Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45445 Reclamation to Lower Lake Moovalya One Foot in January 2014
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 2014. 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 area canals. <P> The drawdown is scheduled to begin the morning of Monday, January 6, 2014. 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 Friday, January 17, 2014. 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> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45305 Reclamation Lowering Water Releases from Parker Dam on December 5 and 6 for Electrical Upgrade
BOULDER CITY, Nev. — On December 5, 2013, the Bureau of Reclamation plans to reduce the water released from Parker Dam to allow Western Area Power Administration to upgrade the protection system in the 161-kilovolt switchyard at the dam. The water releases will be lowered to about 900 cubic feet per second (cfs) for a 10-hour period. The reduced flows will begin on December 5 at 6 p.m. MST and will continue until December 6 at 4 a.m. MST. Normal minimum releases from Parker Dam are 1,800 cfs. <P> During this time period, Reclamation will continue to meet downstream water orders. River users from Parker Dam downstream to Blythe, California should be alert to the low water levels and exposed navigation hazards through most of Friday, December 6. <P> Parker Dam provides water storage for Lake Havasu, the 45-mile long reservoir behind Parker Dam. Water stored in Lake Havasu is delivered to water users in Arizona, California, and Mexico. The Western Area Power Administration markets the hydropower produced by Parker Dam to customers as far away as the City of Los Angeles. <P> For further information regarding the Parker Dam reduced water releases and associated bus outage, please contact the Water Operations Control Center at 702-293-8373, or <a href=mailto:BCOOWaterops@usbr.gov>BCOOWaterops@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45224 Reclamation Lowering Lake Havasu for Parker Dam Trash Rack Repair
BOULDER CITY, Nev. — Beginning December 8, 2013, the Bureau of Reclamation is lowering the water level of Lake Havasu for approximately eight weeks to repair the trash racks at Parker Dam. The drawdown will result in the lake reaching an elevation of 445 feet by mid-December 2013. The lake will remain at this level until mid-February 2014. <P> During the drawdown, Reclamation will repair and replace deteriorating components of the Parker Dam outer forebay trash rack structure. This structure is the first of two systems that filter debris from the lake to protect the power generation facilities at the dam. The current trash racks, original to Parker Dam, are 75 years old and deteriorated beyond repair. <P> While Lake Havasu is normally lowered during winter months for river management activities, seasonal fluctuations typically range from about 445.8 to 449.5 feet. The lake level will remain at about 445.0 feet until work on the trash racks is completed. However, due to unforeseen circumstances caused by operational or environmental conditions, the lake level may vary from 445.0 feet during this period. <P> Reclamation held a public meeting in Lake Havasu City on August 1, 2013 to answer questions about the drawdown. If you would like additional information regarding the Lake Havasu drawdown and the Parker Dam trash rack repairs, please contact the Water Operations Control Center at 702-293-8373, or <a href=mailto:BCOOWaterops@usbr.gov>BCOOWaterops@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45184 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on the Proposed Upgrade of Electrical Systems at Imperial Dam
YUMA, ARIZ. — The Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office announced today the release of a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for proposed upgrades to electrical components at Imperial Dam, located approximately 18 miles northeast of Yuma, Arizona. <P> Under the proposed action described in the EA, the Imperial Irrigation District would upgrade and improve electrical systems, components and service lines at Imperial Dam and its associated facilities, bringing these structures up to current safety standards and National Electrical Codes. With original construction of Imperial Dam completed in 1938, the electrical components providing site power to Imperial Dam and its associated facilities need extensive refurbishment in order to ensure long-term operational efficiency and reliability. <P> The replacement of high-voltage power lines and the movement of construction equipment will result in short-term, intermittent closures of the park located at the western end of the dam to ensure public safety. However, this project does not include any substantial or long-term changes in the operation of the facility. <P> The EA analyzed and described the anticipated environmental and human impacts resulting from the proposed action. Based upon analysis completed for the EA, Reclamation has determined that authorizing the Imperial Irrigation District to conduct the electrical upgrades will not result in significant environmental or human impacts. As such, Reclamation has determined that a FONSI is appropriate and that an environmental impact statement is not needed for this project. Copies of the Final EA and FONSI are available online at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/yuma/environmental_docs/environ_docs.html">www.usbr.gov/lc/yuma/environmental_docs/environ_docs.html</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45128 Reclamation Raises Rates for Hoover Dam Visitor Center, Powerplant Tour and Covered Parking
BOULDER CITY, NEV. — The Lower Colorado Region of the Bureau of Reclamation is increasing the entrance fees to some Hoover Dam Visitor Center attractions, and the cost of parking in the garage and Arizona spillway lot. The rate hikes go into effect on Friday, November 15, 2013. <P> This is the first increase to Visitor Center rates in eight years and comes based in part on the increased cost of operations and maintenance at the facility and an economic comparison to other regional state and private attractions. There is no charge for driving across and exploring the top of Hoover Dam and there is free parking available on the Arizona side of the property. <P> On Friday, November 15, the entrance fee for the Visitor Center will be $10 per person. Rates for the 30-minute guided Powerplant Tour, which includes admission to the Visitor Center, will be $15. Parking in the garage and Arizona spillway lot is available for $10. The extensive one-hour Dam Tour ticket, which includes entry into the Visitor Center, is $30 per person. <P> For seniors, military personnel with ID and youth ages 4 to 16, entrance to the Visitor Center will be $10 and the Powerplant Tour will be $12. Military personnel in uniform and children up to age three receive the Powerplant Tour at no charge. <P> Hoover Dam tours have been conducted since 1937 and the facility remains a premier attraction in southern Nevada. The historic icon and working hydropower facility is visited by more than a million guests a year, with nearly 800,000 taking advantage of the tours and entry to the Visitor Center. <P> Built in 1995, the Hoover Dam Visitor Center is a unique interpretive facility offering displays featuring the life and times during the construction of Hoover Dam; information on flood control and hydropower generation; and access to the amazing view of the Colorado River, Hoover Dam and Lake Mead available from the Observation Deck. A Visitor Center ticket also includes entrance to the Old Exhibit Building on the property. <P> For more information on directions, tour schedules, prices and historic information about Hoover Dam, visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/">www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45009 Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Fish Barrier in Spring Creek
PHOENIX - Reclamation is proposing construction of a fish barrier in Spring Creek, Yavapai County, Arizona. The proposed project would be located within the Coconino National Forest north of the town of Cornville. Following construction, federally-endangered spikedace and Gila topminnow would be stocked in Spring Creek, upstream of the fish barrier, with consideration given to stocking other federally listed fish, amphibians and semi-aquatic species. <P> Reclamation is seeking public input to aid in the identification of key issues and possible alternatives related to the proposed project that should be considered in an upcoming environmental assessment. <P> Details of the proposed project can be found in a Public Scoping Notice, which can be obtained by calling Reclamation’s Environmental Resource Management Division at 623-773-6251, e-mailing <a href=mailto:jharagara@usbr.gov>jharagara@usbr.gov</a>, or by downloading it from the Phoenix Area Office website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix">www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix</a>. <P> Comments should be mailed to John McGlothlen at the Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office, PXAO-1500, 6150 West Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, Ariz. 85306-4001or faxed to (623) 773-6481, no later than November 22, 2013. Questions may be directed to Mr. McGlothlen at (623) 773-6256. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45008 Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Fish Barrier in O’Donnell Canyon
PHOENIX - Reclamation is proposing construction of a fish barrier in O’Donnell Canyon, Santa Cruz County, Arizona. There are two potential sites approximately 10 miles southeast of the town of Sonoita. One is within the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area and the other on National Forest system land administered by Coronado National Forest. The action is intended to protect existing populations of Gila chub and Gila Topminnow. The proposed action may consist of a new fish barrier or repair of an existing, but eroded, Bureau of Land Management dam. <P> Reclamation is seeking public input to aid in the identification of key issues and possible alternatives related to the proposed project that should be considered in an upcoming environmental assessment. <P> Details of the proposed project can be found in a Public Scoping Notice, which can be obtained by calling Reclamation’s Environmental Resource Management Division at 623-773-6251, e-mailing <a href=mailto:jharagara@usbr.gov>jharagara@usbr.gov</a>, or by downloading it from the Phoenix Area Office website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix">www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix</a>. <P> Comments should be mailed to John McGlothlen at the Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office, PXAO-1500, 6150 West Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, Ariz. 85306-4001or faxed to (623) 773-6481, no later than November 22, 2013. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=44865 Reclamation Lowers Lake Mohave Water Level as Annual Razorback Sucker Harvest Underway
BOULDER CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region is lowering water levels in Lake Mohave to aid in annual endangered fish species conservation project work. Beginning today, Lake Mohave, located above Davis Dam on the Colorado River, will steadily lower from its current elevation of about 640 feet to an elevation of about 633 feet by the week of November 18, 2013. Water levels will begin rising again by late November as the razorback sucker fish project is finished. <P> Boaters may experience decreased access to ramps and should be especially alert to changes on the lake. Updates on current recreation opportunities are available from the National Park Service office at 702-293-8691. Updated information on water levels at Lake Mohave and other Lower Colorado Region reservoirs is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/riverops.html">www.usbr.gov/lc/riverops.html</a> under Current Conditions. <P> Reclamation’s Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (LCR MSCP) annually gathers tens of thousands of newly hatched razorback sucker larvae from Lake Mohave to be raised in state and federal hatcheries in the southwest. After an initial period in these hatcheries, many of the fish are placed in rearing ponds around Lake Mohave to grow and learn how to forage. As the fish reach the 12-inch minimum stocking size, they are microchip tagged and released back into the lower Colorado River or adjacent backwaters. <P> During the fall months, lake levels are lowered so that razorback suckers can be harvested from the lakeside rearing ponds, reintroduced to the river and crews can remove overgrown vegetation and maintain the rearing ponds. <P> The project is part of Reclamation’s continuing collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona State University and the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The LCR MSCP is a multi-agency effort to accommodate current and present water and power needs while conserving species and their habitats along the river. Additional razorback sucker conservation information is available at <a href="http://www.lcrmscp.gov/fish/razorback_sucker.html">http://www.lcrmscp.gov/fish/razorback_sucker.html</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=44647 Maria Ramirez Named Area Manager for Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office
BOULDER CITY, NEV. — Maria Ramirez has been selected as the Area Manager for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office, part of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region. Regional Director Terry Fulp said Ramirez is an effective leader with an extensive knowledge of the organization. <P> “It gives me great pleasure to announce Maria as the Yuma Area Office Manager. She brings a strong commitment to ensuring our operations and maintenance responsibilities are met as well as maintaining our good working relationships with the water districts, tribes and other stakeholders,” said Fulp. <P> Ramirez, who most recently served as Acting Area Manager for the Yuma Office, said that her work has taught her the importance of balancing the needs of the organization and the many stakeholders who depend on the Colorado River. <P> “I’m looking forward to contributing to the agricultural community and making a difference in the community that I grew up in,” said Ramirez. <P> The Yuma Area Office coordinates the delivery of nearly six million acre-feet of Colorado River water annually to the Imperial, Coachella and Yuma valleys, and to Mexico. The water supplies municipal areas along the river, and irrigates more than 1.2 million acres that produce much of the U.S. winter vegetable crop. In addition to water delivery, the office is responsible for international Treaty compliance, groundwater management, river maintenance, and operation and maintenance of the Yuma Desalting Plant. <P> Ramirez became the Assistant Area Manager for the Yuma Area Office in 2009, and was promoted to Deputy Area Manager in 2011. Prior to joining the Yuma Office, Ramirez held numerous positions with Reclamation, including Property and Acquisitions Group Manager, Administrative Officer, and Program Management Office Chief. Ramirez holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in business administration from Norwich University. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=44524 Environmental Review Activities Slated for White Mountain Apache Tribe Rural Water Project
PHOENIX - The Bureau of Reclamation, in cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT), will be preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the environmental impacts of constructing and operating the WMAT Rural Water System. The project is being funded by the Bureau of Reclamation. <P> The proposed project includes a dam and storage reservoir on the North Fork of the White River, water treatment facilities, and a distribution system that would provide water to communities located approximately 180 miles east of Phoenix, Ariz. on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, including Whiteriver, Fort Apache, Canyon Day, Cedar Creek, Carrizo, and Cibecue. <P> Input from the public is desired to aid in the identification of key issues and possible alternatives related to the proposed project that should be considered in the EIS. Two meetings will be held to solicit public input on the scope of the environmental review, including alternatives, concerns, and issues to be addressed in the EIS. The scoping meetings will be held at the following locations: <P> • September 20, 2013, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Cibicue Complex Feeding Center, 10 West 3rd North Cromwell Road, Cibecue, Arizona. • September 21, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Whiteriver Unified School District Office Training Room II, 963 South Chief Avenue, Whiteriver, Arizona. <P> Information regarding the proposed project can be obtained by calling Reclamation’s Environmental Resource Management Division at (623) 773-6251, by e-mailing <a href=mailto:jharagara@usbr.gov>jharagara@usbr.gov</a>, or by downloading it from the Phoenix Area Office website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix">www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix</a> <P> Comments can also be mailed to John McGlothlen at the Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office, PXAO-1500, 6150 West Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, AZ. 85306-4001or faxed to (623) 773-6481, no later than October 28, 2013. Questions may be directed to Mr. McGlothlen at (623) 773-6256. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=44246 Bureau of Reclamation Forecasts Lower Water Release from Lake Powell to Lake Mead for 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — As part of its ongoing management of Colorado River reservoirs, the Bureau of Reclamation has determined that, based on the best available data projections of Lake Powell and Lake Mead reservoir elevations, under the 2007 Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead (2007 Interim Guidelines) a release of 7.48 million acre-feet (maf) from Lake Powell is required in water year 2014 (Oct. 1, 2013 – Sept. 30, 2014). An annual release of 7.48 maf is the lowest release since the filling of Lake Powell in the 1960s. Lake Mead is projected to decline an additional eight feet during 2014 as a result of the lower Lake Powell annual release; however, Lake Mead will operate under normal conditions in calendar year 2014, with water users in the Lower Colorado River Basin and Mexico receiving their full water orders in accordance with the 2007 Interim Guidelines and the 1944 Treaty with Mexico. <P> The 2007 Interim Guidelines Record of Decision was signed by the Secretary of the Interior after extensive consultation with the seven Colorado River Basin states, Native American tribes, federal agencies, environmental organizations, and other stakeholders and interested parties. The guidelines were adopted to coordinate reservoir management strategies and address annual operations of Lake Powell and Lake Mead, particularly under low reservoir conditions. <P> “This is the worst 14-year drought period in the last hundred years,” said Upper Colorado Regional Director Larry Walkoviak. “Reclamation’s collaboration with the seven Colorado River basin states on the 2007 Interim Guidelines is proving to be invaluable in coordinating the operations of the reservoirs and helping protect future availability of Colorado River water supplies,” added Walkoviak. <P> Reclamation's Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp also pointed to the variability in the system. “With a good winter snowpack next year, the outlook could change significantly as it did in 2011, but we also need to be prepared for continuing drought. Currently the longer-term projections from Reclamation’s hydrologic models show a very small chance of lower basin delivery shortages in 2015, with the first significant chance of reduced water deliveries in the lower basin in 2016. These projections will be updated monthly and will reflect changes in weather and the resulting hydrology,” said Fulp. <P> Updated monthly, Reclamation's 24-Month Study is an operational report that provides projected reservoir operations for all major system reservoirs in the Colorado River Basin for the next two years. The August 24-Month Study is available on the Reclamation websites for the Upper and Lower Colorado Regions: Upper Colorado Region: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/studies/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/studies/index.html</a> <P> Lower Colorado Region: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/24mo/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/24mo/index.html</a> <P> By planning ahead for varying reservoir levels, the 2007 Interim Guidelines provide Colorado River users, especially those in the lower basin states of Arizona, Nevada and California, with a greater degree of certainty about annual water deliveries. The 2007 Interim Guidelines also define the reservoir levels that would trigger delivery shortages and specify those reduced delivery amounts in the lower Colorado River Basin once Lake Mead reaches certain elevations. Information about the 2007 Interim Guidelines is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/programs/strategies.html">http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/programs/strategies.html</a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=44104 Rob Skordas Named Area Manager for Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Dams Office
BOULDER CITY, NEV. — Rob Skordas has been selected as the area manager of the Lower Colorado Dams Office for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region. Regional Director Terry Fulp said Skordas, who was previously the acting area manager for the office, is known for his dedication to his work and his commitment to safety. <P> “Rob has done an excellent job as the acting manager for the Lower Colorado Dams Office, and I know he will continue to provide exemplary service as the area manager,” said Fulp. <P> The Lower Colorado Dams Office is responsible for managing and operating Hoover, Davis, and Parker dams on the lower Colorado River, including powerplants and facilities that provide more than 9 million acre-feet of water and produce more than 6.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. <P> Skordas was a doctor of chiropractic for 15 years, before changing directions in 1999 and taking a position as an apprentice power plant operator at Reclamation’s Grand Coulee Dam. In 2002, he became a control operator, and subsequently the operations team leader, at Folsom Dam in Reclamation’s Central California Area Office. In 2010, Skordas joined the Lower Colorado Region as the facility manager for Davis Dam, before becoming the facility manager of Hoover Dam in 2012. Skordas said he has become well versed in the challenges of managing facilities that provide essential water and power to people in the American Southwest. <P> “The LCDO area manager position offers an exciting opportunity to work with our power customers and facility mangers,” said Skordas. “Climate change has created new challenges for the Colorado River, and I look forward to leading the team that has been tasked with meeting these challenges.” <P> Skordas and his wife, Paula, live in Boulder City and have two children who attend Boulder City High School. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=43984 Jennifer McCloskey Named Assistant Regional Director for Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region
BOULDER CITY, NEV. — Terry Fulp, Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region, announced today that Jennifer McCloskey was selected as the Region’s Assistant Regional Director. McCloskey, formerly the Area Manager for Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office, began her new position in the Lower Colorado Regional Office in Boulder City on July 22, 2013. <P> “I’m pleased that Jennifer is joining our Regional Office here in Boulder City,” said Director Fulp. “As the Yuma Area Manager, Jennifer has a proven track record as a key member of our Regional Management Team, and we have plenty of work awaiting her expertise.” <P> McCloskey served in the Yuma Area Office for the previous eight years, beginning in 2005 as the Deputy Area Manager, and since 2008, as the Area Manager. As Area Manager, she provided oversight in the scheduling of Colorado River water deliveries in Arizona, California, and Mexico that serves more than 750,000 people and 1 million acres of commercial agriculture. <P> “The past eight years at the Yuma Area Office will definitely be a highlight of my career and I will always treasure all that we accomplished,” said McCloskey. “I am really looking forward to the new challenges of balancing the needs of stakeholders region-wide that depend on the Colorado River.” <P> Before joining Reclamation, McCloskey served as Deputy Director of Tax Audit with the Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C. Prior to public service, she led projects for private sector technology and business services companies in Texas and Florida. She is a certified public accountant and a project management professional, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona in Tucson and a master’s degree in business administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=43786 Reclamation Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Lowering Lake Havasu for Trash Rack Repair at Parker Dam
BOULDER CITY, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is holding a public meeting in Lake Havasu City, Arizona to discuss plans to lower the water level of Lake Havasu for approximately eight weeks to repair the trash racks at Parker Dam. The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. MST at the Mohave County Library, located at 1770 North McCulloch Boulevard in Lake Havasu City. Reclamation staff from the Lower Colorado Regional Office will be available to answer questions regarding the project. <P> Beginning in mid-December 2013, and continuing until about mid-February 2014, Reclamation will lower the water level of Lake Havasu to approximately 445.0 feet above mean sea level to repair and replace deteriorating components of the Parker Dam outer forebay trash rack structure. This structure is the first of two systems that filter debris from the river before it can affect power generation at the dam. The current trash racks, original to Parker Dam, are 75 years old and deteriorated beyond repair. <P> While Lake Havasu is normally lowered during winter months for river management activities, seasonal fluctuations typically range from about 445.8 to 449.5 feet. The lake level will remain at about 445.0 feet until work on the trash racks is completed. However, due to unforeseen circumstances caused by operational or environmental conditions, the lake level may vary from 445.0 feet during this period. <P> If you would like additional information regarding the meeting, please contact the Water Operations Control Center at 702-293-8373, or <a href=mailto:BCOOWaterops@usbr.gov>BCOOWaterops@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=43604 New Bureau of Reclamation Deputy Area Manager Announced
PHOENIX - Leslie Meyers is the new Deputy Area Manager for Reclamation's Phoenix Area Office. Area Manager Randy Chandler announced the selection, which was effective June 16, 2013. The Deputy Area Manager oversees Reclamation’s programs and works with state, municipal, regional and tribal water interests throughout much of Arizona and the Gila River watershed in New Mexico. <P> Meyers began her career with Reclamation at the Phoenix office in January of 1989 after several years with a private engineering firm. "I am thankful for a long and diverse career with Reclamation in the Phoenix Area Office and am very proud of the important work that we do,” Meyers said. <P> A registered professional engineer, Meyers has received numerous awards throughout her federal career, including the Superior Service Award, one of the Department of the Interior's highest for career employees. <P> Meyers previously served as chief of the Program Development Division. "Her work in this arena has given her broad exposure to the Arizona water community, watershed groups, and the water issues facing Arizona," Chandler says. Earlier in her career, Meyers helped develop operating agreements for the Central Arizona Project and New Waddell Dam and managed accessibility and Water Conservation programs. <P> She met her husband Bryan while both were students at Texas A&M where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in civil engineering. They have been married for 27 years and have three children. <P> <P>