Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49831 Reclamation Awards $4.5 Million Contract for Bridge and Road Construction at Cle Elum Dam
BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $4.5 million contract July 21 to Strider Construction Co., a small business based in Bellingham, Washington, to construct a bridge, build access roads and begin earthwork for a new fish passage facility at Cle Elum Dam, 75 miles northwest of Yakima, Washington. <P> This work is part of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan, a wide partnership of stakeholders that have found a comprehensive approach to water resources and ecosystem restoration improvements. Components will include Cle Elum Dam being raised and the building of a one-of-a-kind fish passage facility. <P> This first phase of construction will begin in September and is expected to be complete in October 2016. <P> "We're excited to take the next step in implementing the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan on the ground," says Regional Director, Lorri Lee. "This work will be the beginning infrastructure needed to achieve fish passage at Cle Elum Dam." <P> Strider is a heavy civil contractor with over 20 years' experience specializing in roadway, bridge and utility work for both public and private sector clients, predominantly in the State of Washington. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49828 Reclamation Holds Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let’s Move Outside Event at Potholes State Park, Aug. 1
MOSES LAKE, Wash - The Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Snake Field Office will hold its annual C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Saturday, Aug. 1 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 "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> "It is a pleasure to be a part of such a rewarding event where kids get an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing," said Jaurette Jackson, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation's Ephrata Field Office. "It is a wonderful feeling to see their big smiles as they head out for their fishing adventure." <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 novice anglers. <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 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. 1 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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49781 Palisades Dam Crest Temporarily Closed for Utility Construction
IRWIN, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will begin construction activities at Palisades Dam about July 27, to replace aging overhead utilities with an underground system. <P> <ul> <li>From July 27 until Aug. 17 limited access across the dam via foot, all-terrain vehicle, motorcycle or horse will continue, with possible delays from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. </li> <li>For safety reasons the construction site will be closed to all public access from Aug. 17 through the completion of the project, no later than Oct. 12.<br> </li> </ul> <P> Palisades Dam, 55 miles southeast of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was constructed by Reclamation in 1957 as part of the Palisades Project. It is a multipurpose facility that provides for irrigation, flood control, hydropower and recreation. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49778 Reclamation Restricts Use of Snake River Boat Ramp below Minidoka Dam
HEYBURN, Idaho - Effective immediately, the Bureau of Reclamation has restricted the boat ramp below Minidoka Dam to official use only due to the poor condition of the ramp and public safety concerns. The boat ramp is located below Minidoka Dam on the Snake River about 12 miles northeast of Rupert, Idaho. <P> Reclamation's decision is due to the unsafe nature of the boat ramp. It is steep and does not drain well, making the ramp challenging to use safely. Combined with the strong river current, launching or loading boats is very difficult and unsafe. <P> Signs will be posted on the ramp, restricting use to Reclamation and emergency responders only. The boat ramp is the closest and most frequently used access for river emergencies immediately below the dam. The public has access to the river at four points downstream from ramps in Burley and Heyburn, Idaho. The boat dock below Minidoka Dam will remain open for fishing access and birding. <P> Minidoka Dam was completed in 1907 as part of the Minidoka Project, and is operated as one of six storage facilities on the Snake and Henrys Fork rivers. The multipurpose project provides irrigation, power production, flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49775 Yakima Basin Water Supply – mid-July Forecast
YAKIMA, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation's mid-July, 2015 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates a full water supply for senior water rights during this irrigation season, but an estimated 46 percent supply for junior water rights. <P> This is a 2 percent increase for junior water rights over the early July rate. The increase is derived from reservoir storage being higher than projected and a current weather forecast of cooler and possibly wetter conditions. <P> The mid-July TWSA forecast is based on observed and estimated flows, precipitation, snowpack, and reservoir storage for April 15 to Sept. 30. Future weather conditions that help determine the timing of run-off and water demands are also critical in determining stream flows, prorationing, and the storage available in the reservoirs. <P> If precipitation and runoff forecasts continue to change, Reclamation expects the water supply available for junior users to be re-evaluated. 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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49768 Another Fun & Successful C.A.S.T. For Kids Event at Sarg Hubbard
The June 20, 2015, C.A.S.T. event at Sarg Hubbard Park in Yakima, Washington, was a resounding success! Twenty-eight eager participants began to register at 8:30 a.m., a substantial increase in participation from the previous year. <P> Nineteen "fishing buddies" stepped up to the task of ensuring that all the participants were ably assisted when their fishing adventure began. Numerous other volunteers helped by staffing the registration desk, handing out C.A.S.T. shirts and hats, assembling fishing poles and tackle boxes, ensuring that each participant was fitted with a personal flotation device, and taking a photo of the participants and their fishing buddy before heading to the pond to fish. <P> Once the participants began fishing, these same volunteers then assisted with food preparation, photography and general event support. <P> The Yakima Greenway Foundation was extremely helpful, having cleaned the walkways and docks before the event, in addition to providing shade canopies and tables. <P> The day of the event, following a period of unseasonably warm weather, proved to be milder than expected and added to the enjoyment of participants and volunteers. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife also provided an unexpected bonus of planting 400 "jumbo" size trout, many of which were landed by the "fisher-people" at the event. <P> Participants and "fishing buddies" encircled Sarg Hubbard Pond and the fun and excitement was truly a sight to behold. Participant challenges ranged from being confined to a wheelchair to learning disabilities, but they all proved that a disability does not diminish the ability of anyone to enjoy a day outdoors fishing. <P> After two hours of fishing, the participants returned to the registration area to have their fish cleaned and to enjoy a lunch prepared by volunteers, Rex and Diane Crumrine, with the assistance of many other helping hands. Following the well-earned lunch, each participant rejoined with their fishing buddy to receive a plaque with a picture of themselves and their fishing buddy, a “goody bag” and a certificate of participation. The day was completed with a group photo of all the participants, fishing buddies and other volunteers. <P> The C.A.S.T. (Catch a Special Thrill) for Kids Event is sponsored by the C.A.S.T. Foundation, and is dedicated to providing a fishing opportunity for children with a wide range of disabilities or life-altering illnesses. The Bureau of Reclamation helps support the event and First Lady Obama’s Let’s Move Outside initiative. Many local businesses support the event through generous donations, including Treetop, American Medical Response, Valley Septic Service, AB Foods, Pepsi-Cola and Culligan Water. A generous grant from the Yakama Nation Legends Casino helped to take care of other items for the event. <P> The smiles, the camaraderie, the "fish stories" and the large amounts of fun experienced by participants and volunteers alike made this year's C.A.S.T. event a true success! Anyone would benefit by attending future years events. The 2016 C.A.S.T. event is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, at Sarg Hubbard Park. Hope to see you all there! <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/cast/2015srgh.jpg" alt="Group Photo of C.A.S.T. Participants at Sarg Hubbard"/> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49767 Another Fun and Successful C.A.S.T. For Kids Event at Sarg Hubbard Park
The June 20, 2015, C.A.S.T. event at Sarg Hubbard Park in Yakima, Washington, was a resounding success! Twenty-eight eager participants began to register at 8:30 a.m., a substantial increase in participation from the previous year. <P> Nineteen "fishing buddies" stepped up to the task of ensuring that all the participants were ably assisted when their fishing adventure began. Numerous other volunteers helped by staffing the registration desk, handing out C.A.S.T. shirts and hats, assembling fishing poles and tackle boxes, ensuring that each participant was fitted with a personal flotation device, and taking a photo of the participants and their fishing buddy before heading to the pond to fish. <P> Once the participants began fishing, these same volunteers then assisted with food preparation, photography and general event support. <P> The Yakima Greenway Foundation was extremely helpful, having cleaned the walkways and docks before the event, in addition to providing shade canopies and tables. <P> The day of the event, following a period of unseasonably warm weather, proved to be milder than expected and added to the enjoyment of participants and volunteers. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife also provided an unexpected bonus of planting 400 "jumbo" size trout, many of which were landed by the "fisher-people" at the event. <P> Participants and "fishing buddies" encircled Sarg Hubbard Pond and the fun and excitement was truly a sight to behold. Participant challenges ranged from being confined to a wheelchair to learning disabilities, but they all proved that a disability does not diminish the ability of anyone to enjoy a day outdoors fishing. <P> After two hours of fishing, the participants returned to the registration area to have their fish cleaned and to enjoy a lunch prepared by volunteers, Rex and Diane Crumrine, with the assistance of many other helping hands. Following the well-earned lunch, each participant rejoined with their fishing buddy to receive a plaque with a picture of themselves and their fishing buddy, a “goody bag” and a certificate of participation. The day was completed with a group photo of all the participants, fishing buddies and other volunteers. <P> The C.A.S.T. (Catch a Special Thrill) for Kids Event is sponsored by the C.A.S.T. Foundation, and is dedicated to providing a fishing opportunity for children with a wide range of disabilities or life-altering illnesses. The Bureau of Reclamation helps support the event and First Lady Obama’s Let’s Move Outside initiative. Many local businesses support the event through generous donations, including Treetop, American Medical Response, Valley Septic Service, AB Foods, Pepsi-Cola and Culligan Water. A generous grant from the Yakama Nation Legends Casino helped to take care of other items for the event. <P> The smiles, the camaraderie, the "fish stories" and the large amounts of fun experienced by participants and volunteers alike made this year's C.A.S.T. event a true success! Anyone would benefit by attending future years events. The 2016 C.A.S.T. event is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, at Sarg Hubbard Park. Hope to see you all there! <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/2015srgh.jpg" alt="Group Photo of C.A.S.T. Participants at Sarg Hubbard"/> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49747 Scooteney Reservoir and Park Reopen
EPHRATA, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation has reopened Scooteney Reservoir, located 36 miles south of Moses Lake on Highway 17, after water samples have shown a decline in the recent algae bloom to safe levels and potable water has been re-established to the facility. <P> "We're very happy to have this popular recreation site back open to the community to enjoy," said Julia Pierko, Acting Ephrata Field Office Manager. <P> The Reservoir, day use area and associated campgrounds had been closed since June 12. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49727 C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let’s Move Outside Event at Lake Walcott State Park Saturday, July 18
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 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held at Lake Walcott State Park located off State Highway 24, about 11 miles northeast of Rupert. <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 "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> "This is an excellent opportunity for children to enjoy a day of fishing on the water that might not otherwise be available to them," said John Hildreth, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Snake Field Office. "To help make this event a great success, we are seeking more boaters and volunteers. C.A.S.T. is a wonderful event for people who want to help make a difference in the lives of special needs children." <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. 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 18 event or volunteering at the event, contact John Hildreth, Upper Snake Field Office at (208) 678-0461, ext. 46. 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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49616 Reclamation Holds Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event in Prineville Sunday, July 12
PRINEVILLE, Ore. - The Bureau of Reclamation's Bend Field Office will hold a C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Sunday, July 12 at Prineville Reservoir State Park near Prineville. 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/">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 great opportunity for children to enjoy a day of fishing on the lake," said Doug DeFlitch, Bend Field Office manager in the Pacific Northwest Region. "I'm looking forward to this awesome experience." <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 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, 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://www.castforkids.org/events-calendar/cast-events/prineville-reservoir/">http://www.castforkids.org/events-calendar/cast-events/prineville-reservoir/ </a>. <P> For more information about the July 12 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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49615 Building Bridges at Grand Coulee Dam
Since January, staff from Grand Coulee Dam have partnered with the Lake Roosevelt elementary school's Smart, Honest, Aware, Respectful and Present (SHARP) program to design, build and test toothpick bridges. This program culminated in a SHARP Kids Family Night toothpick bridge competition attended by over 70 faculty, staff, parents, students, and volunteers on April 29. <P> Nine bridges were entered, weighing from 40 to 93 grams and bearing up to 12.4 pounds. During the follow-up ice cream celebration, bridge failures were evaluated and analyzed as a brief statistics lesson. Award certificates were presented to three winning student teams. <P> Competition specifications and rules were modeled after the American Society of Civil Engineers' Duluth, Minnesota Chapter. These rules allow for employing up to 500 round wooden toothpicks and Elmer's brand wood glue; no special coatings/lamination, or paint allowed. <P> The constructed product must also be less than 90 grams, have a clear span of 55 centimeters and support a weight transferred through a square wood plate with foam underlayment placed on top of the structure. <P> Fun was had by all while fostering an active and cooperative learning environment. <P> "Seeing the kids conquer a tough project as a team and watching their glowing faces as they saw their bridge get loaded to capacity while we all shouted 'crunch it, crunch it' was fun and inspiring," said Coy Webb, Project Manager at Grand Coulee Power Office. <P> Excited students expressed interest in doing events like this again. Other engineers at GCPO are also interested in helping with follow-up activities at the school, another great way to build partnerships with our community. <P> The Grand Coulee Power Office sponsored three volunteers to assist Lake Roosevelt's after-school program with math and science awareness. <P> Thirty students in 4th through 7th grades participated. The SHARP Kids program at Lake Roosevelt School engages K - 12th grade students in hands-on STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) activities using the 'Project Lead the Way' curriculum. <P> Adult participants included Karmen Webb, SHARP Kids Program Coordinator, and teachers Dee Owen, Josh Kelton, and Hanna Doughty at Lake Roosevelt School. Coy Webb, Project Manager; Andrew Deelstra, Mechanical Engineer; and Dale Henriksen, Photographer, represented the Grand Coulee Power Office. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49607 Yakima Basin Water Supply – July Forecast
YAKIMA, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation's July 2, 2015 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates a full water supply for senior water rights during this irrigation season, but an estimated 44 percent supply for junior water rights. <P> Reclamation will issue water supply forecasts monthly or as needed at least through July. <P> The July TWSA forecast is based on observed and estimated flows, precipitation, snowpack, and reservoir storage for April 15 to Sept. 30. Future weather conditions that help determine the timing of runoff and water demands are also critical in determining stream flows, prorationing, and the storage available in the reservoirs. <P> If precipitation and runoff continue to be unfavorable, Reclamation expects the water supply available for junior users to decline further. 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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49588 Pedestrian Fishing Bridge Near Minidoka Dam to be Temporarily Closed for Construction
RUPERT, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will be installing a permanent restroom near the pedestrian fishing bridge and paved parking lot adjacent to the south side of Minidoka Dam. The bridge and parking lot will be closed July 13 to July 16 for construction. Minidoka Dam is located on the Snake River about 18 miles northeast of Burley, Idaho. <P> "This new restroom will be a great addition to the recreation area near the dam, and installation is expected to take less than a week," said Minidoka Dam Facility Manager Philip Calogero. "Heavy equipment and overhead cranes will be used to install the new restroom, so access will be temporarily restricted for public safety." <P> With the recent completion of the new spillway, Reclamation was able to reopen traditional fishing and wading areas that were closed during the spillway construction period. Those areas will remain open during construction of the new restroom; however, visitors should park in the dirt parking lot the week of July 13 and be aware of their surroundings while walking in the access areas along the river. <P> A map for recreational access below the spillway can be viewed at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/minidokadam/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/minidokadam/ </a> . <P> Minidoka Dam was completed in 1907 as part of the Minidoka Project, and is operated as one of six storage facilities on the Snake and Henrys Fork rivers. The multipurpose project provides irrigation, power production, flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49587 Shoreline Campers Visiting Lake Roosevelt Advised of Rising Water Levels
GRAND COULEE, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation is alerting visitors planning to camp along the Lake Roosevelt shoreline over the July 4 weekend to be aware of potential dangers from rising lake levels. Lake Roosevelt is impounded by Grand Coulee Dam located on the Columbia River about 90 miles west of Spokane, Washington. <P> "When camping along the shoreline, we recommend that tents and other belongings be kept well away from the water?s edge," said Lynne Brougher, Public Affairs Officer. "The lake is continuing to fill from the spring drawdown." Each year Lake Roosevelt is lowered in late winter to make space for capturing spring runoff. <P> On July 3, the lake level is anticipated to be in the range of 1285 to 1286.5 feet above sea level. Throughout the holiday weekend it is anticipated the lake could rise another one-half foot per day. The full pool elevation of Lake Roosevelt is 1290 feet above sea level. <P> "While there will be an ample amount of exposed beaches for camping during the holiday weekend, visitors should be prepared for the lake level to rise and plan accordingly," said Brougher. <P> Campsites too close to the water's edge could become flooded. Boats should be anchored or tied securely to the shoreline to avoid having them drift out into the lake and become a safety hazard. "Safety of visitors to Lake Roosevelt is our primary concern and caution is always advised when boating and camping on the shoreline," said Brougher. <P> For further information concerning lake levels, contact the Bureau of Reclamation at (509) 633-9503 or visit: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee/lakelevel/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee/lakelevel/index.html </a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49569 Boise River Flows Set to Increase June 29
BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will increase flow from Lucky Peak Dam Monday, June 29. The discharge will increase approximately 400 cubic feet per second at the Glenwood Bridge gauging station and result in flow of approximately 1,200 cfs through the city of Boise. <P> The river will be swifter than in recent weeks and the water is cold. Please use caution when recreating near the river. Flow will remain at these higher levels through most of July and will return to normal midsummer flow at the end of July. <P> This increase in flow is to 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> For real-time Boise River flow information, visit Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Region Hydromet website: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/</a>. <P>