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=63099 Reclamation to host C.A.S.T. for Kids event at New Melones Lake on Sept. 8
SONORA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will host a C.A.S.T. for Kids event at the New Melones Lake Tuttletown Recreation Area from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 8. C.A.S.T. for Kids events “team up” sponsors and anglers with special needs children for a day of fishing and fun. <P> Reclamation began holding children’s fishing events in 1992, and in 2003 these events were combined with the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation to offer increased outdoor recreational opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged children. At this year’s event, each child will receive a free fishing rod and reel, bait and tackle equipment, and instruction on fishing technique. Environmental exhibits, displays, and activities will also be offered. The morning will end with a free barbecue lunch. <P> For additional information on this event, to register a child, to participate as a volunteer, or to contribute support, please contact New Melones Park Ranger Joshua Pelham at jpelham@usbr.gov or 209-536-9094, ext. 236. Pre-registration is encouraged, but registration will also be available at the event. Disabled and disadvantaged children, from ages 5 to 16 years of age, may participate in this fun and educational activity free of charge. <P> For information on the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, please visit <a href="http://www.castforkids.org" target="_blank">http://www.castforkids.org</a>. <P> For information on New Melones Lake, please call 209-536-9094, ext. 0 (TTY 800-877-8339), visit the New Melones website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/</a>, or stop by the New Melones Lake Administration Office, 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora, CA 95370, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63098 Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service host Central Valley Project Improvement Act open house
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a public meeting and open house to present the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2019. The event will open the 30-day comment period on the annual work plan. <P> The CVPIA mandates changes in management of the Central Valley Project, particularly for the protection, restoration and enhancement of fish and wildlife. The event is scheduled for the following date and location: <P> <center><b>Central Valley Project Improvement Act Open House and Public Meeting</b><br> Friday, August 24, 2018<br> 9:00 am to 12:00 pm PDT<br> Main Conference Room (Enter at Cafeteria), #1001/1002<br> 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825</center> <P> The public meeting and open house will include an overview of CVPIA actions, interactive posters and opportunities to interact with program and project managers. Agenda topics include a 2019 CVPIA Restoration Fund overview, refuge and fisheries program presentations, an open house-poster session and time for public comments. <P> A public draft of the work plans will be available prior to the public meeting. For an electronic copy, please contact Shelly Latham at 916-978-5260 or email sdlatham@usbr.gov. Please submit comments by close of business Friday, September 24 to Latham, 2800 Cottage Way (MP-410), Sacramento, CA 95825 or by email to sdlatham@usbr.gov. <P> Please visit http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/ to learn more. For additional information, please contact Cesar Blanco, Ph.D., at 916-978-6190 or cesar_blanco@fws.gov, or Heather Casillas at 916-978-5360 or hcasillas@usbr.gov. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63095 Reclamation releases environmental document for Lewiston treatment and disposal project
REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact related to the Lewiston Community Services District Wastewater Collection Treatment and Disposal Project. <P> The project will receive grant funding from U.S. Department of Agriculture to update and consolidate three local wastewater treatment systems near Lewiston. Reclamation will provide a license for associated upgrades and continued use of existing percolation beds for the treatment system, which are located on Reclamation property adjacent to the Trinity River. <P> The USDA made the draft Environmental Assessment available for a two-week public review and issued its FONSI on July 2, 2018. Reclamation’s FONSI is supported by the technical content of the EA for the project, prepared on behalf of the USDA. The EA and FONSI 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=34041">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=34041</a> <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Megan Simon, Natural Resources Specialist, at 530- 247-8513 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:msimon@usbr.gov">msimon@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63092 Reclamation selects nearly $2 million in Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants
The Bureau of Reclamation announced today the selection of approximately $2 million in Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency grants for Fiscal Year 2018. Combined with local cost-share contributions, approximately $4 million in water management improvement projects will be implemented during the next 24 months. <P> The Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency program is a joint program with the Natural Resources Conservation Service promoting district level water conservation improvements that facilitate on-farm water use efficiency and conservation projects. With NRCS support, Reclamation selected three projects for funding. The selected projects will increase district-level efficiencies and facilitate farm water conservation and water use efficiency. <P> The three selected applicants are Eastern Municipal Water District, Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District and Solano Irrigation District. The following provides details on the selected projects: <P> <b>Eastern Municipal Water District<br> Federal Share - $210,000<br> Total Project Cost - $455,112</b><br> The Agricultural Water Data Project consists of an online data management tool and technical assistance to farmers to provide real-time water flow data, water ordering flexibility, weather-based crop water demand and efficient irrigation recommendations. The project will enable farmers to track water deliveries and optimize adequate pressure and flow to each turnout. This project will better manage 9,000 acre-feet of Bay-Delta water over the 20-year life of the project. This project will further enable up to 74 potential farmers to modify their irrigation systems through the replacement of nozzles, hoses and drip lines with water-efficient equipment. <P> <b>Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District<br> Federal Share - $670,578<br> Total Project Cost - $1,341,157</b><br> The Diltz Intertie Lateral Piping and Water Management Improvements Project will reduce groundwater pumping by district farmers by replacing five laterals of an estimated 1.38 miles off the Diltz mainline to enable pressurized flow in both directions. Additionally, the project will implement on-farm water management improvements, including installing nine evapotranspiration weather stations, fund distribution uniformity evaluations and collaborate with neighboring districts on energy and well operations. The project will further incentivize irrigation conservation by installing soil moisture probes and other on-farm water conserving implementation methods. This project will conserve 1,718 acre-feet of water over the 50-year life of the project. This project will further enable farmers on approximately 6,500 acres of district land to convert irrigation equipment to water-efficient equipment with the potential to further save an additional 2,500 acre-feet of water. <P> <b>Solano Irrigation District<br> Federal Share - $1,000,000 <br> Total Project Cost - $2,108,000</b><br> The Weyand Canal Automation and Remote Control Project will install automated control structures and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition control system along a 2.2 mile section of Weyland Canal. This project will further implement a Total Channel Control program to allow farmers more flexibility for ordering water and reduce operational spills. This project will conserve 960 acre-feet and better manage 31,000 acre-feet of Bay-Delta water over the 25-year life of the project. Through automation of the Weyand Canal, the project will decrease spills from the system. The project will also improve delivery flexibility, helping to facilitate on-farm efficiency improvements to a potential 410 acres of farms within the canal service area. <P> For more information on the Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grant Program, please contact Anna Sutton at 916-978-5214 or asutton@usbr.gov. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63086 Reclamation releases environmental documents for Riparian Habitat Restoration project at Dos Rios Ranch
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation issued environmental documents on the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts to the affected environment associated with the Riparian Habitat Restoration project at Dos Rios Ranch. Under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program, Reclamation would provide $499,730 to River Partners, a non-profit conservation organization, to partially fund the restoration of 159 acres of riparian habitat at Dos Rios Ranch in Stanislaus County. <P> The project would enhance and restore native riparian habitats to benefit a variety of federally listed and other sensitive species, including the endangered riparian brush rabbit, riparian woodrat and least Bell’s vireo. More than 18,000 propagated plants would be planted to restore native riparian vegetation and three acres of elevated land would be established to provide refuge for wildlife from flood events. <P> The 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=33961">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=33961</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the EA or FONSI, please contact Kaitlin Flahive at 916-978-5044 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email kflahive@usbr.gov. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63085 Reclamation has released final environmental documents for South Tahoe Public Utility District water delivery upgrade
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents on South Tahoe Public Utilities District's Pressure Reducing Valve Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Upgrades Project. <P> Project construction involves installing monitoring equipment at 19 pressure reducing valve stations, such as digital flow meters, digital suction and discharge pressure gauges, off-grid power supply, and modification or replacement of existing vault structure and valves where needed. <P> Reclamation has proposed a $75,000 CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant towards the project, and has prepared an environmental assessment and a 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=33841">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=33841</a>. <P> For additional information 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> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63018 Reclamation opens Boca Dam Road on the Little Truckee River
CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation has opened the road across Boca Dam located near Truckee, California. Due to substantial precipitation that filled Boca Reservoir last year, the road has been closed since February 2017 to ensure the facility’s security and the public’s safety. <P> The Tahoe National Forest Boca Campground facilities, located on the reservoir’s west side, and the Boca Reservoir boat ramp are now open and accessible. Campground and boat ramp information is available at <a href="https://www.recreation.gov/camping/boca-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74128">https://www.recreation.gov/camping/boca-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74128</a>. <P> Boca Dam and Reservoir, part of Reclamation’s Truckee Storage Project, is located on the Little Truckee River about 6 miles east of Truckee and 27 miles west of Reno. <P> For additional information about the road closure, please contact Scott Schoenfeld, Operations and Maintenance Division Manager, Lahontan Basin Area Office, at 775-884-8351 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:sschoenfeld@usbr.gov">sschoenfeld@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62959 Reclamation releases draft environmental document for North Drainage Canal Lift Pump Station project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the draft Initial Study and Environmental Assessment for proposed North Drainage Canal Lift Pump Station Project. <P> The draft IS/EA examines the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts to the affected environment associated in construction and operation of a new irrigation tailwater recovery lift pump station on the NDC, located near the Sankey Canal, in Sutter County. The lift station will have a capacity of 120 cubic feet per-second; its operation is anticipated to result in an annual water savings of 4,000 acre-feet, which would be diverted from the Sacramento River to fulfill the local water demand absent the Project. <P> The draft IS/EA was prepared by the California Environmental Quality Act lead agency 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=34021">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=34021</a>. <P> Comments on the draft IS/EA are due by Monday, August 30, 2018. Email comments to msimon@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to Megan Simon, Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard, Shasta Lake, CA 96019. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the document, please contact Simon at (530) 247-8513 (TTY 800-877-8339) or msimon@usbr.gov. The document may also be viewed at Reclamation's Northern California Area Office, located at the above address. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62951 Shasta Dam closure remains
REDDING, Calif. – Access across Shasta Dam, the Shasta Dam Visitor Center and the Shasta Dam Tours will remain closed until further notice. <P> While the evacuation order has been lifted in the area of Shasta Dam Road, access to the dam and Bureau of Reclamation facilities will remain limited to emergency crews that are assisting with the Carr Fire suppression efforts. <P> Thank you for your continued patience during this challenging time for our community. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62950 Reclamation releases final environmental documents for the Bakersfield multi-use trail along Friant-Kern Canal
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents analyzing the proposed issuance of a 25 year land use authorization to the city of Bakersfield for the construction and maintenance of a 6-mile long multi-use path along the Friant-Kern Canal, constructed over three phases. <P> The project’s 6-mile paved path serves as a means for connecting sidewalks leading to parks, commercial centers and schools. It also interconnects to the Parkway Trail in Bakersfield, which features rest stops with seating, shade and educational signage placed periodically along the trail. <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=33821">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=33821</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the final EA and FONSI, please contact Kate Connor, at 559-487-5504 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62910 Reclamation seeks volunteers to assist at 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> Located near Folsom Dam and along the American River bike trail, ARWEC offers an educational and entertaining way to increase the public’s knowledge of the American River watershed, the water cycle, water management, resource conservation, and the multiple roles, benefits and history of the Folsom Dam, Reservoir and Powerplant. <P> Volunteer opportunities include: <P> • Greeting visitors and answering questions in the exhibit center. <P> • Assisting the groundskeeper in maintaining the drought-tolerant garden, a certified wildlife habitat <P> • Leading hands-on activities with school groups in the schoolhouse, amphitheater or picnic grounds. <P> • Guiding school groups through the exhibit center or on a hike around Beals Point at Folsom Reservoir. <P> There are various day and occasional weekend volunteer shifts currently available. Interested individuals should contact Joan Roush, Reclamation Guide, at 916-537-7300 to learn more and start the process of becoming a volunteer. To become a volunteer, an interview with the ARWEC Volunteer Coordinator is required and a completed background investigation. Orientation/training will be held Aug. 30, 2018, 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> 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> For additional information, please visit the ARWEC website at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/arwec/ or contact Joan Roush at 916-537-7300 (TTY 800-877-8339) or jroush@usbr.gov. <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62906 MEDIA ADVISORY - Trinity River and Lewiston Reservoir water levels could fluctuate due to Carr Fire emergency operations at Trinity Power Plant
REDDING, Calif. – Reclamation is alerting the public that water levels in Lewiston Reservoir and in Trinity River could fluctuate this evening due to emergency water releases associated with the Carr Fire. <P> Take precautions if you are on or near the reservoir or the river. <P> Lewiston releases to the Trinity River are immediately increasing by 500 cubic feet per second – from 750 cfs to 1,250 cfs total. <P> The Trinity Power Plant is being impacted due to fire activity. It is still generating power, but the situation could change. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62905 Reclamation releases draft environmental documents for Tulare Irrigation District's water transfer to Wutchumna Water Company
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released draft environmental documents for the proposed approval of a one-time transfer of up to 2,500 acre-feet of Central Valley Project water from Tulare Irrigation District to Wutchumna Water Company for late-season irrigation deliveries. <P> This transfer will occur within existing facilities and will not require construction activities. In return, up to 2,500 acre-feet of Wutchumna's Kaweah River water will be redirected to Tulare ID using existing in-district water delivery infrastructure. <P> The Draft 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=34061">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=34061</a>. <P> Please email comments to blopez@usbr.gov by close of business Friday, August 10, 2018. Written comments may also be mailed to Brian Lopez, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559 487 5927. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA and FONSI, please contact Brian Lopez, at 559 262 0336 (TTY 800 877 8339). Copies of the Draft EA and FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62902 Reclamation signs environmental documents on City of Hayward Recycled Water project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation signed a Finding of No Significant Impact for the construction of tertiary treatment facilities at the City’s Water Pollution Control Facility to treat a peak flow of 0.5 million gallons per day, the installation of a one-million-gallon storage tank and pump station, and distribution pipelines to connect to customers. The project would deliver an estimated 290 acre-feet per year of recycled water to 24-to-40 customers within the City. The project falls under Reclamation’s Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program. <P> The FONSI and supporting Environmental Assessment were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=33621">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=33621</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Jamie LeFevre at 916-978-5035 (TTY 800-877-8339) or jlefevre@usbr.gov. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62897 New fee program to improve recreation facilities at Lake Berryessa
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation is proposing to charge and retain fees for day use and boat launch at Capell Cove Boat Launch, Oak Shores and Smittle Creek Day Use Areas located at Lake Berryessa. The proposed fees would be used to improve local facilities, provide increased visitor services and protect natural resources. Special recreation event authorization fees and shade shelter reservations fees are also proposed. <P> A Federal Register Notice announcing the proposed fees was published this week and can be viewed here: <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/25/2018-15909/notice-of-proposed-new-fee-site-lake-berryessa-napa-california-federal-lands-recreation-enhancement">https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/25/2018-15909/notice-of-proposed-new-fee-site-lake-berryessa-napa-california-federal-lands-recreation-enhancement</a>. <P> Reclamation is seeking comments and suggestions on the proposed fees. Public comments are being accepted through Jan. 21, 2019. Public meetings will be held soon to gather input as well. Meeting dates will be announced soon and will be posted at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>. Please contact 707-966-2111 with any questions. <P> The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, or FLREA, authorizes federal agencies and bureaus to participate in a fee collection and retention program, issue special recreation use permits and participate in the nationwide parks pass initiative known as the Federal Interagency Pass Program. <P> <P>