Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47934 Draft EIS for Cle Elum Pool Raise Project Released
YAKIMA, Wash - The Bureau of Reclamation and Washington State Department of Ecology have released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cle Elum Pool Raise Project for public comment. The proposed project is a component of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan. <P> The Draft EIS evaluates five alternatives: <ul> <li>Alternative 1 - No Action Alternative.</li> <li>Alternative 2 - Additional Stored Water Used for Instream Flow with Rock Shoreline Protection.</li> <li>Alternative 3 - Additional Stored Water Used for Instream Flow with Hybrid Shoreline Protection.</li> <li>Alternative 4 - Additional Water Used for Total Water Supply Available with Rock Shoreline Protection.</li> <li>Alternative 5 - Additional Water Used for Total Water Supply Available with Hybrid Shoreline Protection.<br> </li> </ul> <P> Common components to all alternatives are: <ul> <li> Modifying the radial gates at Cle Elum Dam to provide an additional 14,600 acre-feet of storage capacity in Cle Elum Reservoir; </li> <li>Providing for shoreline protection of Cle Elum Reservoir; and </li> <li>Accomplishing necessary environmental mitigation. <br> </li> </ul> <P> The purpose of the Cle Elum Pool Raise is to increase the capacity of the reservoir and improve aquatic resources for fish habitat, rearing and migration in the Cle Elum and upper Yakima Rivers. The project was authorized under Title XII of the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project. The Draft EIS satisfies National Environmental Policy Act and Washington State Environmental Policy Act requirements. <P> Questions or comments on the Cle Elum Pool Raise Draft EIS will be accepted until November 25, 2014. Comments may be submitted to cepr@usbr.gov, by mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, Attn: Ms. Candace McKinley, Environmental Program Manager at 1917 Marsh Road, Yakima, WA, 98901; by telephone to (509) 575-5848, ext. 613; or by facsimile to (509) 454-5650. Hearing impaired citizens may dial 711 to obtain a toll free TTY relay. <P> Oral comments may be presented at one of two public meetings from 4 to 7 p.m. at the following locations: <table width="331" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="155" valign="top">October 21, 2014<br> Hal Holmes Center<br> 209 N. Ruby Street<br> Cle Elum, WA 98922<br> <br></td> <td width="166" valign="top">October 22, 2014<br> U.S. Forest Service<br> Cle Elum Ranger District<br> 803 W. 2nd Street <br> Ellensburg, WA 98926<br></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <P> Reclamation and Ecology offices and local libraries will have copies available for viewing. Or view online at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/cleelumraise/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/cleelumraise/index.html</a>. <P> The public meeting facilities are physically accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for special assistance should be made by October 10 to Ms. McKinley at the contact information above. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47892 Reclamation Awards $1.7 Million Contract for Pipeline Construction at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $1,722,425 contract on September 3 to Belsaas and Smith Construction, Inc., a small business from Ellensburg for construction services to replace pipelines at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery in Washington. <P> Work under this contract involves construction of new surface and ground water supply lines from the fish screen building to the raceways and the hatchery. <P> "This work is part of the ongoing effort to restore the aging Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery infrastructure to help assure fish rearing goals are met," said Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Regional Director Lorri Lee. <P> Construction activity will begin spring 2015 and be completed by September 1, 2015. <P> "These supply lines are 75 years old and replacing them is necessary to make sure we have a sound and reliable water intake system at the hatchery now and into the future," says Dave Irving, Complex Manager, Leavenworth Fisheries Complex. <P> Belsaas and Smith Construction is a full service general contractor serving Washington state for over 50 years. They have an experienced staff with all the tools and equipment for commercial building construction, remodels, repairs, concrete work, development, excavation, underground utilities and more. Belsaas and Smith Construction received two prestigious safety awards from the Associated General Contractors of Washington and were voted the 2010 Best Contractor in Kittitas County. <P> Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Its operations are funded by Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration to provide fish mitigation for impacts resulting from the construction and operation of Grand Coulee Dam. Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery is located in Chelan County in central Washington and is one of three national fish hatcheries, including Winthrop and Entiat, which comprise the Leavenworth Fisheries Complex. <P> For more information on Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, please visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/fcrps/hatcheries/index.html. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47868 Reclamation Awards $1.85 Million Contract for Transformer Cooler Replacement at Grand Coulee Dam
BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $1.85 million contract on September 2 to ABB, Inc. in Cary, North Carolina, to perform transformer oil cooler replacements at Grand Coulee Dam. <P> Over the past several years the existing transformer oil coolers have shown the need for replacement. This contract will require furnishing and installing the new transformer oil coolers, as well as disposal of the existing ones. The work is scheduled to be complete by April 30, 2015. <P> “This project is just one way Reclamation is continuing to ensure efficient and reliable power production in the Pacific Northwest,” said Grand Coulee Power Manager Coleman Smith. “Replacing these transformer oil coolers will help to provide many more years of reliability at Grand Coulee Dam.” <P> ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies. ABB is the largest supplier of industrial motors and drives, the largest provider of generators to the wind industry, and the largest supplier of power grids worldwide. <P> Completed in 1941, Grand Coulee Dam is a key feature of Reclamation’s Columbia Basin Project which provides both power and irrigation. This project serves irrigation to about 671,000 acres in east central Washington with over 300 miles of main canals. Power generated at the project is marketed by the Bonneville Power Administration. <P> Learn more about Grand Coulee Dam: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee/ <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47867 Reclamation Awards $7 Million Contract for Turbine Repair Work at Grand Coulee and Hungry Horse Dams
BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $7 million contract on August 29 to Voith Hydro, Inc. in York, Pennsylvania, to perform turbine repair for Grand Coulee and Hungry Horse dams. <P> The turbine runners to be serviced have been in operation since the early 1950s. The work requires specialized welding and grinding, and will be completed over the next five years. <P> “These repairs at Grand Coulee and Hungry Horse dams are essential to maintaining the turbines at these hydropower facilities,” says Regional Director Lorri Lee. “This work will ensure that these important hydropower units continue to operate well into the future, contributing significantly to the Pacific Northwest power supply.” <P> Voith is one of the world's leading suppliers of hydroelectric equipment, technology and services.They are home to one of the world’s largest dedicated hydro turbine equipment manufacturing facilities and are the only turbine manufacturer in the United States with a hydraulic laboratory. <P> Completed in 1941, Grand Coulee Dam is a key feature of Reclamation’s Columbia Basin Project which provides both power and irrigation. This project serves irrigation to about 671,000 acres in east central Washington with over 300 miles of main canals. Power generated at the project is marketed by the Bonneville Power Administration. <P> Hungry Horse Dam stands 564 feet tall and was completed in 1953. It is located on the south fork of the Flathead River, 20 miles northeast of Kalispell, Montana. <P> # # # <P> Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at www.usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47866 Reclamation Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Winter Interim Operations at Ririe Dam and Reservoir
BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment assessing the effects of a change in Ririe Reservoir winter drawdown for a 10-year interim period to improve refill reliability and increase water availability for irrigation without increasing downstream flood risk. The draft Environmental Assessment is being released today for a 30-day public comment period, ending October 6 and can be accessed at: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/ririe/index.html. Ririe Dam and Reservoir are located on Willow Creek about 15 miles northeast of Idaho Falls, Idaho. <P> The draft Environmental Assessment proposes to modify current Ririe Dam and Reservoir winter flood control operations to retain additional water storage without increasing downstream flood risk for a 10-year interim period. This would be accomplished by decreasing Ririe Reservoir winter drawdown that occurs in the fall of some years, resulting in more water held in the reservoir between November 1 and March 1. <P> Reclamation determined an Environmental Assessment is required under the National Environmental Policy Act in order to undertake this action. The draft Environmental Assessment evaluates the impacts of the proposed alternatives on the human population and the natural environment. This comment period follows public scoping meetings held in 2011 and 2013. Public input on the draft Environmental Assessment will assist Reclamation in making an informed decision. <P> The deadline for written comments is October 6. They can be sent to: Mr. Rich Jackson, Natural Resource Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Snake River Area Office, 230 Collins Road, Boise, ID 83702, or by email at ririeea@usbr.gov. <P> Ririe Dam, completed in 1977, is operated as one of seven federal storage facilities on the Snake and Henrys Fork rivers. It is a multi-purpose project that provides irrigation, flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47788 Reclamation Hosting Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event at Henry Hagg Lake
FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Children with a wide range of special needs will have an opportunity to enjoy a day on the water with some enthusiastic volunteers during the C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside event on September 7 at Henry Hagg Lake, located 30 miles southwest of Portland off State Highway 47. <P> C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with special needs a chance to enjoy a day of fishing and boating under the guidance of local experts. <P> This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "<a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/">Let's Move Outside </a>" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier. <P> Participants and volunteers will meet at Boat Ramp C on Henry Hagg Lake. <P> "For some of these kids it will be their first experience fishing," said Sandra Ferguson, Regional Coordinator for Reclamation. "It is a great opportunity for volunteers take part in an experience that these children will remember for a long time." <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old and will each receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat. <P> Volunteers from the Oregon BASS Club will provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers. The morning fishing events will be followed by a barbecue lunch hosted by several local Kiwanis Clubs. The Gaston Fire Department and Forest Grove Fire and Rescue will be assisting by providing emergency services for the event. <P> Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Oregon BASS Club, local Kiwanis Clubs, Tualatin Valley Irrigation District, and the Washington County Parks. <P> In case of rain, the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled. <P> For more information about this and other C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events contact Sandra Ferguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/ </a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47826 Public Comment Sought for Proposed Shoreline Protection Systems on Lake Roosevelt
GRAND COULEE, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment to identify issues to be addressed in an Environmental Assessment for the proposed construction of two shoreline protection systems to be located at Moonbeam Bay and Redford Canyon on Lake Roosevelt. <P> The purpose of the projects is to protect the shorelines from degradation by reducing the impacts caused by reservoir operations, recreation and natural or boat induced wave action. <P> Information obtained during the scoping period from September 1 through October 1 will bring focus to the concerns, issues and analyses that should be included in the draft environmental assessment. Completion of a final Environmental Assessment is anticipated in the winter of 2015. <P> Three proposed alternatives include: <P> • No Action -- Under the No Action alternative, Reclamation will not install shoreline protection systems at either location. <P> • Alternative A -- Install log boom systems at Moonbeam Bay and Redford Canyon to reduce environmental and human impacts to the shoreline and critical resources. <P> • Alternative B -- Install buoys and signage at Moonbeam Bay and Redford Canyon to deter recreational boat traffic, likely reducing impacts to the shoreline and critical resources. <P> Download a map of the proposed locations of the log booms: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/news/moonbeambaymap.pdf <P> A draft environmental assessment is scheduled to be available for public review in October 2014. <P> Written comments can be sent to Lon Ottosen, Bureau of Reclamation, Grand Coulee Power Office, P.O. Box 620, Grand Coulee, WA 99133 or emailed to lottosen@usbr.gov. <P> Comments must be received by October 1, 2014 to be considered in the draft environmental assessment. <P> Grand Coulee Dam was completed in 1941 and serves as a multipurpose facility providing water for irrigation, hydroelectric power production, flood control, recreation, fish and wildlife. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47787 Reclamation Awards $1.7 Million Contract for Fish Ladder Modifications on Rogue River Tributary
BEND, Ore. - The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $1,756,850 contract on August 21 to Northbank Civil and Marine, LLC, a small business from Vancouver, Washington, to construct fish ladder modifications to the Oak Street Diversion Dam located approximately 1 mile north of Ashland on Bear Creek. <P> When complete, the current fish ladder will be replaced with a new one on the opposite side of the dam. This is to satisfy requirements of improved fish passage and flow control. The primary features of the work will be demolition, earthwork, concrete, electrical and mechanical work to support operation of the new gates for controlling water releases. Work will be performed between June 15 and October 15, 2015, when flows are lower due to irrigation. <P> "The existing structure has shown to have some functionality issues that needed addressing," says Douglas DeFlitch, Reclamation's Bend Field Office Manager. "This work will greatly improve fish passage for ESA listed Coho Salmon, at the same time maintaining water supply for the Talent Irrigation District." <P> Northbank Civil and Marine, LLC was formed in early 2014 by Jeff Harper and Sam Barchus. The primary focus of the company is marine, heavy civil and industrial construction. The principals together have over 45 years of industry experience across the Northwest. Throughout their careers they have estimated and managed projects ranging from $100,000 to over $1 billion. <P> This work is within Reclamation's Rogue River Project area, a mix of Federal and private structures providing up to 144,000 acre-feet of water to cover 35,000 acres of irrigated land. The project has 7 reservoirs, 16 diversion dams, 1 powerplant, and more than 450 miles of canals serving Talent, Medford, and Rogue River Valley Irrigation Districts. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47772 Yakima Project "Flip-Flop" Operation Underway
YAKIMA, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation announced that it has begun the annual "flip-flop" operation in the Yakima Basin by gradually reducing flows out of Cle Elum Reservoir in the upper Yakima River basin and increasing flows from Rimrock Reservoir affecting flows in the Tieton and Naches Rivers. <P> The purpose of the "flip-flop" operation is to achieve and maintain relatively low flows in the upper Yakima, Cle Elum, and Bumping rivers where the spring Chinook salmon spawn. These lower flows are closer to the natural flow conditions and are therefore more helpful to successful spawning and incubation of the salmon eggs. This operation also reduces impacts on irrigation water supply by allowing for lower flow releases throughout the winter to improve reservoir storage for the coming season. <P> As part of the process, on or about September 4, Reclamation will begin to divert water down the Kittitas Reclamation District's Spillway 1146 into the Yakima River near Thorp. Reclamation will install buoys that will be in place from September 2 until about October 21. Recreationists are advised, for their safety, to portage around the buoys and to stay out of the turbulent flows. <P> "We want to make sure that those who are enjoying the river avoid the turbulent water where the spillway pours into the river," said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. <P> Flows out of Cle Elum Reservoir have been gradually decreasing since August 1 from a high of about 3,800 cfs, and will continue to decline to a low of about 220 cfs by about September 10 to 15. Flows from Rimrock Reservoir are expected to be in the 1,200 to 1,500 cfs range by September 1 and increase to about 2,200 cfs by mid-September depending on irrigation demands and weather conditions. <P> Streamflow changes will occur gradually during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Streamflow information can be obtained by calling (509) 575-5854 or on Reclamation's website at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima/index.html </a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47747 South Fork Boise River Flows Set to Increase
BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will increase flows from Anderson Ranch Dam on the South Fork of the Boise River starting Monday, August 18 from 1700 cubic-feet-per-second to approximately 2400 cfs in the reach between Anderson Ranch Dam and Arrowrock Reservoir. Flows will increase about 400 cfs Monday and by another 300 cfs Tuesday. Flows will remain at these higher levels for approximately eight days, and return to 1700 cfs by August 29. <P> These higher flows will help restore habitat for bull trout and other fish species in river reaches below the dam that were damaged by debris and mudslides following wildfires in August 2013. Timing and duration of the higher flows were determined through a collaborative effort between biologists and managers from Reclamation, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Forest Service, Trout Unlimited, and the University of Idaho. <P> "The river will be running faster than normal for this time of the year, and recent storms have deposited additional mud and debris in the canyon downstream of the dam," said Brian Sauer, Water Operations Manager. "Despite the hot temperatures, the water is still very cold. Please use caution when recreating on or near the river." <P> Anderson Ranch Dam is about 28 miles northeast of Mountain Home, Idaho. <P> For real-time Boise River flow information and water temperatures, visit Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Region Hydromet website: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/ </a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47648 Reclamation Hosts Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let’s Move Outside Event at Black Canyon Park
EMMETT, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation's Snake River Area Office will hold its annual C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Saturday, August 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at Black Canyon Park located on East Black Canyon Highway northeast of Emmett. <P> C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with a wide range of special needs an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. <P> "This is a fun event for the participants and volunteers. Happy memories are made on this special day," said Erika Lopez, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation's Snake River Area Office. "C.A.S.T. for Kids is an amazing program that I look forward to being involved with every year. We are looking for more boat captains to volunteer for this wonderful event." <P> This event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "<a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/">Let's Move Outside</a>" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging healthy diets and more physical activity on America's public lands and waterways. <P> The children participating are between 7-16 years old. Each participant receives fishing gear, a C.A.S.T. tee-shirt and hat. When the young anglers are done fishing, they will be treated with lunch and an awards ceremony. The Gem County Sheriff's Department will be on hand to provide emergency services if necessary. <P> The volunteer partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The State Bass Anglers societies work under the large umbrella of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society which includes volunteers from the Idaho BASS Club, Idaho Jet Boater's Association, Payette River Bassmasters, and other local fishermen who provide fishing boats and professional expertise. <P> For more information, contact Erika Lopez, Public Involvement Specialist at (208) 383-2254. In case of rain, the event will be canceled. For information about the C.A.S.T. for Kids activities in the Pacific Northwest Region, contact Sandra Ferguson, Reclamation Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/ </a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47626 Reclamation Selects New Deputy Regional Director for Power and Infrastructure
<img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/tkentth.jpg" width="200" height="255" hspace="10" border="1" align="left" alt="Terry Kent, Deputy Regional Director for Power and Infrastructure"/>BOISE, Idaho - Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Regional Director Lorri Lee announced today that Terry Kent has been selected as the new Deputy Regional Director for Power and Infrastructure Technical Services. He replaces Steven Jarsky who is now leading World Class Hydro efforts at Grand Coulee Dam. <P> In this new position, Kent will assist the Regional Director in carrying out Reclamation's responsibilities related to the operation and maintenance of water and power facilities, and related programs and activities in the Pacific Northwest. <P> "I am very pleased to announce the selection of Terry Kent as the next Deputy Regional Director for Power and Infrastructure," said Lee. "His level of experience, commitment, and knowledge about Reclamation and the Pacific Northwest is invaluable. I look forward to the great work he will do as a leader and problem-solver in our Region." <P> Kent, with more than 42 years of federal service, started his career in 1972 in Sacramento, California, as an Electrical Engineer for Reclamation. From 1977 to 1980, he worked in Redding, California, as a Supervisory Electrical Engineer. Kent has worked in the Pacific Northwest Regional Office since 1980 holding the positions of Supervisory Electrical Engineer, Supervisory General Engineer, and Regional Power Manager. <P> Kent received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming in Electrical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer. Kent will begin his new assignment August 10, 2014. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47607 C.A.S.T. Event Brings Out the Best at Prineville Reservoir
Catch a Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) for Kids is an extraordinary outdoor event which teams up with sponsors throughout central Oregon with area youngsters for a day of fishing. It's one of those rare events in our community that focuses on children with special needs or long term illnesses, and other youth who come to fish and appreciate the natural resources available to them in their own back yard. <P> This was the 17th year C.A.S.T. for Kids was held at Prineville Reservoir. The event was sponsored by some of the greatest volunteers our community has to offer. During the event, it was obvious that the children learned skills they can use for the rest of their lives. The sponsors and volunteers also learned a precious lesson about life and giving back to their communities. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/2014prine2.jpg" style="float:right" width="300" height="243" hspace="10" alt="Children receiving lifevests before going on the boats."/> <P> The event got underway with opening remarks, introductions, and a boat safety briefing. Kids and parents dispersed and headed to the boat loading area where they were fitted with a life vest. They soon climbed the steps into the boats and got their photos taken as they each gave a big smile. Then off they went to catch the big one. The scene could have been taken from a movie, scores of family members and volunteers shouting good luck to the kids as the boats were backed down to the water for their journey's departure. Upon their return, the air was buzzing with fish stories as we all gathered around for a wonderful barbecue and awards ceremony. <P> Special thanks to all of our many volunteers and sponsors on a job well done! This year's sponsors include: Bureau of Reclamation, Prineville Oregon State Parks, Prineville Kiwanis, Prineville Grocery Outlet's, Central Oregon Bass Club, Crook County Search & Rescue, Crook County Sheriff Marine Board, Crook County Sheriff's Dept., Bigfoot Beverages, Sportsman's Warehouse, Ray's Food Place, The Dawg House, Brothers Restaurant, Apple Peddler, Eberhard Dairy, Starbucks, The National Fish Carvers Guild, Zebco, Plano, Mike's Auto Glass, and all the boat captains. <P> They say, a picture is worth a thousand words...this one sums up nearly all of them. Talk about perspective! Enjoy the little things in life...for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/2014prine1.jpg" style="float:center" width="500" height="337" hspace="10" alt="A picture is worth a thousand words."/> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47588 Dawn Wiedmeier Selected as Columbia-Cascades Area Manager
<img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/weidmeierth.jpg" width="200" height="255" hspace="10" border="1" align="left" alt="Dawn Weidmeier, Columbia Cascades Area Office Manager"/> YAKIMA, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Region announced today that Dawn Wiedmeier has been selected as the Columbia-Cascades Area Manager in Yakima, Wash. She replaces Jerry Kelso who retired earlier this year. <P> As Area Manager, Wiedmeier will be responsible for providing leadership, oversight, and direction to more than 175 employees who operate, maintain and manage the Columbia Basin, Yakima, Umatilla, Deschutes, Crooked River, Rogue River and Tualatin projects. She will begin her new role immediately. <P> "It is a pleasure to announce the selection of Dawn Wiedmeier as Columbia-Cascades Area Manager," said Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Regional Director Lorri Lee. "She has a wealth of experience in complex water and power operations and maintenance, and will be a great asset as she moves into her new position." <P> Wiedmeier began her career with Reclamation in 2002 as the Deputy Area Manager at Reclamation's Eastern Colorado Area Office in Loveland, Colo. In 2007, she came to the Pacific Northwest Region to serve as the Deputy Area Manager in Yakima. <P> Prior to working for Reclamation, Wiedmeier worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for more than 20 years, mostly in Seattle and Clarkston, where she managed resources along the Lower Snake River and the Little Goose Powerplant. <P> Wiedmeier has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from Slippery Rock State College in Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Randy, reside in the Yakima area. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47507 Reclamation Hosting Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event at Potholes State Park
MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Children with a wide range of special needs will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join some enthusiastic volunteers during the C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside event on August 2 at Potholes Reservoir located 15 miles south of Moses Lake, Wash. C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with special needs an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. <P> This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier. <P> Participants and volunteers will meet at Potholes State Park located off State Route 262. Washington State Parks manages the campground which offers easy access to Potholes Reservoir. <P> "This will be a first fishing experience for some of these kids," said Jennifer McConnell of Reclamation's Ephrata Field Office. "It is a great opportunity for volunteers to be part of an experience that these children will remember for years to come." <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old and will each receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat. <P> Local Potholes Bass Club members and the Columbia Basin Walleye Club will be on hand with fishing boats and years of professional experience to assist novice anglers. The morning fishing events will be followed by a picnic lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts Class of the Columbia Basin Job Corps Center. <P> Partners include: Bureau of Reclamation, C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation , Columbia Basin Walleye Club, Potholes Bass Club, Washington BASS Club, Columbia Basin Job Corps Center, Washington State Parks, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, and Grand Coulee Council Boy Scout Troup 24. Donations for the event were provided by local businesses including: Coulee Playland Resort, Richard & Karen Honey, Moses Lake FFA, Grand Coulee Dam Federal Employees Association, and Sporty's Steakhouse. Medical support this year is provided by Fire District No. 12 from Royal Slope, Wash. <P> For more information about the August 2 event, contact Jennifer McConnell at (509) 754-0215. In case of rain, the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled. To find out more about the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Sandra Furguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/</a>. <P> <P>