Tag Archive: Bureau of Reclamation

Sep 30 2014

Early morning news flash … Request for Temporary Modification to San Joaquin River Flows during October

From the State Water Resources Control Board: “Please find attached a request from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to temporarily modify the San Joaquin River flow requirements during October pursuant to a Temporary Urgency Change Petition.  The Executive Director expects to act on this request in the near term.  For additional information concerning this matter, …

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Sep 08 2014

Reclamation releases draft EIS for Temperance Flat reservoir for public review

The Bureau of Reclamation has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation for a 45-day public review. The project proposes to build a 665-foot dam and 1.33 MAF reservoir at Temperance Flat on the San Joaquin River between Friant and Kerckhoff dams. “Releasing this draft for …

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Aug 22 2014

This just in … Reclamation to Release Additional Water to Supplement Flows in the Lower Klamath River

From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation will release additional water from Trinity Reservoir to supplement flows in the lower Klamath River to help protect the returning run of adult Chinook salmon. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions on or near the river while flows are high during this period. …

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Aug 11 2014

News Worth Noting: Meral urges legislature to pass amended water bond, PacificCorp agrees to reservoir drawdown in Klamath region, enviro docs for temp change in water quality requirements for the DMC, Vidak’s statement on $8.7B bond, 2015 Clean Water Act Non-Point Source Grant Program

Jerry Meral with the Natural Heritage Institute urges lawmakers to pass an amended water bond:  In a letter addressed to state legislative leaders, he writes:  “Thank you for your diligent work to develop a water bond that is fiscally prudent, responsive to the state’s water needs, and balanced with respect to environmental quality and water …

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Aug 08 2014

News Worth Noting: Delta Stewardship Council releases interior Delta flows report, California Water Fix Coalition launches website, legal analysis on recent water district win against Reclamation, Del Puerto Water District transfer, Nimbus fish weir, sustainable water management standards

Delta Stewardship Council releases Interior Delta Flows And Related Stressors – Panel Summary Report: “The Delta Science Program has posted an independent scientific review panel report on interior Delta flows and related stressors. The report was prepared in support of the State Water Resources Control Board’s process of reviewing and updating Bay-Delta flow objectives to protect …

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Aug 05 2014

News Worth Noting: Blue-green algae blooms in Klamath River, legislators to tour Sites Reservoir, Fish weir installation at Nimbus, Sea water threatening Central Coast groundwater, Kern County public meeting on fracking and groundwater monitoring

Blue-green algae blooms in Klamath River and Reservoirs result in warning against water contact or use: “Swimmers, boaters and recreational users are to urged to avoid direct contact with or use of waters containing blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), now blooming in the Klamath River in Northern California.  Copco and Iron Gate Reservoirs and the Klamath River …

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Jul 23 2014

News Worth Noting: New PPIC fact sheet on water use, updated fact sheet on emergency water conservation regulations, enviro docs for Placer County-Westlands transfer, EIR certified for controversial geothermal project, Martis Creek Lake reopens

New PPIC Fact Sheet on water use:  “The current drought is exposing major challenges across all sectors of the state’s water use—environmental, agricultural, and urban. This fact sheet outlines how California’s water is allocated, clarifying a complex system in which water is used—and reused—throughout the state.”  Read the fact sheet here:  Water Use in California …

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May 14 2014

Reclamation makes historic releases of water from Friant Dam to San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors

From the Bureau of Reclamation: Reclamation will begin increasing releases from Friant Dam near Fresno into the San Joaquin River on Thursday to help meet contractual obligations to deliver Central Valley Project water to the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. As a result of …

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May 14 2014

Reclamation updates CVP water supply for exchange contractors and refuges south of Delta

From the Bureau of Reclamation: “The Bureau of Reclamation today announced an update to the February 2014 Central Valley Project water supply for the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority, the San Joaquin River Settlement Contractors and south-of-Delta Level 2 refuge water supply contracts. The update reflects further refinements to project operations and slightly …

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Jun 29 2013

Raising Shasta Dam: Reclamation releases the Draft Environmental Impact Statement; public review period begins

The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for raising Shasta Dam, opening up a 90-day public comment and review period.  The draft EIR evaluates five different alternatives that would raise the dam from 6.5 feet to 18.5 feet, enlarging the reservoir by 256,000 to 634,000 acre-feet.  A  no-action alternative is analyzed as well. Reclamation says the project, …

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Apr 16 2013

Consolidated Delta smelt and salmonid cases update: Court grants a one-year extension on biological opinions

The Eastern District Court has granted the request of the water and federal fish agencies to extend the deadline for rewrite of the Delta smelt and salmonid biological opinions by one year in order to implement an adaptive management program.  The extension falls short of the three-year extension that the agencies had been requesting; however, …

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Feb 13 2013

Take of Delta smelt nears limit, triggering cutbacks in Delta water exports


On February 12, 2013, agency officials held a press conference to announce that mandatory restrictions put in place to protect Delta smelt had reduced water deliveries from the Delta by 700,000 acre-feet since November 1, which they say is enough to supply 1.4 million homes for a year or irrigate more than 200,000 acres of …

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Feb 01 2013

Weekend reading: Delta smelt court documents!

I couldn’t let you go home for the weekend without giving you some reading material.  On Wednesday, ACWA’s Water News and the Fresno Bee reported that Judge Wanger’s replacement, U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill, has initially has declined a request for a three year extension to rewrite the biological opinions for the Delta smelt …

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Nov 07 2012

Maven's Minutes: Reclamation's Terry Fulp and a new agreement with Mexico that has environmental benefits for the Colorado Delta discussed at Metropolitan's Water Planning and Stewardship Committee meeting

At the November 5th meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Water Stewardship and Planning Committee, Regional Director for Reclamation’s Lower Colorado River Region Terry Fulp addressed the Committee, and Metropolitan staff presented some details on a new multi-faceted agreement with Mexico that includes provisions for sharing both surpluses and shortages on the river, as well as …

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