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=49201 Three Teams Take Top Honors in Desal Prize At the Bureau of Reclamation's Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. - The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Agency for International Development have announced the April 9 to 11 Desal Prize winners—Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)/Jain Irrigation Systems, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Center for Inland Desalination System, and Green Desal. <P> Five finalist innovator teams had competed for $200,000 in prize funds in head-to-head demonstrations at Reclamation’s Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo. However, only the top three teams will receive grant funds totaling $400,000 to implement pilot projects in late summer or early fall with small-holder rural farmers in a USAID mission region. <P> “The Bureau of Reclamation was proud to host this international competition at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility, which included 68 applications from 29 countries,” Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López said. “Providing a sustainable water supply is important for the west, the country and the world. The knowledge gained from this competition will not only assist in the goals of the prize competition, it will inform brackish groundwater treatment technologies here in the United States.” <P> The Desal Prize is a three-phase, incentivized competition that challenged worldwide innovators to create cost-effective, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable desalination technologies that can provide potable water for humans and water for crops in developing countries. After rigorous testing and evaluation by a panel of expert judges, the following are the Desal Prize top winners: <P> First Place: MIT and Jain Irrigation Systems designed a photovoltaic-powered electrodialysis reversal (EDR) system that desalinates water-using electricity to pull charged particles out of the water and further disinfects using ultraviolet rays. The system was designed for low energy consumption, limiting costs especially in off-grid areas. <P> Second Place: University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Center for Inland Desalination System designed a Zero Discharge Desalination (ZDD) technology that reduces water waste in the desalination of groundwater by conventional processes. Electrodialysis uses voltage to remove undesirable ions from water. <P> Honorable Mention: Green Desal, a team comprised of the Asian Institute of Technology & Management, National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension, State University of Ponta Grossa, Technion-Israel University of Technology, and University of North Texas, developed a high-percent recovery system that integrates proven technologies in reverse osmosis, ion exchange, nano-filtration, re-mineralization and disinfection. <P> The Desal Prize, launched in partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, is the second “call” under the Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge for Development. The “first” call focused on innovation in later stages of the innovation lifecycle (market-driven product/business development and scaling/commercial growth). <P> To learn more about Securing Water for Food or the Desal Prize, visit www.securingwaterforfood.org and follow @SecuringWater on Twitter. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49121 Interior Department Announces Plans to Partner with Crow Tribe on Yellowtail Afterbay Hydropower
<b>WASHINGTON, D.C.</b> - The Department of the Interior, in partnership with the Crow Tribe, will enter into an agreement for hydropower development on the Yellowtail Afterbay Dam, downstream of Yellowtail Dam and Powerplant, on the Bighorn River near Fort Smith, Montana. <P> The agreement is part of the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2010. Under the settlement, the Tribe holds the exclusive right to develop and market power generation on the Yellowtail Afterbay Dam. <P> "The Crow Tribe is excited to embark on the Tribe's exclusive right under our water settlement to develop hydropower at Yellowtail Afterbay Dam and to begin the critical work to bring the benefits of hydropower to the Reservation and our tribal membership," said Crow Chairman Darrin Old Coyote. <P> "This is an excellent opportunity for development of new hydropower capacity on existing infrastructure," said Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor. "Working through the Bureau of Reclamation, Interior is pleased to assist the Crow Tribe on its Yellowtail Afterbay hydro development, resulting in clean, renewable energy, and creating vital jobs in the process." <P> The Tribe is responsible for overall management of the hydropower project and for coordination of activities associated with the project. The Bureau of Reclamation will provide technical assistance in reviewing designs and making sure the new hydro coexists with the existing Yellowtail Afterbay Dam in a safe and reliable manner. <P> The next steps include completion of design data collection, followed by design and implementation of Reclamation's dam safety processes for the proposed modifications to the existing structure. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49111 Brent Rhees Named Regional Director for Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region
WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López today announced the selection of Brent Rhees, P.E., as Upper Colorado Regional Director. Rhees has served as the Salt Lake City-based region’s deputy regional director since October 2007. <P> “Brent Rhees has extensive knowledge and more than three decades of experience with the complex challenges in this important region,” Commissioner López said today. "Through his strong leadership and his ability to build solid partnerships, Brent is more than prepared to lead the Upper Colorado Region into the future." <P> In his new role, Rhees will oversee all Reclamation operations in most of Utah, New Mexico and western Colorado, as well as northern Arizona, a portion of west Texas, the southeast corner of Idaho and southwestern Wyoming. The responsibility includes oversight of Reclamation programs, projects, and facilities and encompasses 62 dams with a reservoir capacity of more than 32 million acre feet, 28 hydroelectric powerplants that meet electricity needs of more than 1.3 million people, and multiple recreation opportunities for about 12 million annual visitors. <P> As deputy regional director, Rhees managed several complex and high profile issues, including the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program, dam safety modifications, implementation of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, the Colorado River Salinity Control Program and completion of the Animas La-Plata Project. Rhees has 35 years of federal service. He started in Reclamation's Denver Office in 1980 as a rotation engineer, moved to the Upper Colorado Regional Office in 1981 to serve as Engineering Services Office supervisor and construction liaison. He transferred to the Provo Area Office in March 1993 to serve in several key management positions including three division manager positions and as the deputy area manager from June 2004 to October 2007. <P> Rhees is a recipient of the DOI's Superior Service Award in recognition of his significant contributions and leadership in Western water issues. He holds a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Utah State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Utah. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49006 Bridges Buckle at 48th Annual Colorado High School Bridge Building Competition
High school students from across Colorado joined the Bureau of Reclamation to test homemade, small-scale bridges for the 48th Annual Colorado High School Bridge Building Competition in Denver. Winners took home scholarships and the opportunity to represent Colorado at the International Bridge Building Competition in Portland, Oregon. <P> In Region One, Dade Lindley of Lindley Home School took first place with a bridge that weighed 26.75 grams and supported a max load of 104.42 kilograms (230.21 pounds), giving it an efficiency value of 3,903. Connor Roberts of Cherry Creek High School won second place with a bridge weighing 21.47 g, which supported 69.28 kg (152.74 lbs). Jalissa DeHaan of Front Range Christian School took third with a bridge weighing 13.54 g, which supported 33.27 kg (73.35 lbs). <P> In Region Two, Benjamin Jakeman of Cheyenne Mountain High School won first place with a bridge weighing 22.71 and supported 100.71 kg (222.03 lbs), giving it an overall efficiency value of 4,434. In second place, Blake Evans, also of Cheyenne Mountain High School, brought a bridge weighing 34.96 g that held 128.32 kg (282.9 lbs). Nikolas Provost of Rampart High School took third, with a bridge weighing 34.32 g that supported 99.23 kg (218.76 lbs). Other schools that competed in Region Two include Coal Ridge High School, Buena Vista High School and Manzanola High School. <P> Every year, students from across the state gather at the Bureau of Reclamation?s Materials Engineering and Research Laboratory to test out their homemade, small-scale bridges. These bridges, made of only a few, basic materials, are then tested to determine how much weight they can support. The winning models are determined by the structural efficiency ratio, or the amount of weight the bridge can hold divided by the weight of the bridge. The winning bridges have the highest structural efficiency ratios. <P> The state is split into two regions: northern (Region One) and southern (Region Two). The first and second place winners from each region are invited to compete at the International Bridge Building Contest, where prizes have included college scholarships. Winners from this year's competition were awarded college scholarships to go toward science and engineering education. <P> The High School Bridge Building Competition aims to encourage participation in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology. In addition to the competition, attendees and their families will explore Reclamation's laboratories and facilities with professional engineers, getting a chance to see research and science in action. Students can visit the humidity room, where working models of structures and dam construction materials are cured for optimum strength and will witness a 2,000 pound concrete cylinder crushed by a machine capable of 5-million pounds of compression. <P> Reclamation, the National Society of Professional Engineers of Colorado and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado sponsor the competition. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48966 Reclamation Names 2015 Engineer of the Year
<div class="floatRight"><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2015/Hilldale.jpg" width="200px" align="right" alt="Robert Hilldale with Bob Quint"><br /><span class="caption">L-R, Bob Quint and Robert Hilldale</span></div><b>WASHINGTON</b> - Robert Hilldale, a civil engineer at Reclamation's Technical Service Center in Denver, is Reclamation's Engineer of the Year for 2015. His achievements earned him a chance to compete as Reclamation's nominee for the 2015 Federal Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Hilldale will represent Reclamation at the Society's awards luncheon held in Washington, D.C. today as part of activities commemorating National Engineers Week, February 22 through 28. <P> Reclamation recognizes Hilldale for his significant research contributions toward measuring the natural transport of gravel in rivers, which is a key component of sediment transport. He also led important research efforts for the Elwha River Restoration Project, near Port Angeles, Washington, the world's largest dam removal project. <P> "Effective management of sediment is an important part of river restoration activities, including projects such as the successful dam removal project on the Elwha River," Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López said. "Through his important work and research, Robert has helped expand our knowledge of sediment movement. This is an important contribution to river restoration work across the West." <P> Among his many assigned duties, Hilldale has led a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency effort researching the use of hydrophones (underwater microphones) to measure moving particles in water and also led river restoration projects to improve aquatic habitat for endangered fish. As chair and member of the Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project, he promoted interagency research activities to develop indirect methods to measure sediment transport. <P> Hilldale also continues to distinguish himself academically. He earned an undergraduate scholarship to Washington State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and is a recipient of the John Roberson Thesis/Dissertation Award, which he received while pursuing his Master of Science in civil engineering. His journal publications about the Elwha River Restoration Project, installation of impact plates and gradual channel transition were featured in <em>Geomorphology, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering and Journal of Engineering Mechanics</em>. <P> Reclamation also would like to recognize its 2015 Engineer of the Year regional winners: <P> <ul> <li>James H. Bussell, supervisory electrical engineer at Grand Coulee, Washington (Pacific Northwest)</li> <li>Rufino Gonzalez, civil engineer, California (Mid-Pacific)</li> <li>William G. Jones, electrical engineer, Montana (Great Plains)</li> <li>Thomas Nichols, supervisory civil engineer, Nevada (Lower Colorado)</li> <li>Scott Winterton, supervisory engineer, Utah (Upper Colorado)</li> </ul> <P> Each of the five regions and the Denver Office nominate one candidate for consideration as Reclamation's Engineer of the Year. The final selection represents Reclamation's nominee for the annual Federal Engineer of the Year Award. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48929 Colorado High School Students Test Science Skills at 48th Annual Bridge Building Competition
<div class="floatRight"><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2015/2015-02-24-bridge-building.jpg" alt="A student setting up their bridge to be tested at a previous bridge building event." width="200"></div><b>DENVER</b> - High school students from across Colorado will put their engineering skills to the test at the 48th Annual Colorado High School Bridge Building Competition on Saturday, Feb. 28. Prizes include scholarships and the opportunity to compete at the international contest in Portland, Oregon. <P> "Reclamation's science and engineering expertise is known throughout the world and provides a unique career opportunity for young professionals," said Westin Joy, Westin Joy, P.E., Civil Engineer with the Materials Engineering and Research Laboratory. "This long-established event gives students a chance to explore science, technology, engineering and math through a fun, practical application." <P> The event will take place at 8:00 a.m. in the Bureau of Reclamation's Materials Engineering and Research Laboratory at the Denver Federal Center. The bridges, made out of basswood, glue and other basic materials, are judged on the amount of weight they can hold versus their size. <P> In addition to the competition, attendees and their families will explore Reclamation's laboratories and facilities with professional engineers, getting a chance to see research and science in action. Students can visit the humidity room, where working models of structures and dam construction materials are cured for optimum strength and will witness a 2,000 pound concrete cylinder crushed by a machine capable of 5 million pounds of compression. <P> To attend this annual event, please enter the Denver Federal Center through Gate 1 on Kipling Ave. Signs will direct visitors to Building 56, where the competition is held. <P> The competition is sponsored by the Bureau of Reclamation, the Professional Engineers of Colorado and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48928 Karen Knight Named as Chief of the Dam Safety Office for the Bureau of Reclamation
<div class="floatRight"><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2015/knight.jpg" width="200px" alt-"Karen Knight"></div><b>DENVER</b> - Bureau of Reclamation Security, Safety and Law Enforcement Director Bruce C. Muller named Karen Knight, P.E., as the Chief of the Dam Safety Office. Knight will oversee the Dam Safety Program, which evaluates safety deficiencies and implements proactive solutions at dams across Reclamation. <P> "Reclamation and its partners work to assure sustainable water supplies across 17 western states, with the Dam Safety Program playing a lead role in ensuring the safe delivery of water resources," said Muller. "Karen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to lead one of our highest priority programs." <P> The Dam Safety Program is composed of two components, The Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams and Safety of Dams Program. The Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams program is responsible for performing site evaluations and to identify dams that pose an increased risk to the public and to complete the related analyses needed to expedite corrective action decisions and safeguard the public and associated resources. The Safety of Dams program focuses on evaluating and implementing actions to resolve safety concerns at Reclamation dams. <P> Knight joined Reclamation in 1999 as the team leader and lead designer for embankment and foundation safety modifications at Pineview Dam, Utah. Her engineering experience spans almost 30 years, with roles on Reclamation's Technical Service Center Dam Safety Advisory Team, as the manager of Geotechnical Engineering and as Chief of the Geotechnical Services Division. Knight also recently completed Interior's Senior Executive Service Career Development Program, where she worked with the National Park Service in Washington, District of Columbia. <P> Knight has a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is a registered professional engineer in Colorado, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, and the U.S. Society on Dams, where she has served for the past six years on its Board of Directors. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48886 Dionne E. Thompson Named Bureau of Reclamation's Deputy Commissioner for External and Intergovernmental Affairs
<div class="floatRight"><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/presskit/images/thompson72.jpg"></div><b>WASHINGTON</b> - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López announced today Dionne E. Thompson has been appointed Deputy Commissioner for External and Intergovernmental Affairs. Thompson will oversee congressional, legislative and public affairs activities and represent Reclamation's relationships with federal, state and local governments. <P> "Communication between Reclamation and its customers, stakeholders, public and other governmental entities is extremely important in carrying out Reclamation's mission of delivering water and generating hydropower," López said. "Dionne's extensive experience working in the federal government and with Congress will be a great asset in this position." <P> Thompson joined Reclamation in 2009 as the Chief, Congressional and Legislative Affairs. In this position, she served as Reclamation?s primary liaison with Congress. <P> She began her career in Washington, District of Columbia, in 1993 as staff counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. In 1995 and 1996, she provided counsel to Sen. J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana, covering a wide range of issues including appropriations, environmental and natural resource issues. She also worked as a senior energy and environmental aide to Sen. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana from 1997 to 1999 and again as legislative director in 2008. <P> In addition to her work in the public sector as an attorney with the Department of the Interior?s Office of the Solicitor and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Thompson also was a lawyer in the private sector, focusing on energy issues at the firm Troutman Sanders LLP. <P> Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Thompson has lived in the Washington, District of Columbia, area for more than 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48746 Reclamation’s Proposed Drought Response Program Evaluation Criteria is Open for Public Comment
<b>WASHINGTON</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment on its draft Drought Response Program evaluation criteria. This new program, based on its existing drought authorities, will provide funding for: <P> <blockquote> <b>Drought contingency planning</b>: Reclamation will provide financial assistance through cooperative agreements that include a 50/50 cost-share to develop or update drought contingency plans. Plans must include input and participation by multiple stakeholders and must consider climate change impacts to drought conditions and identify potential drought mitigation and response actions to build long-term resilience to drought. <P> <b>Implementation of projects to build long-term resiliency to drought</b>: Reclamation will provide financial assistance through a funding opportunity announcement on a 50/50 cost-share basis to implement projects that build long-term resiliency to drought. Proposed drought resiliency projects must be supported by an existing drought contingency plan to be eligible. <P> <b>Implementation of emergency response actions</b>: Reclamation will continue to fund emergency drought response actions to address ongoing drought emergencies contingent on available funding. To be eligible, the applicant needs an existing drought contingency plan on file or a state governor or tribal leader drought declaration. Assistance must be requested in writing. </blockquote> <P> Program funding is allocated through a competitive process. The evaluation criteria that Reclamation will use to implement each program element is available for review at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/drought">www.usbr.gov/drought</a>. Comments are due to Avra Morgan at aomorgan@usbr.gov by March 12, 2015. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48727 Additional FY 2015 Funding of $96.9 Million Available
<b>WASHINGTON</b> - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López today released the spending plan for $96.9 million provided to Reclamation in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015. The funds will go toward Western drought response and rural water projects, among other important activities. <P> "Reclamation and its partners are confronting a growing gap between supply and demand in river basins throughout the West," López said. "The funding released today will help us meet immediate needs and support long-term infrastructure and environmental needs of key water projects." <P> The funding is divided among six areas: <P> <ul> <li>Western drought response ($50 million),</li> <li>rural water projects ($31 million),</li> <li>water conservation and delivery ($8 million),</li> <li>fish passage and fish screens ($4 million),</li> <li>facility operation, maintenance and rehabilitation ($2.9 million),</li> <li>environmental restoration and compliance ($1 million).</li> </ul> <P> Extreme and prolonged drought has gripped major river basins across the West. In many areas, mountain snowpack is far below average for this time of year. The $50 million provided for Western drought response will address seven projects: <P> <ul> <li>Central Valley Project, which includes funding for the Delta Division, Friant Division, Shasta Division and water and power operations, California ($19.9 million);</li> <li>WaterSMART Grants, Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program, and Drought Response and Comprehensive Drought Planning ($14 million);</li> <li>Lower Colorado River Basin Drought Response Action Plan, California, Arizona and Nevada ($8.6 million);</li> <li>Native American Programs ($4 million);</li> <li>Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, Washington ($2 million);</li> <li>Lewiston Orchards Project, Idaho ($1 million);</li> <li>Carlsbad Project, New Mexico ($500,000).</li> </ul> <P> Reclamation based its Western drought funding on a thorough review at national, regional and program levels, to ensure a balanced approach. In some cases the funding allows Reclamation to accelerate selected projects to meet high-priority needs sooner than it would in absence of the new funding. In other cases it allows Reclamation to respond immediately to many of the West’s most critical drought-related needs. <P> Reclamation is also advancing the completion of its authorized rural water projects with the goal of delivering potable water to tribal and non-tribal residents within the rural water project areas. A total of $31 million will go toward five projects: <P> <ul> <li>Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program - Garrison Diversion Unit, North Dakota ($10.3 million);</li> <li>Rocky Boy's/North Central Montana Rural Water System, Montana ($6.8 million);</li> <li>Fort Peck Reservation/Dry Prairie Rural Water System, Montana ($6.6 million);</li> <li>Lewis and Clark Rural Water System, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota ($6.6 million);</li> <li>Eastern New Mexico Water Supply, New Mexico ($700,000).</li> </ul> <P> The remaining $15.9 million will go toward nine projects: <P> <ul> <li>fish screen and restoration projects in the Central Valley Project, California ($2.5 million);</li> <li>Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project at Cle Elum Dam, Washington ($1.5 million);</li> <li>agricultural water use efficiency projects within the Central Valley Project, California ($5 million);</li> <li>Endangered Species Recovery Implementation Program on the Platte River, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming ($2 million);</li> <li>water conservation projects on Rogue River Basin Project, Oregon ($1 million);</li> <li>water leasing for supplemental water on the Middle Rio Grande ($1 million);</li> <li>rehabilitation work at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery and Keswick Dam Powerplant in the Central Valley Project, California ($1.3 million);</li> <li>renovation of the Olmsted Powerplant, Utah ($1 million);</li> <li>repairs on the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Project, ($650,000).</li> </ul> <P> Visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/budget/">http://www.usbr.gov/budget/</a> to view a summary of all the projects in this spending plan. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48726 Study Reveals Climate Change Impacts on Irrigation Demand and Reservoir Evaporation in the West
<b>WASHINGTON</b> - Reflecting current climate projections for the western United States, a <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/wcra">new report</a> issued by the Bureau of Reclamation reveals a projected shift in demand for crop irrigation across eight major river basins. The study evaluated irrigation water requirements for the second half of the 20th century and, as compared to projected demand for the second half of the 21st century, found that net irrigation water requirements in the West may be six percent higher. Another area of study revealed in the report - based on a projected temperature increase of approximately 5 degrees Fahrenheit in the region - estimates that annual evaporation at most of the 12 reservoirs modeled by the study could increase 2 to 6 inches by 2080. <P> The report on irrigation demand and reservoir evaporation projections is the latest in a series of West-Wide Climate Risk Assessments - analyses of overall impacts from climate change on water resources in the West through the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program. <P> In announcing the report, Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López said the study was an important piece of information about climate change imposing stresses on water resources and will ultimately help inform water planners and stakeholders in confronting future climate-related supply and demand challenges. <P> "Reclamation and its partners are engaged in critical work to confront a future with increasing disparity between water supply and demand in basins throughout the West," Commissioner López said. "Understanding how climate change will impact crop irrigation demand and reservoir evaporation provides vital information for the development of alternatives and solutions to meet those challenges and support the nation's economy." <P> Projected future irrigation demands are only estimates and provide a starting point for further analyses and discussions with customers and stakeholders. The results do not account for changing crop patterns and other socioeconomic considerations that are best addressed with stakeholder input within a <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/bsp/index.html">basin study</a> or other process. <P> Using climate projections for temperature and precipitation, scientists considered projected irrigation demand in eight major river basins: Colorado, Rio Grande, Sacramento-San Joaquin, Truckee, Columbia, Missouri and Klamath. The water evaporation model was applied to 12 reservoirs in many of those major Reclamation river basins: Lake Powell, Lake Mead, American Falls Reservoir, Lake Roosevelt, Upper Klamath Lake, Canyon Ferry Reservoir, Boysen Reservoir, Elephant Butte Reservoir, Lake Shasta, Millerton Lake, Lake Tahoe and Lahontan Reservoir. This table provides one set of projections of irrigation demand by basin and potential changes in evaporation for the twelve reservoirs when compared to actual figures from 1950 to 1999: <P> <table border="0" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="600"> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"></td> <td width="174" colspan="3" valign="top" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Net Irrigation Water Demand </strong> <br /> <strong>(Change % vs. 1950-1999)</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Net Reservoir Evaporation </strong> <br /> <strong>(Change % vs. 1950-1999)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>2080</strong></p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>2080</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Colorado River Basin </strong><em>(AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT, WY)</em><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p><strong>     Upper Colorado</strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p>22.86</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap"><p>                        Lake Powell</p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap"><p>7.1   (4.1 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p><strong>     Lower Colorado</strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p>8.31</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Lake Mead</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>10.1 (6.1 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p><strong>     Imperial Valley</strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p>1.39</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Columbia River Basin </strong><em>(ID, MT, OR, WA)</em><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p>6.34</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        American Falls Reservoir</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>6.0   (2.0 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Lake Roosevelt</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>5.4   (1.3 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Klamath River Basin </strong><em>(OR, CA)</em><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p>14</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Upper Klamath Lake</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>8.2   (2.4 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Missouri River Basin  </strong><br /> <em>(CO, IA, KS, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, SD, WY)</em><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="129" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p><strong>     Western Missouri </strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p>13.55</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Boysen Reservoir</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>4.3   (1.3 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p><strong>     Northern Missouri </strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p>3.61</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Canyon Ferry Reservoir </p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>6.9   (1.7 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p><strong>     Southeastern Missouri</strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p>-0.98</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Rio Grande River Basin </strong><em>(CO, NM, TX)</em><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p>18.66</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Elephant Butte Reservoir</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>9.5   (4.2 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins </strong><em>(CA)</em><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p>6.81</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Lake Shasta</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>14.7 (2.5 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Millerton Lake</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>12.3 (5.0 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Truckee and Carson River Basins </strong><em>(CA, NV)</em><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p>14.59</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Lake Tahoe</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>14.4 (1.9 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Lahontan Reservoir</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>7.1   (3.2 inches)</p></td> </tr> </table> <P> Scientists utilized climate change data to project alterations in precipitation and temperature and to assess evaporation for 12 reservoirs within those river basins, when considering observed and projected climate change impacts. Precipitation projections are highly variable and basin dependent, and they can vary significantly within individual basins as well. <P> "Through these studies, Reclamation is highlighting climate change impacts and encouraging a collaborative dialogue on the effective management of our water and power resources," López said. "Facing the challenge in meeting future irrigation demands is one way we are working to underscore our commitment to a strong agricultural economy and national food security." <P> Reclamation's West-Wide Climate Risk Assessment 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. The report may be found at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/wcra">http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/wcra</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48687 President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for Reclamation is $1.1 Billion
WASHINGTON - President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget request released today identifies a total of $1.1 billion for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, continuing the President’s commitment to be prudent with taxpayer dollars while setting consistent spending priorities for Reclamation. The budget would provide robust investments in the safety, reliability and efficiency of America’s water infrastructure and in conservation, reuse and applied science to address the nation’s water supply challenges, especially in the West. <P> As the nation’s largest wholesale water supplier and second-largest producer of hydroelectric power, Reclamation’s projects and programs are critical to driving and maintaining economic growth in the western States. <P> “President Obama’s budget for Reclamation reflects a strong commitment to our ongoing mission of effectively managing water and power in the West,” Commissioner Estevan López said. “Reclamation and its partners provide water and clean hydropower for communities across 17 states. With the resources provided in this budget blueprint, we can continue to be an engine of progress across multiple sectors of the western U.S. economy.” <P> The proposal for Reclamation’s Water and Related Resources account of $805.2 million includes $367.4 million for resource management and development activities. This funding provides for planning, construction, water conservation activities, management of Reclamation lands—including recreation— and actions to address the impacts of Reclamation projects on fish and wildlife. The request also emphasizes reliable water delivery and power generation by requesting $437.7 million to fund operation, maintenance and rehabilitation activities at Reclamation facilities, including dam safety. <P> The budget emphasizes Reclamation's core mission to address the water demands of a growing population in an environmentally responsible and cost-efficient manner; and to assist states, tribes and local entities in solving water resource issues. It also emphasizes the operation and maintenance of Reclamation facilities in a safe, efficient, economic and reliable manner—ensuring systems and safety measures are in place to protect the public and Reclamation facilities. <P> Reclamation’s funding request addresses Administration, Interior, and Reclamation priorities. The budget supports water rights settlements to ensure sufficient resources to address the requirements of legislation passed by Congress to settle litigation. The request includes increases for specific Indian water rights settlements that support the goal of strengthening tribal nations. <P> The FY 2016 budget proposal also balances needs for climate variability adaptation, water conservation, improving infrastructure, sound science to support critical decision making and ecosystem restoration. <P> <b><i>Reclamation’s challenges</b></i> – The extreme and prolonged drought facing the West affects major U.S. river basins in virtually every western state. The effects of the current drought on California water, its agricultural economy and its communities are topics of nationwide concern and extensive media coverage. The Colorado River Basin—crucial for seven states and several Tribes, in addition to two countries—is also enduring historic drought. About 33 million people rely on the Colorado River for some, if not all, of their municipal needs. <P> Reclamation’s dams, water conveyances and power generating facilities are critical components of the Nation’s infrastructure. Protecting and extending the lives of these structures are among the many significant challenges facing Reclamation over the next several years and beyond. They present major hurdles to achieving progress on water supply confidence, sustainability and resiliency. Reclamation’s water and power projects and activities throughout the western United States are a foundation for essential and safe water supplies, provide renewable hydropower energy and sustain ecosystems that support fish and wildlife, recreation and rural economies. Climate variability and competing demands are increasingly affecting already-strained systems. The Bureau of Reclamation’s FY 2016 budget addresses these challenges and reflects a very deliberate approach to accommodating mission priorities. <P> <b><i>WaterSMART Program</b></i> – The President’s proposed budget for Reclamation calls for $58.1 million for the WaterSMART Program – Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow — to assist communities in optimizing the use of water supplies by improving water management. The WaterSMART Program components include: WaterSMART Grants funded at $23.4 million; the Basin Studies Program, $5.2 million; the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program, $20.0 million; the Water Conservation Field Service program, $4.2 million; the Cooperative Watershed Management program, $250,000; the Drought Response program $2.5 million; and the Resilient Infrastructure program, $2.5 million. <P> <b><i>Strengthening tribal nations</b></i> – To meet trust and treaty obligations, Reclamation’s budget request makes Indian water rights settlements among the highest priorities. The FY 2016 budget proposes $112.5 million for a new account entitled Indian Water Rights Settlements to ensure continuity in the construction of four of the authorized projects and to highlight and enhance transparency in handling these funds. The budget includes $89.7 million for the ongoing Navajo-Gallop Water Supply Project (Title X of Public Law 11-11) as well as $22.8 million to continue implementation of three settlements authorized in the Claims Resolution Act of 2010. These settlements will deliver clean water to the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, the Taos Pueblo of New Mexico, the Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonsi & Tesuque in New Mexico named in the Aamodt case and the Crow Tribe of Montana. <P> <u>Specifics of the budget request include:</u> <P> America’s Great Outdoors Initiative – Reclamation has a responsibility to focus on the protection and restoration of the aquatic and riparian environments affected by its operations. Highlights of Reclamation's ecosystem restoration activities, many of which support Endangered Species Act (ESA) recovery programs, include: <P> $16.7 million is for the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program to provide long-term Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance for river operations. <P> $24.4 million for ESA recovery implementation programs, including $17.5 million to implement the Platte River Endangered Species Recovery Implementation Program and $4.4 million for the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Programs. $6.8 million of the $18.0 million Klamath Project supports wildlife refuge and environmental needs, the remainder supports studies and initiatives to improve water supplies to meet the competing demands of agricultural and tribal and facilities operations and maintenance activities. <P> $37.0 million for the California Bay-Delta Restoration, equal to the FY 2015 budget. The account focuses on the health of the Bay-Delta ecosystem and improving water management and supplies. The budget will support the co-equal goals of environmental restoration and improved water supply reliability, under the following program activities: $1.7 million for a Renewed Federal State Partnership, $7.2 million for Smarter Water Supply and Use, and $28.1 million for Habitat Restoration. These program activities are based on the Interim Federal Action Plan for the California Bay-Delta issued December 22, 2009. <P> $49.5 million for the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund to continue funding a variety of activities to restore fish and wildlife habitat and populations in the CVP service area of California. <P> Within California’s Central Valley Project (CVP), $11.9 million and an additional $1.5 million in the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund are for the Trinity River Restoration program. <P> $9.5 million, as part of the Middle Rio Grande Project budget, targeted to support environmental activities developed through an Endangered Species Act Collaborative Program. <P> $18.0 million for the Columbia and Snake River Salmon Recovery Project for implementation of the biological opinions for the Federal Columbia River Power System. <P> <b><i>Other project highlights –</b></i> <P> $123.0 million to operate, manage, and improve CVP. More than one-half of that amount provides for operation and maintenance of project facilities, including $20.3 million for the Replacements, Additions, and Extraordinary Maintenance program which provides for modernization, upgrade, and refurbishment of facilities throughout the Central Valley. The remainder supports studies and initiatives to improve water supplies and environmental needs. <P> $36.5 million for rural water projects to undertake the design and construction of five projects and operation and maintenance of tribal features for two projects intended to deliver potable water supplies to specific rural communities and tribes located primarily in Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota. <P> $12.8 million for the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, which will continue funding grants to implement conservation measures and monitor the effects of those measures on the river diversions. Funding is also included to continue construction on fish passage facilities at Cle Elum dam. <P> $88.1 million for the Dam Safety Program to continue dam safety risk management and risk reduction activities throughout Reclamation’s inventory of dams. Corrective actions are planned to start or will continue at a number of facilities. A focus continues to be modifications at Folsom Dam (California). <P> $26.2 million for site security to continue Reclamation’s ongoing site-security program, which includes physical security upgrades at key facilities, guards and patrols, anti-terrorism program activities and security risk assessments. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation, throughout the 17 western states, is committed to helping meet the many water challenges of the West. A driving force behind bureau initiatives is resolution of water issues that will benefit future generations and providing leadership on the path to sustainable water supplies. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48647 Reclamation Seeks Applicants for 2015 WaterSMART Basin Studies
<b>WASHINGTON</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking applications for the Basin Studies Program in 2015. Interested non-federal entities wishing to participate in the selection process should submit a short letter of interest to their respective Reclamation regional office by Feb. 24, 2015. <P> Through basin studies, Reclamation works with state and local partners to conduct comprehensive water supply and demand studies of river basins in the western United States. Reclamation anticipates funding one to two studies in 2015. <P> Basin studies include four main elements: <P> <ul> <li>Projections of water supply and demand, including the risks of climate change.</li> <li>Analysis of how existing water and power infrastructure will perform in response to changing water realities.</li> <li>Development of adaptation and mitigation strategies to improve operations and infrastructure in order to supply adequate water in the future.</li> <li>Trade-off analysis of the strategies identified and findings.</li> </ul> <P> Entities must contribute at least half of the total cost as cash or in-kind services. This is not a financial assistance program and Reclamation's share of the study costs will only be used to support work done by Reclamation or its contractors. <P> Reclamation’s regional office staff will review all letters of interest. Those selected for consideration will then work with Reclamation to develop a joint study proposal for evaluation and prioritization by a Reclamation review committee. <P> The WaterSMART Program focuses on improving water conservation, sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. It identifies strategies to ensure that this and future generations will have sufficient supplies 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. <P> To learn more about WaterSMART basin studies or obtain program contacts please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/bsp">www.usbr.gov/watersmart/bsp</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48568 Brian Becker Named as Senior Advisor for Design, Estimating and Construction Oversight and Dam Safety Officer
<img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/presskit/images/becker72.jpg" alt="Brian Becker" width="201" class="floatRight" /><b>WASHINGTON</b> - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López has named Brian Becker, P.E., as the Senior Advisor - Design, Estimating and Construction Oversight and Dam Safety Officer. <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. Internal and independent oversight of construction and dam safety projects ensures consistency and that Reclamation is getting the best value for its investments," López said. "Brian's experience in dam safety and engineering will ensure the consistency of projects throughout Reclamation." <P> This position provides oversight of design, estimating and construction activities as they are being formulated and prepared to ensure that executive-level management decisions and products are sound at the project and corporate levels. Becker will also serve as Reclamation's Dam Safety Officer where he will provide broad program guidance, conduct reviews and perform quality assurance of Reclamation's Dam Safety Program. <P> Becker was named Chief of Reclamation's Dam Safety Program in 2008 where he ensured the safety and reliability of Reclamation's dams to protect the downstream public. He joined Reclamation in 1985 where he was an engineer in the Concrete Dams Branch of the Technical Service Center. In 1992, Becker left Reclamation for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and joined the Division of Engineering in the Mountain-Prairie Region. He was named as the Service Dam Safety Officer in 2000. When he returned to Reclamation in 2004, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Dam Safety Program. <P> Becker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University. He is a Professional Engineer in Colorado. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48506 Bureau of Reclamation Releases Funding Opportunity for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Feasibility Studies
<b>Washington, D.C.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation is providing a funding opportunity for communities in the West which may be seeking new sources of water supplies using water recycling and reuse technologies. Funding made available will assist communities in determining whether water recycling and reuse projects are feasible. This funding opportunity is part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART initiative, which focuses on improving water conservation, sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. <P> The Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Feasibility Study Funding Opportunity Announcement is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for funding opportunity number R15AS00015. It is estimated that $1.3 million may be awarded this year. <P> Funding will be available in two funding groups. In the first funding group, up to $150,000 in federal funds will be available for smaller feasibility studies which can be completed in 18 months. For the second funding group – including larger feasibility studies which can be completed in 36 months – up to $450,000 in federal funds will be available. It is expected that most of the awards will be made in the first category. Feasibility studies are funded jointly by Reclamation and project sponsors. A cost-share of at least 50-percent of study costs is required. <P> The studies focus on examining municipal water reclamation and reuse, industrial domestic or agricultural wastewater, and naturally impaired groundwater and/or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife and groundwater recharge, including municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation or recreational use. Water reclamation and reuse is an essential tool in stretching the limited water supplies in the West. Since 1992, approximately $600 million in federal funding through the WaterSMART Title XVI Program has been leveraged with non-federal funding to implement more than $3 billion in water reuse improvements. <P> Funding applications are due on March 3, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. To learn more about the Title XVI Program, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/title">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/title</a>. <P> <P> <P>