Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel 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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45128 Reclamation Raises Rates for Hoover Dam Visitor Center, Powerplant Tour and Covered Parking
BOULDER CITY, NEV. — The Lower Colorado Region of the Bureau of Reclamation is increasing the entrance fees to some Hoover Dam Visitor Center attractions, and the cost of parking in the garage and Arizona spillway lot. The rate hikes go into effect on Friday, November 15, 2013. <P> This is the first increase to Visitor Center rates in eight years and comes based in part on the increased cost of operations and maintenance at the facility and an economic comparison to other regional state and private attractions. There is no charge for driving across and exploring the top of Hoover Dam and there is free parking available on the Arizona side of the property. <P> On Friday, November 15, the entrance fee for the Visitor Center will be $10 per person. Rates for the 30-minute guided Powerplant Tour, which includes admission to the Visitor Center, will be $15. Parking in the garage and Arizona spillway lot is available for $10. The extensive one-hour Dam Tour ticket, which includes entry into the Visitor Center, is $30 per person. <P> For seniors, military personnel with ID and youth ages 4 to 16, entrance to the Visitor Center will be $10 and the Powerplant Tour will be $12. Military personnel in uniform and children up to age three receive the Powerplant Tour at no charge. <P> Hoover Dam tours have been conducted since 1937 and the facility remains a premier attraction in southern Nevada. The historic icon and working hydropower facility is visited by more than a million guests a year, with nearly 800,000 taking advantage of the tours and entry to the Visitor Center. <P> Built in 1995, the Hoover Dam Visitor Center is a unique interpretive facility offering displays featuring the life and times during the construction of Hoover Dam; information on flood control and hydropower generation; and access to the amazing view of the Colorado River, Hoover Dam and Lake Mead available from the Observation Deck. A Visitor Center ticket also includes entrance to the Old Exhibit Building on the property. <P> For more information on directions, tour schedules, prices and historic information about Hoover Dam, visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/">www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45009 Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Fish Barrier in Spring Creek
PHOENIX - Reclamation is proposing construction of a fish barrier in Spring Creek, Yavapai County, Arizona. The proposed project would be located within the Coconino National Forest north of the town of Cornville. Following construction, federally-endangered spikedace and Gila topminnow would be stocked in Spring Creek, upstream of the fish barrier, with consideration given to stocking other federally listed fish, amphibians and semi-aquatic species. <P> Reclamation is seeking public input to aid in the identification of key issues and possible alternatives related to the proposed project that should be considered in an upcoming environmental assessment. <P> Details of the proposed project can be found in a Public Scoping Notice, which can be obtained by calling Reclamation’s Environmental Resource Management Division at 623-773-6251, e-mailing <a href=mailto:jharagara@usbr.gov>jharagara@usbr.gov</a>, or by downloading it from the Phoenix Area Office website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix">www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix</a>. <P> Comments should be mailed to John McGlothlen at the Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office, PXAO-1500, 6150 West Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, Ariz. 85306-4001or faxed to (623) 773-6481, no later than November 22, 2013. Questions may be directed to Mr. McGlothlen at (623) 773-6256. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45008 Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Fish Barrier in O’Donnell Canyon
PHOENIX - Reclamation is proposing construction of a fish barrier in O’Donnell Canyon, Santa Cruz County, Arizona. There are two potential sites approximately 10 miles southeast of the town of Sonoita. One is within the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area and the other on National Forest system land administered by Coronado National Forest. The action is intended to protect existing populations of Gila chub and Gila Topminnow. The proposed action may consist of a new fish barrier or repair of an existing, but eroded, Bureau of Land Management dam. <P> Reclamation is seeking public input to aid in the identification of key issues and possible alternatives related to the proposed project that should be considered in an upcoming environmental assessment. <P> Details of the proposed project can be found in a Public Scoping Notice, which can be obtained by calling Reclamation’s Environmental Resource Management Division at 623-773-6251, e-mailing <a href=mailto:jharagara@usbr.gov>jharagara@usbr.gov</a>, or by downloading it from the Phoenix Area Office website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix">www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix</a>. <P> Comments should be mailed to John McGlothlen at the Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office, PXAO-1500, 6150 West Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, Ariz. 85306-4001or faxed to (623) 773-6481, no later than November 22, 2013. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=44865 Reclamation Lowers Lake Mohave Water Level as Annual Razorback Sucker Harvest Underway
BOULDER CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region is lowering water levels in Lake Mohave to aid in annual endangered fish species conservation project work. Beginning today, Lake Mohave, located above Davis Dam on the Colorado River, will steadily lower from its current elevation of about 640 feet to an elevation of about 633 feet by the week of November 18, 2013. Water levels will begin rising again by late November as the razorback sucker fish project is finished. <P> Boaters may experience decreased access to ramps and should be especially alert to changes on the lake. Updates on current recreation opportunities are available from the National Park Service office at 702-293-8691. Updated information on water levels at Lake Mohave and other Lower Colorado Region reservoirs is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/riverops.html">www.usbr.gov/lc/riverops.html</a> under Current Conditions. <P> Reclamation’s Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (LCR MSCP) annually gathers tens of thousands of newly hatched razorback sucker larvae from Lake Mohave to be raised in state and federal hatcheries in the southwest. After an initial period in these hatcheries, many of the fish are placed in rearing ponds around Lake Mohave to grow and learn how to forage. As the fish reach the 12-inch minimum stocking size, they are microchip tagged and released back into the lower Colorado River or adjacent backwaters. <P> During the fall months, lake levels are lowered so that razorback suckers can be harvested from the lakeside rearing ponds, reintroduced to the river and crews can remove overgrown vegetation and maintain the rearing ponds. <P> The project is part of Reclamation’s continuing collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona State University and the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The LCR MSCP is a multi-agency effort to accommodate current and present water and power needs while conserving species and their habitats along the river. Additional razorback sucker conservation information is available at <a href="http://www.lcrmscp.gov/fish/razorback_sucker.html">http://www.lcrmscp.gov/fish/razorback_sucker.html</a>. <P>