Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel 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>
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>