Bureau of Reclamation Announces $806,496 of Economic Recovery Funding for Improvements to Roza Diversion Dam near Yakima, Wash.

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For Release: December 15, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bureau of Reclamation, an agency of the Department of the Interior, awarded a contract to Triad Mechanical, Inc., of Portland, Oregon for improvements to Roza Diversion Dam for $806,496 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Roza Diversion Dam is located approximately 10 miles north of Yakima, Washington, in Kittitas County.

The ARRA funds will be used to replace the bottom and side seals of the existing west roller gate at Roza Diversion Dam, and add an additional horizontal seal to the bottom of the gate. These improvements will allow water to be controlled instead of lost to leakage. The recovered water will be used to enhance fish passage and habitat for endangered species and to augment power production. ARRA funds will also be used to attach 23 manually-operated weirs to the top of the west roller gate. The weirs can be raised or lowered to provide continuous flow for steelhead that are listed under the Endangered Species Act.

"The improvements at Roza Diversion Dam will make it possible to conserve water resources while also providing for the survival of threatened and endangered fish," said Mike Connor, Reclamation Commissioner. "The project will have long-lasting benefits for people and the environment."

The ARRA funds represent an important component of the President's plan to jumpstart the economy and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so the country can thrive in the 21st century. Under the ARRA, Interior is making an investment in conserving America's timeless treasures - our stunning natural landscapes, our monuments to liberty, the icons of our culture and heritage - while helping American families and their communities prosper again. Interior is also focusing on renewable energy projects, the needs of American Indians, employing youth and promoting community service.

"With its investments of Recovery Act funds, the Department of the Interior and its bureaus are putting people to work today to make improvements that will benefit the environment and the region for many years to come," Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said.

Secretary Salazar has pledged unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the Department's economic recovery projects. The public will be able to follow the progress of each project on www.recovery.gov and on www.interior.gov/recovery.

Secretary Salazar has appointed a Senior Advisor for Economic Recovery, Chris Henderson, and an Interior Economic Recovery Task Force to work closely with Interior's Inspector General and ensure the recovery program is meeting the high standards for accountability, responsibility, and transparency set by President Obama.

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