Great Plains Region Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49567 Reclamation Releases FONSI for Rehabilitation and Improvement of the Crow Irrigation Project
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Based upon the analysis of the environmental impacts described in the Programmatic Environmental Assessment, the Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Notice for the Rehabilitation and Improvement of the Crow Irrigation Project, located on the Crow Indian Reservation in Big Horn County, Montana. <P> Reclamation has selected the Proposed Action alternative for implementation. The Proposed Action includes the following five phases of work, listed by order of priority: <P> <ol> <li>Rehabilitation/betterment of irrigation structures;</li> <li>Rehabilitation/betterment of canals and laterals;</li> <li>Alternative on-farm irrigation systems;</li> <li>Purchase of fee lands;</li> <li>Developing irrigation on future trust lands.</li> </ol> <P> The EA and FONSI are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/nepa/cip/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/gp/nepa/cip/index.html</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49537 Reclamation Releases Draft EA for Water Treatment Plant Pilot Study
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed Water Treatment Plant Pilot Study Project for public review and comment. The comment period will close on July 10. <P> The Crow Tribe, in cooperation with Reclamation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, prepared the Draft EA to evaluate the environmental consequences of a three month water treatment plant pilot study, located in Big Horn County in south-central Montana. <P> The proposed project would gather information to aid in the design of a municipal, rural and industrial (MR&I) water system to serve the Crow Indian Reservation. The design and construction of the MR&I system was authorized as a part of the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2010. <P> The Draft EA is available electronically at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/nepa/cmri/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/gp/nepa/cmri/index.html</a>. <P> Paper copies of the Draft EA can be viewed at the following locations: <P> Bureau of Reclamation<br> 2nd Floor – Room 200 and 5th Floor – Room 514<br> 2021 4th Avenue North<br> Billings, MT 59101 <P> Bureau of Indian Affairs<br> Building #2, Room 69<br> Weaver Drive<br> Crow Agency, MT 59022 <P> Crow Tribe Water Resource Department<br> 189 Heritage Lane<br> Crow Agency, MT 59022 <P> Comments on the Draft EA can be sent to: <a href="mailto:cmgomer@usbr.gov">cmgomer@usbr.gov</a>; Christina Gomer, Bureau of Reclamation, 2021 4th Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101; or, faxed to 406-247-7680. Comments will be accepted until midnight on Friday, July 10. For additional information or to request a hard copy of the Draft EA, please contact Christina Gomer, Bureau of Reclamation, at 406-247-7753 or <a href="mailto:cmgomer@usbr.gov">cmgomer@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49531 Reclamation Makes Higher Water Releases From Pueblo Dam
LOVELAND, Colo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation is increasing releases to 5,300 cfs today from Pueblo Dam to ensure there is enough floodwater storage in the reservoir. An additional increase of 500 cfs is anticipated for tomorrow. <P> The reservoir water elevation is currently rising at an average rate of 1 foot per day, and these releases will make more room in the reservoir for the potential future flood water inflows. <P> "More than 35,000 acre-feet of flood water is currently stored at Pueblo Reservoir," said Eastern Colorado Area Manager, Jaci Gould. "Due to snowmelt, recent local precipitation and upstream reservoirs passing native water, inflows to Pueblo Reservoir are exceeding outflows. Reclamation needs to create space for potentially much higher water inflows." <P> All facilities are safe and performing efficiently. Rising water levels can be expected in the river downstream that may result in lowland flooding. Adjacent landowners should take appropriate precautions for property in lowland areas. <P> "Releases will be adjusted daily, or more often, as inflows and precipitation events dictate," said Gould. "We will continue working with the Corps and Colorado DWR to monitor the inflows and water releases and to evaluate potential impacts downstream in concurrence with Reclamation’s protocol and procedures." <P> <strong>Safety Tips:</strong> <ul> <li>When driving, always be aware that the road bed under flood waters may be severely damaged. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Remember that it takes only two feet of water to carry away a vehicle, including pickups and SUVs.</li> <li>If your vehicle stalls, get out immediately and go to higher ground.</li> <li>Be extra cautious at night, when it is harder to see possible flood dangers.</li> <li>These four words could save your life: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.</li> </ul> <P> Reclamation is coordinating these flood control operations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Colorado Division of Water Resources. <P> Contact Patience Hurley for additional information at 701.426.5392, or <a href="mailto:phurley@usbr.gov">phurley@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49487 Update Twin Lakes Water Releases - Flows to Lake Creek to Increase
LOVELAND, Colo. - Reclamation would like to make the public aware that water releases being made from Twin Lakes and passed down to Lake Creek will be increasing. <P> “This water release is a standard native flow release that we make every year and is just happening to coincide with increased rain and snow melt in the area,” said Eastern Colorado Area Manager, Jaci Gould. <P> All native inflows into Twin Lakes, or snow melt runoff and rain, are passed down to Lake Creek and released as they come in. Twin Lakes Canal Company however has been storing native inflows to Twin Lakes over the past three weeks under their water right. As they approach their storage limit, the Bureau of Reclamation has been increasing native flows down Lake Creek to match the native inflows. <P> “Twin Lakes Canal Company shut off their transmountain diversion at Twin Lakes Tunnel because their facility is near full,” said Gould. “They turned the tunnel on for a short time late this week to help alleviate minor flooding on the west slope. They stored that water temporarily and the tunnel has now been shut off again. <P> Reclamation, along with the Twin Lakes Canal Company, continues to monitor inflows and water being released downstream in concurrence with Reclamation’s Safety of Dams protocol and procedures. <P> All facilities are safe and performing efficiently. <P> Contact Patience Hurley for additional information at 701.426.5392, or phurley@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49471 Reclamation Anticipating Higher Releases from Olympus Dam into the Big Thompson River
LOVELAND, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation is currently releasing 600 cfs from Olympus Dam into the Big Thompson River. Based on National Weather Service rainfall and runoff forecasts, Reclamation anticipates the potential need to increase water releases from Olympus Dam into Big Thompson River. <P> “Reclamation’s facilities and dams are safe and performing well,” said Eastern Colorado Area Manager, Jaci Gould. “During this rainfall event and throughout spring runoff we will continue providing updates on changes in releases from Olympus Dam. <P> To learn if there are any changes to releases, residents can follow the Olympus Dam Facebook page at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LakeEstesandOlyDam" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/LakeEstesandOlyDam</a>. Significant changes will also be posted on Reclamation's Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/usbr" target="_blank">https://twitter.com/usbr</a>. <P> For additional information, contact Patience Hurley at 701-221-1204. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49450 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's June forecast for the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin and North Platte is as follows: <P> <ul> <li>Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 1,469,300 af, which is 136 percent of the 30 year average of 1,081,600 af. Approximately 442,300 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bighorn Lake during April and May, leaving 1,027,000 af of inflow forecasted for June and July.</li><br> <li>Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 650,000 af, which is 96 percent of the 30 year average of 678,000 af. Approximately 259,000 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Buffalo Bill during April and May, leaving 391,000 af of inflow forecasted for June through July.</li><br> <li>Wind River - April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 400,000 af, which is 100 percent of the 30 year average of 402,000 af. Approximately 157,000 af of the forecasted amount was received during April and May, leaving 243,000 af of inflow forecasted for June through July.</li><br> <li>Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 140,000 af, which is 102 percent of the 30 year average of 137,000 af. Approximately 35,000 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bull Lake during April and May, leaving 105,000 af of inflow forecasted for June through July.</li><br> <li>Boysen Reservoir - 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 237,000 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Boysen during April and May, leaving 363,000 af of inflow forecasted for June through 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 Brent Esplin at 406-247-7298. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49419 Reclamation Releases Reservoir Information
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Due to the precipitation forecast and current water levels, water releases from Pactola, Deerfield and Angostura Reservoirs will continue this week to manage reservoir elevations. <P> "We want to make the public aware of the water releases and water levels in the stream downstream of each of these facilities," said Jeff Nettleton, Manager of Facility Operation and Maintenance and Engineering Services for Reclamation's Dakotas Area Office in Rapid City. <P> "People recreating in or along these downstream areas should take appropriate safety precautions due to the increased flows," said Nettleton. <P> The City of Rapid City is currently releasing 500 cfs through the river outlet works at Pactola Dam. Rapid Creek is picking up water from other tributaries as it travels downstream from Pactola Dam into Rapid City. Rapid Creek also picks up additional tributaries and stormwater through the City of Rapid City, with creek flows eventually ranging between 600 cfs to 750 cfs through town. <P> A large thunderstorm event may require water releases from Pactola Dam to increase to approximately 700 cfs. This could result in larger flows well in excess of the current 750 cfs through town. <P> Rising water levels can be expected in the river downstream that may result in lowland flooding. Adjacent landowners should take appropriate precautions for property in lowland areas. <P> <strong>Safety Tips:</strong> <ul> <li>When driving, always be aware that the road bed under flood waters may be severely damaged. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Remember that it takes only two feet of water to carry away a vehicle, including pickups and SUVs.</li> <li>If your vehicle stalls, get out immediately and go to higher ground.</li> <li>Be extra cautious at night, when it is harder to see possible flood dangers.</li> <li>These four words could save your life: TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN.</li> </ul> <P> Pactola Dam is operated and maintained by the City of Rapid City through an agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation. The dam is currently being monitored daily by the City of Rapid City. The water level in Pactola Reservoir has risen into the designated flood pool storage, so the City of Rapid City and Bureau of Reclamation coordinate daily operations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. <P> Pactola Dam was completed in 1956, but was modified in 1987 under the Reclamation Safety of Dams Act of 1978. The dam was raised 15 feet, and the spillway was enlarged in order to increase the spillway capacity. <P> The following information provides details on the status of Reclamation's South Dakota Reservoirs and Keyhole Reservoir in northeastern Wyoming. <P> <strong>Angostura Reservoir</strong> <P> Angostura Irrigation District continues to release water through the spillway and canal system into the Cheyenne River with the current release at approximately 700 cubic feet per second, and future releases will depend on inflows. The current water elevation at Angostura Reservoir is 3,185.1 feet which is 92 percent full. Angostura Reservoir is full at an elevation of 3,187.2 feet. Inflows into Angostura for water year 2015 are 218 percent of average for the period of record of the reservoir. <P> <strong>Pactola Reservoir</strong> <P> The City of Rapid City continues to release approximately 500 cubic feet per second into Rapid Creek from Pactola Reservoir. High releases could be maintained through the rest of June but this will be dependent on inflows. The current water elevation at Pactola Reservoir is 4,587.2 feet, which is higher than the previous record set in 1965 at elevation 4585.87. The conservation pool is 100 percent full, and we have entered the flood pool by 7 feet. Inflows into Pactola Reservoir for water year 2015 are 225 percent of average for the period of record of the reservoir. <P> <strong>Deerfield Reservoir</strong> <P> The City of Rapid City continues to release approximately 70 cubic feet per second from Deerfield Reservoir into Castle Creek, and high releases could be maintained through the rest of June. The current water elevation at Deerfield Reservoir is 5,907.95 feet with the full elevation at 5,908.0. Inflows into Deerfield Reservoir for water year 2015 are 155 percent of average for the period of record for the reservoir. <P> <strong>Belle Fourche</strong> <P> Belle Fourche Reservoir is 96 percent full with the current elevation at 2,974.1 feet. Full reservoir elevation is 2,975. The current release is approximately 155 cubic feet per second through North and South Canals. Belle Fourche Reservoir is an off-stream storage reservoir located on Owl Creek. The reservoir is filled by diverting water from the Belle Fourche River at the Diversion Dam near the city of Belle Fourche, through the Inlet Canal to the reservoir. The Belle Fourche Irrigation District had closed Inlet Canal for a portion of May since the reservoir was close to the full elevation. Inflows into Belle Fourche Reservoir for water year 2015 are 68 percent of average for the period of record of the reservoir. <P> <strong>Shadehill</strong> <P> Shadehill Reservoir is 90 percent full with the current elevation at 2,269.55 feet. Full reservoir elevation is 2,272 feet. Current releases through the outlet works have been set at approximately 50 cubic feet per second. Inflows into Shadehill Reservoir for water year 2015 are 63 percent of average for the period of record for the reservoir. <P> <strong>Keyhole Reservoir</strong> <P> Keyhole Reservoir is 97.6 percent full at an elevation of 4,098.9 feet. Full reservoir elevation is 4,099.3 feet. Currently there are no releases being made from Keyhole. Inflows into Keyhole Reservoir for water year 2015 are 82 percent of average for the period of record for the reservoir. <P> Note: The 2015 water year runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49369 Reclamation Partnering with National Guard During Operation Golden Coyote at Belle Fourche Reservoir
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Reclamation and the South Dakota Army National Guard have entered into an agreement permitting SDARNG access to Reclamation lands at Belle Fourche Reservoir to conduct military training. In conjunction with training exercises, the SDARNG will complete projects at the facility that will be mutually beneficial. <P> "The planned projects provide valuable on-the-job training to troops, while benefitting Reclamation, and the recreating public," said Ryan Alcorn, Deputy Division Manager of Environment and Resources with Reclamation's Dakotas Area Office in Rapid City. <P> The SDARNG will be performing 2015 Operation Golden Coyote exercises at Belle Fourche Reservoir from Saturday June 6 through Sunday June 21. Project work and troop training will be performed in the Bird Island View Area in the southeast corner of Belle Fourche Reservoir. The Troop Bivouac area will be in the Fruitdale area, the same area as in the past. <P> As there will be heavy equipment, military vehicles, and hundreds of SDARNG troops in the area, certain places around the reservoir will be closed to the public, including: <P> <ul> <li>The southern section of Bird Island View Road, from the junction of Golf Course Point Road and Bird Island View Road due north for approximately 1 mile. This area is located on the far southeast corner of the reservoir property.</li> <li>The northern section of Bird Island View road will remain open and can be accessed through the CCC point area.</li> </ul> <P> "Vehicle and foot traffic will not be allowed inside the closed construction area during construction activities. There will be signs in place notifying the public of road closures," said Alcorn. <P> Projects to be completed during Operation Golden Coyote include the construction of the southern 1 mile stretch of Bird Island View Road, including culvert placement and replacement, ditches, and gravel placement. If time permits the SDARNG will relocate stockpiled rock rip-rap, and some road work to include construction/rerouting and gravelling of designated roads. <P> For more information please contact Jay Leasure at 605-394-9757 ext. 3011 or Ryan Alcorn at ext. 3004. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49368 Update on Spring Canyon Dam Land Settlement Area
LOVELAND, Colo. -- Reclamation and Northern Water would like to make the public aware of a land settlement next to Spring Canyon Dam at Horsetooth Reservoir. <P> "Reclamation and Northern Water have identified a small amount of land settlement next to Spring Canyon Dam at Horsetooth Reservoir," said Acting Eastern Colorado Area Manager, Jan Snortland. "The land settlement area is not within or part of the dam structure as it is on the north canyon wall," said Snortland. "The site is under constant observation from Northern Water." <P> Reclamation experts are investigating the settlement utilizing the agency's Safety of Dams protocol and procedures. There are no indications that the dam is in any danger. The land settlement is likely from excessive rainfall at the site during the past month. Observation of the surrounding hogbacks and hillsides indicate many smaller land settlements and slide areas. <P> The dam is acting and performing efficiently as designed to with the full reservoir. <P> Contact Patience Hurley for additional information at 701.426.5392, or <a href="mailto:phurley@usbr.gov">phurley@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49370 Reclamation Releases Reservoir Information
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Due to the recent precipitation events and inflows into the reservoirs, water releases from Angostura and Pactola Reservoirs will be increased this week to manage reservoir elevations. <P> "The recent precipitation is typical for this time of year, so we want to make the public aware of these increased flows and water levels downstream of each of these facilities," said Jeff Nettleton, Manger of Facility Operation and Maintenance and Engineering Services for Reclamation's Dakotas Area Office in Rapid City, S.D. "People recreating in or along these downstream areas should take appropriate safety precautions due to the increased flows." <P> The following information provides details on the status of Reclamation's South Dakota Reservoirs and Keyhole Reservoir in northeastern Wyoming. <P> <strong>Angostura Reservoir</strong> <P> Angostura Irrigation District began releasing water through the spillway again on May 23 and will continue releases for the next few days. The current release is approximately 3,200 cubic feet per second (cfs), and future releases will depend on inflows. The current water elevation at Angostura Reservoir is 3,186.9 feet, or 98.8 percent full. Angostura Reservoir is full at an elevation of 3,187.2 feet. Inflows into Angostura for water year 2015 are 131 percent of average for the period of record of the reservoir. <P> <strong>Pactola Reservoir</strong> <P> The City of Rapid City continues to increase flows into Rapid Creek from Pactola Reservoir this week and plan on increasing the release to 500 cubic feet per second on May 27. This release could be maintained into June, but releases are dependent on inflows. The current water elevation at Pactola Reservoir is 4,585.1 feet. The conservation pool 100 percent full and we have entered the flood pool by nearly 5 feet. Inflows into Pactola Reservoir for water year 2015 are 184 percent of average for the period of record of the reservoir. <P> <strong>Deerfield Reservoir</strong> <P> The City of Rapid City is continuing to maintain higher releases from Deerfield Reservoir into Castle Creek this week and expects to maintain this through the rest of May. The inflow for Deerfield Reservoir is currently at 76 cfs. The current water elevation at Deerfield Reservoir is 5,907.8 feet, or 99.6 percent full. Full reservation elevation is 5,908 feet. Inflows into Deerfield Reservoir for water year 2015 are 142 percent of average for the period of record for the reservoir. <P> <strong>Belle Fourche</strong> <P> Belle Fourche Reservoir is 96.4 percent full at an elevation of 2,974.2 feet. Full reservoir elevation is 2,975 feet. Belle Fourche Reservoir is an off-stream storage reservoir located on Owl Creek. The reservoir is filled by diverting water from the Belle Fourche River at the Diversion Dam near the city of Belle Fourche, through the Inlet Canal to the reservoir. The Belle Fourche Irrigation District closed Inlet Canal on May 9 since the reservoir is close to the full elevation. Inflows into Belle Fourche Reservoir for water year 2015 are 72 percent of average for the period of record of the reservoir. <P> <strong>Shadehill</strong> <P> Shadehill Reservoir is 88.4 percent full at an elevation of 2,269.1 feet. Full reservoir elevation is 2,272 feet. Current releases through the outlet works have been set at 50 cfs. Inflows into Shadehill Reservoir for water year 2015 are 60 percent of average for the period of record for the reservoir. <P> <strong>Keyhole Reservoir</strong> <P> Keyhole Reservoir is 94.2 percent full at an elevation of 4,098.1 feet. Full reservoir elevation is 4,099.3 feet. Currently there are no releases being made from Keyhole. Inflows into Keyhole Reservoir for water year 2015 are 28 percent of average for the period of record for the reservoir. <P> Note: The 2015 water year runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49347 Lake Thunderbird at Historic Highs
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Due to heavy rainfall in Cleveland and Oklahoma Counties, the water level at Lake Thunderbird is at a record high elevation of 1052.95 feet. The portion of Lake Thunderbird storage designated for flood control has filled to capacity, and the reservoir is currently operating at a level designated as "surcharge storage." Reservoir elevation may continue to rise as a result of runoff from overnight rainfall, and could rise higher if rain continues. <P> In accordance with the Standing Operating Procedures for Norman Dam and Lake Thunderbird, the Bureau of Reclamation directed the Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District to begin increasing the water release rate from Lake Thunderbird at 6 am on Sunday morning. The maximum release rate will be 8,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) by 1 pm on Sunday, and will continue at that rate for several days until reservoir levels recede. <P> Norman Dam and Lake Thunderbird are operating and performing exactly as designed. Inflow into Lake Thunderbird peaked at almost 60,000 cfs at 1:00 am on Sunday morning, and Lake Thunderbird captured these extreme inflows, preventing more severe downstream flooding. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49334 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's May forecast for the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin and North Platte is as follows: <P> <ul> <li>Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 637,300 acre-feet (af), which is 59 percent of the 30 year average of 1,081,600 af. Approximately 130,500 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bighorn Lake during April, leaving 506,800 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.</li><br> <li>Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 500,000 af, which is 74 percent of the 30 year average of 678,000 af. Approximately 73,000 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Buffalo Bill during April, leaving 427,000 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.</li><br> <li>Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 300,000 af, which is 56 percent of the 30 year average of 534,000 af. Approximately 45,000 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Boysen during April, leaving 255,000 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.</li><br> <li>Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 110,000 af, which is 80 percent of the 30 year average of 137,000 af. Approximately 6,000 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bull Lake during April, leaving 104,000 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.</li><br> <li>Wind River - April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 280,000 af, which is 70 percent of the 30 year average of 402,000 af. Approximately 37,000 af of the forecasted amount was received during April, leaving 243,000 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.</li> </ul> <P> Reclamation will update the inflow forecasts again in June. <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 Bighorn Lake, contact Montana Area Manager Brent Esplin at 406-247-7298. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49289 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 Carlie Ronca, Wyoming Area Manager. The May 1 forecasts indicate the spring snowmelt runoff for the North Platte Basin will be below average. <P> Total April through July runoff in the North Platte Basin above Glendo Dam is expected to be 320,000 acre feet (AF). The April through July expected runoff is comprised of approximately 250,000 AF into Seminoe Reservoir, 20,000 AF into Pathfinder Reservoir from the Sweetwater River, and 50,000 AF from the basin between Pathfinder Reservoir and Glendo Reservoir. The anticipated 320,000 AF (of which 115,600 AF was received in April), is 37 percent of the 30 year average of 870,000 AF. <P> The total conservation storage capacity of the North Platte Reservoir System is approximately 2,815,800 AF. Current total storage for the North Platte Reservoir System, as of April 30, is 2,005,405 AF, which is 121 percent of the 30-year average of 1,662,300 AF. <P> "The May forecast improved slightly but is still far below average. In spite of that, we expect the very good current reservoir storage conditions to allow us to provide our North Platte Basin contractors with a full water supply this year," Ronca said. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49256 Reclamation Announces Canyon Ferry Working Group Meeting
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting a Canyon Ferry Working Group meeting on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, located at 2715 Skyway Drive, Helena, Mont. (Montana Association of County Claims Office). The meeting will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is open to the public. <P> Agenda items include a Goose Bay Marina modernization project update, off-highway vehicle use, law enforcement, and shoreline management on Bureau of Reclamation lands around Canyon Ferry Reservoir. "This is our chance to inform and involve the public and stakeholders in the management of these valuable resources," said Ryan Madsen, Facility Operations Specialist for the Canyon Ferry facility. <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> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49237 Flows to increase from Granby Dam
The Bureau of Reclamation and Northern Water will be increasing the water releases from Lake Granby on Friday, May 1. Operators will ramp up releases to 430 cubic feet per second through the outlet valves which will enable reservoir operators to better manage the peak spills later this spring. <P> With the Colorado-Big Thompson Project reservoirs at record storage levels for late April, the likelihood of spills at Lake Granby are a virtual certainty. <P> "What we are trying to do by increasing releases now is reduce the peak of the runoff to alleviate flooding concerns below Granby," said Noble Underbrink, Collection Systems Department Manager for Northern Water. <P> Northern Water and Reclamation are completing maintenance and repair project on the Lake Granby spillway. Once complete by mid-May, reservoir operators will route the peak flows through the spillway to the Colorado River downstream. <P> "Working together, we can alleviate the flooding concerns below Granby and maximize the amount of water we can store in the Colorado-Big Thompson Project," Eastern Colorado Area Office Manager Jacklynn Gould said. <P> Lake Granby is currently at 92 percent of capacity, about 6 feet from full. <P> The current forecast is that operators will be able to keep the spills to below the amount at which downstream flooding occurs. <P> Underbrink said the preemptive releases have been used many times in previous years. "With the C-BT reservoir system nearly full, the forecasts indicate there will be more runoff than the reservoirs can hold." <P> The flows and forecasts will be monitored and adjustments made accordingly as inflows pick up in the next few weeks. <P> <P>