Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56369 Yakima Project “Flip-Flop” Operations Underway
YAKIMA, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation announced that it will begin 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 6, 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 Sept. 6 until about Oct. 21. Recreationists are strongly advised, for their safety and well-being, to portage around the buoys and to stay out of the dangerously turbulent flows. <P> “Those who are enjoying the river should definitely avoid the dangerous turbulent water in the area where the spillway water pours into the river,” said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. <P> Flows out of Cle Elum Reservoir have been gradually decreasing since Aug. 20 from a high of 2,870 cfs and will continue to decline to a low of about 220 cfs in mid-September. Flows from Rimrock Reservoir are expected to be in the 900 to 1,200 cfs range by Sept. 1 and increase to between 2,000 and 2,500 cfs by mid to late 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: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima/index.html. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56287 Reclamation Awards $19 Million Contract for Pump-Generating Plant Upgrades at Grand Coulee Dam
BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $19 million contract on August 11 to American Hydro of York, Pennsylvania. The contract calls for replacing and updating equipment for pump generating units 5 and 6 at the John W. Keys III Pump Generating Plant. <P> "This effort is pivotal to the infrastructure modernization at the Keys Plant. The pump units will provide greater efficiency, flexibility and capacity in hydropower production and water delivery," said Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López. <P> The plant, located 90 miles west of Spokane, Washington, is part of the Grand Coulee Dam Power Complex. A multi-purpose project, it provides flood control, irrigation, hydropower production, recreation, stream flows, and fish and wildlife benefits. <P> Construction will take place over the next two years while accommodating for irrigation demand. It is scheduled to be finished by January 2020. <P> This overhaul work continues a 20-year modernization effort at the plant. The project is funded through Bonneville Power Administration, South Columbia Basin Irrigation District, Quincy Columbia Basin Irrigation District, East Columbia Basin Irrigation District and Congressional appropriations. <P> American Hydro is a leading supplier and installer of large equipment for the hydroelectric and water distribution industries, specializing in design, manufacture, upgrades and servicing of high performance hydro-turbines and pumps. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56268 Scooteney Reservoir Experiencing Toxic Algae Bloom
EPHRATA, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation is alerting users of Scooteney Park recreation area, located 36 miles south of Moses Lake on Highway 17, that the Benton Franklin Health District has identified a toxic algae bloom on Scooteney Reservoir. <P> The Health District is warning that current algae levels are not safe for humans or animals and could be deadly. Warning signs stating that all people and pets remain out of the water have been posted around the reservoir. <P> Scooteney Park campgrounds and recreation area remains open, as does boating opportunities on the reservoir. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56187 Drinking Water Restored at Little Wood Campground
CAREY, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation has replaced the hand pump and made improvements to a well head located at the Little Wood Campground at Little Wood Reservoir Road, 11 miles northwest of Carey, Idaho. <P> "The new pump works great and is capable of pumping two gallons per minute," said Ryan Newman, manager of the Upper Snake Field Office. "It is now back in working order and is safe and ready for public use." <P> Reclamation closed the well that supplies drinking water to the Little Wood Campground in July, due to health concerns. The drinking water supply is routinely sampled for health and safety purposes. During a July inspection, a water sample tested positive for coliform bacteria and the well had to be closed for improvements and further testing. <P> Little Wood Campground is open year-round and offers fishing and boating opportunities. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no electrical hook-ups. <P> Little Wood Reservoir is formed by Little Wood Dam which was completed in 1939. The dam is part of the Little Wood River Project and provides supplemental irrigation water to approximately 9,550 acres in Blaine County, Idaho. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56147 Reclamation Seeks Public Comment for the Proposed Lewiston Orchards Project Water Exchange and Title Transfer
LEWISTON, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed Lewiston Orchards Project Water Exchange and Title Transfer. <P> Reclamation has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment analyzing a proposed action and an alternative for a water exchange and title transfer. This effort is intended to benefit Snake River steelhead, protect natural and cultural resources important to the Nez Perce Tribe, and provide a reliable water supply for the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District patrons. Reclamation’s proposed action is to construct multiple groundwater wells to provide the Lewiston Orchards Project with an alternative water supply that will replace the current surface water diversions from land adjacent to and within the Nez Perce Reservation. <P> The proposed action includes transfer of title of Lewiston Orchards Project facilities and assets once the existing surface water supply is exchanged with the groundwater source. Some facilities and assets would be transferred from Reclamation to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to be held in trust for the Nez Perce Tribe and the remainder would be transferred to the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District. <P> The alternative to the proposed action is to construct a pumping plant on the Clearwater River to provide a replacement surface water supply to the Lewiston Orchards Project. The title transfer component for this alternative would be the same as the proposed action. <P> The Draft Environmental Assessment evaluates impacts of alternatives on the human and natural environment. You may download the Draft Environmental Assessment at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/lop/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/lop/</a>. <P> Please send written comments no later than Sept.12 to Jim Taylor, supervisory environmental protection specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Snake River Area Office, 230 Collins Road, Boise, Idaho 83702 or by email at <a href="mailto:sra-lop-comments@usbr.gov">sra-lop-comments@usbr.gov</a>. For more information about the Lewiston Orchards Water Exchange concept, please contact Selena Moore, planning and project management manager at 208-383-2207. <P> The Lewiston Orchards Project is located near Lewiston, Idaho. Project facilities include Reservoir A (Mann Lake), Soldiers Meadow Reservoir, Lake Waha, four diversion structures, several feeder canals, and a system for distributing irrigation water. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56127 Lots of Fun and Fishing at the Burley C.A.S.T. For Kids Event
This year’s C.A.S.T. For Kids event in Burley, Idaho, was a great success. It was held at the Burley Golf Course Boat Docks, a new location. The team arrived at 6:30 a.m. and began to set up for the event. The sight of the 45 plus volunteers and boaters arriving was beautiful to see. When the participants arrived, the boaters were ready. The kids were suited up, received their fishing gear, paired with boaters, got their picture taken and began to load the boats for a time of their life. This new venue proved to be a great choice. <P> When the kids returned to shore, they had stories upon stories to tell. It was wonderful hearing all of the good reports especially that some had caught fish. <P> "I feel so blessed to have this opportunity," said Jennifer Richardson, a first time participant’s mom. "No words can explain how this event helped to bring my son and me closer together." <P> Cody Sibbett, Reclamation’s O&M Planner said, "This was my first year volunteering for a C.A.S.T. For Kids event. To see the pure joy and excitement these kids had when talking about the fish they caught made all the hard work worthwhile." <P> The Rupert Elks Lodge provided a delicious lunch and other sponsors helped to ensure no one was left hungry. Before the awards ceremony, the participants and volunteers enjoyed health tips and massages from Dr. Crane. The participants also got a chance to play in the bounce house and get their faces painted. <P> As a bonus for the participants this year, they received an awesome "swag bag" which included a nerf ball, food coupons and other goodies. <P> "Event locale was an absolute 10. I could not imagine a better location to hold a C.A.S.T. For Kids event for children with special needs," said Jim Behnken, C.A.S.T. Western Program Director. "All the volunteers and staff were unbelievably thoughtful, loving and considerate of the families." <P> Thanks to all who worked tirelessly to ensure that this event was a positive experience for all the kids! We hope to see you again next year! <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/cast/2016burley.jpg" style="float:left" hspace="10" alt="Group photo at Burley C.A.S.T. Event"/> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56107 Reclamation Awards $12.8 Million Contract for Work at Cle Elum Fish Passage Facility
BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $12.8 million contract on July 22 to Condon-Johnson & Associates, Inc., based in Kent, Washington. The construction work involves building a secant or concrete shaft adjacent to the Cle Elum Dam, located 75 miles northwest of Yakima, Washington. <P> The secant shaft is an underground vault that will eventually house the juvenile <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/cle-elum/index.html">fish passage structure</a>, allowing young salmon to safely bypass the dam to the river below. The Fish Passage Facility is a component of the <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/yrbwep/2011integratedplan/index.html">Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan</a>, which focuses on water conservation, irrigation needs, fisheries and watershed health. <P> On-site work is expected to begin in the spring of 2017 and be completed by March 2019. <P> “This is exciting because we are constructing a unique and innovative fish passage system,” said Regional Director Lorri Lee. “By working in partnership with the Yakama Nation, the state of Washington and others, we are one step closer to restoring a historic and culturally significant salmon run to the Yakima Basin.” <P> Condon-Johnson & Associates specialize in heavy civil geotechnical construction and engineering. It has completed hundreds of projects involving specialty foundation services and ground improvement methods since 1976. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56087 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, Aug. 20 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> The <a href="http://castforkids.org/">C.A.S.T. "Catch a Special Thrill,</a>" program provides one day fishing and boating events designed to accommodate children with a wide range of special needs. This C.A.S.T. for Kids 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. <P> "The C.A.S.T. for Kids event has been held at Black Canyon Park for more than 20 years and each year, new memories are made that leave an impact on many involved," said Erika Lopez, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation's Snake River Area Office. "I'm looking forward to seeing the families and volunteers at this amazing event." <P> Children participating are between 5-18 years old. Each participant receives fishing gear, a C.A.S.T. for Kids tee-shirt and hat. When the young anglers are done fishing, they will be treated with lunch provided by Gary Lillard with Farmers Insurance, and an awards ceremony. The Gem County Sheriff's Department and Gem County Fire District One will be on hand to provide emergency services if necessary. <P> Each child at the event will also receive an Otto Otter for Canal Safety coloring book. The book teaches children about the danger of canals and how to be safe around canals, ditches and other water sources. <P> Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Partner volunteers include members from the Idaho BASS Club, Intermountain Jet Boat Association, Payette River Bassmasters, Western Whitewater Association, and other local fishermen who provide fishing boats and professional expertise. <P> For more information about the Aug. 20 event or volunteering at the event, contact Erika Lopez, Snake River Area Office at (208) 383-2254. For background information about the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let’s Move Outside events region-wide, contact Annette Ross, Regional Coordinator at (208) 378-5322 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/</a>. In case of rain, the event will be canceled. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55994 Recycled Root Wads Launch Habitat Restoration Work
MEDFORD, Ore. – Three federally-funded river restoration projects that will utilize salvaged timber to create prime anadromous fish habitat for Coho salmon and other species were launched this week in the Rogue River Basin. <P> The projects, designed to establish and protect juvenile fish rearing habitat in local streams, are being funded by the Bureau of Reclamation and implemented by The Freshwater Trust. The Freshwater Trust, a conservation-nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon will oversee construction at the three sites until they are completed in early September: Neil Creek/Dunn Ranch south of Ashland and two more on Little Butte Creek upstream of Lake Creek. <P> To provide cover and keep water cool, each project design calls for large trees with root wads and other wood structures to be strategically placed instream. Over 90 trees, salvaged from a 2015 storm, were repurposed for these projects. <P> "That timber is from a blow down at Howard Prairie reservoir," says Bend Field Office Manager Doug Deflitch, "With the help of the BLM and Jackson County, we saved about $100,000 that we'd have to pay to harvest elsewhere – it's a great deal for the taxpayer and the fish will love it too," he said. <P> This summer's workload includes removing invasive plant species, contouring stream channels, installing wood structures for habitat cover, and planting native riparian vegetation. On Neil Creek, cottonwood, alder and willow were planted last fall to allow them to take root. <P> "We're looking forward to finishing work on the Dunn Ranch site," says Denis Reich, Freshwater Trust Southern Oregon Programs Director, "When you combine these new wood root wads and a healthy dose of new vegetation, it means double the habitat benefits for this project: more channel complexity and cooler water temperature." he said. <P> Over $1.5 million has been allocated by the Bureau of Reclamation for these three projects. The work is part of a series of fish passage, instream habitat, and riparian zone improvements that benefit ESA-listed Coho salmon under the 2012 Rogue River Biological Opinion. To date Reclamation has spent over $6.6 million to meet this obligation. <P> In 2015, six other projects were completed under the direction of The Freshwater Trust and two local irrigation districts. These include: <ul> <li>Oak Street fish ladder removal and replacement to meet modern fish passage criteria</li> <li>Lone Pine Creek riparian vegetation planting (2.6 acres)</li> <li>Two instream large wood habitat structure projects on South Fork Little Butte Creek</li> <li>Ashland Diversion Dam removal</li> <li>$1 million grant to Talent Irrigation District for canal piping to allow Ashland Diversion Dam removal</li> </ul> <P> Reclamation is expected to fully implement the terms and conditions of the Rogue River Biological Opinion by the end of 2020. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55887 Palisades Dam Crest Temporarily Closed for Utility Construction Starting August 15
IRWIN, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation will resume construction activities at Palisades Dam Aug. 15, to replace aging overhead utilities with an underground system. <P> For safety reasons, the limited access across the dam via foot, all-terrain vehicle, motorcycle or horse will be closed from Aug. 15 through the completion of the project, no later than Nov. 4. <P> Palisades Dam, 55 miles southeast of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was constructed by Reclamation in 1957 as part of the Palisades Project. It is a multipurpose facility that provides for irrigation, flood control, hydropower and recreation. <P> Learn more about Palisades Dam: <P> <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/dams/uppersnake/palisades.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/dams/uppersnake/palisades.html</a> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55831 Big Smiles and Bright Eyes at the 2016 Prineville C.A.S.T. Event in Oregon
It’s not every day during the summer that you need to look closely at the radar in the high desert of Oregon to see if it is going to storm, but for the C.A.S.T. event held at Prineville Reservoir on July10, that’s exactly what we had to do. We made a decision on Friday that the event would still go forward, boat rides or no boat rides, and we’re glad we did. <P> This year we had 31 participants, an increase from prior years. There were 14 boat captains including one pontoon boat captain so we were a little short of boats, but no worries because several participants chose to fish from shore. Those who went out on the boats and those who fished from shore, both had the time of their life. There were nothing but wide smiles and great stories shared by the participants. <P> There were numerous volunteers who came out to give their support to help make this a great event for the kids. The C.A.S.T. Executive Director, Crook County Sheriff Marine Patrols, Crook County Search & Rescue team, State Park staff, Kiwanis Club crew, Reclamation employees and the local BASS club were among the volunteers. <P> While the threat of stormy weather continually loomed throughout the morning, everyone seemed to have a good time enjoying the event, each other’s company, and a delicious barbecue lunch. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation and the C.A.S.T. Foundation want to say thank you to all the 2016 donors, boat captains and volunteers who assisted with making this event possible. We hope to see you again next year. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55829 Reclamation Holds Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let’s Move Outside Event at Potholes State Park, Aug. 6
MOSES LAKE, Wash – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Ephrata Field Office will hold its annual C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Saturday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held at Potholes Reservoir located 15 miles south of Moses Lake. <P> The C.A.S.T. "Catch a Special Thrill" program provides one day fishing and boating events designed to accommodate children with a wide range of special needs. This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "<a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">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. <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> "C.A.S.T. is one of the most rewarding programs for young people that I have been a part of," said Jaurette Jackson, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Ephrata Field Office. "It is such a joy to see them get to do something they will remember for a long time." <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt and a hat. 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 the participants. <P> Reclamation's canal safety mascot, Otto Otter, will make an appearance and hand out canal safety coloring books. The Canal Safety Program teaches kids and adults about the danger of canals and how to be safe around canals, ditches and other waterways. <P> 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 Association, Columbia Basin Job Corps Center, Washington State Parks, and Washington State Fish and Wildlife. Donations for the event were provided by local businesses including: Coulee Playland Resort, Grand Coulee Dam Federal Employees Association, Sporty’s Steakhouse, Safeway, Wal-Mart and various Ephrata Field Office employees. Medical support this year is provided by Emergency Medical Technicians in Washington State. <P> For more information about the Aug. 6 event or volunteering at the event, contact Jaurette Jackson, Ephrata Field Office at (509) 930-4711. For background information about the C.A.S.T. for Kids /Let’s Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Annette Ross, Regional Coordinator at (208) 378-5322 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/</a>. In case of rain, the event will be canceled. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55750 Drinking Water Temporarily Unavailable at Little Wood Campground
CAREY, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation has closed the well that supplies drinking water to the Little Wood Campground due to health concerns. The campground is located on Little Wood Reservoir Road, 11 miles northwest of Carey, Idaho. <P> The drinking water supply at the Little Wood Campground is routinely sampled for health and safety purposes. During a recent inspection, a water sample tested positive for coliform bacteria. Further testing is necessary to confirm the well is safe. <P> “Public safety is our primary concern,” said Ryan Newman, manager of the Upper Snake Field Office. “We are working to assure all health concerns are addressed in a timely manner.” <P> The public is advised to bring their own drinking water as there are no other sources of drinking water offered at the campground. Public supplies are also available within the town of Carey. <P> Little Wood Campground is open year-round and offers fishing and boating opportunities. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis; there are no electrical hook-ups. <P> Little Wood Reservoir is formed by Little Wood Dam which was completed in 1939. The dam is part of the Little Wood River Project and provides supplemental irrigation water to approximately 9,550 acres in Blaine County, Idaho. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55448 Yakima Basin Water Supply July Forecast
YAKIMA, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation’s July 2016 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates a full water supply for senior water rights during the 2016 irrigation season, but an estimated 90 percent supply for junior water rights. <P> This forecast is based on flows, precipitation, snowpack, and reservoir storage data as of July 1, along with assumptions regarding future precipitation and river flows. Other future weather conditions that determine the timing of the run-off and the demand for water are also critical in determining streamflow, prorationing, and the extent to which the reservoirs’ storage is used. <P> Reclamation provides water supply forecasts monthly, March through at least July. <P> “The Yakima project started using stored reservoir water to help meet downstream system demands on June 11, about two weeks earlier than normal. We expect low end-of-season reservoir levels this year with the below average runoff and the early usage of stored water,” Garner said. <P> Summer conditions can have an effect on the eventual water supply realized. 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 <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55447 C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let’s Move Outside Event at the Burley Golf Course Boat Docks Saturday, July 16
RUPERT, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Snake Field Office will hold its annual C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Saturday, July 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held at a new location, the Burley Golf Course Boat Docks located off Interstate 84, exit 211 about three miles south of Heyburn, toward Burley. <P> The C.A.S.T. "Catch a Special Thrill" program provides one day fishing and boating events designed to accommodate children with a wide range of special needs. This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "<a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">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. <P> "This is a rare opportunity for special needs children to enjoy a day of fishing on the water," said Kenneth Carroll, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Snake Field Office. "This year promises to be an outstanding event; however, we are looking for more boaters and volunteers." <P> The children range in age from 5-18 years old. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt and a hat. Local volunteers will provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers. <P> The morning fishing event will be followed by a barbecue lunch hosted by the Rupert Elks Club 2106. <P> Partners for the event include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Rupert Elks Club 2106, and the City of Burley Parks Division. Volunteers from the Cassia County Sheriff Department and Emergency Response Ambulance will assist by providing emergency services for the event. <P> For more information about the July 16 event or volunteering at the event, contact Kenneth Carroll, Upper Snake Field Office, Minidoka Dam at (208) 436-4187, ext. 113. For background information about the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Annette Ross, Regional Coordinator at (208) 378-5322 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/</a>. In case of rain, the event will be canceled. <P> <P> <P> <P>