors,” said Jeff Nettleton, manager of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office. <P> Langell Valley Irrigation District and Horsefly Irrigation District have agreed to transfer water from Clear Lake and Gerber Reservoirs for use by districts with a contractual right to water from those sources. Deliveries of up to 6000 acre-feet of water from these reservoirs will continue through approximately June 1, 2018, when Reclamation will be able to resume deliveries from the Klamath Project. “Once the dilution flows are completed, we may also be able to make some additional water available from Upper Klamath Lake,” said Jeff Nettleton. <P> A letter was sent to irrigators today informing them that, based on the current rate of irrigation diversions, the available supplemental water supply that was borrowed from PacifiCorp reservoirs for the Klamath Project was exhausted at midnight Monday night. As a result, Reclamation told irrigators to take a temporary pause in deliveries from the Project until approximately May 26, 2018. At that time, officials can determine if additional water from Upper Klamath Lake can be used without causing the lake to drop below the required end-of-month elevation for May 31. <P> After June 1, 2018, Reclamation will have completed the two fish health-related flow releases required by a 2017 Court Injunction, and will be able to provide additional Project deliveries from Upper Klamath Lake and the Klamath River within the limitations of the 2013 Biological Opinion. Given the dry hydrological conditions, total Project supply from Upper Klamath Lake is anticipated to be 200,000 acre-feet, inclusive of the volume delivered prior to June 1. <P> Reclamation is working with PacifiCorp on implementation of a court-ordered dilution flow and on opportunities to make additional water available to the Klamath Project before June 1 by exchange from PacifiCorp's hydroelectric reservoirs on the Klamath River. Additional water may be available depending on PacifiCorp operations while ramping down from the emergency dilution flow and hydrologic conditions over the course of this week. <P> “I want to sincerely thank all of the Project water users for the hard work, coordination and cooperation that has brought us this far through the start of a very challenging year,” Nettleton said. “We are almost to June, and with a little help from the rain that is occurring this week, I am hopeful that this will get a little easier soon.” <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62273 Reclamation releases environmental document for preserving habitat in Ciervo-Panoche Natural Area
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation finalized a Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment to provide $622,926 to the Bureau of Land Management for the BLM’s purchase of 1,387 acres within the Ciervo-Panoche Natural Area in Fresno County. <P> The purchase would permanently protect and manage habitats for threatened and endangered species like the San Joaquin kit fox, giant kangaroo rat, blunt-nose leopard lizard and San Joaquin wooly-threads plant. <P> The proposed funding is from the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program and the Central Valley Project Conservation Program for mitigating and minimizing future impacts on threatened and endangered species. The property acquisition also contributes to the BLM’s long-range goals of preserving endangered species habitat and promoting species recovery through strategic, targeted land acquisitions and subsequent management activities to optimize habitat conditions. <P> The FONSI and EA were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and they are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=31121">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=31121</a>. <P> For additional information or to receive a copy of the documents, please contact Doug Kleinsmith, at dkleinsmith@usbr.gov, or at 916-978- 5034 (TTY800-877- 8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62272 Federal agencies announce final schedule for Clear Creek spring pulse flows
REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced today that two pulse flow releases from Whiskeytown Dam into Clear Creek will be made in June to attract adult spring-run Chinook salmon to upstream Clear Creek habitats for holding and spawning purposes. <P> Flow release for the first pulse will begin Saturday, June 2 and reach a peak of 700 cubic feet per second Monday, June 4. Flow rates will then be reduced to reach 150 cfs summer base flow by Sunday, June 10. The second pulse flow will begin Saturday, June 16 and reach a peak of 800 cfs Monday, June 18. Following the peak flow, releases will steadily return to 150 cfs base flow by Monday, June 25. <P> The public should take appropriate safety precautions when near or on Clear Creek during these pulse flows. <P> Water released as part of the pulse flows will remain within the Central Valley Project system and will be available for use downstream by Reclamation customers, including agricultural and municipal and industrial users in the Central Valley and Bay Area. <P> In 2009, NOAA Fisheries issued the Biological and Conference Opinion on the Long-Term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. Included in the opinion is a reasonable and prudent alternative action to conduct at least two pulse flows in Clear Creek in May and June. These pulse flows are intended to encourage spring-run Chinook salmon to migrate further upstream to access colder water temperatures, large holding pools and newly provided clean spawning gravel, and avoid hybridization and competition with fall-run Chinook salmon. USFWS monitoring has shown that pulse flows have been successful in attracting spring-run Chinook salmon into Clear Creek. Salmon are counted during snorkel surveys immediately before and after each pulse flow. Salmon are also counted during the pulse flows using video cameras running 24 hours a day. <P> For more information, please contact Derek Rupert, Bureau of Reclamation, at 530-276-2046 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:drupert@usbr.gov">drupert@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62179 Reclamation releases final environmental documents for Delta-Mendota Canal groundwater pump-in program
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for additional design elements to the previously approved Delta-Mendota Canal Groundwater Pump-in Program. The additions have been developed in order to minimize potential contribution of the program’s impacts to subsidence along the Delta-Mendota Canal. <P> The final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32781">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32781</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 877-8339) or <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62178 Reclamation releases final environmental documents for Alameda County Water District’s rubber dam fish ladder project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation proposes to grant Alameda County Water District $750,000 for its Rubber Dam #3 Fish Ladder Project through a CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant. The total project cost is $7.1 million. <P> The proposed action will improve anadromous fish passage in the urban reach of the Alameda Creek watershed while maintaining ACWD’s water supply operations at its groundwater recharge facilities. Construction includes modifying the dam’s foundation to incorporate a plunge pool for fish passage. ACWD will also replace the existing dam’s inflatable bag and make seismic related structural upgrades. <P> Reclamation prepared an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=33041">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=33041</a>. For questions on the project or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Nathaniel Martin at 916-978-6153 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:nmartin@usbr.gov">nmartin@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62172 Reclamation releases final environmental documents for San Luis Solar Project
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a final environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact for the San Luis Solar Project, adjacent to the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area in Merced County. <P> Reclamation will issue a land-use authorization to access, install, operate, and maintain the solar cell energy generating project known as the San Luis Solar Project. The proposed project consists of three sites along the O’Neill Forebay, supporting both the Department of the Interior’s and California’s initiative to develop renewable energy on federal lands. <P> The documents were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=23959">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=23959</a>. For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Jennifer Lewis at <a href="mailto:jllewis@usbr.gov">jllewis@usbr.gov</a> or 559-487-5049 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62171 Stanislaus River flows to increase May 10
SONORA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation is alerting the public to take safety precautions in the Stanislaus River below Goodwin Dam for the rest of May as increased flows begin. <P> The Oakdale Irrigation District and South San Joaquin Irrigation District requested Reclamation increase releases from Goodwin Dam to 3,000 cubic feet per second starting in the early morning this Thursday, May 10. The supplemental flows are pursuant to an agreement for release of water by and among the Oakdale Irrigation District, the South San Joaquin Irrigation District, the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, and the California Department of Water Resources. <P> Recreationists in or along the Stanislaus River downstream from Goodwin Dam to the confluence of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Rivers should take safety precautions with the increased flows. <P> For more information on the Stanislaus River and daily reservoir operations, visit Reclamation’s Central Valley Operation Office website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62161 Reclamation releases final environmental documents for water transfer agreements from Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District to Colusa Drain Mutual Water Company
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has issued environmental documents for the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District’s proposal to transfer up to 45,000 acre-feet of water (15,000 acre-feet base supply and 30,000 acre-feet Central Valley Project water) to the Colusa Drain Mutual Water Company annually from June through September 2018 through 2022. <P> The Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact, prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32921">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32921</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the document, please contact Megan Simon at 530-276-2045 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:msimon@usbr.gov">msimon@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62160 Reclamation releases final environmental documents for Tulare Irrigation District SCADA Modernization Project
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has issued an environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact for the Tulare Irrigation District Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System Modernization Project. <P> Reclamation proposes to provide $73,150 to Tulare Irrigation District to partially fund upgrades to the district’s SCADA interface software, updating from an outdated interface platform to a modern system. The project will enhance real-time visualization of the distribution system, provide alarms in the event of emergencies, provide automated controls to facilitate constant flow, and allow for real-time data to inform better water management decisions. <P> The documents were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32441">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32441</a>. For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Kaitlin Flahive at 916-978-5044 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:kflahive@usbr.gov">kflahive@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62159 Reclamation releases environmental document for city of Sanger SCADA upgrade project
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review, draft environmental documents for a WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Project grant to the city of Sanger in Fresno County. <P> The $75,000 grant will be used to upgrade the city’s water measurement hardware at nine wells throughout the city to improve water management and conserve water. The project will modernize flow meters and install programmable logic computers and associated digital communications equipment to improve the accuracy, reliability, and efficiency of the city’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (or SCADA) system. <P> The Environmental Assessment was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=33161">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=33161</a>. <P> Comments are due by May 21, to <a href="mailto:kflahive@usbr.gov">kflahive@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may be mailed to Kaitlin Flahive, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 or faxed to 916-978-5055. For additional information or to request a copy of the EA, please contact Flahive at 916-978-5044 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62157 Reclamation releases final environmental documents to convey non-project water through Klamath Project facilities
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a final environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact to disclose potential environmental effects associated with the issuance of contracts with districts and/or individual water users for conveying non-project water through Klamath Project facilities. <P> Under this proposal, the amount of conveyance capacity available under such contracts will be limited to: (1) the amount of non-project water a given contractor has legal right to, as determined by the applicable state; and (2) the extent excess capacity is actually available in project facilities for conveyance purposes. The resultant contracts would be for a term of between one and five years, expiring no later than 2022, and would require and include a process where the use of non-project water must be verified to be compliant with state law and restrictions. <P> As part of the proposed action, Reclamation intends to coordinate with Oregon and California in making determinations consistent with state law with respect to potential third-party impacts, and groundwater impacts within the project service area. <P> The draft and final assessments, and finding of no significant impact are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=21661">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=21661</a>. <P> For additional information or to request document copies, please contact Kirk Young at 541-880-2589 (TYY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:byoung@usbr.gov">byoung@usbr.gov</a>. They may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office at 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62156 Reclamation releases environmental document for Buena Vista Water Storage District’s Northern Area Pipeline Eastern Extension Project
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation prepared an environmental assessment for public review for the Buena Vista Water Storage District’s Northern Area Pipeline Eastern Extension Project, located 16 miles west of Bakersfield in Kern County. <P> Through its WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant program, Reclamation proposes to provide $1 million to the district to install 5 miles of pipeline connecting its southern extension to its eastern areas. The pipeline project will replace unlined canals improving delivery measurements and control, and also reduce water lost through evaporation and seepage. The resulting annual water savings is expected to be 5,833 acre-feet per year. <P> Reclamation prepared the environmental assessment in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=33001">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=33001</a>. <P> Comments are due by close of business May 14, 2018, to Daniel Cordova at <a href="mailto:dcordova@usbr.gov">dcordova@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information or to request a copy of the document, please contact Cordova at above email or 916-978-5483 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62155 Reclamation begins emergency dilution flows early Monday in Klamath River
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation increased flows below Iron Gate Dam early Monday morning, May 7, to address disease concerns in salmon in the Klamath River.</p> <p>Releases from Upper Klamath Lake via Link River Dam started early this morning, with flows anticipated to reach 3,000 cubic feet per second below Iron Gate Dam by mid-day. Subsequent flows below Iron Gate Dam could reach up to 4,000 cfs during the event. The higher flows will continue for 14 days, through May 21.</p> <p>The public is urged to take all necessary precautions on or near the river while flows are high.</p> <p>A March 2017 Court Order from the U.S. District Court Northern District of California requires Reclamation to release water as part of its operation of the Klamath Project to mitigate and address disease concerns impacting coho salmon in the Klamath River. For the 2018 water year, Reclamation is required to implement winter-spring surface flushing flows and emergency dilution flows. Reclamation implemented surface flushing flows in April 2018.Disease thresholds for implementing additional emergency dilution flows were exceeded on May 3. The emergency dilution flows will utilize approximately 50,000 acre-feet of water from Upper Klamath Lake.</p> <p>The increased flow event is consistent with the 2017 Order and the 2013 Biological Opinion on operations of the Klamath Project to ensure protection of endangered Lost River and shortnose suckers in Upper Klamath Lake. It was implemented in coordination with the National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Yurok, Karuk, Hoopa Valley, and Klamath Tribes, Klamath Project water users and PacifiCorp.</p> <p>Flows will ramp down after 14 days and return to levels required by the 2013 Biological Opinion. </p> <p>"The 2018 water year is one of the most challenging and complex water years Reclamation has had to manage," said Jeff Nettleton, manager of the Klamath Basin Area Office. "We will continue to closely coordinate with Project water users, Tribes, and our partner agencies to operate the Klamath Project consistent with the requirements of the Order and the 2013 Biological Opinion, while providing as much water as possible to the Klamath Project irrigators during this extremely dry water year."</p> <p>For more information about the dilution flow, contact Reclamation Public Affairs Specialist Laura Williams at 541-880-2581 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:ljwilliams@usbr.gov">ljwilliams@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62148 Reclamation announces negotiations with Sacramento Suburban Water District for a long-term Warren Act contract
FOLSOM, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct a second contract negotiation session with the Sacramento Suburban Water District on contract terms and conditions for a long-term Warren Act contract. <P> The contract will be negotiated for the conveyance of up to 29,000 acre-feet of non-Central Valley Project water per year using excess capacity in Folsom Reservoir. <P> The negotiation session will be held at the Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento CA, 95825: <P> <ul><b><li>May 18, 2018/9:00 AM – 2:00 PM; Conference room: W-2617</b></ul></li> <P> To preregister, please contact Lucille Billingsley, Supervisory Repayment Specialist, Central California Area Office, at 916-537-7050, or lbillingsley@usbr.gov. <P> The public is welcome to attend the session and will have the opportunity to provide comments to Reclamation regarding this contracting action; participation instructions will be available at the session. There will be no conference call-in number. The proposed draft contract will be available at the session. <P> For additional information regarding the negotiation session please contact Lucille Billingsley. <P> <P>