Great Plains Region Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55807 Public Meetings Scheduled for Updating Plans for Four Colorado-Big Thompson Reservoirs
The Bureau of Reclamation and Larimer County will jointly host public scoping meetings and comment period for the Federal Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environment Assessment (EA) and associated county Reservoir Parks Master Plan from August 22-24. <P> Reclamation, in cooperation with Larimer County Department of Natural Resources, is seeking public input on the revision of the existing 2007 RMP/EA. Reclamation will prepare an updated EA pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and at the same time will be assisting with the preparation of the RMP. <P> The purpose of the RMP/EA is to balance natural resource protection with recreational opportunities, provide a diversity of recreational experiences, ensure financial stability, and account for future growth and demand. The integrated RMP/EA would replace the 2007 documents and would establish a 10-year plan detailing the management framework for the conservation, protection, and enhancement of the four regional reservoirs and surrounding lands. <P> "We are pleased to be part of this collaborative effort with Larimer County," said Reclamation's Eastern Colorado Area Manager, Signe Snortland. "This is an opportunity for the public to help shape future recreation in Larimer County." <P> Reclamation owns and operates nearly 7,000 acres of land and water across four reservoirs: Horsetooth Reservoir, Carter Lake, Flatiron Reservoir, and Pinewood Reservoir. Under license with Reclamation, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources manages recreational activities and maintains the recreation facilities at these four reservoirs. These four reservoirs are part of the Colorado-Big Thompson water project; water stored in these reservoirs is distributed by Northern Water for municipal, agricultural, and other uses. <P> The agencies will begin a 45-day public scoping period on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Public Scoping Meetings will be held from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the following locations where the public is encouraged to participate in identifying issues and new opportunities. <P> <ul> <li><strong>Monday, August 22, 2016</strong>, Horsetooth Area Info Center (located at South Bay), 4200 W. County Rd. 38 E, Fort Collins <ul> <li>Note: Entrance fees to the South Bay of Horsetooth Reservoir Park will be waived for this event.</li> </ul></li> <li><strong>Tuesday, August 23, 2016</strong>, Bison Info Center, 1800 S. County Rd. 31, Loveland</li> <li><strong>Wednesday, August 24, 2016</strong>, The Ranch Events Complex, McKee Community Building, 5280 Arena Cir., Loveland</li> </ul> <P> Reclamation will be conducting public scoping meetings to solicit feedback from the public. Public scoping assists in the NEPA process by focusing on relevant issues and environmental concerns, identifying potential alternatives, helping determine the scope and overall impact of the project, and providing opportunities for the public to provide input. <P> Written scoping comments will be accepted at the Public Scoping Meetings or can be provided online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/">www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/</a>, by e-mail or regular mail. E-mail should be addressed to the attention of Mr. Patrick McCusker at <a href="mailto:pmccusker@usbr.gov">pmccusker@usbr.gov</a>. Regular mail or Fax should be sent to the following address: <P> Patrick McCusker, Natural Resource Specialist<br> Bureau of Reclamation<br> 11056 W. County Road 18 E<br> Loveland, CO 80537<br> Fax: 970-663-3212 <P> Comments will be accepted throughout the 45-day public comment period until September 13, 2016. <P> To learn more about the federal RMP and NEPA process, please visit Reclamation's website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/">www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/</a>. The information provided at the Public Scoping Meetings will also be available at this site. <P> Further information about the concurrent planning efforts Reclamation is conducting with its partner, Larimer County, is available at <a href="http://www.onegreatcountytoplay.com">www.onegreatcountytoplay.com</a>. <P> <strong>Concurrent Planning Efforts</strong> <P> Larimer County is conducting a parallel public process for the development of a county-wide Reservoir Parks Master Plan and The Ranch Events Complex Master Plan. The agencies are coordinating a joint public scoping process to share feedback on the federal RMP and EA, the Reservoir Parks Master Plan, and The Ranch Events Complex Master Plan. The Reservoir Parks Master Plan will identify priority project areas and detailed strategies to accomplish the specified goals. The Ranch Events Complex is creating a fully-integrated Master Plan that outlines facility alternatives, expansion and financial options to support these expansions as needed. For more information about this simultaneous effort and to sign up for project updates, visit <a href="http://www.onegreatcountytoplay.com">www.onegreatcountytoplay.com</a>. <P> Media inquiries or general questions about Reclamation and the RMP/EA should be directed to Buck Feist at (406) 247-7607 or <a href="mailto:bfeist@usbr.gov">bfeist@usbr.gov</a> or Sterling Rech at (406) 246-7669 or <a href="mailto:srech@usbr.gov">srech@usbr.gov</a>. For the Ranch Events Complex, please email <a href="mailto:tr_master_plan@co.larimer.co.us">tr_master_plan@co.larimer.co.us</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55769 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Tri-Districts Long-Term Excess Capacity Contracts
LOVELAND, Colo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Tri-Districts Long-Term Excess Capacity Contracts for public review and comment. <P> The Draft EA evaluates environmental impacts associated with Reclamation's proposed approval of 40-year excess capacity storage, exchange, and conveyance contracts between Reclamation and East Larimer County Water District, Fort Collins-Loveland Water District, North Weld County Water District (collectively referred to as Tri-Districts). <P> "Excess capacity contracts are very important," said Eastern-Colorado Area Manager, Signe Snortland. "These provide a needed benefit of water management flexibility, so Districts are better equipped to address drought, changes in municipal demand, and temporary changes in the watershed affecting water quality." <P> Tri-Districts have annually requested annual excess capacity contracts to mitigate poor water quality conditions in the Cache La Poudre River due to increased particulate matter due to the High Park and Hewlett wildfires in 2012. The long-term contracts would allow Tri-Districts to utilize excess capacity in Horsetooth Reservoir for storage, exchange and conveyance of the Tri-Districts' water supplies for delivery to the Soldier Canyon Water Treatment Plant. Each district would execute a separate contract with combined total exchange and storage contract volumes not to exceed 3,000 acre-feet (af). <P> The Draft EA is electronically available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/nepa/cbt_tridistricts.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/nepa/cbt_tridistricts.html</a>. <P> Comments on the Draft EA can be sent to: <a href="mailto:tstroh@usbr.gov">tstroh@usbr.gov</a>; Terence Stroh, Bureau of Reclamation, 11056 West County Road 18E, Loveland, CO 80537; or faxed to 970-663-3212. For additional information or to receive a printed copy of the Draft EA, please contact Terence Stroh at 970-962-4369 or <a href="mailto:tstroh@usbr.gov">tstroh@usbr.gov</a>. Reclamation requests comments on the Draft EA on or before August 5, 2016. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55687 Nelson Dikes Safety of Dams Modifications Update
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Contractor selected to complete the Nelson Dikes Safety of Dams Modifications, Johnson-Wilson Constructors, Inc., has mobilized to the Nelson Dikes construction area. Site preparatory work and the installation of dewatering wells has begun. <P> Reservoir drawdown operations began in late June and the reservoir is expected to be near an elevation of 2212.0 by the end of July. The reservoir will continue to be drawn down until the target elevation of 2205.0 feet is reached. This low reservoir restriction will remain in place until at least October 15, 2016. Refilling the reservoir is expected to occur in the spring of 2017, and will depend upon available water supplies. <P> Temporary road closures around the dikes are not anticipated at this time. The North Nelson boat ramp will become unusable below reservoir elevation 2216.0 ft. All other boat ramps will remain open at Nelson Reservoir. <P> An Environmental Assessment (EA) for the modification has been finalized and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been signed. The public can access the final EA and FONSI on Reclamation's website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/nelson/">www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/nelson/</a>. <P> For additional information or questions, please call 406-247-7300. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55513 Fluctuation of Wind River Flow Downstream of Boysen Dam
MILLS, Wyo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation, in response to a request from the Hanover Irrigation District, has scheduled a flushing flow below Boysen Dam, according to Deputy Area Manager Lyle Myler. <P> "The purpose of the flushing flow below Boysen is to attempt to flush moss down river and mitigate the amount of moss the district has at their diversion works." <P> Overnight from July 14 to the morning of July 15, flows in the river below Boysen Dam will fluctuate from 1,500 cfs to approximately 3,200 cfs according to the following schedule: <P> <table border="0" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="400"> <tr> <td>HOURS</td> <td>BOYSEN OUTFLOWS (cfs)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8:00 p.m.</td> <td>1,500</td> </tr> <tr> <td>9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.</td> <td>3,200</td> </tr> <tr> <td>7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.</td> <td>2,700</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.</td> <td>2,200</td> </tr> <tr> <td>9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.</td> <td>1,700</td> </tr> <tr> <td>10:00 a.m.</td> <td>1,500</td> </tr> </table> <P> After completing the flushing flow for the morning of July 15, the flows below Boysen Dam will return to 1,500 cfs. <P> The public is urged to use caution during this period of rapid fluctuation of flows below Boysen Dam. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55508 Reclamation Releases Finding of No Significant Impact for Pueblo Hydropower Project
LOVELAND, Colo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has completed the environmental study process and released the necessary documents for the Pueblo Hydropower Project to move forward. <P> "Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) were completed to address a request from Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Board of Water Works of Pueblo, and Colorado Springs Utilities to develop hydropower at the federally-owned Pueblo Dam," said Signe Snortland, Area Manager for Reclamation's Eastern Colorado Area Office. <P> The next step for Reclamation is to enter into a contract called a Lease of Power Privilege. This contract authorizes the use of federal lands, facilities, and Fryingpan-Arkansas Project water to construct, operate, and maintain a 7 megawatt hydropower facility at the Pueblo Dam. The project utilizes a "run of river" design that harnesses water releases from Pueblo Dam to generate power and provide a clean, renewable source of energy. <P> "A hydropower plant and associated facilities will be constructed at the base of Pueblo Dam, utilize the dam's north outlet works, and immediately return flows to the Arkansas River downstream of the dam," said Snortland. <P> About 1.4 miles of new power and fiber-optic lines will also be constructed to connect the hydropower plant to the existing Black Hills Energy's Pueblo Reservoir Substation. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2016 with power generation anticipated in 2018. <P> The EA and FONSI are available online at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/nepa/pueblo_hydropower.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/nepa/pueblo_hydropower.html</a> <P> For additional information or to receive a printed copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Terence Stroh at 970-962-4369 or <a href="mailto:tstroh@usbr.gov">TStroh@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55487 Guernsey Reservoir Silt Run
MILLS, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyo., will be lowering the water level in Guernsey Reservoir in preparation for the annual silt run according to Lyle Myler, Wyoming Deputy 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," Myler said. <P> On the evening of July 27, the release of water from Glendo Reservoir will be decreased from about 5,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to a flow of approximately 1,000 cfs. The decreased flow will cause a rapid decline of the Guernsey Reservoir level of approximately 25 feet starting the night of July 27 through July 30. By Saturday, July 30, the boat ramps at Guernsey Reservoir will no longer be useable due to the low reservoir level. <P> Water being released from Glendo Reservoir will flow through Guernsey Reservoir flushing silt from Guernsey Reservoir into the canals of downstream irrigators. The silt run will begin on August 1 and is anticipated to continue through August 14. Beginning on August 15, the release of water from Glendo Reservoir will be rapidly increased to refill Guernsey Reservoir. The level of Guernsey Reservoir is expected to be suitable for recreation again by the evening of August 18. <P> Boaters, recreationists, and irrigators should take proper precautions regarding changing river flows below Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs and the rapid lowering and refilling of Guernsey Reservoir. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55335 Reclamation Announces Canyon Ferry Public Meeting
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting a Canyon Ferry Public Meeting on July 12, 2016, to discuss information on marinas, the Shoreline Management Plan, and OHV (Off Highway Vehicles) use on Reclamation lands around Canyon Ferry Reservoir. <P> "Reclamation appreciates the opportunity to share information about Canyon Ferry resources and recreation management with the public, and to receive input on these important programs," said Montana Area Manager, Steve Davies. "The public meeting is conducted annually to allow managers to better understand the interests and needs of the public." <P> The Public Meeting will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the following location: <P> <strong>Montana Association of Counties (MACo)</strong><br> 2715 Skyway Drive<br> Helena, Montana 59602 <P> For more information please contact the Canyon Ferry Field Office at 406-475-3310 or visit Reclamation’s website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao">http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55330 J. Signe Snortland Selected as Eastern Colorado Area Manager
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Great Plains Regional Director Michael Ryan has announced the selection of J. Signe Snortland as Area Manager for Reclamation's Eastern Colorado Area Office (ECAO) in Loveland, Colorado. <P> "Signe has more than 20 years of experience with Reclamation issues and operations," said Ryan. "She is well-versed in critical issues ranging from environmental compliance to operations and maintenance of Reclamation facilities. She is the right person to lead this vital area of the Great Plains Region." <P> Snortland is now responsible for management of water-related land and environmental resources for the Colorado-Big Thompson and Fryingpan-Arkansas Projects. She oversees 15 dams and reservoirs and seven hydropower plants. These facilities provide 420 megawatts of power, which is enough electricity to supply 90,000 homes with annual energy needs, and water for more than 1.4 million people. <P> Snortland replaces former Area Manager Jaci Gould, who is now serving as the Deputy Regional Director for the Lower Colorado Region. Prior to the Area Manager position, Snortland served as the Deputy Area Manager for ECAO since May 2014. She has managed several complex projects, including the Arkansas Valley Conduit and Mount Elbert Pumped-Storage Plant Rehabilitation Projects for ECAO, as well as the Lower Yellowstone Intake Project Environmental Assessment for the Montana Area Office; the Red River Valley Water Supply Project Environmental Impact Statement for the Dakotas Area Office; and the Republican River Basin Study for the Nebraska-Kansas Area Office. <P> Snortland holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of North Dakota and her Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Manitoba. During her vacations, she and her husband excavate archaeological sites in Egypt with the Combined Prehistoric Expedition. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55247 Reclamation Announces Availability of Draft EA for Crow Tribe MR&I Water Supply Project
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has announced the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Crow Tribe Municipal, Rural, and Industrial (MR&I) Water Supply Project. The Crow Tribe, in cooperation with Reclamation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), prepared the Draft EA to evaluate the environmental consequences of constructing a water supply system in order to provide an adequate supply of quality potable water for municipal, rural, and industrial uses throughout the Crow Reservation. <P> The proposed project work is part of the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2010, which includes funding for the design, construction, and operation of a water supply system to collect, treat, and distribute water to users throughout the Reservation. <P> To view the Draft EA, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/nepa/cmri/index.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/nepa/cmri/index.html</a>. Hard copies of the EA are available for viewing at the following locations: <P> Bureau of Reclamation<br> Great Plains Regional Office<br> Fifth floor, Room 510<br> 2021 4th Avenue North<br> Billings, MT 59101 <P> Bureau of Indian Affairs<br> Crow Agency Office<br> 69 Weaver Drive<br> Building #2<br> Crow Agency, MT 59022 <P> Crow Tribe Water Resources Department<br> 316 Araopush Road<br> Crow Agency, MT 59022 <P> Comments may be submitted through the project website, or via mail or email to: <P> Bureau of Reclamation<br> Attn: Crow MR&I Water Projects (GP-4000, CGomer)<br> 2021 4th Avenue North<br> Billings, MT 59101 <P> Email: <a href="mailto:cmgomer@usbr.gov">cmgomer@usbr.gov</a> <P> Comments on the Draft EA will be accepted until midnight on Friday, July 22nd, 2016. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55149 Reclamation Announces Temporary Closures on Seminoe Road
MILLS, Wyo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily close a section of Seminoe Road. The location of the closure is west of Miracle Mile Bridge over the North Platte River below Kortes Dam, to just north of the North Red Hills entrance to Seminoe State Park. <P> "The temporary closures are necessary to facilitate the replacement of culverts crossing under the road. The culvert replacements are part of ongoing work to repair road damage caused by heavy rain events," said Carlie Ronca, Wyoming Area Manager. <P> The road is maintained by Reclamation for employee use associated with operation and maintenance of Seminoe and Kortes dams and power plants. Although the road is not maintained for public traffic, the road is normally open to the public for travel. <P> Weather permitting, the road will be closed from 7:00 am on Tuesday through 12:00 noon on Thursday according to the following schedule: <P> <blockquote> <p>Tuesday June 28 through Thursday June 30</p> <p>Tuesday July 12 through Thursday July 14</p> <p>Tuesday July 26 through Thursday July 28</p> <p>Tuesday August 9 through Thursday August 11</p> <p>Tuesday August 16 through Thursday August 18</p> <p>Tuesday August 30 through Thursday September 1</p> </blockquote> <P> Seminoe State Park remains open and accessible from the south via Carbon County Road 351 from Sinclair. The Miracle Mile recreation area is accessible via the Kortes Road from the north and the Hanna-Leo Road from the south. <P> Members of the public who desire to travel this section of road between Seminoe State Park and the Miracle Mile before or after the temporary road closure do so at their own risk and are encouraged to use caution due to the condition of the road and the ongoing road repair activities. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55048 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's April forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows: <P> <ul> <li>Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 650,000 acre-feet (af), which is 95 percent of the 30 year average of 686,300 af. Approximately 243,300 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Buffalo Bill during April and May, leaving 406,700 af of inflow forecasted for June through July.</li> <li>Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 750,000 af, which is 137 percent of the 30 year average of 548,300 af. Approximately 339,700 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Boysen during April and May, leaving 410,300 af of inflow forecasted for June through July.</li> <li>Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 160,000 af, which is 116 percent of the 30 year average of 138,200 af. Approximately 60,500 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bull Lake during April and May, leaving 99,500 af of inflow forecasted for June through July.</li> <li>Wind River - April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 380,000 af, which is 93 percent of the 30 year average of 405,900 af. Approximately 122,700 af of the forecasted amount was received during April and May, leaving 257,300 af of inflow forecasted for June through July.</li> <li>Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 1,088,300 af, which is 98 percent of the 30 year average of 1,114,300 af. Approximately 480,300 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bighorn Lake during April and May, leaving 608,000 af of inflow forecasted for June and July.</li> </ul> <P> For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Boysen, and Bull Lake Reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager Carlie Ronca at 307-261-5671. For additional information on Yellowtail Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Steve Davies at 406-247-7298. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54868 Nelson Dikes Dam Safety Modifications Contractor to Mobilize
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The contractor selected to complete the Nelson Dikes Dam Safety Modifications, Johnson-Wilson Constructors, Inc., began mobilization to the site on May 26, 2016. Initial activities are anticipated to be limited to mobilization of equipment and materials, installation of dewatering wells downstream of the dikes, and site preparatory work. Normal reservoir operations are anticipated to continue through approximately July 1, after which the reservoir will be drawn down about 16.6 feet to elevation 2205 by August 25, 2016 to facilitate safe excavation of the downstream slopes. Depending on the available water supply the reservoir may be back to normal operating levels in the spring of 2017. <P> Temporary road closures and/or detours around the dikes are not to be expected at this time. The boat ramp located near Dike DA is expected to remain open until early August. <P> An Environmental Assessment (EA) for the modification has been finalized and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been signed. The public can access the final EA and FONSI on Reclamation's website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/nelson/index.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/nelson/</a>. <P> For additional information or questions, please call 406-247-7300. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54867 Bureau of Reclamation Reservoir Conditions
BILLINGS, Mont. -- According to Steve Davies, Area Manager for Reclamation's Montana Area Office, water levels at most Reclamation-managed reservoirs in eastern Montana are at or above average for this time of year. <P> "Most boat ramps should be usable at all Reclamation reservoirs east of the Continental Divide during the Memorial Day weekend," Davies said. "As always, we strongly encourage water-based recreationists to check for the most up-to-date water level conditions at Reclamation's website <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/boat/index.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/boat/index.html</a> before heading to your favorite reservoir," Davies added. <P> Current conditions at Reclamation facilities include: <P> <strong>Clark Canyon Reservoir</strong> - Inflows to the reservoir are near average for this time of year. The reservoir is about 12 feet below the top of the joint-use pool. Boaters will be able to launch at all locations around Clark Canyon Reservoir. <P> <strong>Canyon Ferry Reservoir</strong> - Inflows to Canyon Ferry are near average for this time of year. The reservoir level is about 3 feet below the top of the joint-use pool and releases to the Missouri River are being maintained near 6,600 cubic feet per second (cfs). All boat ramps around Canyon Ferry Reservoir are currently usable, with the exception of Goose Bay. Please check the availability of boat ramp facilities at Goose Bay at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/canyonferry/goosebay/index.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/canyonferry/goosebay/index.html</a>. <P> <strong>Gibson Reservoir</strong> - Inflows to Gibson Reservoir are below average for this time of year, while the reservoir level above average for this time of year and is at full pool. The boat ramp at Gibson Reservoir is currently usable. <P> <strong>Lake Elwell (Tiber Reservoir)</strong> - Inflows to Tiber Reservoir are below average for this time of year. The reservoir level is about 7 feet below the top of the joint-use pool. Releases to the Marias River are currently being maintained near 500 cfs. All boat ramps around Tiber Reservoir are currently usable. <P> <strong>Fresno Reservoir</strong> - Inflows to Fresno Reservoir are below average for this time of year. The reservoir level is above average for this time of year at about 0.5 feet above the top of the active conservation pool. Releases to the Milk River are currently near 600 cfs. All boat ramps at Fresno are currently usable. <P> <strong>Nelson Reservoir</strong> - Nelson Reservoir is nearly full and the reservoir level is above average for this time of year. Boaters should be able to launch at all locations around Nelson Reservoir. <P> <strong>Bighorn Lake (Yellowtail Dam)</strong> - The reservoir level is about 15 feet below the top of the joint-use pool. Releases to the Bighorn River are being maintained above average, near 7,000 cfs, in order to safely store the anticipated spring runoff. Boaters will be able to launch at all locations around Bighorn Lake. For more information regarding recreation activities and boat launching at Bighorn Lake, recreationists are encouraged to contact the National Park Service at 406-666-3218. <P> Each year hundreds of lives are lost... thousands are injured... and millions of dollars of property damage occurs because of preventable recreational boating accidents on U.S. waterways. Too often pleasure outings turn tragic. You - as a boat operator, passenger, or concerned individual - can make a difference. For more information visit <a href="http://www.uscgboating.org">www.uscgboating.org</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54768 Reclamation Expects High Water Levels in the North Platte River System This Summer
MILLS, Wyo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation expects higher than normal flows and reservoir levels on the North Platte River System this summer. This is due to recent widespread precipitation, coupled with above average snowpack and already well above average water levels in the reservoirs. <P> "Reclamation is continuing to take steps to make room for the snowmelt runoff that is expected to come into Seminoe and Pathfinder Reservoirs over the next few weeks," said Wyoming Area Manager, Carlie Ronca. "Moving water downstream now will reduce the peak of downstream flows that would be experienced otherwise. Reclamation is coordinating with other Federal, state, and local officials regarding reservoir levels and river flows." <P> Spillways and outlet works will be operated as necessary at all of the Reclamation dams along the North Platte River. The public should be aware of the changing river flows and reservoir levels and take proper precautions. <P> The release from Seminoe Dam through the Miracle Mile has been increased to approximately 6,500 cfs (cubic feet per second) and is expected to be increased again to 7,500 cfs by the end of the week. The current release below Pathfinder Dam is approximately 4,600 cfs and is likely to increase to over 5,000 cfs by the end of May, and 7,000 cfs by early June. The current release from Gray Reef Dam is approximately 4,500 cfs and is expected to increase to 5,000 cfs by the end of May and near 7,000 cfs by early June. As a comparison, the Gray Reef Dam releases from the most recent high water year in 2011 were about 8,000 cfs. <P> Glendo Reservoir has risen to approximately 5 feet into the exclusive flood control. The reservoir is expected to remain in the flood pool until late July in an effort to provide downstream flood protection in Wyoming and Nebraska. The Guernsey Reservoir release is currently 5,000 cfs. That outflow is projected through the month of May with an increase to 6,000 cfs by mid-June. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54527 Reclamation Expects High Water Levels in the North Platte River System This Summer
MILLS, Wyo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation expects higher than normal flows and reservoir levels on the North Platte River System this summer. This is due to recent widespread precipitation, coupled with above average snowpack and already well above average water levels in the reservoirs. <P> "Steps are being taken to make room for the snowmelt runoff that is expected to come into Seminoe and Pathfinder Reservoirs over the next few weeks," said Wyoming Area Manager, Carlie Ronca. "Moving water downstream now will reduce the peak of downstream flows that would be experienced otherwise. Reclamation is coordinating with other Federal, state, and local officials regarding reservoir levels and river flows." <P> Spillways and outlet works will be operated as necessary at all of the Reclamation dams along the North Platte River. The public should be aware of the changing river flows and reservoir levels and take proper precautions. <P> The release from Seminoe Dam through the Miracle Mile has been increased to approximately 4,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) and may approach 7,000 cfs by early June. The current release below Pathfinder Dam is approximately 2,500 cfs and is likely to increase to over 5,000 cfs by the end of May and 7,000 cfs by mid-June. The current release from Gray Reef Dam is approximately 2,500 cfs and is expected to increase to 5,000 cfs by the end of May and near 7,000 cfs by mid-June. As a comparison, the Gray Reef Dam releases from the most recent high water year in 2011 were about 8,000 cfs. <P> Glendo Reservoir has risen to approximately 4 feet into the exclusive flood control. The reservoir is expected to remain in the flood pool until late July in an effort to provide downstream flood protection in Wyoming and Nebraska. The Guernsey Reservoir release is currently 4,000 cfs and will soon increase to approximately 5,000 cfs. That outflow is projected through the month of May with an increase to 6,000 cfs by mid-June. <P>