Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47906 Reclamation to Temporarily Close Public Access at Imperial Dam to Accommodate Upgrade of Electrical Systems
Yuma, Ariz – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office announced today that beginning on October 13, it will close public access to several locations at Imperial Dam to accommodate the upgrade of electrical systems and telecommunications service at the facility. The Imperial Irrigation District, who operates and maintains the facility on behalf of Reclamation and other water district entities, will oversee the upcoming infrastructure improvement projects occurring at the facility over the next two years. <P> “With original construction of Imperial Dam completed in 1938, the electrical and telecommunications systems at the facility are in dire need of repair and modernization,” said Maria Ramirez, Area Manager of Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office. <P> Since construction work at the dam will involve the operation of heavy equipment and staging of construction materials at various locations at or near the dam, Reclamation will close public access to the Phil Swing Park area, the dam control house and overlook, and associated parking lot areas. To ensure public safety throughout the entire construction period, public access to Imperial Dam will be closed at the McKinley Road Access Gate – including the entire Phil Swing Park area. <P> Construction projects scheduled to occur at the facility will include the installation of a new medium voltage substation and fiber optic telecommunications network and upgrade of the facility control house. <P> Imperial Dam – located approximately 18 miles northeast of Yuma, Arizona – serves as the primary diversion point for water flowing from the Colorado River to the All-American Canal, the Coachella Canal, the Yuma Main Canal and the Gila Gravity Main Canal. Imperial Dam, the All-American Canal and the Gila Gravity Main Canal’s head works are operated and maintained by the Imperial Irrigation District. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47886 Reclamation announces three contract awards totaling $7.46 million
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation announced that it has awarded three contracts totaling $7.46 million for work in the Lower Colorado Region at Hoover Dam and in Yuma, Arizona. <P> The first contract is for $1.94 million to Precision Crane & Hoist Services, Inc., to replace the powerhouse crane controls at Hoover Dam. The contract calls for modernizing and replacing the 300-ton powerhouse crane controls on the Arizona and Nevada sides of the Colorado River. The work involves removing existing control components, installing modern equipment including updated motors on each bridge, and installing additional buss-bar contactors for the supply power to minimize noise. Precision Crane is a small-business contractor located in Henderson, Nevada. <P> The second contract is for $4.13 million to Global Management Services, LLC, for operations and management of the warehouse facility, storage yards and three chemical storage buildings over a five-year period at Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office in Yuma, Arizona. This contract includes support for Riverbank Operations such as trucking and hauling, general building and grounds support, and support services for the Yuma Desalting Plant and the Yuma Area Office’s two satellite field locations at Laguna, CA and Ehrenberg, AZ. This contract is for a base year and four option years, and includes reimbursement for material and supplies. Global Management Services is an Alaskan Native Corporation-owned small business located in Anchorage, Alaska. <P> The third contract is for $1.39 million to Red One — AAK JV, LLC, for replacement of the headwalls along the Main Outlet Drain Extension, located at the Fortuna Wash Siphon in Yuma, Arizona. The contractor will have primary responsibility for bypassing the saline return irrigation drainage around the construction, demolishing the existing headwalls, and installing new headwalls at the project site. Red One is a small business, service-disabled veteran contractor located in Hanford, California. <P> “The Lower Colorado Region and Reclamation as a whole supports small businesses whether in a nearby community like Henderson or across the country,” said Deputy Regional Director Jennifer McCloskey. “These large contracts provide us the ability to upgrade and maintain our water delivery and power generation capabilities on the Lower Colorado River,” added McCloskey. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47753 2015 Lake Powell Water Release to Lake Mead Will Increase
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Based on the August 24-Month Study, which is the Bureau of Reclamation’s monthly operational study, the water release from Lake Powell to Lake Mead for water year 2015 will be 8.23 million acre-feet (maf). This is an increase from the 2014 release of 7.48 maf, which was the lowest release since Lake Powell filled in the 1960s. <P> Based on the August 24-Month Study, Lake Mead will operate under normal conditions in calendar year 2015, with water users in the Lower Colorado River Basin and Mexico receiving their full water orders. <P> The August 24-Month Study projections are used in accordance with the 2007 Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead (2007 Interim Guidelines) to determine the amount of water released from Lake Powell to Lake Mead for each water year (October 1 to September 30). <P> The 2007 Interim Guidelines allow water managers to plan ahead for varying Colorado River reservoir levels, 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 the reduced delivery amounts in the Lower Colorado River Basin. <P> The Upper Colorado River Basin runoff in 2014 was 94% of average, compared to only 47% in 2013 and 45% in 2012. Despite this near-average runoff, Lake Mead is currently at elevation 1,080 feet, its lowest elevation since the lake filled in the 1930s, due to the 15-year drought that began in 2000. <P> Under the 2007 Interim Guidelines, another review of the conditions at Lake Powell and Lake Mead will occur in April 2015. Based on an analysis of those projections in the April 24-Month Study, Lake Powell’s water releases could be increased to 9.0 maf for water year 2015. <P> Despite a greater release of 8.23 maf from Lake Powell, the elevation of Lake Mead is projected to continue to decrease in 2015. Currently the longer-term projections from Reclamation’s hydrologic models show the first chance of reduced water deliveries in the Lower Basin in 2016. These updated projections will be available later in August. <P> The August 24-Month Study was published on August 13 and is available on the Reclamation website for the Lower Colorado Region at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/24mo/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/24mo/index.html</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47606 Reclamation Schedules Additional Community Outreach Meetings for Hopi
PHOENIX – At the request of the Hopi Tribe, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled two community outreach meetings to provide information on the proposed actions regarding the Navajo Generating Station and the Kayenta Mine Complex. <P> The community outreach meetings will be held on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. A morning session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hopi Veteran’s Memorial Center, Highway 264, Milepost 375.5, Kykotsmovi AZ. An afternoon session is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sichomovi Village, Ponsi Hall, First Mesa AZ. <P> The community outreach meetings will be held in an open-house format and provide information on the development of the Environment Impact Statement (EIS) which will study the human and environmental effects of extending operations of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), located near Page, Arizona and the associated production of coal at the Kayenta Mine, located near Kayenta, Arizona from 2020 through 2044. The open-house format includes no formal presentations but provides an opportunity for informal exchanges of information. <P> Written comments will be accepted and Hopi interpreters will be available at the community outreach meetings. <P> The previously scheduled August 14 meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hotevilla Village, Hotevilla Youth and Elderly Center, 1 Main Street, Hotevilla, Arizona. This public scoping meeting, also in the open-house meeting format, will provide Navajo and Hopi interpreters and court reporters to accept oral comments. <P> The comment period has been reopened and extended through August 31, 2014. All comments on the proposed EIS must be postmarked by that date to ensure consideration in the Draft EIS. Send written comments via postal mail, hand delivery or courier to: Ms. Sandra Eto, NGS-KMC Project Environmental Coordinator, Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office, 6150 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306-4001. Comments also may be faxed to 623-773-6486, emailed to <a Href=mailto:NGSKMC-EIS@usbr.gov>NGSKMC@usbr.gov</a>, or submitted in person at the upcoming public scoping meeting. Court reporters will also be available to record oral comments. To learn more about the project, visit <a href="http://ngskmc-eis.net">http://ngskmc-eis.net </a> or call Ms. Patricia Cox, Public Affairs Specialist, at 623-773-6214. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47526 Reclamation Reopens the Public Comment Period on Proposed NGS and Kayenta Mine Complex Operations, Schedules Additional Open House Meeting
PHOENIX – At the request of the Hopi Tribe, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an additional public scoping open-house meeting on August 14, 2014 in Hotevilla, Arizona. The meeting will occur from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) at the Hotevilla Youth and Elderly Center, 1 Main Street, Hotevilla, Arizona. Hopi and Navajo interpreters will be available. <P> In June, the Reclamation hosted a series of public scoping open-house meetings to share information on the development of the Environment Impact Statement (EIS) to study the human and environmental effects of extending operations of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), located near Page, Arizona and the associated production of coal at the Kayenta Mine, located near Kayenta, Arizona from 2020 through 2044. The events were open to the public and offered an opportunity to learn about the proposed project and to provide input on environmental factors to be considered in the EIS. The open-house format included no formal presentations but gave an opportunity for informal exchanges of information. The additional meeting will follow the same format. <P> In addition, the comment period has been reopened and extended through August 31, 2014. All comments on the proposed EIS must be postmarked by that date to ensure consideration in the Draft EIS. Send written comments via postal mail, hand delivery or courier to: Ms. Sandra Eto, NGS-KMC Project Environmental Coordinator, Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office, 6150 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306-4001 <P> Comments also may be faxed to 623-773-6486, emailed to <a Href=mailto:NGSKMC-EIS@usbr.gov>NGSKMC@usbr.gov</a>, or submitted in person at the upcoming public scoping meeting. Court reporters will also be available to record oral comments. To learn more about the project, visit <a href="http://ngskmc-eis.net">http://ngskmc-eis.net </a> or call Ms. Patricia Cox, Public Affairs Specialist, at 623-773-6214. <P> ### <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47449 Spillway Testing This Week for Parker and Davis Dams
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region is conducting a test of Parker Dam’s spillway structure on July 22, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m. (PT). The spillway test for Davis Dam is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. (PT). The water being released through the testing of the spillway gates is part of the water normally released to fulfill downstream water orders. <P> At each dam, one spillway gate will be opened for about seven minutes releasing approximately 26 acre-feet (af) at 1,500 to 1,700 cubic feet per second (cfs). During the seven minute controlled test, the water will be released from the face of the Parker Dam and the forebay of Davis Dam through a one-foot opening in the spillway gate and be visible to visitors and residents in the area. <P> This spillway gate testing is part of Reclamation's maintenance process that involves periodic and mandatory testing of critical portions of each facility to ensure that they will operate normally if needed. Spillways are used to safely pass water that cannot be accommodated through other means such as penstocks and turbine-generators during a flooding event. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47409 Lake Mead Levels to Drop to Historic Lows
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Lake Mead, the reservoir created by Hoover Dam, is anticipated this week to reach its lowest water level since the lake’s initial filling in the 1930s. The Bureau of Reclamation’s Boulder Canyon Operations Office is projecting the elevation to drop to 1,081.75 feet above sea level during the week of July 7 and to continue to drop, reaching approximately 1,080 feet in November of this year. <P> Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region annually delivers about 9 million acre-feet (MAF) to homes, businesses, farms, Native American tribes and communities, and Mexico. <P> “We will meet our water orders this year and we are not projecting a shortage condition in 2015,” said Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp. “We continue to closely monitor the projections of declining lake levels and are working with stakeholders throughout the Lower Basin to keep as much water in Lake Mead as we can through various storage and conservation efforts.” <P> Annual releases from Lake Powell and Lake Mead are determined in accordance with the 2007 Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead (Guidelines). Only if Lake Mead is projected to reach elevation 1,075 feet on January 1 of each year would the Secretary of the Interior determine a shortage condition and reduce water deliveries in the Lower Basin. <P> Lake Mead’s elevation is currently projected to be at approximately 1,083 feet on January 1, 2015. <P> In Water Year 2014 (ending on September 30, 2014), Lake Powell will have released a record low amount of water, 7.48 MAF into Lake Mead in accordance with the Guidelines. As of July 1, 2014, the forecasted inflow into Lake Powell is 95 percent of average for the water year. In Water Year 2015, Lake Powell’s release to Lake Mead is currently projected to be between 8.23 MAF and 9.0 MAF. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47385 Bureau of Reclamation seeks public comments on proposed Native Fish Restoration Project in central Arizona
PHOENIX - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comments on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed fish barrier in Spring Creek, Yavapai County, Arizona. The proposed project is located within the Coconino National Forest north of the town of Cornville. Following construction, federally-endangered spikedace and Gila topminnow fish would be stocked in Spring Creek upstream of the fish barrier. The proposed project also considers stocking other federally listed fish, amphibians and semi-aquatic species. <P> Details of the proposed project are available in the draft Environmental Assessment. To request a copy, call Reclamation’s Phoenix Area Office at (623) 773-6251, or e-mail <a href=mailto:ggonzalez@usbr.gov>ggonzalez@usbr.gov</a>. The draft EA is also on the internet at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix">www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix</a>. <P> Written comments should be sent by July 28, 2014 to John McGlothlen at Reclamation’s Phoenix Area Office, PXAO-1500, 6150 West Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, AZ 85306-4001, or faxed to (623) 773-6481. <P> For further information or questions call John McGlothlen at (623) 773-6256. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47004 Reclamation to Host Events for Public Comment on Proposed Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine Complex Operations
PHOENIX – The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting a series of Open Houses to share information on the development of the Environment Impact Statement (EIS) to study the human and environmental effects of extending operations of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), located near Page, Arizona and the associated production of coal at the Kayenta Mine, located near Kayenta, Arizona from 2020 through 2044. <P> The events are open to the public and offer an opportunity to learn about the proposed project and to provide input on environmental factors to be considered in the EIS. Interested individuals are invited to attend at any time during the Open Houses as there will be no formal presentation. EIS project team members will be available to answer questions and written comments are welcome. Navajo and Hopi interpreters will be assisting at some of the scheduled Open Houses. <P> All comments on the proposed EIS must be postmarked by the end of the comment period on July 7, 2014, to be considered in the Draft EIS. Send written comments via postal mail, hand delivery or courier to: <P> Ms. Sandra Eto NGS-KMC Project Environmental Coordinator Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office 6150 W. Thunderbird Road Glendale, AZ 85306-4001 <P> Comments also may be faxed to 623-773-6486, emailed to <a Href=mailto:NGSKMC-EIS@usbr.gov>NGSKMC@usbr.gov</a>, or submitted in person at any of the 10 public comment events. Court reporters will also be available to record oral comments. To learn more about the project, visit <a href="http://ngskmc-eis.net">http://ngskmc-eis.net</a> or call Ms. Patricia Cox, Public Affairs Specialist, at 623-773-6214. <P> Schedule of Arizona Public Open House Events on the Navajo Generating Station EIS and Kayenta Mine Complex <P> Window Rock – Navajo interpreters available. Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Navajo Nation Museum, Resource Room, Highway 264, Postal Loop Road, Window Rock, AZ <P> *Forest Lake Chapter House, Navajo Nation – Navajo interpreters available Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Forest Lake Chapter House - 14 miles north of Pinon on Route N-41, AZ <P> *Kayenta – Navajo interpreters available Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Monument Valley High School Cafeteria, 2 miles north of Highway 160 on Highway 163, Kayenta, AZ <P> Shonto – Navajo interpreters available Date: Friday, June 13, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Shonto Chapter House, Building S001-001 E. Navajo Nation Road 221, Shonto, AZ <P> *Kykotsmovi – Hopi and Navajo interpreters available Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Hopi Day School Multipurpose Room, ½ mile east of Village Store on Highway 264, Kykotsmovi, AZ <P> LeChee – Navajo interpreters available Date: Monday, June 16, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: LeChee Chapter House, 5 miles south of Page off of Coppermine Road, LeChee, AZ <P> Page – Navajo interpreters available Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 4 p.m. to7 p.m. Location: City Hall Townhouse, 605 S. Navajo Drive, Page, AZ <P> Tuba City – Hopi and Navajo interpreters available Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Tuba City High School, Cafeteria Warrior Drive, Tuba City, AZ <P> Phoenix Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Phoenix Convention Center, Room 129AB, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix, AZ <P> Marana Date: Friday, June 20, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Marana High School, Cafeteria, 12000 W. Emigh Road, Tucson, AZ <P> *Coincident with the EIS scoping meetings at these locations, OSMRE will be conducting Informal Conferences on PWCC’s LOM Permit Revision Application for the Kayenta Mine (Federal Permit AZ0001E) <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46924 Reclamation Preparing Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operations of Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine Complex
PHOENIX – The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has published a Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study the human and environmental effects of extending operations of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), located near Page, Arizona and the associated production of coal at the Kayenta Mine, located near Kayenta, Arizona from 2020 through 2044. <P> The EIS proposes to develop and analyze an array of alternatives for producing electricity at the NGS using coal supplied by the Kayenta Mine. The NGS provides power to the southwestern United States including the power to operate the pumps for Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal water to be delivered to central and southern Arizona tribes, farmers and cities. <P> The NGS is located on tribal trust lands, and participants lease the lands for the plant from the Navajo Nation. The current lease expires on December 22, 2019. Although the Navajo Nation has approved an extension of the lease terms, federal approval must be obtained before the lease amendment can be executed and approvals for transmission line rights-of-way are also needed. <P> Additionally, for the Kayenta Mine to continue supplying coal to the NGS through 2044, the permit to operate the Kayenta Mine must be revised requiring several federal agency approvals and/or actions. <P> Reclamation, as a participant in the NGS, uses its share of the power generated to operate the CAP pump facilities and will serve as the lead federal agency in preparing the EIS. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are key cooperating agencies. Other federal agencies and tribes who are also involved with the proposal to continue operations have been invited to be cooperating agencies in the development of the EIS. <P> The NOI is available at <a href="http://ngskmc-eis.net">http://ngskmc-eis.net</a> (click on "News" or <a href="https://www.Federalregister.gov">www.Federalregister.gov</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46885 Reclamation to Host ‘Hiring Our Heroes’ Awareness Event for Veterans
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Regional Office is hosting an event on Thursday, May 29, 2014 to assist veterans in the processes and skills for more successful federal government employment applications. From biologists to administrative assistants, engineers to maintenance personnel, and photographers to information technology specialists, Reclamation staff members and Human Resource specialists will be available to answer questions about federal job opportunities. <P> Tips and topics include: <P> • Building a federal resume. <P> • Creating an account and profile on <a href="http://www.USAjobs.gov/">USAjobs.gov </a>. <P> • Applying for a position with the federal government. <P> • Improving your interviewing tips and techniques. <P> These and many other veterans’ employment questions will be addressed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lower Colorado Regional Training Center, located at 500 Date Street in Boulder City. <P> Veterans planning to attend the Employment Awareness Event should bring a copy of their DD 214 and resume, and respond with your name and address via email to <a href=mailto:lcrhrservice@usbr.gov>lcrhrservice@usbr.gov</a>. <P> For more information please contact Faunta Finley at (702) 293-8211 <P> <P> <P>
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>