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=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>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63543 Reclamation to host Lake Berryessa community forum meeting Nov. 14
NAPA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will hold the next Lake Berryessa community forum meeting at 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Lake Berryessa Senior Center, 4380 Spanish Flat Loop Road. <P> Reclamation will provide a summary of the recreation season, completed improvement projects, and plans for upcoming off-season projects. This meeting includes an opportunity for input on Lake Berryessa’s recreational opportunities and services. <P> Lake Berryessa is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the state with 165 miles of shoreline and 20,700 surface acres. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63483 Reclamation announces the closure of Stony Gorge and East Park Reservoir for the 2018 recreation year
WILLOWS, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announces the closure of Stony Gorge and East Park Reservoirs for the 2018 recreation year. All campsites will be closed until spring 2019. <P> For more information on Stony Gorge visit <a href="https://www.recreation.gov/camping/gateways/46" target="_blank">https://www.recreation.gov/camping/gateways/46</a>. For more information on East Park Reservoir visit <a href="https://visitcolusacounty.com/reservations/" target="_blank">https://visitcolusacounty.com/reservations/</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63456 Delta Cross Channel gates to close weekdays starting November 5.
WALNUT GROVE, Calif. – Until further notice, the Bureau of Reclamation plans a cycle of closing the Delta Cross Channel gates during weekdays beginning 10 a.m. Monday, in order to meet the Sacramento River at Rio Vista flow standard. The gates are expected to reopen Fridays around 10 a.m. to facilitate weekend recreation. <P> Opening or closing gates can be made on short notice and boaters are advised to check the status of the gates, especially around holidays. 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 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>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63455 Reclamation releases final environmental documents for Weyand Canal Automation Project
FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Solano Irrigation District Water Conservation Project. The EA details a proposed $1 million federal share of a total $2,038,618 Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grant to allow the Solano Irrigation District to automate the Weyand Canal in unincorporated Solano County, California. The proposed action will better manage the approximately 31,000 acre-feet typically diverted into the Weyand Canal distribution system each water season. <P> Once operating on a 1950’s vintage conveyance system, the Weyand Canal Automation Project proposes modernizing the conveyance system with efficient, industry-leading technology. Newly installed automated control structures will efficiently distribute irrigation water to adjacent agricultural lands. <P> 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=35941" target="_blank" > https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=35941 </a> <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Sarah Perrin at 916-537-7063 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63454 Reclamation releases draft environmental document for local interim renewal contracts
FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft environmental document for public review to issue two-year Central Valley Project Interim Renewal Contracts for the City of Roseville, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Sacramento County Water Agency for contract years 2019-2021. Issuing the interim contracts allows continued delivery of Central Valley Project water and provides a temporary bridge between expiring and new long-term water service contracts. <P> Comments are due by Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Please email comments to <a href="mailto:sperrin@usbr.gov">sperrin@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Sarah Perrin, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630. <P> The draft Environmental Assessment 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=35961" > https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=35961 </a> <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Perrin at 916-537-7063 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the documents may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Central California Area Office at the above address. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63445 Reclamation to reopen Dog Valley Road over Stampede Dam
CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation is finishing Safety of Dams modification work at Stampede Dam and will reopen the section of Dog Valley Road over the dam starting Nov. 1, 2018. The road has been closed since April 2017. Additional work will continue into November but does not require a road closure. <P> This Safety of Dams project raised the crest of Stampede Dam by 11 1/2 feet to protect the dam and downstream populations from extreme flood events. Stampede Dam and Reservoir, part of Reclamation’s Truckee Storage Project, are located on the Little Truckee River, about 6 miles east of Truckee and 27 miles west of Reno. <P> The road over and around Stampede Dam is not plowed during the winter and, under normal winter conditions, the area is inaccessible due to snow. <P> Reclamation is also planning to modify Boca Dam from May 2019 to September 2020. The project will require a road closure over Boca Dam. For more information about the Boca Project, please refer to the following website: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/boca">www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/boca</a>. <P> For additional information, please contact Kyle Hughes at 530-308-4702 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:kjhughes@usbr.gov">kjhughes@usbr.gov</a> or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/stampede/index.html">www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/stampede</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63369 Reclamation releases draft environmental documents for proposed Fresno Irrigation District, Orange Cove Irrigation District and Table Mountain Rancheria transfer
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a draft Environmental Assessment and draft Finding of No Significant Impact for a proposed water transfer between the Fresno Irrigation District, Orange Cove Irrigation District and Table Mountain Rancheria Transfer. <P> Comments are due by Tuesday, November 6. Please email comments to klinder@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to Kathleen Linder, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to Linder at 559-262-0373. <P> The draft Environmental Assessment and draft Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=35881" target="_blank">here</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). Copies of the documents may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63354 Reclamation releases draft environmental documents for the four San Luis Unit Central Valley Project Interim Renewal contracts
FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a draft Environmental Assessment and a draft Finding of No Significant Impact for a proposed execution of interim renewal contracts with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Avenal, Coalinga, and Huron. <P> Interim renewal contracts are undertaken under the authority of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act to provide a bridge between the expiration of the original long-term water service contracts and long-term renewal of those contracts. Each of the interim renewal contracts would be renewed for up to two years, beginning March 1, 2019. <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=35841">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=35841</a>. <P> Comments are due by Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. Comments may be emailed to mconnor@usbr.gov or mailed to Kate Connor, 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 Kate Connor, at 559-226-0337(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> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63353 Reclamation releases final environmental documents on Long-Term Warren Act contract for Sacramento Suburban Water District
FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation issued final environmental documents authorizing the 27-year Warren Act contract with Sacramento Suburban Water District. The long-term contract allows for conveyance through Folsom Reservoir in wet years. <P> Reclamation received one comment letter on the Draft Environmental Assessment, and the responses are included in the Finding of No Significant Impact. With the release of these final environmental documents, Reclamation may now issue a “wet-year only” contract for Sacramento Suburban Water District to convey 29,000 acre-feet per year of Middle-Fork Project water through Folsom Reservoir for municipal and industrial uses in northern Sacramento. <P> The final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32401" target="_blank">here</a>. For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Bonnie Van Pelt at 916-537-7062. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63352 Reclamation releases final environmental document for Native American drinking well project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact on the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians of Big Valley Rancheria project to construct a backup drinking well on tribal property. <P> The Big Valley Rancheria water treatment system requires an additional well when the existing well is shut down for repairs and routine maintenance. Lack of a backup well creates a serious vulnerability for the tribe’s ability to provide a continuous water supply for domestic use and fire suppression. <P> The FONSI was 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=34101">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=34101</a>. For additional information, or to receive a copy of the document, please contact Doug Kleinsmith at <a href="mailto:dkleinsmith@usbr.gov">dkleinsmith@usbr.gov</a> or 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63348 Reclamation releases final environmental documents for North Drainage Canal Lift Pump Station Project
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact documents for the proposed North Drainage Canal Lift Pump Station Project. <P> Reclamation will provide a WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Project grant to the Natomas Central Mutual Water Company to construct and operate a new irrigation tailwater recovery lift pump station on the North Drainage Canal, near the Sankey Canal, in Sutter County, CA. The lift station will have a capacity of 120-cubic-foot-per-second; its operation is anticipated to result in an annual water savings of 4,000 acre-feet. <P> The final 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=34021">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=34021</a>. For questions on the project or to request a copy of the document, please contact Megan Simon at 530- 247-8513 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:msimon@usbr.gov">msimon@usbr.gov</a>. <P>