News Worth Noting: Scoping Report for Protecting Salmon on Lower Klamath; Enviro Docs for Accelerated Friant-CVC Transfer Program; $5M for Private Well Owners & Small Water Systems; Largest Solar Energy Project for DWR

ReclamationReclamation Releases Scoping Report on Long-Term Plan for Protecting Late Summer Adult Salmon in the Lower Klamath River:The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Scoping Report on the Long-Term Plan for Protecting Late Summer Adult Salmon in the Lower Klamath River.  The Scoping Report provides a summary of comments received and defines the major issues identified to be evaluated in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The comments will be considered by Reclamation in preparing the EIS.  The Scoping Report is available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22021.”

ReclamationReclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Accelerated Water Transfer and Exchange Program for Friant Division and Cross Valley Contractors:The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the implementation of an accelerated process for annual water transfers and/or exchanges pursuant to Section 3405(a) of the CVPIA for Contract Years 2016 through 2020 (March 1, 2016 to February 28, 2021).  The accelerated process would continue previous accelerated programs allowing timely water management between Friant Division and Cross Valley Central Valley Project contractors to meet agricultural demands and/or municipal and industrial or other water requirements.  The Draft EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=23955.” For more information about submitting comments, go here:  Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Accelerated Water Transfer and Exchange Program for Friant Division and Cross Valley Contractors

SWRCB logo water boardsState Water Board Authorizes $5 Million to Help Private Well Owners and Small Water Systems:The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted a resolution today authorizing the allocation of $5 million in funds to help residents on private wells and small water systems who are facing water emergencies.  The funds, which will be administered by nonprofit organizations, will help individuals that have an immediate drought-related water shortage or outage. The $5 million will fund interim and permanent solutions such as new wells, well rehabilitation, and consolidation into new or existing public water systems. The funding will expand and augment the existing grant and low-interest loan program nonprofit organizations are currently offering through a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded program.  Nonprofit organizations must prioritize funds to serve disadvantaged individuals or communities with an annual median household income less than 80 percent of the statewide median income, but may provide assistance to other communities as well. ... ”  Read more from the State Water Resources Control Board here:  State Water Board Authorizes $5 Million to Help Private Well Owners and Small Water Systems

NEW_DWR_LOGO_14inchDWR Signs Agreement for Its Largest Solar Energy Project: “The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has awarded sPower, a renewable energy company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to provide solar power to the State Water Project (SWP) from the Solverde I Solar Facility.  The Solverde I Solar Facility will be an 85 Megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic facility constructed near Lancaster in northern Los Angeles County.  The Solverde I Facility’s expected output during its first year of production will be about 242,000 MW hours (MWh) and nearly 4.8 million MWh over the life of the contract.  DWR is committed to a long-term effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by its operations. Although DWR has already reached its 2020 near-term goal to reduce GHG emissions by 50 percent below 1990 levels, the Solverde I Solar Facility will assist DWR in meeting its long-term goal to reduce GHG emissions by 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. ... ”  Read more from the Department of Water Resources here:  DWR Signs Agreement for Its Largest Solar Energy Project

 

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