Commissioner's Offce News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from Reclamation's Commissioner's Office http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57456 Reclamation Releases Progress Report on Meeting Climate Change Adaptation Strategy
WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López released a report today that provides a status update on the actions Reclamation is undertaking to meet the challenges of climate change on Western water supplies. This includes meeting the four goals established in the strategy, increasing water management flexibility, enhancing climate adaptation planning, improving infrastructure resiliency, and expanding information sharing. <P> "Climate change poses clear risks to our ability to deliver water and power," Commissioner López said. "In light of those risks, Reclamation and our partners will take key steps that line up with the goals of this strategy, helping to ensure a sustainable water supply across the West." <P> The strategy identifies four primary goals to improve Reclamation's ability to consider climate change information in its decision making: <ul> <li>Goal 1 - Increase Water Management Flexibility</li> <li>Goal 2 - Enhance Climate Adaptation Planning</li> <li>Goal 3 - Improve Infrastructure Resiliency</li> <li>Goal 4 - Expand Information Sharing</li> </ul> <P> Reclamation is making progress on the activities identified in the four goals of the strategy. These activities include: <ul> <li>five reservoir operation pilot studies that are evaluating how weather, hydrology and climate change information can better inform reservoir operations;</li> <li>implementing hydropower optimizations that could increase generation by 410,000 to 1.2 million megawatt hours per year, enough electricity for between 37,000 to 109,000 households;</li> <li>Reclamation is supporting integration of climate change information across planning activities through approaches developed through the basin studies and the drought response program;</li> <li>the Western Watershed Enhancement Program that has provided nearly $1.2 million to cost-share seven wildfire resiliency projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho and Washington; and</li> <li>Reclamation working with its partners to offer climate change training courses for technical water resource professionals and for general audience on integrating climate change considerations into water resources planning.</li> </ul> <P> The actions identified in the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy are part of the Department of the Interior's implementation of President Obama's <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/president27sclimateactionplan.pdf" target="_blank">Climate Action Plan</a>, the strategy provides a framework in which Reclamation managers can develop and adopt innovative solutions that provide a more reliable water supply in a changing climate. It also supports the Nov. 1, 2013, Executive Order, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change. <P> To view the progress report and learn more about how Reclamation is incorporating climate change into its efforts, please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/climate">https://www.usbr.gov/climate</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57358 Reclamation Seeks Comments on Draft Criteria for New WaterSMART Water Marketing Funding Opportunity
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking comments on eligible activities and evaluation criteria for a new WaterSMART water marketing funding opportunity. Through this funding opportunity Reclamation will provide grants to conduct planning activities in developing a water marketing strategy to establish or expand water markets or water marketing transactions. <P> Reclamation is seeking comments on the types of activities that will be eligible in this funding opportunity. In the draft funding opportunity, the types of eligible activities defined are outreach and partnership building, scoping and planning activities, and the development of a water marketing framework. Applicants will have some flexibility to define appropriate tasks within these three elements to allow them to design a water marketing strategy that meets their needs. <P> Comments are also being sought on the draft evaluation criteria that will be used to prioritize proposals in this funding opportunity. The draft criteria currently provide some priority for strategies supporting larger water markets, with more transactions, and strategies supporting a small number or even a single transaction if that strategy is likely to lead to immediate implementation of a water marketing project. The draft criteria also give weight to proposed strategies that will provide significant benefits, such as meeting an important water supply need or decreasing the likelihood of conflicts over water. Other priorities in this draft criteria are proposals with stakeholder support, detailed descriptions of milestones, schedules and budgets. <P> For this new funding opportunity, water marketing refers to water rights transactions, include the lease, sale or exchange of water rights, undertaken in accordance with state and federal laws, between willing buyers and sellers. A water market refers to a formal arrangement, based on a set of rules and/or water management agreements, to allow for water rights transactions within a specific geographic area. A “water marketing strategy” consists of planning activities including engineering, hydrologic, legal, economic, and other types of analysis, and the development of rules, legal agreements, software and logistical arrangements for water marketing. <P> The water marketing funding opportunity is expected to be posted in February 2017. It will require a minimum 50 percent non-federal cost share contribution and Reclamation will be separating proposals in to two funding groups, one for proposals seeking up to $200,000 in federal funds and another for proposals seeking up to $400,000. <P> Send your comments on water marketing evaluation criteria and project types to Avra Morgan at aomorgan@usbr.gov. Comments on the draft criteria will be accepted through Jan. 6, 2017, at 4 p.m. MST. <P> WaterSMART is the Department of the Interior's sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. For more information on the WaterSMART program or download the draft criteria please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57320 The Bureau of Reclamation Releases Two WaterSMART Grants Funding Opportunities for Water Conservation and Energy Efficiency Projects
WASHINGTON - Today, the Bureau of Reclamation released two WaterSMART Grants funding opportunities including the water and energy efficiency grants funding opportunity and the new small-scale water efficiency projects funding opportunity. These two funding opportunities will help move the West towards resilience in the face of drought and ongoing imbalances between water supply and demand. <P> The new small-scale water efficiency projects funding opportunity is for small improvements that have been identified through previous planning efforts. Projects eligible for funding include installation of flow measurement or automation in a specific part of a water delivery system, lining of a section of a canal to address seepage, small rebate programs that result in reduced residential water use, or other similar projects that are limited in scope. These projects are eligible to receive up to $75,000 in federal funding. For this funding opportunity, Reclamation has developed a streamlined selection and review process to reflect the small-scale nature of these projects. <P> Previously, small-scale water efficiency projects were funded through Reclamation’s Water Conservation Field Services Program, which beginning this year will focus on planning and design activities to help lay the groundwork for future improvements. Proposals for this new category of WaterSMART Grants will be accepted, evaluated and selected on a rolling basis with the final application submission deadline on April 27, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. MDT. This funding opportunity is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for funding opportunity BOR-DO-17-F011. <P> Water and energy efficiency grants focus on larger scale projects that result in quantifiable and sustained water savings and that may have several components intended to address a significant water management concern. Projects include canal lining and piping, more comprehensive installation of irrigation flow measurement or canal automation improvements, installation of water meters and other similar projects. Projects may also include components that increase renewable energy use and improve energy efficiency, and projects that result in instream flows for endangered species and other fish and wildlife or support water sustainability in other ways. <P> Applications may be submitted to one of two funding groups: <ul> <li>Funding Group I: Up to $300,000 will be available for smaller projects that may take up to two years to complete.</li> <li>Funding Group II: Up to $1,000,000 will be available for larger, phased projects that will take up to three years to complete. No more than $500,000 in federal funds will be provided within a given year to complete each phase.</li> </ul> <P> Proposals must be submitted by January 18, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. MST. The funding opportunity is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-17-F012. <P> Those eligible to apply for both grants are states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the western United States or United States territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902. Another WaterSMART Grants funding opportunity, for water marketing activities, is expected to be released this winter. <P> WaterSMART aims to improve water conservation and sustainability, helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. The program identifies strategies to ensure this generation and future ones will have sufficient amounts of clean water for drinking, economic activities, recreation and ecosystem health. The program also identifies adaptive measures to address climate change and its impact on future water demands. To learn more, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57317 Stormwater Management Importance Underscored in Los Angeles Basin Study Released by Bureau of Reclamation
WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López has released the Los Angeles Basin Study that looks at the changing demographics, climate change and competing interests for available water supplies and identifies options to meet the water needs of the Los Angeles area into the future. The study found that there is a potential water supply deficit for the region of approximately 160,000 acre-feet-per year by 2035 and 440,000 acre-feet-per-year or 25-percent less water than the region is projected to need in 2095.  <P> "Reclamation and our partners in the Los Angeles area are working to assure a sustainable water supply now and into the future," Commissioner López said. "The basin study provides our partners the information that they need to further study the various alternatives for future water supplies while reducing their reliance on the state water project and the Colorado River Aqueduct." <P> The study compiled and assessed the potential impacts of climate change in the Los Angeles area. These impacts include possible variations in precipitation and changes in the timing and intensity of storms through 2095, temperature increases of 3.5 degrees to 4 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast and 4.5 degrees to 5.5 degrees Fahrenheit in the mountains and desert, an increase in sea-level of 5-24 inches by 2050 and 17-66 inches by 2100, and an increased wildfire risk. <P> The Los Angeles area relies on imported water from the state water project and the Colorado River for about 57 percent of its current water supply. These imported supplies may be negatively impacted in the future by climate change, drought, and increasing demands. To address this increased uncertainty, the study focused on local water supply sources such as groundwater, which is an important component of the area’s overall water supply portfolio. <P> The Los Angeles County Flood Control District, a partner in this study with Reclamation, placed a strong emphasis on stormwater capture for groundwater recharge. In addition, recycled water and other local supplies were studied to assist with groundwater recharge. These adaptive concepts were divided among local, regional, storage solutions and management solutions. <P> The Los Angeles Basin covers approximately 2,040 square miles and features a population of 9.9 million people that is projected to increase to more than 11 million through the next several decades. Nearly 92 percent of Los Angeles County's population resides within the basin, more than one-fourth of the State of California's 38.8 million residents. <P> This basin study was conducted as part of Reclamation's WaterSMART Program and was cost-shared between Reclamation, Los Angeles County Flood Control District and 20 local project partners. It is available on Reclamation's Basin Study Program website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/bsp/">http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/bsp/</a>. <P> WaterSMART is the Department of the Interior's sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. For more information on the WaterSMART program, visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57316 Bureau of Reclamation Supports Smart Infrastructure for the Mekong in Laos and Vietnam
Bureau of Reclamation engineers are using their expertise to support environmental safeguards for infrastructure projects in the Lower Mekong region—through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s International Technical Assistance Program (DOI-ITAP). Reclamation is contributing to a multi-year Smart Infrastructure for the Mekong (SIM) initiative in both Laos and Vietnam. These projects began in fall 2014 and will run through 2016. SIM is funded by the United States Agency for International Development. <P> There are two projects in Laos. One provides the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) with dam safety training, capacity building, and helps develop dam-safety guidelines to safeguard the health and safety of downstream communities. The other focuses on sediment analysis, developing the professional skillsets of MEM to review sediment analyses, and provides guidance documents for sediment analysis in a series of dam feasibility studies. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have partnered to field multi-agency teams of technical experts in Laos. There are also two projects in Vietnam. One assists the Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in completing a “Study of the Impacts of Mainstream Hydropower on the Mekong River - Mekong Delta Study (MDS),” and the second assists the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Water Resources Division, by improving reservoir safety and climate resilience through technical assistance. <P> The Smart Infrastructure for the Mekong initiative is an example of how the United States government collaborates across agency lines to encourage sustainable development and water resources management abroad. The initiative provides the United States federal agencies working on this initiative with an opportunity to work together and learn from each other in a unique setting, enhancing the United States’ reputation abroad and providing United States government participants with new insight of how other nations are dealing with water resources management. <P> United States’ rivers have long been the site of many hydropower installations built decades ago. But the Mekong River is a highly valuable case study for United States government experts who work on hydropower and river basin management, because it allows them to experience hydropower development on a river in real time and the challenges that accompany such development. Competing uses of water, environmental quality, fisheries management, and the intricacies of the water-food-energy nexus are just a few of the challenges United States government representatives can experience up close and in real time. <P> <strong>Dam Safety Inspections and Monitoring Workshop in Laos</strong> <P> Recent SIM activities conducted by DOI-ITAP with Reclamation team members include two engineers from Reclamation’s Instrumentation and Inspections Group, Chris Danley and Jay Stateler, who traveled to Laos from January 14 to 24, 2016, with counterparts from USACE to conduct a five-day workshop for Laos MEM personnel on Dam Safety Inspections and Monitoring. The training assisted MEM with developing technical capabilities to regulate the design, construction and operations of reservoirs, with respect to dam safety in Laos. <P> Training occurred in Vientiane and Thalat. In Thalat, Reclamation and USACE engineers also inspected Nam Ngum Dam. Reclamation employees detailed in their trip report that the workshop was well-received by MEM, and participants asked questions and held discussions. Workshop participants thought unanimously that carrying out an actual comprehensive dam safety evaluation, assisted by USACE and Reclamation training personnel, is the best next step for this program. Reclamation and USACE members also met with U.S. embassy officials during this trip. <P> <strong>Sedimentation in Rivers and Reservoirs in Laos Training</strong> <P> Reclamation’s Blair Greimann and Kent Collins, both hydraulic engineers with Reclamation, worked with USACE from March 2 to 20, 2015, to conduct three workshops on Basic Sediment Analysis in Laos. Greimann and Collins, along with USACE, provided four days of classroom instruction coupled with a site visit to a hydroelectric dam. The class instruction was followed by two advanced workshops that happened from February 1 to 12, 2016, that focused on advanced analysis of sedimentation in rivers and reservoirs at two locations within Laos. About 50 to 60 people attended the basic and advanced classes. <P> Reclamation and USACE also collaborated on Reservoir Sedimentation Guidelines for use in the design and management of reservoirs within Laos. The draft guidelines were presented to MEM on February 16, 2016, with the final version transmitted in June 2016. MEM indicated that the guidelines will improve the management of more than 400 dams and reservoirs in Laos. <P> "There are many challenges faced by Lao Engineers that are different than what we face here,” said Greimann, reflecting on his time in Laos. “The temperate climate combined with steep terrain creates extreme flow and sediment conditions, but even more challenging and different is the speed at which the hydropower development is occurring and opacity of their government policy and the decision making process. I only hope the Lao engineers learned as much from us as we did from them." <P> <strong>Mekong Delta Study Report for Vietnam</strong> <P> At the request of the Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, DOI-ITAP convened a Mekong Delta Study (MDS) review team to review consultant studies of impacts to the Mekong Delta from proposed hydropower development. The Department of the Interior team, which included Reclamation’s Tim Randle, manager of the Sedimentation and Hydraulics Group, worked concurrently with a World Bank review team. <P> Both the Department of the Interior (DOI) and World Bank teams participated in three workshops that were convened in Vietnam in November 2014, August 2015, and December 2015. The DOI team learned a great deal about the Mekong River and Delta, the linked complexities of resources, and the impacts of hydropower development through participation at the workshops and by reviewing the various draft reports. <P> <strong>Improving Reservoir Safety and Climate Resilience in Vietnam</strong> <P> The Improving Reservoir Safety and Climate Resilience in Vietnam activity provides technical assistance to the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Water Resources Division, to improve the safety and climate resilience of the national system of small- and medium-sized reservoirs it oversees. These workshops included understanding the concept of potential failure modes; understanding classification of dams by hazard potential; utilizing modeling tools to evaluate hydrologic hazards; and understanding tools and techniques for integrated dam safety decision making. <P> A DOI-ITAP team traveled to Vietnam in July 2016 to conduct two Rapid Dam Safety workshops, one management workshop on July 12 in Hanoi, and one technical workshop from July 14 to 16 in Thanh Hoa, Vietnam. Both workshops had more than 70 participants from more than 20 provinces. According to Reclamation and USACE’s trip report, the workshops were well-received and the participants saw the value in implementing workshop topics within their dam safety program. <P> “My experience assisting the Vietnamese government has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” said Dam Safety Officer Todd Hill of the Mid-Pacific Region, adding that he’s made some very good friends among his Vietnamese counterparts. MARD will shortly submit an additional proposal to the SIM program to continue the dam safety effort through 2018. <P> For more information about the Smart Infrastructure for the Mekong Initiative, visit: https://www.usaid.gov/asia-regional/fact-sheets/smart-infrastructure-mekong <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/11/international1.jpg"> Salinity control dam on the Mekong River delta channels in Vietnam. This dam was constructed to prevent ocean high tides from introducing salinity upstream. Reclamation photo, November 22, 2014. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57296 Bureau of Reclamation Selects Three Projects to Receive Nearly $300,000 for Innovative Water Treatment Research Projects
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation has selected three projects to receive $299,685 under an innovative pilot-scale water treatment technologies and process for inland desalination. The selected projects will receive funding through cooperative agreements and will include a period of pilot testing at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico. <P> "Reclamation and its partners are working to assure sustainable water supplies and provide clean and reliable water supplies for the Western United States," Commissioner Estevan López said. "Through the development of new water treatment technologies, such as the ones announced today, impaired waters will become a new and reliable source of water for communities throughout the country and specifically in the West." <P> This innovative program began in 2016 when Reclamations solicited and received 12 proposals. These proposals were reviewed and six projects were invited to interact with the Applications Review Committee in-person and pitch their proposal. This interactive event was hosted at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility on October 19-20, 2016. <P> The three projects selected for funding are: <P> <strong>Enhanced Recovery from Impaired Water Resources: Field-Scale Validation of Hybrid Ion Exchange-Membrane (HIX-M) Desalination Process from Lehigh University</strong>. They will receive $99,726 in federal funding. This project will focus on testing at a pilot-scale a hybrid ion exchange membrane (HIX-M) system to validate a robust solution for water pretreatment prior to desalination that prevents membrane scaling and fouling due to sulfates and silica and therefore enables 1) higher fresh water production; 2) decreased energy requirements; 3) reduced concentrate disposal, and; 4) reduce/eliminate the need for antiscalant chemicals which will reduce environmental impacts. <P> <strong>Development of Novel Photobiological Process to Improve Water Recovery in Brackish Groundwater Desalination from Pacific Advanced Civil Engineering, Inc</strong>. They will receive $100,000 in federal funding. This project will test a novel photobiological process utilizing selectively cultured diatoms to efficiently remove these inorganic scalants from reverse osmosis concentrate. The approach to be tested will help reduce environmental impacts of water reuse and brackish water desalination by harnessing the natural capacity of microalgae with the goal to reduce the volume of concentrate being disposed by more than 50%. <P> <strong>Pilot Evaluation of a Sustainable Autonomous Brackish Groundwater Desalination System from the University of North Texas</strong>. They will receive $99,959 in federal funding. This project will evaluate a pilot scale system to treat brackish groundwater to produce potable and agricultural water using proven water treatment technologies, smart use of available water, and powered by renewable energy. <P> A full description of the projects is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/research">www.usbr.gov/research</a>. The funding provided today supports the <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/documents/Water_Resource_Challenges_and_Technology_Innovation_12_14.pdf" target="_blank">White House’s Water Innovation Strategy to address Water Resource Challenges and Opportunities for Water Technology Innovation</a>. Reclamation's Desalination and Water Purification Research Program works with researchers and partners to develop more innovative, cost-effective, and technologically efficient ways to desalinate water. Learn more at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/st/pitchtopilot.html">http://www.usbr.gov/research/st/pitchtopilot.html</a>. <P> <p><img src="https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/11/pitch1.jpg" alt="" width="500"><br /> <small>Lehigh University, one of the three awardees for the Pitch to Pilot event, was selected for their Enhanced Recovery from Impaired Water Resources: Field Scale Validation of Hybrid Ion Exchange Membrane (HIX-M) Desalination Process project. Mike German accepts the Crowd Favorite award from the public event from Reclamation's Research and Development Office Advanced Water Treatment Research Coordinator, Yuliana Porras-Mendoza</small></p> <P> <p><img src="https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/11/ptich3.jpg" alt="" width=""><br /> <small>Miguel Acevedo of the University of North Texas, pitches to the public the joint project with New Mexico State University Pilot Evaluation of a Sustainable Autonomous Brackish Groundwater Desalination System</small></p> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57256 Bureau of Reclamation Releases Funding Opportunities for Drought Contingency Planning and Drought Resiliency Projects
WASHINGTON - Two funding opportunities are now available from the Bureau of Reclamation for entities to develop drought contingency plans and build long-term solutions to drought. These two funding opportunities are part of Reclamation's Drought Response Program. <P> The drought contingency planning funding opportunity is for applicants to request up to $200,000 to develop a new drought plan or to update an existing drought plan. Applicants may also request technical assistance from Reclamation for the development of elements of the Drought Contingency Plan. States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the 17 Western United States and Hawaii are eligible for this funding opportunity. It is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov" target="_blank">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-17-F009. <P> The drought resiliency projects funding opportunity is for projects that will increase the reliability of water supply; improve water management; implement systems to facilitate the voluntary sale, transfer, or exchange of water; and provide benefits for fish, wildlife, and the environment to mitigate impacts caused by drought. <P> Applications may be submitted under one of two funding groups for resiliency projects: <P> <ul> <li>Funding Group I: up to $300,000 for projects that can be completed within two years</li> <li>Funding Group II: up to $750,000 for larger projects that can be completed within three years.</li> </ul> <P> For drought resiliency projects, states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority in the 17 Western United States or United States Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, are invited to leverage their resources by cost sharing with Reclamation. Applicants must also provide a 50 percent non-Federal cost-share. It is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov" target="_blank">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-17-F010. <P> The fiscal year 2017 budget request includes $4 million for the Drought Response Program. Applications are due on February 14, 2017, by 4 p.m. MST as indicated in the funding opportunities. <P> For more than 100 years, Reclamation and its partners have worked to develop a sustainable water and power future for the West. This program is part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program, which focuses on improving water conservation and sustainability, while helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. <P> To find out more information about Reclamation's WaterSMART program, visit http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart, or visit the Drought Response Program at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/drought">http://www.usbr.gov/drought</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57216 Reclamation Commissioner Names Max Spiker as Senior Advisor for Hydropower and Electric Reliability Officer
WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López announced today the selection of Max Spiker as Senior Advisor for Hydropower and Electric Reliability Officer. Reclamation is the second largest generator of hydropower in the country; its 53 power plants annually generate an average of 40 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, enough to meet the demand of 3.5 million homes. <P> "The availability of hydropower from Reclamation facilities is key to the stability of the electric transmission system in the Western United States and supports the development of renewable energy throughout the West," Commissioner López said. "Max’s extensive experience from all levels of power operations and management, including working collaboratively with Reclamation’s customers, stakeholders and industry, will be a great asset to Reclamation as it ensures the reliable generation of clean renewable electricity into the future." <P> As senior advisor, Spiker will coordinate implementation of corporate partnership efforts involving Reclamation's power functions and serve as the liaison on intergovernmental initiatives associated with hydropower delivery and be responsible for Reclamation's overall compliance with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Mandatory Bulk Electric System Reliability Standards. He will also coordinate activities in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration, Western Area Power Administration and the Tennessee Valley Authority. <P> Since 2013 Spiker has been the power resources manager where he worked with Reclamation offices in managing Reclamation's hydropower operation and maintenance program, reliability compliance program and renewable energy program. He joined Reclamation's Power Resources Office in 2010 as the operation and maintenance program manager where he provided policy direction and oversight. <P> He previously held multiple positions including mechanical journeyman at Hoover Dam, facility manager at Green Mountain Dam, Estes Lake and Marys Lake power plants, facility manager of the Colorado - Big Thompson Project and power manager of the Upper Colorado Region where he managed the power program on the upper Colorado River and its tributaries, including Glen Canyon Dam, Flaming Gorge Dam and the facilities on the Gunnison River. <P> Spiker has more than 28 years of experience with Reclamation. He graduated from Weber State University in 1988 with an Associate of Science degree in Construction Technology. <P> He begins his new responsibilities this week. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57177 Notable Technology Development Award Given to Inventors of Flexible Magnetic Flux Probe
Reclamation recently received a Notable Technology Development Award recognizing new technologies designed to serve the common good. The award was given by the Federal Laboratory Consortium Mid-Continent (FLC MC) for the Flexible Magnetic Flux Probe. The inventors of the Flux Probe are Jim Dehaan, Malin Jacobs and Bert Milano. Jim Dehaan accepted the award at the FLC MC’s Regional Meeting and Award Event in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 14, 2016. <P> Electricity is generated by exposing coils of wire to a fluctuating magnetic field (or flux). The amount of electricity generated depends on, among other things, the strength of the magnetic field created by the electromagnets. The electromagnets themselves consist of many loops of electricity-carrying insulated wire wound around an iron core to create magnetic poles. With age, the insulation deteriorates; short circuits develop in the windings, and the magnetic field strength declines which reduces electricity generation. Eventually, this could lead to an extended shutdown of the generator in order to rewire the rotor. <P> Dehaan, Jacobs, and Milano are part of Reclamation’s Hydropower Technical Services Group which developed and patented (#6466009) a flexible magnetic flux probe that detects deteriorating insulation in large-scale spinning electrical generators preventing failure as well as expensive repairs and replacements. The inexpensive, small, flat, light, and flexible probe accurately measures the magnetic flux, and can be mounted in the air gap without rotor removal or shutdown. The probe design is very thin, allowing easy installation into the air gap. If the probe comes loose during generator operation, the flexible substrate will not damage the generator. Reclamation has a non-exclusive license agreement with Iris Power LP, and has already sold over 200 of these probes. <P> Federal technology transfer legislation authorizes federal agencies, the private sector, and other non-federal entities to work together in developing innovations that can be broadly used. The Technology Transfer Program is a part of the Research and Development Office at Reclamation. It helps ensure that Reclamation’s research reaches the users in the most effective way possible, via information dissemination or intellectual property protection. Most of Reclamation’s technologies are transferred through public dissemination, while others require partnering with the private sector to develop, mass produce, and commercialize the technology into market-ready products. If an industry partner is needed to transfer the technology into a market-ready product, Reclamation uses the authorities available under federal technology transfer legislation to protect ideas and technologies, as needed, and form research and licensing partnerships with U.S. manufacturing industries. Reclamation’s Technology Transfer Program implements these authorities on behalf of Reclamation. <P> If you see any of the Flexible Magnetic Flux Probe’s inventors walking in the hallways, be sure to congratulate them on their excellent work while developing this important technology. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/11/techtransfer1.jpg" alt="Flexible Magnetic Flux Probe is being installed into large electrical generators" width="500px"><br /> <small>Flexible Magnetic Flux Probe is being installed into large electrical generators</small> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/11/techtransfer2.png" alt="Flexible Magnetic Flux Probe’s size is comparable to a penny so it can be easily installed into large electrical generators" width="500px"><br /> <small>Flexible Magnetic Flux Probe’s size is comparable to a penny so it can be easily installed into large electrical generators</small> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57168 Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Applicants for Four Water Treatment Research Funding Opportunities
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking applicants for four water treatment research funding opportunities under the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program. <P> The DWPR program funding opportunities will provide funding for the full spectrum of technology development and testing to support the commercialization of new desalination and water purification technologies. The Title XVI Program funding opportunity is focused on moving research to practice by supporting planning related research to help deploy technologies or processes that are currently available in the industry to help address water supply challenges. <P> The DWPR Program has three funding opportunities available. They are: <P> <blockquote>Research and laboratory scale projects are typically bench scale studies involving small flow rates less than two gallons per minutes. Successful applicants will receive up to $150,000 available per applicant. The application process is divided into two phases. Phase one applications are due on January 18, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. MST. Phase two applications will be due at the end of March 2017. Applicants are required to provide at least 50-percent non-federal funding. Universities are not required to provide a cost-share but it is encouraged. The funding opportunity announcement is available on <a href="http://www.grants.gov" target="_blank">www.grants.gov</a> by searching BOR-DO-17-F005. <P> Pilot scale testing projects are typically preceded by research studies that demonstrate that the technology works and usually involve flow rates above one gallon a minute. Successful applicants will receive up to $200,000 per applicant, per year for a total funding of up to $400,000. Phase one applications are due on January 12, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. MST. Phase two applications will be due at the end of March 2017. All applicants are required to provide at least 50-percent non-federal funding. The funding opportunity announcement is available on <a href="www.grants.gov" target="_blank">http://www.grants.gov</a> by searching BOR-DO-17-F006. <P> Full scale testing projects are typically preceded by pilot scale testing that demonstrates that the technology works. They are at a true full-scale size that could operate at an actual desalination plant. Successful applicants will receive up to $500,000 per applicant per year for a total of up to $1.5 million over three years. Phase one applications are due on January 12, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. MST. Phase two applications will be due at the end of March 2017. All applicants are required to provide at least 75-percent non-federal funding. The funding opportunity announcement is available on <a href="http://www.grants.gov" target="_blank">www.grants.gov</a> by searching BOR-DO-17-F007.</blockquote> <P> The Title XVI Program will provide funding for research to establish or expand water reuse markets, improve or expand existing water reuse facilities, and streamline the implementation of clean water technology at new facilities. Up to $75,000 will be provided for projects that can be completed in up to 18 months, $150,000 for projects that can be completed in up to 24 months, and $300,000 in funding for research that can be completed within 36 months. Applications are due on February 6, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. MST. The funding opportunity announcement is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-17-F004. <P> To learn more about Title XVI Research Studies and WaterSMART, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. To learn more about the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/research/dwpr">http://www.usbr.gov/research/dwpr</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57147 A Successfully Spooky Trick-or-Treat Event on the Fourth Floor
On October 28, the fourth floor of building 67 was full of Halloween spirit. Spooky decorations were hung in offices and hallways, and employees channeled their inner superhero, athlete, animal, and insect. Other employees chose to hand out candy instead. <P> Between 2 – 4 p.m., little trick-or-treaters could be seen collecting candy while all dressed up as their favorite characters. From Batman to snowman, and banana(s) to the Wizard of Oz, these kids did a great job of selecting this year’s costumes! <P> Click the link below to check out a slideshow of the participants. <P> <div class="fluid-video"> <iframe width="1280" height="720" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/HJc0DuFetYk?rel=0&showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> <P> Thank you to everyone who participated. It was a great time! <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57129 Youth Initiative Outreach Effort at Jefferson County Career Expo in Colorado
On October 25, 2016, Reclamation employees did a great job of showcasing career fields using engaging and interactive methods to demonstrate types of work performed here at Reclamation to about 4,000 Jefferson County students. <P> Bureau of Reclamation subject matter experts from Safety, Security and Law Enforcement and the Technical Service Center participated in the Jefferson County’s Career Expo for high school sophomores. The event provided students with an opportunity to learn more about the types of careers that are available at Reclamation. <P> For more information, about Reclamation's youth program, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/youth">www.usbr.gov/youth</a>. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/11/jeffco2.jpg" alt="Reclamation employee talks to students about working for the Technical Services Center" width="500px"><br /> <small>Reclamation employee talks to students about working for the Technical Services Center</small> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/11/jeffco3.jpg" alt="Monte Bowman shares what it's like to work for Reclamation's Safety and Occupational Health Program" width="500px"><br /> <small>Monte Bowman shares what it's like to work for Reclamation's Safety and Occupational Health Program</small> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57074 Bureau of Reclamation Releases Two Title XVI Funding Opportunity Announcements
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking applications for two funding opportunity announcements, one for Title XVI Authorized Projects and the other for Title XVI Feasibility Studies. The Title XVI Authorized Projects FOA is for entities that have a congressionally authorized Title XVI water reclamation and reuse project. The Title XVI Feasibility Studies FOA is for entities that would like to develop a new water reclamation and reuse feasibility study. <P> The Title XVI Authorized Projects FOA is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=289700">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-17-F002. Applicants must have a congressionally authorized Title XVI water reclamation and reuse project. It is estimated that funding will be provided for between 5 to10 projects. Proposals must be submitted as indicated in the application packet by 4 p.m. MST on Dec. 15, 2016. <P> The Title XVI Feasibility Study FOA is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=289701" target="_blank">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-17-F003. Eligible applicants include state, regional or local authorities, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, or other entities such as a water district, wastewater district, or rural water district. Applicants must provide a minimum 50-percent cost-share for the proposed feasibility study. Proposals must be submitted as indicated in the application packet by 4 p.m. MST on Jan. 5, 2017. <P> Reclamation provides funding through the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for projects that reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic or agricultural wastewater and naturally impaired ground or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes, such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife, groundwater recharge, municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation or recreation. Water reuse is a drought resistant water supply and is an essential tool for stretching limited water supplies in the Western United States. <P> Title XVI projects provide communities with a new source of clean water while promoting water and energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. The program is part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART initiative. It is Interior's sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. <P> Since 1992, Title XVI funding has been used to provide communities with new sources of clean water, while promoting water and energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. In that time, approximately $667 million in federal funding has been leveraged with nonfederal funding to implement more than $3.3 billion in water reuse improvements. <P> Title XVI has become an important part of Interior's implementation of the President’s June 2013, <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/president27sclimateactionplan.pdf" target="_blank">Climate Action Plan</a> and the Nov. 1, 2013, Executive Order, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change. <P> To learn more about Title XVI and WaterSMART, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56947 Bureau of Reclamation Inviting Public to Learn about Potential New Water Treatment Technologies at Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting a pitch-to-pilot event at its Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico. This unique event was designed to identify and fund innovative water treatment technologies for enhancing existing freshwater supplies in the United States. <P> The new, innovative projects are: <P> <ul> <li>Flexible Low-Energy Reverse Osmosis - University of California Los Angeles</li> <li>Enhanced Recovery from Impaired Water Resources: Field-Scale Validation of Hybrid Ion Exchange-Membrane (HIX-M) Desalination Process - Lehigh University</li> <li>Development of Novel Photobiological Process to Improve Water Recovery in Brackish Groundwater Desalination - Pacific Advanced Civil Engineering, Inc.</li> <li>Pilot Evaluation of a Sustainable Autonomous Brackish Groundwater Desalination System - University of North Texas and New Mexico State University</li> <li>Low-Cost Recovery of Blowdown Water in Power Generation Facilities - University of Texas at El Paso</li> <li>Pilot-Testing of Third-Generation Capacitive Deionization with Polarized Electrodes - Mespilus, Inc.</li> </ul> <P> The public may learn more about the projects on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thirty minute tours of the facility will be provided from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., that same day. If you would like to attend, please <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pitch-to-pilot-bridging-reclamations-clean-water-technologies-for-today-and-tomorrow-tickets-27498212895?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text" class="tooltip-ng">register online</a>. <P> The Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility (BGNDRF) is a focal point for developing technologies for the desalination of brackish and impaired groundwater found in the inland states. It is located in Alamogordo, New Mexico. It was opened on August 16, 2007. This facility brings together researchers from other Federal government agencies, universities, the private sector, research organizations, and state and local agencies to work collaboratively and in partnership. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56908 Media Advisory: Reclamation Hosts Event to Identify and Fund New, Innovative Water Treatment Technologies at Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting a pitch-to-pilot event at its Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico. This unique event was designed to identify and fund innovative water treatment technologies for enhancing existing freshwater supplies in the United States. <P> The public and media may learn more about the projects on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thirty minute tours of the facility will be provided from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., that same day. <P> <blockquote> Who: Bureau of Reclamation <P> What: Pitch-to-Pilot Water Treatment Technology Presentations <P> When: October 19, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. <P> Where: Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility, 500 Lavelle Road, Alamogordo, NM 88310 <P> How: Contact Peter Soeth at 303-445-3615, the public can register online. <P> Background: The Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility (BGNDRF) is a focal point for developing technologies for the desalination of brackish and impaired groundwater found in the inland states. It is located in Alamogordo, New Mexico. It was opened on August 16, 2007. This facility brings together researchers from other Federal government agencies, universities, the private sector, research organizations, and state and local agencies to work collaboratively and in partnership. </blockquote> <P>