Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70303 Public facilities at Lake Berryessa temporarily closed
2020-04-04 14:23:00.0 <strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily close public facilities at Lake Berryessa beginning April 5. <P> <p>In compliance with the April 2 Napa County Health Officer order and a request received Friday afternoon from Chair of the Napa County Board of Supervisors, Diane Dillon, all public areas at Lake Berryessa will temporarily close until further notice. <P> <p>Day-use, boat launching and restroom facilities will close effective April 5. The campgrounds and all overnight lodging will close by Monday, April 6. For information regarding any concession-operated facilities, please call or visit their websites at: <P> <p>Markley Cove, 707-289-8068, <a href="http://www.markleycove.com">www.markleycove.com<br /></a>Pleasure Cove Marina, 707-966-9600, <a href="http://www.goberryessa.com">www.goberryessa.com<br /></a>Steele Canyon Recreation Area, 800-709-7814, <a href="http://www.lakeberryessacampgrounds.com">www.lakeberryessacampgrounds.com<br /></a>Spanish Flat Recreation Area, 707-966-0200, <a href="http://www.spanishflatcamping.com">www.spanishflatcamping.com<br /></a>Putah Canyon Recreation Area, 707-966-9051 <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70284 Reclamation announces start of 2020 spring flow releases on the Trinity River as part of restoration program
2020-04-03 16:03:00.0 WEAVERVILLE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that Lewiston Dam releases into the Trinity River will increase on April 14 and will follow two possible release schedules depending on the 2020 water year designation. Current conditions indicate that this year the area is between a “dry” and “critically dry” designation, according to the five water year types identified in a 2000 Record of Decision for the Trinity River. The final water year type designation and associated release schedule is expected to be announced by April 10. <P> In a “dry” water year, the peak flow will reach 5,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) on April 26. The flow then ramps down over 49 days to 900 cfs on June 13 before peaking again at 3,600 cfs for one day on June 15. Flow then decreases to the summer baseflow of 450 cfs on June 30. <P> In a “critically dry” water year, the peak will reach 3,900 cfs on April 24 and ramp down to 750 cfs on June 13 before peaking again at 1,400 cfs on June 16. Flow then decreases to the summer baseflow of 450 cfs on July 3. <P> Annual total volume of releases during a “dry” water year will result in 453,000 acre-feet. During a “critically dry” water year, the annual total volume will result in 369,000 acre-feet of releases. <P> Visitors near or on the river can expect river levels to increase and should take appropriate safety precautions. Landowners are advised to clear personal items from the floodplain prior to the releases. <P> The Trinity River Restoration Program was established to restore the ecological function and anadromous (migrating) fisheries of the Trinity River. A 2000 Record of Decision includes five water year types with a minimum volume of water to be released into the Trinity River for each type. <P> Once a water year is announced, a daily schedule of flow releases will be made available at <a href="http://www.trrp.net/restore/flows/current/">www.trrp.net/restore/flows/current/</a>. The public may subscribe to automated notifications of Trinity River release changes (via phone or email) at <a href="https://www.trrp.net/restoration/flows/flow-release-notifications/">https://www.trrp.net/restoration/flows/flow-release-notifications/</a>. <P> For additional information, visit <a href="https://www.trrp.net/">https://www.trrp.net/</a>/ or contact Kevin Held at 530-623-1809 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:kheld@usbr.gov">kheld@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70283 All public facilities at New Melones temporarily closed
2020-04-03 15:04:00.0 <strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily close all remaining open facilities at New Melones Lake beginning April 4.</p> <p>In support of the recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and requests from Calaveras and Tuolumne county health officials, all campgrounds, trails, day-use and boat launching facilities at New Melones Lake will temporarily close until further notice.</p> <p>For updates check our website or contact us by phone:</p> <p>Call the Administration Office at 209-536-9094, ext. 0 or visit the website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70243 Reclamation seeks comments on e-bike regulations
2020-04-02 08:57:00.0 WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation announced an upcoming 60-day public comment period on proposed changes to its off-road vehicle regulations that would address use of electric bikes, also known as e-bikes. This effort supports Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt’s call to expand access to e-bikes on Reclamation open roads and trails where non-motorized bicycles are allowed. <P> “This is an important rule that will give more Americans access to lands that they may not have been able to access before,” <strong>said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman</strong>. “Reclamation is working hard to implement Secretary Bernhardt's order to make it easier for more Americans to recreate on and experience public lands.” <P> This public comment period provides an opportunity for the public to offer feedback on the proposed rule. This review includes an opportunity to comment on the potential criteria authorized officers would use in normal local planning processes when determining whether to allow e-bikes on trails closed to off-road vehicles. Reclamation will consider all public feedback in crafting its final rule. <P> The public comment period will begin once the rule is published in the Federal Register. Interested parties may submit comments, identified by the number RIN 1006-AA57, by any of the following methods: <P> <ul> <li>Mail/Personal or messenger delivery (utilizing social distancing): Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Federal Center Building 67, Attention: 86-67200 (RAlcorn), P.O. Box 25007, Denver, CO 80225-0007</li> <li>Federal eRulemaking portal: <a href="https://www.regulations.gov/">https://www.regulations.gov</a>. Follow the instruction at this website.</li> </ul> <P> You can learn more about recreation on Bureau of Reclamation lands at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/recreation">www.usbr.gov/recreation</a>. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70223 Reclamation seeks public input on proposed Klamath Project interim operations
2020-04-01 21:13:00.0 KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation invites public comment on a draft environmental assessment that evaluates a proposed water management approach for the Klamath Project. The Project provides irrigation for approximately 230,000 acres of farmed lands in the Klamath Basin. <P> “The proposed Interim Operations Plan strives to balance the water needs in the Klamath Basin in an environmentally sound manner,” said Reclamation’s Area Manager Jeff Nettleton. “The proposed plan provides increased water flows in the Klamath River for Endangered Species Act-listed coho, as well as Chinook salmon, and maintains Upper Klamath Lake elevations that are important for endangered Lost River and shortnose suckers.” <P> The proposed Interim Operations Plan would be in place while Reclamation, NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conduct a longer-term environmental consultation for a new water management plan. The longer-term consultation process is expected to culminate in coordinated biological opinions from NOAA and USFWS by the fall of 2022 with transition to the new water management plan anticipated in spring of 2023. <P> The draft EA is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=42926">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=42926</a>. Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. PDT April 10, 2020, and may be sent via email to <a href="mailto:BOR-SHA-KBO-KlamathBasin@usbr.gov">BOR-SHA-KBO-KlamathBasin@usbr.gov</a>, or by hard copy to Tara Jane Campbell Miranda, Bureau of Reclamation, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97603. <P> For additional information, contact Laura Williams at <a href="mailto:ljwilliams@usbr.gov">ljwilliams@usbr.gov</a> or 541-880-2581. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70263 Reclamation releases draft congressionally mandated repayment contracts for Orland-Artois Water District and Clear Creek Community Services District, Central Valley Project Contractors
2020-04-01 01:12:00.0 REDDING, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announced today ongoing congressionally mandated contract conversions pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). Today’s release includes two draft repayment contracts from the Orland-Artois Water District and Clear Creek Community Services District for a 60-day public comment period. These are two of over 86 repayment contract conversions requested by federal Central Valley Project contractors. <P> Reclamation plans to release an additional 10 draft repayment contracts with north-of-delta contractors for public review in 2020. Reclamation will continue to release more draft repayment contracts throughout the year. <P> Section 4011 of the WIIN Act directs Reclamation to convert water service contracts to repayment contracts upon a contractor’s request and authorizes prepayment of outstanding CVP construction costs. Under Section 4011, full repayment is due within three years of the contract conversion. <P> Both the prepayment and accelerated repayment of the contracts will result in the federal government being repaid well in advance of the original repayment deadline. These dollars will be placed in a congressionally created account to fund much-needed storage projects. Increasing storage capacity will allow Reclamation’s projects to capture additional water in wet years to help meet the water needs for project purposes in dry years. <P> Written comments on this set of contracts must be received by close of business on June 1, 2020, and sent to Jacob Berens, Northern California Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, 1140 W. Wood Street, Willows, CA 95988; or faxed to 530-934-7679; or emailed to jberens@usbr.gov. <P> Check the following links to learn more about WIIN Act CVP contract conversions: <P> All negotiated contracts are available at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html</a>.<br> <br> The entire list of contract conversion requests can be viewed here: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx</a>.<br> <br> View contract and WIIN Act information at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>.<br> <br> For more information or assistance, contact Natalie Wolder at <a href="mailto:nwolder@usbr.gov">nwolder@usbr.gov</a> or 530-892-6275(TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70204 Additional facilities at New Melones temporarily closed
2020-03-30 13:53:00.0 <strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> &ndash; Today, the Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily close additional facilities at New Melones Lake. The health and safety of the public and our employees remains our number one priority.</p> <p>In support of the recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local conditions, all campgrounds at New Melones Lake will temporarily close in both Calaveras and Tuolumne counties until further notice.</p> <p>In addition, and in support of an ordinance order and request from local county health officials, the Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily close all day-use and boat launching facilities in Calaveras County. These areas include Glory Hole, Natural Bridges and Camp Nine recreation areas.</p> <p>In Tuolumne County, day-use and boat launch facilities including Tuttletown Recreation Area, Peoria Wildlife Area, French Flat and Table Mountain Area remain open at this time. Entrance gates will be closed at 10:00 p.m.</p> <p>Marina customers should contact the marina for additional information at 209-785-3300.</p> <p>All visitors should continue to follow all CDC guidance for social distancing.</p> <p>Check our website or contact us by phone for updates:</p> <p>Call the Administration Office at 209-536-9094, ext. 0 or visit the website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70203 Reclamation releases draft repayment contract for Central Valley Project Delta Division - C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant
2020-03-30 12:29:00.0 FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation released today a draft repayment contract for public review for extraordinary maintenance on the C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant. The draft repayment contract is between the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority and Reclamation. <P> The draft repayment contract establishes terms for SLDMWA’s repayment of a Reclamation loan for costs related to extraordinary maintenance work on the C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant. The draft repayment contract was developed based on public negotiation sessions between SLDMWA and Reclamation on March 23 and 24, 2020. The draft repayment contract is available at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/water-contracting.html. <P> Mail comments by close of business on May 29, 2020, to Travis Buttelman, Bureau of Reclamation, CGB-440, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825-1898, or fax to 916-978-5292, or email to jbuttelman@usbr.gov. For more information, contact Travis Buttelman at 916-978-5247 or jbuttelman@usbr.gov (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70183 Reclamation, DWR to perform exploratory work near B.F. Sisk Dam
2020-03-25 19:36:00.0 <strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> &ndash; The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources are conducting exploratory work, including clearing, excavation and controlled blasting of rock material in the Basalt Hill area near B.F. Sisk Dam, located between Los Banos and Gilroy, between 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. during April and May.</p> <p>The exploratory findings on Reclamation lands will help identify size and quality of granular material for the planned construction of a Safety of Dams Modification project.</p> <p>The joint project between Reclamation and DWR will add stability berms and other physical features to the existing 3.5-mile-long earthen B.F. Sisk Dam to reduce risks associated with a large seismic event.</p> <p>The public may hear the controlled blasting when it occurs, but it is not expected to impact the public or the environment. Controlled blasting is a commonly used practice at dam construction sites throughout the United States. Public roads will remain open during the controlled blasts; check recreation area updates on San Luis Reservoir and B.F. Sisk Dam websites before visiting in April.</p> <p>Construction on the multi-year project is planned for summer of 2021. An environmental impact statement/environmental impact report was completed in September 2019, with the Record of Decision/Notice of Determination signed on December 3, 2019.</p> <p>For questions, contact Mynul Chowdhury with Reclamation at 916-978-5335 or <a href="mailto:mchowdhury@usbr.gov">mchowdhury@usbr.gov</a> or Sara Paiva-Lowry with DWR at 916-653-9342 or <a href="mailto:Sara.Paiva-Lowry@water.ca.gov">Sara.Paiva-Lowry@water.ca.gov</a>.</p> <p>For project updates, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/sisk/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/sisk/</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70164 Public Notice: Reclamation announces public teleconference negotiations for water service contract with Central Valley Project Contra Costa Water District
2020-03-24 16:45:00.0 FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled teleconference negotiation sessions with Contra Costa Water District for a water service contract. <P> The dates and times of the teleconference-only negotiations are as follows (call 877-932-2131 and, when prompted, type in participant passcode 4896209#): <P> March 31, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT<br /> April 1, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT</p> <P> The public is welcome to call in during the teleconferencing negotiations. The public may comment after the closing of each negotiation session. <P> Reclamation plans to release up to 13 draft repayment contracts with south-of-delta contractors. Reclamation will continue to release more draft repayment contracts throughout the year. <P> Section 4011 of the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation (WIIN) Act directs Reclamation to convert water service contracts to repayment contracts upon a contractor’s request and authorizes prepayment of outstanding Central Valley Project construction costs. Under Section 4011, full repayment is due within three years of the contract conversion <P> Both the prepayment and accelerated repayment of the contracts will result in the federal government being repaid well in advance of the original repayment deadline. These dollars will be placed in a congressionally created account to fund much-needed storage projects. Increasing storage capacity will allow Reclamation’s projects to capture additional water in wet years to help meet the water needs for project purposes in dry years. Check the following links to learn more about WIIN Act CVP contract conversions: <P> All negotiated contracts are available at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html</a>. <P> The entire list of contract conversion requests can be viewed here: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx</a>. <P> View contract and WIIN Act information at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>. <P> WIIN Act information is available at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>. Contact Erma Leal at 559-262-0350 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:eleal@usbr.gov">eleal@usbr.gov</a> for more information. <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70145 Reclamation streamlines process for transferring facilities to local water users
2020-03-23 15:23:00.0 WASHINGTON – Today, the Bureau of Reclamation released its <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/recman/cmp/cmp11-01.pdf">final guidelines</a> to streamline the transfer of eligible Reclamation facilities to local ownership. Title transfer is a voluntary conveyance of federal ownership of water projects or facilities, such as small dams, canals and associated lands, to local water users. Local ownership can leverage more capital funding and reduce federal paperwork requirements and costs while reducing federal liability. <P> “This Administration’s title transfer process embodies the President’s goals of streamlining bureaucratic processes and making our government more efficient and accountable,” said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “Title transfers are a win for local communities and a win for the American taxpayer. The Department looks forward to continuing our work with local water users to reduce title transfer costs, stimulate infrastructure investment through local ownership with the bottom-line goal of making this streamlined approach a major success.” <P> The title transfer streamlining guidelines will complement this Administration’s <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/05/24/2019-10967/national-environmental-policy-act-implementing-procedures-for-the-bureau-of-reclamation-516-dm-14" target="_blank">Categorical Exclusion (CE)</a> process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The title transfer CE lists criteria that will determine if simple or uncomplicated facility transfer can be expedited under NEPA. Reclamation, water users and other stakeholders are already working together on pending title transfers across the western states. <P> “This streamlined process for title transfers provides more transparency and certainty to water districts who are pursuing ownership of Reclamation project facilities,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “We look forward to working with local water districts on this simplified process as they seek local ownership and investment for these facilities.” <P> The <a href="https://www.congress.gov/116/plaws/publ9/PLAW-116publ9.pdf" target="_blank">John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act (P.L. 116-9)</a> gives Reclamation the programmatic authority to transfer title of certain Reclamation facilities without additional authorizing legislation. Each title transfer is voluntary and done on a case-by-case basis. <P> “We are strongly supportive of the Interior Department and the Bureau of Reclamation’s recent and encouraging administrative efforts to help facilitate certain Reclamation project and facilities transfers of title to non-Federal ownership,” said Executive Director of the Family Farm Alliance Dan Keppen. “We value our partnership with Reclamation, and Reclamation’s collaborative response to address our concerns on this matter further demonstrates the importance of that relationship.” <P> “The National Water Resources Association (NWRA) appreciates the efforts and strong leadership of the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation to develop a streamlined process to implement title transfers,” said Ian Lyle, Vice-President of the National Water Resources Association. “The federal government, taxpayers, and water users can all benefit from the transfer of Reclamation facilities where federal investments have been repaid. Title transfers reduce federal liability and provide water managers with enhanced management and financing tools that are necessary to build and maintain critical infrastructure for this and future generations.” <P> “The implementation of the title transfer authorities from the Reclamation Title Transfer Act, which I introduced in the Senate and was ultimately passed as part of the Dingell Act, is an important step to remove red tape and improve the state of our nation’s aging water infrastructure,” said U.S. Senator James Risch (R-ID). “Transferring titles of repaid Reclamation facilities puts local communities and water users in the driver’s seat, allowing them to determine how to best meet local needs.” <P> “The Bureau of Reclamation Title Transfer provision signed into law as part of the Dingell Act was crafted to streamline the process for the transfer of certain Reclamation projects to local beneficiaries,” stated House Natural Resources Ranking Republican Rob Bishop (R-UT). “Transferring these simple projects will allow water districts and other local beneficiaries to leverage non-federal financing through ownership equity while simultaneously decreasing federal liability. This will allow local infrastructure to be controlled by those who directly operate and benefit from it, not federal bureaucrats.” <P> “We appreciate Reclamation’s work to prioritize the needs of rural America,” said U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND). “The implementation of the new authorities provided by the Dingell Act are helping to provide flexibility and better utilization of our water infrastructure facilities, just like the agreement we’re working on to transfer the title for the Oakes Test Area from Reclamation to the Dickey-Sargent Irrigation District, which we hope to see completed later this year.” <P> “I’m grateful that the Bureau of Reclamation is streamlining the title transfer process. Local control is key to improving water infrastructure and operational efficiency,” said U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). “I know that local water districts in Utah are eager to have additional flexibility to better serve their communities. Assuming sole ownership of their water infrastructure facilities will give them that flexibility. The faster we can make this happen the better.” <P> “I introduced the House title transfer legislation that served as the framework for the provisions in the Dingell Act and will now be the foundation for these Reclamation guidelines,” said Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO). “I commend the Interior Department and Reclamation in this effort to bring more title transfers to reality throughout the West. <P> “Aging water infrastructure is a challenge throughout the west, and in many places federal ownership of these facilities limits the flexibility and financing tools available to local water managers to tackle the problem,” said Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT). “In the past, the cost and length of the process prevented many water districts from pursuing title transfer. With the new authorities provided in the Dingell Act and this new policy from Reclamation, operators that have run these facilities for decades and have repaid all outstanding debt have a real path to gain ownership of their project if they choose. I applaud the Bureau of Reclamation for making implementation of this a priority.” <P> “I thank Commissioner Burman and the Department of the Interior for embracing the new Title Transfer authorities provided under the Dingell Act,” said U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND). “These actions will provide greater certainty and flexibility for local communities who will no longer be reliant on the federal government. I look forward to continuing our collaboration on transferring the Oakes Test Area in a manner that works for our constituents and irrigators.” <P> “In Central Washington and across the West, we have aging infrastructure that is in desperate need of maintenance. The ability to transfer these titles to local entities will empower active and efficient upkeep, rather than relying on the federal government,” said Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA). “I applaud the Interior Department and Commissioner Burman for prioritizing local management and control of these critical infrastructure projects we rely on." <P> These guidelines, called directives and standards, can be found on the Reclamation Manual site at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/recman">www.usbr.gov/recman</a>. To learn more about the title transfer process, contact your regional title transfer coordinator by visiting <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/title/">www.usbr.gov/title</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70124 Public Notice: Reclamation announces the Central Valley Project Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District water service contract’s public teleconference negotiation session
2020-03-20 18:59:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a teleconference negotiation session with Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District for a water service contract. <P> The date and time of the teleconference negotiations are as follows (call 866-718-0082 and, when prompted, type in participant passcode 2620147#): <P> March 26, 2020 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. <P> The public is welcome to call in during the teleconference negotiations. The moderator will announce the agenda and the public is free to make comments at the end of the session. <P> Reclamation plans to release another draft repayment contract with a Central California Area Office contractor for public review later this summer. Reclamation will continue to release draft repayment contracts in addition to these throughout the year. <P> Section 4011 of the WIIN Act directs Reclamation to convert water service contracts to repayment contracts upon a contractor’s request and authorizes prepayment of outstanding CVP construction costs. Under Section 4011, full repayment is due within three years of the contract conversion. <P> Both the prepayment and accelerated repayment of the contracts will result in the federal government being repaid well in advance of the original repayment deadline. These dollars will be placed in a congressionally created account to fund much-needed projects. Increasing storage capacity will allow Reclamation’s projects to capture additional water in wet years to help meet the water needs for project purposes in dry years. <P> A draft form of the proposed conversion contract and exhibits will be available for download at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>. For additional information or assistance, contact Georgiana Gregory at <a href="mailto:ggregory@usbr.gov">ggregory@usbr.gov</a> or 916 537-7051. Comments may be submitted to <a href="mailto:ggregory@usbr.gov">ggregory@usbr.gov</a>, faxed to 916-989-7251, or mailed to Georgiana Gregory, at the above address. <P> Check the following links to learn more about WIIN Act CVP contract conversions: <P> All negotiated contracts are available at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html</a>. <P> The entire list of contract conversion requests can be viewed here: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx</a>. <P> The entire list of contract conversion requests can be viewed here: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/docs/the-wiin-act-9d-conversion-tracker.xlsx</a>. <P> View contract and WIIN Act information at:<a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70103 Lake Berryessa, New Melones Lake visitor centers temporarily closed
2020-03-20 14:56:00.0 <strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – Today, the Bureau of Reclamation suspended public visitation to New Melones Lake and Lake Berryessa visitor centers and administrative offices. Outdoor recreation opportunities including day-use areas, campgrounds, and boat ramps remain open at this time. Reclamation urges visitors to follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention's virus prevention guidance found here: <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html">https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html</a>. <P> The health and safety of the public and our employees is our number one priority. These temporary closures are in support of CDC recommended guidelines. <P> Please check our websites or contact us by phone for updates: <p>New Melones Administration Office, 209-536-9094, ext. 0 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html</a>.</p> <P> <p>Lake Berryessa Administration Office, 707-966-2111, ext. 0 or visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>.</p> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70143 Public meeting on North Platte water operations canceled due to COVID-19 transmission concerns
2020-03-20 14:30:00.0 MILLS, Wyoming – The Bureau of Reclamation has cancelled the North Platte River Water Information Meeting due to COVID-19 transmission concerns. <P> The meeting will not be rescheduled, however, the presentation on reservoir storage and current water supply conditions, snowmelt runoff and expected reservoir operations for water year 2020 will be available on-line after April 15 by accessing the following link: <P> <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/gp/wyao/north_platte_water_operations.pdf">North Platte Water Operations</a> <P> For additional information contact Mahonri Williams at 307-261-5624 or <a href="mailto:mlwilliams@usbr.gov">mlwilliams@usbr.gov</a> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=70144 Reclamation announces earlier than normal releases from Guernsey Reservoir
2020-03-20 14:30:00.0 MILLS, Wyo. – Releases from Glendo Reservoir to will begin on March 24. The Glendo release will start on the morning of March 24 at 250 cubic feet per second (cfs) and increase to 1000 cfs to fill Guernsey Reservoir to its summer operating pool of 4412 by March 27. The Glendo release will then be scaled back to maintain Guernsey Reservoir at its summer operating range of 4411 feet to 4413 feet. <P> Releases from Guernsey Reservoir to the North Platte River will begin on March 27. The Guernsey release will start on the morning of March 27 and increase to 500 cubic feet per second (cfs). The Guernsey release is expected to be increased again in early April to a flow of 1,500 cfs and maintained at that rate throughout the month. Irrigation diversions have not started yet, but releases are being made to prepare for runoff. The magnitude of these flows is not unusual, but the timing is roughly 3-4 weeks earlier than normal. These steps are being taken to make room for the snowmelt runoff that is expected to come into the Bureau of Reclamation’s North Platte Reservoirs over the next few weeks. Moving water downstream below Guernsey Reservoir now will reduce the peak of downstream flows that would be experienced otherwise. Reclamation is coordinating with other Federal, state, and local officials regarding reservoir levels and river flows. <P>