Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48129 Reclamation to temporarily close portions of the S-24 Highway near Imperial Dam for public safety due to road construction activities
Yuma, Ariz. -- Reclamation's Yuma Area Office is alerting motorists traveling to the Yuma Proving Ground from the California border area via the S-24 Highway that they will need to use alternate routes beginning the week of November 17. Reclamation contractors will begin intermittently closing portions of the highway near Imperial Dam to accommodate paving and resurfacing activities. Over the next several weeks, complete closure of a 1.28-mile section of the S-24 Highway will be necessary on an intermittent basis to ensure public safety and accommodate installation of new drainage culverts beneath the new roadway. <P> No public access of the Yuma Proving Ground via the S-24 Highway traveling east from California to Yuma Proving Ground will be permitted until construction activities are substantially complete. The remainder of the S-24 Highway, including the entrance to the Yuma Proving Ground from the Arizona side traveling west on S-24 from U.S. Route 95, will remain open during the construction period. The road and culvert construction work is expected to be completed in mid-December. <P> During construction, access to the Hidden Shores recreation area will be available only from the California S-24 route. The portion of the S-24 highway extending from the California-Arizona border to the perimeter of the western entrance to the Yuma Proving Ground will be closed for approximately one week or longer to accommodate the much needed road repairs. <P> "The S-24 Highway near Imperial Dam was originally paved in the late-1970s," said Maria Ramirez, Area Manager of Reclamation's Yuma Area Office. "Although portions of this highway have been resurfaced since then, some of the pavement has deteriorated substantially over the past several decades and needs to be addressed." <P> Resurfacing and repair of the S-24 roadbed in this area will consist of excavation and re-milling of the existing roadbed, grading of roadway shoulders and installation of new guard rails, drainage culverts and headwall structures. In conducting the road maintenance activities, the contractor will be operating bulldozers and excavators, haul trucks and pavement milling machinery in this area. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48126 Bureau of Reclamation and the LA County Public Works Seek the Public’s Help in Designing New Stormwater Strategies
LOS ANGELES -- The Bureau of Reclamation and the LA County Public Works will host a public meeting on November 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., to help develop solutions to long?term water conservation and flood control challenges stemming from future population growth and climate conditions in local watersheds. The event will take place in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at the LA Metropolitan Transit Center, 1 Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, 90012. <P> The meeting will follow a design charette format in which the group works collaboratively to craft a solution to a specific challenge. The public is invited to join in this effort in support of the LA Basin Stormwater Conservation Study. <P> During the charette, the study team will share information with a goal of getting the public's help in identifying and developing structural and nonstructural concepts to manage stormwater under future conditions. After the concepts are developed during the charette, they will undergo a preliminary analysis to determine if they meet a minimum set of evaluation criteria ? such as storage and infiltration capacity. The concepts that meet these minimum criteria will be further refined, and a detailed trade-off analysis will then be conducted. The LA Basin Study will recommend potential changes to the operation of stormwater capture systems, modifications to existing facilities, and development of new facilities that could help resolve future water supply and flood control issues. <P> The Los Angeles Basin Stormwater Conservation Study is funded with $1 million from the Bureau of Reclamation, $1.36 million from the Los Angeles County Flood Control District and $60,000 from other partners including the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. <P> It is part of the WaterSMART Program. WaterSMART is the U.S. Department of the Interior?s sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. Basin studies are comprehensive water studies that define options for meeting future water demands in river basins in the western United States where imbalances in water supply and demand exist or are projected to exist. <P> For more information on this Study, see its website at:<a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/socal/basinstudies/LABasin.html">http://www.usbr.gov/lc/socal/LABasin.html</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48055 Reclamation Plans to Sell Long-Term Water Storage Credits
PHOENIX ? Reclamation?s Phoenix Area Office is seeking offers to purchase long-term storage credits accumulated in the Tucson Active Management Area via effluent recharge into the Santa Cruz River. Interested parties may offer to purchase up to 20,000 acre-feet of credits each year, for the next three years, 2015 through 2018. <P> The proceeds of the sale will be deposited in the Cooperative Fund established under the Southern Arizona Water Rights Settlement Act of 1982. <P> Offers may be accepted for any portion of 20,000 acre-feet available annually. Multiple offers may be accepted for single or multiple years. Recovery of the credits will be the sole responsibility of the purchaser. Offers must be received by Dec. 10, 2014, to be considered. <P> A copy of the solicitation letter, containing additional requirements, restrictions, and information, can be acquired by contacting Mr. Lawrence Marquez at 623-773-6213, <a href=mailto:lmarquez@usbr.gov>lmarquez@usbr.gov</a> or by downloading from the internet at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix">www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix</a>. <P> For further information or questions call Lawrence Marquez at (623) 773-6213. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48028 Reclamation Contracts with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to Advance Tribal Clean Energy Projects
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region entered into an agreement with the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to provide technical assistance to advance Tribal clean energy planning and development. The agreement is part of the commitments made by the Department of the Interior (DOI) in the July 2013 Technical Work Group Agreement related to Navajo Generating Station (NGS). <P> “The award of this agreement is another action that Reclamation is taking to advance the development of clean energy to benefit Tribal Nations affected by NGS operations. Reclamation continues to work diligently to support this effort,” said David Palumbo, Deputy Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region. This component of NREL’s technical assistance contract is valued at just over $106,000. <P> This work includes identifying a portfolio of potential projects and providing technical assistance to further some of those projects that have a high likelihood of being implemented within the next five years. This initiative will also identify screening and prioritization criteria to be used to categorize potential clean energy projects. The work is being coordinated with several agencies, including the DOE Tribal Energy Program, DOI Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development. <P> NREL is also providing technical assistance to Reclamation in achieving long-term goals identified in a Joint Federal Agency Statement issued on January 4, 2013, by DOI, DOE and the EPA. These goals are to produce “clean, affordable and reliable power, affordable and sustainable water supplies, and sustainable economic development, while minimizing negative impacts on those who currently obtain significant benefits from NGS, including tribal nations.” <P> “NREL has been a great partner and Reclamation appreciates their expertise as we work to meet future energy related demands and requirements, including compliance with EPA rules affecting carbon emissions at the NGS,” added Deputy Regional Director Palumbo. <P> NGS is a 2,250-megawatt, coal-fired power plant located just outside Page, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. Operated by the Salt River Project, other participants in NGS include the United States, Arizona Public Service Company, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Tucson Electric Power and Nevada Energy. The United States’ share of NGS energy provides power to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District to deliver Colorado River water through the Central Arizona Project. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48006 U.S. Department of the Interior and Western municipal water suppliers developing water conservation projects as part of a landmark collaborative agreement
Faced with the increasing probability of shortage on the Colorado River, municipal water providers in Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado, and the Bureau of Reclamation are implementing a landmark Colorado River System Conservation program. <P> Beginning today, Reclamation is soliciting water conservation project proposals from Colorado River entitlement holders in Arizona, California, and Nevada. At a later date, water users in the Upper Basin will be invited to participate in this unique agreement. <P> Central Arizona Project, Denver Water, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Southern Nevada Water Authority and Reclamation are providing up to $11 million to fund new Colorado River water conservation projects. The projects are intended to demonstrate the viability of cooperative, voluntary projects to reduce demand for Colorado River water. The program is soliciting project proposals from agriculture, and municipal and industrial Colorado River water entitlement holders. <P> "This partnership demonstrates our commitment to find solutions in meeting the future challenges we face in water supply and demand," said Reclamation's Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp. "Our goal is to put in place a suite of proactive, voluntary measures that will reduce our risk of reaching critical reservoir levels. This pilot program is a good first step toward reaching that goal and, depending upon its success, could be expanded in the future." <P> For more than a decade, a severe drought unprecedented in the last 100 years has gripped the Colorado River, reducing water levels in storage reservoirs throughout the Basin and increasing the risk of falling to critically low water levels. In July, reservoir levels in Lake Mead dipped to the lowest level since Hoover Dam was filled in 1937. <P> "A decade ago, municipal and agricultural agencies in California came together to help the state permanently reduce its use of Colorado River water. The goal of this latest effort is to develop new basin-wide partnerships to expand conservation activities during this historic drought for the benefit of all Colorado River water users," said Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. <P> "With shortage looming on the Colorado River, CAP, with its partners, is taking immediate steps to protect Arizona's Colorado River supply. The goal of this unique program is to develop new conservation programs from municipal, industrial, and agricultural water users from across the seven states which share the river," said Pam Pickard, Board President, Central Arizona Project. "The program saves water in Lake Mead and Lake Powell for the benefit of all Colorado River water users and promotes a healthy river system." <P> All water conserved under this program will stay in the river system, helping to boost the declining reservoir levels and protecting the health of the entire river system. The municipal agencies and the federal government agree that collaborative action is needed now, to reduce the risk to water supplies, hydropower production, water quality, agricultural output, and recreation and environmental resources across the entire Colorado River basin. The Colorado River and its tributaries provide water to nearly 40 million people for municipal use, and the combined metropolitan areas served by the Colorado River represent the world?s 12th largest economy, generating more than $1.7 trillion in Gross Metropolitan Product per year. <P> This first call for proposals is for Lower Basin parties. Upper Basin proposals will be requested in the future. <P> "We are pleased to see the momentum established in the lower basin. We look forward to a similar process starting soon in the upper basin with our partners along the Colorado River, including The Colorado Cattlemen's Association, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado River District, Southwestern Water Conservation District, The Nature Conservancy and Trout Unlimited. Together, we will identify and fund pilot programs that demonstrate the viability of cooperative, voluntary compensated means to reduce water demand," said Jim Lochhead, CEO Denver Water. <P> Reclamation is currently requesting project proposals for 2015 and 2016 funding allocations. The due date for the responses to the solicitation is November 17, 2014. Following the two-year period, Reclamation and the municipal agencies will evaluate the effectiveness of the conservation projects funded by this program and determine if the successful programs could be expanded or extended to provide even greater protection for the Colorado River system. <P> "Managing the Colorado River requires a cooperative and concerted effort between diverse stakeholders, and this pilot program furthers that collaboration and provides another tool we can use in response to the drought," said John Entsminger, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority. "This program is the mechanism for developing a wide array of adaptable and scalable conservation projects to provide real benefit to the overall river system." <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47975 $1.7 Million Contract Awarded for Fish Barrier Construction on the West Fork of the Black River
PHOENIX - Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley announced that Reclamation has awarded a $1.7 million contract to construct a fish barrier to assist in the protection and restoration of natives fishes in the West Fork of the Black River. The fish barrier will be constructed 14 miles southwest of Alpine, Arizona. <P> "In addition to its primary role of delivering water and power, Reclamation serves as the co-manager of watersheds and ecosystems where its dams and water projects are located," Pimley said. "Building this fish barrier is one step to help restore the ecosystem in the West Fork of the Black River." <P> The project is the culmination of coordination and cooperation among Reclamation, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Arizona Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Construction of the concrete fish barrier near the mouth of the West Fork of the Black River will protect the existing native fish community and allow restoration of the endangered loach minnow and threatened Apache trout. <P> The fish barrier project was included in a public involvement and environmental assessment process conducted by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The environmental assessment was adopted by Reclamation in its Finding of No Significant Impact issued in September 2014. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47967 Reclamation Lowers Lake Mohave Water Level as Annual Razorback Sucker Harvest Underway
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region is lowering water levels in Lake Mohave beginning in late September 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 that have been timed to coincide with conservation activities for the endangered fish. Beginning this week, Lake Mohave, located above Davis Dam on the Colorado River near Laughlin, Nevada, will steadily lower from its September 26 elevation of 642 feet above mean sea level (msl) to an elevation of about 634 feet msl by the week of October 27. <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> <P>
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>