Reclamation to Dedicate New Upper Snake Field Office Building in Heyburn, Idaho
Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 383-2207
Roland Springer, (208) 678-0461 ext. 34
For Release: August 26, 2013
HEYBURN, Idaho - A ribbon cutting ceremony set for September 11 will mark the dedication of the Bureau of Reclamation's new Upper Snake Field Office in Heyburn, Idaho.
"Moving Forward" is the theme for the event set for 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at 470 22nd Street. The public is welcome to attend the event, which will include the a presentation of national colors by the Burley Post VFW Color Guard, brief opening remarks, a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, and tours of the new building.
People needing sign language interpretation or other accessible accommodations should contact Don Bowden at (208) 678-0461 ext. 13.
"The fact that this event falls on a date with strong national significance has not escaped us," said Roland Springer, Upper Snake Field Office assistant area manager. "Our message today is 'Moving Forward,' as we continue with our mission to serve future generations while honoring those who have gone before us."
Speakers at the event will include Tino Tafoya, Special Assistant to Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Regional Director; Jerry Gregg, Snake River Area Manager; Roland Springer, Upper Snake Field Office Manager; and George Anderson, City of Heyburn Mayor.
After nearly 72 years at the same location, employees closed the doors at their former office in Burley, Idaho. Unlike the older building, the new office meets energy efficiency standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Energy efficient features of the new building include a geothermal heating and cooling system, water-saving fixtures, and a passive solar design that automatically adjusts lighting levels based on the amount of natural lighting. Efficiency also extends to landscaping that will not require high maintenance or much water.
Although the building is new, Reclamation's history in the Snake River Basin goes back to the establishment of the Minidoka Project in 1904. For more than a century, Reclamation has been an integral part of southern and eastern Idaho. It continues to be a driving force in the state's economy and contributes to Idaho's vibrant outdoor lifestyle.
Irrigation districts play a central role as they operate and maintain many of the canals that deliver water from USFO dams. Another key partner is the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), which markets the power generated at Reclamation dams throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The USFO manages eight multipurpose dams and reservoirs, which provide irrigation water to about 1.2 million acres of land; two wildlife mitigation areas; recreation areas on four reservoirs; and three power plants with a combined generation capacity of 204 megawatts. Dams managed by USFO include Minidoka, American Falls, Jackson Lake, Island Park, Palisades, Grassy Lake, Ririe and Little Wood.
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Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at www.usbr.gov and follow us on Twitter @USBR.