Great Plains Region Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel 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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47008 Bureau of Reclamation Provides Update on Reservoir Conditions
BILLINGS, Mont. -- According to Brent Esplin, Area Manager for Reclamation's Montana Area Office, water levels at many Reclamation-managed reservoirs in eastern Montana are at or above average for this time of year while some are below average in preparation for the anticipated snow melt. <P> "Most boat ramps should be usable at all Reclamation reservoirs east of the Continental Divide during the Memorial Day weekend," Esplin 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/">http://www.usbr.gov/gp/boat/</a> before heading to your favorite reservoir," Esplin said. <P> Current conditions at Reclamation facilities include: <P> <strong>Clark Canyon Reservoir</strong> - Inflows to the reservoir are well below average for this time of year. The reservoir is about 14.5 feet below the top of the joint-use pool and nearly 5 feet lower than at this time last year. All boat ramps around Clark Canyon Reservoir are currently usable. <P> <strong>Canyon Ferry Reservoir</strong> - Inflows to Canyon Ferry are above average for this time of year. The reservoir level is about 18 feet below the top of the joint-use pool and nearly 3 feet lower than at this time last year. Releases to the Missouri River are being maintained at about 8,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) in preparation for the anticipated near record high snowmelt runoff. Boat ramps located at Goose Bay, Yacht Basin Marina, and Silos (Broadwater Bay) are expected to be usable. Boaters are encouraged to be cautious of actual boat launching conditions at all sites. <P> <strong>Gibson Reservoir</strong> - Inflows to Gibson Reservoir are above average for this time of year. The reservoir is about 62 feet below the top of the conservation pool and about 47 feet lower than at this time last year. The boat ramp at Gibson Reservoir is currently usable. <P> <strong>Willow Creek Reservoir (Sun River)</strong> - Willow Creek Reservoir is above average for this time of year, only about 1.5 feet below full pool. Boaters should be able to safely launch at all locations around Willow Creek Reservoir. <P> <strong>Pishkun Reservoir (Sun River)</strong> - Pishkun Reservoir is full and above average for this time of year. Boaters should be able to safely launch at all locations around Pishkun Reservoir. <P> <strong>Lake Elwell (Tiber Reservoir)</strong> - Inflows to Tiber Reservoir are above average for this time of year. The reservoir level is about 8 feet below the top of the joint-use pool and approximately 2.5 feet lower than at this time last year. Releases to the Marias River are currently being maintained at about 1,100 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 0.6 feet below the top of the active conservation pool and approximately 0.4 foot lower than at this time last year. Releases to the Milk River are currently about 500 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> - Inflows to Bighorn Lake are well above average for this time of year. The reservoir level is about 37 feet below the top of the joint-use pool and nearly 23 feet lower than at this time last year. Releases to the Bighorn River are being maintained at 8,500 cfs in preparation for the anticipated near record high snowmelt runoff. Boaters will only be able to safely launch boats at Ok-A-Beh and Barry's Landing boat ramps. <P> 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. <P> For more information on boating safety visit <a href="http://www.uscgboating.org">www.uscgboating.org</a>. For more information on water levels and boat ramp information, visit Reclamation's Montana Area Office website at, <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao">www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47006 Reclamation Releases FONSI for Goose Bay Marina Modernization Project
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Based on the analysis of the environmental impacts described in the Environmental Assessment (EA), the Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Decision Notice for the Goose Bay Marina Modernization Project, located at Canyon Ferry Reservoir, Mont. <P> "Reclamation has decided to implement the Proposed Action Alternative described in the EA," said Montana Area Manager, Brent Esplin. "This allows Reclamation to provide a small business opportunity and a spectrum of recreation opportunities at the Goose Bay Marina." <P> Goose Bay Marina is located on the eastern shore of Canyon Ferry Reservoir, near the midway point, north of Townsend, Mont. The bay is among the largest on the reservoir serving as a marina, and a deep-water bay. <P> "The boat ramp at Goose Bay Marina will remain open during the 2014 recreation season," said Esplin. "Reclamation-operated camping, located west/northwest of Goose Bay Marina, will remain open for public use with minimum and basic services provided, subject to the 14-day stay limit. There will be no gas service at Goose Bay, so boaters need to consider this as they head out onto the lake." <P> Reclamation estimates the majority of the Goose Bay Marina area will be closed through the 2014 and 2015 recreation seasons allowing for required demolition and construction activities, and plans to have a concessionaire in place for the 2016 recreation season. <P> For more information, visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/canyonferry/goosebay/">http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/canyonferry/goosebay/</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47009 Bureau of Reclamation to Increase Flows below Tiber Dam
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Bureau of Reclamation plans to increase flows to the Marias River below Tiber Dam beginning in late May and continuing through June. The increase in river flows has been coordinated with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks as part of a multiyear study on pallid sturgeon spawning activities. <P> Beginning about May 29, 2014 releases will be increased approximately 500 cubic feet-per-second (cfs) per day until a total release of approximately 4,000 cfs is reached about June 3. The 4,000 cfs release rate will be held for approximately one week before being increased to approximately 5,000 cfs by about June 13. The release rate of 5,000 cfs will then be held for 10 days until about June 23. Following this period of increased flows, releases to the Marias River will be staged downward at a rate of 500 cfs per day until reaching the current release rate of approximately 1,000 cfs by about July 1. The 1,000 cfs rate will then be maintained until further notice. <P> Depending on actual inflows into Lake Elwell during this period, release rates and schedules may be adjusted accordingly. <P> River recreationists and irrigation pumpers are advised to be cautious throughout the period of increased flows. You are also encouraged to check specific operations related information for Tiber Dam at Reclamation’s website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/arcweb_ler.pl">http://www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/arcweb_ler.pl</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46947 Public Notice – Pelican Point Road Improvement Project
The Federal Highway Administration Central Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA-CFLHD), in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is proposing to construct a new secondary access road and improve the South 40 Loop Road. The existing roadway entrance to Pelican Point Campground, at the north end of the property, is below the Jamestown Reservoir flood elevation. During flood events, the recreation area is not accessible resulting in lost tourism revenue to Stutsman County and the surrounding community. The improvements include adding a new entrance to the campground at the south end of the property that will not flood during high water. <P> The road improvements will address defined access, mobility, safety, operational, capacity, and system continuity issues caused by substandard design, long term deterioration and damage caused by periodic flooding. The project generally consists of construction a new secondary access road and improving the South 40 Loop Road on U.S. Bureau of Reclamation land. The project does not include, but is associated with a future campground addition, parking facility enhancements, and concession area improvements. The new access road will improve access to the campground and include roads connecting into the existing campground loop for improved traffic circulation. The new access road will allow access during high water events. Approximately 900 feet of road with a 24-foot cross section will be constructed. The cross section will provide two 12 foot lanes. <P> The final design process, environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and associated environmental compliance processes for the proposed improvements are underway. A Categorical Exclusion is being prepared to address NEPA requirements. The design, NEPA, and environmental clearance processes are scheduled for completion in July of 2014. Construction is expected to begin as soon as August 1, 2014. <P> FHWA encourages all interested persons to provide input. Comments may be sent to: Jeffrey Berna, Environmental Program Specialist, FHWA-CFLHD, 12300 West Dakota Avenue, Suite 330, Lakewood, CO 80228-2683, <a href="mailto:Jeffrey.Berna@dot.gov">Jeffrey.Berna@dot.gov</a>, 720-963-3641. Comments received by June 24, 2014 are considered to be within the official public comment period. If you would like more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Mr. Berna. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46904 J. Signe Snortland Selected as Eastern Colorado Deputy Area Manager
LOVELAND, Colo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation's Great Plains Region has selected J. Signe Snortland as the Deputy Area Manager for the Eastern Colorado Area Office in Loveland, Colo. Snortland will assume her responsibilities as Deputy Area Manager on May 18. She replaces Jacklynn Gould who was promoted to Area Manager in January. "I am looking forward to Signe joining the Area Office in this important leadership position," said Gould. "She brings a broad range of expertise to our office in managing water and hydropower projects. She brings a strong customer focused approach and demonstrated ability to implement innovative and collaborative solutions to complex issues." <P> Prior to accepting the Deputy Area Manager position, Snortland served as an Environmental Specialist for Reclamation's Dakotas Area Office in Bismarck, North Dakota. She is a graduate of Reclamation's Executive Leadership Development Program. She has successfully managed several large, complex projects, including the Arkansas Valley Conduit and Mount Elbert Pumped-Storage Plant Rehabilitation Project in the Eastern Colorado Area Office; the Lower Yellowstone Intake Project Environmental Assessment in the Montana Area Office; the Red River Valley Water Supply Project Environmental Impact Statement in the Dakotas Area Office; and the Republican River Basin Study in the Nebraska-Kansas Area Office. <P> The Eastern Colorado Area Office is home to two major Reclamation projects: the Colorado Big-Thompson and Fryingpan-Arkansas. Together, the projects provide water to over 1.5 million people. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46884 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Runoff 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 1,075,000 acre-feet (af), which is 162 percent of the 30 year average of 665,000 af. Approximately 72,000 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Buffalo Bill during April, leaving 1,003,000 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.<br><br></li> <li>Wind River - April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 600,000 af, which is 151 percent of the 30 year average of 397,000 af. Approximately 31,000 af of the forecasted amount was received during April, leaving 569,000 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.<br><br></li> <li>Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 165,000 af, which is 120 percent of the 30 year average of 137,000 af. Approximately 4,000 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bull Lake during April, leaving 161,000 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.<br><br></li> <li>Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 750,000 af, which is 140 percent of the 30 year average of 534,000 af. Approximately 55,000 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Boysen during April, leaving 695,000 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.<br><br></li> <li>Bighorn Lake (Yellowtail Reservoir) - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 1,952,400 af, which is 183 percent of the 30 year average of 1,069,300 af. Approximately 316,200 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bighorn Lake during April, leaving 1,636,200 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.<br><br></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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46824 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for North Platte
MILLS, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyo., has prepared snowmelt runoff forecasts for the North Platte River Basin. According to Wyoming Area Manager Coleman Smith, the May 1 forecast indicates the spring snowmelt runoff for the North Platte Basin will be about 32 percent above average. <P> Total April through July runoff in the North Platte Basin above Glendo Dam is expected to be 1,170,000 acre feet (AF) or 132 percent of the 30 year average of 887,700 AF. Approximately 900,000 AF (127 percent of average) of the runoff is expected to enter Seminoe Reservoir (of which 137 AF was received in April) with an additional 50,000 AF (92 percent of average) being provided to Pathfinder Reservoir from the Sweetwater River (of which 10,800 AF was received in April), and the balance of 220,000 AF (177 percent of average) coming from the basin between Pathfinder Reservoir and Glendo Reservoir (of which 90,400 AF was received in April). <P> The total storage for the North Platte Reservoir System as of April 30 is 1,487,600 AF, which is 83 percent of the 30-year average of 1,786,400 AF. The total conservation storage capacity of the North Platte Reservoir System is approximately 2,815,800 AF. The water in storage for delivery to North Platte Project contractors as of April 30 is 462,700 AF or 62 percent of average. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46806 Canyon Ferry Reservoir Expected to Begin Slowly Filling
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Winter operations have resulted in the reservoir level of the Bureau of Reclamation's Canyon Ferry Reservoir to be drawn down to levels considered less than average for this time of year. <P> On May 1, 2014 the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) measured the snow water content in the mountain snowpack in the Missouri River Basin upstream of Canyon Ferry Reservoir at 138 percent of median. This is comparable to the snow water content that existed in the mountains during the record water years of 1996, 1997 and 2011. <P> Since early March Reclamation plans were made to evacuate storage to elevation 3778-3780 by late April in preparation for the anticipated spring snowmelt. On May 4, storage in Canyon Ferry Reservoir reached a low elevation of about 3778.5. Recent warmer temperatures are now beginning to melt the low elevation mountain snow, resulting in higher inflows into Canyon Ferry. Reclamation is currently releasing about 8,400 cubic-feet-per-second (cfs) out of Canyon Ferry while inflows into the reservoir are averaging over 10,000 cfs and continuing to slowly increase. As a result, Canyon Ferry Reservoir is now slowly refilling. <P> Based on current conditions, Canyon Ferry Reservoir is expected to continue slowly filling to a level near elevation 3,782 feet by Memorial Day Weekend. This should allow launching of boats at the majority of the boat ramps around Canyon Ferry Reservoir. However, due to the lower reservoir levels, Reclamation encourages boaters to be cautious of actual boat launching conditions at all sites. Additional information on safe boat launching elevations is available at our website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/boat/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/gp/boat/index.html</a>. <P>