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=66903 Reclamation seeks comment on proposed changes to its operations in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation released a draft environmental impact statement analyzing potential effects associated with long-term water operations for the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. Reclamation’s goal is to incorporate updated science into CVP and SWP operations to optimize water deliveries for communities and farms, while protecting threatened and endangered species. The draft environmental impact statement will be available for public input for a 45-day review period. <P> “This is a huge undertaking that affects water operations throughout California. It is important we listen to as many voices as we can,” said Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. “Seeking public input is an essential part of the process to ensure our actions are improving the quality of life for people and also protecting our valuable natural resources.” <P> Proposed actions outlined in the document include temperature management at Shasta Dam, habitat and salinity measures in the Delta, and management of fish entrainment related to water exports from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Delta. Together, these proposed actions aim to give water operators more flexibility to deliver water, optimize power generation and protect threatened and endangered species. <P> Three public meetings are scheduled: <ul> <li>July 30, 5:00-7:00 p.m. – San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority (842 6th St, Los Banos, CA 93635)</li> <li>July 31, 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Kimpton Sawyer Hotel/Magnolia Ballroom (500 J St., Sacramento, CA 95814)</li> <li>August 1, 5:00-7:00 p.m. – Lakeside Pavilion (2565 California Park Dr., Chico, CA 95928)</li> </ul> Current CVP and SWP operations are guided by 2008 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and 2009 NOAA Fisheries biological opinions. Since completion of those opinions, the Department of the Interior, the state of California, federal and state contractors, non-governmental organizations and others invested significant resources to advance the science of the Central Valley and Delta to more effectively manage this system. <P> <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=39181">The draft environmental impact statement is available here</a>. Submit written comments to sha-mpr-bdo@usbr.gov by close of business August 26. <P> For more information about the public meetings or the documents, please call 916-414-2426 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66646 Reclamation hosts “Improvements to Water Governance” workshop for local water users
REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting an “Improvements to Water Governance” workshop with presenters Josh Watkins, Redding City Water Utility Manager, and Tom Warnock, Principal Engineer of PACE Engineering, Inc. <P> Reclamation is sponsoring the one-hour workshop to encourage possible future training topics and knowledge sharing mechanisms among the water resources’ community. The workshop also creates a platform to promote best practices and life-long learning, which is suitable for staff engineers, technicians, consultants and contractors. <P> This is a free event; participants will be required to register to receive a 1.0 PDH certificate. <P> <strong>What: </strong>Improvements to Water Governance workshop<br /> <strong>Who: </strong>Water Resources Planners, Engineers and Leadership<br /> <strong>Where: </strong>Community Room, City of Redding (777 Cypress Avenue, Redding, CA 96001)<br /> <strong>When: </strong>Friday, June 28, from noon -1:00 p.m. Bring your lunch.<br /> <strong>Registration: </strong>Email name, business and phone number to <a href="mailto:asce.shastabranch@gmail.com">asce.shastabranch@gmail.com</a> or fax to 530-247-8531, attention: Dr. Edward Wang <P> More event information is available by contacting Sheri Harral at 530-247-8530 (TTY 800-877-8339) or emailing her at <a href="mailto:sharral@usbr.gov">sharral@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66645 Reclamation prohibits charcoal or wood fires during Red Flag Warnings at Lake Berryessa
NAPA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation is increasing fire restrictions at Lake Berryessa during Red Flag Warnings. Reclamation is prohibiting the use of charcoal or wood fires, even in established fire rings and grills, during Red Flag Warnings at Lake Berryessa. A Red Flag Warning, the highest wildfire alert, means that potentially dangerous weather conditions (hot/dry/windy) may result in extreme fire behavior within 24 hours. <P> When Red Flag Warning conditions are in effect, the wind has the highest potential to blow fire embers that can easily ignite fast-burning wildfires. Visitors may use propane cook stoves during their stay and are encouraged to regularly check weather conditions before choosing to grill outdoors. <P> Park staff and posted signs will inform visitors of Red Flag Warning conditions at recreation entrances. These new restrictions apply to all Lake Berryessa Reclamation lands including, but not limited to, EcoCamp Berryessa, Eticuera Day Use, Oak Shores Day Use, Smittle Creek Day Use, Capell Cove, Olive Orchard, Putah Canyon, Pope Creek Day Use, Spanish Flat, Steele Canyon, Pleasure Cove, Markley Cove Recreation Area, Lake Solano County Park, and Markley turnouts. <P> More information is available at the Lake Berryessa Administration Office at 707-966-2111, ext. 0 (TTY 800-877-8339) or the website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>. <P> Red Flag Warning conditions for Lake Berryessa may be viewed at: <a href="https://www.weather.gov/">https://www.weather.gov</a>, which displays Napa County’s warning days. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66563 Reclamation updates 2019 Central Valley Project South-of-Delta water allocations
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation Friday issued updated Central Valley Project South-of-Delta allocations for the 2019 contract year. This update reflects ongoing water supply improvements due to May’s late-season precipitation. <P> “I am pleased to announce that South-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors’ allocations have been increased to 75% of their contract total because of May’s snow and rain totals,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. South-of-Delta allocations for municipal and industrial contractors have been increased to 100% of their historic use. <P> Unusual May snow and rainfall set some new records in Central Valley locations and some mountain regions experienced over five inches above normal precipitation. Flood flows from Friant Reservoir and the King’s River have offset supplies from the Delta, prompting this increased allocation. <P> The CVP Friant Division’s allocation remains unchanged for Class 1 contractors at 100%. However, the period for uncontrolled season deliveries to Class 2 contractors has been extended to June 30. (The first 800,000 acre-feet of available water supply is considered Class 1; Class 2 is considered the next amount of available water supply up to 1.4 million acre-feet). <P> All other CVP contractors’ allocations were previously increased to 100% of their contract totals in recent months. <P> The wet conditions this year have allowed Reclamation to meet full allocations for most CVP water users. However, Reclamation has had ongoing challenges in providing higher allocations for South-of-Delta water service contractors in recent decades due to regulatory restrictions. <P> Even in above average water years, threatened and endangered species’ requirements, storage limitations and lost conveyance capacity from land subsidence pose challenges on Reclamation’s ability to export water South-of-Delta. Reclamation is currently engaged in several processes to improve its ability to meet the water supply needs of the CVP in an environmentally and economically sound manner. These include several efforts directed by the October 2018 Presidential Memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West, such as the effort to develop new biological opinions for the long-term coordinated operations of the CVP and State Water Project. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66405 Reclamation, DWR take steps to improve habitat for endangered salmon at the Yolo Bypass
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have evaluated options to improve fish passage and increase floodplain fisheries-rearing habitat in the Yolo Bypass, near Sacramento. These options explore how to benefit Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead and the southern distinct population segment of North American green sturgeon. The agencies released environmental documents that analyze six action alternatives including a headworks structure at Fremont Weir and downstream channel improvements. <P> “The Yolo Bypass is both a prominent element of California’s flood control system and a critical migration corridor for fish,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. “This project shows what we can do when we work with our state and local partners to address fish and water supply reliability in California. I look forward to our work together to restore habitat while continuing existing land use.” <P> The project aims to increase the connection of water and fish entering the Yolo Bypass, California’s largest continuous floodplain made up of 59,000 acres. This project will also provide seasonal inundation that mimics the natural process of the Yolo Bypass floodplain during winter and improves connectivity within the bypass and to the Sacramento River. This enables juvenile salmon to feed in a food-rich area for a longer time, allowing them to grow rapidly in size and improving their chances of survival as they travel to the ocean. <P> The project primarily consists of a new structure at the head of the Fremont Weir, also known as a headworks structure, and channel improvements to an outlet and downstream channels. The new construction would connect floodplain habitat over the winter, when flooding occurs. Connecting floodplain habitat over the winter avoids significant impacts to land uses by operating within existing hydrology and outside of the agriculture season. <P> The project meets requirements of the National Marine Fisheries Service 2009 Biological Opinion on the Long-Term Operations of the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project (LTO) and is part of the Reinitiation of Consultation (ROC) on LTO. <P> The Final Environmental Impact Statement is prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=30484">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=30484</a>. Hard copies of the documents can be reviewed at the Bureau of Reclamation, Bay-Delta Office, 801 I Street, Suite 140, Sacramento, CA. Call to make an appointment (916-414-2400). To request a copy of the documents, contact Ben Nelson at 916-414-2424 (TTY 800-877-8339), <a href="mailto:bnelson@usbr.gov">bnelson@usbr.gov</a>. <P> For additional information on the Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/bdo/yolo-bypass.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/bdo/yolo-bypass.html</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66384 Reclamation hosts hiking guide author for a book signing at Shasta Dam
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. &ndash; The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting a presentation by John Soares, author of several northern California hiking guides, at the Shasta Dam Visitor Center auditorium on June 13 at 3 p.m. A book signing will follow.&nbsp;</p> <p>Soares is an outdoors book author and freelance writer who has lived nearly his entire life in northern California. Along with three guide books, he has written over 100 newspaper and magazine articles about outdoors travel. While focus of the presentation is foot travel, it will also address maximizing trail-time enjoyment and hike updates on the economic, social, and environmental aspects of north state trails.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What: </strong>Presentation and book signing<br /><strong>Who: </strong>Hiking guide author John Soares<br /><strong>Where: </strong>Shasta Dam Visitor Center auditorium, 16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard, Shasta Lake<br /><strong>When: </strong>Thursday, June 13, 3 p.m.&nbsp;</p> <p>Soares&rsquo; books include: <em>Day Hiking: Mount Shasta, Lassen &amp; Trinity Alps Regions</em>, which offers readers 125-day hikes aimed at a variety of skill levels; <em>100 Classic Hikes: Northern California</em> explores isolated beaches, rolling foothills, old-growth forests, mountain lakes and rugged peaks of northern California; and <em>Hike the Parks: Redwood National &amp; State Parks,</em> is a guide to popular redwood and coastal hikes from Arcata to the Oregon border.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more event information, contact Tami Corn at 530-247-8556 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:tcorn@usbr.gov">tcorn@usbr.gov</a>. All book sale proceeds go towards the Shasta Dam Visitor Center&rsquo;s educational materials. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66183 Reclamation updates 2019 Central Valley Project South-of-Delta water allocations
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation Wednesday issued updated Central Valley Project South-of-Delta allocations for the 2019 contract year. This update reflects ongoing water supply improvements due to the latest series of storms. <P> With this month’s update, South-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors’ allocations are increased to 70% of their contract total. South-of-Delta allocations for municipal and industrial contractors’ allocations are increased to 95% of their historic use. <P> “The storms experienced in the Central Valley during the past week are unusual this late in the year, bringing the month’s precipitation to over twice its average,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. “The late storms provided an added boost to the already above average precipitation for 2019. Snowpack throughout the state is still about 150% of average for this time of year.” <P> The CVP Friant Division’s allocation remains unchanged for Class 1 contractors at 100%. However, the period for uncontrolled season deliveries to Class 2 contractors has been extended to June 14. (The first 800,000 acre-feet of available water supply is considered Class 1; Class 2 is considered the next amount of available water supply up to 1.4 million acre-feet). <P> All other CVP contractors’ allocations were previously increased to 100% of their contract totals in recent months. <P> The wet conditions this year have allowed Reclamation to meet full allocations for most CVP water users. However, Reclamation has had ongoing challenges in providing higher allocations for South-of-Delta water service contractors in recent decades in part due to regulatory restrictions. Even in above average water years, threatened and endangered species’ requirements, storage limitations and lost conveyance capacity from land subsidence pose challenges on Reclamation’s ability to export water South-of-Delta. <P> Reclamation is currently engaged in several processes to improve its ability to meet the water supply needs of the CVP in an environmentally and economically sound manner. These include several efforts directed by the October 2018 Presidential Memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West, such as the effort to develop new biological opinions for the long-term coordinated operations of the CVP and State Water Project. <P> Water supply updates are posted at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.htm<a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.html</a> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66003 Reclamation selects Jeff Hawk as Public Affairs Officer for the Mid-Pacific Region
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has announced the selection of Jeff Hawk as the Mid-Pacific Region’s Public Affairs Officer. Hawk will manage public affairs, public involvement, public education programs, internal communications, media and congressional relations. <P> “I am pleased to announce Jeff as our new Public Affairs Officer,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. “His experience has taken him across the world, and we look forward to his leadership in this critical position.” <P> Hawk served most recently as the Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, where he managed a variety of crucial projects and lead a team of public affairs specialists during federal disaster response efforts. He has served in multiple special assignment positions, including with the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan in Kabul. Prior to that, he worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento and Detroit districts. <P> Hawk graduated from Ohio University and brings extensive training in emergency management and from the Department of Defense Information School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he worked as a combat correspondent. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65983 Reclamation hosting water safety and life jacket exchange day at New Melones Lake
SONORA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will kick off summer with a water safety and life jacket exchange day at New Melones Lake on May 18. The event will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the New Melones Lake Visitor Center and Museum. <P> Park rangers will provide water safety information, conduct activities and demonstrate the proper wearing of life jackets. New life jackets will be available in exchange for old life jackets for the first 100 participants. <P> “This partnership with California Division of Boating and Waterways is an opportunity to promote water safety in an area known for its water recreation activities,” said New Melones Supervisory Park Ranger Lee Lang. <P> The Motherlode area is renowned for its lakes and rivers. With this year’s above-average snowfall, Reclamation wants to ensure all visitors have a fun and safe recreation season. <P> For more information please contact Park Ranger Mike McGraw at 209-536-9094 ext. 233 or <a href="mailto:mmcgraw@usbr.gov">mmcgraw@usbr.gov</a> or visit the New Melones Lake website at&nbsp;<u><a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html</a></u> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65963 Reclamation releases final environmental document for El Dorado County Water Agency long-term water service contract
FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has issued the final environmental impact statement for the El Dorado County Water Agency long-term water service contract. The contract will provide water to serve existing and future municipal and industrial water needs in El Dorado County. <P> Up to 15,000 acre-feet annually of Central Valley Project municipal and industrial water will be available to EDCWA for diversion from Folsom Reservoir, or from an exchange on the American River upstream from Folsom Reservoir under this new contract. This contract will also address the need for new water supply for El Dorado County. <P> The final environmental impact statement was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=26">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=26</a></p> For additional information, contact Brad Hubbard at <a href="mailto:bhubbard@usbr.gov">bhubbard@usbr.gov</a> or 916-537-7041 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65953 Reclamation hosting Boca Dam media field event
TRUCKEE, Calif. &ndash; The Bureau of Reclamation will host a media field event at Boca Dam May 17 from 11 a.m. to noon. Reclamation and U.S. Forest Service officials will explain the ongoing upgrades taking place at the dam, outline safety measures for visitors and onsite employees and discuss recreation solutions for accommodating both construction and visitor access. <p>&nbsp;<strong>WHO: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Reclamation Construction Engineer Richard Welsh</li> <li>Reclamation Project Resident Engineer Kyle Hughes</li> <li>Acting Tahoe National Forest District Ranger Scott Conway</li> </ul> <p><strong>WHAT: </strong>Reclamation began modifying Boca Dam earlier this month in order to enable the dam to better resist the impacts of potential earthquakes. The project will temporarily stop during the 2019-2020 winter and end in October 2020.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>WHERE: </strong>Boca Dam is located six miles northeast of Truckee.</p> <p><strong>VISUALS:</strong> Heavy equipment, such as dozers, excavators, loaders, and haul trucks will be on site.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>BOCA DAM FAST FACTS: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Height is 116 feet, length is 1,630 feet.</li> <li>Capacity of 40,000 acre-feet (1 acre-foot is the total amount of water that would cover 1 acre with 1-foot deep; think about the size of a football field or the amount of water a family of four uses annually).</li> <li>Regulates the Little Truckee River.</li> <li>Provides water for irrigation, recreation, fish and wildlife benefits, and municipal and industrial uses in Truckee Meadows.</li> <li>Owned by Reclamation.</li> <li>Operated by Washoe County Water Conservation District.</li> <li>Completed in 1939.</li> </ul> <p><strong><u>DRIVING DIRECTIONS</u></strong><strong>:</strong> From Reno on I-80 W, take exit 194 for Hirschdale Road; turn left on Hirschdale Road; Hirschdale Road turns slightly right and becomes Stampede Meadows Road. From Sacramento on I-80 E, take exit 194 for Hirschdale Road; turn left on Hirschdale Road; Hirschdale Road turns slightly right and becomes Stampede Meadows Road.</p> <p><strong><u>ADDITIONAL INFORMATION</u></strong><strong>:</strong> Visit the project website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/boca/">www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/boca</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>QUESTIONS</u></strong><strong>:</strong> Direct project related questions to the Mid-Pacific Construction Office at 530-892-6262 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:sha-wco-cfiles@usbr.gov">sha-wco-cfiles@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65946 Federal agencies announce final schedule for Clear Creek spring pulse flows
REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today two pulse flow releases from Whiskeytown Dam into Clear Creek in May and June. Pulse flows are rapid increases and rapid decreases in dam released flows, occurring over a short time frame. These flows 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 May 10 and reach a peak of 700 cubic feet per second May 11. Flow rates will reduce to 200 cfs by May 19. The second pulse flow will begin June 21 and reach a peak of 500 cfs June 22. Following the peak flow, releases will steadily reduce to a 150 cfs summer base flow by June 28. <P> The public should be aware that during pulse flows, water levels are higher, and currents are faster. As a result, they should take appropriate safety precautions when near or on Clear Creek during these events. <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. Avoiding hybridization and competition with fall-run Chinook salmon is another benefit. 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 all day. <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. <P> For more information, contact Derek Rupert, Bureau of Reclamation, at 530-247-8514 (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=65803 Reclamation hosts classic car show and parade at Shasta Dam
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the Shasta Lake Lion’s Club will host a classic car show and parade at Shasta Dam, featuring vintage vehicles from across Northern California and a “Best in Show” competition. <P> What: “Show and Shine” car show and parade across Shasta Dam at 11 a.m. Who: The Bureau of Reclamation and the Shasta Lake Lion’s Club Where: Shasta Dam visitor center parking lot, 16439 Shasta Dam Blvd., Shasta Lake, CA When: Thursday, April 25, 9 a.m. – noon Why: This community outreach event attracts car enthusiasts from all over Northern California to share their passion for classic cars. All cars are welcome. The Shasta Lake Lion’s Club will provide breakfast and lunch during the event. Photo Opportunities: A parade of classic cars will roll across Shasta Dam, offering a view of the car parade with a full lake and Mt. Shasta as the backdrop. The entries will be judged with the winner receiving a “Best in Show” certificate. <P> For more information contact Tami Corn at tcorn@usbr.gov or 530-247-8556 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65743 Reclamation selects Russell Callejo as Deputy Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has announced the selection of Russell Callejo for the vacant Deputy Regional Director position in the Mid-Pacific Region. <P> “Throughout his career, Callejo has built strong, collaborative and enduring professional relationships in the water and power community, including those with contractors and stakeholders, tribal nations and non-governmental organizations,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. “His strong experience within Reclamation is the right fit for this critical position.” Callejo has been diligently serving as the Assistant Regional Director, leading the team for the re-consultation on coordinated long-term operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. Previously, he managed the strategic and day-to-day operations of the Water Resources Branch at Folsom Dam. <P> Prior to joining the Mid-Pacific Region, Callejo served Reclamation's Lower Colorado Region for almost 20 years, where he held a variety of leadership positions related to river operations, power generation, and natural resources management from locations across the country including Washington, D.C., and Denver, Colorado. Callejo has extensive experience and training in river and reservoir operations and management and holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Callejo will remain in his position of Assistant Regional Director in charge of the re-consultation effort, one of the primary missions before the Mid-Pacific Region now, until mid-June when the new biological opinions are to be completed. In mid-June, Callejo will assume his full duties as Deputy Regional Director primarily responsible for the Central Valley Project and related offices and activities. In the interim, Don Bader will remain as Acting Deputy Regional Director. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65703 Reclamation updates 2019 Central Valley Project South-of-Delta water allocations
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation Wednesday issued updated Central Valley Project South-of-Delta allocations for the 2019 contract year. This update reflects ongoing water supply improvements due to continued precipitation in March and early April. <P> “This has been a great year for California’s water supply,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. “The increased precipitation has allowed us to increase the amount of water we allocate to our South-of-Delta contractors. Our goal is to maximize the supply available to our contractors in the short term, while continuing to improve the reliability of CVP water supplies in the long run. This is the type of year when additional storage and conveyance capacity would benefit the CVP.” <P> With this month’s update, South-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors’ allocations are increased to 65% of their contract total. South-of-Delta allocations for municipal and industrial contractors’ allocations are increased to 90% of their historic use. <P> The CVP Friant Division’s allocation remains unchanged for Class 1 contractors at 100%. However, the period for uncontrolled season deliveries to Class 2 contractors has been extended to April 30. (The first 800,000 acre-feet of available water supply is considered Class 1; Class 2 is considered the next amount of available water supply up to 1.4 million acre-feet). <P> All other CVP contractors’ allocations were previously increased to 100% of their contract totals in recent months. <P> Precipitation has been well above average in 2019. Snowpack throughout the state is still more than 150% of average for this time of year, allowing Reclamation to meet full allocations for most CVP water users. However, Reclamation has had ongoing challenges in providing higher allocations for South-of-Delta water service contractors in recent decades. Even in above average water years, threatened and endangered species’ requirements, storage limitations and lost conveyance capacity from land subsidence pose challenges on Reclamation’s ability to export water South-of-Delta. <P> Reclamation is currently engaged in several processes to improve its ability to meet the water supply needs of the CVP in an environmentally and economically sound manner. These include several efforts directed by the October 2018 Presidential Memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West, such as the effort to develop new biological opinions for the long-term coordinated operations of the CVP and State Water Project. <P> Water supply updates are posted at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.html</a>. <P>