News Worth Noting: Enviro docs for Sacramento Valley 2016 CVP water transfers; Enviro docs for recirculated San Joaquin River restoration flows; Weekly National Water and Climate Update

Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents on 2016 CVP Water Transfers in Sacramento Valley for Public Comment

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

ReclamationThe Bureau of Reclamation and the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority (TCCA) have released for public comment an Environmental Assessment/Initial Study (EA/IS) and draft Mitigated Negative Declaration on the effects of proposed water transfers from willing sellers to buyers in the Sacramento Valley.

This EA/IS analyzes transfers of Base Supply, Central Valley Project (CVP) water, and/or non-CVP water supplies that require the use of CVP facilities. The CVP transfer water would be made available through a combination of cropland idling and/or groundwater substitution. The transfers could originate in Colusa, Glenn, Sacramento, Shasta, Sutter, Tehama, or Yolo counties, and buyers could be located in Colusa, Glenn, Tehama or Yolo counties.

The EA/IS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act. The document is available for review at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24324 .

Comments are due by close of business Monday, March 7, 2016. Please send comments to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may also be faxed to Hubbard at 916-978-5290 or emailed to bhubbard@usbr.gov.

Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for Transfer or Exchange of Recirculated San Joaquin River Restoration Flows to Red Top

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

ReclamationThe Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study proposing a new turnout and pipeline to facilitate a 10-year transfer and exchange of recaptured San Joaquin River Restoration Flows to Red Top.

The proposed turnout and pipeline would connect Central California Irrigation District’s (CCID) Poso Canal to pumping and conveyance facilities in Red Top, located in western Fresno and Madera counties. The new facilities would allow for the transfer or exchange of up to 10,000 acre-feet per year during water years 2016 – 2026.

The purpose of the proposed action is to reduce reliance on deep aquifer groundwater pumping in the Red Top area. The goal is to reduce the rate of subsidence, as well as avoid water supply impacts to Friant Contractors by providing a mechanism to recirculate, reuse, exchange or transfer recaptured Restoration Flows near the San Joaquin River and Eastside Bypass.

The Draft EA/IS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act. Reclamation is the lead agency in accordance with NEPA, and CCID is the lead agency in accordance with CEQA in preparing the analysis. The Draft EA/IS may be viewed at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24552.

Written comments are due by close of business on Friday, March 4, 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.

More information on the San Joaquin River Restoration Program and its Restoration Flows is available at www.restoresjr.net.

Weekly National Water and Climate Update

Rain, snow, and warm temperatures prompt high streamflow in eastern U.S.

From the USDA:

weekly reportThe Natural Resources Conservation Service produces this weekly report using data and products from the National Water and Climate Center and other agencies. The report focuses on seasonal snowpack, precipitation, temperature, and drought conditions in the U.S.  Recent heavy precipitation and warm temperatures contributed to high streamflow and some flooding across the eastern U.S.

The current snow water equivalent percent of median map shows stations in Montana, northern Idaho, and Wyoming at median or below. The remainder of the West is primarily at median or above, with some areas above 150% of median at this time. SWE has increased at some stations in Utah and Colorado from a week ago.

Click here to read the full report.

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