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=64203 New Melones Lake announces winter recreation operations
SONORA, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announced today revised recreation area winter operations at New Melones Lake beginning January 22. These seasonal changes allow Reclamation to perform facility maintenance and enable natural resource recovery.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <P> <ul> <li>Closed Tuttletown Recreation Area facilities: Acorn Campground and Fiddleneck Group Camp</li> <li>Closed Glory Hole Recreation Area facilities: Big Oak Campground and Osprey Point Day-Use Area</li> <li>Open Tuttletown Recreation Area facilities: All day-use areas, including the boat launch; Manzanita Campground, Chamise Campground and Oak Knoll Group Camp</li> <li>Open Glory Hole Recreation Area facilities: All day-use areas, including the two boat launches; Ironhorse Campground</li> </ul> <P> All Tuttletown and Glory Hole Recreation Areas’ campgrounds and day-use areas will open April 1. <P> The New Melones Lake Administration Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located at 6850 Studhorse Flat Road in Sonora. For additional information on activities, directions, pet restrictions, or other questions, please call 209-536-9094, ext. 0, or visit the New Melones Lake website at <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=64103 Reclamation finalizes Klamath Project Biological Assessment
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation completed the Final Biological Assessment on “The Effects of the Proposed Action to Operate the Klamath Project from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2029 on Federally-Listed Threatened and Endangered Species.” The document was submitted Dec. 21, 2018 to the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The 2018 BA was written as Reclamation’s portion of the reinitiation of consultation with the services. Reclamation believes all information necessary to continue and complete the formal consultation process with the services has been provided. However, exchange of information will continue during the development of the services’ coordinated biological opinion which is anticipated to be complete before the 2019 irrigation season. <P> The BA contains: (1) a detailed description of the Klamath Project and its operation; (2) a description of the specific area that may be affected by the action and the environmental baseline; (3) a description of Endangered Species Act-listed species and critical habitat; (4) a description of the effects of the proposed action on ESA-listed species and associated critical habitat; and (5) other relevant available information incorporated by reference and citation. The information in the BA represents the best scientific and commercial data available. <P> Reclamation’s proposed action analyzed in the BA proposes to continue to: store waters of Upper Klamath Lake (or UKL) and the Klamath and Lost rivers; operate the project for the delivery of water to meet authorized project purposes and contractual obligations inclusive of deliveries to national wildlife refuges; conduct routine maintenance activities on project facilities; and, implement conservation measures intended to minimize impacts of the proposed action. <P> The proposed action includes a water supply based operational strategy and consists of a water management approach for UKL and the Klamath and Lost rivers that mimic natural hydrologic conditions observed in the Upper Klamath Basin. This approach attempts to optimize the ecologic benefit of the available water supply, resulting in the ability to maximize the amount of remaining water available for the project while seeking to fill UKL during the fall/winter to increase the volumes available for the Environmental Water Account (including disease mitigation flows), UKL, and project irrigation supply during the spring/summer operational period. <P> Reclamation appreciates the contributions provided by tribes and key stakeholders during the development of the BA. <P> The 2018 BA and its appendices are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao">www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao</a>. For additional information, contact Laura Williams at <a href="mailto:ljwilliams@usbr.gov">ljwilliams@usbr.gov</a or 541-880-2581 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64063 Reclamation accepting comments on Isabella Dam safety modification repayments
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation is proposing a North Kern Water Storage District and Buena Vista Water Storage District repayment contract for Isabella Dam and facilities’ safety modifications. <P> The draft contract is available <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/warren-act/index.html" target="_blank">here</a> (see North Kern Water Storage District and Buena Vista Water Storage District, contract number 18-WC-20-5245). Comments are due by March 2, 2019. <P> Written comments on the draft contracts must be sent to Quentin Branch, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-440, Sacramento, CA 95825-1898, faxed to 916-978-5292, or emailed to qbranch@usbr.gov. For additional information, please contact Branch at 916-978-5254 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63964 Reclamation awards Boca Dam safety modification construction contract
TRUCKEE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $19.7 million construction contract to NW Construction Inc. of Bozeman, Montana, for Boca Dam safety modifications. Boca Dam, 6 miles northeast of Truckee, will be modified to better resist seismic forces during an earthquake. <P> Construction may begin as early as April 2019 and continue until October 2020. During this time, Stampede Meadows Road will remain open with the use of traffic control, but the road over Boca Dam will be closed. Additionally, from June 2019 to November 2019 the reservoir will be operated 28 feet lower during construction. More information about the project can be found at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/boca">www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/boca</a> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63963 Reclamation announces availability of draft environmental assessment for Dutch Creek channel rehabilitation project
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, Trinity River Restoration Program, along with agency co-leads Bureau of Land Management and North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and cooperating agency Shasta-Trinity National Forest, announce the availability of a draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study for the proposed Dutch Creek channel rehabilitation project. <P> The Trinity River Restoration Program is a multi-agency program with eight partners forming the Trinity Management Council, as well as numerous other collaborators. The TRRP implements the 2000 Department of the Interior Record of Decision, which directs the Department to restore the Trinity River fisheries impacted by dam construction and related diversions of the Trinity River Division of the Central Valley Project. The TRRP proposes to construct the Dutch Creek channel rehabilitation project to increase salmon and steelhead habitat downstream of Lewiston Dam, and plans to implement within the next two years. The draft EA/IS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act and is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=36421">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=36421</a> or <a href="http://www.trrp.net/">http://www.trrp.net/</a>. The documents are also available for review at the TRRP office, 1313 Main Street, Weaverville, CA and the Trinity County Library, 351 Main Street, Weaverville, CA. <P> Comments will be accepted up to 30 days after the anticipated Dec. 19, 2018 publication of the legal notice in the Redding Record Searchlight, which would be on or around Jan. 18, 2019. Please email comments to <a href="mailto:fgutermuth@usbr.gov">fgutermuth@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Brandt Gutermuth, Bureau of Reclamation, Trinity River Restoration Program, P.O. Box 1300, Weaverville, CA 96093. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the document, please contact Gutermuth at <a href="mailto:fgutermuth@usbr.gov">fgutermuth@usbr.gov</a>, 530-623-1806 or Kevin Held at <a href="mailto:kheld@usbr.gov">kheld@usbr.gov</a>, 530-623-1809 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63944 Statement by Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman on California Water Agreements
I am very proud of the accomplishments we have made with the state and with our partners on the framework for voluntary agreements to address water flow issues in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Basins. I am also extremely pleased that we were able to reach agreement with the state on an addendum to the Coordinated Operation Agreement that lays the groundwork for improved water management in California for the next generation. <P> Unfortunately, the State Water Resources Control Board chose to move forward with Phase I of its water quality control plan update. We have consistently opposed this approach. It appears the State Board has left room for future consideration of the voluntary agreements, and we are working to fully analyze the impact the State Board action has on our federal projects. <P> I am optimistic about the future, and we will continue to work with our partners at the California Department of Water Resources as well as the State Board and our stakeholders to advance reasonable water management solutions for our contractors that meet the needs of California’s farms, families, industries and environmental resources. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63807 Reclamation releases EIS/EIR and schedules public meeting for the proposed Mendota Pool Group 20-year groundwater exchange
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Mendota Pool Group 20-year groundwater exchange program. <P> Under the proposed action, Reclamation would execute a series of exchange agreements with the MPG over a 20-year period. The water exchange would allow MPG farmers to deliver groundwater to the Mendota Pool in exchange for Central Valley Project water delivered via the San Luis Canal for use on approximately 42,316 acres of historically irrigated MPG lands in Westlands. The program incorporates design constraints, management actions, monitoring, and reporting requirements as well as groundwater recharge components intended to replenish the local groundwater basin through use of existing recharge facilities. <P> The draft EIS/EIR was prepared in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act is available at <p><a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=36282">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=36282</a>. <P> Public comments will be accepted through Jan. 14, 2019. Reclamation will respond to all substantive comments received and will consider them in the decision-making process. <P> The release is concurrent with the Westlands public release of the draft EIS/R pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act. Westlands Water District serves as the lead state agency for compliance with CEQA. <P> A joint public meeting is being held to solicit public comments on the draft EIS/R. The meeting will be held in: <P> <p>Mendota Branch Library</p> <p>Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 </p> <p>3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.</p> <p>1246 Belmont Avenue, Mendota, CA 93640</p> <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-262-0335 (TTY 800-877-8339) or remerson@usbr.gov. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63688 Reclamation releases draft environmental documents for Firebaugh Canal Water District five-year transfer program
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the draft Environmental Assessment and draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed annual transfers of up to 7,500 acre-feet of Firebaugh Canal Water District’s Central Valley Project water to Pacheco Water District, San Luis Water District, and Westlands Water District for five years. The proposed transfers would occur from April through December of each year when water is transferred. <P> In order to make Firebaugh’s CVP water supplies available for the transfers, common landowners in Firebaugh and Pacheco, Panoche, San Luis, and Westlands would pump a like-amount of groundwater for use in Firebaugh in lieu of receiving the CVP supplies. <P> The draft 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=36203">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=36203</a>. <P> Comments are due by Dec. 21, 2018, please email comments to mconnor@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to Kate Connor, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-262-0337. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA and FONSI, please contact Kate Connor at 559-487-5504 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63687 Reclamation releases draft environmental documents for the proposed Santa Clara Valley Water District contract amendment
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the draft Environmental Assessment and draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed Santa Clara Valley Water District second contract amendment. <P> The amendment would enable exchanges of Central Valley Project and State Water Project water to facilitate delivery of Santa Clara Valley Water District's allocated CVP and SWP water supplies through an exchange of CVP and SWP water during periods when either project experiences outages or operational reductions. <P> The draft 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=36161">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=36161</a>. <P> Comments are due by Dec. 28, 2018, please email comments to remerson@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-262-0373. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA and FONSI, please contact Emerson, at 559-262-0335 (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=63686 Reclamation releases final environmental documents for Orange Cove Irrigation District and Table Mountain Rancheria Water Transfer
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation finalized an Environmental Assessment and signed a Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed approval of the one-time transfer of up to 100 acre-feet of Central Valley Project water from Orange Cove Irrigation District to Table Mountain Rancheria for existing municipal purposes. <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=35881">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=35881</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Kathleen Linder at 559 262 0340 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email klinder@usbr.gov. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63665 Reclamation announces Isabella Dam Safety Modification Project contract negotiations
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation, Buena Vista Water Storage District and North Kern County Water Storage District will conduct a negotiation session for a repayment contract for the costs of Safety of Dams work on the Isabella Dam and Reservoir, California, pursuant to The Safety of Dams Act of November 2, 1978 (P.L. 95-578). <P> <strong>Fresno<br /> </strong>Monday, November 26<br /> 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.<br /> Reclamation<br /> South-Central California Area Office<br /> 243 N St, Fresno, CA 93721 <P> The negotiation session is open to the public. Participation instructions and proposed draft contract copies will be provided. For additional information, please contact Stanley Data at 916-978-5246 or sdata@usbr.gov, or Erma Leal at 559-262-0350 or eleal@usbr.gov. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63646 Reclamation accepting public comments on nine draft interim renewal water service contracts
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation proposed today to execute nine Central Valley Project interim renewal water service contracts on the American River Division and San Luis Unit contracts. Public comments are due by January 18, 2019. <P> Draft interim renewal water service contracts allow Reclamation to continue providing water to water purveyors and provides a temporary bridge between expiring and new long-term renewal contracts. The existing interim renewal water service contracts will expire on February 28, 2021. The contracts include: <P> Six San Luis Unit Contracts: (1) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, (2) City of Avenal, (3) City of Coalinga, (4) City of Huron, (5) Panoche Water District, and (6) San Luis Water District. <P> Three American River Division Contract: (1) City of Roseville, (2) Sacrament County Water Agency, and (3) Sacramento Municipal Utility District. <P> Execution of the proposed contracts requires appropriate environmental documentation pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. The environmental documents will be released separately for public review and comment. <P> The nine draft contracts are available <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/3404c/lt_contracts/2018-int-cts/index.html" target="_blank">here</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the contracts, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> Written comments on the draft contracts must be received by close of business January 18, 2019, and should be sent to Quentin Branch, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-440, Sacramento, CA 95825-1898, faxed to 916-978-5292, or emailed to qbranch@usbr.gov. For additional information, please contact Mr. Branch at 916-978-5254 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63645 Reclamation announces public meeting for Chapman Ranch Phase A channel rehabilitation project
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, along with the Bureau of Land Management and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, released the draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study for the Trinity River Restoration Program’s proposed Chapman Ranch Phase A channel rehabilitation project in Trinity County. <P> The Trinity River Restoration Program proposes to construct the Chapman Ranch Phase A channel rehabilitation project to increase salmon and steelhead habitat downstream of Lewiston Dam, and is scheduled for implementation in the summer 2019. <P> The public meeting will be held: Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m., North Fork Grange Hall, 131 Dutch Creek Road, Junction City. <P> The open house format will include meeting TRRP personnel, learning about the proposal, asking questions and providing input. Written comments will be accepted at the meeting. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments on additional channel rehabilitation projects in the Junction City area which are in an earlier phase of development. <P> The draft EA/IS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act and is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=35981">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=35981</a> or <a href="http://www.trrp.net/">http://www.trrp.net/</a>. The documents are also available for review at the TRRP office, 1313 Main Street, Weaverville, CA and the Trinity County Library, 351 Main Street, Weaverville, CA. <P> Comments are due by close of business Dec. 21, 2018. Please email comments to <a href="mailto:bgutermuth@usbr.gov">bgutermuth@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may be mailed to Brandt Gutermuth, Bureau of Reclamation, Trinity River Restoration Program, P.O. Box 1300, Weaverville, CA 96093. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the document, please contact Gutermuth at <a href="mailto:bguttermuth@usbr.gov">bguttermuth@usbr.gov</a>, 530-623-1806 or Kevin Held at <a href="mailto:kheld@usbr.gov">kheld@usbr.gov</a>, 530-623-1809 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63644 Bureau of Reclamation names Michael Ryan Acting Director for the Mid-Pacific Region
WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman Monday selected Michael Ryan as acting director for the agency’s Mid-Pacific Region. Ryan currently serves as a senior advisor to the Commissioner and has previously served as Reclamation’s Great Plains regional director for 12 years. <P> “Mike brings a wealth of experience in water and power operations and resource management,” said Commissioner Burman. “As acting regional director, Mike will help provide continuity in Reclamation’s role in implementing the President’s Memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West.” <P> The Presidential Memorandum, which was signed on October 19, directs the departments of the Interior and Commerce to ensure western water users have the most abundant water and power supplies possible. This includes identifying regulations and procedures that potentially burden the Klamath Irrigation and Central Valley Projects and developing a proposed plan to suspend, revise or rescind any regulation or procedure that unduly burdens them. <P> Ryan joined Reclamation in 1982, in Billings, Montana. During his 36-year career, Ryan has worked in facility operation and maintenance, dam safety and river restoration programs across the West. Ryan also served as the Klamath Area Office Area Manager before becoming the Great Plains regional director and entering the Senior Executive Service in 2005. <P> Prior to serving as the Great Plains Regional Director, Ryan was the Northern California Area Manager at Redding, California. In this capacity, Ryan managed nine dams that stored and delivered water for irrigation and municipal use, and six associated power plants. He also served as chairman of the Trinity Management Council, tasked with developing and implementing the Trinity River Restoration Program and advising the Secretary of the Interior on Trinity River anadromous fishery restoration issues. <P> A native of Deer Lodge, Montana, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1984 from Montana State University Bozeman. Ryan is a registered professional engineer. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63544 Reclamation releases final environmental document for Natomas Central Mutual Water Company water management project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact for a Natomas Central Mutual Water Company supervisory control and data acquisition (or SCADA) project intended to improve water management and reduce water demand within the Natomas Basin. <P> The proposed project includes installing water level sensors, pump runtime meters, monitoring equipment, remote terminal units and radio masts at various sites. <P> The FONSI and its associated environmental assessment were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=34881">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=34881</a>. For additional information on the project or to receive a copy of the documents, please contact Doug Kleinsmith at <a href="mailto:dkleinsmith@usbr.gov">dkleinsmith@usbr.gov</a> or 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>