News, Stories & Media

  • News Release

    Colorado River More Important Than Ever

    Ongoing attention to the Colorado River emphasizes its crucial role as the “lifeblood” that sustains millions of Americans across dozens of cities and countless farms in the American West. For the seven states that comprise the Colorado River Basin—Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming—the Colorado River has stimulated growth and opportunity for generations. Today it is as important as ever for leaders, residents and visitors to this beautiful and dynamic region of the country. Read More →

  • Prize Competition

    Preventing Rodent Burrows in Earthen Embankments

    Help us find new or improved methods to prevent rodents from burrowing into earthen canals and other water retention embankments. The Bureau of Reclamation, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State of Colorado Department of Natural Resources Dam Safety Branch, the Boise Project Board of Control, the South Columbia Basin Irrigation District, and various other federal canal operating entities are seeking new ideas for cost-effective ways to prevent rodents from burrowing into earthen dam, canal, and levee embankments. These burrows cause seepage paths in the embankment systems which can lead to structural failures that endanger water supplies, cause property damage, and endanger the lives of nearby populations. Many of the more traditional and “intuitive” methods have been tried with little success to date. We are hoping the public solver community can “dig deeper” than the rodents to find creative and effective solutions to this challenge scheduled to launch on Challenge.gov late August 2016. Read More →

  • News Story

    Reclamation Employees Receive the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award for Sedimentation Work on Elwha River Restoration Project

    Reclamation employees Tim Randle, Ph.D., Jennifer Bountry and Robert J. Hamilton have received the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award, recognizing their work and support toward the National Park Service’s Elwha River Restoration project. Read More →

  • News Story

    Lake Berryessa Park Rangers Connect with 817 Youth and Adults in July 2016

    In July 2016, Lake Berryessa Park Rangers led 439 visitors in Ranger-guided activities around Lake Berryessa and met with 378 attendees at the California State Fair and the Solano County Fair for a total of 817 individual contacts! Read More →

Recreation & Public Use

New Melones Launches Every Kid in a Park Pass New Melones Launches Every Kid in a Park Pass

New Melones Lake is proud to help launch the Every Kid in a Park program, as part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them. Fourth graders nationwide can now visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites. Read More →



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Last Updated: 8/16/16