Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel 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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51593 Reclamation Seeking Cost Share Funding Proposals for the Water Conservation Field Services Program
Boulder City, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region (LCR) is seeking cost-share funding proposals with eligible non-federal stakeholders within the Lower Colorado River Basin as part of the Water Conservation Field Services Program (WCFSP) program. In 2016, Reclamation anticipates it will provide approximately $800,000 dollars in federal cost-share funding for eight to fifteen awards, depending on submittals and approval of a Congressionally authorized budget. To be eligible to participate in the program, the project must be located in the Lower Colorado Region and have a defined relationship to an authorized Reclamation project. Eligible entities include States, Native American Tribes, irrigation and water districts, or other similar organizations with water or power delivery authority or mandates. Projects selected for funding through the WCFSP will be selected through a competitive review/award process. <P> In 2016, Reclamation is limiting the total of federal funding available to each successful applicant to no more than $100,000 on a cost-sharing basis. Organizations interested in submitting funding proposals should refer to the full announcement at: <a href="http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280231">http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280231</a>. <P> Eligible applicants submitting proposals through the program are required to provide 50 percent or more in matching non-federal funds to be eligible to receive the Federal funding. Applications are due by January 22, 2016. <P> All proposals submitted to Reclamation are subject to a determination by Reclamation that 2016 appropriations are available and that awards can be made consistent with all program requirements. Reclamation anticipates awards of financial assistance to applicants who successfully pass all pre-award requirements on or before June 2016. <P> For additional information about the program, contact Tina Mullis, Program Manager, with Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region at <a href=mailto:tmullis@usbr.gov>tmullis@usbr.gov</a> or (702) 293-8139. For administrative questions about this announcement, please contact Shawna Thompson, Grants Officer, at <a href=mailto:smthompson@usbr.gov>smthompson@usbr.gov</a> or (702) 293-8570. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51471 Reclamation to Conduct River Maintenance Along Colorado River Near The Aha Quin Resort
Yuma, Ariz. — The Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office is initiating river maintenance and wash fan channel clearing at the Quien Sabe Wash Fan along the Colorado River beginning on Monday, November 30, 2015. The Quien Sabe Wash Fan is located within the Colorado River Indian Tribe’s reservation perimeter, seven miles north of the Aha Quin Resort at River Mile 151.1 on the California side of the river. <P> Reclamation will be operating long-reach excavators, haul trucks, and bulldozers along the banklines and access roads leading into the area. Due to public safety concerns, all boats launches and river recreation will not be permitted in the area until construction activities are substantially complete. Reclamation timed the maintenance work to take advantage of the current low river channel flow season which occurs from November 2015 through March 2016. <P> Over the past several years, flash floods in the surrounding watershed transported large amounts of alluvial material into the river channel, forming wash fans adjacent to and in the river channel. In conducting the work, Reclamation crews will remove approximately 16,000 cubic yards of mostly fine sandy and some gravely material from the channel area with excavation extending four feet below the navigational level of the river. The project surface area will cover about 2.3 acres. Excavated material will not be stockpiled in the wash fan area or discharged into the Colorado River. <P> The maintenance planning and construction work is performed by Reclamation under the authority of the Colorado River Front Work and Levee System Act of 1946 for the purposes of controlling floods, improving navigation, and improving the flow of the Colorado River through Arizona, Nevada, and California. <P> For further information about this upcoming maintenance project, please contact Chris Wallis at (928) 343-8215. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51029 Reclamation Finalizes Agreement with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the Phase II Study related to the Navajo Generating Station
Boulder City, Nev. — Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Regional Office announced that it has executed an Interagency Agreement with the Department of Energy (DOE) that will provide funding for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to conduct the Phase II Study for future operation of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS). This agreement is part of the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) work with the NGS Joint Federal Agency Working Group (JFAWG) consisting of DOI, DOE, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). <P> “This new funding agreement obligates more than $2 million dollars to NREL to implement the DOI’s commitments to identify potential long-term options for transitioning the federal share of energy generated at the NGS to lower-emitting energy options such as wind, solar and natural gas,” said Kevin Black, NGS Energy Development Program Manager for Reclamation. “The scope of the agreement also obligates funding for development of a carbon reduction and clean energy development guide and technical assistance to the tribal nations affected by future operational changes at the NGS.” <P> The NREL Phase II study will incorporate NGS emission reduction standards established by the EPA and include information common to and consistent with the ongoing preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the continued operations of the NGS and associated Kayenta Mine. <P> Based on a timetable developed by the NGS JFAWG, the study is targeted for completion in the first quarter of calendar year 2017. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50908 Reclamation, CA State Lands Commission Seek Public Comment on Proposed Mohave Valley Conservation Area Backwater Project
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region Multi-Species Conservation Program (LCR MSCP), in cooperation with the California State Lands Commission (CSLC) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), is seeking public review and comment on a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA)/Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for a proposed habitat restoration project located along the lower Colorado River near Needles, California. <P> The 50-acre parcel is located approximately 13 miles south of Needles, California, between river miles 236 and 237 within the Moabi Regional Park (Park Moabi). The document will assess the suitability of the area for inclusion in the LCR MSCP program, and activities to protect native riparian, wetland and backwater habitat for targeted LCR MSCP species including the flannelmouth sucker and razorback sucker. <P> If approved, the CDFW and the LCR MSCP would partner to create the Mohave Valley Conservation Area (MVCA) and implement the habitat projects. The proposed projects include removing non-native species such as saltcedar, establishing an open backwater channel, planting native cottonwood and willow trees, and creating marsh habitat. Proposed activities also include constructing a water control structure to send water to the backwater area, with return flows to the Colorado River through the Park Moabi Channel. <P> Reclamation and CSLC are seeking public comments on the draft EA/MND to include in the final EA/MND. Reclamation will issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) if the study determines that no significant impacts would result from creating the MVCA and implementing the proposed habitat projects. The EA/MND is being prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). <P> All public review and comments must be postmarked by November 30, 2015. Please address official project comments or questions in writing to the California State Lands Commission, 100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100-South, Sacramento, CA 95825, ATTN: Afifa Awan, or via e-mail to <a href=mailto:CEQAccomments@slc.ca.gov>CEQAcomments@slc.ca.gov</a> or fax at (916) 574-1885. For specific inquires for the Bureau of Reclamation, please contact Dana Anat via email at <a href=mailto:danat@usbr.gov>danat@usbr.gov</a> or fax at (702) 293-8418. An electronic copy of the Draft EA/MND for the proposed MVCA Backwater Project is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html">www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html</a> or a paper copy is available by e-mail request to Dana Anat. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50751 Reclamation Names Valerie Simon as Salton Sea Program Manager
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that Valerie Simon will assume the position of Reclamation’s Salton Sea Program Manager. In this role, Simon will continue Reclamation’s work in providing technical expertise to California state and local agencies, irrigation districts and other Federal agencies in the management of the Salton Sea. She will also continue Reclamation’s role in supporting the State of California in identifying a Restoration Plan for the Sea. <P> “Val brings 25 years of experience in natural resources management along with longstanding ties to the Salton Sea area and the many people and organizations concerned about the Sea. We’re pleased to have her in this position,” Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp said. “While identification of a restoration plan and funding for restoration of the Sea remains a state responsibility, Reclamation is committed to supporting the state in their efforts.” <P> Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region has been active in recent years as part of the Department of the Interior’s collaborative efforts in providing technical expertise toward mitigating the environmental decline of the Salton Sea. <P> <P>