Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=52688 Draft Environmental Assessment Released for Proposed Third Hydroelectric Generating Unit at Black Canyon Dam
EMMETT, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking comments on the revised Draft Environmental Assessment to help identify issues and concerns associated with the proposed construction of a third hydroelectric generating unit at Black Canyon Diversion Dam on the Payette River near Emmett, Idaho. <P> In October 2011, Reclamation completed an Environmental Assessment and signed a Finding of No Significant Impact. To incorporate new environmental information, Reclamation has prepared a revised Draft Environmental Assessment that will supersede the 2011 Environmental Assessment and Finding of Significant Impact. <P> The revised Draft Environmental Assessment analyzes a proposal to construct a 12.5 megawatt hydroelectric generating unit. The proposed hydroelectric unit would generate 105 million kilowatt-hours per year, enough to power approximately 9,500 homes. The power produced would be integrated into the power grid and serve 10 irrigation districts in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon as well as the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. <P> The Draft Environmental Assessment analyzes potential environmental impacts of two alternatives, including a preferred alternative: <P> Alternative A – No Action – Under the No Action alternative, a third hydroelectric generating unit or associated facilities would not be constructed. <P> Alternative B – Proposed Action – Under Alternative B, Reclamation would construct a 12.5 MW third hydroelectric generating unit at Black Canyon Diversion Dam. <P> You may download the Draft Environmental Assessment at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/blackcanyondam/"> www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/blackcanyondam/</a>. <P> Please send your written comments no later than March 14, 2016, to Richard Jackson, Natural Resource Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Snake River Area Office, 230 Collins Road, Boise, ID 83702 or by email at <a href="mailto:bcdd-comments@usbr.gov">bcdd-comments@usbr.gov</a>. You may also contact him at (208) 383-2285 for additional information or to obtain a hard copy of the Draft Environmental Assessment. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=52467 Reclamation Takes Precautionary Measures at Minidoka Southside Canal
RUPERT, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation has taken precautionary measures to secure a canal gate at Minidoka Dam’s Southside Canal after a routine inspection found one of the gate’s arms showing signs of buckling. The gate is one of two that feeds irrigation water into the Southside Canal from Lake Walcott, 12 miles northeast of Rupert, Idaho. <P> The gate is presently closed and not leaking water. The cause of the damage is being investigated and the site is being monitored around the clock. Technical experts will be on-site Wednesday afternoon to evaluate the damage and begin formulating repair plans. <P> “Minidoka Dam is operating properly,” Reclamation’s Snake River Area Manager Roland Springer said. “We have taken steps to ensure there is no risk to public safety.” <P> Reclamation has placed bulkheads to isolate the damaged gate until repairs are completed. The canal gate structure is built for the placement of these bulkheads to allow for routine maintenance. <P> Burley Irrigation District representatives have met with Reclamation staff on-site and local emergency managers have been notified. This situation is not expected to affect irrigation water delivery this spring. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=52307 Reclamation Selects Ryan Newman to Head the Upper Snake Field Office
HEYBURN, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation has selected Ryan Newman to serve as the new assistant area manager for leading the Upper Snake Field Office where he will oversee the management and operation of Reclamation facilities in eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. The Upper Snake Field Office is located in Heyburn, Idaho, and is part of the Snake River Area Office headquartered in Boise. <P> “We’re very happy to have Ryan as a part of our Reclamation team,” said Snake River Area Office Area Manager Roland Springer. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, and will be a great asset in this new position.” <P> Most recently, Newman worked for the Snake River Area Office where he managed a variety of water resource projects including the Lewiston Orchards Water Exchange and Title Transfer, Henrys Fork Basin Study, Island Park Reservoir Enlargement, and several environmental compliance projects. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, and a minor in chemistry from South Dakota State University. <P> Newman is a rural South Dakota native with 20 years of experience in natural and water resource management. He spent his entire career working on river and reservoir systems and related resources in the Dakotas and Idaho with South Dakota State University, Idaho Fish and Game, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Reclamation. <P> Newman began his career with Reclamation in 2000 in the Dakota Area Office in Bismarck, North Dakota, where he worked on municipal, rural and industrial water systems. Beginning in 2012 he spent two years managing Lake Sakakawea, the third largest man-made reservoir in North America, during the height of the North Dakota oil boom. <P> The Upper Snake Field Office manages six projects, eight dams, and two powerplants in eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. The projects provide for the delivery of irrigation water, hydroelectric generation, flood control and recreation opportunities. For more information about the Snake River Area Office visit http://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/. <P> Download photo: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/2016/rnewman.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/2016/rnewman.jpg</a> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=52267 Routine Maintenance Continues Drawdown at Black Canyon Diversion Dam
EMMETT, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation will keep Black Canyon Reservoir drawn down through February 2016 for continued routine maintenance at the Black Canyon Diversion Dam. The dam is located on the Payette River about 5 miles northeast of Emmett, Idaho. <P> Reclamation began the drawdown Oct. 15 to reach an elevation safe enough for work crews. Work was originally scheduled to end in January, however, crews plan to take advantage of the current winter weather conditions to perform additional routine dam maintenance through mid-February before spring runoff naturally raises the reservoir elevation. <P> “Safety is a priority. Exposed sandbars in the upper reservoir may appear attractive for fishing or other activities, but people need to know these areas could be dangerous for themselves as well as for their pets,” said Steven Coulter, Black Canyon facility manager. “We ask that the public continue to exercise caution around the reservoir and riverbanks during the continued drawdown period.” <P> The 18-foot drawdown put the reservoir at elevation 2,480 feet. Normal pool elevation is at 2,498 feet. <P> Black Canyon Diversion Dam, completed in 1924, is a multipurpose facility that provides irrigation water and hydropower. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=52247 Recreation Facilities at Black Canyon Dam Parks Open for Reservations
EMMETT, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will begin accepting reservations for the gazebos and shelter facilities at its five parks near Black Canyon Dam beginning Feb. 1 in advance of the summer season which begins May 13 and goes through Sept. 25. <P> “We are getting prepared for another safe and successful recreation season,” Acting Supervisory Park Ranger Carl Mehaffie said. “The public may contact park staff for reservation information.” <P> Instructions for reserving a gazebo may also be accessed online by visiting the parks’ website at www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/landuse/blackcanyon. The website has a calendar that displays dates when each gazebo is available. <P> The parks are located near the Payette River, off State Highway 52, approximately 5 miles northeast of Emmett, Idaho. These parks include: <P> <ul> <li>Black Canyon Park is open from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. and the day-use fee is $5 per vehicle to enter. The park features two boat ramps which are accessible to people with disabilities and offers two gazebos which can be reserved for $125 each. A Gem County ordinance prohibits alcohol and pets at Black Canyon Park.</li> <li>Wild Rose Park offers two gazebos for large events, and can be reserved together for $125 a day.</li> <li>Cobblestone Park has one shelter that can be reserved for $125 a day.</li> <li>Triangle Park offers both day-use and overnight camping. Water and electricity are not available at this site. The group overnight camping allows for rental of the whole park at a fee of $125 a night.</li> <li>Montour Park is located in the Montour Wildlife Management Area. It offers overnight camping for $8 a night for a campsite or $3 a night for tent camping on the lawn. Dogs are required to be on a leash. The 16 campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Potable water, a dump station and bathrooms are available.</li> </ul> <P> Regulations prohibit renting out the entire park at these sites, with the exception of Triangle Park. Special event alcohol permits may be obtained for Wild Rose, Cobblestone and Triangle parks with paid reservations through Reclamation. <P> For additional information, please contact the Black Canyon Park staff at (208) 365-2682 or via email at bcparks@usbr.gov. <P> Black Canyon Dam is part of the Boise Project and was constructed between 1922 and 1924. It provides irrigation water to roughly 1,760 farms in Gem and Payette counties. The power plant at the dam generates about 62 million kilowatt hours annually. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=52227 Another Great Year of Making A Difference in the Lives of Youth in the PN Region
In 2015, several dynamic educational opportunities and programs were organized and co-sponsored by the Bureau of Reclamation Pacific Northwest Region to support and engage young people between the ages of 5 to 35. The PN Region is committed to increasing youth's activity on public lands in four categories, play, learn, serve, and work. <P> <strong>Linking Young People to Reclamation</strong> <P> The Otto Otter Canal Safety Program was successfully delivered to over 35,000 excited elementary school students. Otto Otter, Reclamation’s water safety mascot, engaged in children's activities all over the region. The program was delivered through various venues from classroom settings to county fairs. Students learned the importance of canals and ditches, and how to stay safe around them. <P> During the months of June through September, six Catch a Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) events were hosted for disabled and disadvantaged children. The events occurred in different locations in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington State. <P> These special events provided enthusiastic kids the unique opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing on the water. At one event a participant said, "The boat ride was the greatest ever. I can't wait until next year." As one boat captain put it, "the kids just love to ride on the boat and spend time on the water; catching just one fish, or catching the legal limit is what makes the day even more special." A total of 118 kids participated with nothing but "smiles." <P> At our 5th annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day/Let's Move Outside event, 23 students participated. This event allowed girls and boys to understand what a parent does during the workday through presentations and interactive activities. Let's Move is an initiative launched by First Lady Obama which is dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. <P> In our community-based and outreach program called Lunch Buddy, 50 Reclamation employees volunteered as one-on-one mentors. Lunch Buddy is held each month at a local school in Boise, Idaho. The purpose of this program is to build self-confidence and self-esteem with at-risk children. Each year, more and more children are added to the list to participate. <P> Other activities the region participated in are: Koulee Kids Fest, Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, Idaho Salmon and Steelhead Days, Sawtooth Salmon Festival, school tours at Grand Coulee Dam, and Earth Day events in Washington State. <P> Each Father's Day weekend at Grand Coulee Dam, the Koulee Kids Fest is held and it offers parents and kids an opportunity to fish, ride paddle boats, play games, and much more. This year, 129 kids participated. <P> In September, the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, one of the first nature festivals in the United States, celebrated its 25th anniversary in conjunction with the 75th celebration of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. The three-day educational event celebrates the annual return of the salmon to the Wenatchee River. Reclamation employees presented "Macro-invertebrates Mayhem and Watershed Detectives" activities. Roughly 3,000 students in north central Washington participated in hands-on interactive activities. <P> Nearly 1,200 excited fifth grade students participated in Reclamation's Living River Exhibit at the Idaho Salmon and Steelhead Days event. This event is a three-day, hands-on educational celebration designed to increase awareness and appreciation for salmon and steelhead resources in the Pacific Northwest Region. The students learned about river dynamics, river restoration, and habitat improvement projects Reclamation has worked on. <P> The Sawtooth Salmon Festival was held on the Stanley Historical Museum grounds. It is also and educational event that celebrates the return of the salmon from the Pacific Ocean to Salmon River tributaries. Kids learned about the remarkable salmon and steelhead, and their amazing 900-mile journey through presentations and hands-on activities. Twenty-five kids participated in the event. Grand Coulee sponsored VIP Hard Hat 2-hour tours at Grand Coulee Dam and the Visitor Center for more than 1,900 excited students. The tour guides shared technological, historical, and geological facts about the Dam and its history. <P> Another big event was the Chief Joseph Dam and Colville Confederation Earth Day. Nearly 475 students were able to take part in generating electricity through wind, solar and mechanical means. Several volunteers from Grand Coulee Dam participated. <P> <strong>Young People Working for Reclamation</strong> <P> In 2015, the PN Region hired many students in various occupations using several student partnership programs such as the Student Conservation Association. For the first time, Reclamation was able to hire a former SCA student in the PN Region through the Public Lands Corps Act program. <P> Through the Northwest Youth Corps, the PN Region hired two new crews in the month of July. They worked on a habitat improvement project which consisted of thinning trees, shrubs, and fuel reduction. The NYC is an organization that provides opportunities for youth and adults to learn, grow, and experience success by combining education and job skill training with outdoor adventure. The partnership was made possible by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation along with other government agencies. <P> The PN Region served thousands of young people last year. We will continue to engage youth in 2016. If you would like to volunteer with any of our children or youth activities, please contact Annette Ross at aross@usbr.gov. Let's continue to make a difference! <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/features/images/2015youth1.jpg" alt="Students participating with the Living Rivers Exhibit at the Idaho Salmon and Steelhead Days in Idaho"/> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51808 Roza Irrigation District Cancels Kachess Emergency Temporary Floating Pumping Plant Project
YAKIMA, Washington – Due to the Roza Irrigation District canceling its initiative for the Kachess Emergency Temporary Floating Pumping Plant (KETFPP) Project, the Bureau of Reclamation has ceased work for this project. This includes the analysis of impacts and review of public comments. <P> While the effort for this short term project has ended, work continues on the long-term Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant, which is part of the larger Yakima Integrated Plan. <P> Further information on the Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant can be found at: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/kdrpp/index.html <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51807 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for New Fire Station
GRAND COULEE, Washington — The Bureau of Reclamation has released an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the construction of a new Fire Station at the Grand Coulee Power Office. <P> Reclamation has selected Alternative A, which was identified as the preferred alternative. The fire station will be constructed at the west gate to the Grand Coulee Power Office Industrial Area, near the intersection of Highway 155 and B Street. <P> The purpose of the project is to relocate the Grand Coulee Power Office Fire Department to a new independent station to ensure reliable protection for all Reclamation facilities and lands, as well as local communities and other agencies through mutual aid agreements. The current fire station is located within the John W. Keys III Pump Generating Plant. The project involves construction of an approximately 21,500 square foot fire station to provide space for sleeping, dining, vehicle and equipment storage, meeting/training rooms, offices and a public reception area. <P> The EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/firestation/ <P> For questions or to request a hard copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Lon Ottoson at (509) 633-9324 or lottosen@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51714 Reclamation Seeks Comments for Proposed Hungry Horse Power Plant Modernization
COLUMBIA FALLS, Montana– The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comments to identify issues and concerns to be addressed in an Environmental Assessment for a proposed Hungry Horse Power Plant (HHPP) Modernization, part of Hungry Horse Dam in northwest Montana. <P> The power plant’s four generating units include components that are operating far beyond their intended service life. The proposed modernization and overhaul project will alleviate safety-related concerns, potential limitations on plant operations, and increased risk to sustained long-term operation of the plant. <P> The Environmental Assessment will evaluate the impacts of each alternative on the human and natural environments and is expected to be published in summer of 2016. Reclamation proposes to evaluate the following alternatives: <P> Alternative A – No Action: Reclamation would continue operating the HHPP’s four generating units under the existing maintenance program with allowances for emergency repairs or replacements. Operations to generate electricity and regulate streamflows would continue according to existing protocols and agreements with the Bonneville Power Administration. Maintenance and repair costs, production outages, and time needed to obtain replacement parts would continue to increase based on the aging technology and the scarcity or unavailability of such parts. <P> Alternative B – Hungry Horse Power Plant Modernization: Reclamation would upgrade the power plant, overhaul and modernize the four generating units, conduct major maintenance on the penstocks and selective withdrawal system, refurbish the dam outlet works tubes and spillway, and upgrade the domestic water system. <P> To submit comments, or for additional information, contact Chris Vick, Bureau of Reclamation, Pacific Northwest Regional Office, 1150 Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83706, by January 31, 2016. Contact can also be made by emailing cvick@usbr.gov or by calling (208) 378-6547. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51407 Reclamation Expands Number of Public Workshops for Kachess Emergency Temporary Floating Pumping Plant Project
YAKIMA, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation is beginning its public scoping process for the Roza Irrigation District’s proposed Kachess Emergency Temporary Floating Pumping Plant (KETFPP) Project. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and for better regional coverage, there will now be three public scoping workshops: <P> December 7, 2015 - 4 pm to 7 pm: Hal Holmes Center, 209 N. Ruby Street Ellensburg, WA <P> December 8, 2015 - 4 pm to 7 pm: U.S. Forest Service Cle Elum Ranger District, 803 W. 2nd Street Cle Elum, WA <P> December 9, 2015 - 4 pm to 7 pm: Best Western, 1849 Quail Lane Sunnyside, WA <P> The purpose of these scoping workshops is to give the public an opportunity to discuss the proposed project and identify issues and concerns relating to environmental impacts, mitigation measures, and potential alternatives. <P> The proposed KETFPP would consist of a temporary floating pump facility with the ability to access up to 50,000 acre-feet of water from Kachess Reservoir that otherwise would be inaccessible due to low water elevations. This water could then be pumped into the Yakima River system to supply Roza Irrigation District with temporary emergency drought relief in 2016 should conditions warrant. It will also allow for minimum flows in the river for fisheries benefits until the reservoir returns to normal operational levels. <P> Further information on this proposed project can be found at: www.roza.org. The NEPA document is anticipated to be issued in early 2016. <P> The workshop facilities are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for other special assistance should be directed to Candace McKinley by calling (509) 575-5848, or email to roza@usbr.gov by Nov. 24, 2015. <P> In addition to comments received at the scoping workshops, written comments will also be accepted through Dec. 18, 2015. Comments should be submitted to Candace McKinley, Environmental Program Manager, 1917 Marsh Road, Yakima, WA 98901 or by email to roza@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information or questions, please call (509) 575-5848, ext. 613. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51252 Public Workshops to be held for Kachess Emergency Temporary Floating Pumping Plant Project
YAKIMA, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation is beginning its public scoping process for the Roza Irrigation District’s proposed Kachess Emergency Temporary Floating Pumping Plant (KETFPP) Project. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), there will be two public scoping workshops: <P> December 7, 2015 - 4 pm to 7 pm: Hal Holmes Center, 209 N. Ruby Street, Ellensburg, WA <P> December 8, 2015 - 4 pm to 7 pm: U.S. Forest Service Cle Elum Ranger District, 803 W. 2nd Street, Cle Elum, WA <P> The purpose of these scoping workshops is to give the public an opportunity to discuss the proposed project and identify issues and concerns relating to environmental impacts, mitigation measures, and potential alternatives. <P> The proposed KETFPP would consist of a temporary floating pump facility with the ability to access up to 50,000 acre-feet of water from Kachess Reservoir that otherwise would be inaccessible due to low water elevations. This water could then be pumped into the Yakima River system to supply Roza Irrigation District with temporary emergency drought relief in 2016 should conditions warrant. It will also allow for minimum flows in the river for fisheries benefits until the reservoir returns to normal operational levels. <P> Further information on this proposed project can be found at: www.roza.org. The NEPA document is anticipated to be issued in early 2016. <P> The workshop facilities are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for other special assistance should be directed to Candace McKinley by calling (509) 575-5848, or email to roza@usbr.gov by Nov. 24, 2015. <P> In addition to comments received at the scoping workshops, written comments will also be accepted through Dec. 18, 2015. Comments should be submitted to Candace McKinley, Environmental Program Manager, 1917 Marsh Road, Yakima, WA 98901 or by email to roza@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information or questions, please call (509) 575-5848, ext. 613. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51247 Electric Vehicles Powered by Grand Coulee Dam
GRAND COULEE DAM, Wash. – More than two dozen electric utility trucks purchased by the Bureau of Reclamation this fall are driving a pilot project to introduce low-maintenance, zero emissions utility vehicles at Grand Coulee Dam located in northeast Washington state. <P> The lithium-ion battery powered Electric Utility Vehicles or EUVs are built by e-ride Industries of Princeton, Minnesota. They are expected to help meet lower greenhouse gas emissions goals and also solve a chronic vehicle shortage for making short trips around the hydro power complex. <P> “In the last couple of years, Grand Coulee has added about 130 employees. We're trying to introduce these electric vehicles as a way to offset our current gas fleet vehicles,” says Matt Tillman, Grand Coulee’s Administrative Officer. “Grand Coulee spends over $100,000 on fossil fuel each year. We're expecting to be able to cut that consumption by 10 to 15 percent.” <P> Apart from low operating costs Deputy Power Manager Doug Anderson says the EUVs will work well in Grand Coulee’s 18 square mile campus which includes transmission yards, four power plants, and the mile-wide dam itself. <P> “It’s a large power complex and not very far from place to place, but there's an awful lot of small trips, short trips that employees make each day. That’s hard on vehicles and a poor use of a fossil fuel powered car,” says Anderson. <P> Tillman adds that it’s appropriate that the largest dam in the U.S. has one of the largest fleet of American-made, electric-powered vehicles. “They're powered by renewable energy that's generated here at the dam,” he said. <P> The 27 EUVs were specially outfitted for use at Grand Coulee Dam. There are two models, a two door utility truck for parts and equipment, and a four door truck for hauling workers. They can handle a 1000 pound payload and reach a top speed of 25 mph with plenty of torque to make it up steep grades around the power plant complex. <P> “They’re not golf carts. They're built for an industrial environment, like Grand Coulee, and that's how we're going to use them,” says Tillman. <P> The total purchase price for Grand Coulee Dam's electric utility vehicles is $881,000. There are 14 four passenger models at $32,381. each, and 13 two passenger utility models at $32,902.50. The purchase contract includes shipping and training. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51233 Grand Coulee Dam Charges Ahead with Electric Vehicles
GRAND COULEE DAM - “These cars are great looking. They look like a cross between a Jeep, a Hummer,” says Deputy Power Manager Doug Anderson from behind the wheel. <P> Anderson is proud of the 27 electric utility trucks purchased by the Bureau of Reclamation for use at Grand Coulee Dam this fall. The EUVs, as they’re known, are driving a green car pilot project that delivers low-maintenance, zero emissions utility vehicles for use at the giant power complex in northeast Washington State. <P> The lithium-ion battery powered EUVs will help meet lower greenhouse gas emissions goals and also solve a chronic vehicle shortage for making short trips around the hydro power complex. <P> “In the last couple of years, Grand Coulee has added about 130 employees. We're trying to introduce these electric vehicles as a way to offset our current gas fleet vehicles,” says Matt Tillman, Grand Coulee’s Administrative Officer. “Grand Coulee spends over $100,000 on fossil fuel each year. We're expecting to be able to cut that consumption by 10 to 15 percent.” <P> <div class="fluid-video"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MKxIakTzBH4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> <P> <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/video/transcript/euvtrans.pdf">Transcript</a> PDF 18 kb <P> Tillman adds that it’s appropriate that the largest dam in the U.S. has one of the largest fleet of American-made, electric-powered vehicles. “They're powered by renewable energy that's generated here at the dam,” he said. <P> Anderson says the EUVs are a great fit for a dam of this size. Grand Coulee, located in northeast Washington, is the nation’s largest hydropower complex that covers 18 square miles and includes transmission yards, four power plants, and the mile-wide dam itself. <P> “It’s a large power complex and not very far from place to place, but there's an awful lot of small trips, short trips that employees make each day. That’s hard on vehicles and a poor use of a fossil fuel powered car,” says Anderson. <P> The trucks, built by e-ride Industries in of Princeton, Minnesota, were specially outfitted for use at Grand Coulee. “After they brought their needs to us, we outfitted a vehicle specifically for them with a high performance package, with the full enclosure, toolboxes, ladder rack and pull out bed tray,” says Kurt Bauerly, e-ride Industries General Manager. <P> Whether for short trips carrying people or equipment, EUV’s are designed to handle a 1000 pound payload and reach a top speed of 25 mph with plenty of torque to make it up steep grades around the power plant complex. <P> “We have two types - one that's made for moving people and one made for moving tools and equipment. We have a two door and a four door version, very good looking, if I might add,” says Anderson. <P> “They're built for an industrial environment, like Grand Coulee, and that's how we're going to use them.” says Tillman. <P> The total purchase price for Grand Coulee Dam's electric utility vehicles is $881,000. There are 14 four passenger models at $32,381. each, and 13 two passenger utility models at $32,902.50. The purchase contract includes shipping and training. <P> <p><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/593/22972248655_e18a945471_o.jpg" alt="Deputy Power Manager Doug Anderson says he’s eager to get behind the wheel." width="300px"><br /> <small>Deputy Power Manager Doug Anderson says he’s eager to get behind the wheel.</small></p> <P> <p><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5657/22784214550_8f92e2d003_o.jpg" alt="Two models have been purchased for use at Grand Coulee - EXV4 Patriot - a four passenger commuter; EXV2 Patriot - a two passenger maintenance truck." width="300px"><br /> <small>Two models have been purchased for use at Grand Coulee - EXV4 Patriot - a four passenger commuter; EXV2 Patriot - a two passenger maintenance truck.</small></p> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=51028 Reclamation Seeks Comments on Proposed Drum Gate Maintenance Structure at Grand Coulee Dam
GRAND COULEE, Wash. — The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comments to identify issues and concerns to be addressed in an Environmental Assessment for a proposed Drum Gate Maintenance Structure at Grand Coulee Dam. Reclamation will use the public feedback to help develop alternative options and analyze the environmental impacts of the proposal. <P> The maintenance structure would assist Reclamation in overhauling and maintaining the 11 drum gates at Grand Coulee Dam that help control the elevation of Lake Roosevelt. The drum gates are 75 years old and are in need of significant maintenance. <P> Reclamation proposes to evaluate the following alternatives in the Environmental Assessment: <P> Alternative A – No Action: Reclamation would continue maintaining the drum gates as in the past, both according to a set schedule and at unplanned times. The agency would schedule maintenance during low-water times whenever possible, but there could still be unavoidable unplanned maintenance at other times of the year that would require drawing down the reservoir in order to access the drum gates. In addition to regular repairs, the drum gates will soon require extensive maintenance due to their age and condition that could only be accomplished with an extended reservoir drawdown of up to 12 years. <P> Alternative B – Drum Gate Maintenance Structure: Reclamation would construct a bulkhead structure that would attach to the dam and provide a water-free space between the bulkhead and the drum gate. This would allow the agency to perform both an overhaul of the drum gates and ongoing maintenance in dry conditions without drawing down the reservoir for extended periods. Reservoir drawdowns might still occur during development of the bulkhead, for routine maintenance on the other gates while each gate is undergoing an overhaul, for flood control and for emergencies. A final concept for the bulkhead is still in development. Permanent dam modifications would be required, but efforts would be made to minimize them. When not in use, the bulkhead likely would be stored either within the reservoir or in a separate storage facility near the reservoir. Reclamation is still evaluating options for the bulkhead assembly location on either the east or west shore of the reservoir. The final design and assembly location will be described in the Environmental Assessment. <P> The Environmental Assessment will evaluate the impacts of each alternative on the human and natural environments. The final Environmental Assessment is expected to be published in June 2016. <P> Please send your written comments on the proposed alternatives to Jessica (Gottlieb) Peters, Bureau of Reclamation, Pacific Northwest Region, 1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho, 83706, by Dec. 4, 2015, or email jgottlieb@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50869 Utility Construction Extended at Palisades Dam
IRWIN, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation extended the completion date for a construction project at Palisades Dam to replace aging overhead utilities with an underground system. The project is now expected to be finished by the end of November. <P> For safety reasons the construction site on the dam crest will remain closed to all public access through the completion of the project. <P> Palisades Dam, 55 miles southeast of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was constructed by Reclamation in 1957 as part of the Palisades Project. It is a multipurpose facility that provides for irrigation, flood control, hydropower and recreation. <P>