11/30/2009 While away your winter with these water policy issues
Two relatively new water issues have dropped into the Inyo County (and state, and national) water policy pool this fall:

GEOTHERMAL PROJECTS: The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments prior to preparing a draft environmental document addressing approximately 22,000 acres of proposed geothermal projects in Inyo County, close to an area recently approved for a geothermal groundwater pumping project (Rose Valley and the Little Lakes Ranch area). Written comments regarding this issue are due by OCTOBER 16, 2009; a BLM press release and the public meeting schedule for the project appear below.

HATCHERY PROGRAM (INCLUDING GROUNDWATER PUMPING): California Department of Fish and Game recently released a Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement addressing the effects of DFG hatchery and fish stocking programs, including the effects of groundwater pumping at Black Rock and Fish Springs to supply hatchery operations and effects of stocking on endemic species in alpine lakes. The DEIR/EIS can be downloaded in digestible segments from the following site:

Comments regarding this document and the issues it addresses are due by NOVEMBER 16, 2009 (for comments at the state level [California Environmental Quality Act]) and by NOVEMBER 30, 2009 (for comments at the federal level [National Environmental Policy Act]). More information appears in the CA DFG's press release, which is pasted below.

FRIENDLY ADDENDUM: Comfort and/or familiarity with California or Federal environmental laws are not required to comment on public documents. If you are interested in either of the above water policy issues, you need only familiarize yourself with the proposed projects or read sections of the document that interest you. If something does not make sense or if a document does not accurately describe the impacts of the project it addresses, you can help policy makers produce a better document--and a better project--by writing a comment letter that describes the problem(s) you have found and why it is important to correct such problem(s) in the draft or final EIR or EIS. (Be sure to list any relevant page numbers or figures if you are reviewing a document.)


BLM PRESS RELEASE: Public Meetings Scheduled for Proposed Geothermal Project

Three public meetings are scheduled in October to gather public comments on proposed geothermal exploration and development on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management within the Haiwee area near Ridgecrest in Inyo County.

The meetings will be held at the following dates, times and locations:

1) Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5:30 pm to 9 pm, Boulder Creek RV Resort, 2550 S. Hwy 395, Lone Pine;
2) Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Ea Sierra Fairgrounds, Home Economics Bldg, Bishop;
3) Thursday, Oct. 15, 5:30 pm to 9 pm, Kerr-McGee Center, 100 W. California Ave, Ridgecrest.

BLM staff will present a brief overview of the proposed project. Following the presentation, BLM will accept public comment, which will be recorded by a court reporter. The timeframe of comments will be determined by the number of individuals who register to speak. Comments received throughout the public process will be considered during preparation of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS).

Written comments should be submitted by October 16, 2009, to the Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District Office, Attn: John Dalton, Haiwee Geothermal Leasing Coordinator, 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, California 92553.

Total acreage being considered for geothermal leasing is approximately 22,060 acres.

Issues already identified to be analyzed in the EIS include hydrology; Native American concerns; cumulative impacts considering existing, proposed, and potential geothermal projects in the area; potential impacts on cultural resources; potential effects on wildlife; potential land use conflicts including recreation; potential visual impacts; and potential impacts on surface water and groundwater resources. The EIS also will address issues such as geology, geothermal resources, vegetation, threatened or endangered species, air quality, noise, transportation, human health and safety and socioeconomics, as well as any issues raised during the public process.

For more information contact John Dalton at (951) 697-5311 or email: You may also contact Linn Gum, BLM Ridecrest Field Office assistant manager (760) 384-5450 or the BLM California planning and environmental coordinator (916) 978-4427.




Notice of Availability of an
Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement
Agencies: California Department of Fish and Game (lead state agency) & US Fish and Wildlife Service
(lead federal agency)
Action: Notice of Availability of a joint draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact
Statement (EIR/EIS) and notice of public meetings.
Project contacts:
Mr. Jim Starr
California Department of Fish and Game
830 “S” Street
Sacramento, Ca 95811
Phone: (916) 327-0713

Mr. Bart Prose
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
2800 Cottage Way, Room W-1729
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 978-6152

Project title: California Department of Fish and Game Fish Hatchery and Stocking Program draft
Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (DEIR/EIS)

Project location: DFG currently operates 24 hatchery facilities statewide and stocks in both urban and
rural lakes, streams, rivers and other waterbodies throughout California. DFG’s headquarters are in the
City of Sacramento in Sacramento County, Ca.

Project summary: The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), in conjunction with the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), released a joint draft EIR/EIS related to DFG’s Fish Hatchery and
Stocking Program (Program) on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 for public review and comment.
DFG and FWS have prepared this joint DEIR/EIS to evaluate and disclose the potential effects the
Program has on aquatic resources and the environment. Preparation of this document also complies
with a recent court decision that determined DFG’s Program must undergo environmental analysis
under CEQA in order to continue fish stocking practices.
Within this document, hatchery operations and stocking activities associated with the DFG’s Program,
which includes FWS funding for the operation of 14 inland trout facilities and the Mad River Hatchery
steelhead portions of the Program, are evaluated for their effects on the environment. These effects
include, but are not limited to, potential impacts to native fish and wildlife species and other biological
resources, water supply, water quality, hydrology, cultural resources, and recreation and economics.
The principal issues addressed are effects on native amphibians, reptiles and fish from stocking trout;
genetic and other effects on native salmon and steelhead from stocking hatchery-reared salmon and
steelhead; the potential for spreading pathogens and invasive species through fish stocking; the
potential for water quality degradation associated with hatchery discharges to creeks and rivers; and
the effects of reduced fishing opportunities on recreation and local economies. The attached table
displays those areas where impacts were identified, and associated mitigation measures. Those areas
of the Program where implementation of mitigation measures may not reduce the effects to less than
significant have also been identified. DFG has also evaluated its issuance of stocking permits to private
parties seeking to stock fish in California’s inland waters.


DFG and FWS will hold four public meetings to solicit public input on the DEIR/EIS. The meetings will
be held as follows:

Sacramento, CA:
Place: Elk’s Lodge
Location: 6446 Riverside Blvd., Riverside Hall
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30 pm
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009

Redding, CA
Place: Shasta Builders Exchange Training Facility
Location: 2985 Innsbruck Dr., Shasta Room
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30 pm
Date: Monday, Oct. 26, 2009

Bakersfield, CA
Place: Double Tree Hotel, California Grill Room
Location: 3100 Camino Del Rio Court
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30 pm
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009

Carson, CA
Place: Carson Community Center, Main Hall
Location: 3 Civic Plaza Drive, Carson
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30 pm
Date: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009

For more information on the Program, and to view and download the DEIR/EIS and other supporting
documents, visit the Program Web site at: and select the “Hatchery EIR/EIS” icon in
the “news” column. You can also email your questions and/or comments to
A copy of the document is available at each hatchery facility and at DFG and FWS headquarters (see
addresses below); please call ahead to schedule an appointment to view the copy at headquarters. A
copy may also be requested by contacting Mr. Jim Starr or Mr. Bart Prose (see contact information
above). You also can email your request to

The close of the 45-day public comment period for CEQA purposes is November 16, 2009. Copies
were also filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a notice of the document’s
availability must be posted in the Federal Register. The close of public comment for NEPA purposes
will be 45 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.

Special Assistance at Public Meetings
If special assistance is required at the public meetings, please call (916) 231-9605, or email no later than Monday, Oct. 19, 2009.

Public Disclosure
Before including your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying
information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal
information—may be made publicly available.

Copies of the DFG Fish Hatchery and Stocking Program EIR/EIS can be viewed at the following

Hot Creek (Mono County)
121 Hot Creek Hatchery Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Black Rock (Inyo County) Annex of Mount
Whitney Hatchery
1 East Black Rock Springs Road
Independence, CA 93526

Fish Springs (Inyo County)
215 Fish Springs Road
Big Pine, Ca 93513

Mount Whitney (Inyo County)
#1 Golden Trout Circle
Independence, CA 93526

Iron Gate (Siskiyou County)
8638 Lakeview Road
Hornbrook, CA 96044

Mad River (Humboldt County)
1660 Hatchery Road
Arcata, CA 95521

Trinity River (Trinity County)
1000 Hatchery Drive
Lewiston, CA 96052

Feather River (Butte County)
5 Table Mountain Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965

Feather River–Thermalito Annex (Butte County)
4700 Highway 99
Oroville, CA 95965

Warm Springs (Sonoma County)
3246 Skaggs Springs Road
Geyserville, CA 95441

Coyote Valley Dam Egg Collection Facility
(Mendocino County)
1160 Lake Mendocino Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482-9404

Nimbus (Sacramento County)
2001 Nimbus Rd., Ste. F
Gold River, CA 95670

Mokelumne (San Joaquin County)
25800 North McIntire Road
Clements, CA 95227

Merced River (Merced County)
4998 Robinson Road
Snelling, Ca 95369

Mount Shasta (Siskiyou County)
#3 North Old Stage Road
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067

Darrah Springs (Tehama County)
29661 Wildcat Road
Paynes Creek, CA 96075

Crystal Lake (Shasta County)
40158 Baum Lake Road
Cassel, CA 96016

American River (Sacramento County)
2001 Nimbus Road
Gold River, CA 95670

Moccasin Creek (Tuolumne County)
Highway 49 and 120
Moccasin, CA 95347

San Joaquin (Fresno County)
17372 Brook Trout Drive
Friant, CA 93626

Fillmore (Ventura County)
612 East Telegraph Road
Fillmore, CA 93016

Mojave (San Bernardino County)
12550 Jacaranda Avenue
Victorville Road, Ca 92395

Kern River Planting Base (Kern County)
14400 North Sierra Way
Kernville, Ca 93238

Silverado Planting Base (Napa County)
7329 Silverado Trail
Yountville, Ca 94599

USFWS Offices
2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2606
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 978-6152

DFG Offices
830 “S” Street
Sacramento, Ca 95811
Phone: (916) 327-0713

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