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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: McCormack-Williamson Tract Levee Modification and Habitat Development Project (posted 05/14/2014)

INVITATION TO BID RECLAMATION DISTRICT NO. 2110
McCormack-Williamson Tract, Sacramento County, California

Reclamation District 2110 invites bids for planning, design, and permitting services for the McCormack-WilliamsonTract Levee Modification and Habitat Development Project. Bid documents may be obtained by contacting The Nature Conservancy, Judah Grossman, at 916-642-8053 or jgrossman@tnc.org.

To be considered, bidders must notify Judah Grossman via email by 5:00pm on May 23, 2014, indicating intent to submit a proposal.


Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project Supplemental EIR (PDF: 29.44 MB) is now available for public comment.

The public comment period for the Supplemental EIR is 45 days, from January 21, 2014 through March 07, 2014. Comments can be submitted by email or surface mail to the addresses below. Emails must be received by midnight March 07, and surface mail must be postmarked by March 07. Submit all comments to Patty Finfrock by email to: Patricia.Finfrock@water.ca.gov,

or by surface mail to:

Department of Water Resources
FloodSAFE Environmental Stewardship and Statewide Resources Office (FESSRO)
1416 9th Street, Room 1623
Sacramento, CA 95814

Any questions, or requests for the SEIR on CD, can be directed to Patty Finfrock at the above contacts, or by calling (916) 651-0851.


Public Comment Period (through November 24, 2013) for: FloodSAFE, A Framework for Department of Water Resources Integrated Flood Management Investments in the Delta and Suisun Marsh

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR)'s draft policy document, FloodSAFE, A Framework for Department of Water Resources Integrated Flood Management Investments in the Delta and Suisun Marsh (Framework) (5.1 MB, PDF), is currently being circulated for a public comment period, which ends November 24, 2013. This document provides guidance for DWR's investments in integrated flood management in the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta and portions of Suisun Marsh. The Framework and its associated document, Background / Reference Memorandum (PDF, 14MB), are also posted on FESSRO's Documents and DWR Policies page. For information on how to review and comment, please refer to the Announcement for Public Release of the Framework (65 KB, PDF).


Background / Reference Memorandum: Delta Region Integrated Flood Management Key Considerations and Statewide Implications

The Department has released the Final Background / Reference Memorandum: Delta Region Integrated Flood Management – Key Considerations and Statewide Implications (BRM) (PDF, 14MB). The BRM provides information about the State interests in the Delta, a history of the levee system, and a brief discussion of programs that are available to support flood management on Delta islands. The BRM contains information which the Department and others may consider in making judgments about granting public funds to local public agencies for maintenance, repair, or improvement of the levees that protect Delta islands and the assets of statewide interest located on them. A previously released draft companion document titled "FloodSAFE- A Framework for Department of Water Resources Investments in Delta Integrated Flood Management" is currently under development. If you have questions, please contact David Mraz, Chief, Delta Levees & Environmental Engineering Branch, Department of Water Resources, at (916) 834-4697, or email dmraz@water.ca.gov.


Central Valley Riparian Mapping Project: Medium Scale Map Available

The medium-scale map of Central Valley riparian habitat is now available in an online web viewer. The map illustrates the extent of riparian vegetation using about 20 vegetation classes, and was created based on 2009 NAIP aerial photography and current field sampling. Work is currently in progress on a fine-scale version of the map. The map was created by CSU, Chico Geographic Information Center, and the Department of Fish and Game Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program. The work was sponsored by FESSRO and the Riparian Habitat Joint Venture.

Map viewer links:

http://132.241.99.43/flexsites/CVRMP/CVRMP_MediumScale/

http://tinyurl.com/CVRMP-MediumScale

*The viewer works in all web browsers, however there are problems at times with some versions of Internet Explorer.


Release of the Final Salton Sea Financial Assistance Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package

In an effort to restore the largest inland surface water body in California which supports one of the most diverse bird populations in the United States, DWR and the California Department of Fish and Game are pleased to announce the release of the final Salton Sea Financial Assistance Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package (http://www.water.ca.gov/saltonsea/habitat/financial.cfm).

Applications are due through BMS (https://www.bms.water.ca.gov/BMS/Login/Log-in.aspx), our online application system, under the PSP "Salton Sea FAP 2012 ". You will have to register before you can access PSP "Salton Sea FAP 2012 ". Proposals must be submitted before Monday September 10, 2012 at 5 pm. The application process is describe in the PSP (http://www.water.ca.gov/saltonsea/docs/SaltonSeaFAP_Final_PSP.pdf).

We are planning a workshop for the beginning of August to help applicants navigating our online application system (BMS, https://www.bms.water.ca.gov/BMS/Login/Log-in.aspx) and answer questions regarding the program. Invitations will follow soon with the exact date, time, and location for the event.
Urban Streams Restoration Program Releases Final Grant Awards

The Department of Water Resources, Urban Streams Restoration Program (USRP) has released the list of Final Grant Awards for the 2008 application solicitation. Twelve applications have been awarded grant funding for a total of $8,840,335 in grant funds from Propositions 84 and 40. The Final Grant Awards and additional USRP information, such as the Guidelines and enabling legislation (California Water Code Section 7048) are available on the USRP website, here: http://www.water.ca.gov/urbanstreams/.

Questions regarding the Final Grant Awards list may be sent directly to Jerry Snow via email glsnow@water.ca.gov or phone at (916) 651-9626.


DWR Announces Central Valley Flood System Conservation Framework and Strategy Funding

The Director of the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has approved final funding guidelines (Doc, 464KB) to direct Proposition 1E funding to flood management projects and activities in support of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) slated for adoption by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (Board) by July 1 of this year. The guidelines are specifically related to the Central Valley Flood System Conservation Framework (Conservation Framework), which is Attachment 2 to the public draft CVFPP under consideration by the Board.

A draft version of the guidelines was the subject of three public workshops and one webinar in December 2011. With these guidelines in place, DWR is now authorized to spend Proposition 1E money on projects and activities that advance the goals of the Conservation Framework and that will provide mitigation for improvements to State Plan of Flood Control facilities.

DWR expects to release its first Request for Proposals (RFP) under the these guidelines in April 2012. In addition to competitive bids, DWR will be considering direct expenditures with authorized partners; direct expenditures will be required to meet the same criteria as applicants submitting competitive bid proposals in response to the RFP.

For more information, please contact Lori Clamurro Chew at lchew@water.ca.gov or (916) 653-5735, or Terri Gaines at tgaines@water.ca.gov or (916) 653-6520.



Bulk Acquisition of Mitigation Credits Draft Funding Recommendation: Public Review and Comment Requested

DWR's Delta Levees Program released a Project Solicitation Package (PSP) for the Bulk Acquisition of Mitigation Credits (PDF, 274 KB) in October 2011. The objective of this PSP was to find a Reclamation District (RD) that will act on behalf of the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to purchase specific regulatory agency-approved mitigation credits from a partnering bank sponsor and then oversee the resale of these credits to local levee maintaining agencies participating in the Program. Two applicants submitted proposals in response to the PSP. Of the two proposals that were received, one did not meet the criteria as specified in the PSP. The other applicant that met the criteria, RD 830, is within the recommended funding limit of $6,000,000, and is currently being evaluated for approval by the Department. Upon receiving final approval from DWR's Executive Office, RD 830 may enter into a Project Funding Agreement with DWR. Prior to final execution of the agreement, the Project Funding Agreement requires the Department of General Services' final approval.

The Delta Levees Program is soliciting comments on the proposed draft funding recommendation. Comments and questions will be received through Wednesday, April 11, 2012, and may be directed to Mike Mirmazaheri, Program Manager, at (916) 651-7016 mikemi@water.ca.gov or Jennifer Hogan, Staff Environmental Scientist, Delta Ecosystem Enhancement Section, at (916) 651-7005 jhogan@water.ca.gov. You may also contact Ted Thomas, Chief of Media and Public Information at DWR, at (916) 653-9712 for more information.



Medium-Scale Central Valley and Delta Vegetation maps available!

GIS data layers are now available for the following BIOS data sets:

Medium Scale Central Valley Riparian and Land Use, 2011 (ds723)
ftp://ftp.dfg.ca.gov/BDB/GIS/BIOS/Public_Datasets/700_799/ds723.zip

Medium Scale Central Valley Riparian and Aggregated Delta Veg, 2011 (ds724)
ftp://ftp.dfg.ca.gov/BDB/GIS/BIOS/Public_Datasets/700_799/ds724.zip

They can be viewed using the BIOS Public Viewer: http://imaps.dfg.ca.gov/viewers/biospublic/app.asp or they can be downloaded directly from the BIOS ftp site.



Urban Streams Restoration Program
Draft Funding Recommendations from the 2008 Proposal Solicitation Package

The Urban Streams Restoration Program (USRP) has released the list of Draft Funding Recommendations from the 2008 Proposal Solicitation Package. The list is now available for public review, and the public has until 5pm February 25, 2012 to review and comment on the Draft Funding Recommendations. Twelve applications are being recommended for funding from this solicitation cycle for a total of $8,765,335 in grant funds from Propositions 84 and 40. The Draft Funding Recommendations and additional USRP information, such as the Guidelines and enabling legislation (California Water Code Section 7048) are available on the USRP website.

Comments or questions regarding the Draft Funding Award list may be sent directly to Jerry Snow via email or US Mail at:

Email: glsnow@water.ca.gov

Address: Attn: Jerry Snow
DWR, USRP
P.O Box 942836
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001
916-651-9626



Delta Levees Special Projects Program Hazard Mitigation Plan Levee Repair and Improvement PSP

The Delta Levees Special Projects Program has released the Hazard Mitigation Plan Levee Repair and Improvement Project Solicitation Package (PSP). Released on January 20, 2012, the PSP will provide up to $50 million in Proposition 1E and 84 funds for the repair or improvement of Delta levees to the HMP Standard. Projects will be limited to $2 million in State Cost Share funding. The deadline for the submission of project proposals is 4:00 p.m. on Monday February 27, 2012. See Project Solicitation Packages for more information.



Salton Sea Financial Assistance Program

In an effort to restore the largest inland surface water body in California which supports one of the most diverse bird populations in the U.S., DWR and the California Department of Fish and Game are pleased to announce the release of the draft of the Salton Sea Financial Assistance Program Guidelines and Application Package. The public has until January 23, 2012 to review and comment on the Financial Assistance Program Guidelines (PDF, 526 KB). Comments and suggestions may be submitted either via email to: CAFishandGame@davisgroupca.com, or in person at the public meetings which are scheduled for January 18, 2012 in Brawley and January 19, 2012 in Palm Desert. Please check back on our website for forthcoming details on the public meetings. For more information, please contact Vivien Maisonneuve at (916) 651-0154 or at vmaisonn@water.ca.gov.



DWR Holding Public Workshops on Funding Guidelines

DWR has scheduled public workshops* to solicit comments on draft Guidelines (PDF, 552KB) that were developed to direct funding to flood management projects and activities in support of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, and more specifically, the Central Valley Flood System Conservation Strategy. For more information, please contact Lori Clamurro Chew at (916) 653-5735 or at lchew@water.ca.gov.
Powerpoint Presentation (PDF, 603KB)

Agendas *
Modesto workshop (December 6)
West Sacramento workshop (December 7)
Chico workshop (December 14)
Webinar (December 19)
* (PDF, 18 KB)



Bulk Acquisition of Mitigation Credits: Project Solicitation Package

DWR's Delta Levees Program released a Project Solicitation Package (PSP) for the Bulk Acquisition of Mitigation Credits (PDF, 274 KB) in October. The application period closed November 30, 2011. Any selected applications will be announced here by early 2012. Questions may be directed to Jennifer Hogan, Staff Environmental Scientist, Delta Ecosystem Enhancement Section, at (916) 651-7005 or jhogan@water.ca.gov



Fish Passage on the Calaveras River:

Fish Passage Improvement Program engineering staff completed a design for anadromous salmonid fish passage at the Budiselich Flashboard Dam (PDF, 1.2 MB) located within the Stockton Diverting Canal in San Joaquin County. The project is comprised of seven 'V'-shaped rock-boulder weirs filled with an engineered streambed material (rocks, cobbles, gravel, and sand) in a manner that creates a rock ramp roughened channel allowing fish to migrate upstream at a 3% gradient. In September 2011, the project was constructed.