Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55609 MAPS — Bird banding with Tab
En route to a destination unknown to me, a recurring question that I have asked myself throughout the entirety of this year and this journey was, “How did I get myself into this and what sort of thrilling adventure lies ahead?” <P> Honestly though, the excitement on my end was contained by the lack of sleep. Tab and I left the Phoenix Area Office at 2:30 a.m. and started our journey to a remote location past the town of Superior, Arizona. <P> We set up camp at the location at 5 a.m. The dense forest was cool — colder than the stares your parents gave you when you did something bad. <P> All around, the wildlife was teeming. I was no stranger to these sorts of forests. When I lived in Japan, it was common to have to trek through forests to get to remote locations that were not marked by human paths. Still, the forest was intimidating as it was the host to creatures not normally found in the sprawling city of Phoenix. <P> Equipped with my 70-200mm lens, I had set out with Tab, Diane Laush, Ben Leitner, Wade Leitner and Pat Leitner to capture photos of the bird-banding process. Running around the forest to obtain these birds was an incredible experience. I felt like Indiana Jones. I occasionally (purposefully) fell behind the group to hum to myself the theme song from the movie. <P> In all seriousness, I wanted to take this trip because I wanted to learn about Reclamation. There is so much more that these other divisions do that I am not aware of physically. I get to see these things on paper, but to see it in person is different. <P> After the group finished banding the birds for the day, Tab and I went out to inspect his cameras. It was no longer 5 a.m. and we were not covered by the shade of the forest. By 12 p.m., we were on the way back to the area office. I longed for the air conditioning in the car in the same way my dog eagerly awaits his mandatory belly scratch as I arrive home. I slumped into the passenger seat, closed my eyes and prepared for the journey home. <P> I definitely have an appreciation for each division here at Reclamation. After taking this trip, I can say that I am beyond astounded by the duties the Environment Group has done and continues to do. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55511 Reclamation, City of Yuma Area to Hold Open Meeting on Colorado River South Levee Road Dust Abatement Options
Yuma, Ariz. – On July 21, Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office (YAO) and the City of Yuma (City) are hosting a public meeting at the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, 289 N. Figueroa Avenue at 4:00 p.m. in Yuma, Arizona to discuss the ongoing issue of increasing traffic and high levels of dust and air pollution along the Colorado River South Levee Road (South Levee Road). <P> Widespread use of the South Levee Road by the public and farmers’ heavy machinery is resulting in airborne dust creating vision, safety and air quality concerns for drivers, pedestrians and seasonal residents who commonly use the road to access the Colorado River or nearby recreational venues. The road’s original purpose is to provide YAO personnel only with access to the Colorado River for performing levee and bankline maintenance. <P> One proposal is to close the South Levee Road to all vehicle traffic by installing gates at 22nd Avenue adjacent to the Joe Henry Memorial Park and at Figueroa Avenue. An additional gate would be placed at the bridge that crosses the canal between 22nd Avenue and Figueroa Ave. The City approached Reclamation to consider closing the road using the gates as a control measure to reduce traffic, minimizing dust and air pollution particulate matter along the South Levee road. <P> Members of the public, organizations, and agencies interested in the possible closure of the South Levee Road, or those who want to offer any alternative viable ideas on mitigating the continuing safety and health problems created by the dust, are invited to attend the meeting. Staff from the City and YAO will be present to discuss the gate installation option, any new approaches to addressing the dust problems and future management options for the road. Comment cards at the meeting will be used to gather input and ideas from attendees. <P> For those unable to attend this meeting, YAO is accepting written comments until Friday, July 24th. Please send comments to Mr. Doug Hendrix, Reclamation Public Affairs Specialist, Lower Colorado Regional Office, P.O. Box 61470, Boulder City, NV, 89006 or email <a href=mailto:dhendrix@usbr.gov>dhendrix@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55470 SoNV Agency Partnership joins in ‘Damboree’ Parade to celebrate Independence Day
What were you doing on July 4? For one group of Lower Colorado Region employees, the Independence Day observance included a warm and later, wet walk through Boulder City in its annual Damboree Parade. <P> The annual holiday event, which included a parade, picnic, music, games, entertainment and fireworks that lit up the night, attracted about 30 Reclamation employees, family members and friends who chose to participate in the parade. However, they were not alone. National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff members and some of their families also participated, which increased the number of participants to an even larger group, observed Marc Maynard. <P> “As you can see in our parade banners, we represented the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership, which also includes the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service,” Maynard added. “The parade was fun and we successfully unloaded two pickup truck loads full of water on parade spectators!” <P> “‘Fun’ and ‘Wet’ are two words I will use to describe the Fourth of July Parade,” declared Maria Romasanta. “It was great!” <P> “Having grown up in a small town and being accustomed to small-town parades, I believe the Boulder City Fourth of July parade tops them by far,” said John Shields. “Here is a community that goes all out — nearly everyone is wearing red, white and blue, you can feel the pride in the community of being Americans and Nevadans, and everyone is there to have a good time. There aren't any strangers in town — everyone is either a friend or about to become one or at least an acquaintance.” <P> “Participating in the parade was a very satisfying experience, especially being a part of the water fight in the Wet Zone,” he added. “It is not to be missed! People from 8 to 80 are having fun, getting you wet and enjoying having you get them wet. It is very much a good-natured, let's have a good time atmosphere!” <P> Shields continued by describing the 36-inch barrel water squirter he bought at a local sporting goods store. <P> “They had the best price and their sales staff were all coming to this parade as well,” he said. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55107 Going the ‘extended distance’
On May 27, members of the Hoover Dam Police Department, Hoover Dam Fire Brigade and Rope Access Team participated in an activity that is not recommended for persons who are faint of heart, less than physically fit and perhaps, fearful of heights. Demonstrating proficiency in high-angle technical training, which includes properly donning safety equipment, setting anchors, managing ropes and rappelling extended distances, is an integral part of duties for the nine employees who participated. The 600-foot face of Hoover Dam is a perfect venue to challenge the employees and provide an opportunity to educate the public about the significance of the Bureau of Reclamation and Hoover Dam. <P> Once Rope Team Leader Corey Dickson and Lt. Kevin Lister had provided a safety briefing and completed safety checks, one by one, the nine employees swung their bodies over the ledge onto the face of the dam and rappelled 600 feet down to the central section roof of the Hoover Dam Power House. Prior to participating in this activity, all nine employees previously completed required training. This training activity is necessary to maintain skills, which are considered “perishable” by team leaders, and which may be needed in emergencies such as for high-angle search and rescue, confined space rescue and tactical rappel. <P> Those participating in this training included Elizabeth Higgins, Nathaniel Seria, Joseph Grabish, Joseph Stubitz, Jared Parry, Andrew Trader, Jared Parry, Corey Dickinson and Hoover Dam Police Chief Mary Hinson. <P> “This isn’t the first time this training has been offered, but it is a rare opportunity for the Hoover Dam Fire Brigade to be allowed to participate in extended distance rope rappelling along the face of the dam,” said Parry. <P> The Fire Brigade trains monthly. Some of their recent training includes fire and rescue, search and rescue, emergency extraction, and rope and confined space rescue. While the participants did not earn any certifications from this activity, “They did garner extremely important experience and training,” said Safety & Occupational Health Specialist Billy Riley, who provided administrative support for this training. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54907 Martin selected as ARC Legend Award recipient — for second time!
“The biggest reward I get in my job is seeing the public use the recreation projects; it makes it all worthwhile!” <P> That is how Outdoor Recreation Planner Bill Martin responded to his selection as a 2016 recipient of the American Recreation Coalition’s (ARC) Legend Award. Initiated by ARC in 1991, the Legends Award program recognizes Federal employees for extraordinary personal effort who have “. . . made a real difference in enhancing outdoor recreation programs and resources.” <P> “I look at the award as an award to the LC Region, area offices and our partners,” Martin said modestly when asked about the award. “It takes a team of people to get the work that we have accomplished over the years completed. I believe that working in teams and partnerships is the most cost-effective way to manage natural and cultural resources.” <P> Martin added that he has enjoyed working with the other entities on various outdoor recreation projects. This group includes the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Clark County, Mohave County, the City of Henderson, City of Boulder City, City of Bullhead City and “. . . others to accomplish recreation-related projects throughout the LC Region,” he said. <P> In his nomination, Martin, who works in the Resource Management Office (RMO), is described as a 38-year Reclamation veteran who has worked in three of Reclamation’s Regions. It states how the nomination, submitted by RMO Chief Marc Maynard, focuses on his accomplishments from 2006 to present. Projects on which he worked prior to 2006 were not included because in 2006 he won his first Legend Award. The acclaim for his efforts is complemented by his status as the only person to receive two such awards since the program began. <P> “Through his management and vision in the Recreation and Fish and Wildlife Program (RFW) and the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) programs, Bill has contributed significantly to recreation opportunities in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona over the past 10 years,” his nomination states. “Through the RFW and SNPLMA programs, Bill has helped to design and build a number of local recreation facilities. These Clark County projects include the Laughlin Colorado River Heritage Park and Trails, a Wetlands Park, the River Mountains Loop Trail, the Historic Railroad Trail, the Logandale Off-Road Vehicle Trail, accessible public fishing facilities at Lake Havasu in Mohave County, Arizona and providing outdoor education improvements at existing regional facilities and facilities that he helped design and build.” <P> The nomination goes on to say how Martin was “. . . instrumental in getting local trails designated as National Recreation Trails, National Blue Water Trail and Scenic Highways, and how he also worked to improve existing facilities such as the canoe/kayak launch below Hoover Dam which provides access to the National Blue Water Trail. Additionally, Martin is highlighted in his nomination for his engagement, enthusiasm, and vision, along with his use of formal and informal partnerships to accomplish work. <P> “A great example of Bill’s use of partnerships is related to the recent designation of the National Blue Water Trail below Hoover Dam,” said Maynard. “Bill worked in partnership with the National Park Service and the Outside Las Vegas Foundation to develop the Lower Colorado River Water Trail Alliance.” <P> This Alliance is a partnership consisting of Federal, state and local entities as well as non-profit organizations and for profit river outfitters to support the designation, improvement of access, and information on the Blue Water Trail. During the summer of 2015, the Alliance sponsored four YMCA summer youth programs, which involved 160 youths at Lake Mohave for a day. The partners funded the YMCA transportation to the site, provided kayaking and rafting opportunities, and presented a Colorado River water education/conservation hands on session. <P> The Alliance would like to make this an annual event. The Alliance is also in the process of publishing a Colorado River, Blue Water Trail user’s guide. A link to the online platform can be found at http://blackcanyonwatertrail.org/. <P> Martin was also acknowledged for his past and current efforts at the Laughlin Colorado River Heritage Park and Trails, which according to the Laughlin Town Manager’s office “. . . will lead to an economic benefit by opening up a new form of tourism for the Laughlin and Tristate area.” <P> He received his formal education from the University of California in Sacramento, where he earned degrees in natural resource management and business administration. <P> ARC is a Washington-based nonprofit organization formed in 1979. Since its inception, ARC has sought to catalyze public/private partnerships to enhance and protect outdoor recreational opportunities and the resources upon which such experiences are based. ARC also monitors legislative and regulatory proposals that influence recreation and works with government agencies and the U.S. Congress to study public-policy issues that will shape future recreational opportunities. For more information, visit www.funoutdoors.com. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54519 Reclamation Date Street Building 100 Chosen for Boulder City Historic Preservation Award
On Tuesday, May 10, the City Council of Boulder City, Nevada, presented Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp, Ph.D., with the 2016 Boulder City Historic Preservation Award for the major renovation and structural improvement of Building 100. Located on Reclamation’s Date Street Complex, Building 100 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in December 2015 was awarded LEED Gold status for incorporating sustainable operating technology into the renovation. <P> The award by Boulder City’s Historic Preservation Committee cited the major construction efforts and collaboration in restoring the historic facade and streetscape to its original significance. Built in 1941 by the Bureau of Mines, Building 100 served as office space for both Reclamation and the Bureau of Mines. Today it is a modern Training and Conference Center for Reclamation and other agencies in the City’s Historic District. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54388 YAO addressing aging Main Outlet Drain infrastructure in Gila Valley
Addressing aging infrastructure is an ongoing commitment of Yuma Area Office (YAO) staff members. The most recent example of this commitment is the replacement of its aging water delivery/drainage system infrastructure at the Main Drain Outlet (MOD) siphon crossing, located at Avenue 7E in the Gila Valley east of Yuma. <P> The work, performed by Lillard and Clark, included the installation of a permanent bypass around the existing siphon structure, demolition and removal of the existing upstream and downstream headwalls and cutting the existing siphon pipe to install additional reinforced concrete pipe to extend the siphon. It also involved moving the headwalls and outlet and inlet transition structures away from the Avenue 7E road right-of-way. <P> “This project has many interesting challenges that needed to be taken into consideration during the initial design phase,” said Principal Design Engineer Steve Messinger. <P> He described and listed these challenges as a 20-foot deep excavation that was required to install the bypass under Avenue 7E, overhead electrical lines, a buried jet fuel line that supplies the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, two buried phone lines, and the need to maintain traffic through the construction area at all times. <P> “This required the development of an approved traffic control plan for detouring traffic through the construction zone during the installation of the permanent bypass,” he added. <P> Additionally, the project also called for extending the existing double-barrel siphon by approximately 40 feet on both sides of Avenue 7E. <P> Significantly, in order to uphold treaty obligations and control salinity in the Colorado River, the design had to include a bypass around the construction area in order to maintain flows during the construction period, team members said. Flows in the MOD cannot be diverted into the Colorado River for extended periods without affecting YAO’s ability to meet Colorado River salinity requirements. The maximum amount of time generally allowed for diverting flows into the Colorado River and totally drying up the canal is 10 to 14 days. <P> The estimated project duration for removing and replacing the headwalls and extending the siphon was 120 days without the installation of the permanent bypass. However, with installing the permanent bypass, it added an additional 60 days, extending the entire project to a total of 180 days (six months). <P> Team members added that the contractor has completed demolition of the old headwalls and is now proceeding with extending the length of the siphon on both sides of the road. Subsequent to this, the contractor will begin construction of the downstream headwall structure and they are currently working on the downstream siphon. After the project is completed, this will address an old Category 2 aged Review of Operation & Maintenance (RO&M) recommendation. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53707 Commuting employee unintentionally transforms into highway hero
“I have never taken that route to the University of Phoenix southwest campus. I was leaving the job to work on my dissertation paper,” said Human Resources Assistant Ronald L. Thomas, Jr. Yes, it was a relatively routine Monday evening on April 4, but then, things changed. <P> “On Monday on his way home, he was on Lake Mead Parkway and the I-215 exit right in front of Fiesta Casino, where he witnessed a red sports car hit an SUV and one other vehicle,” said Chonette Taylor-smith, Staffing and Classification Group Manager. “The impacts were so bad that the red sports car began smoking, when it hit the car. The driver was semiconscious. Ron and another driver ran to the vehicle as it was smoking and fire was beginning to emerge from the engine and got the driver out of the car to safety. The front of the car engulfed in flames once they got the driver out.” <P> The situation began about 6:30 p.m. and Thomas was alone in his vehicle. As soon as he saw the collision, “I turned on my hazard lights then jumped out of the car to help the victims. I just wanted to get the victims to safety before the car engine ignited or a gas tank explosion,” he said. Thomas, who has undergone CPR and injury training, has never witnessed an accident such as this. <P> At the same time that Thomas took action, another driver responded as well, both without regard their safety. “We both jumped out at the same time and it was an instantaneous reaction from the both of us,” he said. <P> “Per her [the victim] request, I called her husband and told him about the bad accident and the location,” Thomas. “After the phone call, I stood beside her until the police and paramedics arrived to the scene of the accident.” <P> “Ron is an HR Assistant on the Staffing and Classification Team and he is new to Reclamation,” said Taylor-smith. “When talking to Ron about what happened, he wasn't looking for accolades, he was just talking to me like it was something that he would do in any situation. He saw a woman needed help and that the car could blow up and there was no way that he would let something like that happen to anyone. He did what he had to do. Ron is a hero and we are so proud of him for a selfless act.” <P> “This is my first Federal job,” said Thomas, who has worked for the LC Region for about 50 days. “I am a 20-year retired Air Force veteran from Nellis Air Force Base.” <P> “I thank God that the gas tank did not explode and I am very pleased that no one was killed in the accident,” he concluded. “If the roles were reversed, I would want someone to help me in the same scenario.” <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53607 Reclamation Seeks Comment on Proposed Arizona Heritage Trail
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment on the proposed Arizona Heritage Trail within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on lands managed by Reclamation and the National Park Service (NPS). The proposed Trail’s approximately 3.5-mile-long hardened-surface trail would connect to the existing Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park and Trails in Nevada, creating an approximately 7 mile loop connecting the communities of Bullhead City and Laughlin, and provide increased opportunities for recreational activities such as walking, running, bicycling, bird watching, fishing, and kayaking. It would follow existing primitive roads for much of its route. <P> The proposed Trail would be located in Mohave County, Arizona, between the Colorado River and Bullhead City (see attached map). Reclamation and the NPS would authorize use of Reclamation and NPS land for the trail and would construct the trail, which would be operated, patrolled and maintained by the City of Bullhead City. <P> Reclamation, NPS, the City of Bullhead City, Mohave County and Clark County are working in partnership to plan and design the trail, and prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the potential impacts of the trail. The EA is being prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. <P> The project partners are requesting your comments and recommendations on the proposed trail route, alternative route and potential issues. Please send written comments to the Bureau of Reclamation, Attn: Faye Streier, National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 61470, Boulder City, NV 89006. Electronic comments may be submitted to <a href=mailto:fstreier@usbr.gov>fstreier@usbr.gov</a>. Please ensure your comments are postmarked by May 12, 2016. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53108 Jacklynn Gould Named Deputy Regional Director for Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region
The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp announced the selection of Jacklynn L. Gould (Jaci) as the Region’s new Deputy Regional Director. Gould began working in the Boulder City headquarters on March 1, 2016. <P> “I’m pleased that Jaci is joining our Regional Office leadership team here in Boulder City,” said Director Fulp. “Jaci has a proven track record of successful partnerships and management of complex programs that will benefit the Region’s stakeholders and employees as a part of our leadership team.” <P> Gould will provide oversight for Regional programs such as the Lower Colorado Dams Area Office (Hoover, Davis and Parker dams), the Phoenix Area and Southern California Area offices, Native American activities and the Region’s Engineering office, among others. <P> “While this Region’s issues of lingering drought combined with our charge to deliver water and power will be quite a challenge, I look forward to making a positive contribution to our work, our employees and Regional stakeholders,” said Gould. “Throughout my career with the federal government, I’ve also enjoyed coaching and mentoring the next generation of talented professionals entering Reclamation,” said Gould. <P> In the last 10 years, Gould has served in various management positions in Reclamation’s Great Plains Region. At the Eastern Colorado Area Office in Loveland, Colorado, she started as the Resources Division Manager and worked up to the position of Area Manager. As Area Manager, she was responsible for all aspects of the extensive Colorado-Big Thompson and Fryingpan-Arkansas projects, including 15 dams and reservoirs, and 7 hydropower plants with a total of 12 generator units. Prior to the Eastern Colorado Area Office, Gould served in Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region Albuquerque Area Office as Water Resources Division Manager. <P> Gould’s career in water management began with Reclamation in 1992 after attending the University of Colorado, where she earned Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in both Biology and Civil Engineering, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA). Gould is also licensed as a professional engineer (P.E.). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53107 Jacklynn Gould Named Deputy Regional Director for Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp announced the selection of Jacklynn L. Gould (Jaci) as the Region’s new Deputy Regional Director. Gould began working in the Boulder City headquarters on March 1, 2016. <P> “I’m pleased that Jaci is joining our Regional Office leadership team here in Boulder City,” said Director Fulp. “Jaci has a proven track record of successful partnerships and management of complex programs that will benefit the Region’s stakeholders and employees as a part of our leadership team.” <P> Gould will provide oversight for Regional programs such as the Lower Colorado Dams Area Office (Hoover, Davis and Parker dams), the Phoenix Area and Southern California Area offices, Native American activities and the Region’s Engineering office, among others. <P> “While this Region’s issues of lingering drought combined with our charge to deliver water and power will be quite a challenge, I look forward to making a positive contribution to our work, our employees and Regional stakeholders,” said Gould. “Throughout my career with the federal government, I’ve also enjoyed coaching and mentoring the next generation of talented professionals entering Reclamation,” said Gould. <P> In the last 10 years, Gould has served in various management positions in Reclamation’s Great Plains Region. At the Eastern Colorado Area Office in Loveland, Colorado, she started as the Resources Division Manager and worked up to the position of Area Manager. As Area Manager, she was responsible for all aspects of the extensive Colorado-Big Thompson and Fryingpan-Arkansas projects, including 15 dams and reservoirs, and 7 hydropower plants with a total of 12 generator units. Prior to the Eastern Colorado Area Office, Gould served in Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region Albuquerque Area Office as Water Resources Division Manager. <P> Gould’s career in water management began with Reclamation in 1992 after attending the University of Colorado, where she earned Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in both Biology and Civil Engineering, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA). Gould is also licensed as a professional engineer (P.E.). <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53028 Water Education Foundation Bus Sets Sail for a Three-day Water Tour
On Wednesday, March 2, the Water Education Foundation’s (WEF) annual tour of the lower Colorado River set sail from the parking garage at Hoover Dam for a three-day bus tour of the Reclamation facilities, riverine environments and municipal projects along the river. Each year, WEF organizes conferences and tours profiling many of the West’s primary water and river basins so people can learn firsthand about water, its importance and myriad uses, with input from experts on all sides of the issues. <P> In support of the annual water education-focused tour, Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region provided subject matter experts and interpretive education aboard the bus, as well as presentations from water and resource managers at many of the Reclamation-managed water storage facilities and project sites along the tour route. Tour stops included Hoover Dam, Big Bend Conservation Area, Lake Havasu, Imperial Diversion Dam, the All-American Canal, Warren H. Brock Storage Reservoir and the Salton Sea. <P> The annual Lower Colorado River tour, hosted by WEF with financial and technical support from Reclamation, offers Federal, state and nongovernmental organization (NGO) participants with an in-depth look at the facilities, infrastructure and environments that exist within the lower Colorado River Basin. The tour also offers participants an overview of the complexities of meeting the current and future water demands and resource needs of the competing interests along the river. <P> Topics discussed during the annual tour included issues of water supply, water quality, environmental restoration, flood management, groundwater and water conservation. These issues were addressed by a wide range of speakers from Reclamation, local water districts, state government agencies, and NGOs, many of which also provide financial support and interpretive assistance to WEF for the annual event. <P> Over the course of the three days, tour participants heard from 30 to 40 water and resource managers, and explored destinations along the last 300 miles of the Colorado River in the United States before it crosses into Mexico. Dams, irrigation canals, municipal pumping plants, wetlands, farms and cities were the traditional stops along the way as the bus traveled down the Colorado River from Hoover Dam through Lake Havasu, Parker Dam, the Yuma and Imperial valleys, and the Salton Sea, concluding at farming sites in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs. <P> The Water Education Foundation is an impartial, nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a better understanding of water resources, and foster public understanding and resolution of water resource issues through facilitation, education and outreach. WEF’s history dates back to 1977, when California was in the second year of a major drought and water was at the forefront of the news. Today, the Sacramento-based non-profit Foundation remains a vital source of nonpartisan, in-depth information about water resource issues in the West. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51988 Reclamation Seeking Public Comments on Proposed Reallocaton of Non-Indian Agricultural Water within the Central Arizona Project System
Phoenix, Ariz. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Phoenix Area Office (Reclamation) announced today that it is continuing to seek public comments on the proposed reallocation of non-Indian agricultural water within the Central Arizona Project system. In October 2015, Reclamation, in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) and the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, began preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed reallocation of 46,629 acres of non-Indian agricultural water for use by municipal and industrial users in the Phoenix, Pinal, and Tucson Active Management Areas (AMAs). <P> The reallocation of the subject water would be used by the AMA’s to augment their existing water supplies, which are located within the Central Arizona Project service area, and to help these users meet their targets for reducing groundwater overdraft, while still developing their economies. The proposed reallocation is based on a prior recommendation provided by the ADWR. <P> The Arizona Water Settlements Act of 2004 outlines that this water can be reallocated to municipal and industrial users upon approval by the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary). The EA is being prepared to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. The EA will help Reclamation and the Secretary understand the effects the proposed reallocations will have on the environment and natural resources, and will inform the Secretary’s decision on whether to approve the proposed reallocations based on ADWR’s recommendation. <P> Reclamation is currently seeking public input regarding the potential impacts of the proposed action, the alternatives that should be considered, and other concerns and issues that should be addressed in the EA. <P> Anyone desiring to submit comments on the proposed recommendations should send them by postal mail to Reclamation’s Phoenix Area Office, 6150 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, AZ 85306, Attn: PXAO-1500, or via facsimile to (623) 773-6486 by January 18, 2016. Submitted comments on the proposed recommendations are available for public review at any time. A public scoping newsletter with additional information on this proposed action is available on the Phoenix Area Office website at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix">www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix</a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51747 Reclamation to Lower Lake Moovalya One Foot in January 2016
BOULDER CITY, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation will lower the level of Lake Moovalya by approximately one foot in elevation for about two weeks beginning in early January 2016. Lake Moovalya is the small body of water behind Headgate Rock Dam north of Parker, Arizona. Reclamation is coordinating this activity with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to allow the Colorado River Indian Tribes to perform annual maintenance on their canals. <P> The drawdown is scheduled to begin the morning of Monday, January 4, 2016. The one-foot drop should be completed by Monday afternoon, but environmental conditions could vary the drawdown time. The temporary drawdown is expected to have minimal impacts on releases from Parker Dam and will not affect Colorado River flows below Headgate Rock Dam. <P> During the drawdown, the Lake Moovalya water level will stay at approximately elevation 363.40 feet; the water level is normally at elevation 364.40 feet. The lake should return to its normal elevation by Tuesday, January 19, 2016. However, a return to normal elevation may occur sooner or later than this date depending on operational or environmental conditions. <P> All river users should be aware that fluctuating or lower than normal river flows may expose or create natural hazards such as moving sandbars, gravel bars, unstable riverbanks, floating or submerged debris, or other unfamiliar obstacles. As always, caution should be exercised while using the river. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51687 Lower Colorado Region Turns Green into Gold!
At a public ceremony hosted at the Lower Colorado Regional Office, on Thursday, December 10, 2015, Reclamation demonstrated that it can virtually turn green into gold. How did they do it you may ask? Simple answer, in September 2015, the Lower Colorado Region was notified by the U.S. Green Building Council that it would be recognized with Gold Certification for integrating green, environmentally sustainable designs and energy-efficient technological features into the major renovation of two of its historic buildings on its Boulder City campus, Date Street buildings 100 and 200. <P> “The renovation of Date Street buildings 100 and 200 was a very special project for Reclamation,” Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp said. “We were not only able to integrate new environmentally sustainable features into these two historic buildings and bring them into the 21st century technologically, but also we were able to maintain much of the rich history of these buildings’ original designs and architecture, reflecting the appearance of the buildings in the early 1940s.” <P> To commemorate the momentous achievements accomplished in renovating both historic buildings, staff from Reclamation’s External Affairs and Engineering Services offices hosted a LEED Gold Plaque Unveiling Ceremony in two of the large training conference rooms that had been renovated integrating the latest in new green energy-efficient architecture. Following the afternoon ceremony, attendees were treated to guided tours of both buildings to view the structural improvements that had been integrated into the buildings’ original designs. <P> New green features integrated into both buildings’ architecture include energy-efficient, low voltage fluorescent lighting with motion sensors that phase down when desk areas, offices or conference rooms are not in use, energy-efficient solar-glazed windows, zone-controlled high-efficiency HVAC systems, low-flow toilets and water fixtures, external drip irrigation systems and desert-friendly xeriscaping integrating low-water-use desert plants. In the renovation process materials with low VOC (volatile organic compounds) were also integrated into the process for improved air quality. <P> Attendees recognized at the event with framed certificates, presented by Regional Director Terry Fulp for their contributions to the green effort, included representatives from the construction, engineering, architectural and landscaping firms Reclamation worked with to modernize the buildings. These firms included Whiting-Turner (Primary Renovation Contractor), Tate Snyder Kimsey (Building Architecture), JBA Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Low Voltage Designers), Quercus (Low Water-Use Landscape Design), JAG (Structural Engineering Enhancements) and Prometrics (Building Commissioning Agents). Also invited to participate in the commemorative event along with Regional Office employees were key community or project team members from the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce and the Historic Preservation committee that was organized to provide oversight for the effort. <P> “During the renovation of both historic buildings, careful attention was also paid to ensure historical features of the buildings were preserved,” added Fulp. “Much of both buildings’ original infrastructure was repaired or reinstalled, the windows were disassembled and rebuilt to include the new solar-glazed panes, and other design elements were either preserved or restored in the overall modernization process. In both buildings special attention was paid to recycled content and recyclable materials.” <P> The LEED rating system, under which both buildings were recognized, offers four distinct certification levels for new construction and major interior and exterior renovation of existing structures including Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The certification level awarded to a new or modified building corresponds to the number of credits accrued for integrating the five green design categories into the buildings’ operational and environmentally sustainable infrastructure, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. LEED standards cover new commercial construction and major renovation projects, interiors projects and existing building operations. <P> <img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/692/23637162706_562b0ed686_z.jpg" alt="Pictured is the recently renovated Date Street Building #200, which historically served as the Six Companies, Inc., garage and automobile repair shop during the days of construction of Hoover Dam, more than 80 years ago."> <br /> <small>Pictured is the recently renovated Date Street Building #200, which historically served as the Six Companies, Inc., garage and automobile repair shop during the days of construction of Hoover Dam, more than 80 years ago. Building #200 now provides office space for employees of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region and houses the printing, public affairs, records, and security services offices. LCR photo provided by Alex Stephens.</small> <P> <img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/761/23036180913_17c35211eb_z.jpg" alt="Pictured is Date Street Building #100 that was recently renovated by Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region integrating green, environmentally-sustainable designs and energy-efficient technological features into the construction process."> <br /> <small>Pictured is Date Street Building #100 that was recently renovated by Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region integrating green, environmentally-sustainable designs and energy-efficient technological features into the construction process. Building #100, which features multiple large conference rooms that integrate the latest in video teleconference and display technology, now serves as the Lower Colorado Region’s primary employee training center complex. LCR photo provided by Alex Stephens.</small> <P> <P> <P>