Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel 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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50540 Reclamation Employees Feed Families in Need
Lower Colorado—Reclamation employees from Boulder City, Phoenix, Temecula, Yuma and the Hoover Dam offices collected more than 8,500 pounds of food from August 17 to September 18 to support the Feds Feed Families national food drive. Feds Feed Families, an annual campaign launched in 2009, is a part of President Obama's United We Serve campaign. <P> "This initiative makes a real difference in helping to restock the shelves of local foodbanks and pantries in our communities," Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp said. "It's heartwarming to see the generosity of our Reclamation employees in stepping forward to help counter hunger and food insufficiency in the neighborhoods where we live and work." <P> Feds Feed Families helps neighborhood food banks and pantries stay stocked during summer months when they traditionally see a decrease in donations and an increase in need. <P> Earlier this year, employees at the regional office and Hoover Dam collected more than 6,000 pounds of food for donations to the Emergency Aid of Boulder City (EABC) food bank. Likewise, similar food collection efforts hosted at Reclamation's Phoenix, Temecula and Yuma Area Offices contributed an additional 2,500 pounds of food collectively to support foodbanks in their respective operational areas. <P> Following the month-long campaign, food collected by the Lower Colorado Region employees was transported by the truckloads on September 23 to the EABC foodbank for distribution to families in Boulder City, Nevada. Food donations to the EABC pantry are low during the summer, so the huge amount of food collected for people and their pets was nearly perfect timing. <P> "Our shelves were nearly empty yesterday, but Reclamation's contribution more than restocked our supply," EABC Secretary Helen Breeden noted. "Daily, we provide more than 250 shopping bags of food to people in need." EABC's all-volunteer staff provides food, rental, and utility assistance, as well as other additional needs services such as transportation to local residents and travelers who may be stranded. with no resources remaining to continue their journey. <P> <strong>Bring a Can – Get a Popsicle" Rally at Regional Office Bolsters Final Collection Efforts</strong> <P> On September 18, the Lower Colorado Regional Office's Reclamation Employee Association (REA) hosted an enthusiastic "Bring a can - Get a popsicle" rally to bolster the final food collection efforts. As with the region's previous year's food drive efforts, REA also conducted its annual collection box decorating contest – with the Resource Management Office and Human Resources Office collection boxes being judged as the "Most Creative" and "Most Popular" entries. <P> "This year's campaign at the Regional Office was conducted during the late summer months for a critical reason," said Maria Romasanta, president of the Regional REA "Every day, working parents in Southern Nevada face an unthinkable choice between feeding their families and paying the bills. Many single individuals including our honored veterans are also going hungry. Sadly, one of every six Southern Nevadans struggles with hunger and nearly 60 percent of children in the Clark County School district receive free or reduced price meals." <P> Since 2008, southern Nevada saw a change in the dynamic of poverty due to the pervasiveness of the recession. Southern Nevada suffered sustained unemployment - peaking at nearly 15 percent. After years of boom that abruptly ended in early 2009, many families experienced situational poverty for the first time in their lives. Unemployment skyrocketed across the suburban sprawl and foreclosures hit an all-time high. Families everywhere are struggling with unprecedented debt. First time users of food pantries became the norm. While the economy continues its slow recovery, these lasting effects take time to heal. <P> "Though the official drive in our Reclamation Region may have concluded, it's never too late to donate to a foodbank in your local neighborhood or community," Romasanta said. "Donations of food and household items can be made year-round directly to a food pantry of your choice." <br /> <br /> <P> <p><span class="ImageCallout"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/647/21686159936_dabff0c758.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Full Pantry at the Emergency Aid of Boulder City."><br /> <small>Full Pantry at the Emergency Aid of Boulder City.</small></span></p> <P> <p><span class="ImageCallout"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/764/21712156785_1b7f07302e.jpg" width="500" height="400" alt="At Reclamation's Feds Feed Families delivery LC RD Terry Fulp (right) met two Americorp Volunteers. Middle is Mindy Grabko who recently earned her degree in Outdoor Recreation Management from Northern Michigan University and on the right is Jessica Veldman who completed her MBA in International Management at the University of Memphis. Currently volunteering through Nevada's Great Basin Institute Americorp program, both are excited and ready for jobs in the 'real world'."><br /> <small>At Reclamation's Feds Feed Families delivery LC RD Terry Fulp (right) met two Americorp Volunteers. Middle is Mindy Grabko who recently earned her degree in Outdoor Recreation Management from Northern Michigan University and on the right is Jessica Veldman who completed her MBA in International Management at the University of Memphis. Currently volunteering through Nevada's Great Basin Institute Americorp program, both are excited and ready for jobs in the 'real world'. </small></span></p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50372 Reclamation Lowers Lake Mohave Water Level as Annual Razorback Sucker Harvest Underway
Boulder City, Nev. — This week, the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region began lowering water levels in Lake Mohave to aid in harvesting razorback suckers, a species native to the Colorado River, from lakeside rearing ponds. The work is part of annual river operations which have been timed to coincide with conservation activities for the endangered fish. Lake Mohave, which is located above Davis Dam on the Colorado River near Laughlin, Nevada, will be steadily lowered from its September 8 elevation of 641.5 feet above mean sea level (msl) to an elevation of about 635 feet msl by the week of October 19. <P> Water levels will begin rising again by early November as the conservation work is finished. Updated information on water levels at Lake Mohave and other Lower Colorado Region reservoirs is located at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/riverops.html">www.usbr.gov/lc/riverops.html</a>. http://www.usbr.gov/lc/riverops.html under Current Conditions. Boaters may experience decreased access to ramps and should be extra cautious on the lake. For current recreation opportunities and changes, contact the National Park Service office at 702-293-8691. <P> Each year, Reclamation’s Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (LCR MSCP) gathers tens of thousands of newly hatched razorback sucker larvae from Lake Mohave and transfers the larvae to state and federal hatcheries throughout the Southwest. After an initial growth period in these hatcheries, many of the fish are placed in lakeside rearing ponds around Lake Mohave, where they continue to grow and learn how to forage for food. In the fall, these fish are harvested from the lakeside ponds, tagged with microchips and released back into Lake Mohave. <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. More information about conservation efforts for razorback suckers 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=50348 Interior Announces Support of California Gov. Brown's Salton Sea Leadership Decision
Boulder City, NV — The Department of the Interior issued a statement of support today for the proactive measures announced by California Governor Edmund G. Brown in an effort to identify solutions to the challenges posed by the Salton Sea in southern California. <P> "The Governor’s establishment of a state lead for the Salton Sea demonstrates the importance of this issue to the State of California," Interior’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Jennifer Gimbel said. "We commend Governor Brown for this decision and stand ready to support the state as it takes action to identify and implement a restoration vision that is practical, implementable, and affordable." <P> The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region has been active in recent years as part of DOI’s efforts to partner with California state agencies, interested irrigation districts, other federal agencies and the Salton Sea Authority in providing technical expertise and funding towards mitigating the environmental decline of the Salton Sea. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50230 Reclamation schedules public meeting to discuss proposed Cibola Cut Old Channel Reconstruction Project
Yuma, Ariz. — Reclamation's Yuma Area Office announced today that it will soon begin preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Cibola Cut Old Channel Reconstruction Project, located along the lower Colorado River’s Cibola Division, just south of Palo Verde, California. <P> Based on the proposed action, Reclamation would restore flows through the lower section of the Cibola Cut Old Channel in order to enhance and protect fish and wildlife resources. Flows through the old river channel were established and are maintained to benefit fish and wildlife resources and habitat. Over time, flows through the channel have lost their capacity to circulate water properly due to sedimentation and improper channel mechanics. <P> To help gather information to determine the scope of issues associated with the proposed environmental action, Reclamation will host a public meeting in Blythe, California, on Friday, August 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Comfort Suites Hotel, 700 W. Donlon Street, in Blythe. <P> Members of the public and organizations that have an interest in this project are invited to attend the meeting and provide comments. Reclamation staff will make a presentation at 5:30 p.m., which will include an overview of the scope of the EA and a profile of the project schedule and objectives. Staff from Reclamation will be available at the meeting to accept comments and answer questions about the upcoming EA process. <P> For those unable to attend the public meeting, Reclamation will also accept written comments on the scope of the EA; all written comments are due by Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Please address comments to Mr. Nick Heatwole, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, 7301 Calle Agua Salada, Yuma, AZ, 85364. Comments can also be submitted by e-mail to Nick Heatwole at: nheatwole@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50187 Reclamation to restrict portions of Squaw Lake Road near Imperial Diversion Dam to accommodate installation of a new guard rail
Yuma, Ariz. — Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office reports that beginning the week of August 31, 2015, it will intermittently restrict traffic to one lane and temporarily reduce the speed limit on portions of the Squaw Lake Dike Road near Imperial Diversion Dam to accommodate installation of a new guard rail structure on both sides of the access road. <P> To complete the much needed safety barrier repairs along the roadway, contractors working on behalf of Reclamation will begin demolishing, removing and disposing of the existing guard rail structure and supporting earthen material. Following removal of the existing and dilapidated structure, the contractor will install approximately 8,000 linear feet of new federally approved guard railing and posts. <P> The upcoming maintenance activities are part of Reclamation’s efforts to maintain and safeguard its water delivery and storage infrastructure that provides water management services to farmers in the Yuma, Imperial Valley and Wellton Mohawk service areas. In conducting the maintenance work, the contractor will be operating heavy equipment and haul/delivery trucks along the access roads leading into this project site. The duration of the construction activities at this site is anticipated to take approximately one month, with estimated project completion occurring in early October 2015. <P> Senator Wash Road and Squaw Lake Dike Road are located in Imperial County, California, approximately 18 miles north of Yuma, Arizona, and two miles upstream from Imperial Dam. The 12,000 acre-foot active capacity reservoir and pump generation facility provides for the optimization of water delivery and storage operations in the lower stretch of the Colorado River. <P> For further information about this upcoming construction activity, please contact Chris Wallis, Chief of the Yuma Area Office’s Resource Management Office, at (928) 343-8215 or cwallis@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50129 Reclamation to close Anza Road Bridge near Calexico due to deterioration of the structure
Yuma, Ariz. — Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office, in collaboration with Imperial County and the Imperial Irrigation District (IID), is alerting area visitors and residents to the permanent closure of the Anza Road Bridge/New Briar Flume over the All-American Canal beginning Wednesday, August 19, 2015. <P> Anza Road crosses over the All-American Canal on top of the New Briar Flume approximately 4 miles east of Calexico, California and 2 miles south of CA-98. The flume has deteriorated and Reclamation, IID and engineers from the contract firm NV5 recently inspected the facility to develop a process to repair the New Briar Flume located at the site. During the inspection, engineers from Reclamation and the IID discovered the serious structural deficiencies at the bridge site requiring immediate attention. <P> Based on the review, engineers working at the site believe the structure has lost much of its ability to support heavy traffic loads and that the facility should be closed for public safety reasons and will not reopen for public use. <P> For further information about this upcoming construction activity, please contact Tony Gagajewski with the Yuma Area Office’s Technical Services Office at (928) 343-8524. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49893 Reclamation Releases Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment for City of Henderson Water Tank Site
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the re-issuance of a Right of Use contract to the City of Henderson (City) for a water reservoir (tank) site and associated access road on Reclamation land. The site has been used by the City for this purpose since issuance of the original Right of Use contract in 1986 and has an existing water tank. <P> The draft EA was issued for public review in April 2015. The final EA includes all comments received on the draft EA. The FONSI and final EA are posted on Reclamation’s website at: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html at the link titled, “City of Henderson R-10/10A Water Tank Site.” <P> For questions, or to request a compact disk or paper copy of the final EA, please contact Ms. Faye Streier, National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator, at 702-293-8132 or fstreier@usbr.gov. <P> The FONSI and final EA were prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. <P> <P>