Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46486 Reclamation Awards $5.5 Million Contract for Switchgear Replacement at Hungry Horse Dam
HUNGRY HORSE, Mont. - The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $5,531,000 contract on April 9 to Koontz Electric Company, Inc., a small business from Morrilton, Ark., for construction services to replace the switchgear at Hungry Horse Dam in Mont. <P> Work under this contract consists of several components: design, furnish, install, test and commission one replacement 2400-volt station service distribution system, two replacement 480-volt station service distribution systems, two new 15kV disconnect switches, and one 2400-volt engine generator set. The work is expected to start around April 19 and be completed by December 31, 2015. <P> "This project is just one way Reclamation is working to maximize efficient and reliable power production for customers across a large area of the Northwest," said Facility Operations Manager Dennis Philmon. "These repairs are essential so that the switchgear at Hungry Horse Dam maintains its reliability for years to come in serving the area extending from the Continental Divide westward to the Pacific Ocean." <P> KECI is a diversified heavy industrial electrical contractor and has been in business for over 50 years. In the last 10 years, they completed over 500 projects exceeding $180 million. For 12 consecutive years, KECI has received the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Excellence in Construction award. <P> Hungry Horse Dam was completed in 1953. It is located on the south fork of the Flathead River, 15 miles south of the west entrance to Glacier National Park and 20 miles northeast of Kalispell, Mont. <P> For more information on Hungry Horse Dam: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hungryhorse/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hungryhorse/</a> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46445 Yakima Basin Water Supply - April Forecast Released
YAKIMA, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation's April 2014 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates that there will be an adequate water supply for both senior and junior water rights this coming irrigation season. <P> "The water supply should be near normal," said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. "February and March turned this year's snowpack around. Snowpack in the Yakima River Basin is 98 percent of normal to start off April and the Yakima basin reservoirs' storage is 123 percent of average." <P> Reclamation will issue water supply forecasts monthly through July. Specific water delivery levels will not be determined until later in the year after reservoir storage begins to decline. <P> The April TWSA forecast is based on flows, precipitation, snowpack, and reservoir storage as of April 1, along with estimates of future precipitation and river flows. Other future weather conditions that help determine the timing of the run-off and the demand for water are also critical in determining streamflows, prorationing, and the extent to which the reservoirs fill. <P> "The conditions are good for filling the reservoirs and providing plenty of natural flow to meet most of the demands during the first half of the season," said Chuck Garner. "The snowmelt timing, the summer weather, and the irrigation demands are still important unknown factors that can influence stream flow levels and the carry-over storage at the end of the season." <P> In the event that spring precipitation and runoff are unfavorable, Reclamation still expects an adequate supply. Since weather conditions can be unpredictable at times, 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/ </a> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46406 Caution Advised as Boise River Flows Increase
BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation is advising people to exercise caution as flows begin to gradually increase Saturday along the Boise River from current flows of 300 cubic-feet-per-second at the Glenwood Bridge to about 1,800 cfs by Monday morning. <P> Flows at the Glenwood Bridge will remain below the 7,000 cfs flood stage, but the increases will be noticeable to people along the Boise River. These flows are slightly higher than normal due to recent increases in snow and precipitation in the watershed. <P> "The increases are all part of normal springtime river operations and some routine maintenance on the New York Canal," said Brian Sauer, Snake River Area Office Water Operations Manager. "Our main concern is for public safety, the river is very cold and some riverbank areas could be unstable due to increased moisture." <P> Reclamation coordinates Boise River operations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who manage and operate Lucky Peak Reservoir. Reclamation expects an adequate water supply for irrigation and recreation activities through the season. <P> People can view real-time data of flows at Reclamation facilities in the Pacific Northwest Region at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/realtime.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/realtime.html </a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46404 Reclamation Awards Security and Law Enforcement Contract to the Colville Tribes
GRAND COULEE, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $697,000 contract March 10 to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation to provide security and law enforcement services on Reclamation lands and at Reclamation facilities located on the east side of the Columbia River. <P> The security and law enforcement services include the Third Powerplant, Downriver Trail and Dam tour building. These services will be provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week beginning April 1. The contract also allows the Colville Tribe to assist the Reclamation Security Response Force in case of an emergency. This contract will complement an existing law enforcement contract Reclamation has in place with the city of Grand Coulee, Wash. <P> "Security and law enforcement services are vital to providing a safe and secure environment for employees, visitors and the facilities," said Acting Power Manager Kerry McCalman. <P> Grand Coulee Dam produces enough electricity to supply more than 1 million homes in an average water year. The project also provides about one-quarter of the total generation of hydroelectric power for the Federal Columbia River Power System. <P> Grand Coulee Dam, located on the Columbia River about 90 miles west of Spokane, Wash., was completed in 1941. It is 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=46344 Caution Advised as Upper Snake River Flows Increase during Irrigation Season
HEYBURN, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will increase flows along the Upper Snake River this week as part of normal reservoir operations to prepare for spring runoff and irrigation deliveries. People are advised to exercise caution near rivers and canals. <P> "As melting snow and water delivered for irrigation raises water levels, we want people to be careful around riverbanks and canal systems," said Roland Springer, Upper Snake Field Office Manager. "Late winter precipitation points to a good water supply for Snake River water users, and increases the potential for flooding so we want everyone to keep safety in mind." <P> Flows from Palisades Reservoir have been at 900 cubic-feet-per-second, and will increase by 300 cfs daily beginning on March 25. Flows will be stabilized at about 2100 cfs by March 29. Inflow to the reservoir is currently about 2500 cfs. <P> The positive change in water supply is due to an increase in snowpack and precipitation from February through early March. The watershed above Palisades Dam continues to accumulate at a near normal rate. <P> American Falls Reservoir is also releasing more water to fill Lake Walcott. Flows were increased on March 21 from 400 cfs to 1200 cfs, and plans call for gradually increasing flows to 3600 cfs or more, next week. <P> Flows from American Falls Reservoir will depend on the ongoing spillway construction at Minidoka Dam and irrigation diversions from Minidoka Dam and downstream. <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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46244 Dye Test to be Conducted at Grand Coulee Dam
GRAND COULEE, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct a dye test beginning March 13 at Grand Coulee Dam, to locate water leakage into the Right Powerhouse when it rains. The leakage poses no danger to the public and the condition of both the dam and powerhouse are sound. Grand Coulee Dam is located on the Columbia River about 90 miles west of Spokane, Wash. <P> "We want to prevent employees from slipping on wet floors. This dye test should help us identify the source, so measures can be taken to correct the issue," said Acting Power Manager Kerry McCalman. <P> The movement of the dye will help to determine the path of the leakage and will assist engineers to plan for future maintenance needs. Dye may be injected multiple times over the next two weeks to check several places for leakage. The water below the dam may be slightly discolored as the engineers inject a biodegradable blue dye on the upstream side of the Right Powerhouse at the base of the dam. The dye is safe for the environment and harmless to animals and humans. <P> Grand Coulee Dam produces enough electricity to supply more than 1 million homes in an average water year. The project also provides about one-quarter of the total generation of hydroelectric power for the Federal Columbia River Power System. <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=46146 Yakima Basin Water Supply - March Forecast Released
YAKIMA, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation's March 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 coming irrigation season. <P> "We are currently expecting the water supply to be near normal," said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. "February snowfall was incredible with a nearly continuous stream of storms hitting the Cascades throughout much of the month. In February, the snowpack went from 54 percent to 95 percent of average in the upper basin and from 63 percent to 97 percent of average in the lower basin. This points out that the remaining spring conditions can have a significant impact on the eventual water supply this season." <P> Reclamation will issue water supply forecasts monthly through July. Specific water delivery levels will not be determined until later in the year after reservoir storage begins to decline. <P> The March TWSA forecast is based on flows, precipitation, snowpack, and reservoir storage as of March 1, along with estimates of future precipitation and river flows. Other future weather conditions that determine the timing of the run-off and the demand for water are also critical in determining streamflows, prorationing, and the extent to which the reservoirs fill. <P> "The Yakima Basin weather outlook is favorable and the reservoir system storage on March 1 was a healthy 110 percent of average," Garner said. "We expect the reservoirs to fill and the runoff to provide for early season demands." <P> In the event that spring precipitation and runoff are unfavorable, Reclamation still expects an adequate supply. Since weather conditions can be unpredictable at times, 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</a> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45944 Reclamation Issues Draft Henrys Fork Basin Study for Public Comment
BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation has issued the Draft Henrys Fork Basin Study for a 30-day public comment period. The Study includes 12 alternatives that describe strategies to improve water supply conditions in the Upper Snake River basin. <P> The alternatives represent a menu of adaptation strategies that are intended to have a positive impact on water management. They are broadly grouped to include categories such as water storage, water conservation, groundwater recharge, demand reduction, and water marketing strategies. <P> The comment period will end on March 6. The final Basin Study will be released on April 30. <P> "This represents several years of hard work and cooperation among so many groups with diverse interests," said Pacific Northwest Regional Director Lorri Lee. "Everyone who is concerned about the future of Idaho's water supply will recognize this work as a proactive accomplishment." <P> Reclamation joined the Idaho Water Resource Board in partnership to explore alternatives under the WaterSMART Basin Program. The process was done in collaboration with a stakeholder workgroup under the Henry's Fork Watershed Council, an organization made up of government agencies, irrigation districts, conservation organizations, universities, and the farming community. <P> The Henrys Fork watershed provides irrigation for over 280,000 acres and sustains a world-class trout fishery. <P> The Draft Henrys Fork Basin Study is available at: <a href="http://on.doi.gov/1aDyjW1">http://on.doi.gov/1aDyjW1 </a>. <P> The comment form and instructions can be downloaded at: <a href="http://on.doi.gov/NeTymW">http://on.doi.gov/NeTymW </a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45884 Reclamation to Decrease Flows at Palisades Reservoir
HEYBURN, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will reduce flows from Palisades Reservoir this week from 1200 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 900 cfs beginning February 5 and ending on February 8. <P> Reclamation's decision to decrease flows is based on the February forecast which predicts spring runoff in the Upper Snake River basin at 92 percent of average, which is a slight decrease from the January 1 forecast. Reclamation's analysis shows an increasing chance that continued winter releases of 1200 cfs may limit Reclamation's power generation capability at Palisades Dam in the middle to latter part of the summer irrigation season if the runoff outlook continues to deteriorate. <P> During the irrigation season, Reclamation makes releases from Palisades Dam to move water downstream for irrigation that typically exceed the powerplant capacity. Releases that bypass the powerplant represent a lost hydropower generation opportunity. <P> So far this winter, moving water downstream to American Falls for irrigation use next summer has allowed Reclamation to generate power at flows well below powerplant capacity. This has limited lost opportunities for producing hydropower in the summer, which benefits the regional power grid. The reduction in flows now will help preserve Reclamation's ability to produce power later in the summer after irrigation releases have once again dropped below the powerplant capacity. <P> "Low-cost power generated at Palisades Dam benefits regional retail power customers and many irrigators who rely on surface pumping stations or groundwater wells to deliver water," said Roland Springer, Reclamation's Upper Snake Field Manager. "Although delivering water for irrigation purposes remains Reclamation’s first priority, we also manage our operations for the benefit of multiple purposes including power generation." <P> Reclamation consulted with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to set a ramping schedule that meets fishery requirements in the South Fork of the Snake River. <P> "We will focus on continuing our productive partnership with the Idaho Department of Water Resources, irrigation managers, and others to wisely manage this critical resource as the region faces the potential for a dry summer," said Springer. <P> Palisades Dam, completed in 1957, is a multipurpose facility located on the Snake River where it provides irrigation water, hydropower, flood control and recreation. The dam is located about 55 miles southeast of Idaho Falls, Idaho. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45807 A Glance at the Pacific Northwest Region's 2013 Youth Activities
<img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/Ottoandchild.jpg" alt="Otto Otter and Canal Safety" width="250" height="250" style="padding:5px;" align="right" />The Bureau of Reclamation continues to engage children in new educational activities and programs. In 2013, the PN Region organized and co-sponsored several events for young people ages 5 to 18. Our goal is to engage, educate, and employ youth, which supports the Secretary's youth initiative. <P> <strong>Connecting with Young People</strong> <P> In April, the PN Regional Office coordinated a combined Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and Let's Move Outside event. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day exposes girls and boys to what a parent does during the workday. It also shows them the value of their education and helps them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life. <P> Let's Move is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. <P> The region co-sponsored six Catch a Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) events which were held in June in Yakima, WA; July in Prineville, OR; and Burley, ID. In August, another two events were held, one in Moses Lake, WA; and one in Emmett, ID; and the last one was in September in Gaston, OR. We had about 158 kids who participated. <P> C.A.S.T. offers disabled and disadvantaged children the opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing on the water. For many of the participants, it is their first fishing experience. <P> Throughout the year, Reclamation’s mascot, Otto Otter was engaged in children activities all over the region. Otto Otter Canal Safety Program is a water safety program delivered to over 30,000 first, second, third and fourth graders in the PN Region city schools, county fairs, parades, and other special events. The program teaches children to be safe around canals, ditches, and other water sources. <P> Reclamation is a partner in education with Horizon Elementary School through a "Lunch Buddy" program. Fifty-four employees volunteered as mentors to students in grades 1-6. The purpose of this mentoring program is to build self-confidence and self-esteem of the children involved in the program. The mentors met with the students once a month followed with a picnic at the end of the school year. <P> The PN Region also participated in the University of Idaho Women in Math & Science Day, Sawtooth Salmon Festival, school tours at Grand Coulee Dam, the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, and the annual Salmon Idaho Kids Fish Fair and Fishing Derby. <P> The University of Idaho Women in Math & Science Day offers a unique experience for young girls to learn from successful women and realize that scientific opportunities are available in their future. <P> The Sawtooth Salmon Festival was held in Stanley, ID. It is an educational event that celebrates the return of the salmon from the Pacific Ocean to Salmon River tributaries. Kids learn about the remarkable salmon and steelhead, and their amazing 900-mile journey through presentations and hands-on activities. Over 200 kids participated in the event. <P> Grand Coulee sponsored school tours at Grand Coulee Dam for nearly 1100 students. The tour guides shared technological, historical, and geological facts about the Dam. <P> The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is held annually at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery in Leavenworth, Washington. The festival is a four-day kaleidoscope of natural resource educational events that celebrates the return of salmon to the Wenatchee River. Reclamation employees present "Macro-invertebrates Mayhem and Watershed Detectives" educational programs at the event. Over 500 kids participated in the two activities. <P> The annual Salmon Idaho Kids Fish Fair and Fishing Derby had 82 youth who registered for the event. During this event, kids learn about fishing and spending time outdoors with family and friends. <P> <strong>Young People Working for Reclamation</strong> <P> At the end of 2013, the PN Region had 11 students employed in various occupations around the region. Also, through the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation grant, the PN Region worked with the Student Conservation Association and other partners to have two students work at Catherine Creek in Oregon during the summer with a surveying crew. They were part of a federal program called the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps whose goal is to provide meaningful employment opportunities to young Americans to protect, restore, and enhance our nation’s great outdoors. <P> In addition, the PN Region partnered with tribal organizations to engage and employ youth. <P> Reclamation conducted a 2-day training class as part of the Native American Outreach Initiative which is designed to deliver USAJobs training to six tribes in the PN Region. Nearly 150 tribal staff and members have taken the training. <P> Throughout 2013, the PN Region served thousands of children and youth. We are looking forward to continuing our efforts in 2014. If you would like to volunteer with any of our children or youth activities, please contact Annette Ross at aross@usbr.gov. Let's continue to make a difference! <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/ds2013.jpg" alt="Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2013" width="482" height="280" style="padding:5px:" /> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45805 Recreation Facilities at Black Canyon Dam Parks Open for Reservations
EMMETT, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will begin accepting reservations for the gazebos and shelter facilities at the five parks near Black Canyon Dam starting February 3 in advance of its summer season from May 19 to Sept. 1. <P> "We are thinking ahead to warm summer days and getting ready to assist people who want to reserve the park facilities," Supervisory Park Ranger Doug Goff said. "Anyone who would like to reserve the gazebos in advance is invited to contact us for help." <P> Instructions for reserving a gazebo can be accessed on-line by visiting the parks' website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/landuse/blackcanyon/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/landuse/blackcanyon/index.html</a>. The website has a calendar that displays dates when each gazebo is available. <P> The parks located near the Payette River, off of State Highway 52, about 5 miles northeast of Emmett, Idaho. These parks include: <P> • Black Canyon Park with two gazebos which can be reserved for $125 each. The day-use fee is $5 per vehicle to enter the park. The park features two boat ramps that are accessible to people with disabilities and open from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. <P> • Wild Rose Park offers one gazebo that can be reserved for $125 a day. <P> • Cobblestone Park has one shelter that can be reserved for $125 a day. <P> • Triangle Park offers both day-use and overnight camping; however, water and electricity are not available at this site. The group overnight camping fee is $125 a night. <P> Regulations prohibit renting out the entire park at any of these sites; also, a Gem County ordinance prohibits alcohol and pets at Black Canyon Park. Special event alcohol permits may be obtained for Wild Rose, Cobblestone, and Triangle parks. <P> Montour Park, located in the Montour Wildlife Management Area, has overnight camping for $8 a campsite and tent camping on the lawn is available for $3 a night. Dogs are allowed only on a leash in this park. The 18 campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Potable water, a dump station and bathrooms are available. <P> For additional information, please call (208) 365-2682. <P> Black Canyon Dam is part of the Boise Project and was constructed between 1922 and 1924. It provides irrigation water to roughly 1,760 farms in Gem and Payette counties. The power plant at the dam generates about 62 million kilowatt hours annually. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45704 Power Manager Change at Grand Coulee Dam
GRAND COULEE, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that Kerry McCalman of Denver, Colo., has been named the interim Power Manager at Grand Coulee Dam beginning January 15, 2014. <P> McCalman is Reclamation's Senior Advisor for Hydropower and Electric Reliability Compliance Officer based in Denver. He replaces Mark Jenson who has been the Grand Coulee Power Manager since April 2011. <P> Jenson will remain at Grand Coulee Dam to lead the Project Management Group, which is directly involved in repairing, replacing, and upgrading power equipment throughout the facility. <P> "Mark's expertise and experience in leadership and engineering will serve him well in this new role and its unique set of challenges," said Lorri Lee, Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Regional Director. "The Project Management Group, under Mark's leadership, is essential to Grand Coulee Dam meeting its goals of being a safe, updated, world class hydropower and irrigation facility." <P> Recruitment for a new Grand Coulee Power Manager will begin immediately. <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=45644 Media Advisory: Open Houses on Emergency Preparedness Downstream of Scoggins Dam
<p><strong>Who:</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation<br /> <br /> <strong>What:</strong> Two open houses are planned in order to talk with landowners downstream of Scoggins Dam about emergency preparedness and earthquakes. Representatives from other agencies will also provide information at the meetings.</p> <strong>When/Where:</strong> <table width="598" border="0"> <tr> <td width="281"><p>January 9, 2014<br /> 1:00-3:30 p.m.<br /> Hillsboro Civic Center Auditorium <br /> 150 E. Main Street<br /> Hillsboro, OR </p></td> <td width="299">January 9, 2014<br /> 6:00-8:00 p.m.<br /> City of Forest Grove Community Auditorium<br /> 1915 Main Street<br /> Forest Grove, OR</td> </tr> </table> <P> <strong>Why: </strong>Reclamation completed a Corrective Action Study on Scoggins Dam in 2012 which identified earthquake-related risks and is now working with stakeholders who hold water rights at Henry Hagg Lake to create a plan for mitigating those risks. </p> <p><strong>Background:</strong> The open houses will provide an opportunity for residents to meet with experts from several agencies including the Tualatin Valley Irrigation District, Oregon Department of Geology, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to ask specific questions about risks that have been identified for their location. </p> <p>Scoggins Dam is located 25 miles west of Portland, Ore. The 151-foot-high earth fill structure forms Henry Hagg Lake.</p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45584 Reclamation Employee Fatally Injured Following Fall at Pinto Dam in Eastern Washington
SPOKANE, Wash. – A Bureau of Reclamation employee died Wednesday night as a result of injuries sustained from a fall on Monday at a construction site at Pinto Dam located about 18 miles east of Ephrata, Wash. <P> Holger "Hal" Jensen, 62, passed away with family gathered by his bedside at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. He was a civil engineer with the construction engineering group in Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Regional Office in Boise, Idaho. <P> "This is simply heartbreaking," said Lorri Lee, Pacific Northwest Regional Director. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hal’s family as they face such sadness especially at this time of year." Jensen suffered extensive head injuries after falling about 35 feet onto a concrete surface while conducting an inspection of construction at Pinto Dam. Construction was being done at the site modifying the structure to store additional water. <P> "Our hearts are heavy within the Reclamation family today," said Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor. "At this time of sadness and tragedy, we want to extend our deepest respect and sympathy for the Jensen family." <P> Reclamation is conducting an official serious accident investigation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified of the accident. <P> Jensen once resided in Everett, Wash, where he worked as a principal engineer at Perteet, Inc. before moving to Idaho. He worked for Reclamation as a construction inspector from 1972-80. He earned his degree in Civil Engineering (Cum Laude) in 1983 from Washington State University. He later became a Professional Engineer licensed in the State of Washington. He joined Reclamation again full time in 2011. <P> Pinto Dam is an off-stream storage facility completed in 1948. It impounds Billy Clapp Lake and provides irrigation water to the Columbia Basin Project. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=45564 Reclamation Employee Injured at Pinto Dam is Air-lifted to a Spokane Hospital
EPHRATA, Wash. - A Bureau of Reclamation employee was seriously injured at an active construction site this morning at Pinto Dam located about 18 miles east of Ephrata, Wash. The injured employee was sent by way of life-flight to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. <P> The extent of the employee's injuries has not been determined at this time as the accident is currently being investigated. The injured worker fell about 35 feet onto a concrete surface below the dam. <P> The name of the injured employee is being withheld until official notification of the family has been confirmed. Emergency Medical Technicians from Grant County Fire District 12 and American Medical Response paramedics responded to the call around 8:30 am (PST). <P> Pinto Dam impounds Billy Clapp Lake just north of State Highway 28 in Grant County, Wash. <P>