News Worth Noting: Seven CVPIA Water Management Plans; Draft Assessment on One-Year Recapture of San Joaquin River Restoration Flows; Cache Slough Complex Conservation Assessment

Reclamation Seeks Comment on Seven Central Valley Project Improvement Act Water Management Plans

ReclamationThe Bureau of Reclamation announces the availability of seven water management plans in accordance with the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992: Bella Vista Water District; Clear Creek Community Services District; City of Shasta Lake; Fresno Irrigation District; Orland Artois Water District; Santa Barbara County Water Agency; and the Santa Ynez River Community District, Improvement District No.1.

To meet requirements of the CVPIA, Section 210 of the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 requires contractors to prepare and submit water management plans with definite goals, appropriate water conservation measures and reasonable timetables. The plans are designed to achieve a balance among competing Central Valley Project water demands—including fish, wildlife, agricultural, municipal, industrial and power requirements.

The proposed water management plans may be viewed at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/watershare/wcplans/index.html. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

Written comments are due by close of business Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, to Latasha Taylor, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento CA, 95825 or ltaylor@usbr.gov.

San Joaquin River Restoration Program Releases Draft Assessment on One-Year Recapture of Restoration Flows

ReclamationThe Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program’s (SJRRP) plan to recapture a portion of its Restoration Flows at Patterson and/or Banta-Carbona irrigation districts in 2016. Restoration Flows are intended to maintain fish populations in good condition from below Friant Dam to the confluence of the Merced River.

The project involves recapturing Restoration Flows at the districts’ screened facilities and conveying them to the Delta-Mendota Canal and San Luis Reservoir where they will be made available for recirculation to the Friant Division long-term contractors. The project is consistent with the SJRRP’s Water Management Goal, to reduce or avoid adverse water supply impacts to all Friant Division long-term contractors that may result from Restoration Flows.

The SJRRP’s Restoration Flows and Water Management Goal are part of a settlement between parties, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Friant Water Authority, the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S Department of Commerce.

The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24095. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

Written comments are due by close of business on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, to Becky Victorine, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-170, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may also be faxed to 916-978-5469 or emailed to rvictorine@usbr.gov. For additional information, please contact Ms. Victorine at 916-978-4624.

For information on the SJRRP, please visit www.restoresjr.net.

Public Comment Opens on Cache Slough Complex Conservation Assessment

NEW_DWR_LOGO_14inchDWR recently completed Volume 1 of 2 of the Cache Slough Complex Conservation Assessment. The Conservation Assessment evaluates the potential for restoring the Cache Slough Complex as part of the FRP and provides information on the current and historic conditions of the Cache Slough Complex in order to generate a regional landscape conceptual model for conservation.

The Cache Slough Complex has been identified as an area in the Delta with high potential to meet some of FRP’s tidal restoration requirements, thanks to its connectivity with the Yolo Bypass floodplain, suitable elevations, high turbidity, high primary and secondary productivity, and use by Delta Smelt and other native fishes.

Volume 1 of the Cache Slough Complex Conservation Assessment provides guidance for regional implementation of tidal wetland restoration, highlighting current conditions and taking into account FRP’s restoration goals, any potential impediments to restoration, stakeholders concerns, and socioeconomic factors that should be considered as part of restoration. The information contained in Volume 1 is consolidated from scientific reports, collected data, and personal communications.

Volume 2, still under development, focuses on providing the overarching scientific foundation for conservation efforts and restoration goals in the Cache Slough Complex. Volume 2 presents: an overall regional restoration approach, restoration strategies using regional conceptual models, key drivers for restoration outcomes, a procedure for assessing the restoration potential of available properties, principles for approaching landscape-scale restoration, and compatibility with other regional plans.

The 53,000-acre Cache Slough Complex is located in the northwest corner of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta at the downstream end of the Yolo Bypass. It is separated from the northeast corner of Suisun Marsh by low-lying grasslands and seasonal wetland/vernal pool complexes, and linked directly to the Sacramento River via Miner and Steamboat Sloughs.

Public Involvement Opportunities

More information about the Cache Slough Complex and Volume 1 of the Conservation Assessment is available for review on a dedicated DWR website http://www.water.ca.gov/environmentalservices/cache_slough_assessment.cfm.

DWR will be accepting public comments for the Cache Slough Complex Conservation Assessment until January 29, 2016.  Submit public comments to FRPA@water.ca.gov.

 

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