Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61679 Reclamation Begins Refilling Avalon Reservoir as Maintenance Work is Complete
2018-02-22 10:19:00.0 CARLSBAD, N.M. – The Bureau of Reclamation will begin moving water down the Pecos River from Brantley Reservoir to Avalon Reservoir next week. <P> Reclamation will begin filling Avalon Reservoir, located about 13 miles north of Carlsbad, on February 28. It was drained at the end of 2017 to allow for necessary inspections and for the Carlsbad Irrigation District to perform maintenance. In recent months, Reclamation staff have noticed signs of vehicles four-wheeling in the empty reservoir pool. <P> “We want to remind everyone that this kind of activity is prohibited. Four-wheeling or any activity in a dry reservoir can be very dangerous as water levels can rise in an instant with water flowing from upstream or with inflow from other sources such as nearby arroyos. The surface may look stable but underneath the mud could be sticky, making it difficult for vehicles and people to get out,” said Jim Wilber, Deputy Area Manager of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Albuquerque Area Office. <P> Avalon Reservoir will be filled in preparation for the upcoming irrigation season. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61677 Reclamation announces initial water supply allocation for the Central Valley Project
2018-02-20 13:45:00.0 <p>SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation today announced the initial 2018 water supply allocation for many Central Valley Project contractors. This allocation is based on a conservative estimate of the amount of water that will be available for delivery to CVP water users and reflects current reservoir storages, precipitation and snowpack in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada.</p> <p>The 2017 water year was the wettest on record for most of northern California and CVP reservoirs were essentially full for the first time in five years; however, precipitation so far this year has been far below average. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) reports that as of February 15, the statewide average snow water equivalent in the Sierra Nevada was 4.3 inches (20 percent of the historical average), and rainfall is currently at approximately 60 percent of the historical average for the northern Central Valley.</p> <p>“Despite the historic rainfall last year, California’s lack of sufficient water storage forces us to operate on a year-to-year basis. The amount we can store in our reservoirs is not enough to get us through these very dry years,” said David Murillo, Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Director. “Given what we know today, and what we see in the forecast, we must be very conservative with our allocation. If this lack of rain and snow continues, we could very well be right back in drought operations. A situation like this really underscores the need for more storage in California.”</p> <p>“There are many factors we have to consider when determining CVP allocations – hydrologic conditions, reservoir storage levels, water quality requirements, water rights priority, contractual obligations, and endangered species protections,” Murillo said. “All of these are taken into account with the goal of exercising all authorities available to us to maximize water supplies.”</p> <p>Given storage of CVP water in San Luis, Millerton, and New Melones Reservoirs, as well as conservative assumptions regarding Delta operations over the next couple of months, Reclamation is able to provide an initial allocation to South-of-Delta, Friant, and Eastside contractors of the CVP. Regarding the remainder of the allocations to CVP contractors, although the CVP is operationally integrated, each individual reservoir has unique and specific operational criteria that must also be met. Due to the extremely low snowpack levels and associated runoff forecasts, combined with the uncertainty in the ability to manage Shasta Reservoir in a way that will provide adequate temperatures for the protection of endangered salmon species in the Sacramento River throughout the summer and fall in 2018, Reclamation will not be providing an initial allocation of water to North-of-Delta Contractors at this time. The integrated nature of the operation of Shasta and Folsom Reservoirs requires the same approach for American River and In-Delta Contractors. </p> <p>Reclamation will be working with these contractors, as well as the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), during the next week to ensure that water will continue to be delivered to meet public health and safety needs for Municipal and industrial (M&I) contractors and appropriate minimal needs of agricultural contractors during the month of March. This approach will allow Reclamation, NMFS, and the contractors to refine operating scenarios based on updated snowpack and runoff forecasts in March, and develop appropriate plans for dealing with the extremely dry conditions should they continue.</p> <p>Should conditions change, CVP supplies could also change. Reclamation will continue working with the DWR, federal and state fishery agencies, our contractors, and others to effectively carry out project operations and improve water supply consistent with all applicable laws. Based on the information outlined above, Reclamation is announcing the initial allocation to the following:</p> <p><strong><u>South-of-Delta Contractors</u></strong></p> <ul> <li>Agricultural water service contractors South-of-Delta are allocated 20 percent of their contract total.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>I water service contractors South-of-Delta are allocated the greater of 70 percent of their historic use or public health and safety needs.</li> </ul> <p><strong><u>Friant Division Contractors</u></strong></p> <ul> <li>Based upon Millerton Lake storage and current and forecasted hydrologic conditions in the Upper San Joaquin River Basin, the Friant Division contractors are allocated 30 percent of Class 1 supplies. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>For the San Joaquin River Restoration Project, the current best forecast developed jointly by SJRRP and the South-Central California Area Office now indicates a “Critical-High” water year type.</li> </ul> <p><strong><u>Eastside Water Service Contractors</u></strong></p> <ul> <li>Eastside water service contractors (Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District and Stockton East Water District) will receive 100 percent of their contract total. </li> </ul> <p>On February 15, Reclamation notified the Sacramento River Settlement Contractors, San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors, San Joaquin Settlement Contractors, and Refuge Contractors that the forecasted inflow to Shasta Lake is currently greater than 3.2 million acre-feet and we are not currently in a “Shasta Critical” year as that term is defined in their contracts.</p> <p>Current dry conditions and the dry forecast underscore the need for all Californians to be conservative in their water use this spring, Murillo said. Without significant rain and snow this spring, conditions could worsen.</p> <p>As the water year progresses, changes in hydrology and opportunities to deliver additional water will influence future allocations. Water supply updates will be made as appropriate and posted at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.html</a>.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61675 Minidoka Southside Canal access restricted
2018-02-20 11:42:00.0 RUPERT, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that public access to the Southside Canal headgates at Minidoka Dam will be restricted beginning March 5 until April 15 for maintenance on the canal headgates. <P> During this period, anglers and the recreating public can still access the dam immediately north and south of the headgates outside the construction zone perimeter. Also, public access to the Minidoka spillway area and Bishop’s Hole will not be impacted. <P> “We ask the public to respect signage and barriers while our crews perform replacement work on the canal headgates,” says Upper Snake Field Office Manager Ryan Newman. “This work will assure regular water deliveries this spring.” <P> Reclamation will install four new supporting arms and gate reinforcements on the two radial gates that control irrigation water into Southside Canal from Lake Walcott, 12 miles northeast of Rupert, Idaho. <P> In 2016, heavy ice loading on Lake Walcott caused one of the Southside Canal gate arms to buckle. A temporary repair was performed. The repairs scheduled in March will prevent future ice loading issues. <P> Reclamation is working closely with the Burley Irrigation District to assure that irrigation water deliveries are not disrupted. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61674 Reclamation released draft environmental document for five-year Warren Act groundwater conveyance contracts in the Tehama-Colusa Canal
2018-02-20 07:37:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Assessment for proposed five-year Warren Act contracts with water service contractors within the Sacramento Canals Unit of the Central Valley Project. <P> The contracts will convey up to 86,200 acre-feet of groundwater per contract year in the Tehama-Colusa Canal to downstream users. The proposal will allow Reclamation to establish new contracts along the TCC from March 2018 through February 2023. <P> The Draft EA is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32063">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32063</a> and will be available for public comment for a 10-day review period. <P> Comments are due by close of business Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Written comments may be mailed to Megan Simon, Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard, Shasta Lake, CA 96019 or emailed to msimon@usbr.gov or faxed to 530-275-2441. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the document, please contact Simon at 530-276-2045 (TTY 800-877-8339) or msimon@usbr.gov. The document may also be viewed at Reclamation's Northern California Area Office at the above address. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61656 Bureau of Reclamation to Begin Water Releases from Elephant Butte Reservoir in Preparation of Rio Grande Project Irrigation Season
2018-02-16 13:50:00.0 ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. – Water movement on the Rio Grande Project is set to begin next week in preparation for the upcoming irrigation season. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation will begin releases from Elephant Butte Dam at 8 a.m. on Friday February 23 to move water to Caballo Reservoir. The release will quickly ramp up to 600 cubic feet per second. <P> Water delivery from Caballo Dam is scheduled to begin on March 16 with a release of 500 cubic feet per second. That release will increase to 2,100 cubic feet per second by 10 a.m. <P> The dry riverbeds below both reservoirs will take on water quickly and the water will begin to flow downstream. The public is asked to stay out of the river channels for their safety. Flows will fluctuate through the spring and summer months according to downstream irrigation demands. <P> The Rio Grande Project is used to irrigate lands in the Elephant Butte Irrigation District in southern New Mexico and in the El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1 in far west Texas. The Rio Grande Project also supplies water to Mexico in accordance with a 1906 international treaty. In addition, water from the project is used for municipal and industrial purposes by the city of El Paso, Texas. Although irrigation storage and delivery is the primary purpose for Elephant Butte and Caballo Reservoirs, Elephant Butte releases are also used to produce hydroelectric power. Recreation is also an important secondary benefit of both Elephant Butte and Caballo Reservoirs. <P> Due to a minimal snowpack in the mountains feeding the Rio Grande, little inflow is forecast for Elephant Butte this spring. Reclamation will provide periodic updates on expected levels at the reservoirs as we enter the summer recreation months. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61633 Reclamation released final environmental documents for Placer County Water Agency to move non-CVP water via Folsom Reservoir
2018-02-16 11:00:00.0 FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents to allow Placer County Water Agency to move up to 100 acre-feet per year through Folsom Reservoir that will ultimately be delivered to Granite Bay’s Los Lagos subdivision in Placer County. <P> A final environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=30641">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=30641</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Beth Dyer at 916-537-7061 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=jllewis@usbr.gov">elizabethdyer@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61673 Reclamation released final environmental documents for Placer County Water Agency to move non-CVP water via Folsom Reservoir
2018-02-16 11:00:00.0 FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents to allow Placer County Water Agency to move up to 100 acre-feet per year through Folsom Reservoir that will ultimately be delivered to Granite Bay’s Los Lagos subdivision in Placer County. <P> A final environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=30641">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=30641</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Beth Dyer at 916-537-7061 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=jllewis@usbr.gov">elizabethdyer@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61655 Reclamation released draft environmental documents for Harris Farms and Shows Family Farms multi-year banking and transfer program
2018-02-15 18:40:00.0 FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed approval of annual transfers of up to 15,000 acre-feet per year of available Central Valley Project water supplies over a nine-year period. <P> Central Valley Project contractors would transfer water to Harris Farms and Shows Family Farms either for direct agricultural use on their lands located within Westlands Water District, San Luis Water District, and Semitropic Water Storage District, or for banking in Semitropic and/or the Kern Water Bank for later use on their lands within those same districts. <P> The documents are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32081">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32081</a>. <P> Comments are due by Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Please email comments to <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to Emerson at 559-487-5927. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (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=61613 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
2018-02-13 00:00:00.0 BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's March forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows: <P> • Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 1,771,200 acre-feet (af), which is 152 percent of the 30 year average of 1,165,700 af. <P> • Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 1,000,000 af, which is 142 percent of the 30 year average of 704,400 af. <P> • Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 900,000 af, which is 156 percent of the 30 year average of 577,700 af. <P> • Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 170,000 af, which is 121 percent of the 30 year average of 140,400 af. <P> • Wind River – April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 600,000 af, which is 144 percent of the 30 year average of 416,300 af. <P> For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Boysen, and Bull Lake Reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager Carlie Ronca at 307-261-5671. For additional information on Yellowtail Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Steve Davies at 406-247-7298. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61573 Yuma Desalting Plant to conduct test of its Emergency Chemical Alarm System
2018-02-12 15:36:00.0 Yuma, AZ – The Bureau of Reclamation's Yuma Desalting Plant (YDP), located at 7301 Calle Agua Salada, announced today that on Thursday, February 15, 2018, it will conduct a test of its emergency chemical alarm system. The test will be conducted to verify that the plants’ siren alert system is fully operational to support emergency evacuation and safety readiness in the event the facility experiences an incidental chemical release. <P> The test will involve sounding the siren alarm multiple times to ensure the system is operating effectively. <P> Between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., Mountain Standard Time, the YDP’s Chemical Alarm Siren System (CASS) will be activated for a period of no more than 10 minutes for several periods to determine if the system is operating correctly. The alarm system is used to inform YDP or Yuma Area Office (YAO) employees to shelter-in-place and to notify the on-site Emergency Response Teams to assemble and prepare to respond. <P> Designed to alert both on-site employees and nearby residents about impending emergency conditions at the YDP, the CASS siren can be heard several miles away from the facility. No action or response is necessary from residents or businesses located off-site of the YDP during the emergency test procedure. YAO regularly conducts these tests to verify the system is working correctly in the event of an actual emergency. <P> For further information about this upcoming emergency chemical alarm system test, please contact YAO Environmental Planning and Compliance Manager Julian DeSantiago at (928) 343-8259 or via email at jdesantiago@usbr.gov. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61553 President proposed $1.0 billion fiscal year 2019 budget for the Bureau of Reclamation
2018-02-12 12:25:00.0 WASHINGTON - Today, President Donald Trump proposed a $1.049 billion Fiscal Year 2019 budget for the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation. The budget supports the Department's goals of ensuring the provision of secure and reliable water supplies, the efficient generation of American energy, celebration of America's resources and recreational opportunities, and fulfilling commitments to tribal nations. <P> Reclamation is the nation's largest wholesale water supplier and second-largest producer of hydroelectric power; its projects and programs are an important driver of economic growth in the Western states. Reclamation manages water for agricultural, municipal and industrial uses, and provides flood risk reduction and recreation for millions of people. <P> "President Trump's budget for Reclamation shows his strong commitment to our mission of delivering water and generating hydropower in the West," Commissioner Brenda Burman said. "The request also highlights how critical Reclamation's facilities are to the nation's infrastructure while also supporting tribal nations." <P> Reclamation's budget is offset by current receipts in the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund of $62.0 million, resulting in net discretionary budget authority of $987.0 million. Of this amount, $891.0 million is for Water and Related Resources, $61.0 million is for Policy and Administration, and $35 million is for California Bay Delta. Permanent appropriations in FY 2019 total $101.0 million. <P> The funding proposed in Reclamation's FY 2019 budget emphasizes Reclamation's core mission of reliable water delivery and efficient hydropower generation to address the water demands of a growing population; and to assist states, tribes and local entities in solving water resource issues. It also emphasizes investment in modernizing existing infrastructure -- beyond the operation and maintenance of Reclamation facilities -- in a safe, economic and reliable manner, ensuring measures are in place to protect the public and Reclamation facilities for the next 100 years. <P> Reclamation's dams, water conveyances and power generating facilities are critical components of the Nation's infrastructure. The safety and reliability of its dams is one of Reclamation's highest priorities. The Dam Safety Program is critical to effectively manage risks to the downstream public, property and natural resources. The budget request of $88.1 million for the Safety of Dams Program provides for risk management activities at Reclamation's high and significant hazard dams where loss of life or significant economic damage would likely occur if a dam was to fail. The budget also includes activities for several dam safety modifications, as well as for Interior's Dam Safety Program, which Reclamation oversees. <P> Furthermore, the proposed budget includes $45.0 million for various projects for Extraordinary Maintenance (XM) activities across Reclamation. Reclamation's XM budget is part of its overall Asset Management Strategy that relies on condition assessments, condition/performance metrics, technological research and deployment, and strategic collaboration to continue to improve the management of its assets and deal with aging infrastructure challenges. Significant additional XM items are directly funded by revenues, water and power customers, or other federal agencies. <P> Reclamation's projects and programs support tribal nation efforts and Native American programs. A total of $127.4 million in funding is requested for Indian water rights settlements. This includes $69.6 million for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, $12.8 million for the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement, $8.3 million for the Aamodt Litigation Settlement, and $10.0 million for the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement. Other efforts to support tribal nations are long standing and range from species protection to rural water projects. <P> This budget request continues to support water delivery and quality concerns that address the special requirements in the Colorado River basin and in the state of California. While last year's precipitation was beneficial, the long-term impacts from droughts are not recovered in a few wet years. Groundwater must be replenished and the hydrologic system will need time to recover. The FY 2019 budget request through programs, such as the Lower Colorado River Operations Program ($31.2 million) and the Central Valley Project ($147.5 million), continues efforts to find a long-term solution to achieve a reliable water supply and quality for both areas. <P> The FY 2019 budget request supports and emphasizes activities designed to prevent and combat the infestation of quagga and zebra mussels across Reclamation states. These invasive species are rapidly reproducing and have infested multiple operational areas of Reclamation facilities. Research is continuing to find ways to impede the mussels' populations, and funding will support, in cooperation with the Western Governors Association, Reclamation activities established in the Quagga-Zebra Mussel Action Plan. This includes working with states and tribes to keep mussels from infesting the Columbia River Basin in the Pacific Northwest. <P> Other aspects of the FY 2019 budget proposal include: <P> <strong>Central Valley Project Restoration Fund</strong> - The budget of $62.0 million is expected to be offset in total by discretionary receipts, which are adjusted on an annual basis to maintain payments totaling $30.0 million (October 1992 price levels) on a three-year rolling average basis. The budget for the CVPRF was developed after considering the effects of the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act, which redirects certain fees, estimated at $2.0 million in FY 2019, collected from the Friant Division water users to the San Joaquin Restoration Fund. <P> <strong>Desalination and Water Purification Research Program</strong> - This program supports desalination research, development and demonstrations for converting unusable waters into useable water supplies. The FY 2019 request of $2.9 million supports projects in the laboratory-scale research studies, pilot-scale testing and full-scale testing. Funding also supports the operation and maintenance of Reclamation's Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility, which supports testing projects and potential work from Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, including one focused on produced waters from oil and gas extraction activities. <P> <strong>Science and Technology Program</strong> - The FY 2019 request of $11.0 million supports water and power technology prize competitions, technology transfer, and dissemination/outreach activities addressing critical water and power management obstacles. The S&T Program also supports the monitoring, detection and control of invasive mussels. <P> <strong>The Site Security program</strong> - The budget request will continue Reclamation's ongoing site-security program at $26.2 million, which includes physical security upgrades at key facilities, guards and patrols, anti-terrorism program activities and security risk assessments. <P> <strong>WaterSMART Program</strong> - Endorsing Theodore Roosevelt's principles of land and wildlife conservation, Reclamation strives to ensure future water delivery through the conservation of the resources available now. The funding proposed in Reclamation's FY 2019 WaterSMART budget ($19.9 million) supports Reclamation's collaboration with non-federal partners in efforts to address emerging water demands and water shortage issues in the West. <P> To view the budget request for Reclamation, see <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/budget">www.usbr.gov/budget</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61552 Reclamation releases draft environmental documents for contracts to convey and exchange non-project water through Klamath Project
2018-02-09 15:06:00.0 KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation is releasing a Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact to disclose potential environmental effects and solicit public comments associated with five-year contracts for conveying and exchanging non-project water through Klamath Project facilities. <P> Reclamation would allow irrigation districts and individuals to convey and exchange non-project water through Klamath Project facilities for existing excess capacity through these five-years-or-less contracts. The proposed contracts would expire by 2022. <P> The documents are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=21661">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=21661</a>. <P> Comments are due by close of business Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Written comments may be mailed to Kirk Young, Bureau of Reclamation, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603 or emailed to <a href="mailto:byoung@usbr.gov">byoung@usbr.gov</a> or faxed to 541-884-9053. <P> For additional information or to request document copies, please contact Young at 541-880-2589 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:byoung@usbr.gov">byoung@usbr.gov</a>. The documents may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office at the above address. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61551 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for North Platte River Basin
2018-02-09 09:44:00.0 MILLS, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyo., has prepared the February snowmelt runoff forecasts and operating plans for the North Platte River Basin. <P> The February forecasts indicate the spring snowmelt runoff will be below average. Total April through July runoff in the North Platte River Basin above Glendo Dam is expected to be 735,000 acre-feet (af), which is 81 percent of the 30-year average. <P> As of January 31, 2018, storage content in the North Platte Reservoirs amounts to 2,085,600 af, which is 135 percent of the 30-year average. The total conservation storage capacity of the North Platte Reservoir System is approximately 2,815,900 af. <P> Current releases are 530 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Seminoe Reservoir through the Miracle Mile, 500 cfs from Gray Reef Reservoir, and 0 cfs from Guernsey Reservoir. <P> Reclamation will update the inflow forecasts again in March, April, and May. <P> For additional information on the North Platte Basin snowmelt forecast, contact the Wyoming Area Office at 307-261-5671. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61550 Reclamation releases Cawelo Water District Famoso Basin Pipeline Project draft environmental document
2018-02-08 12:11:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation proposes awarding $750,000 through a 2016 CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant, to Cawelo Water District for its Famoso Basin Pipeline Project in Kern County. <P> The district would use the funds toward construction of the project which would replace 2.4 miles of unlined canals with a 1.8-mile-long, 36-inch-diameter, bi-directional, intertie pipeline. The bi-directional pipeline would connect to the Friant-Kern Canal to allow for the efficient conveyance and return of surface water to the district’s Reservoir and Pump Station D. Construction is expected to begin in April 2018 and last about eight months, weather depending. <P> Reclamation prepared a draft environmental assessment detailing possible environmental effects of providing this funding to Cawelo Water District. The draft is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=31901">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=31901</a> and public comment will be accepted through Feb. 23, 2018. <P> For comments, questions on the project or to request a copy of the document, please contact Nathaniel Martin at 916-978-6153 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:nmartin@usbr.gov">nmartin@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=61549 Reclamation releases final environmental assessment for Middle Entiat project
2018-02-08 11:20:00.0 Chelan County, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation has issued the final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact for a habitat improvement project on the Entiat River in Chelan County, Wash. The project will enhance fish habitat and floodplain connectivity along a four-mile stretch of the river through the construction of large, woody material structures; re-establishment of side channels; and a levee removal. <P> The project will increase the amount of suitable habitat for fish and wildlife species that utilize the Entiat River, with specific focus on Endangered Species Act–listed fish. <P> The final EA analyzes two actions: the Proposed Action (implementing the project, as described above) and a No Action alternative (non-implementation). Reclamation selected the proposed action for implementation. <P> The EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available online at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/midentiat/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/midentiat/index.html</a>. For more information or to request a copy, contact Mr. Steve Kolk at 509-667-8494. <P>