Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48607 Wild Rose Park Will Remain Open for the 2015 Recreation Season
EMMETT, Idaho - Delays associated with the construction of the new hydroelectric generating unit at Black Canyon Diversion Dam will result in Wild Rose Park remaining open for the May through September 2015 summer season. At this time, the park is still scheduled to be closed from May 2016 through March 2017. <P> "Wild Rose Park will open in May and the gazebo will be available to reserve for special events," said Jerry Gregg, Snake River Area Manager. "Park reservations will begin in early February for the summer season." <P> The 10.5-acre park was scheduled to be closed Summer 2015 for public safety reasons so it could be used as a staging area for heavy equipment related to the construction of a third generating unit at Black Canyon Dam. Construction has been delayed to ensure the project is economically viable. <P> The proposed 12.5-megawatt hydroelectric unit will expand the generating capacity at the facility by 105 million kilowatt-hours (enough to power 9,359 homes a year). The power produced will be integrated into the power grid to serve 10 irrigation districts in southern Idaho, eastern Oregon and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. <P> The majority of the project is funded by Bonneville Power Administration which markets hydroelectric power generated at Reclamation facilities in the Pacific Northwest. <P> Black Canyon Diversion Dam and Powerplant were completed in 1925 as part of the Payette Division of the Boise Project. It is a multipurpose facility that provides water for irrigation, hydropower and recreation. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48567 A Look Back at the Pacific Northwest Region's 2014 Youth Activities — Play, Learn, Serve, Work
The Bureau of Reclamation continues to create opportunities to support and engage children and youth in educational activities and programs. <P> In 2014, the PN Region organized and co-sponsored several events for young people ages 5 to 25. Our goal is to increase youth engagement on public lands through play, learn, serve and work which supports Secretary Jewell's youth initiative. <P> <u><strong>Connecting with Young People</strong></u> <P> During the year, Reclamation's mascot, Otto Otter was engaged in children activities all over the region. <a hrefhttp://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/otto/index.html">Otto Otter Canal Safety Program</a> is a water safety program delivered to over 30,000 first, second, third and fourth graders in the PN Region city schools, county fairs, parades, and other special events. The program teaches children to be safe around canals, ditches, and other water sources. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/2014prineth.jpg" style="float:left" width="240" height="125" hspace="10" border="1" alt="Prineville C.A.S.T. Event"/>The region co-sponsored six <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">Catch a Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) events</a>. C.A.S.T. offers disabled and disadvantaged children the opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing on the water. For many of the participants, it is their first fishing experience. The events were held June through September. One in Yakima, WA; Prineville, OR; Rupert, ID; Moses Lake, WA; Emmett, ID; and Gaston, OR. There were more than 140 kids who participated this year. <P> For the fourth year, the PN Regional Office coordinated a successful combined <em>Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day/Let's Move Outside</em> event. <em>Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day</em> exposes girls and boys to what a parent does during the workday. It also shows them the value of their education and helps them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life. <P> <em><a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/"><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/ds2014.jpg" width="348" hspace="10" height="145" style="float:right" border="1" alt="PN Regional Office participated in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day"/>Let's Move</a></em> is a comprehensive initiative, launched by First Lady Obama, 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> Reclamation is involved in a partnership for Education program with Horizon Elementary School in Boise, Idaho. The program is called Lunch Buddy. Fifty Reclamation employees volunteered as mentors to students in grades 1-6. The purpose of this program is to build self-confidence and self-esteem with at-risk children involved in the program. The mentors met with the students once a month followed with a picnic at the end of the school year. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/icefish.jpg" style="float:right" width="250" height="188" border="1" hspace="10" alt="Ice Fishing Derby"/>The PN Region also participated in the Sawtooth Salmon Festival, the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, Idaho Salmon and Steelhead Days, Salmon Idaho Kids Fish Fair & Fishing Derby, University of Idaho Women in Math & Science Day, and school tours at Grand Coulee Dam. <P> The Sawtooth Salmon Festival was held on the Stanley Historical Museum grounds. It is an educational event that celebrates the return of the salmon from the Pacific Ocean to Salmon River tributaries. Kids learn about the remarkable salmon and steelhead, and their amazing 900-mile journey through presentations and hands-on activities. Roughly 200 kids participated in the event. <P> At the Idaho Salmon and Steelhead Days event, Reclamation participated with its Living River Exhibit. The 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 for fifth grade students. Reclamation's Living River Exhibit teaches kids about river dynamics, river restoration, and demonstrates habitat improvement projects Reclamation is working on with other partners. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/stem.jpg" width="200" height="200" hspace="10" border="1" style="float:left" alt="University of Idaho Women in Math and Science Day"/>The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is a four-day kaleidoscope of natural resource educational events that celebrates the return of salmon to the Wenatchee River. The event is held annually at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery in Leavenworth, Washington. Reclamation employees present "Macro-invertebrates Mayhem and Watershed Detectives" educational programs at the event. More than 500 third and fourth grade students from school throughout north central Washington participated in the two activities. <P> At the Salmon, Idaho, Kids Ice Fishing Derby, 51 youth registered for the event. This is a popular multi-partnership project aimed to get kids outdoors. Kids learn about fishing and the importance of spending time on public lands. The event was held at Hyde Creek Pond in Idaho. <P> The University of Idaho Women in Math & Science Day offers a unique experience for young girls to learn from successful women and realize that scientific opportunities are available in their future. This event was held at the University of Idaho in Boise, Idaho. <P> Grand Coulee sponsored school tours at Grand Coulee Dam and the Visitor Center for more than 1,380 students. The tour guides shared technological, historical, and geological facts about the Dam. <P> <u><strong><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/nyc.jpg" width="300" height="300" style="float:right" hspace="10" border="1" alt="Northwest Youth Corp workers"/>Young People Working for Reclamation</strong></u> <P> In 2014, the PN Region hired 42 students in various occupations around the region and through several student-hire partnership programs including the Student Conservation Association. <P> This summer, the PN Region also hired a five person crew through the Northwest Youth Corps (NYC), a partnership program to work at Lake Cascade in Idaho. NYC is an organization that combines education and job skill training with outdoor adventure. Their core purpose is to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success. <P> The crew worked eight weeks on a habitat improvement project consisting of the thinning of trees and shrubs to reduce wildfire fuel loading and improve habitat. This partnership was made possible by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation which supplies thousands of dollars in grant funds along with the Bureau of Land Management, Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service annually. <P> Also, the PN Region partnered with tribal organizations, and other nonprofit organizations to engage and employee youth. <P> In 2014, the PN Region reinstituted its Mentoring Program. The purpose of the program is to provide a learning environment for employees in the <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/student.html">Pathways Program</a>. It is a formal program designed to develop and retain current workforce; develop the future culture, practices and mission of Reclamation. <P> Reclamation conducted a 2-day training class as part of the Native American Outreach Initiative which is designed to deliver USAJobs training to six tribes in the PN Region. More than 150 tribal staff and members took the training. <P> During 2014, the PN Region served thousands of children and youth. We look forward to continuing our work with young people in 2015. Together we are making a difference! <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48549 Carolyn Chad Selected as Columbia-Cascades Deputy Area Manager
YAKIMA, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Region announced that Carolyn Chad has been selected as the new Columbia-Cascades Deputy Area Manager in Yakima. She replaces Dawn Wiedmeier who became the area manager last year. <P> As Deputy Area Manager, Chad will provide leadership, oversight, and direction to more than 180 employees involved in a variety of Reclamation programs and activities related to water management and other related natural and energy resources in Washington and Oregon. She began her new role Jan. 12. <P> "I am excited that Carolyn has accepted the position," said Dawn Wiedmeier, Columbia-Cascades Area Manager. "She brings a wealth of experience as a manager and leader. She has successfully developed and maintained working relationships with both internal and external parties." <P> Chad has 24 years of Federal service. Prior to accepting this assignment, she served as the Associate District Manager for the Bureau of Land Management in Vale, Oregon. Before that, she was the Field Manager for BLM also in Vale. In addition, Chad worked for a year as a District Ranger in Hines on a detail for the U.S. Forest Service. <P> Chad has a Bachelor of Science degree in Range Management from Humboldt State University in California and graduated from the BLM Leadership Academy. <P> CCAO is headquartered in Yakima and oversees Reclamation projects in Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana, and central and western Oregon. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48486 Draft EIS for Kachess and Keechelus Projects Released
YAKIMA, Wash - The Bureau of Reclamation and Washington State Department of Ecology have released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance projects for public comment. The proposed projects are components of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan. <P> The Draft EIS evaluates six alternatives: <ul> <li>Alternative 1 - No Action</li> <li>Alternative 2A - KDRPP East Shore Pumping Plant</li> <li>Alternative 2B - KDRPP South Pumping Plant</li> <li>Alternative 3A - KKC North Tunnel Alignment</li> <li>Alternative 3B - KKC South Tunnel Alignment</li> <li>Alternative 4 - Combined KDRPP and KKC   </li> </ul> <P> The purposes of these projects are to restore and enhance instream flows and aquatic habitat for fish; improve water supply reliability during drought years; improve the ability of water managers to respond and adapt to potential effects of climate change; and contribute to the vitality of the regional economy and riverine environment in the Yakima River basin. <P> The two projects will be evaluated separately and in combination, and bull trout enhancement is a component of all action alternatives. The Draft EIS satisfies National Environmental Policy Act and Washington State Environmental Policy Act requirements. <P> Questions or comments on the KDRPP/KKC Draft EIS will be accepted until March 10, 2015. Comments may be submitted to kkbt@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. 603; or by fax 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: <P> <table width="53%" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="42%" valign="top">Feb. 3, 2015<br /> Hal Homes Center<br /> 209 N. Ruby Street<br /> Ellensburg, WA 98926</td> <td width="58%" valign="top">Feb. 5, 2015<br /> U.S. Forest Service<br /> Cle Elum Ranger District<br /> 803 W. Second Street<br /> Cle Elum, WA 98922</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <P> Reclamation and Ecology offices and local libraries will have copies available for viewing. Or, you may view online at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/kdrpp/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/kdrpp/index.html</a> and <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/kkc/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/kkc/index.html</a>. <P> Additional information regarding the Integrated Plan may be found at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/yrbwep/2011integratedplan/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/yrbwep/2011integratedplan/index.html</a>. <P> The public meeting facilities are physically accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for special assistance should be made by Jan. 16 to Ms. McKinley at the contact information above. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48266 Reclamation Announces Water Conservation Field Services Program Grant Funding Available
BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation has announced that a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Pacific Northwest Region's Water Conservation Field Services Program is now available. The grant opportunity is for cost-share funding for water conservation activities. <P> The funding opportunity announcement is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/home.html">www.grants.gov</a> using funding announcement number R15AS00001. <P> Reclamation established the Water Conservation Field Services Program in 1996 to encourage water conservation on Reclamation Projects, assist irrigation districts to develop and implement water conservation plans, and foster improved water management. <P> WCFSP grants will require a 50 percent or better cost-share, and will be evaluated based on criteria outlined in the announcement. Eligible activities include water management planning, such as development or updating a water conservation plan, or implementation of activities identified in a water conservation plan. Implementable activities include: water measurement, automation, and improved conveyance efficiency projects, such as canal piping and lining. <P> To be eligible, there must be a defined relationship to a Reclamation Project located within the boundaries of the Pacific Northwest Region. Reclamation expects to award about 12 grants of up to $25,000, depending on Reclamation's final fiscal year 2015 appropriations from Congress. <P> Proposals must be submitted as indicated on <a href="http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/home.html">www.grants.gov</a> by 4 p.m., Mountain Standard Time, February 15, 2015. It is anticipated that awards will be made this spring. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48054 Mammoth Fossil Recovered from American Falls Reservoir
BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation reports that the fossil remains of a more than 70,000 year-old mammoth discovered near American Falls Reservoir last week were excavated and transferred to the Idaho Museum of Natural History in Pocatello. <P> A partial skull encased in plaster and parts of one tusk were carefully removed by IMNH paleontological staff under contract with the Bureau of Reclamation on the weekend of Oct. 18. Museum researchers who examined growth rings on the tusk estimate the mammal was 16 years old at the time of its death. <P> "The exposed fossil will be cleaned and prepped for long-term storage or possibly exhibit, depending on its state of preservation," said Dr. Mary Thompson, IMNH Senior Collection Manager and lead contractor for the fossil recovery effort. "This find is exciting because there are still teeth in place in the jaw - so much can be learned from that." <P> The threat of rising water in the reservoir prompted Reclamation to act quickly to recover the remains. Under the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act, federal agencies are required to manage paleontological resources located on federal land. Also, the law which was enacted in 2009 says the fossil locations should be kept confidential to protect them from looting. <P> The fossils were found in an irrigation drainage, about 30 feet below the reservoir high water mark. Reclamation's Upper Snake Field Office Manager Roland Springer believes that increased flows in a small drainage due to unusually heavy rainfall in August caused erosion which led to the exposure of the tusk and skull artifacts. "We're very lucky to have recovered them," says Springer. "Had they not been reported to Reclamation, the fossils may have been eroded and carried away into the reservoir." <P> Casual collection of fossils is not permitted on Reclamation-managed areas at American Falls Reservoir. If fossils are found on reservoir lands, Reclamation asks the public to photograph them, note their GPS location if possible, and report their findings to the nearest Reclamation office or the IMNH in Pocatello. <P> "The scientific value of those specimens is so high that we really need to make sure that they get into the hands of researchers who can interpret these things and help us understand their significance," says Reclamation's Regional Archaeologist Dr. Sean Hess. <P> View fossil excavation photos: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/afmammoth2014.pdf">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/afmammoth2014.pdf<br> </a> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48026 Reclamation Takes Safety to the Dogs
<img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/features/images/2seespot.jpg" style="float:right" width="273" height="410" border="1" hspace="10" alt="Otto Otter with his dog Ellie Mae at the 2014 See Spot Walk Event in Boise Idaho"/> Boise, ID – Tails wagging and barks heard across Julia Davis Park, staff from the Bureau of Reclamation’s PN Region joined 3,000 people and their dogs at the See Spot Walk event in Boise Idaho. The event is sponsored by the Idaho Humane Society every year and offers Reclamation the opportunity to reach a very different but important audience; one that would not be reached otherwise. <P> In an event that can only be described as a “doggy Halloween party”, this setting gave Reclamation employees a chance to offer up the message “Leash Up, Stay Out, and Stay Alive” when it comes to dogs and canals. <P> “Many people allow their dogs to swim in canals during the summer months, with no thought of what could happen in an instant,” said Dave Walsh, Acting Deputy Public Affairs Specialist. “Imagine a cubic foot being the size of a basketball. When the canal runs 50-70 cfs of water, that’s 50-70 basketballs per second pushing against your dog. He’s down the canal in seconds with no way of getting out, or even worse drowning under a culvert,” he said. <P> Reclamation also educates people on lack of water treatment; just drinking out of a canal can put your dog’s health at risk. “While these things seem very harsh, they are a reality that dog owners need to consider,’” said Dave. “There are alternatives to swimming in canals, and we need to start doing them. Dog parks, small pools, dog days at local pools are all safe things a pet owner can do in lieu of swimming in a dangerous canal.“ <P> Otto Otter was also present to reach out to children as well. Thanked by everyone for being there and bringing attention to dog safety, Reclamation hopes to attend the event next year as well. <P> Remember that the purpose of a canal is to deliver water swiftly to irrigators. Canals are not for pets or people to play in, period. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/features/images/1seespot.jpg" width="598" height="250" border="1" vspace="10" alt="PN Regional Office Employees at the 2014 See Spot Walk Event in Boise Idaho"/> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47992 Reclamation to Draw Black Canyon Reservoir Down for Routine Maintenance, Caution Advised
EMMETT, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will begin a drawdown of Black Canyon Reservoir approximately 18 feet to elevation 2,479 feet starting October 11 to perform routine maintenance at the facility. Black Canyon Reservoir is located on the Payette River about five miles northeast of Emmett. <P> The reservoir will be drawn down by November 12. The drawdown will allow Reclamation work crews to remove debris from the trash racks located on the upstream face of the dam. The Emmett Irrigation District will take advantage of the reservoir drawdown to perform maintenance activities at its pump station located at the north end of the dam. These maintenance activities are expected to take several days, after which normal reservoir operations will resume. <P> "People in the area are advised to exercise caution along the riverbank as the reservoir recedes and more of the shoreline is exposed," said Brent Jensen, Powerplant Maintenance Supervisor II. "The exposed banks and delta area will be unstable and should be avoided." <P> For more information on the drawdown, please contact Brent Jensen at 208-365-2600, ext. 18. <P> Black Canyon Diversion Dam, completed in 1924, is a multipurpose facility that provides irrigation water and hydropower. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47971 Northwest Youth Corps at Lake Cascade, Idaho
<iframe width="598" height="336" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/HrAh7Noah8I?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <P> A five person crew ages 18-25 spent part of their summer working hard at Lake Cascade. Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Region hired the crew through the Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) which is an organization that provides a challenging education and job training experience that helps youth and young adults develop the skills they need to lead full and productive lives. They serve more than 1,000 youth each year across a five state region. <P> This partnership is made possible by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) which supplies thousands of dollars in grant funds along with the Bureau of Land Management, Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service annually. NFWF is one of the world's largest conservation grant makers. They work with the public and private sectors to protect and restore our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. <P> This is part of the America's Great Outdoors Initiative launched by President Obama to develop a 21st Century conservation and recreation agenda. As part of the America’s Great Outdoors 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) Initiative, NFWF launched Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists, a competitive matching grant conservation program. Its goal is to provide support for innovative job opportunities that expose young people, particularly urban and underserved youth who are increasingly disconnected from the outdoors, to the natural world and career opportunities in conservation. <P> The NYC crew members are from different states including Oregon, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin. Their career goal is to work in the area of natural resources. As part of the NYC summer Stewardship Program, the crew worked for eight weeks on a habitat improvement project consisting of the thinning of forest to reduce wildfire fuel loading, improve habitat and protect the watershed. The NYC crew treated more than 22 acres of land. They completed this work manually, using chainsaws and other hand tools. <P> "I learned yesterday how to fell trees with a chainsaw," says Micaela Petrini, NYC Red Crew Leader. "The satisfaction of working hard, seeing those end points and reaching them is something I really value." <P> Standing, dead, damaged, or hazard tress were marked for removal by Reclamation in advance of the NYC crew arriving. Tree limbs within five feet of the ground were cut and removed to reduce "ladder fuels" that could carry ground fire into the tree crowns. Once cut, the trees, limbs and shrubs were sorted and placed into two different types of piles. Logs large enough to be used for firewood will be gathered later and donated to a charity to aid local families needing assistance with winter heating. Smaller branches, foliage, and other woody material are piled into "slash piles" that will later be burned or chipped to reduce the amount of fuel on the site. <P> "The work the NYC field crew completed this summer was a tremendous help to Reclamation in reducing hazardous fuels," said Michael Wissenbach, Natural Resource Specialist of the Cascade Field Office. "They did an excellent job of thinning trees and treating slash within the wildland-urban interface." <P> Nicole Trammel, a crew member and senior in high school says, "I really want to start to set myself up for the future, have my options open, and have good skills that can carry me on. Working with the NYC is a great learning experience. You learn more about yourself and how to interact with people." <P> "I love the idea of being a force in these youth's lives, encouraging them, motivating them, being there for them, and providing them with opportunities to increase their work ethic," said Petrini. "This is so much more than just hauling sticks or digging trails. It’s like watching personal growth." <P> This project has reduced the potential for severe wildfires and has improved local forest health and wildlife habitat. Thanks to the Northwest Youth Corps crew for their hard work. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47968 Reclamation to Close American Falls Boat Ramp for Repairs
HEYBURN, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will close the American Falls Boat Ramp on the west side of the American Falls Reservoir for emergency repairs October 9 through October 27. There will be no boat access to the reservoir during this closure due to the water level being below the bottom of other ramps. <P> Reclamation’s decision to close and repair the ramp is based on damage caused by late summer storms compounding previous damage from age, water current, wave action and spring storms. Repairs will be made to the top third of the left lane where the worst damage has occurred. <P> Docks were placed over the damaged areas by Power County Waterways this summer, allowing continued use of the ramp. The repairs will return the ramp to a useable condition while Reclamation works on a long-term solution. <P> “Safety is the driver here,” said Roland Springer, Reclamation’s Upper Snake Field Office manager. “We appreciate the dedication and help of Power County Waterways in keeping reservoir access open and safe for the public.” <P> The American Falls Reservoir, west of Pocatello, Idaho, is a multipurpose reservoir and the largest on the Minidoka Project. It draws anglers and other recreationists from the southeast Idaho region extending into northern Utah and is also noted nationally for birding. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47966 Reclamation to Begin Stabilization Project Near Cascade Dam
CASCADE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will perform shoreline stabilization near the Cascade Dam intake structure beginning October 6 through November 13. The work will impact about 500 feet of shoreline located south of the outlet works intake at the dam. This area will be closed to the public during this period. Cascade Dam is located in Valley County on the North Fork of the Payette River, about one-half mile northwest of Cascade and about 79 miles north of Boise. <P> The shoreline upstream from the Cascade Dam intake structure is eroding, forming vertical cliffs and plugging the intake with sand and gravel. The shoreline stabilization will stop the erosion from progressing and will protect a portion of the Ridgeview Campground Loop Road at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Dam Road which is also affected by the erosion. Stabilization of the bank will also improve the water quality of the reservoir by reducing sediment runoff into Lake Cascade. <P> "During this time of year, the reservoir is lower and we recognized this as the best opportunity for the rehabilitation work," said Brent Jensen, Powerplant Maintenance Supervisor II. "We are asking the public to please stay away from the construction site as large equipment will be working in the area and a dump truck will be moving riprap material from the Crown Point Quarry to the site." <P> Cascade Dam was constructed in 1948 and serves as a multipurpose facility, providing water for irrigation, hydropower, recreation and flood control. <P> <P>
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> Ellensburg, WA 98926<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> Cle Elum, WA 98922<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> <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>