Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55831 Big Smiles and Bright Eyes at the 2016 Prineville C.A.S.T. Event in Oregon
It’s not every day during the summer that you need to look closely at the radar in the high desert of Oregon to see if it is going to storm, but for the C.A.S.T. event held at Prineville Reservoir on July10, that’s exactly what we had to do. We made a decision on Friday that the event would still go forward, boat rides or no boat rides, and we’re glad we did. <P> This year we had 31 participants, an increase from prior years. There were 14 boat captains including one pontoon boat captain so we were a little short of boats, but no worries because several participants chose to fish from shore. Those who went out on the boats and those who fished from shore, both had the time of their life. There were nothing but wide smiles and great stories shared by the participants. <P> There were numerous volunteers who came out to give their support to help make this a great event for the kids. The C.A.S.T. Executive Director, Crook County Sheriff Marine Patrols, Crook County Search & Rescue team, State Park staff, Kiwanis Club crew, Reclamation employees and the local BASS club were among the volunteers. <P> While the threat of stormy weather continually loomed throughout the morning, everyone seemed to have a good time enjoying the event, each other’s company, and a delicious barbecue lunch. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation and the C.A.S.T. Foundation want to say thank you to all the 2016 donors, boat captains and volunteers who assisted with making this event possible. We hope to see you again next year. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55829 Reclamation Holds Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let’s Move Outside Event at Potholes State Park, Aug. 6
MOSES LAKE, Wash – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Ephrata Field Office will hold its annual C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Saturday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held at Potholes Reservoir located 15 miles south of Moses Lake. <P> The C.A.S.T. "Catch a Special Thrill" program provides one day fishing and boating events designed to accommodate children with a wide range of special needs. This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "<a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">Let's Move Outside</a>" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging healthy diets and more physical activity. <P> Participants and volunteers will meet at Potholes State Park located off State Route 262. Washington State Parks manages the campground which offers easy access to Potholes Reservoir. <P> "C.A.S.T. is one of the most rewarding programs for young people that I have been a part of," said Jaurette Jackson, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Ephrata Field Office. "It is such a joy to see them get to do something they will remember for a long time." <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt and a hat. Local Potholes Bass Club members and the Columbia Basin Walleye Club will be on hand with fishing boats and years of professional experience to assist the participants. <P> Reclamation's canal safety mascot, Otto Otter, will make an appearance and hand out canal safety coloring books. The Canal Safety Program teaches kids and adults about the danger of canals and how to be safe around canals, ditches and other waterways. <P> The morning fishing events will be followed by a picnic lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts Class of the Columbia Basin Job Corps Center. <P> Partners include: Bureau of Reclamation, C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Columbia Basin Walleye Club, Potholes Bass Club, Washington Bass Association, Columbia Basin Job Corps Center, Washington State Parks, and Washington State Fish and Wildlife. Donations for the event were provided by local businesses including: Coulee Playland Resort, Grand Coulee Dam Federal Employees Association, Sporty’s Steakhouse, Safeway, Wal-Mart and various Ephrata Field Office employees. Medical support this year is provided by Emergency Medical Technicians in Washington State. <P> For more information about the Aug. 6 event or volunteering at the event, contact Jaurette Jackson, Ephrata Field Office at (509) 930-4711. For background information about the C.A.S.T. for Kids /Let’s Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Annette Ross, Regional Coordinator at (208) 378-5322 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/</a>. In case of rain, the event will be canceled. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55750 Drinking Water Temporarily Unavailable at Little Wood Campground
CAREY, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation has closed the well that supplies drinking water to the Little Wood Campground due to health concerns. The campground is located on Little Wood Reservoir Road, 11 miles northwest of Carey, Idaho. <P> The drinking water supply at the Little Wood Campground is routinely sampled for health and safety purposes. During a recent inspection, a water sample tested positive for coliform bacteria. Further testing is necessary to confirm the well is safe. <P> “Public safety is our primary concern,” said Ryan Newman, manager of the Upper Snake Field Office. “We are working to assure all health concerns are addressed in a timely manner.” <P> The public is advised to bring their own drinking water as there are no other sources of drinking water offered at the campground. Public supplies are also available within the town of Carey. <P> Little Wood Campground is open year-round and offers fishing and boating opportunities. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis; there are no electrical hook-ups. <P> Little Wood Reservoir is formed by Little Wood Dam which was completed in 1939. The dam is part of the Little Wood River Project and provides supplemental irrigation water to approximately 9,550 acres in Blaine County, Idaho. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55448 Yakima Basin Water Supply July Forecast
YAKIMA, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation’s July 2016 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates a full water supply for senior water rights during the 2016 irrigation season, but an estimated 90 percent supply for junior water rights. <P> This forecast is based on flows, precipitation, snowpack, and reservoir storage data as of July 1, along with assumptions regarding future precipitation and river flows. Other future weather conditions that determine the timing of the run-off and the demand for water are also critical in determining streamflow, prorationing, and the extent to which the reservoirs’ storage is used. <P> Reclamation provides water supply forecasts monthly, March through at least July. <P> “The Yakima project started using stored reservoir water to help meet downstream system demands on June 11, about two weeks earlier than normal. We expect low end-of-season reservoir levels this year with the below average runoff and the early usage of stored water,” Garner said. <P> Summer conditions can have an effect on the eventual water supply realized. Since longer term weather conditions are unpredictable, Garner recommends that water conservation be considered by all users in the Yakima Basin. <P> For more information, visit our website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55447 C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let’s Move Outside Event at the Burley Golf Course Boat Docks Saturday, July 16
RUPERT, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Snake Field Office will hold its annual C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Saturday, July 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held at a new location, the Burley Golf Course Boat Docks located off Interstate 84, exit 211 about three miles south of Heyburn, toward Burley. <P> The C.A.S.T. "Catch a Special Thrill" program provides one day fishing and boating events designed to accommodate children with a wide range of special needs. This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "<a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">Let's Move Outside</a>" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging healthy diets and more physical activity. <P> "This is a rare opportunity for special needs children to enjoy a day of fishing on the water," said Kenneth Carroll, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Snake Field Office. "This year promises to be an outstanding event; however, we are looking for more boaters and volunteers." <P> The children range in age from 5-18 years old. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt and a hat. Local volunteers will provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers. <P> The morning fishing event will be followed by a barbecue lunch hosted by the Rupert Elks Club 2106. <P> Partners for the event include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Rupert Elks Club 2106, and the City of Burley Parks Division. Volunteers from the Cassia County Sheriff Department and Emergency Response Ambulance will assist by providing emergency services for the event. <P> For more information about the July 16 event or volunteering at the event, contact Kenneth Carroll, Upper Snake Field Office, Minidoka Dam at (208) 436-4187, ext. 113. For background information about the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Annette Ross, Regional Coordinator at (208) 378-5322 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/</a>. In case of rain, the event will be canceled. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55337 Reclamation Holds Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event in Prineville Sunday, July 10
PRINEVILLE, Ore. - The Bureau of Reclamation's Bend Field Office will hold a C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Sunday, July 10 at Prineville Reservoir State Park near Prineville. Children with special needs will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join volunteers. <P> The C.A.S.T. "Catch a Special Thrill," program provides one day fishing and boating events designed to accommodate children with a wide range of special needs. This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "<a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/">Let's Move Outside</a>" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging healthy diets and more physical activity. <P> "Working with the kids at the C.A.S.T. event last year was a blast," said Doug DeFlitch, Bend Field Office manager in the Pacific Northwest Region. "I'm looking forward to another amazing fishing experience with them this year." <P> The children range in age from 5-18 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 Erickson's Thriftway, 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 donors are Rays Food Place and Starbucks both in Prineville, Bigfoot Beverages Company in Bend/Eugene, National Fish Carvers Guild and Sportsman's Warehouse both in Bend. <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, Crook County Sheriff's Office, and Crook County Sheriff Search and Rescue. <P> Participants and volunteers can register online at the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation website at <a href="http://castforkids.org/event/prinevillereservoir/">http://castforkids.org/event/prinevillereservoir/</a>. <P> For more information about the July 10 event or the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Annette Ross, Regional Coordinator at (208) 378-5322 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/</a>. In case of rain, the event will be canceled. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55327 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Third Hydroelectric Unit Project at Black Canyon Dam
EMMETT, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation has prepared a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the construction of a third hydroelectric generating unit at Black Canyon Diversion Dam on the Payette River near Emmett, Idaho. <P> In October 2011, Reclamation completed an Environmental Assessment and signed a Finding of No Significant Impact. After geological testing was conducted in 2012 and 2013, Reclamation developed a new Environmental Assessment that evaluated additional environmental information. This 2016 document supersedes the 2011 Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact. <P> The Final Environmental Assessment analyzes a proposal to construct a 12.5 megawatt hydroelectric generating unit, which is expected to generate 105 million kilowatt-hours per year, enough to power about 9,500 homes. The power produced will be integrated into the power grid and serve 10 irrigation districts in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon, as well as the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. <P> Along with the construction of a new powerplant, the Final Environmental Assessment also analyzes: <ul> <li>installation of a new penstock, intake structure, trash rake and trash racks;</li> <li>replacement and relocation of the switchyard and powerlines to address personnel and equipment safety concerns;</li> <li>replacement of the existing administration building which will be displaced by the new hydroelectric unit; and,</li> <li>control upgrades for the two existing hydroelectric units.</li> </ul> <P> Based upon the analysis of environmental impacts as described in the Final Environmental Assessment, Reclamation prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact selecting Alternative B, the Proposed Action, under which Reclamation will construct a 12.5 MW third hydroelectric generating unit at Black Canyon Diversion Dam. <P> The Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact is available for download at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/blackcanyondam/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/blackcanyondam/</a>. Request print copies or a CD-ROM version of the report by contacting Richard Jackson at (208) 383-2285 or email bcdd-comments@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55187 Reclamation Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Increase in Discharge from Sorrento Lactalis Plant
BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment on a Draft Environmental Assessment to evaluate the impacts of a proposed increase in wastewater flows from the Sorrento Lactalis dairy products facility in Nampa, Idaho. <P> Sorrento is proposing to increase production at the Nampa facility over the next several years. This growth in production will increase the plant's wastewater flows from 1.2 cubic-feet-per-second to approximately 4.5 cfs. Sorrento has submitted an application to Reclamation to accommodate this increase in discharge from its treatment plant. <P> Sorrento's wastewater flows into the Purdam Drain next to its Nampa facility. From the Purdam Drain, the discharge flows down Mason Creek to the Boise River. With the exception of a short segment immediately downstream of the Sorrento facility, this drainage route is under Reclamation jurisdiction. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has regulatory responsibility for the water quality of the discharges under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit process. <P> The Draft Environmental Assessment evaluates the impacts of the proposed alternatives on the natural and human environment. Download the Draft Environmental Assessment at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/sorrento/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/sorrento/index.html</a>. <P> Please send written comments no later than July 18, 2016, to Richard Jackson, natural resource specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Snake River Area Office, 230 Collins Road, Boise, ID 83702 or by email at rjackson@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54967 David Mabe Named Deputy Regional Director for Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Region
BOISE, Idaho – Regional Director Lorri Lee has selected David Mabe as the new Deputy Regional Director for Natural Resources and External Affairs in Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Region. Mabe started his new position May 29, replacing Tim Personius who retired. <P> "David will be a great asset to the Reclamation team here in Boise," said Lee. "His level of experience and knowledge about environmental issues in Idaho and throughout the Pacific Northwest will greatly benefit the region's stakeholders, and support Reclamation's mission of delivering water and power in an economically and environmentally sound manner." <P> For the past 17 years, David has worked for NOAA Fisheries as the Snake River Basin director and at the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality as the administrator of water programs for Idaho. <P> Before his government service, David worked as a governmental affairs representative in the agriculture, forestry, and oil and gas industries, focusing primarily on environmental and natural resource issues. <P> Mabe has a bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho in Animal Science & Agribusiness. <P> Download a photo at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/2016/mabe.jpg">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/2016/mabe.jpg</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55339 Reclamation Holds Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event in Yakima Saturday, June 18
YAKIMA, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation's Yakima Field Office will hold a C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Saturday, June 18 at Sarg Hubbard Pond located on the Yakima Greenway in Yakima. Children with special needs will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join some enthusiastic volunteers. <P> The C.A.S.T. "Catch a Special Thrill" program provides one day fishing and boating events designed to accommodate children with a wide range of special needs. This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "<a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">Let's Move Outside</a>" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by children eating healthier and encouraging them to increase their physical activity on America's public lands and waterways. <P> "Organizing the C.A.S.T. event this year has been a wonderful experience for me and so many others in our office," said Swede Dixon, Yakima Area C.A.S.T. Coordinator. "Our team is looking forward to this great event and the joy it will bring to the kids." <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> Local volunteers will serve as fishing buddies and offer assistance to the novice anglers. Reclamation volunteers will also provide a barbecue lunch following the event for all the participants. <P> Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Greenway Foundation, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, AB Foods, Valley Septic, Culligan Water, Pepsi, Yakama Nation Legends Casino, Yakima Bait Company, TreeTop, Inc., North Town Coffee Shop and Brumback Law Group. <P> Participants and volunteers can register online at the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation website at <a href="http://www.castforkids.org/event/sarghubbardpond/">http://www.castforkids.org/event/sarghubbardpond/</a>. <P> For more information about the June 18 event or the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let’s Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Annette Ross, Regional Coordinator at (208) 378-5322 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/</a>. In case of rain, the event will be canceled. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54888 Yakima Basin Water Supply June Forecast
YAKIMA, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation’s June 2016 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates a full water supply for senior water rights during the 2016 irrigation season, but an estimated 86 percent supply for junior water rights. <P> "May's precipitation was much better than April, but still below average," said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. "While snow pack is nearly gone, our reservoirs are essentially full." <P> Reclamation will provide 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> This forecast is based on flows, precipitation, snowpack, and reservoir storage as of June 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 streamflow, prorationing, and the extent to which the reservoirs fill. <P> "Natural runoff, summer weather, and irrigation demands are still important unknown factors that can influence streamflow levels and the carry-over storage at the end of the season," Garner said. <P> In the event that spring precipitation and runoff are unfavorable, the water supply available for junior users could decline. Since longer term weather conditions are unpredictable, Garner recommends that water conservation be considered by all users in the Yakima Basin. <P> For more information, visit our website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima ">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima.</a> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54887 Reclamation to Temporarily Close One Lane on Highway 39 for Maintenance Work
AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily close one of the Highway 39 northbound lanes on American Falls Dam, to perform crane work to lift and replace a bulkhead gate on the dam. Traffic restrictions will occur sometime after the Fourth of July, weather permitting. <P> Traffic delays will be intermittent between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., as crews use a crane to move the bulkhead gate. <P> "The temporary lane closure should not have a significant impact to daily traffic, however, oversize loads will not have enough room to cross while the work is being conducted," said Keith Brooks, civil engineer with the Upper Snake Field Office. "Normal traffic use will resume as soon as the work is completed." <P> For more information, contact Keith Brooks at 208-678-0461 ext. 33. <P> American Falls Dam was originally completed in 1928. The dam is part of the Minidoka Project and is located on the Snake River near American Falls. In 1978 the dam was reconstructed and replaced under the authority of Reclamation's Safety of Dams Act. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54876 Snake River Flow Increasing to Benefit Native Fish
HEYBURN, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation is planning to increase flow in the Snake River below Palisades Dam June 2 to reach about 19,000 cubic-feet–per-second by June 8. Reclamation will be monitoring the flow for debris accumulating on irrigation structures. If no major problems are found increases will continue until the maximum flow is reached June 8. Flow will be reduced by 5 percent each day beginning June 9 until a seasonal norm of about 13,000 cfs is reached. <P> “We want people to use caution when recreating on or near the river as the water will be cold and fast during the high flow period,” said Michael Beus, water operations manager for Reclamation’s Upper Snake Field Office. “The objective is to provide the highest flow of the season at the same time natural flow peaks to maintain a more natural condition in the river.” <P> High flow in springtime helps balance the populations of native and non-native trout in the Snake River between Palisades Dam and the mouth of the Henrys Fork, and aids Idaho Department of Fish and Game management efforts. <P> Since the increased flow is timed to coincide with natural inflow, little, if any water already stored in Palisades Reservoir will be released. The water will be captured in American Falls Reservoir or delivered to water users downstream. <P> Current river and reservoir data are available at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/uppersnake/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/uppersnake/</a>. For more information about Reclamation programs, visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/</a>. <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> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54648 Boise River Flow Increasing May 19 to Benefit Salmon
BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation will increase flow from Lucky Peak Dam on the Boise River beginning Thursday, May 19. The discharge will increase 500 cubic feet per second both Thursday and Friday, and result in flow of approximately 2,800 cfs through the city of Boise as measured at the Glenwood Bridge gauging station. <P> The water will continue to be fast and cold. Please stay out of the river and use caution when recreating near the river. <P> This increase in flow will provide additional water for salmon migration in the lower Snake and Columbia rivers in accordance with NOAA Fisheries 2008 Upper Snake Biological Opinion, under the Endangered Species Act. <P> Visit Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Region Hydromet website for river and reservoir data at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/index.html</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54508 Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center Begins Laser Light Show May 28
GRAND COULEE, Washington - On May 28, Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center will begin its extended summer season hours, along with its Laser Light Show which plays nightly through the end of September. <P> Visitor Center hours will be from 8:30 a.m. until one hour past the start of the Laser Light Show. Through the end of July, the show will begin at 10 p.m. For August, the show begins at 9:30 p.m. and for September, 8:30 p.m. <P> May 28 will also begin an increase in the number of public tours into the John W. Keys III Pump-Generating Plant. These one hour tours occur daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors will ride a shuttle bus to the pumping plant to view gigantic pumps lifting water from Lake Roosevelt to Banks Lake, which then delivers water throughout the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. The shuttle will then take visitors across the top of Grand Coulee Dam for spectacular views of Lake Roosevelt and the Columbia River. <P> Tours are on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are taken and space is limited. <P> For more information call the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center at (509) 633-9265. Or visit: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee/visit/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee/visit/index.html</a>. <P> Grand Coulee Dam is located on the Columbia River about 90 miles west of Spokane, Washington. It was completed in 1941 and serves as a multipurpose facility providing water for irrigation, hydroelectric power production, flood control, fish and wildlife, and recreation. <P>