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=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>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65644 Reclamation and El Dorado County Water Agency release draft water service contract for public review and comment
FOLSOM, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation and El Dorado County Water Agency released today a draft contract for up to 15,000 acre-feet of water per year from Folsom Reservoir. The water, which may be used for municipal and industrial purposes, supports long-term water supplies within El Dorado County. <P> <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/warren-act/index.html">The draft contract is available for a 60-day comment period</a>. Comments on the draft are due by close of business June 15. Please email comments to <a href="mailto:ggregory@usbr.gov">ggregory@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to: Georgiana Gregory, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630, or faxed to 916-537-7035. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the document, please contact Gregory at 916-537-7051 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65587 Reclamation and DWR release environmental document for B.F. Sisk Dam seismic upgrade
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources prepared a joint Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for B.F. Sisk Safety of Dams Modification Project to reduce seismic risks at B.F. Sisk Dam in Merced County. The Draft EIS/EIR is available for a 45-day public review period. <P> “B.F. Sisk is a key component to both the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project,” said Ernest Conant, Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Director. “We are pleased to release this joint document for review and comment.” <P> Initiated as part of Reclamation’s Safety of Dams program, the Draft EIS/EIR evaluates the potential direct and indirect environmental impacts of alternatives that would prevent destabilization of the dam embankment, reduce safety concern, and maintain water supply deliveries to state and federal water contractors during a seismic event. <P> The 382-foot tall B.F. Sisk Dam retains San Luis Reservoir, which is the nation’s largest off-stream reservoir and serves California’s State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project. <ul> <li><strong>May 7, 2019</strong>, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the <strong>Federal Building, </strong>Cafeteria Conference Rooms, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825</li> <li><strong>May 8, 2019</strong>, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the<strong> Miller and Lux Building, </strong>830 6<sup>th</sup> Street, Los Banos, CA 93635</li> </ul> <p>The Notice of Availability (NOA) and Draft EIS/EIR may be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=34281">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=34281</a>; DWR&rsquo;s website at <a href="https://water.ca.gov/News/Public-Notices/April-19/BF-Sisk-Dam-EIS-and-EIR">https://water.ca.gov/News/Public-Notices/April-19/BF-Sisk-Dam-EIS-and-EIR</a>; at 1416 Ninth Street, Room 604-8, Sacramento, CA 95814; Los Banos Public Library at 1312 Seventh St., Los Banos, CA 93635; or by emailing rochelle.amrhein@water.ca.gov.</p> <p> Written comments on the environmental document must be received by close of business May 28, 2019. Send comments to Jamie LeFevre, Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way MP-152, Sacramento, CA 95825 or <a href="mailto:jlefevre@usbr.gov">jlefevre@usbr.gov</a>, or to Shelly Amrhein, DWR, P.O. Box 942836, Sacramento, CA 94236-0001, or via email to rochelle.amrhein@water.ca.gov, or faxed to 916-653-2960. For additional information or a CD document copy, contact Shelly Amrhein at 916-653-6973. </p> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65585 Reclamation seeks comment on draft changes to Central Valley Project water banking guidelines
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation released today draft changes to the Groundwater Banking Guidelines for Central Valley Project Water. The guidelines, originally published in 2014, outline when Reclamation may approve banking and recovering of Central Valley Project water outside of a contractor’s service area. <P> In response to the state of California’s implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Reclamation proposes changes to the guidelines to allow for flexible groundwater banking programs that are consistent and in compliance with state and federal laws. <P> The draft changes are meant to allow for the use of Central Valley Project water to achieve sustainable groundwater management within Central Valley Project contractors’ sub-basins as identified in the state of California’s Bulletin 118. <P> <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/waterbanking/index.html">The guidelines with marked draft changes are available for review here</a>. Comments are due by May 24 at 5:00 pm PTD. Email comments to slooper@usbr.gov. Written comments may be sent to Sheri Looper, Bureau of Reclamation-MP 400, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA, 95825. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, contact Looper at 916-978-5556 (TTY 800-877-8339) or slooper@usbr.gov. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65544 Reclamation again increasing releases into Sacramento River for storage management
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will incrementally increase Keswick Dam releases into the Sacramento River from 30,000 cubic feet per second to 40,000 cfs by noon today. <P> The increased releases are necessary to meet flood space regulatory requirements within Shasta Reservoir. Depending on current conditions and inflow levels, operational adjustments will be made as necessary and may occur on short notice. <P> Sacramento River levels will increase downstream of Keswick Dam. Take appropriate safety precautions by avoiding the high-water areas. It is unsafe to walk or drive into or near flood waters. <P> <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/wtr_rpt.pdf">Midnight reservoir elevations and flows from Keswick Dam may be found at Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations Office website</a>. <P> <a href="http://cdec.water.ca.gov/dynamicapp/QueryF?s=KES">Hourly reservoir data may be found at the Department of Water Resources’ California Data Exchange Center website</a> or by calling DWR Flood Operations Center at 916-574-2619. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65503 Reclamation releases draft feasibility addressing improved water quantity and quality in San Luis Reservoir
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and Valley Water released today a draft feasibility report addressing improved water quantity and quality in San Luis Reservoir. The San Luis Low Point Improvement Project Draft Feasibility Report addresses the potential costs, benefits and environmental impacts of four action alternatives and is available for public comment until May 6. <P> “We’ve been wrestling with this issue for a long time, and we’re glad to see forward progress on the project,” said Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Regional Direction Ernest Conant. “This report engages the local community and provides a path toward a more sustainable, reliable water supply in San Luis Reservoir.” <P> The proposed project will help solve the “low point” problem, which occurs when the water drops to 300,000 acre-feet during certain dry years. The low water level fosters algae growth, making the water supply unsuitable for municipal and industrial use by Valley Water. <P> “It is great to see this project move forward with various solutions. We’re particularly excited to see that the Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project has risen to the top of the list, which will increase our water emergency storage capacity and provide ecosystem benefits to our region,” said Valley Water Board Chair Linda J. LeZotte. <P> The draft feasibility report suggests avoiding water supply interruptions by increasing available water throughout the year to south-of-Delta contractors, including Valley Water, dependent on San Luis Reservoir for municipal and industrial water deliveries. It would also improve the reliability and quantity of yearly allocations to south-of-Delta contractors, again dependent on San Luis Reservoir. <P> The report incorporates the locally preferred plan, the Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Alternative. The alternative would be located on Pacheco Creek upstream of North Fork Dam and would inundate most of the existing Pacheco Reservoir area. <P> Reclamation is releasing this draft feasibility report to share information generated since completion of the Plan Formulation Report in 2011. A draft environmental impact statement will be prepared later this year for formal public review and comment. <P> <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/sllpp/index.html">The document, which also includes a no-action alternative, is available on Reclamation’s website.</a> Please email comments to Nicole Johnson at njohnson@usbr.gov. Written comments may be mailed to Nicole Johnson, Project Manager, Reclamation, Planning Division, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825-1893 or faxed to 916-978-5094. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Nicole Johnson at 916-978-5085 (TTY 800-877-8339) or at the email address above. Copies of the documents may also be viewed at the Reclamation Regional Library, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, by calling 916-978-5593. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65446 Reclamation announces Boca Dam improvements and temporary road closure
TRUCKEE, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation will modify Boca Dam beginning in May 2019 to better resist the impacts of potential earthquakes. The project will extend to October 2020 and temporarily stop during the 2019/2020 winter. Boca Dam is located six miles northeast of Truckee. <P> During the project, Stampede Meadows Road will remain open with traffic controls. The road over Boca Dam will be closed during the project, but there is an alternative route to Boca Campground and other recreational facilities on the west side of the reservoir via Prosser Dam Road to Boca Road. Use caution when traveling in this area during construction. <P> “Safety is a top priority for Reclamation,” said Terri Edwards, Lahontan Basin Area Office Manager. “Through our Safety of Dams program, we are correcting seismic risks at Boca Dam. The project will construct an earthen buttress on the downstream face to stabilize the dam and also modify the spillway crest structure.” <P> The reservoir will operate at around half its capacity, about 28 feet lower than maximum water levels, during the summer and fall of 2019 to assist construction. <P> The original construction of Boca Dam was completed in 1939 and the dam is 116-feet high and 1,630 feet long. The dam creates Boca Reservoir with a capacity of about 40,000 acre-feet. The reservoir regulates the Little Truckee River and provides water for irrigation, recreation, fish and wildlife benefits, and municipal and industrial uses in Truckee Meadows. The dam is owned by Reclamation and operated by the Washoe County Water Conservation District. <P> More information can be found at the project website, <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/boca/">www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/boca</a>. <P> Learn more about Reclamation’s Safety of Dams Program at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/ssle/damsafety/">www.usbr.gov/ssle/damsafety.</a>. <P> 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> <P>