Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47507 Reclamation Hosting Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event at Potholes State Park
MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Children with a wide range of special needs will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join some enthusiastic volunteers during the C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside event on August 2 at Potholes Reservoir located 15 miles south of Moses Lake, Wash. C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with special needs an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. <P> This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier. <P> Participants and volunteers will meet at Potholes State Park located off State Route 262. Washington State Parks manages the campground which offers easy access to Potholes Reservoir. <P> "This will be a first fishing experience for some of these kids," said Jennifer McConnell of Reclamation's Ephrata Field Office. "It is a great opportunity for volunteers to be part of an experience that these children will remember for years to come." <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old and will each receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat. <P> Local Potholes Bass Club members and the Columbia Basin Walleye Club will be on hand with fishing boats and years of professional experience to assist novice anglers. The morning fishing events will be followed by a picnic lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts Class of the Columbia Basin Job Corps Center. <P> Partners include: Bureau of Reclamation, C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation , Columbia Basin Walleye Club, Potholes Bass Club, Washington BASS Club, Columbia Basin Job Corps Center, Washington State Parks, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, and Grand Coulee Council Boy Scout Troup 24. Donations for the event were provided by local businesses including: Coulee Playland Resort, Richard & Karen Honey, Moses Lake FFA, Grand Coulee Dam Federal Employees Association, and Sporty's Steakhouse. Medical support this year is provided by Fire District No. 12 from Royal Slope, Wash. <P> For more information about the August 2 event, contact Jennifer McConnell at (509) 754-0215. In case of rain, the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled. To find out more about the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Sandra Furguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47506 Reclamation Hosting Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event at Potholes State Park
MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Children with a wide range of special needs will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join some enthusiastic volunteers during the C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside event on August 2 at Potholes Reservoir located 15 miles south of Moses Lake, Wash. <P> C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with special needs an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. <P> This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier. <P> Participants and volunteers will meet at Potholes State Park located off State Route 262. Washington State Parks manages the campground which offers easy access to Potholes Reservoir. <P> "This will be a first fishing experience for some of these kids," said Jennifer McConnell of Reclamation's Ephrata Field Office. "It is a great opportunity for volunteers to be part of an experience that these children will remember for years to come." <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old and will each receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat. <P> Local Potholes Bass Club members and the Columbia Basin Walleye Club will be on hand with fishing boats and years of professional experience to assist novice anglers. The morning fishing events will be followed by a picnic lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts Class of the Columbia Basin Job Corps Center. <P> Partners include: Bureau of Reclamation, C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation , Columbia Basin Walleye Club, Potholes Bass Club, Washington BASS Club, Columbia Basin Job Corps Center, Washington State Parks, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, and Grand Coulee Council Boy Scout Troup 24. Donations for the event were provided by local businesses including: Coulee Playland Resort, Richard & Karen Honey, Moses Lake FFA, Grand Coulee Dam Federal Employees Association, and Sporty's Steakhouse. Medical support this year is provided by Fire District No. 12 from Royal Slope, Wash. <P> For more information about the August 2 event, contact Jennifer McConnell at (509) 754-0215. In case of rain, the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled. To find out more about the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Sandra Furguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47486 C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside a Hit in Yakima
<img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/1yak2014.jpg" style="float:left" width="200" height="200" hspace="10" alt="Volunteer with his fishing student"/>On June 14, at Sarg Hubbard Pond in Yakima, Wash., 18 enthusiastic and excited participants registered for the annual "Catch a Special Thrill," better known as C.A.S.T./Let's Move Outside event. The participants ranged in age from 7 to 17. <P> Two entities combine to create a day of excitement for the outdoors and fishing. The first is C.A.S.T., which is a fishing event that is offered to children with a wide range of disabilities and terminal illnesses. The second is the Let's Move Outside initiative, which was introduced by First Lady Obama, with the goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity and healthy eating. <P> After registration, the excited participants readied for a couple of hours of fishing and catching a "big one." The participants were assigned a "fishing buddy," they received their fishing gear, a C.A.S.T. tee shirt and cap. With their fishing buddy and either a volunteer or parent, they were photographed to memorialize the moment. Then off to the pond to catch FISH! <P> Not all of the participants caught the "big one," but they learned how to cast a fishing rod. Some participants didn't just catch one fish, but caught the limit of five fish. The volunteers at the fish cleaning station made it possible for the participants to take the fish home, ready to cook and eat. <P> The kids' smiles were shared in a group picture. Then the hungry participants enjoyed a delicious and nutritious meal of meat and veggie burgers, hotdogs, carrots, celery, apple juice, and sweet juicy watermelon. <P> As the participants and volunteers ate, the presentation program began. Each young angler received a plaque, goody bag, and their fishing buddy picture for a job well done. The crowd of proud parents/guardians, and volunteers cheered loudly as each name was read. <P> This year's local event sponsors shared in the celebration by giving donations, providing food, fishing gear, and miscellaneous services. Those sponsors include: AB Foods, Tree Top, Pepsi, Greenway Foundation, Washington State Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, Valley Septic, Rex & Diane's Mobile Grill, and Culligan. <P> The "fish" stories, the participants, the smiles, the parents, and the food all contributed to the success of this event, but without the volunteers who worked behind the scene, it would not have happened. Over 40 Reclamation employees, family members, and retirees participated this year. Their unselfishness and willingness to share their love of outdoor activities helped to make the kids "star anglers" for the day. The event was a great success! <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/2yak2014.jpg" style="float:left" width="500" height="167" hspace="10" alt="Yakima C.A.S.T. Event Group Photo"/> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47447 PN Region Participates in Welcome Home Veterans Event
The PN Region staff participated in the annual "All Veterans Welcome Home" celebration on Saturday, June 28. The event was held on the campus of the Boise VA Medical Center. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/vetotto.jpg" style="float:right" width="292" height="236" hspace="10" alt="Veterans pose with Otto Otter"/> The "All Veterans Welcome Home" event was designed to be a welcome home festivity for veterans who have recently returned and those men and women who never received a welcome home when they returned from overseas 20, 30, 40 years ago. <P> Reclamation hosted a Canal Safety booth with the focus being on the danger of canals and canal safety tips. Reclamation's mascot Otto Otter also participated by greeting the kids and their families, and handing out Otto Canal Safety coloring books along with canal safety stickers. <P> The event was free to the public including exhibitors. Those in attendance were entertained with live music. There were free BBQ and drinks, free massages, cool raffle prizes, and lots of games for the kids. <P> Representatives from the VA and veteran's organizations were there to help veterans get connected with various resources available to them such as health benefits, education, and employment services.  <P> Hundreds of veterans and family members from surrounding communities attended the event. <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/ottohugs.jpg" style="float:left" width="287" height="352" hspace="10" alt="Otto Otter receives hugs"/<img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/ottoandfriend.jpg" style="float:left" width="287" height="351" hspace="10" alt="Otto Otter and Friend"/><BR> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47426 C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let’s Move Outside Event at Lake Walcott State Park Saturday, July 19
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 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at Lake Walcott State Park located off State Highway 24, about 11 miles northeast of Rupert. <P> C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with a wide range of special needs an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. <P> "This is an excellent opportunity for children to leave their worries and cares on shore and enjoy fishing on the lake," said Sarah Wageman, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Snake Field Office. "We are in need of more boaters. This is a great event for volunteers who are willing to help out and make a difference in the lives of these children." <P> This event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/">"Let's Move Outside" </a> initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier. <P> The children range in age from 7-16 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. Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Idaho State Parks, Rupert Elks Club 2106, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game. <P> Volunteers from the Minidoka County Sheriff Department, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and Emergency Response Ambulance will assist by providing emergency services for the event. <P> For more information about the July 19 event, contact Sarah Wageman, Upper Snake Field Office at (208) 678-0461, ext. 48. For background information about the program, 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>. In case of rain, the event will be canceled. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47411 Reclamation Holds Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event in Prineville Sunday, July 13
PRINEVILLE, Ore. - The Bureau of Reclamation's Bend Field Office will hold a C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Sunday, July 13 at Prineville Reservoir State Park near Prineville. Children with a wide range of disabilities will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join some enthusiastic volunteers. <P> C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with disabilities and terminal illnesses an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/" target="_blank">"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> "It is a wonderful event for the kids,," said Sandra Ferguson of Reclamation's Snake River Area Office in the Pacific Northwest Region. "This is my first year working as the Regional Coordinator for this event and I'm looking forward to this great experience." <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old and have a variety of physical and/or developmental disabilities. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt and a hat. <P> Volunteers from the Central Oregon BASS Club and some non-member clubs will provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers. The state bass anglers' societies work under the umbrella of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. <P> The morning fishing event will be followed by a barbecue lunch donated by Tom and Charley's Sub Shop & Pizzeria, The Dawg House, Grocery Outlet of Prineville, Eberhard's Dairy of Redmond, Apple Peddler Restaurant in Prineville, and hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Prineville. The Oregon State Park, Crook County Sheriff's Office, and Search and Rescue units will be assisting with the picnic, parking, traffic control and marine patrol. <P> Other donor-friendly groups this year are Ray's Food Place in Prineville, Starbucks in Prineville, Bigfoot Beverages Company in Bend/Eugene, National Fish Carvers Guild and Sportsman's Warehouse in Bend. New donors and volunteers are needed and encouraged to participate. <P> Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, Central Oregon Bass Club, Kiwanis Club of Prineville, and Crook County Sheriff's Office. <P> Participants and volunteers can now register online at the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation website at <a href="http://www.castforkids.org/events-calendar/cast-events/prineville-reservoir" target="_blank">http://www.castforkids.org/events-calendar/cast-events/prineville-reservoir </a>. <P> For more information about the July 13 event or the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, 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>. In case of rain, the event will be canceled. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47390 Yakima Basin Water Supply - July Forecast Released
YAKIMA, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation's July 2014 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates that there will be a full water supply for both senior and junior water rights this irrigation season. <P> Reclamation issues water supply forecasts monthly from March to July. Specific water delivery levels are determined after reservoir storage begins to decline. <P> The July TWSA forecast is based on flows, precipitation, snowpack, and reservoir storage as of July 1, along with estimates of future precipitation and river flows. Other future weather conditions that help determine the timing of the run-off and the demand for water are also critical in determining streamflows, prorationing and reservoir storage. <P> "The Yakima Basin Reservoirs filled in early June, but we have been using reservoir storage to meet basin demands since June 18, almost a week earlier than normal," said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. "We have an adequate water supply, but expect lower end-of-season reservoir storage this year; lower than we've seen in eight years." Garner recommends that water conservation always be a consideration 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<br /> </a> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47388 Wild Rose Park to Close during Construction at Black Canyon Diversion Dam in 2015
EMMETT, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation recently announced a delay in construction activities associated with the new hydroelectric generating unit at Black Canyon Diversion Dam. As a result of this postponement, Wild Rose Park will now be closed from September 2015 through September 2018, rather than the previously reported dates of September 2014 through March 2017. <P> The 10.5-acre park is closing for public safety reasons while the location is used as a staging area for heavy equipment and construction crews. The park will reopen in May 2019 for the summer season. <P> "The change will enable this popular park to remain open for the 2015 summer season which runs from mid-May through Sept. 1," said Jerry Gregg, Snake River Area Manager. "All other parks at Black Canyon will be open during the summer season while construction is underway." <P> Groups will be able to reserve all of Cobblestone Park for special events during the construction period. This accessible day-use park offers a group shelter, meadow area, restroom, picnic tables, potable water and electrical service. Black Canyon Park offers reservations for gazebos, as well as day-use areas, and Triangle Park offers both day-use and overnight camping. Information about the parks is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/landuse/blackcanyon">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/landuse/blackcanyon </a>. <P> The new 12.5 megawatt hydroelectric unit at Black Canyon Diversion Dam will expand the production capacity of the two existing 5 megawatt units. It will generate 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 the 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=47384 Visitors to Lake Roosevelt Cautioned About Rising Lake Levels
GRAND COULEE, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation is advising people camping along the Lake Roosevelt shoreline over the July 4 weekend to be aware of potential dangers that could exist due to rapidly rising lake levels. The lake is impounded by Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River about 90 miles west of Spokane. <P> "When camping along the shoreline, it is recommended that tents and other belongings be kept well away from the water's edge," said Public Affairs Officer Lynne Brougher. "Although the lake is a popular vacation spot, it is also a working reservoir that supplies water for hydroelectric facilities at Grand Coulee Dam which can result in rapid fluctuations." <P> Brougher says campsites that are too close to the water's edge could potentially become flooded and boats that are not properly anchored or secured could drift out into the lake and become a safety hazard. <P> The lake is expected to be at an elevation of 1,286 feet July 3. Lake levels are expected to rise up to one-half foot each day over the holiday weekend. <P> <strong>Lake Operational Information</strong> <ul> <li> Reclamation must adhere to the court ordered 2008/2010 FCRPS Biological Opinion requiring the lake to be at the full pool elevation of 1,290 feet above sea level between late June and early July.</li> <li>Water is stored for later use in July and August to increase flows for migrating endangered species in the lower Columbia River. </li> <li>Water managers must also prepare for unexpected weather changes that could alter lake levels more rapidly than anticipated.<br /> </li> </ul> <P> For more information concerning lake levels, contact <a href="mailto:lbrougher@usbr.gov">Lynne Brougher</a> at (509) 633-9503 or email lbrougher@usbr.gov. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47366 Student Conservation Association Volunteer to Help with Educational Outreach in the PN Region
<img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/rochelle.jpg" style="float:left" width="200" height="200" hspace="10" alt="Rochelle Ochoa, Student Conservation Association Volunteer"/>The Pacific Northwest Region Public Affairs Office welcomes Rochelle Ochoa, a Student Conservation Association (SCA) volunteer who is working with Reclamation for the next 9 to 18 months. This is Rochelle's second assignment with SCA. During the summer of 2013, she worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Research Service as a Restoration Research Technician. <P> Rochelle is working with the Public Affairs Office, and also with the River & Reservoir Operations Group on the Columbia River Basin Impacts Assessment Project. Her primary focus will be interpreting technical material such as climate change science and developing communication products to be delivered on the internet and in outreach materials. <P> "The outdoors has always been a passion of mine," says Rochelle. "I'm happy to be able to work with natural resources and feel like I'm contributing to their well-being." <P> Rochelle was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, and attended Centennial High School. She recently graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology & Conservation Biology. Rochelle spends her free time hiking, fishing, and enjoying other outdoor activities. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47364 Reclamation Selects Coleman Smith as Grand Coulee Dam Power Manager
GRAND COULEE, Wash. - Lorri Lee Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Region, announced today that Coleman Smith is returning to the Pacific Northwest Region to serve as the Grand Coulee Power Manager. Smith replaces Mark Jenson who now leads the Grand Coulee Power Office Project Management Team. <P> "It gives me great pleasure to announce Coleman's return as the Grand Coulee Power Manager," said Lee. "He has an in-depth understanding of our power program, and with previous experience as an Area Manager, he understands operations and the importance of sustaining good working relationships with our partners." <P> Prior to accepting the Power Manager position, Smith served as the Wyoming Office Area Manager and then previously as the Deputy Manager, Power Operations and Maintenance, for the Pacific Northwest Region in Boise, Idaho. In that position, Smith coordinated work for the regional power office with other federal agencies, including Bonneville Power Administration and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. <P> Smith first came to Reclamation in 2007 serving as the Operations, Maintenance and Technical Services Manager for Reclamation facilities in southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon in the Snake River Area Office. <P> "I'm excited to return to the Pacific Northwest Region," said Smith, who is scheduled to take over in August. "I am honored to be selected as the Power Manager at Reclamation's World Class facility. I look forward to working with the professional staff at Grand Coulee Dam and the opportunities and challenges we will face together." <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47345 Flows Below Anderson Ranch Dam to Increase
BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will increase flows from Anderson Ranch Dam on the South Fork of the Boise River Wednesday, June 25 from 600 cubic-feet-per-second to approximately 1,600 cfs. Drought conditions in 2013 resulted in Anderson Ranch Reservoir being drawn down to less than 25 percent of capacity. However, the late season snow and spring rains helped to refill the reservoir. <P> "South Fork flows are expected to remain at these levels into August, which will also benefit river rafters and kayakers," said Brian Sauer, Water Operations Manager. "These are typical summertime flows, starting a little later than some years due to last year's drought." <P> Despite the warming weather, water temperatures are still very cold in local streams so precautions should be taken when entering the water, said Sauer. The increased flows will not adversely impact the available water supply for the irrigation season this year. <P> Current water storage in the Boise River reservoirs is about 96 percent of capacity. Anderson Ranch Dam is about 28 miles northeast of Mountain Home, Idaho. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47266 New Hydroelectric Generating Unit Delayed at Black Canyon Diversion Dam
BOISE, Idaho – Construction of the new hydroelectric generating unit at Black Canyon Diversion Dam on the Payette River near Emmett, Idaho, will be postponed at least four months from the projected spring 2015 date in order for an independent engineering firm to test and verify Reclamation’s cost estimates. <P> This is a standard practice prior to making the final investment in such a large project. Reclamation’s cost estimate indicates that the price of the new hydroelectric generating unit may exceed its financial benefit. <P> "Throughout the process, all indications were that this looked like a financially feasible project that would boost power generation and provide added benefits by upgrading existing infrastructure," said Reclamation's Project Manager Chris Vick. "The latest cost estimate increased considerably from previous construction estimates; therefore, Reclamation is having an independent engineering firm provide a separate cost estimate." <P> If the independent estimate indicates the cost of construction is justifiable, work will proceed to complete the National Environmental Policy Act process and secure all necessary permits. Following successful completion of the NEPA process, the specification for the project will be issued to potential bidders. <P> Although the construction of the additional generating unit is on hold, some construction will still take place at the facility over the next few years. Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration plan to move forward with the design and relocation of a new power switchyard, design and construction of a new trashrack and trashrake system, upgrades to control systems at the dam, and construction of a new Administration building. <P> The proposed 12.5 MW hydroelectric unit will expand the capacity of the two existing 5 MW units to generate 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 and eastern Oregon, as well as the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. <P> Black Canyon Diversion Dam was completed in 1924 and serves as a multipurpose facility that provides irrigation water and hydropower. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47186 Reclamation Funds Study for Sustainable Water Management in Oregon’s Upper Deschutes Basin
BEND, Ore.– The Department of the Interior announced today that the Bureau of Reclamation will make $1.8 million available for comprehensive water studies addressing climate change options to three western river basins, including the Upper Deschutes Basin in Oregon. These studies will address basin-wide efforts to evaluate and address the effects of climate change and define options for meeting future water demands. <P> “Reclamation and its partners in the West have a long history of working together to evaluate and address the impacts to water availability in river basins,” said Reclamation’s Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley. “In the face of climate change, changing snowpack, changing precipitation patterns and reduced water supplies, these comprehensive basin studies will assist in long-term planning goals for crucial water supplies and to help ensure a future of healthy habitats and communities.” <P> Surface water in the Upper Deschutes Basin has been almost fully allocated since the early 1900s, and many stream reaches suffer from low flows at critical times of year. The study will examine strategies to meet minimum flow targets to help ensure that the ongoing effort to reintroduce steelhead trout and Chinook salmon in the basin will continue to be successful. <P> The study builds upon past work to update groundwater and surface water models, develop a basin specific climate analysis, update supply and demand projections and identify specific actions that can be taken to resolve water issues in the basin. Basin Study results will be used to develop a long term basin-wide water management plan to guide sustainable water management actions in the future. <P> The Upper Deschutes Basin brings together a diverse set of stakeholders to seek specific solutions for resolving water supply and demand imbalances for agriculture, municipal and environmental uses. Reclamation will collaborate with the Deschutes Basin Board of Control and the Basin Study workgroup. <P> The federal funding comes through the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART Basin Study Program. WaterSMART provides leadership and tools to states and local communities to address current and potential imbalances between water supply and demand and to work toward sustainable solutions. Since its establishment in 2010, WaterSMART has provided more than $200 million in competitively awarded funding to non-federal partners, including tribes, water districts, municipalities and universities through WaterSMART Grants and the Title XVI Program. <P> Other selected basins include the Upper Red River Basin Study in Oklahoma and the Missouri River Headwaters Basin in Montana. To see the full DOI news release visit http://www.interior.gov/news/pressreleases/watersmart-funding.cfm. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47166 Upper Snake Flows Increase June 10 to Benefit Salmon and Steelhead
HEYBURN, Idaho – Snake River flows below Milner Dam will increase beginning Tuesday June 10 to deliver water for salmon and steelhead downstream, in accordance with Reclamation’s commitments under the Endangered Species Act. These flows will continue down the river below Milner Dam and pass over Shoshone Falls, near Twin Falls. <P> Releases from Milner Dam will begin June 10 and will increase gradually through June 11. Flows will hold steady once they reach 3,600 cfs late June 11. Schedules will be adjusted as arrangements are finalized; flows are expected to be maintained through July 6. <P> The water will be cold and fast, please use caution while recreating on or near the river. <P> Reclamation will supply 487,000 acre-feet in 2014 to comply with the NOAA Fisheries 2008 Upper Snake Biological Opinion. About 200,000 acre-feet of the total will be delivered through these releases from storage in Reclamation reservoirs upstream of Milner. The remainder will be provided through separate releases from reservoirs on downstream Snake River tributaries, and through natural flows. <P> Milner Dam is the downstream boundary of Idaho’s Water District 1. The majority of the water for the release is leased from the Water District 1 rental pool. <P> The dams operated by Reclamation’s Upper Snake Field Office are located on the Snake River and its tributaries upstream of Milner, Idaho. Palisades Dam is about 55 miles southeast of Idaho Falls, Idaho; American Falls Dam is near American Falls, Idaho; and Minidoka Dam is about 12 miles northeast of Rupert, Idaho. <P>