Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56642 Reclamation Lowers Lake Mohave Water Level as Annual Razorback Sucker Harvest Gets Underway
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region is 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 is timed to coincide with conservation activities for the endangered fish. Beginning today, Lake Mohave will steadily lower from its September 14 elevation of 642 feet above mean sea level (msl) to an elevation of about 635 feet msl by the week of October 24. Lake Mohave is located above Davis Dam on the Colorado River near Laughlin, Nevada. <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> 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> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56347 Bureau of Reclamation Begins Low-Level Helicopter Research Flights Over Yuma Area
YUMA, Ariz. — Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office (YAO), in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, is announcing an upcoming research project involving low-level helicopter flights in the Yuma area. The helicopter will be towing a large hexagonal frame over the Yuma agricultural production areas and the Colorado River over the next few weeks to survey and capture groundwater imagery. The flights will begin the last week of August and continue for up to 3 weeks. <P> On August 8, 2016 YAO entered into a contract with SkyTEM to collect real-time airborne electromagnetic geophysical survey flow imagery to determine the amount, location, quality and breadth of groundwater existing in underground channels and aquifers in the area. The instrumentation mounted below the helicopter gathers geologic measurements to learn more about water quality and the extent of aquifers existing below the sub-surface layer. <P> As part of the research effort, the contract helicopter will fly repetitive survey and grid runs over the Yuma Mesa, Yuma Irrigation District, Gila River, Wellton Mohawk, and along the southerly border with Mexico. <P> As part of its primary mission, YAO monitors and manages the depth and concentration of groundwater levels in the Yuma area for the use and benefit of water districts who depend on these supplies from the Colorado and Gila Rivers for irrigation, municipal use, or other related purposes. To better meet current and future water use needs in the area, YAO is undertaking a groundwater resource characterization study throughout the greater Yuma vicinity. <P> In conducting the detailed research, technicians will affix electromagnetic based survey equipment to a hexagon-shaped support apparatus that is towed about 100 feet below the helicopter in a ‘spider web’ array that is designed to map geologic features beneath the earth. The helicopter will be staffed by experienced pilots specially trained for low-level flights using this type of equipment. <P> Data gathered from the research flights will help YAO better understand and manage groundwater resources, and will include detailed geological cross sections and 3D imagery from the very near surface to depths over 350 meters. Data acquisition is expected to take place throughout September. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56169 YAO student trainees’ work experience allows them to grow, shine
“There was always something new to experience,” said Enrique Cervantes, describing his participation in an eight-week internship at the Yuma Area Office (YAO) that he and eight other students recently completed and during which they gained work experience and learned about YAO operations. <P> The group also included Tara Andre, Gustavo Reyes and Matthew Federico, who worked in the Desalting and Program Management Office, Noel Robles, who worked in the Technical Support Office (TSO) along with Cervantes, Rusty Williams and George Onwiler, who worked in the Administrative Support Office, and Liliana Belmonte and Alecxis Meneses, who worked in the Resource Management Office. <P> Their internships were the highlight of a busy summer for them, which was preceded by a March 3, Student Employment Awareness Event hosted at YAO. At that event, Drake Cruz, Nicole Wilson, Brittany Johnson and Katie Swinn, from the Regional Office’s Human Resources and Equal Employment Opportunity offices, guided approximately 25 local students through the ins and outs of applying and interviewing for federal jobs, preparing a resume and networking with employers. Alluding to the quality and significance of this training, representatives from the Yuma Private Industry Council, Arizona Department of Economic Security and Goodwill of Central Arizona were also present to garner information and insight. <P> “YAO got to present itself as an employer of choice to the next generation of federal employees,” said YAO Management Assistant Brittany McAleese, who helped coordinate the event at YAO along with Administrative Support Office Chief Owen Fulsome; both expressed excitement about the event’s success. <P> During their internships, students had the opportunity to engage in a number of different activities. During their first week here, the interns enjoyed a tour of the YAO and the Yuma Desalting Plant, and received introductory training about office safety, communication skills and other resources available to them. Then, they proceeded to their work assignments in their respective offices and occasionally in the field. <P> “The most fun I had was when I was out with Chris Patane of YAO’s TSO, Construction Services Group, at the Imperial Dam for an inspection,” Cervantes recalled. “I got to talk to engineers while they managed their tasks and got to see wildlife. I also learned of different places [managed] by the Bureau of Reclamation, some of which I didn’t know existed.” <P> Echoing Cervantes’ feelings, Noel Robles stated, “The most fun and educational experience I had was working with Fred Croxen of YAO’s TSO, Geology and Groundwater Team. We visited over 100 wells, went to drilling sites and even took samples of the sediment makeup in order to understand the requirements for future wells to be implanted in the area. I got a great look into the worlds of hydrology and engineering because of this experience.” <P> Near the end of their employment at YAO, each intern gave a brief presentation about his or her experiences. Then, in the last week of their internships, the students experienced a three-hour tour of YAO facilities and projects — visiting Imperial Dam, trying their hand at dredging and learning about the environmental goals of YAO’s Laguna Conservation Project. As they rotated through the various tour destinations, Acting Deputy Regional Director Charlie Addington and Special Assistant to the Regional Director Michael Bernardo accompanied the group and visited with the students. <P> Following the tour, the students enjoyed an appreciation lunch, after which Addington and Bernardo shared words of experience and encouragement to the students to take with them as they prepared to return to school in the fall. At the conclusion of the event, the students received a copy of Colossus by Michael Hiltzik, inscribed by Regional Director Terry Fulp, as he had done for the departing summer employee students in the Boulder City area. The book describes the history and construction of Hoover Dam. <P> “I have learned about all the work that goes into maintaining the Colorado River, which has given me a greater appreciation for Reclamation,” said Tara Andre as she summed up the effect the intern experience had on her and the other interns. “I have done work that utilizes and reinforces my skills and education, which, in turn, has shown me the direction I should take for my career.” She added that she “. . . became invested in the work,” and the people with whom she worked. <P> “I believe that becoming invested in the workplace should be considered a fantastic result of the internship program and I know that my fellow interns share this sentiment,” she concluded. “The YAO has invested in us and now we interns are ready to invest in the YAO!” <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55990 Reclamation will prepare Enviornmental Impact Statement for the Pure Water San Diego Program, North City Project
TEMECULA, Calif. — The Bureau of Reclamation and the City of San Diego will prepare a joint Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the North City Project. The project is the first phase of the Pure Water San Diego Program, a water and wastewater facilities plan to produce potable water from recycled water. <P> Eighty-five percent (85%) of the City’s water supply is imported from the Colorado River and northern California. The Pure Water Program will make San Diego more water independent by recycling a valuable and limited resource that is currently discharged to the Pacific Ocean. <P> The proposed North City Project will expand the existing North City Water Reclamation Plant and construct an adjacent Advanced Water Purification Facility with a purified water pipeline to Miramar Reservoir, providing about 15% of the City’s water supply. A project alternative would install a longer pipeline to deliver the product water to the larger San Vicente reservoir. <P> A notice of intent will be published in the Federal Register on August 5, 2016, starting the National Environmental Policy Act review. San Diego is filing a Notice of Preparation under the California Environmental Quality Act. Public meetings are scheduled on August 23, 2016 and August 25, 2016. The Notice of Preparation, Notice of Scoping Meetings, and a proposed Scope of Work are available at <a href="http://docs.sandiego.gov/citybulletin_publicnotices/CEQA/PN1300%20%23499621%20NOP2%20Date%208-4-16.pdf">http://docs.sandiego.gov/citybulletin_publicnotices/CEQA/PN1300%20%23499621%20NOP2%20Date%208-4-16.pdf </a>. <P> Interested parties are invited to comment on the scope of the draft EIS/EIR to help identify alternatives and issues that should be analyzed. Federal, State and local agencies, tribes, and the general public are welcome to participate in the environmental review process. Comments should be mailed to Doug McPherson, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Southern California Area Office, 27708 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 202, Temecula, CA 92590, or submitted by e-mail to: <a href=mailto:dmcpherson@usbr.gov > dmcpherson@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55848 Donnarumma retires after more than four decades of service
“Working and training with this group of people gave me a sense of belonging and I was proud to be a member of this team for 12 years.” <P> With that sentiment in his heart, Hydroelectric Mechanic (HEM) Randy K. Donnarumma will end his nearly 44-year Federal career in late September, 23 years of which he has worked in the Lower Colorado Region. Donnarumma works at Hoover Dam where some of his duties, since his arrival there in 2004, have included “. . . top-side disassembly and assembly of a unit in overhaul to prep the unit for rotor pick,” he said. <P> He also operated and maintained the four 300-ton bridge cranes in the Arizona and Nevada generator galleries. Additionally, Donnarumma was responsible for providing crane service and support throughout the overhaul season — October through June — to HEM overhaul crews, electricians, Western Area Power Administration staff and contractor crews throughout the powerplant. <P> “We also provided forklift service and support for the loading and unloading of equipment off of cars, pickups, trucks, etc.,” he added. “When I transferred to Hoover Dam in June 2004, within a month or so, I volunteered to be on the Fire Brigade for the extracurricular activity,” he said. “Not only do we train to fight fires, we also trained for high-angle rescue and confined space rescue, which is ‘pretty cool’ stuff; I stepped down in April 2016.” <P> Donnarumma began working in the LC Region in 1994 when he joined the staff at Davis Dam. However, his Federal career began years before when he served in the U.S. Navy. <P> “After serving in the Navy as an ABE (steam catapult and arresting gear operator/mechanic) aboard the USS Constellation CVA-64 and three West Pac tours in Vietnam, I was honorably discharged and immediately got into the Veterans Recruitment Appointments (VRA) program. This got me started [as a civilian employee] at the Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, San Diego, California in February 1975,” he said. <P> There he worked as an aircraft engine worker, working on F4 Phantoms, J-79 jet engines and Huey helicopter T-64 & T-68 turbine engines. Additionally, he worked as an aircraft launch and recovery device mechanic. <P> “I worked on catapult and arresting gear systems for aircraft carriers such as USS Ariskani, USS Coral Sea, USS Independence, USS Ranger, USS Kitty Hawk, USS constellation and the USS Enterprise,” he said. “As I started my new job as an aircraft engine worker at NAS North Island, I also started my reserve time with the Air Force Reserve as a flight engineer on a B-141, stationed at March Air Force Base with the 452 Bomber Air Wing,” Donnarumma recalled. <P> During that time, he attended school, trained at Norton Air Force Base and flew with the 452 Air Wing at March Air Force Base. “This was the most memorable and challenging time of my life.” <P> Responding to a question about job satisfaction, he declared, “First and foremost was money! When the Bureau of Reclamation hired him to work at Davis Dam, he said he received a $6 an hour raise, “. . . and my life with my family changed forever!” <P> Donnarumma is a graduate of San Diego State University, where he earned his Bachelor Degree in mechanical engineering. He is also a certified crane operator, rigger and forklift operator. <P> “I plan on purchasing a catamaran and sail back to the Hawaiian Islands and re-explore the islands in a different perspective, but I won't be able to do that until my daughter Ralynn graduates in 2020,” he said describing his plans for after retirement. “Meanwhile, I earned my private pilot certificate in 1997 and have owed three general aviation aircraft since then.” <P> He said he flies “. . . all over the country” in his 1968 Mooney M20C four-seater, which he keeps at the Boulder City Municipal Airport. “I'm working on picking up my CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) certificate,” he added, so he can teach flying at the Boulder City airport until his daughter graduates. <P> To those who are just beginning their Federal career, Donnarumma advised, “Learn how to flow and adapt with the group of people you work with. You think you know it all? Then you’re a ‘wanna be.’ You'll only prove your arrogance in the eyes of a seasoned journeyman. Learn how to flow.” <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55609 MAPS — Bird banding with Tab
En route to a destination unknown to me, a recurring question that I have asked myself throughout the entirety of this year and this journey was, “How did I get myself into this and what sort of thrilling adventure lies ahead?” <P> Honestly though, the excitement on my end was contained by the lack of sleep. Tab and I left the Phoenix Area Office at 2:30 a.m. and started our journey to a remote location past the town of Superior, Arizona. <P> We set up camp at the location at 5 a.m. The dense forest was cool — colder than the stares your parents gave you when you did something bad. <P> All around, the wildlife was teeming. I was no stranger to these sorts of forests. When I lived in Japan, it was common to have to trek through forests to get to remote locations that were not marked by human paths. Still, the forest was intimidating as it was the host to creatures not normally found in the sprawling city of Phoenix. <P> Equipped with my 70-200mm lens, I had set out with Tab, Diane Laush, Ben Leitner, Wade Leitner and Pat Leitner to capture photos of the bird-banding process. Running around the forest to obtain these birds was an incredible experience. I felt like Indiana Jones. I occasionally (purposefully) fell behind the group to hum to myself the theme song from the movie. <P> In all seriousness, I wanted to take this trip because I wanted to learn about Reclamation. There is so much more that these other divisions do that I am not aware of physically. I get to see these things on paper, but to see it in person is different. <P> After the group finished banding the birds for the day, Tab and I went out to inspect his cameras. It was no longer 5 a.m. and we were not covered by the shade of the forest. By 12 p.m., we were on the way back to the area office. I longed for the air conditioning in the car in the same way my dog eagerly awaits his mandatory belly scratch as I arrive home. I slumped into the passenger seat, closed my eyes and prepared for the journey home. <P> I definitely have an appreciation for each division here at Reclamation. After taking this trip, I can say that I am beyond astounded by the duties the Environment Group has done and continues to do. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55511 Reclamation, City of Yuma Area to Hold Open Meeting on Colorado River South Levee Road Dust Abatement Options
Yuma, Ariz. – On July 21, Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office (YAO) and the City of Yuma (City) are hosting a public meeting at the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, 289 N. Figueroa Avenue at 4:00 p.m. in Yuma, Arizona to discuss the ongoing issue of increasing traffic and high levels of dust and air pollution along the Colorado River South Levee Road (South Levee Road). <P> Widespread use of the South Levee Road by the public and farmers’ heavy machinery is resulting in airborne dust creating vision, safety and air quality concerns for drivers, pedestrians and seasonal residents who commonly use the road to access the Colorado River or nearby recreational venues. The road’s original purpose is to provide YAO personnel only with access to the Colorado River for performing levee and bankline maintenance. <P> One proposal is to close the South Levee Road to all vehicle traffic by installing gates at 22nd Avenue adjacent to the Joe Henry Memorial Park and at Figueroa Avenue. An additional gate would be placed at the bridge that crosses the canal between 22nd Avenue and Figueroa Ave. The City approached Reclamation to consider closing the road using the gates as a control measure to reduce traffic, minimizing dust and air pollution particulate matter along the South Levee road. <P> Members of the public, organizations, and agencies interested in the possible closure of the South Levee Road, or those who want to offer any alternative viable ideas on mitigating the continuing safety and health problems created by the dust, are invited to attend the meeting. Staff from the City and YAO will be present to discuss the gate installation option, any new approaches to addressing the dust problems and future management options for the road. Comment cards at the meeting will be used to gather input and ideas from attendees. <P> For those unable to attend this meeting, YAO is accepting written comments until Friday, July 24th. Please send comments to Mr. Doug Hendrix, Reclamation Public Affairs Specialist, Lower Colorado Regional Office, P.O. Box 61470, Boulder City, NV, 89006 or email <a href=mailto:dhendrix@usbr.gov>dhendrix@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55470 SoNV Agency Partnership joins in ‘Damboree’ Parade to celebrate Independence Day
What were you doing on July 4? For one group of Lower Colorado Region employees, the Independence Day observance included a warm and later, wet walk through Boulder City in its annual Damboree Parade. <P> The annual holiday event, which included a parade, picnic, music, games, entertainment and fireworks that lit up the night, attracted about 30 Reclamation employees, family members and friends who chose to participate in the parade. However, they were not alone. National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff members and some of their families also participated, which increased the number of participants to an even larger group, observed Marc Maynard. <P> “As you can see in our parade banners, we represented the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership, which also includes the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service,” Maynard added. “The parade was fun and we successfully unloaded two pickup truck loads full of water on parade spectators!” <P> “‘Fun’ and ‘Wet’ are two words I will use to describe the Fourth of July Parade,” declared Maria Romasanta. “It was great!” <P> “Having grown up in a small town and being accustomed to small-town parades, I believe the Boulder City Fourth of July parade tops them by far,” said John Shields. “Here is a community that goes all out — nearly everyone is wearing red, white and blue, you can feel the pride in the community of being Americans and Nevadans, and everyone is there to have a good time. There aren't any strangers in town — everyone is either a friend or about to become one or at least an acquaintance.” <P> “Participating in the parade was a very satisfying experience, especially being a part of the water fight in the Wet Zone,” he added. “It is not to be missed! People from 8 to 80 are having fun, getting you wet and enjoying having you get them wet. It is very much a good-natured, let's have a good time atmosphere!” <P> Shields continued by describing the 36-inch barrel water squirter he bought at a local sporting goods store. <P> “They had the best price and their sales staff were all coming to this parade as well,” he said. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55107 Going the ‘extended distance’
On May 27, members of the Hoover Dam Police Department, Hoover Dam Fire Brigade and Rope Access Team participated in an activity that is not recommended for persons who are faint of heart, less than physically fit and perhaps, fearful of heights. Demonstrating proficiency in high-angle technical training, which includes properly donning safety equipment, setting anchors, managing ropes and rappelling extended distances, is an integral part of duties for the nine employees who participated. The 600-foot face of Hoover Dam is a perfect venue to challenge the employees and provide an opportunity to educate the public about the significance of the Bureau of Reclamation and Hoover Dam. <P> Once Rope Team Leader Corey Dickson and Lt. Kevin Lister had provided a safety briefing and completed safety checks, one by one, the nine employees swung their bodies over the ledge onto the face of the dam and rappelled 600 feet down to the central section roof of the Hoover Dam Power House. Prior to participating in this activity, all nine employees previously completed required training. This training activity is necessary to maintain skills, which are considered “perishable” by team leaders, and which may be needed in emergencies such as for high-angle search and rescue, confined space rescue and tactical rappel. <P> Those participating in this training included Elizabeth Higgins, Nathaniel Seria, Joseph Grabish, Joseph Stubitz, Jared Parry, Andrew Trader, Jared Parry, Corey Dickinson and Hoover Dam Police Chief Mary Hinson. <P> “This isn’t the first time this training has been offered, but it is a rare opportunity for the Hoover Dam Fire Brigade to be allowed to participate in extended distance rope rappelling along the face of the dam,” said Parry. <P> The Fire Brigade trains monthly. Some of their recent training includes fire and rescue, search and rescue, emergency extraction, and rope and confined space rescue. While the participants did not earn any certifications from this activity, “They did garner extremely important experience and training,” said Safety & Occupational Health Specialist Billy Riley, who provided administrative support for this training. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54907 Martin selected as ARC Legend Award recipient — for second time!
“The biggest reward I get in my job is seeing the public use the recreation projects; it makes it all worthwhile!” <P> That is how Outdoor Recreation Planner Bill Martin responded to his selection as a 2016 recipient of the American Recreation Coalition’s (ARC) Legend Award. Initiated by ARC in 1991, the Legends Award program recognizes Federal employees for extraordinary personal effort who have “. . . made a real difference in enhancing outdoor recreation programs and resources.” <P> “I look at the award as an award to the LC Region, area offices and our partners,” Martin said modestly when asked about the award. “It takes a team of people to get the work that we have accomplished over the years completed. I believe that working in teams and partnerships is the most cost-effective way to manage natural and cultural resources.” <P> Martin added that he has enjoyed working with the other entities on various outdoor recreation projects. This group includes the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Clark County, Mohave County, the City of Henderson, City of Boulder City, City of Bullhead City and “. . . others to accomplish recreation-related projects throughout the LC Region,” he said. <P> In his nomination, Martin, who works in the Resource Management Office (RMO), is described as a 38-year Reclamation veteran who has worked in three of Reclamation’s Regions. It states how the nomination, submitted by RMO Chief Marc Maynard, focuses on his accomplishments from 2006 to present. Projects on which he worked prior to 2006 were not included because in 2006 he won his first Legend Award. The acclaim for his efforts is complemented by his status as the only person to receive two such awards since the program began. <P> “Through his management and vision in the Recreation and Fish and Wildlife Program (RFW) and the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) programs, Bill has contributed significantly to recreation opportunities in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona over the past 10 years,” his nomination states. “Through the RFW and SNPLMA programs, Bill has helped to design and build a number of local recreation facilities. These Clark County projects include the Laughlin Colorado River Heritage Park and Trails, a Wetlands Park, the River Mountains Loop Trail, the Historic Railroad Trail, the Logandale Off-Road Vehicle Trail, accessible public fishing facilities at Lake Havasu in Mohave County, Arizona and providing outdoor education improvements at existing regional facilities and facilities that he helped design and build.” <P> The nomination goes on to say how Martin was “. . . instrumental in getting local trails designated as National Recreation Trails, National Blue Water Trail and Scenic Highways, and how he also worked to improve existing facilities such as the canoe/kayak launch below Hoover Dam which provides access to the National Blue Water Trail. Additionally, Martin is highlighted in his nomination for his engagement, enthusiasm, and vision, along with his use of formal and informal partnerships to accomplish work. <P> “A great example of Bill’s use of partnerships is related to the recent designation of the National Blue Water Trail below Hoover Dam,” said Maynard. “Bill worked in partnership with the National Park Service and the Outside Las Vegas Foundation to develop the Lower Colorado River Water Trail Alliance.” <P> This Alliance is a partnership consisting of Federal, state and local entities as well as non-profit organizations and for profit river outfitters to support the designation, improvement of access, and information on the Blue Water Trail. During the summer of 2015, the Alliance sponsored four YMCA summer youth programs, which involved 160 youths at Lake Mohave for a day. The partners funded the YMCA transportation to the site, provided kayaking and rafting opportunities, and presented a Colorado River water education/conservation hands on session. <P> The Alliance would like to make this an annual event. The Alliance is also in the process of publishing a Colorado River, Blue Water Trail user’s guide. A link to the online platform can be found at http://blackcanyonwatertrail.org/. <P> Martin was also acknowledged for his past and current efforts at the Laughlin Colorado River Heritage Park and Trails, which according to the Laughlin Town Manager’s office “. . . will lead to an economic benefit by opening up a new form of tourism for the Laughlin and Tristate area.” <P> He received his formal education from the University of California in Sacramento, where he earned degrees in natural resource management and business administration. <P> ARC is a Washington-based nonprofit organization formed in 1979. Since its inception, ARC has sought to catalyze public/private partnerships to enhance and protect outdoor recreational opportunities and the resources upon which such experiences are based. ARC also monitors legislative and regulatory proposals that influence recreation and works with government agencies and the U.S. Congress to study public-policy issues that will shape future recreational opportunities. For more information, visit www.funoutdoors.com. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54519 Reclamation Date Street Building 100 Chosen for Boulder City Historic Preservation Award
On Tuesday, May 10, the City Council of Boulder City, Nevada, presented Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp, Ph.D., with the 2016 Boulder City Historic Preservation Award for the major renovation and structural improvement of Building 100. Located on Reclamation’s Date Street Complex, Building 100 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in December 2015 was awarded LEED Gold status for incorporating sustainable operating technology into the renovation. <P> The award by Boulder City’s Historic Preservation Committee cited the major construction efforts and collaboration in restoring the historic facade and streetscape to its original significance. Built in 1941 by the Bureau of Mines, Building 100 served as office space for both Reclamation and the Bureau of Mines. Today it is a modern Training and Conference Center for Reclamation and other agencies in the City’s Historic District. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54388 YAO addressing aging Main Outlet Drain infrastructure in Gila Valley
Addressing aging infrastructure is an ongoing commitment of Yuma Area Office (YAO) staff members. The most recent example of this commitment is the replacement of its aging water delivery/drainage system infrastructure at the Main Drain Outlet (MOD) siphon crossing, located at Avenue 7E in the Gila Valley east of Yuma. <P> The work, performed by Lillard and Clark, included the installation of a permanent bypass around the existing siphon structure, demolition and removal of the existing upstream and downstream headwalls and cutting the existing siphon pipe to install additional reinforced concrete pipe to extend the siphon. It also involved moving the headwalls and outlet and inlet transition structures away from the Avenue 7E road right-of-way. <P> “This project has many interesting challenges that needed to be taken into consideration during the initial design phase,” said Principal Design Engineer Steve Messinger. <P> He described and listed these challenges as a 20-foot deep excavation that was required to install the bypass under Avenue 7E, overhead electrical lines, a buried jet fuel line that supplies the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, two buried phone lines, and the need to maintain traffic through the construction area at all times. <P> “This required the development of an approved traffic control plan for detouring traffic through the construction zone during the installation of the permanent bypass,” he added. <P> Additionally, the project also called for extending the existing double-barrel siphon by approximately 40 feet on both sides of Avenue 7E. <P> Significantly, in order to uphold treaty obligations and control salinity in the Colorado River, the design had to include a bypass around the construction area in order to maintain flows during the construction period, team members said. Flows in the MOD cannot be diverted into the Colorado River for extended periods without affecting YAO’s ability to meet Colorado River salinity requirements. The maximum amount of time generally allowed for diverting flows into the Colorado River and totally drying up the canal is 10 to 14 days. <P> The estimated project duration for removing and replacing the headwalls and extending the siphon was 120 days without the installation of the permanent bypass. However, with installing the permanent bypass, it added an additional 60 days, extending the entire project to a total of 180 days (six months). <P> Team members added that the contractor has completed demolition of the old headwalls and is now proceeding with extending the length of the siphon on both sides of the road. Subsequent to this, the contractor will begin construction of the downstream headwall structure and they are currently working on the downstream siphon. After the project is completed, this will address an old Category 2 aged Review of Operation & Maintenance (RO&M) recommendation. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53707 Commuting employee unintentionally transforms into highway hero
“I have never taken that route to the University of Phoenix southwest campus. I was leaving the job to work on my dissertation paper,” said Human Resources Assistant Ronald L. Thomas, Jr. Yes, it was a relatively routine Monday evening on April 4, but then, things changed. <P> “On Monday on his way home, he was on Lake Mead Parkway and the I-215 exit right in front of Fiesta Casino, where he witnessed a red sports car hit an SUV and one other vehicle,” said Chonette Taylor-smith, Staffing and Classification Group Manager. “The impacts were so bad that the red sports car began smoking, when it hit the car. The driver was semiconscious. Ron and another driver ran to the vehicle as it was smoking and fire was beginning to emerge from the engine and got the driver out of the car to safety. The front of the car engulfed in flames once they got the driver out.” <P> The situation began about 6:30 p.m. and Thomas was alone in his vehicle. As soon as he saw the collision, “I turned on my hazard lights then jumped out of the car to help the victims. I just wanted to get the victims to safety before the car engine ignited or a gas tank explosion,” he said. Thomas, who has undergone CPR and injury training, has never witnessed an accident such as this. <P> At the same time that Thomas took action, another driver responded as well, both without regard their safety. “We both jumped out at the same time and it was an instantaneous reaction from the both of us,” he said. <P> “Per her [the victim] request, I called her husband and told him about the bad accident and the location,” Thomas. “After the phone call, I stood beside her until the police and paramedics arrived to the scene of the accident.” <P> “Ron is an HR Assistant on the Staffing and Classification Team and he is new to Reclamation,” said Taylor-smith. “When talking to Ron about what happened, he wasn't looking for accolades, he was just talking to me like it was something that he would do in any situation. He saw a woman needed help and that the car could blow up and there was no way that he would let something like that happen to anyone. He did what he had to do. Ron is a hero and we are so proud of him for a selfless act.” <P> “This is my first Federal job,” said Thomas, who has worked for the LC Region for about 50 days. “I am a 20-year retired Air Force veteran from Nellis Air Force Base.” <P> “I thank God that the gas tank did not explode and I am very pleased that no one was killed in the accident,” he concluded. “If the roles were reversed, I would want someone to help me in the same scenario.” <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53607 Reclamation Seeks Comment on Proposed Arizona Heritage Trail
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment on the proposed Arizona Heritage Trail within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on lands managed by Reclamation and the National Park Service (NPS). The proposed Trail’s approximately 3.5-mile-long hardened-surface trail would connect to the existing Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park and Trails in Nevada, creating an approximately 7 mile loop connecting the communities of Bullhead City and Laughlin, and provide increased opportunities for recreational activities such as walking, running, bicycling, bird watching, fishing, and kayaking. It would follow existing primitive roads for much of its route. <P> The proposed Trail would be located in Mohave County, Arizona, between the Colorado River and Bullhead City (see attached map). Reclamation and the NPS would authorize use of Reclamation and NPS land for the trail and would construct the trail, which would be operated, patrolled and maintained by the City of Bullhead City. <P> Reclamation, NPS, the City of Bullhead City, Mohave County and Clark County are working in partnership to plan and design the trail, and prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the potential impacts of the trail. The EA is being prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. <P> The project partners are requesting your comments and recommendations on the proposed trail route, alternative route and potential issues. Please send written comments to the Bureau of Reclamation, Attn: Faye Streier, National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 61470, Boulder City, NV 89006. Electronic comments may be submitted to <a href=mailto:fstreier@usbr.gov>fstreier@usbr.gov</a>. Please ensure your comments are postmarked by May 12, 2016. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53108 Jacklynn Gould Named Deputy Regional Director for Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region
The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp announced the selection of Jacklynn L. Gould (Jaci) as the Region’s new Deputy Regional Director. Gould began working in the Boulder City headquarters on March 1, 2016. <P> “I’m pleased that Jaci is joining our Regional Office leadership team here in Boulder City,” said Director Fulp. “Jaci has a proven track record of successful partnerships and management of complex programs that will benefit the Region’s stakeholders and employees as a part of our leadership team.” <P> Gould will provide oversight for Regional programs such as the Lower Colorado Dams Area Office (Hoover, Davis and Parker dams), the Phoenix Area and Southern California Area offices, Native American activities and the Region’s Engineering office, among others. <P> “While this Region’s issues of lingering drought combined with our charge to deliver water and power will be quite a challenge, I look forward to making a positive contribution to our work, our employees and Regional stakeholders,” said Gould. “Throughout my career with the federal government, I’ve also enjoyed coaching and mentoring the next generation of talented professionals entering Reclamation,” said Gould. <P> In the last 10 years, Gould has served in various management positions in Reclamation’s Great Plains Region. At the Eastern Colorado Area Office in Loveland, Colorado, she started as the Resources Division Manager and worked up to the position of Area Manager. As Area Manager, she was responsible for all aspects of the extensive Colorado-Big Thompson and Fryingpan-Arkansas projects, including 15 dams and reservoirs, and 7 hydropower plants with a total of 12 generator units. Prior to the Eastern Colorado Area Office, Gould served in Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region Albuquerque Area Office as Water Resources Division Manager. <P> Gould’s career in water management began with Reclamation in 1992 after attending the University of Colorado, where she earned Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in both Biology and Civil Engineering, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA). Gould is also licensed as a professional engineer (P.E.). <P>