Great Plains Region Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47931 Reclamation Announces Meetings on Crow MR&I Water Supply Project
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Bureau of Reclamation's Great Plains Region, in cooperation with the Crow Tribe, today announced times and locations of public open houses for Crow Tribe Municipal, Rural, and Industrial Water Supply Project (MR&I Project). <P> "I'm pleased we are engaging with the public on this vital project," said Michael Ryan, Great Plains Regional Director. "This is an opportunity for folks to share their input and help the Crow Tribe and Reclamation make the best decisions possible." <P> The open houses are part of the scoping process for an environmental review of the construction of the MR&I project under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). <P> <table width="460" border="0" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1"> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top">Public open houses will be held at:<br><br></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">St. Xavier:</td> <td>Big Horn District Hall<br />Monday, September 22<br />6 to 8 p.m.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">Crow Agency:</td> <td>Black Lodge/Center Lodge (Reno) Multi-Purpose Building<br />Tuesday, September 23<br />6 to 8 p.m.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">Lodge Grass:</td> <td>Valley of the Chiefs/Mighty Few City Hall<br />Monday, September 29<br />6 to 8 p.m.</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">Pryor:</td> <td>Arrow Creek Community Hall<br />Tuesday, September 30<br />6 to 8 p.m.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2">An open house for government agencies will be held at:<br><br></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">Billings:</td> <td>Bureau of Reclamation Office<br />Red River Room #206<br />2021 4th Avenue North, Billings, MT, 59101<br />Tuesday, September 30<br />1 p.m. to 3 p.m.</td> </tr> </table> <P> The open houses will be hosted by Reclamation, the Crow Tribe, and the Tribe's contractor, Bartlett & West. <P> Representatives for the project will be on hand to provide project information, answer questions, and take comments from the public and agencies. Information on the environmental analysis for the project is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/nepa/cmri/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/gp/nepa/cmri/index.html</a>. <P> Scoping comments will be accepted through October 31, 2014. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47926 Reclamation to Begin Annual Drawdown of Alcova Reservoir
MILLS, Wyo. -- The annual drawdown of Alcova Reservoir will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 1, according to Acting Wyoming Area Manager Lyle D. Myler. <P> During October, the reservoir water surface elevation will be lowered about 10 feet, at a rate of approximately four inches per day. The reservoir's normal winter operating range is between 5,487 and 5,489 feet. <P> "Water released in the drawdown of Alcova Reservoir will be restored downstream in Glendo Reservoir," Myler said. <P> Boat owners and recreationists should be aware of the declining level of Alcova Reservoir and take proper precautions. For more information about the Alcova drawdown, please contact Mahonri Williams at 307-261-5624. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47907 Reclamation Lowers Guernsey Reservoir
MILLS, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyo., will be lowering the water level in Guernsey Reservoir as the 2014 irrigation season draws to a close, according to Lyle D. Myler, Acting Wyoming Area Manager. <P> Guernsey Reservoir levels are expected to continue gradually declining until the end of September. The reservoir is expected to drop below water surface elevation 4400 feet (approximately 9,700 acre-feet) during the last week of September. <P> Guernsey Reservoir releases are expected to be at or below the current flow rate of approximately 1,700 cfs until the end of September when they will be discontinued for the winter. <P> Glendo Reservoir levels are expected to continue gradually declining and reach a water surface elevation near 4580 feet (approximately 84,000 acre-feet) around September 20. Glendo Reservoir levels will then stabilize and slowly increase after October 1. <P> Boaters, recreationists, and irrigators should take proper precautions regarding changing river flows between Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs and the lowering of Guernsey Reservoir. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47894 Reclamation Awards $1 Million Contract for McCook SCADA Replacement
MCCOOK, Neb. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $1,000,784 contract to Scipar, Inc. for the McCook SCADA replacement. The work will be performed at various McCook Area Offices and dam sites in Kansas and Nebraska. <P> "This SCADA modernization contract will help us to continue efficient operation of our reservoirs in Nebraska and Kansas well into the future," said Aaron Thompson, Nebraska-Kansas Area Manager. <P> The scheduled delivery date for the construction is March 22, 2016. <P> Supervisory Control and Data Replacement (SCADA) is a system designed to monitor and control water treatment plant operations by gathering data from sensors located at the facility, then sending the information to a central computer system. Nearly all of the treatment plant operations can be controlled through the SCADA system. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47895 Reclamation Awards $939,057 Contract for Arkansas Valley Conduit Work
LOVELAND, Colo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $939,057 contract to MWH Americas, Inc., of Denver, Colo., for Utility Location and Land Rights Acquisition Plan Support Services. The work will be performed as part of the Arkansas Valley Conduit, Fryingpan-Arkansas Project in southern Colorado. <P> "The objective of this contract is to provide Reclamation with utility locations, current ownership information, legal descriptions, and encumbrances affecting the parcels along the construction route," said Jacklynn Gould, Eastern Colorado Area Manager. "In addition, the contractor will verify and update GIS data, and prepare a preliminary land acquisition plan for Reclamation's review and approval." <P> The work is scheduled to run from September 2014 to September 2015. <P> The Fryingpan-Arkansas Project is a multipurpose transmountain, transbasin water diversion and delivery project in Colorado. It makes possible an average annual diversion of 52,000 acre-feet of surplus water from the Fryingpan River and other tributaries of the Roaring Fork River, on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, to the Arkansas River basin on the eastern slope. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47853 Reclamation Awards $6.9 Million Contract for Goose Bay Modernization
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $6,960,069 contract to Helena Sand and Gravel for the modernization of the Goose Bay Marina Concession Area at Canyon Ferry Reservoir, near Helena, Mont. <P> "The modernization of the Goose Bay Marina provides the public with an opportunity for increased access to Canyon Ferry Reservoir, as well as injecting a significant financial contribution to the local economy," said Lowell Pimley, Reclamation's Acting Commissioner. <P> The work is located at Canyon Ferry Reservoir, at the Goose Bay campground, approximately 25 miles north of Townsend, Mont. <P> "We're pleased at the increased recreation opportunities this modernization will provide the public," said Michael Ryan, Great Plains Regional Director. "This project represents a significant investment and offers an improved access point for the public to enjoy their lands." <P> According to Brent Esplin, Montana Area Manager, the principal components of the work include developing a marina complete with store, fueling area, showers, flush toilets, RV dump stations, potable water fill stations, day use area, picnic areas, group camping areas, RV campsites, water and wastewater systems, accessible dock access, overnight boat trailer parking, electrical/telephone service, and varied landscaping throughout the area. <P> "This project is going to transform the Goose Bay Marina into a modern, multi-use facility that will protect the environment and serve the public well," said Esplin. <P> The Canyon Ferry Unit of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program is a multiple-purpose project that makes an important contribution to the power supply, flood control, and water supplies in the upper Missouri Basin Principal structures are Canyon Ferry Dam and Power Plant, about 17 miles northeast of Helena, Montana. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47829 Belle Fourche Irrigation District Performing Dredging of South Canal Intake at Belle Fourche Reservoir
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Belle Fourche Irrigation District will be performing dredging of the South Canal intake structure this summer. <P> Dredging will begin the middle of August and continue through the end of the year, or until work is completed. Work will be performed daily between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. <P> "South Canal Outlet Works has large amounts of sediment deposited around the intake structure," said Jeff Nettleton, Manager of Facilities and Engineering for Reclamation's Dakotas Area Office. "Dredging will remove sediment from around the intake to ensure proper flow, operation and function of the Belle Fourche Dam Outlet Works." <P> The dredging barge and equipment will be surrounded by buoys, which have solar powered lights for visibility at night. Boaters should maintain a distance of at least 300 feet from the dredging equipment and buoys to avoid accidents and to protect any divers that may be in the water. <P> "The reservoir is open to the public during the scheduled work, however, boaters and recreationists should be cautious and careful when approaching and driving their water craft near the construction equipment that will be onsite," said Nettleton. <P> Veit & Company, Inc. of Rogers, MN, has been awarded the contract bid by the Belle Fourche Irrigation District. Veit & Company, Inc. will be performing the work themselves. RESPEC Engineering of Rapid City, S.D., has been awarded the contract management of this project. <P> Belle Fourche Reservoir and the surrounding lands are owned by the Bureau of Reclamation. South Dakota Game Fish and Parks is the managing partner of the Rocky Point Recreation Area on the reservoir lands. <P> For dredging information, please contact Steve Bareis with RESPEC Consulting and Services at (605)381-0387. <P> For recreation information, please contact Brad Nelson with SD Game, Fish and Parks at (605) 641-1864. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47646 Reclamation Announces Temporary Road Closure
MILLS, Wyo. -- Due to heavy rains occurring in the area of Seminoe and Kortes Dams on the evening of August 4, 2014, the road maintained by the Bureau of Reclamation known as "Seminoe Road" between the Miracle Mile Bridge and Carbon County Rd 351 near the entrance to Seminoe State Park suffered severe erosion. <P> According to Deputy Wyoming Area Manager, Lyle Myler, "Reclamation is closing the road to public travel until further notice. This will effectively block access to the Miracle Mile area from the Seminoe Reservoir side. The Miracle Mile is still accessible via the Hanna Leo Draw Road (Carbon County Road 291). Reclamation is evaluating the damage to the road and determining what actions will be necessary to repair the road for public travel." <P> For further updates on the status of the road, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/wyao/">www.usbr.gov/gp/wyao/</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47428 Public Hearing Scheduled for Northwest Area Water Supply Project Environmental Document
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Bureau of Reclamation is holding a public hearing on the Northwest Area Water Supply Project Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS), on Wed., July 23, at Minot, N.D. <P> The purpose of the hearing is to seek public comment regarding the Draft SEIS. The public hearing provides an opportunity for both verbal and written comment on the Draft SEIS. The Draft SEIS evaluates the estimated future water needs of the area through 2060, develops a full range of reasonable alternatives to meet this future need, and evaluates the potential environmental effects of the proposed alternatives. <P> Requests to comment may be made at the hearing and speakers will be scheduled accordingly. Verbal comments will be recorded by a court stenographer and included as part of the hearing record. <P> Written comments may also be submitted at the hearing, or sent to: Northwest Area Water Supply Project Draft SEIS, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 1017, Bismarck, North Dakota, 58502-1017. <P> Reclamation has granted a 30-day extension of the comment period so the public has through Wed., Sept. 10, 2014, to provide comments. The Draft SEIS can be downloaded from <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/dkao">www.usbr.gov/gp/dkao</a>. <P> Please notify the Bureau of Reclamation 48 hours in advance if you require special accommodations for this hearing. Contact Alicia Waters at 701-221-1206. <P> The public hearing will be held: <P> <ul> <li><strong>July 23, 2014</strong> – Open House 6-6:30 p.m. CST and<br> Public Hearing 6:30-8:30 p.m. CST<br> Comfort Inn – 1515 22nd Avenue SW.<br> Minot, North Dakota</li> </ul> <P> For additional information please contact Alicia Waters, Bureau of Reclamation, at 701.221.1206 or <a href="mailto:awaters@usbr.gov">awaters@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47389 Big Thompson Power Plant Back On Line, Post Flood
LOVELAND, Colo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation is pleased to announce the return to service of the Big Thompson Power Plant. Located at the mouth of the Big Thompson Canyon, the small plant was damaged during the September floods of 2013. <P> "We are extremely pleased with the recovery of this small plant," said Eastern Colorado Area Manager, Jaci Gould. "The Big T Plant is a symbol of green energy. It provides electricity at a low cost using a renewable resource: water. We're glad to have it back on line." <P> While the majority of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project facilities impacted by the flood returned to service within a matter of weeks, the Big T Plant was harder hit. During the flood, the river rerouted itself at the mouth of the canyon, erasing the afterbay of the plant. It also broadened from 30 to 300 feet and buried the tailrace, where water exits the plant, under 12 feet of sediment. A large tree trunk was driven partially through the plant's upstream wall. <P> Reclamation's operations and maintenance crew took proactive measures by running back-up generators during the rain and flood event, more work ranging from manual debris removal to equipment testing continued for months afterward. Reclamation resources and engineering staff also worked closely with the State of Colorado, State contractors, other federal agencies and local neighbors in the recovery of the power plant and adjacent riverbank. <P> "Overall, it's been a lot of hours by our teams and important partnerships with others," said Monica Griffitt, Chief of Engineering at the Eastern Colorado Area Office. "Teamwork is what really pulled us through." <P> The Big Thompson Power Plant is one of six plants on the C-BT. Together, they provide enough hydro-electricity to power 58,000 American homes a year. To learn more about Reclamation hydropower, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov">www.usbr.gov</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47365 Reclamation Announces Guernsey Reservoir Silt Run
MILLS, Wyo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation's Wyoming Area Office will be lowering the water level in Guernsey Reservoir in preparation for the annual silt run. According to Coleman W. Smith, Wyoming Area Manager, the silt run is an operation which provides silt-laden water to Goshen, Gering-Fort Laramie, and Pathfinder Irrigation Districts under contract with Reclamation. <P> On July 6, the release of water from Glendo Reservoir will be decreased from approximately 5,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to a flow of approximately 2,000 cfs. <P> "The decreased flow will cause a rapid decline of the Guernsey Reservoir level of approximately 25 feet during the period of July 7 through July 10," Smith said. <P> On Monday, July 7, the boat ramps on Guernsey Reservoir will be unusable due to the low reservoir level. From July 11 through July 24, water released from Glendo Reservoir will flow through Guernsey Reservoir, providing silt from Guernsey Reservoir into the canals of downstream irrigators. Beginning on July 24, the release of water from Glendo Reservoir will be rapidly increased to refill Guernsey Reservoir to a level suitable for recreation by the evening of July 30. <P> Boaters, recreationists, and irrigators should take proper precautions regarding changing river flows between Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs and the rapid lowering and refilling of Guernsey Reservoir. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47324 Public Hearing Scheduled for Northwest Area Water Supply Project Environmental Document
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public hearing on the Northwest Area Water Supply Project Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS). The purpose of the environmental impact statement is to evaluate the estimated future water needs of the area through 2060, develop a full range of reasonable alternatives to meet this future need, and evaluate the potential environmental effects of the proposed alternatives. <P> The purpose of the hearing is to seek public comment regarding the Draft SEIS. The public hearing will provide an opportunity for both verbal and written comment on the contents of the Draft SEIS. Requests to comment may be made at the hearing and speakers will be scheduled accordingly. Comments will be recorded by a court stenographer and included as part of the hearing record. <P> In addition to accepting verbal comments at the public hearing, written comments may be submitted at the hearing or sent to Northwest Area Water Supply Project Draft SEIS, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 1017, Bismarck, North Dakota, 58502-1017 by Monday, August 11, 2014. The Draft SEIS can be downloaded from <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/dkao">www.usbr.gov/gp/dkao</a>. <P> Please notify the Bureau of Reclamation 48 hours in advance if you require special accommodations for this hearing. Contact Patience Hurley at 701.221.1204. <P> The public hearing will be held: <ul> <li><strong>July 23, 2014</strong> - Open House 6:00-6:30 p.m. CST and<br> Public Hearing 6:30-8:30 p.m. CST<br> Comfort Inn – 1515 22nd Avenue SW.<br> Minot, North Dakota</li> </ul> <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Executive Summary, please contact Alicia Waters, Bureau of Reclamation, at 701.221.1206 or <a href="mailto:awaters@usbr.gov">awaters@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47344 Reclamation Names New Area Manager for Dakotas
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has named David Rosenkrance as the new manager for the Dakotas Area Office which has oversight responsibility for rural water projects, 9 dams, and associated activities in North Dakota, South Dakota and parts of Wyoming. <P> "I am pleased to announce Rosenkrance's selection for leading the Dakotas Area Office," said Great Plains Regional Director Mike Ryan. "Not only does he have a wealth of experience and background in management issues, he brings a strong customer-focused approach and demonstrated ability to implement innovative and collaborative solutions to complex resource challenges." <P> Rosenkrance comes to Reclamation from the Bureau of Land Management where throughout his 23-year federal career, he has held a number of key positions in which he has overseen the successful development, implementation and coordination of many programs and initiatives, including during his most recent tenure as Associate District Manager for the BLM’s Northwest District in Grand Junction, CO. <P> Included among his many career achievements, Rosenkrance was awarded the Secretary of Interior's Cooperative Conservation Award and the Secretary's Partners in Conservation Award, and recognized by the Public Lands Foundation, receiving their award Outstanding Public Land Professional Manager. <P> Rosenkrance will assume his new position on June 15, succeeding Richard Long who retires this month. He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering and is a registered mechanical engineer. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47245 Reclamation Announces Opening of Canyon Ferry Visitor Center
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Bureau of Reclamation invites the public to the Canyon Ferry Visitor Center during the 2014 recreation season. The Visitor Center has been closed since 2007 due to staffing constraints. Through a cooperative agreement between Reclamation and the Montana Conservation Corps, the visitor center will be staffed by interns from June 21 thru September 1. Visitor Center hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. <P> "Reclamation is pleased to offer an option for additional information about the extensive natural and recreational resources at Canyon Ferry," said Shawn Bryant, Assistant Facility Operations Specialist, "This is an excellent opportunity to provide services to the public, while providing employment opportunities and experience to young adults interested in careers in recreation and natural resource management." <P> The Visitor Center, located on Canyon Ferry Road across from Reclamation's Offices, is a historic two room school house built in the early 1900's. The center offers exhibits and a video about construction of the Canyon Ferry Dam and Powerplant; displays related to Lewis and Clark's journey through Montana; and information about wildlife that inhabit the lands and waters of Canyon Ferry reservoir. <P> Further information about Canyon Ferry, as well as other recreational opportunities at Reclamation facilities can be found on the web at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/recreation/montana_recreation.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/recreation/montana_recreation.html</a> or by contacting the Montana Area Office at (406) 247-7300. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47224 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Runoff Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's June forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows: <P> <ul> <li><strong>Buffalo Bill Reservoir</strong> - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 950,000 acre-feet (af), which is 143 percent of the 30 year average of 665,000 af. Approximately 389,000 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Buffalo Bill during April and May, leaving 561,000 af of inflow forecasted for June through July.<br><br></li> <li><strong>Wind River</strong> - April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 500,000 af, which is 126 percent of the 30 year average of 397,000 af. Approximately 143,000 af of the forecasted amount was received during April and May, leaving 357,000 af of inflow forecasted for June through July.<br><br></li> <li><strong>Bull Lake Reservoir</strong> - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 135,000 af, which is 98 percent of the 30 year average of 137,000 af. Approximately 38,000 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bull Lake during April and May, leaving 97,000 af of inflow forecasted for June through July.<br><br></li> <li><strong>Boysen Reservoir</strong> - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 600,000 af, which is 112 percent of the 30 year average of 534,000 af. Approximately 245,000 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Boysen during April and May, leaving 355,000 af of inflow forecasted for June through July.<br><br></li> <li><strong>Bighorn Lake (Yellowtail Reservoir)</strong> - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 1,633,400 af, which is 153 percent of the 30 year average of 1,069,300 af. Approximately 850,500 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bighorn Lake during April and May, leaving 782,900 af of inflow forecasted for June and July.</li> </ul> <P> An acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover 1 acre (43,560 square feet) 1 foot deep (325,851 gallons or 1,233.5 cubic meters). <P> For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Boysen and Bull Lake reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager Coleman W. Smith at 307-261-5671. For additional information on Bighorn Lake/Yellowtail Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Brent Esplin at 406-247-7298. <P> <P>