Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54648 Boise River Flow Increasing May 19 to Benefit Salmon
BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation will increase flow from Lucky Peak Dam on the Boise River beginning Thursday, May 19. The discharge will increase 500 cubic feet per second both Thursday and Friday, and result in flow of approximately 2,800 cfs through the city of Boise as measured at the Glenwood Bridge gauging station. <P> The water will continue to be fast and cold. Please stay out of the river and use caution when recreating near the river. <P> This increase in flow will provide additional water for salmon migration in the lower Snake and Columbia rivers in accordance with NOAA Fisheries 2008 Upper Snake Biological Opinion, under the Endangered Species Act. <P> Visit Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Region Hydromet website for river and reservoir data at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/index.html</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54508 Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center Begins Laser Light Show May 28
GRAND COULEE, Washington - On May 28, Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center will begin its extended summer season hours, along with its Laser Light Show which plays nightly through the end of September. <P> Visitor Center hours will be from 8:30 a.m. until one hour past the start of the Laser Light Show. Through the end of July, the show will begin at 10 p.m. For August, the show begins at 9:30 p.m. and for September, 8:30 p.m. <P> May 28 will also begin an increase in the number of public tours into the John W. Keys III Pump-Generating Plant. These one hour tours occur daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors will ride a shuttle bus to the pumping plant to view gigantic pumps lifting water from Lake Roosevelt to Banks Lake, which then delivers water throughout the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. The shuttle will then take visitors across the top of Grand Coulee Dam for spectacular views of Lake Roosevelt and the Columbia River. <P> Tours are on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are taken and space is limited. <P> For more information call the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center at (509) 633-9265. Or visit: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee/visit/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee/visit/index.html</a>. <P> Grand Coulee Dam is located on the Columbia River about 90 miles west of Spokane, Washington. It was completed in 1941 and serves as a multipurpose facility providing water for irrigation, hydroelectric power production, flood control, fish and wildlife, and recreation. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54507 Hungry Horse Dam Visitor Center Opens May 27
HUNGRY HORSE, Montana - The Bureau of Reclamation announces the opening of the Hungry Horse Dam Visitor Center for the 2016 summer season beginning May 27. <P> The visitor center will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 10. Exhibits about the history of Hungry Horse Dam and its importance to the Federal Columbia River Power System are featured. <P> Due to construction during the 2016 summer season there may be unscheduled closures of the Hungry Horse Visitor Center. For updated information call (406) 378-5241 x347. <P> Hungry Horse Dam is located off Highway 2 in Hungry Horse. Follow the signs just past the Hungry Horse/Glacier View Forest Service building to the visitor center. From Highway 2, travel approximately 4.5 miles to the visitor center located at the north end of the dam. <P> For more information, visit: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hungryhorse/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hungryhorse/index.html</a>. <P> Hungry Horse Dam stands 564 feet tall and was completed in 1953. It is located on the south fork of the Flathead River, 15 miles south of the west entrance to Glacier National Park and 20 miles northeast of Kalispell. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54467 Temporary Flow Increase on Crooked River to Test Benefits for Steelhead
PRINEVILLE, Oregon – Through the week of May 16, the Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries, will release additional water from Bowman Dam on the Crooked River to determine if increased flows will aid steelhead smolts in their downstream migration to Lake Billy Chinook. <P> On the evening of Monday, May 16, flows will increase through the night to reach a total flow of roughly 768 cubic feet per second, an increase of 500 cfs. Flows will decrease the evening of May 18 and return to their current 268 cfs level by the morning of Friday, May 20. <P> These experimental “pulse flows” are being timed to minimize the effects to anglers fishing the Crooked River. While Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife anticipates no negative impacts to redband trout populations below Bowman Dam, fishing will be difficult and is unadvised during the pulse flow event. <P> “This is a great example of cooperation between local, state and federal agencies and will support the ongoing effort to restore the steelhead population in the Crooked River,” says Bridget Moran, Manager for the Bend U.S. Fish and Wildlife Office. <P> Many organizations have partnered in this experimental pulse flow event including the Ochoco Irrigation District, ODFW, and Portland General Electric. <P> For questions about this research, call NOAA Fisheries at (503) 231-6268 or the USFWS Bend Field Office at (541) 383-7146. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54287 Sixth Annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Event Provides a Day of Fun and Learning
The PN Regional Office held its sixth annual Take Our Sons and Daughter to Work event April 28, 2016, with support from employees and managers who generously gave their time and attention. <P> After much preparation the day was full of fun and educational events. Presentations included an opportunity to write underwater with the dive team, an interactive weather station, safety training for photography/video, a fun and messy presentation on geology, and the living river exhibit. Twenty-six children, age eight and up, attended the event, each having a ton of fun and leaving with new information. <P> Assistant Regional Director Jennifer Carrington offered a warm welcome to the kids (and goody bags); from there, children learned about canal safety, and all the amazing things that our incredible staff does here at Reclamation. Even more successful, our children sponsors, were happy with the event, too. <P> Brandt Demars says, "Another successful event. My kids have really enjoyed this over the years, and have made a connection with our nation's water resources as a result of this fun and informative event." <P> Each year the Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work event grows a little, as we bring in new staff, or children turn eight. <P> Vickie Hawkins says, "This was my first time participating in this event. My grandson had an awesome time and learned a lot. He gave rave reviews for all the presenters and stations." <P> This event could not have been successful without the amazing support of staff, volunteer guides, presenters, and the sponsors who brought children. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/2016/group.jpg" alt="Participants and Volunteers of the PN Regional Office 2016 Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work 2016 Event"/> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54227 Jackson Lake Dam Operations Meeting Set for May 19
HEYBURN, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will present streamflow forecasts and projected reservoir operations for Jackson Lake Dam and other Snake River reservoirs at a meeting on May 19. The meeting will be held at the Antler Inn Conference Room, 43 West Pearl Street, Jackson, Wyoming, beginning at 6 p.m. <P> The Snake River at Heise forecast is 99 percent of average and the current storage in Jackson is at 73 percent of capacity. The lake is expected to fill in June, with moderate demand for storage releases over the summer. With the current snowpack, there may be a potential for flooding downstream due to tributary inflows. Flood operations are determined by a forecast coordinated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Snake River above Heise, Idaho. <P> The meeting facility is accessible to people with disabilities. Contact Margee Bibbey at (208) 678-0461, ext. 30, TTY 711, to request sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired or other auxiliary aids. <P> Current river and reservoir data are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/uppersnake/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/uppersnake/</a>. For information about other Reclamation programs visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/index.html</a>. <P> Jackson Lake Dam is located on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park near Moran, Wyoming. The dam is part of the Minidoka Project and was constructed in 1911. In 1989 parts of the dam were replaced under the authority of Reclamation's Safety of Dams Act. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54167 Lane Closure Across Scoggins Dam Starts May 31
FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Due to drilling work conducted by the Bureau of Reclamation traffic will be restricted to one lane and one direction across the crest of Scoggins Dam until July 1. Starting May 31, the southbound lane of West Shore Drive will be closed. <P> The traffic routing will provide safe northbound traffic flow over the dam for the public while Reclamation drill crews are working. <P> Motorists planning to access West Shore Drive on the west side of Henry Hagg Lake must drive past the dam and follow Scoggins Valley Road around the lake perimeter. <P> "We want to thank the public in advance for their patience. The traffic routing will disrupt access to the lake temporarily," says Regional Geologist Jared Vauk. "Please remember after Memorial Day weekend, only northbound traffic will be permitted on the portion of West Shore Drive over the dam crest." <P> Reclamation began a drilling program at Scoggins April 20. The crews have been collecting soil samples from the embankment and foundation to refine ongoing Scoggins Dam studies for seismic stability. Regional Geologist Vauk advises that if the drilling is not completed by July 1 traffic control measures will continue again starting July 10 until they are finished. <P> Scoggins Dam, built in 1978, is part of Reclamation's Tualatin River Project. It stores water for the Tualatin Valley Irrigation District and municipalities in the area. <P> Map of traffic route and lane closure: <a href="http://www.wc-roads.com/uploadedfiles/doc47379.pdf">http://www.wc-roads.com/uploadedfiles/doc47379.pdf</a> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54127 Reclamation to Permanently Close Owyhee Dam Boat Ramp for Safety Concerns
ADRIAN, Oregon - The Bureau of Reclamation is permanently closing the Owyhee Dam Boat Ramp May 31 due to safety concerns. A temporary closure has been in effect since 2015. The boat ramp is located about 1 mile upstream of Owyhee Dam, which is located on the Owyhee River in Oregon, about 50 miles west of Boise, Idaho. <P> "Public safety is the main factor in this decision," said Mark Arana, natural resource manager. "The ramp is unsafe for both vehicle use and swimming due to sudden drop-offs underwater. It is closed to all public use including pedestrian, horseback riders and vehicle access." <P> The intake access route, known locally as the Owyhee Dam Boat Ramp, was built for the construction and maintenance of Tunnel No. 1, which supplies water to the Owyhee North and South canals. The ramp was not designed for public use and does not meet federal accessibility requirements. The ramp is also deteriorating due to wave action eroding material underneath the concrete slabs of the access route. <P> Lake Owyhee State Park provides nearby recreation access to Owyhee Reservoir. Gordon Gulch Boat Ramp, within Lake Owyhee State Park, is located 2 miles south of the Owyhee Dam Boat Ramp and the newly reconstructed Indian Creek Boat Ramp is located 4 miles south of Owyhee Dam Boat Ramp. The Indian Creek Boat Ramp has overflow parking and a fish cleaning station. <P> For boat ramp elevations, visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/ramps">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/ramps</a>. <P> The Owyhee Project lies west of the Snake River in Malheur County, Oregon, and Owyhee County, Idaho. The project furnishes a full irrigation water supply to more than 105,000 acres on the west side of the Snake River in eastern Oregon and southwest Idaho. The key feature is Owyhee Dam, which was completed in 1932 and acts as both a storage and diversion structure. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53947 Traffic Diverted for Routine Bridge Inspections Near Cascade Dam May 9
CASCADE, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation is temporarily diverting traffic on both Lake Way Bridge and Cascade Dam Spillway Bridge May 9 to perform routine inspections near Cascade Dam in Cascade, Idaho. <P> Traffic diversions will be intermittent between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., as crews inspect the bridges. Dam Road or Vista Point Boulevard can be used to bypass traffic delays. <P> “This action is necessary to allow work crews to access the bridge safely,” said Brent Jensen, facility supervisor. “Normal traffic use will resume as soon as the work is completed.” <P> For more information, contact Neil Miyaoka at (208) 383-2267. <P> Cascade Dam was constructed in 1948 and serves as a multipurpose facility, providing water for irrigation, hydropower, recreation and flood control. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53647 Scoggins Dam Drilling Begins Next Week
FOREST GROVE, Ore. - On April 20 the Bureau of Reclamation will start a drilling program to collect soil samples at Scoggins Dam. Reclamation drill crews will be working on the dam's downstream face. Soil samples will be collected from the embankment and foundation at 12 drill sites to refine existing Scoggins Dam studies for seismic stability. <P> "Reclamation advises the public to be aware of construction equipment traffic on or near the dam," says Regional Geologist Jared Vauk. The drill crews are expected to continue through the summer. <P> Scoggins Dam, built in 1978, is part of Reclamation's Tualatin River Project. It stores water for the Tualatin Valley Irrigation District and municipalities in the area. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53507 Boise River Continues to Rise
BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers advise people to be careful near the Boise River as flow continues to increase daily. <P> Beginning Wednesday, April 6, flow will increase from 1,800 cubic-feet-per-second at the Glenwood Bridge to about 4,600 cfs by Friday, April 8. More flow increases are possible over the weekend, depending on weather conditions. <P> These flows are increasing due to above-average snowpack and winter precipitation in the watershed, and will help reduce the risk of flooding later in the spring, which can happen with rapidly melting snow and rain. The water is cold, deep, and fast; use caution near the river banks. <P> Reclamation coordinates Boise River operations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who manage and operate Lucky Peak Dam. A full supply of irrigation water is anticipated this summer. <P> View real-time stream discharge, including the Glenwood gauge, at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/rtindex/flow.html"> http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/rtindex/flow.html</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53349 Caution Advised as Boise River Flows Increase
BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are advising people to exercise caution as flows will be increasing daily along the Boise River beginning Tuesday, March 29, from current flows of 250 cubic-feet-per-second at the Glenwood Bridge to approximately 2,250 cfs by Friday, April 1. <P> These flows are increasing due to above-average snowpack and winter precipitation in the watershed and will help reduce the risk of flooding later in the spring, which can happen with rapidly melting snow and rain. <P> Officials are advising the public to be aware of the danger associated with increased Boise River flows. The water is deep, cold, and fast. Extreme caution should be used near river banks. <P> Reclamation coordinates Boise River operations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who manage and operate Lucky Peak Reservoir. Reclamation expects an adequate water supply for irrigation and recreation activities through the season. <P> People can view real-time data of flows at Reclamation facilities in the Pacific Northwest Region at: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/realtime.html. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53012 Yakima Basin Water Supply March Forecast
YAKIMA, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation’s March 2016 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates that there will be a full water supply for both senior and junior water rights this coming irrigation season. <P> “We are currently expecting the water supply to be near normal,” said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. “The reservoirs have been filling nicely throughout the winter and are above normal right now and the snowpack is near normal for this time of year.” <P> Reclamation will issue water supply forecasts monthly through July. Specific water delivery levels will not be determined until later in the year after reservoir storage begins to decline. <P> This forecast is based on flows, precipitation, snowpack, and reservoir storage as of March 1, along with estimates of future precipitation and river flows. Other future weather conditions that help determine the timing of the run-off and the demand for water are also critical in determining streamflows, prorationing, and the extent to which the reservoirs fill. <P> “We expect the reservoirs to fill and the spring runoff to provide for early season demands,” Garner said. “We are grateful to have the March water conditions that we have this year.” <P> In the event that spring precipitation and runoff are unfavorable, Reclamation still expects an adequate supply. Since longer term weather conditions are unpredictable, Garner recommends that water conservation be considered by all users in the Yakima Basin. <P> For more information, visit our website at http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=53007 Ochoco Dam Drilling Begins Next Week
PRINEVILLE, Ore. - On March 8 the Bureau of Reclamation will start a drilling program to collect soil samples at Ochoco Dam. Reclamation drill crews will be working near the toe of the dam's downstream face. Soil samples will be collected from the embankment and foundation at ten drill sites to refine existing Ochoco Dam studies for seismic stability. <P> A temporary access road will be constructed on the downstream slope of the dam in mid-March. Reclamation advises the public to be aware of construction equipment near the dam and to stay clear of the area. The drill crews are expected to continue through the summer. <P> Ochoco Dam has been part of Reclamation's Crooked River Project since 1956. It stores water for the Ochoco Irrigation District. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=52947 Reclamation to Host Open House on Proposed Third Hydroelectric Generating Unit at Black Canyon Dam
EMMETT, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation will host an informational open house March 9 to inform the public of the status of the proposed construction of a third hydroelectric generating unit at Black Canyon Diversion Dam on the Payette River, near Emmett, Idaho. <P> The open house will be held 6 – 8 p.m. at Kenneth J. Carberry Intermediate School, 1950 E. 12th St., Emmett, Idaho. Contact Erika Lopez at (208) 383-2254 by March 7 if you need sign language interpretation or other accessible accommodations. <P> People will be able to visit information stations where representatives will explain plans for the project as it moves forward. Topics at the information stations include: <P> • Project overview <P> • History of the Payette Division of the Boise Project <P> • National Environmental Policy Act process <P> • Fish, wildlife and water quality considerations <P> “We are very interested in meeting with members of the community to update them on the progress of the project,” said Roland Springer, Snake River Area Manager. “The open house format will allow people to converse directly with specialists covering a wide range of aspects related to the project.” <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 supersedes the 2011 Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact. <P> The revised Draft Environmental Assessment, released Feb. 12, 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 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/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/blackcanyondam/</a>. <P> Written comments will be accepted until March 14, 2016. The public is also invited to submit written comments during the open house; oral comments will not be recorded. For more information, please contact Richard Jackson, Natural Resource Specialist at (208) 383-2285. <P> Black Canyon Diversion Dam was constructed in 1924 as part of the Payette Division of the Boise Project. It is a multipurpose facility that provides water for irrigation, hydropower and recreation. <P>