Commissioner's Offce News Releases News Releases from Reclamation's Commissioner's Office New Melones Launches Every Kid in a Park Pass
Sonora, Calif. – New Melones Lake is proud to help launch the Every Kid in a Park program, as part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them. <P> Fourth graders nationwide can now visit the new <a href="">Every Kid in a Park website</a> to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites. <P> “Our facilities provide numerous opportunities for the public to enjoy our 6.5 million acres of land and water. The Bureau of Reclamation plays a major role in meeting the increasing public demands for water-based outdoor recreation facilities. Our sites also include important natural and cultural resources and provide unique educational and interpretive opportunities,” said Commissioner Estevan López. “The Every Kid in the Park Initiative is a great way for students to spend time in the great outdoors while developing critical skills and sharing the outdoor experience with their families.” <P> Leading up to the <a href="">100th birthday of the National Park Service in 2016</a>, President Obama launched the <a href="">Every Kid in a Park initiative</a> earlier this year as a call to action to get all children to experience America’s unparalleled outdoors, rich history and culture. Today, more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas, and many lack easy access to safe outdoor spaces. At the same time, youth spend more hours than ever in front of screens instead of outside. <P> Fourth graders can log onto the website at <a href=""></a> and complete a fun educational activity in order to obtain and print their pass. Students can also trade in their paper pass for a more durable pass at participating federal sites nationwide. <P> Educators and community leaders can access educational activities, field trip options, and the ability to print passes for their classrooms. Parents visiting the new website can find additional links for more information on planning trips to nearby public lands. <P> By introducing fourth graders to public lands in their backyards and beyond at an early age, Every Kid in a Park is a crucial component of a multi-pronged approach to inspire the next generation to discover all that our nation’s public lands and waters have to offer, including opportunities to be active, spend time with friends and family, and serve as living classrooms to build critical skills. <P> The Every Kid in a Park program is an Administration-wide effort administered in partnership with the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. <P> The Every Kid in a Park program is designed to continue each year with the then-current group of fourth graders. After twelve years, every school-age child in America will have had an opportunity to visit their public land and waters for free, inspiring the next generation to be stewards of our nation’s shared natural and cultural heritage. <P> The New Melones Lake Visitor Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, please call the New Melones Lake Administration Office at 209-536-9094, ext. 0. <P> In addition to New Melones Lake, Lake Berryessa in Napa, California, and the American River Water Education Center at Folsom Dam are participating in the Every Kid in a Park program. Please contact Lake Berryessa at 707-966-2111, ext. 0, and the American River Water Education Center at 916-989-7132 or 916-989-7100 to learn more. <P> For more information, please visit <a href=""></a>, and follow the program on Twitter @everykidinapark, on <a href="">Facebook</a>, on <a href="">Instagram</a> and <a href="">Youtube</a>. For additional information on New Melones Lake, please visit our <a href="">website</a> and participate in the conversation on Reclamation’s <a href="">Facebook</a>, <a href="">Instagram</a> and <a href="">Twitter</a>. <P> Reclamation Summer Interns Share Work With Colleagues
As the school season starts back up in full swing, college students worldwide will go back to their respected learning institutions to discuss their summer internships. However, Reclamation’s interns took their experiences to a whole new level by participating in the “Second Annual Reclamation Intern Poster Contest,” which showcased the work done by the 23 student interns at Reclamation. <P> Reclamation employees judged the students’ posters and then awarded the students with the best poster presentation and best printed poster. Student interns also took part in the voting process for the student choice award. <P> The winners of this year’s poster contest were: <P> <blockquote>Best Poster Presentation: Juan Vela (California State University, Northridge) for his poster on Whiskeytown Dam Intake Structure Bulkhead <P> Best Printed Poster: Zach Jordan (Purdue University) for Passivation of Zinc Anodes in Natural Freshwaters <P> Student Choice Award: Prospero Gonzalez (California State University, Fresno) for Arkansas Valley Conduit</blockquote> <P> Topics for the posters ranged from laboratory materials testing to security requirements and invasive mussels to all aspects of Reclamation project engineering work and more. <P> A description of each poster is listed below. <P> <strong>Abstracts</strong> <P> <strong>Riley Bair, Oklahoma State University - Freeze/ Thaw Testing</strong> <br /> The Corps of Engineers is adding on to a section of Isabella Lake Dam and needed the Bureau’s facilities to help test different aggregates. Aggregate testing is a crucial part of concrete design. Due to an extremely wide variety of aggregate choices, it is usual to test several different kinds to find which one will work best for the application. Durability is a large factor in determining what to use and freeze/thaw testing as defined by ASTM C666 is one of the best methods to use. This poster will cover procedure and results. <P> <strong>Matthew Becker, Colorado School of Mines - Underwater Concrete Repair: Testing and Results</strong> <br /> A major problem with concrete structures such as canals and dams is that over time they can crack and begin to leak. The project attempts to address this problem by applying polyurethane grouts underwater to seal the cracks. The project is split into four parts: making specimens, constructing the test frame, testing the specimens and interpreting the results. I will be presenting the testing and the results. This includes describing the test procedure as well as the effect that each test variable had on repairing the crack and sealing the leak. The results of the test will be used to provide real world recommendations and applications for using polyurethane grouts underwater. <P> <strong>Marianna Brown, Benedictine College - Security Requirements</strong> <br /> In any Reclamation office, organization and accessibility of information is essential. Communication between area offices, SSLE, and the Department of the Interior can often times become lost in translation or confusing. My project consists of organizing minimum security requirements meant for area security officers to comply to and presenting them in a way that facilities can use. Proper presentation and organization of this information can make completion of these security requirements easier and quicker to complete which, in turn, reinforces public and government safety and security. <P> <strong>Maria De la Piedra Yanes, Rice University - El Vado Dam: Construction Flood Routing</strong> <br /> The El Vado reservoir stores water for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) which is used for irrigation, recreation, and flood control. The dam currently has a service spillway that is in need of reconstruction. Various construction floods were routed and evaluated in order to determine if construction of a temporary coffer dam would be necessary to allow for the reconstruction of the spillway. The flood routing results show that the risks of the construction area becoming flooded are acceptable without the construction of a coffer dam. <P> <strong>Prospero Gonzalez, California State University, Fresno - Arkansas Valley Conduit</strong> <br /> The Arkansas Valley Conduit Project will help provide high quality water to Southeastern Colorado communities. Currently these communities use groundwater wells to supply most of their drinking water needs. Recently it was found that the groundwater contains cancer-causing radioactive contaminants such as naturally occurring radium and uranium. Also, some of the ground water contains dissolved salts, which cause taste and odor issues in the water. The purpose of the project is to help water providers supply high quality water that meet EPA and state water quality requirements for these communities. In this poster I will provide more information about the project, as well as the work I have done to contribute to it. <P> <strong>Scott Haisma, Metropolitan State University of Denver - Quagga Mussels and Reclamation</strong> <br /> In the waters of the U.S., there is an invasive species of mussels plaguing Reclamation facilities. They settle in pipes, and prevent natural water flow. Therefore, research is being performed on the most cost efficient and low maintenance solution to this issue. A solution thought up involves the use of turbulence and a hypothesis stating that the size of an eddy (a circular current of water) determines its ability to kill/damage/prevent quagga mussels. The results of the current test being performed at Davis Dam will determine the effectiveness of turbulence as a solution in preventing veliger (baby mussel) settlement; with success, the applications are endless. <P> <strong>Lora Hoopes, Colorado School of Mines - Soil Compaction</strong> <br /> The purpose of this informational poster is to illustrate the compaction test for cohesive and granular soils. This is important to many engineering applications because soil compaction increases the bearing capacity of structures such as foundations, earth dams, and embankments by increasing the strength of the supporting soil mass. There are several methods of performing the laboratory compaction test that are analogous to field compaction procedures. The selected method is largely dependent on soil type. <P> <strong>Nick Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology - Pueblo Dam Crack Seal Material Testing</strong> <br /> Pueblo is one of the many dams that is owned and operated by Reclamation. Recently, there have been leaks taking place at Pueblo. A hydrophilic material called CYLutions has been developed by Emagineered Solutions that is believed to be the best current waterstop system. Before Reclamation decides to implement this material at Pueblo Dam, it has to undergo a series of tests to get an idea of its behavior. My primary objective was to conduct a saturation test as well as set up an apparatus for a wet-dry test on CYLutions. <P> <strong>Zach Jordan, Purdue University - Passivation of Zinc Anodes in Natural Freshwaters</strong> <br /> In corrosion-prone environments, sacrificial anode cathodic protection may be used to mitigate corrosion of steel structures. Due to its active nature, zinc can be used as an anode to steel. However, in some environments, zinc can passivate, or form a protective oxide layer around itself, and lose its ability to protect the structure. Due to the complex chemical makeup of some fresh waters, predicting passivation can be difficult. This project will develop potentiodynamic polarization tests to determine if or when zinc anodes will passivate in varying fresh water mediums. This will result in a predictive method for using zinc anodes in sacrificial anode cathodic protection systems. <P> <strong>Katie Kerstiens, Colorado School of Mines - Invasive Mussels</strong> <br /> Zebra and quagga mussels are invasive species in the US. They damage operation of water storage, water delivery, and hydropower structures as well as causing harm to other aquatic ecosystems. The lab I work in (Reclamation Detection Laboratory for Exotic Species) concentrates on early detection of these mussels, this mainly encompasses microscopy. As well as early detection, the lab follows mussel count and water health in known positive bodies of water to try and better understand these mussels. My poster will be an overview of the steps taken for early detection. <P> <strong>Keturah Kiper, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville - Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy: Field Test Accuracy & Precision</strong> <br /> Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) testing is used in many laboratories to evaluate the performance of durable coatings on steel substrates. EIS shows how permeable a coating is to water and ions at the time of measurement. EIS provides useful information for researchers to evaluate the performance of a coating; however, researchers hope to use EIS to predict the service life of different industrial protective coatings. However, researchers have yet to be successful in using EIS as a consistently accurate predictive test. Reclamation is currently improving its action plan as a result of recent advances in the EIS technology and a growing need to prepare, to maintenance and to improve the water infrastructures. <P> <strong>Scott D. Monesmith, University of Colorado, Denver - Security As-Built Drawings</strong> <br /> Field offices need to have workable as-built drawings because technical drawings can be difficult for laymen to read. Because some of the facilities security components were migrated from one security system to another, they need updating so the operators can better identify the component(s) affected when a problem arises. This project will update the as-built drawings to make them easier to use in the field by using AutoCAD. This update will result in better communication between field offices and the Denver office by allowing diagnosis from the field to be more accurate and timelier. <P> <strong>Kerry Muenchow, Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Corrosion and Electric Fish Barriers</strong> <br /> Electric fish barriers are used to control fish movement, protecting endangered species from adverse effects due to dams, hydropower plants, pumping plants, canals, etc. While these barriers are effective in controlling fish movement, there is potential for these barriers to cause interference with nearby electronics or structures and can lead to heightened levels of corrosion on these structures. This project explores this potential interference issue from the electric fish barriers in addition to considering whether cathodic protection systems used to mitigate corrosion may cause interference with the electric fish barriers. It is recommended that further research is performed on how cathodic protection systems may be used to minimize any heightened corrosion on nearby structures without interfering with the electric system of the barriers. <P> <strong>Jachin Myers, Fort Valley State University - Cathodic Protection</strong> <br /> When metal structures are placed in the environment, they often begin to corrode. Corrosion is a natural process in which refined metal is converted into their more stable oxide. It is the gradual destruction of materials by chemical reaction with their environment. Cathodic Protection (CP) is a technique used to control the corrosion of a metal surface by making it the cathode of an electro chemical cell. In order for corrosion to occur on a structure that is submerged, four things must be present: an anode (corroding metal), a cathode (non-corroding metal), an electrolyte (water with dissolved salts or soil), a metallic return path between the two metals (the steel pipe). There are two types of systems for CP: Impressed Current and Sacrificial Anode. Both systems achieve the same goal of converting anodic (active) sites to cathodic (passive) sites by supplying electrical current, or free electrons, from an alternate source. This project will highlight the differences between both methods of CP and focus on test stations along the Mini Wiconi Pipeline as a case study. <P> <strong>Samantha Prince, Doane College - Mixture Proportioning of Concrete</strong> <br /> This poster will look into the difference between concrete cylinders verse concrete cores and what engineers are looking for from the different tests. In addition, it will describe how concrete mix designs are created and what is important to add into the mixture. Using available materials, mix designs are developed to create specimens for testing and build structures. Either concrete specimens made in the lab or obtain from the field will help engineers gain data. <P> <strong>Jeremy Schuster, Colorado State University - Future Performance Monitoring</strong> <br /> Every six or seven years, high risk dams require measurements from instruments to monitor seepage, tilt, liquid pressure, and other variables. Some of the instruments used are hydraulic piezometers, inclinometers, and hydrostatic pressure indicators. The project is to compare data from comprehensive facility review (CFR) hard copies with the data on the program “DAMS Client”. The analysis includes confirming that the data is correct on the program and creating scatter plots as representation. The data primarily revolves around the performance parameters that included minimum and maximum expected performance expectations for future monitoring of dams. The project confirms the minimums and maximums to insure that future data is acceptable. <P> <strong>Logan Thompson, University of Wyoming - Embankment Breach Research</strong> <br /> The Bureau of Reclamation manages many embankment dams across the western United States, some which date back to the early 1900’s. One of the issues that the Bureau deals with these structures is the erosion from either an imperfection in the structure of the dam or from the constant pressure of the water over time. In order to know how to handle this issue- both in terms of risk assessment and engineering fixes, one must first understand how a certain material will erode under given conditions once a concentrated leak has initiated. We plan on breaching such a homogenous embankment dam, in- house, to therefore observe the geometry and progression of the erosion on the material. This work will then be applied to then formulate a reference point to apply to similar dams in the field. <P> <strong>Mark Travers, Red Rocks Community College - Photogrammetry for Sheer Plane Measurements</strong> <br /> Shear tests are indispensable in the study of rock, soil, and concrete. Unfortunately, due to limitations in measurement methods, the shear test lacks several significantly helpful pieces of data. The goal of this project is to utilize photogrammetry to create a computer model of both sides of a shear specimen. This model will be processed in order to perform several previously impossible measurements on the shear surfaces. One of these measurements will include the area of contact between the broken samples. Also, by extracting one or more cross-sections from the model, it will be possible to calculate a Joint Roughness Coefficient (JRC) of the shear plane. This process will aid materials engineers tremendously and provide otherwise inaccessible data. <P> <strong>Juan Vela, California State University, Northridge - Whiskeytown Dam-Intake Structure- Bulkhead</strong> <br /> Whiskeytown Dam, constructed in 1964, is located in Shasta County, California and is part of the Central Valley project. The current project for the dam is to provide two fully functioning bulkhead gates. This poster will present the design work that was done to create the modifications for the existing bulkhead assembly. The design work includes designs, drawings, as well as calculations. To create a fully operational bulkhead we recommended adding an air vent, safety plate, ball valve, hole cover plate, and new seals to the assembly. <P> <strong>Ariel Voit, University of Colorado, Denver - Fly Ash and its Applications</strong> <br /> The ingredients of a concrete mixture are vital to the success of any concrete structure. Fly ash was once considered waste from coal burning; however, it began its journey in the concrete industry as a cost effective alternative cementitious ingredient. Currently, the price has increased due to demand and restriction on coal burning, but is now considered a staple of concrete mixture to some. The benefits of these fine particles have helped several structures maintain a longer lifespan. Fly ash alters the concrete world because of its price and benefits. <P> <strong>James Waller, Colorado State University - Underwater Concrete Repair</strong> <br /> The Central Arizona Project is a 336 mile canal that diverts water from the Colorado River. There are cracks in the concrete along the canal that need to be sealed to prevent abundant losses of water. My poster presentation is to find a way to inject polyurethane grout into the crack underwater without using divers or draining the canal. The project consists of: sample preparation, test frame construction, testing the samples, and analyzing the results. I will be presenting on the sample preparation and test frame construction; Matthew Becker will be presenting on specimen testing, analysis, and results. If successful, the cracks will be sealed and loss of water will be negligible. <P> <strong>Kelsi Whitesell, University of Colorado - Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System Feasibility Study</strong> <br /> Assisting with the redo of quantities to reduce the cost using ArcGIS, Google Earth, etc. Look at the data and find the existing hydrants (if possible) in Google Earth. How much of the land pipe is crossing is registered to be Pueblo or private land and separate the costs accordingly. Pull quantities of how much 6”, 8” etc pipe there is and sort it by pueblo or private ownership. Look at transmission and distribution lines to find percentage of open cross country vs congested areas (crossing road, following the utilities, etc) that the pipe is crossing. <P> <P> Reclamation Seeks Comments on Contracting and Charges for Non-Project Use of Excess Capacity in Reclamation Facilities
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking comments on two draft policy updates on contracting and charges for non-project use of excess water capacity in Reclamation facilities. <P> When Reclamation has space available in its reservoirs or delivery systems, it can make that extra space (“excess capacity”) available for non-Reclamation project water storage and transport. <P> The draft policy, Contracting for Non-Project Use of Excess Capacity in Reclamation Project Facilities" (PEC 05-10), establishes the requirements for contracting for the use of excess capacity in Reclamation facilities, including identifying appropriate contracting authorities and addressing major rehabilitation and replacement needs of Reclamation facilities. <P> The draft policy, Charges for Non-Project Use of Excess Capacity in Bureau of Reclamation Project Facilities (PEC 05-11), promotes consistency and transparency of contract rates and helps ensure federal taxpayers are receiving a fair return for the value of the service provided. <P> These draft policies are new releases and supersede the provisions of the current Reclamation Manual Directives and Standards, Use of Excess Capacity in Reclamation Projects for the Impoundment, Storage, and Carriage of Non-Project Water, WTR 04-01. <P> The Reclamation Manual establishes requirements, assigns program responsibilities and establishes and documents business methods. <P> Please direct all comments or questions to Yolanda Smith at, by September 30, 2015. <P> Reclamation Seeks Comments on Peer Review of Scientific Information and Assessments Policy
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment on a draft policy for Peer Review of Scientific Information. It establishes Reclamation's policy for review of scientific information. It is available for review at <P> Specifically the policy (<a href="">CMP P14</a>) will: <P> <ul> <li>Establish a peer review policy for Reclamation,</li> <li>Enhance the quality of scientific information disseminated by Reclamation, and</li> <li>Increase credibility of decisions to which scientific information contributes.</li> </ul> <P> This draft policy will replace a temporary policy for peer review and scientific information and assessments that has been in place since 2011. It also fulfills the requirements of the Office of Management and Budget Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review and implementation of the Information Quality Act. <P> The Reclamation Manual is used to establish Reclamation requirements, assign program responsibility and establish and document Reclamation methods of doing business. <P> Comments or questions may be directed to Reclamation Science Advisor David A. Raff, Ph.D., at Comments must be received by Reclamation by Sept. 12, 2015. <P> Reclamation Selects 23 Projects Totaling $5.2 Million to Build Drought Resiliency in Nine States
WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López has announced the selection of 23 projects to receive grants totaling $5.2 million for proactive drought planning and other efforts to build long-term drought resiliency in nine states in the West. <P> "The western United States has faced an unprecedented drought this year and will face many more water challenges in the future," Commissioner López said. "This funding will help the selected communities prepare for future droughts." <P> Through a competitive process, Reclamation selected 12 drought resiliency projects and 11 drought contingency planning projects in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Washington. <P> Drought resiliency projects, also referred to as ‘mitigation actions,’ help communities prepare for and respond to drought. The 12 drought resiliency projects will receive a total of $3.4 million. <P> Of the $3.4 million set aside for drought resiliency projects, the Merced Irrigation District in California will receive $297,977 to develop a real-time simulation water management model that will help the district analyze, predict and respond to drought conditions. The district will also install two weather stations and two river gage stations to collect water supply data on precipitation, flows, temperature and system losses. <P> Drought contingency plans help communities recognize drought in its early stages, identify the effects of drought and conduct drought prevention activities. Reclamation also selected 11 drought contingency planning projects to receive a total of $1.8 million. <P> In California, $200,000 is going to the East Bay Municipal Utility District for the Bay Area Regional Reliability Drought Contingency Plan. The utility district will work with other regional water management agencies within the Bay Area to develop a drought contingency plan to improve water supply reliability during times of shortage. <P> For more than 100 years, Reclamation and its partners have worked to develop a sustainable water and power future for the West. This drought response program is part of the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART Program, which focuses on improving water conservation and sustainability, while helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. <P> To find out more information about the WaterSMART program, visit <a href=""></a>. For more about the Reclamation’s Drought Response Program or selected projects, please visit <a href=""></a>. <P> Commissioner Estevan López Discusses Drought in Western United States
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The Bureau of Reclamation is making Project Construction Cost and Repayment Statements available by request. <P> Reclamation has been accumulating construction cost and repayment data since the first reimbursable project began and created the Statement of Project Construction Cost and Repayment (SPCCR) to capture cost and repayment data by project, for internal use only. However, these are now available by request. <P> To request the statement for your project, please contact the respective regional finance officer. <P> <ul> <li>Pacific Northwest Region - Jaime Vazquez at 208-378-5070 or <a href=""></a></li> <li>Mid-Pacific Region - Sherry Beasley at 916-978-5382 or <a href=""></a></li> <li>Lower Colorado Region - Brian Sorenson at 702-293-8530 or <a href=""></a></li> <li>Upper Colorado Region - Shara Hillier at 801-524-3660 or <a href=""></a></li> <li>Great Plains Region - Pam Rohde at 406-247-7675 or <a href=""></a></li> </ul> <P> You may also send an <a href="">email to Reclamation</a> with the name of the project and your request will be routed to the correct office. <P> To learn more about the SPCCR you may read the <a href="">Reclamation Manual</a> on the subject. <P> <P> Bureau of Reclamation Awards $1.49 Million for Nine Desalination and Water Purification Research Projects
DENVER - The Bureau of Reclamation selected nine projects to receive $1.49 million under its Desalination and Water Purification Research Program. Reclamation’s funding will support almost $13.5 million in research. <P> “Improving desalination and water purification across the West is crucial to providing affordable, clean and sustainable water supplies for American communities,” said Commissioner Estevan López. “These projects represent a small portion of the many worthy proposals we have received. The president's budget request for Fiscal Year 2016 includes a 19 percent increase over this year’s budget and, if approved, this amount would be a big step forward for more projects to receive funding next year. ” <P> Research laboratory projects are small-scale projects used to determine if a process is feasible. Funding is provided for one year and is capped at $150,000 per project. New projects are: <P> <ul> <li>Carollo Engineers - $150,000 (California): “Identifying Factors to Increase the Membrane Life in a Seeded Slurry Environment”</li> <li>Regents of the University of California - $150,000 (California): “Overcoming Operating Pressure Barrier in High Recovery Membrane Desalination via Hybrid RO-NF Processes”</li> <li>Vanderbilt University - $145,471 (Tennessee): “Omniphobic Membrane for Robust and Versatile Membrane Distillation Desalination”</li> <li>WateReuse Research Foundation – Hazen and Sawyer - $98,905 (New York): “Developing a Methodology for a Comprehensive Analysis of Alternative Water Supply Projects Compared to Direct Potable Reuse”</li> <li>WateReuse Research Foundation – University of Arizona and Black & Veatch - $150,000 (Arizona): “Integrating Management of Sensor Data for a Real Time Decision Making and Response System”</li> </ul> <P> Pilot-scale projects follow research studies that demonstrate how technology works. They determine the physical viability and suitability of a process on a larger scale. New projects are: <P> <ul> <li>Padre Dam Municipal Water District - $200,000 (California): “Maximizing Product Water through Brine Minimization: Innovative Recovery RO Testing”</li> <li>WateReuse Research Foundation – City of San Diego, CA - $200,000 (California): “Realizing Reverse Osmosis Potential for Potable Reuse: Demonstrating Enhanced Pathogen Removal”</li> </ul> <P> If the selected pilot projects complete a sufficient amount of work in the first year, they may receive additional funding for a second year. Pilot projects on their second year of funding are: <P> <ul> <li>New Mexico State University - $199,974 (New Mexico): “Demonstration of Monovalent Selective Ion Exchange Membranes for Desalination and Reuse Enhancement”</li> <li>San Diego County Water Authority - $200,000 (California): “Pilot Testing Program for the Proposed Camp Pendleton Seawater Desalination Project”</li> </ul> <P> Reclamation received 53 full proposals, having a combined request of $9.6 million in federal funding. These proposals leveraged $18.2 million in non-federal funding. Of the nine projects selected to receive funding, two are continuing pilot projects from Fiscal Year 2014, three are new pilot-scale projects and five are new lab-scale projects. The program is open for academia, private sector, non-profit entities, state and local entities and municipalities to apply. <P> Using testing and new advanced water treatment technologies, the DWPR Program helps Reclamation and its partners identify widening imbalances between supply and demand in western water basins. <P> The DWPR Program priorities are (1) overcoming technical, economic and social barriers for direct and/or indirect potable reuse treatment, (2) novel processes and/or materials to treat impaired waters, and (3) concentrate management solutions leading to concentrate volume minimization for inland brackish desalination. <P> To learn more about Reclamation's Advanced Water Treatment activities, please visit: <P> <P> Commissioner Estevan López's Priority for Reclamation
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<div class="fluid-video"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <P> DENVER - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking innovative fish tracking technologies in its first Prize Challenge Competition. The competition, which runs until August 26, will award a total of $20,000 in prize money for solutions that reduce costs and improve fish tracking methods. <P> “Discovering new concepts and technologies significantly improves our ability to monitor threatened and endangered fish species and their ecosystems,” said Commissioner Estevan López. “This search for new fish tracking methods gives us a way to collaborate with private industries and the public to find innovative and creative solutions to problems we all currently face.” <P> With many fish species swimming through our rivers and waterways, effective tracking methods are vital to monitoring ecosystem health and recovering threatened and endangered fish species. Current fish tracking methods rely on capturing and handling fish to implant or attach tags. The process of attaching tags is costly and complex, and can also stress fish. While research communities have explored advancements to these technologies, Reclamation’s Prize Challenge Competition encourages breakthrough ideas by inviting innovative solutions from a national community. <P> Reliable, affordable detection and tracking provides vital information about how many fish are present, where and why mortality occurs, and where and why species thrive. This enables program managers to pursue targeted and more effective actions that can reduce mortality rates, improve habitat and increase survival rates. Addressing the need for improved technology will have practical applications for both federal, state and private industries. “Reclamation’s science and engineering expertise is known throughout the world, but we can benefit from innovative ideas from individuals with varied specialties, backgrounds and industries,” said Science Advisor David Raff. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation collaborated with the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to design the prize competition. Submitted solutions will be evaluated by a panel of judges composed of scientists, engineers and telemetry experts from the private sector, tribal nations, Reclamation and other collaborating federal agencies. <P> Reclamation recently partnered with U.S. Agency for International Development to host the Desal Prize Competition at its Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico. With a total of 68 applications from 29 countries, the competition has advanced desalination technologies for rural areas. <P> The winners of the first Prize Challenge Competition will be announced by November 9, 2015. To submit your ideas, please visit <P> <P> Five Things to Do for Fourth of July Weekend
There are many places to go celebrate Fourth of July this weekend, but here is a list of five events happening at or near a Bureau of Reclamation facility: <P> 1. Boulder City, Nev.—The 2015 Boulder City Damboree parade and fireworks show takes place on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. Festival goers should get into position by 8:30 a.m. Along the parade route, there is a “wet zone” where the exchange of cooling streams of water is allowed. Dress in red, white and blue and plan to get wet! Also, be sure to look up and take notice of the flyover featuring pilots from the Boulder City Veteran's Flying Group. And then at 6 p.m., head over to Veteran’s Memorial Park for food, music, and fireworks! For more information, contact Wittig at (702) 293-8088, Lisa Cronister at (702) 293-8492, or Marc Maynard at (702) 293-8344. <P> 2. Grand Coulee, Wash.—Free Admission to the Festival of America happening July 3-4, 2015 in the park below the Grand Coulee Visitor Center. This fireworks display off the top of the Grand Coulee Dam is voted "Best of Show" for Washington State. Friday and Saturday features arts and crafts, food, and live music nightly. On the evening of July 4th, immediately following the nightly laser light show, the fireworks display will be launched off the top of the Dam. For more information, visit <a href="<a href=""></a>. <P> 3. Sonora, Calif.—Visit New Melones Lake over the Fourth of July weekend and enjoy its many recreational opportunities. The Glory Hole Recreation Area (4 a.m. to 11 p.m.) offers many hiking and biking trails to explore. The Ironhorse and Big Oak Campgrounds, along with the Osprey Point and Black Bart Day Use Areas, are open for camping, picnicking and shore fishing. Unimproved lake access for car-top or small boats is available at Glory Hole Point (four-wheel drive is recommended for boat launching). <P> On Saturday, July 4th, at 7:30 p.m., visitors are invited to the Glory Hole Amphitheater to join in the fun playing Reclamation's version of JEOPARDY! Park Rangers will divide participants into teams and test their knowledge of the lake’s history and wildlife. This activity is free and does not require reservations. Participants will be issued a parking pass for the duration of the event. In the Tuttletown Recreation Area (4 a.m. to 11 p.m.) the Manzanita Campground and the Heron Point, Eagle Point and Lupine Day Use Areas are open. Tuttletown offers eight miles of hiking and biking trails through oak woodlands. An RV dump station is available for a fee. The Acorn and Chamise Campgrounds and the Tuttletown Launch Ramp are closed. The New Melones Lake Marina, located in the Glory Hole Recreation Area, offers boat rentals, boat slips, marine fuel, a retail store and other services. For updated marina service information, please visit the marina's website at The Mark Twain Day Use Area (6:30 a.m. to sunset on weekdays and holiday weekends; 7:30 a.m. to sunset on non-holiday weekends) is great for fishing, hiking and picnicking. Campsites are available by reservation and on a first-come, first served basis. To make a reservation, visit, or call (877) 444-6777. For a listing of New Melones fees, please visit <a href=""></a>. <P> 4. Estes Park, Colo.—The Independence Day Weekend Celebration kicks off on Friday, July 3, with the Estes Park Board of REALTORS and the PBR hosting the evening. Walker Williams will entertain the crowd with music. Kids can enjoy activities such as human bowling, face painting and a photo booth. There will also be a pig roast and bull riding. On Saturday, July 4, check out the car show featuring 100 "Steam-to-Electric" on display at the new Estes Park Events Complex, at the Stanley Park Fairgrounds. Along with steam and electric cars, other street rods, stock cars, muscle cars, sports cars, vintage and classic cars will be on display. At 7 p.m., the Estes Village Band tunes up for its annual patriotic concert featuring the works of John Philip Sousa and others. The concert is free to attend and will be held at the Performance Park Amphitheater, at the west end of downtown. <P> The Fireworks Show starts at 9:30 p.m. over Lake Estes. Find a grassy spot at Stanley Park, along the Lake Estes Trail, or on the mountainside. For more information, visit <a href=""></a>. <P> 5. City of Boise, Idaho—The city of Boise and media sponsors Idaho Statesman, 6 on Your Side, and 107.1 K-HITS are putting on the 9th annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration, Saturday, July 4, in Ann Morrison Park. There will be live music and entertainment, a chalk art festival that highlights featured local artists who donate their time to create wonderful works of art, children’s bike rodeo and parade, and a day of family fun. For more information, visit: <a href=""></a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> Minidoka Dam Spillway Completion Ceremony
The Minidoka Dam Spillway Completion Ceremony was held Wednesday May 27, 2015. Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López, visiting from Washington D.C., was the keynote speaker. The event marked completion of a four-year construction effort to modernize and straighten the spillway, and replace two irrigation headworks. <P> Other speakers at the event included Pacific Northwest Regional Director Lorri Lee, President of the Idaho Water Users Association Dan Darrington (representing both the Burley and Minidoka Irrigation Districts), USDA Rural Development State Director Wally Hedrick, and Ms. Samantha Marshall (representing Idaho’s congressional delegation of Senator’s Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and Representative Mike Simpson). The event was open to the public and approximately 200 people attended. <P> With the completion of the spillway, many traditional fishing and wading areas that were closed to the public during construction are now open. Recreation zones are clearly marked. Please follow all safety guidelines for a safe and enjoyable visit. <P> <P> Bureau of Reclamation Provides $1.5 Million for River Basin Studies about How to Meet Future Water Demands
WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López announced today that Reclamation will use $1.5 million to partner with water managers in Arizona, California and New Mexico to conduct comprehensive water studies. This funding will help complete two basin studies and develop plans of study for two more. <P> "Reclamation and its partners are confronting widening imbalances between demand and supply in basins throughout the West," said López. "Working collaboratively with stakeholders within each respective basin, we can use the latest science and data to develop options that will achieve a sustainable water supply." <P> Reclamation selected the Salinas and Carmel River Basins in California and Lower Santa Cruz River Basin in Arizona as subjects for basin studies. A basin study is a comprehensive study that defines options for meeting future water demands in river basins in the western United States where imbalances in water supply and demand exist or are projected to exist in the future. <P> Reclamation will make $950,000 available for the Salinas and Carmel River Basins that will be matched with $1.16 million from the study partners. These California basins encompass 4,500 square miles with a population of 370,000 people and include the protected Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The two basins also include 250,000 acres of agricultural land and have a combined economic output estimated to be $11 billion annually. Through the basin study an integrated hydrologic model will be developed that identifies the risks and potential impacts of climate change on future water resources. It will then highlight options and adaptation strategies for helping to achieve a sustainable water supply. <P> In the Lower Santa Cruz River Basin, Reclamation will provide $392,750, which will be matched by the study partner, the Southern Arizona Water Users Association. The Lower Santa Cruz River Basin encompasses 3,869 square miles in southeast Arizona and has a population of approximately 980,000 people, most of whom reside in the Tucson metropolitan area. The region heavily relies on water from the Central Arizona Project and, due to the ongoing drought, is seeing declines in the groundwater supply. An annual deficit of 250,000 acre-feet is projected by 2025. The basin study will identify the water resources needed to mitigate climate change impacts and improve water reliability for municipal, agricultural and environmental demands. <P> Two basins were selected to develop a plan of study. A plan of study helps a cost-share partner - such as a local water district - define the outcomes and set the scope and focus for a potential future basin study. Reclamation will develop the plans of study with each cost-share partner. <P> The two plans of study are: <P> <ul> <li>Middle Rio Grande - federal funding: $84,000; non-federal funding $89,000</li> <li>Mojave River Basin - federal funding: $75,000; non-federal funding: $75,000</li> </ul> <P> Reclamation's share of the study costs may be used only to support work done by Reclamation or its contractors. The non-federal partners in a basin study must contribute at least 50 percent of the total study cost in non-federal funding or in-kind services. Non-federal partners typically include state and city agencies, municipal water districts and flood control and irrigation districts. Since 2009, total federal funding for the Basin Study Program is $17.5 million. <P> The Basin Study Program is part of the WaterSMART Program. 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. To learn more about WaterSMART, please visit <a href=""></a>. <P> To learn more about the Basin Study Program or the projects announced today, please visit <a href=""></a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> Bureau of Reclamation Selects New Mexico State University for Unmanned Aircraft System Inspection of Elephant Butte Dam
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation has selected New Mexico State University to be the lead subject matter expert to perform the first Reclamation dam inspection using an unmanned aircraft system. This aeronautical research project will occur at Elephant Butte Dam in New Mexico. Reclamation is providing New Mexico State $35,000 to assist in the project. <P> New Mexico State University will work with Reclamation staff to develop the concept of operations, address safety requirements, select the unmanned aircraft system and appropriate sensors, validate flight procedures and perform the inspection. <P> The research project will determine the applicability of unmanned aircraft systems as a tool for infrastructure inspection using light detection and ranging (LIDAR), infrared (IR), photogrammetry and HD video. It will help Reclamation determine potential issues with the dams' infrastructure including concrete cracks, spalls and other subsurface defects including moisture where it should not be, and any erosion or other topographical changes to the dam and spillway. <P> The flight will take place in the next couple of months. <P> Reclamation's Research and Development Program are funding this project. It focuses on researching innovative, workable solutions to challenging water and power management issues in the western United States. It provides solutions for Reclamation water and facility managers and the stakeholders they serve. To learn more, please visit <a href=""></a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> Basin Studies Provide Options for Communities to Meet Future Water Needs in the Western United States
WASHINGTON, D.C - The Bureau of Reclamation today announced the latest in a series of river basin studies that examine the growing imbalance between available supply, increasing needs and projected demand due to climate change in the western United States. <P> Studies have been completed in the Colorado River Basin, Lower Rio Grande, Milk-St. Mary Rivers, Santa Ana Watershed, Yakima River and the most recently completed Henrys Fork Basin in southeastern Idaho. <P> "Basin Studies are an important tool for Reclamation and its partners to have a clear understanding of the projected demands and supplies in local basins in the West," Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López said. "Through collaboration, proposed solutions are developed to close the gap between supply and demand, especially in the light of climate change." <P> The Henrys Fork of the Snake River, located in eastern Idaho, provides irrigation water for more than 280,000 acres, sustains a world-class trout fishery and is home for native Yellowstone cutthroat trout. <P> The purpose of this basin study is to assist state and local planning efforts by exploring options for meeting the complex water supply and management challenges in the basin, meeting the goals of the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan and Idaho State Water Plan, as well as identifying risks posed to water supply by climate change and opportunities to mitigate those risks. <P> Reclamation and the Idaho Water Resource Board prepared the Henrys Fork Basin Study while working with the Henrys Fork Watershed Council. The Henrys Fork Basin Study final report includes alternatives, which provide the Idaho Water Resource Board, and other interested stakeholders including conservation groups, irrigators, and other agencies options to meet the water demands in the future. <P> This basin study was conducted as part of WaterSMART. 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. <P> Basin studies are comprehensive water studies that define options for meeting future water demands in river basins in the western United States where imbalances in water supply and demand exist or are projected to exist. Through these studies, Reclamation collaborates with non-federal cost-share partners to help ensure sustainable water supplies in the West. <P> For more information see <a href=""></a>. <P> <P> <P>