Solano County

Open house scheduled for Lake Berryessa plans

By From page A3 | January 09, 2014

FAIRFIELD — People interested in the future of resorts at Lake Berryessa can get information on Jan. 16 at an open house.

The open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Napa Elks Lodge, 2840 Soscol Ave. in Napa. People can drop by, see displays and give input to the Bureau of Reclamation on the type of resort and visitors services they would like at the lake.

Lake Berryessa has seven resorts on public land. The Bureau of Reclamation in 2010 awarded a contract to Arizona-based Pensus to redevelop and run six of the resorts. But the agency canceled the contract in 2012 and started over with its search for concessionaires.

A timeline released by the Bureau of Reclamation calls for awarding contracts to run the resorts in late 2015 or early 2016. The bureau must comply with federal environmental laws that will require at least some degree of study. It must put together a prospectus for concessionaires.

“We’re trying to get things done as quickly as we can,” agency spokeswoman Jan Sierzputowski said on Wednesday.

Lake Berryessa last year had Markley Cove and Pleasure Cove resorts open and Steele Canyon, Putah Canyon and Spanish Flats resorts offering limited services. It also had federally run recreation areas open.

People who cannot attend the open house can still submit written ideas and suggestions on the scope of planning for the resorts.  The bureau has set a deadline of Jan. 30 to receive comments.

Send comments to  Jeff Laird, Bureau of Reclamation, Lake Berryessa Field Office, 5520 Knoxville Road, Napa, CA 94558, email them to [email protected], or fax them to 966-0409. For more information, call Laird at 966-2111, ext. 0.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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