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=47586 Applied Science Projects Receive $448,400 — Projects Will Inform Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley announced that six applied science projects will receive $448,400 to deliver new capabilities for the Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. These projects will address priority resource needs identified by Reclamation and partners involved in both Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. <P> "Reclamation serves as a co-manager of the watersheds and ecosystems in the West," Pimley said. "Working with all the partners of the LCCs, Reclamation is fostering collaboration among interested parties within the landscapes to inform climate adaptation strategies." <P> The Desert LCC priority is to study wildfire impacts on riparian areas and study environmental flow impacts on the Colorado River Delta. The Desert LCC encompasses portions of five states: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. It includes several large river systems, including the lower Colorado, Gila, Rio Grande, San Pedro and Verde Rivers. The selected projects are: <P> <ul> <li>Texas A&M AgriLife Research - Fire-Smart Southwestern Riparian Landscape Management and Restoration of Native Biodiversity in View of Species of Conservation Concern and the Impacts of Tamarisk Beetles, Reclamation Funding: $98,868, Applicant Funding: $115,692</li> <li>Sonoran Institute - Sustainability and Vulnerability of Colorado River Delta Riparian Habitat Under Different Climate Change, Environmental Flow, and Agricultural Water Management Scenarios, Reclamation Funding: $50,000, Applicant Funding: $50,000</li> <li>Environmental Defense Fund - Water Delivery Data and Model Integration for Restoring Ecological Health to the Colorado River Delta, Reclamation Funding: $100,000, Applicant Funding: $159,607</li> </ul> <P> The Southern Rockies LCC targeted future water availability and quantity, projecting resiliency and vulnerability of natural or cultural resources, and assessing and evaluating natural or cultural resources management practices and adaptation opportunities. The Southern Rockies LCC encompasses large portions of four states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah as well as smaller parts of Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming. The three projects selected are: <P> <ul> <li>Museum of Northern Arizona - Developing a geodatabase and collaborative tools to support seeps and spring dependent species in the Southern Rockies LCC, Federal Funding: $99,997, Total Project Cost: $100,461</li> <li>Northern Arizona University - Linking Forest Landscape Management and Climate Change to the Conservation of Riparian Habitat in the Grand Canyon, Reclamation Funding: $96,535, Applicant Funding: $147,699</li> <li>Trout Unlimited - Adopt a Trout Program for the Henrys Fork of the Green River, Federal Funding: $3,000, Applicant Funding: $13,900</li> </ul> <P> A complete description of all the projects is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/lcc">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/lcc</a>. LCCs are partnerships of governmental (federal, state, tribal and local) and non-governmental entities. The primary goal of the LCCs is to bring together science and resource management to inform climate adaptation strategies to address climate change and other stressors within an ecological region, or "landscape." There are 22 different LCCs across the United States, territories and other countries. To learn more about Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, visit www.lccnetwork.org. <P> To learn more about these funding opportunities visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/lcc">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/lcc</a>. To learn more about the Desert LCC, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/dlcc">www.usbr.gov/dlcc</a>. To learn more about the Southern Rockies LCC, please visit <a href="http://southernrockieslcc.org">southernrockieslcc.org</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47467 Reclamation and Partners Release New Hydrologic Projections for Contiguous United States
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation has released new hydrologic projections that will help local water managers answer questions about future climate, stream flow and water resources. This new scientific data uses the updated World Climate Research Program climate projections that have been scaled to a finer resolution (downscaled) for water management decision support systems. "Reclamation is helping water managers prepare for the impacts of climate change with the release of this information, supporting the President's Climate Action Plan," Acting Reclamation Commissioner Lowell Pimley said. "Researchers and planners can use these future climate and hydrology projections to assess societal impacts and explore adaptation options." <P> The hydrologic data was derived from new downscaled climate projections using the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) data from the World Climate Research Program that was made available by Reclamation and collaborators in May 2013. To develop the new hydrologic projections, the group translated 97 of those downscaled CMIP5 climate projections into fine resolution projections of hydrology for the contiguous United States. <P> The new hydrology projections are available <a href="http://bit.ly/1rwh1kS">here</a>. Scientists and engineers can use this website to quickly access and download the new information. <P> The World Climate Research Program develops global climate projections through its CMIP roughly every five to seven years. Results from CMIP3 were released in 2007 and later used in Reclamation research and assessments including the 2011 SECURE Water Act Report and WaterSMART Basin Studies completed in the Colorado, Yakima and St. Mary - Milk River basins. <P> These new hydrology projections were developed by Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Corporation for Atmospheric Research in collaboration with Climate Analytics Group, Climate Central, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Santa Clara University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and U.S. Geological Survey. <P> You can learn more about how Reclamation is addressing climate change at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/climate">www.usbr.gov/climate</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47367 Nine Projects Receive $1.29 Million from Reclamation for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Feasibility Studies
<b>WASHINGTON</b> - Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley announced that Reclamation will provide $1.29 million to nine projects for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Feasibility Studies. These nine projects are located in California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. <P> "Planning and preparation are essential for communities looking to meet their growing water needs," Pimley said. "This funding will help communities gather critical information in assessing whether these water recycling and reuse projects can meet their future water needs." <P> The first funding group will receive up to $150,000 and studies must be completed within 18 months. The six selected projects in this group are: <P> <ul> <li>Pitkin County Clean Water Effluent Re-Use Feasibility Study, Pitkin County (Colorado), $149,500</li> <li>Providing for Santa Fe Basin's Future Water Supply Needs: A Feasibility Study to Optimize the use of Regional Reclaimed Wastewater, City of Santa Fe (New Mexico), $132,000</li> <li>Port Isabel Water Reclamation Facility, Laguna Madre Water District (Texas), $150,000</li> <li>Feasibility Study of Augmenting Regional Water Supply System for Tarrant Regional Water District and Wichita Falls with Impaired Groundwater Supplies, Tarrant Regional Water District (Texas), $150,000</li> <li>Feasibility Study of Industrial Water Management and Reclamation for the Permian Basin, Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority (Texas), $150,000</li> <li>Collection, Storage, Recharge and Recovery of Conserved Source Waters for Advanced Purified Treatment of Reclaimed Water, El Paso Water Utilities-Public Service Board (Texas), $150,000</li> </ul> <P> The second funding group will receive up to $450,000 (up to $150,000 per year) and studies must be completed within 36 months. The three selected projects in this group are: <P> <ul> <li>San Juan Groundwater Basin Recharge, Reclamation and Reuse Feasibility Study, Santa Margarita Water District (California), $225,000</li> <li>Indirect Potable Reuse Project Feasibility Study, Eastern Municipal Water District (California), $450,000</li> <li>The Integrated Water and Power Project: A Drought-Proof Water Supply for Texas, Guadalupe Blanco River Authority (Texas), $450,000</li> </ul> <P> Applicants must provide at least 50 percent non-federal cost-shared funding for the feasibility study. To view a complete description of all the projects, please visit: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/title">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/title</a>. <P> The Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program focuses on identifying and investigating opportunities to reclaim and reuse wastewater and naturally impaired ground and surface water in the 17 Western states and Hawaii. It has the potential to provide communities with a new source of clean water while promoting water and energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Through Title XVI projects, Reclamation has conserved nearly 390,000 acre-feet of water in 2013 – enough to supply 1.5 million people with water for one year. <P> WaterSMART is the U.S. 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. Since its establishment in 2010, WaterSMART has provided about $200 million in competitively awarded funding to non-federal partners, including tribes, water districts, municipalities and universities through WaterSMART Grants and the Title XVI Program. Learn more at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47104 Tom Luebke Named to Lead Bureau of Reclamation's Technical Service Center
WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley has named Tom Luebke, P.E., as Director of Reclamation’s Technical Service Center. He will start his new position on June 1, 2014. <P> "The TSC is a critical component of Reclamation, providing the necessary technical expertise to inform and implement decisions by Reclamation and our partners to provide a sustainable water and power future for the West," Pimley said. "Tom is the perfect person to provide the operational and strategic leadership needed to ensure the TSC continues to meet the evolving needs of Reclamation and the West." <P> As TSC Director, Luebke will oversee an organization of 500 scientists and engineers located in Denver, providing studies, analysis, research and design and specifications support for Reclamation's programs, regions and area offices, other federal agencies and international customers. <P> Luebke was most recently the Deputy Director of the TSC and spent much of his career as a civil engineer engaged in the design, analysis and construction of embankment dams. Prior to serving as Deputy Director, he served as the TSC's Business Manager, providing key financial and operational guidance to the organization. <P> He joined Reclamation in 1974, while still a student, on the Rio Grande Project in El Paso, Texas, and in 1976 he transferred to the Palmetto Bend Dam Construction Project in south Texas as a civil engineer. He then moved to the Denver office in 1978 and was a principal designer. Luebke developed and directed designs on major water project features including Brantley Dam in New Mexico and Jackson Lake Dam modifications in Wyoming. He later managed the Geotechnical Design Group and the Structural Behavior and Instrumentation Group. <P> Luebke has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas - El Paso and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado. He has been a Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado since 1980. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46964 Western Colorado Area Office Participates in Water Festival
On May 19 and 20, 2014 the Western Colorado Area Office participated in the 2014 Children's Water Festival for fifth graders in Mesa and Delta Counties. Attendees of the festival arrived at Colorado Mesa University in the morning by bus and participated in water related classes and activities. <P> Reclamation teaches two classes. In one class, the Water Rights Game, the kids learn about senior and junior water rights and the effects of water right priorities on all water users. The second class is the Colorado River Journey, in which the kids learn about Colorado River water diversions, water sources and water quality. <P> Reclamation also has two exhibits in the Exhibit Hall, one on water measurement and one on the Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. <P> Nearly 2,500 kids attended the festival accompanied by their teachers and some parents. The day is fun and educational and the kids look forward to this all year long! Thank you to the Western Colorado Area Office Employees who helped this year: Steve Coverly, Josh Dunham, Dee Dee Fowler, Allen Giger, Justyn Hock, Kevin Moran, Bob Norman and John Sottilare. An extra "thank you" goes to retired Western Colorado Area Employees Mike Baker, Dan Crabtree, Ram Dhan Khalsa and Steve McCall who love the Water Festival so much they volunteered their time! <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46906 Secretary Jewell Announces $20 Million in WaterSMART Funding for Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects in Drought Stricken California
<b>WASHINGTON</b> – As part of the Obama Administration's continued effort to bring relief to California communities suffering from the historic drought, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Bureau of Reclamation will invest $20 million in nine water reclamation and reuse projects. <P> "Climate change impacts are being felt across the landscape in California, but we can bring some relief to the drought stricken region through innovative efforts that will provide communities with a new source of water, support jobs, and stretch their limited water supplies," said Secretary Jewell. "The National Climate Assessment that was just released warns that heat, drought, and competition for water supplies will only increase in California with continued climate change, making water reclamation and reuse an important tool in our efforts to combat climate change." <P> The <a href="http://www.doi.gov/watersmart/html/index.php">Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program</a> provided the funding for the California projects under Title XVI of the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act. Through the Title XVI program, Interior's Bureau of Reclamation provides funding for projects that reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic or agricultural wastewater and naturally impaired ground or surface waters. The nine projects in California will receive cost-shared funding for planning, design and construction of their projects. <P> "Through WaterSMART, the Bureau of Reclamation helps local communities invest in modern water conservation and other infrastructure projects across the West," said Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley. "Through comprehensive Title XVI efforts, we helped conserve nearly 390,000 acre feet of water in 2013 – enough to supply 1.5 million people with water for an entire year." <P> For complete descriptions on the awarded projects or to learn more about WaterSMART Title XVI funding, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/title/">HERE</a>. <P> The Watsonville Area Water Recycling Program in Watsonville, Calif., for example, will receive $3.9 million to reduce over-drafting of groundwater resources and subsequent seawater intrusion. The program recycles 4,000 acre-feet of effluent from the city's wastewater treatment plant each year that is blended with higher quality water to reduce salinity. The recycled water is then transported to agricultural users for irrigation purposes in the Pajaro Valley. The Victor Valley Subregional Water Reclamation Authority will receive $3 million to assist construction of two sub-regional water reclamation plants to produce high quality effluent that will be used to recharge the groundwater basin and serve recycled water to customers in Hesperia and Apple Valley. The two plants will provide 4,480 acre-feet-per-year of recycled water with a build- out capacity of 17,920 acre-feet-per-year. This recycled water will replace groundwater and water imported through the State Water Project from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. <P> WaterSMART is the U.S. 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. Since its establishment in 2010, WaterSMART has provided more than $180 million in competitively awarded funding to non-federal partners, including tribes, water districts, municipalities and universities through WaterSMART Grants and the Title XVI Program. <P> Proposals were ranked through a published set of criteria in which points were awarded for projects that effectively stretch water supplies and contribute to water supply sustainability, address water quality concerns or benefit endangered species, incorporate the use of renewable energy or address energy efficiency, deliver water at a reasonable cost relative to other water supply options, and meet other program goals. <P> The WaterSMART funding announcement follows the May 6 White House release of the <a href="http://www.globalchange.gov/">Third National Climate Assessment</a>, which provides details on how climate change already is affecting every region of the United States—making innovative tools such as water reclamation and reuse essential in carrying out the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/climate-change">President's Climate Action Plan</a>. <P> The National Climate Assessment says: <P> <blockquote>Increased heat and changes to rain and snowpack will send ripple effects throughout the <a href="http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/highlights/regions/southwest#fn:c9075dbc-f7c8-4d85-b534-e97282562b3e">[Southwest] region</a>, affecting 56 million people – a population expected to increase to 94 million by 2050– and its critical agriculture sector. Severe and sustained drought will stress water sources, already over-utilized in many areas, forcing increasing competition among farmers, energy producers, urban dwellers, and ecosystems for the region's most precious resource. Climate changes pose challenges for an already parched region that is expected to get hotter and, in its southern half, significantly drier.</blockquote> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46805 WaterSMART Funding Opportunity Available to Establish or Expand Watershed Groups
<div class="floatRight"><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/email/2014-05-07-cwmp.png" width="200" height="259" alt="Cooperative Watershed Management Program grant package cover sheet." border="1" /></div><b>WASHINGTON</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation's Cooperative Watershed Management Program is accepting applications from entities seeking to establish or expand watershed management groups. The funding opportunity announcement is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for funding opportunity R14AS00038. <P> Funding is available for states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the western United States or United States Territories to establish a watershed group. Funding is also available for an existing watershed group to expand. Applications are due on June 6, 2014 at 3 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. <P> Up to $100,000 in Federal funds may be awarded to an applicant with no more than $50,000 awarded in each year of the project. A non-federal cost share contribution is not required. Some awards for this program will be made in fiscal year 2015 once appropriations are approved by Congress. <P> WaterSMART is the U.S. 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. Since its establishment in 2010, WaterSMART has provided more than $161 million in competitively-awarded funding to non-federal partners, including tribes, water districts, municipalities and universities through WaterSMART Grants and the Title XVI Program. <P> The Cooperative Watershed Management Program provides funding for watershed groups to encourage diverse stakeholders to form local groups to address their water management needs. To learn more about the Cooperative Watershed Management Program please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/cwmp">www.usbr.gov/watersmart/cwmp</a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46724 Bureau of Reclamation Water Management Video Series Highlights Collaborative Research
<b>WASHINGTON</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation is releasing a series of videos summarizing collaborative research addressing climate change and variability impacts, estimating flood and drought hazards, and improving streamflow prediction. This information was presented in January at the Second Annual Progress Meeting on Reclamation Climate and Hydrology Research. <P> "For more than 100 years, Reclamation and its partners have developed the tools to guide a sustainable water and power future for the West," said Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley. "This video series summarizes collaborative research that is another tool for Reclamation and its water users to manage water into the future." <P> To kick off the video series, Reclamation is releasing four videos. They are: <P> <ul> <li><a href="http://youtu.be/NgyrUnrbKEg" target="_blank">Improving Stream Flow Prediction Across the Contiguous United States</a> - Andy Wood, Ph.D., Hydrologist, National Center for Atmospheric Research</li> <li><a href="http://youtu.be/SPcJ2GfXlSw" target="_blank">Tracking Pathways of Atmospheric Rivers</a> - Michael Alexander, Meteorologist, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory</li> <li><a href="http://youtu.be/EOYVxidHJYc" target="_blank">Calculating Flood Risks at Our Nation's Dams</a> - Jason Caldwell, Meteorologist, Bureau of Reclamation</li> <li><a href="http://youtu.be/RIia07Y6oas" target="_blank">Examining Variability of Hydroclimate Extremes</a> - Cameron Bracken, Hydrologic Civil Engineer, Bureau of Reclamation</li> </ul> <P> The videos are available as a playlist at: <a href="http://bit.ly/climateseries">http://bit.ly/climateseries</a>. <P> Reclamation’s Research and Development Office is developing the science and tools that are critical to incorporate information on long-term climate change into water resource planning and infrastructure management. Sustainable water resource management will rely upon management strategies that effectively deliver water under a changing climate as well as including hydrologic hazard possibilities on infrastructure. Improved ability to forecast and use climate variability information may greatly enhance the flexibility of water managers and water users to plan their short-term operations and water delivery. <P> Research collaborators include Federal and non-Federal organizations, including members of the Climate Change and Water Working Group (<a href="http://www.ccawwg.us">www.ccawwg.us</a>), NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, University of Colorado CIRES and others. <P> Additional videos will be released over the next few weeks in the same playlist. When posted, the video link will be shared on Reclamation's Twitter and Facebook accounts. You can also follow by using the hashtag #climateseries. To see the videos once posted or learn more about the presentations, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/climate">www.usbr.gov/climate</a>. <P> To learn more about climate change and variability research please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/research/climate">www.usbr.gov/research/climate</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46704 Reclamation Dedicated to Providing Job Opportunities to Qualified Youth
The Bureau of Reclamation is launching multiple efforts to support the employment, education and engagement of young people to empower their future and to meet Reclamation’s workforce goals. Reclamation’s science and engineering expertise is known throughout the world and provides a unique opportunity for youth seeking careers in those fields of study. With a great percentage of its workforce eligible for retirement in the next 3 to 5 years, Reclamation could soon find itself with a shortage of qualified professionals with key technical skills or knowledge. The agency is taking aggressive steps to employ and educate a new generation of workers to maintain the high standards for which Reclamation is known. <P> Reclamation actively participates in career fairs at all levels including high school career day presentations. Volunteers use these visits as recruitment opportunities to discuss careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, an educational term used to describe advanced degrees and careers in the various subjects. <P> Examples of youth outreach events include: <P> Human resource officers in Denver participate in Girls Exploring Science, Technology and Math. The Rocky Mountain Section of the Society of Women Engineers, Lockheed Martin, Junior Achievement of the Rocky Mountains, Inc. and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado collaborate each year to produce this event for hundreds of girls. At GESET, Reclamation staff hosts workshops on Water Resources to middle school girls. In Idaho, Reclamation actively advocates the STEM initiative by participating in the University of Idaho Women in Math and Science program in Boise. Reclamation also participates in “Chicks in Science” at Montana State University in Billings, Mont. All three events are designed to encourage young women to pursue studies in STEM. <P> Annually, Reclamation hosts High School Bridge Building Competitions. In February, the Denver Technical Service Center’s Materials Engineering and Research Laboratory hosts its competition where students from around Colorado participate. In March, about 2,000 students form more than 50 local elementary, middle and high schools participate in the Southern Nevada Regional School Model Bridge Building Contest. Awards and scholarships are presented to winners. <P> In the state of Washington, Reclamation employees make presentations at high schools and universities in the region, providing technical information on how to apply for jobs in the federal government as well as information on Reclamation’s mission, work experience programs and the types of training and careers Reclamation has to offer. They also post entry-level vacancy announcements on college and university profile websites, as well as LinkedIn.com in order to reach diverse populations. <P> Reclamation partnered with The Student Conservation Association to help develop a national Youth Conservation Corps for Reclamation. Two examples in 2013 include: <P> •Under SCA, two students worked at Catherine Creek in Oregon with a surveying crew <P> •Under YCC, a 9-12 person crew worked to maintain fire breaks in Auburn, Calif., part of the American River Canyon, while learning vegetation management and team work. <P> Reclamation is committed to providing various employment opportunities like these to enthusiastic youth applicants, encouraging them to pursue careers in the fields of STEM. By doing so, Reclamation will fulfill its mission through hiring future employees from a qualified, energized and innovative talent pool. <P> To learn more about Reclamation’s youth opportunities, please visit: http://www.usbr.gov/youth/ <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46604 Read Across Interior
Excitement and laughter spread throughout the hallways of C. Melvin Sharpe Health School on April 2. Representatives from the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Secretary and Bureau of Reclamation were guest readers as part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America initiative. <P> NEA’s Read Across America is a nationwide celebration that takes place annually on March 2, which happens to be the birthday of children’s author Theodore Geisel, known as the great Dr. Seuss. DOI decided to extend this celebration into the month of April. <P> “Reading is fundamental. It is the keystone for success,” said Brenda Woods. Ms. Woods is a Program Manager for DOI’s Office of the Secretary and has coordinated the Department’s participation in this initiative so far this year. “The success of the program has been based upon the collaboration with the DOI Bureaus and Offices. It is a pleasure to work with individuals who are dedicated to public service and are making a difference in a child’s life,” Woods continued. <P> To support this initiative, the Department’s Educational Partnerships Program, Office of Facilities and Administrative Services and Office of the Secretary established a reading program where DOI employees can read to students in the classroom throughout the academic school year. Since 1983, the Department has developed strong relationships with many schools located across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. DOI currently partners with C. Melvin Sharpe Health School, School Without Walls, Ross Elementary School, The Lab School of Washington, The School for Education Evolution and Development Public Charter School and Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools. <P> Students at C. Melvin Sharpe Health School were elated to have the ladies visit and read stories to them. Some DOI readers were dressed as Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat character, wearing the signature red and white striped top hat. Reclamation Management Analyst Holly Peoples was indeed a big hit at C. Melvin Sharpe Health School. “I feel like I am making a difference in a young person’s life when I participate in education initiatives such as the Read Across America events. I work to motivate, energize and encourage employees within the Bureau of Reclamation to participate as well. It is truly a joy to be able to put a smile on a young person's face,” said Ms. Peoples. <P> Other Bureaus and Offices that have participated in the Read Across America initiative include: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of the Interior Library, Department of the Interior University, Interior Business Center, Interior Federal Credit Union, National Park Service, Office of Civil Rights, Office of Facilities and Administrative Services, Office of External and Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the Secretary, Office of the Secretary’s Human Resources Office, Office of the Secretary’s Office of Communications, Office of the Solicitor’s Division of Indian Affairs, Office of Surface Mining and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. <P> C. Melvin Sharpe Health School serves the academic needs of students between the ages of 5-22 with special educational needs and disabilities. It is located at 4300 13th St. NW, Washington, D.C. For additional information about the Read Across America initiative at DOI and volunteer opportunities, please contact Brenda Woods at 202-208-3617 or via e-mail at Brenda_Woods@ios.doi.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46485 Reclamation Seeks Applied Science Project Applicants for Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
<img align="right" alt="DLCC FOA Applied Science Grants" height="259" hspace="2" src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/email/2014-04-11-dlccfoa.png" style=" border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px;" vspace="2" width="200" /><b>WASHINGTON</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking applicants for applied science projects for the Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. Proposed projects are expected to deliver new capabilities that address priority resources identified and shared by Reclamation and partners involved in the Desert and Southern Rockies LCC. <P> The Desert LCC funding opportunity is seeking applicants to study wildfire impacts on riparian areas and study environmental flow impacts on the Colorado River Delta. This funding opportunity may be found at <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching funding opportunity number R14AS00031. Applications are due May 13, 2014 at 4 p.m. MDT. <P> The Southern Rockies LCC funding opportunity targets projecting future water availability and quality, projecting the resiliency and vulnerability of natural or cultural resources, and assessing and evaluating natural or cultural resources management practices and adaptation opportunities. The funding opportunity is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching funding opportunity number R14AS00032. Applications are due May 13, 2014 at 4 p.m. MDT. <P> Approximately $700,000 will be available for Desert and Southern Rockies LCC projects combined. Up to $100,000 in federal funding will be available for each project award. Reclamation's share of each proposed project shall not exceed 50 percent of the total project cost. <P> The Desert LCC encompasses portions of five states: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, as well as a substantial portion of Northern Mexico. The area is topographically complex, including three different deserts (Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan), grasslands and valley bottoms and the isolated mountain ranges in the southern portion of the LCC (Apache Highlands and the New Mexico-Texas Highlands, also known as the Sky Islands). There are several large river systems, including the lower Colorado, Gila, Rio Grande, San Pedro and Verde Rivers. <P> <img align="right" alt="Southern Rockies LCC FOA Report Header" height="259" hspace="2" src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/email/2014-04-11-srlccfoa.png" style=" border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px;" vspace="2" width="200" />The Southern Rockies LCC encompasses large portions of four states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, as well as smaller parts of Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming. The area is geographically complex, including wide elevation and topographic variation, from 14,000 foot peaks to the Grand Canyon and cold desert basins. This topographically complex region includes the headwaters of the Colorado River and Rio Grande, the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains to the west and the Southern Rocky Mountains to the east, separated by the rugged tableland of the Colorado Plateau. <P> LCCs are partnerships of governmental (federal, state, tribal and local) and non-governmental entities. The primary goal of the LCCs is to bring together science and resource management to inform climate adaptation strategies to address climate change and other stressors within an ecological region, or "landscape." There are 22 different LCCs across the United States, territories and other countries. To learn more about Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, visit <a href="http://www.lccnetwork.org">www.lccnetwork.org</a>. <P> To learn more about these funding opportunities visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/LCC/">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/LCC/</a>. To learn more about the Desert LCC, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/dlcc">www.usbr.gov/dlcc</a>. To learn more about the Southern Rockies LCC, please visit <a href="http://southernrockieslcc.org">southernrockieslcc.org</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46484 Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Proposals through Desalination and Water Purification Research Funding Opportunity Announcement
<img align="right" alt="DWPR FOA cover image" height="258" hspace="3" src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/email/2014-04-11-DWPRFOA.png" style=" margin: 3px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" vspace="3" width="200" /><b>WASHINGTON</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking proposals from universities, water utilities, private industry and others to address a broad range of desalting and water purification needs. Reclamation is interested in research that will have national significance and where the benefits of the technology will be widespread. <P> Proposals that support Reclamation's research priorities will receive additional credit during the rating process. Those research priorities are: <P> <ol> <li>Research and pilot studies conducted at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility</li> <li>Development and evaluation of flexible use systems for treating waters of significantly varying salinities</li> <li>Pilot studies treating agricultural return flows containing elevated levels of total dissolved solids and selenium</li> </ol> <P> Funding will be provided for laboratory studies and pilot scale projects. Laboratory studies lasts up to 13 months and are typically bench scale studies involving small flow rates (less than 2 gallons per minute). Pilot scale studies typically follow research studies to demonstrate the technology works at a larger scale. They usually involve flow rates between 1 and 20 gallons per minute and are tested using natural water sources rather than synthetic or laboratory-made feedwater. <P> Reclamation will provide up to $1.5 million in total funding this year. Up to $150,000 will be available for each laboratory study. Up to $200,000 per year for each pilot scale project will be available, for a total of up to $400,000 for two years. <P> Institutions of higher education are encouraged to provide cost-share for research projects, but it is not required. Other applicants must provide a cost-share of 75 percent of the cost of the project. It may be reduced to 50 percent if it is determined that the project is not feasible without such increased federal contribution. <P> The Desalination and Water Purification Program is helping Reclamation and its partners confront widening imbalances between supply and demand in basins throughout the west through testing and development of new advanced water treatment technologies. It focuses on three main goals: (1) augment the supply of usable water in the United States; (2) understand the environmental impacts of desalination and develop approaches to minimize these impacts relative to other water supply alternatives; (3) develop approaches to lower the financial costs of desalination so that it is an attractive option relative to other alternatives in locations where traditional sources of water are inadequate. <P> The funding opportunity announcement is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for announcement number R14AS00036. Proposals must be submitted through <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by May 14, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. MDT. <P> To learn more about Reclamation's Advanced Water Treatment activities, please visit: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/awt/">www.usbr.gov/awt/</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46428 Reclamation Partners with USAID to Highlight Innovation in Desalination Science
<b>WASHINGTON</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation is partnering with the U.S. Agency for International Development to launch the Desal Prize – a worldwide effort to identify and promote innovation in brackish groundwater desalination. <P> Reclamation – a leader in advancing desalination technology in the western United States – is providing technical guidance to the project and will host Desal Prize semi-finalists at its Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, N.M., in the spring of 2015 where entrants will compete in the first demonstration competitions for the prize. Finalists from this stage will go on to compete in a rigorous field demonstration at one of the USAID mission locations. <P> "For more than 100 years, Reclamation and its partners have confronted a widening imbalance between supply and demand in basins throughout the West," said acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley. "This partnership continues that commitment and will help identify potential solutions to treat brackish water in rural, tribal or remote settings. This partnership underscores Reclamation’s leadership and support of all kinds of desalination projects throughout the West." <P> The USAID Desal Prize will be awarded to cost effective, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable working prototypes that can be used for multi-use desalination in developing countries. Ten to 12 semifinalists will receive $5,000 as seed money to test or further develop their device. From this group, select finalists will receive an additional $5,000 to continue their project in the field before a judging panel selects the awardee(s) of the $500,000 grand prize. <P> "Water scarcity is one of today's most pressing development challenges, and the impact of water scarcity on all aspects of development is undeniable," said USAID Global Water Coordinator Christian Holmes at an event at the U.S. Department of State marking World Water Day. "We must augment traditional water supplies to satisfy future demand – we urgently need solutions to fulfill the growing need for potable water." <P> The Desal Prize is part of the $32 million Securing Water for Food: Grand Challenge for Development launched at the 2013 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. The initiative is a partnership between USAID, the Swedish International Development Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and aims to source, incubate and accelerate innovative solutions to reduce water scarcity around the world. Projections are that by 2025, two-thirds of the world's population could be living in severe water stress conditions. <P> To learn more about the Desal Prize or to submit suggestions, please visit <a href="http://www.thedesalprize.org">www.thedesalprize.org</a> or follow on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/securingwater">@SecuringWater</a> #DesalPrize. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46426 Reclamation Announces 2014 C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let’s Move Outside Event Schedule
The Bureau of Reclamation announces its spring/summer 2014 Catch A Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) for Kids/Let’s Move Outside event schedule. <P> The C.A.S.T. for Kids Program is designed to create an environment where special needs children can enjoy a day of boating and fishing. Each participant is teamed up with an expert angler who will help them learn and appreciate the sport of fishing. <P> C.A.S.T. events tie into the Department of the Interior’s Let’s Move Outside initiative, which encourages children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities in their own town and community. <P> Reclamation C.A.S.T/LMO Event Schedule (dates are subject to change): April 2014: April 9th -Lake Pleasant, Phoenix, Ariz. <P> May 2014: May 3rd - Lake Bastrop, Texas; May 10th - Navajo Reservoir, Farmington, N.M. <P> June 2014: June 7th - Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins, Colo.; June 14th - Sarg Hubbard, Yakima, Wash.; June 21st - Shasta Lake, Calif. <P> July 2014: July 12th - Prineville Reservoir, Prineville, Ore.; July 19th - Walcott State Park, Burley, Idaho <P> August 2014: Aug. 2nd - Potholes Reservoir, Ephrata, Wash.; Aug. 9th - Strawberry Reservoir, Heber City, Utah; Aug. 16th - Black Canyon Reservoir, Emmett, Idaho; TBD - Belle Fourche Reservoir, Belle Fourche, S.D. <P> September 2014: Sept. 13th - Lake Berryessa, Napa, Calif.; Sept. 13th - Elephant Butte Reservoir, Truth or Consequences, N.M.; Sept. 20th - Lake Thunderbird, Norman, Okla. <P> October 2014: Oct. 4th - Lake Mead, Boulder City, Nev.; Oct. 11th - New Melones Lake, Angel’s Camp, Calif.; Oct. 18th - Lake Powell, Page, Ariz. <P> For more information about C.A.S.T. for Kids, visit the CAST for Kids Foundation website http://www.castforkids.org/events-calendar/cast-events/. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46366 Reclamation Visits the Washington International School
Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Reclamation Public Affairs Specialist Lauren Lambert may have asked herself this question while on her way to visit fifth graders at the Washington International School in the D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown on March 21. <P> Reclamation had the opportunity to go to the Washington International School and sit down with four students to discuss one of the most important topics of our time - water scarcity in the southwest. The students began their six week water scarcity study in February, collecting data, interviewing subject matter experts and collaborating among one another under the overall topic related to How We Share the Planet. <P> On April 4, findings are presented at an exhibition, which is the culminating event in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program for fifth grade students. This event is very similar to a science fair, where students are able to apply the scientific method to conduct independent research and later display findings in an exhibit and submit a written report. <P> Lambert, with the help of Deputy Chief of Public Affairs Pete Lucero, fielded questions on ways Reclamation determines who gets water, how water scarcity problems change over time, how people who live in eastern United States can help those in the southwest, how Reclamation finds solutions to water supply and demand gaps and several other water related questions. <P> On March 20, Secretary Sally Jewell issued a Secretarial Order illustrating the goals of the Department of the Interior's Youth Initiative, encouraging young Americans to play, learn, serve and work in the outdoors. Visiting the Washington International School and providing students with information that meets their educational goals was just one example of how Reclamation plans to implement the youth initiative. Students were not only able to get answers to complex questions in order to fulfill their project requirements, but also learned first hand factual information about the largest wholesaler of water in the country. <P> The Washington International School is located in in Northwest, Washington, D.C. and was founded in 1966 to meet the educational needs of Washington's International community and American families seeking a rigorous international education. <P> <P>