News Worth Noting: Black Butte Lake ready to go, Water SMART funding for watershed groups, transfer docs for Garden Highway Mutual Water Co and Firebaugh Canal Water District, and Western snowpack and water supply report

Army Corps says forget that iconic picture of the dried up lakebed; Black Butte Lake is now filled and ready for summer: Have no reservations — there’s plenty of gorgeous blue water, camping and updated facilities ready for use at Black Butte Lake. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District recreation park near Orland now has 85,000 acre-feet of water — seven times as much as the seasonal low from back when photos of the dry, cracked lakebed came to symbolize California’s drought.  “Those dry photos of our lake from months ago must have stuck in the minds of some folks, so right now’s a great opportunity to make Memorial Day and summer camping reservations,” said Mary Ann Deeming, park ranger at Black Butte Lake. “We’ve opened all campgrounds and boat ramps, plus our regular visitors will notice updates to restroom facilities and playgrounds.” … ”  Read more from the Army Corps of Engineers here:  Black Butte Lake is ready for guests

ReclamationWaterSMART Funding Opportunity Available to Establish or Expand Watershed Groups: “The Bureau of Reclamation’s Cooperative Watershed Management Program is accepting applications from entities seeking to establish or expand watershed management groups. The funding opportunity announcement is available at by searching for funding opportunity R14AS00038.  Funding is available for states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the western United States or United States Territories to establish a watershed group. Funding is also available for an existing watershed group to expand. Applications are due on June 6, 2014 at 3 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. … ”  More information here:  WaterSMART Funding Opportunity Available to Establish or Expand Watershed Groups

waterboard_logoWater Right Petition for Temporary Transfer of Garden Highway Mutual Water Company in Sutter County:On May 2, 2014, Garden Highway Mutual Water Company (GHMWC) filed a petition for temporary change to transfer up to 7,500 acre feet of water pursuant to Water Code section 1725 et seq., under water right License 2033 (Application 1699).  The water will be transferred to San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority via groundwater substitution.  The proposed changes include the addition of (1) the State Water Project’s Harvey O. Banks Pumping Plant and the Central Valley Project’s (CVP) CW “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant as points of diversion; (2) San Luis Reservoir as a point of rediversion; (3) the service area of the CVP to the place of use; and (4) municipal, industrial, and domestic uses as additional purposes of use.  Temporary changes under Water Code section 1725 may be effective for a period of up to one year. ”  More information on this webpage: State Water Board Transfers and Temporary Urgency Actions

ReclamationReclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on Annual Transfers of Up to 7,500 acre-feet of Firebaugh Canal Water District’s Central Valley Project Water in Response to Drought:The Bureau of Reclamation today released final environmental documents for the proposed annual transfers of up to 7,500 acre-feet of Firebaugh Canal Water District’s Central Valley Project  water to the Pacheco, Panoche, San Luis, and Westlands water districts over a period of five years.  The proposed transfers would occur from April through December of each year water is transferred. In order to make FCWD’s CVP water supplies available for the transfers, common landowners in FCWD and Pacheco, Panoche, SLWD, and WWD would pump a like-amount of groundwater for use in FCWD in lieu of receiving the CVP supplies. … ”  Read more from the Bureau of Reclamation here:  Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on Annual Transfers of Up to 7,500 acre-feet of Firebaugh Canal Water District’s Central Valley Project Water in Response to Drought

April reportWestern Snowpack and Water Supply Conditions, May 2014: It’s the final report of the season from the National Water and Climate Center:  “Precipitation for the month of April over the northern half of the West has been generally near normal, with the southern half of the West continuing its dry pattern seen all winter.  Alaska has had a very dry April.  Snowpack retains the sharp contrast between northern and eastern parts versus southern and western parts of the West, with the former being well above normal and the latter being well below normal.  Streamflow forecasts closely follow the snowpack pattern.”  Click here for the report.


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