Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50267 Reclamation Awards Contract for Electrical Work at Anderson Ranch Field Station
The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $1.6 million construction contract Aug. 3 to Burke Electric LLC, a small business based in Bellevue, Washington, to replace critical electrical infrastructure used to operate the Anderson Ranch Field Station. Anderson Ranch Dam and Powerplant are located on the south fork of the Boise River about 28 miles northeast of Mountain Home, Idaho. <P> “A number of people depend upon Anderson Ranch Dam for agricultural and residential irrigation, recreation and clean hydropower so it is important that the facility operates efficiently and safely,” said Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner López. “When it is complete, this work will significantly improve the long-term dependability of the facility.” <P> On-site work is expected to begin October 2016 with completion in March 2017. Any interruption of power generation during this construction interval is expected to be minimal. <P> Anderson Ranch Dam was constructed by Reclamation in 1950 as part of the Arrowrock Division of the Boise 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=50227 Yakima Project “Flip-Flop” Operations Underway
YAKIMA, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation announced that it will begin the annual "flip-flop" operation in the Yakima Basin by gradually reducing flows out of Cle Elum Reservoir in the upper Yakima River basin and increasing flows from Rimrock Reservoir affecting flows in the Tieton and Naches Rivers. <P> The purpose of the "flip-flop" operation is to achieve and maintain relatively low flows in the upper Yakima, Cle Elum, and Bumping rivers where spring Chinook salmon spawn. These lower flows are closer to natural flow conditions and are therefore more helpful to successful spawning and incubation of salmon eggs. This operation also reduces impacts on irrigation water supply by allowing for lower flow releases throughout the winter to improve reservoir storage for the coming season. <P> As part of the process, on or about Sept. 8, Reclamation will begin diverting water down the Kittitas Reclamation District's Spillway 1146 into the Yakima River near Thorp. Reclamation will install buoys that will be in place from Sept. 8 until about Oct. 21. Recreationists are strongly advised, for their safety and well-being, to portage around the buoys and stay out of the dangerously turbulent flows. <P> "Those who are enjoying the river should definitely avoid the dangerously turbulent water in the area where the spillway water pours into the river," said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. <P> Flows out of Cle Elum Reservoir have been gradually decreasing since Aug. 1 from a high of about 2,700 cfs and will continue to decline to a low of about 180 cfs in early September. Flows from Rimrock Reservoir are expected to be in the 900 to 1,200 cfs range by Sept. 1 and increase to about 1,800 cfs by mid-September depending on irrigation demands and weather conditions. <P> Streamflow changes will occur gradually during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Streamflow information can be obtained by calling (509) 575-5854 or on Reclamation's website at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima/index.html</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50147 Prineville C.A.S.T For Kids Reels in a Good Time
The morning of the Prineville 'Catch a Special Thrill' event followed a period of unusually cool and cloudy weather. Starbucks and Ray's Food in Prineville donated hot coffee and donuts for the early morning volunteers. <P> As the event prepared to get underway, 19 participants and their families began to arrive. The boat captains and participants were eager to begin their annual blast on the lake. <P> The Crook County Search and Rescue Team assisted with loading the participants, launched the boats, and monitored the weather forecast. Crook County Sheriff's Office provided assistance with traffic control and public safety in and around the picnic areas while the marine patrol handled water safety on the lake. <P> After the morning fishing and boat ride, the volunteers were surprised to see so many young anglers come back with numerous smallmouth bass. There were smiling faces all over the park as the participants showed off their catch for the day. Pictures were taken and printed for the families as a keepsake. <P> "I saw at least one boat come in with a stringer full of fish, coupled with smiling faces," said Doug DeFlitch Bend Field Office manager. "It was a great day for the kids, their parents, and the volunteers." <P> "My son loves the water and fishing," said one participant’s mother. "This is a wonderful event." <P> Just before the barbecue lunch and dessert, which was donated by local businesses and prepared by the Kiwanis Club members, there was a short period of isolated thunderstorms, but that did not stop the fun. Everyone gathered for the delicious meal and some shared fishing stories. <P> The luncheon was followed by an awards ceremony. The participants, parents, and volunteers had an enjoyable time. The parents extended their gratitude, thanking all involved for the lasting memories this event creates for them and their children. It was truly a time to "Catch a Special Thrill" for all. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation and the C.A.S.T. Foundation want to say thank you to all the donors, boat captains and volunteers who assisted with making this worthy event possible. We hope to see you again next year. New donors and volunteers are always welcome. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/features/images/prineville20152.jpg" alt="Participants and family getting ready for some fishing fun at the Prineville C.A.S.T. event in Prineville, OR."/> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50127 Good Fun, Food and Fishing at the Potholes C.A.S.T. Event
Early on Saturday morning, August 1st, Potholes State Park began to fill with boats, captains, co-captains, and volunteers for the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation event in which participants come to share in the highlight of the day...Fishing! <P> Captains from the Potholes Bass and Columbia Basin Walleye clubs, as well as volunteers from the military, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation family members and C.A.S.T. staff were busy from the moment they arrived. They were filled with excitement and ready to share their knowledge and skills with the young "anglers." <P> Regretfully, there were wildfires in surrounding areas that made the air quality poor and visibility often difficult. However, the participants knew this event was going to be something special to remember. <P> When the young participants arrived, there were hats, tee-shirts, life vests, tackle boxes, and fishing poles ready to go. Such a fishing event is meant to be fun and safe so volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians from the Royal Slope Fire District #12 ensured all safety procedures were followed and assisted as needed. This year's participants ranged in age from 5 to 22. When the time came to board the boats, participants with their parent or guardian posed for pictures before getting onboard. More and more participants "climbed aboard" until all were holding poles over the side of the boats, waiting to catch the "big one." As one captain put it, "the kids just love to ride on the boat and spend time on the water; catching just one fish, or catching the legal limit is what makes the day even more special." <P> Two hours later, after all the fishing excitement, a delicious barbecue meal donated by People for People was served. The Columbia Basin Job Corps Culinary Arts students, led by Theresa Clement, Culinary Arts Instructor, served all the participants and volunteers with a smile and graciousness. <P> At the end of the event, one of the boat captains exclaimed that he wouldn't miss this event and he looks forward to participating every year and seeing his favorite angler. You see, it is not just about the experience for the captains, volunteers and young fishing participants; it is also about the relationships created and sometimes renewed, as well as having fun for the day on the reservoir. That is exactly what this C.A.S.T. event was all about; fun, food, fishing and relationships. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/features/images/potholes20151.jpg" alt="Participants and Volunteers get together for the group photo at Potholes 2015 C.A.S.T. Event"/> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50051 Kids Catching a Special Thrill at Lake Walcott C.A.S.T. Event
The 14th annual Lake Walcott C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside event was Saturday, July 18 in Rupert, Idaho. A team of 26 volunteers started arriving at 6:30 a.m. to prepare the site for the event. <P> As volunteers were finishing the final preparation work, 16 participants and their families began to arrive. Each participant was given a tackle box complete with tackle and worms and a fishing rod that they could take home and use at other fishing adventures with their families and friends. Once the participants were properly equipped and the boats were launched, it was up to the 10 boat captains to show their passengers a good time and to find the holes where the fish were hiding. <P> Fishing is the activity of trying to catch fish. So for this event, fishing was done by all, unfortunately catching was done by none. Even though no fish were caught, the kids did catch a thrill while on the lake. <P> Once all participants were back onshore, they were greeted by two special guests, Otto Otter and Smokey the Bear who gave out plenty hugs, high-fives and posed for pictures with the kids. <P> The Rupert Elks Lodge 2106 provided and served a wonderful lunch, then plaques and goodie bags were given to all the participants. <P> The participants were full of smiles and laughter as they enjoyed their day in the sun. "The boat ride was the greatest ever," said one participant. "I can't wait until next time." The volunteers were bubbling over with joy as they eagerly assisted the children. This was truly a delight to see. It was also a pleasure to have Jay Yelas, C.A.S.T. Executive Director helping out at the event. I am excited to see what next year will bring. <P> Thank you to all the shore volunteers, the boat captains, as well as all the other volunteers and donors who helped to make this event a huge success. We are looking forward to working with you in 2016. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/features/images/walcott20152.jpg" alt="Participants pose for a picture before boarding the boat at the Lake Walcott C.A.S.T. event in Rupert, Idaho."/> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49972 Clint Wertz Selected as New Manager for Ephrata Field Office
BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Region has announced that Clint Wertz will be the new Ephrata Field Office Manager. He is presently serving in this position in a temporary capacity and will assume permanent duties Aug. 23. <P> Clint will oversee the management and operation of Reclamation programs in central Washington. He will assist the Columbia-Cascades Area Manager in carrying out overall responsibilities related to the conservation and judicious management of land, water and natural and energy resources within the Columbia Basin Project. <P> "Clint's significant land management background is a good fit with the large land base of the Columbia Basin Project," said Dawn Wiedmeier, Columbia-Cascades Area Manager. "He has successfully handled a diversity of challenging issues and is a very smart and progressive manager who will bring creative ideas to the Ephrata Field Office." <P> Prior to Reclamation, Clint spent three years as an Assistant Field Manager for the BLM in Nevada and the Planning Director for Lincoln County, Nevada for four years before that. His current full time position is as the Land Resources Program Manager with Reclamation's Regional Office in Boise, Idaho. <P> Clint received his Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University in Recreation and Parks, along with a Master of Science degree from Portland State University in Urban and Regional Planning. <P> The Ephrata Field Office is covers central and eastern Washington, as well as north Idaho and western Montana. The office oversees the Columbia Basin Project which delivers irrigation water to over 671,000 acres of land. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49967 Reclamation to Host Public Scoping Meetings for the Proposed Lewiston Orchards Project Water Exchange and Title Transfer
LEWISTON, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation will host two public scoping meetings to seek comments on alternatives it will use in a Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed Lewiston Orchards Project Water Exchange and Title Transfer. <P> The first public meeting will be held Sept. 2 from 5-8 p.m. at the Williams Conference Center, 500 8th Avenue, Lewiston, Idaho 83501. The second public meeting will be Sept. 3 from 5-8 p.m. at the Pi-Nee-Waus Gym, 102 Agency Road, Lapwai, Idaho 83540. People needing sign language interpretation or other accessible accommodations should contact Ryan Newman at 208-383-2260 by Aug. 19. <P> Reclamation, the Lewiston Orchard Irrigation District and the Nez Perce Tribe are investigating the use of multiple groundwater wells to provide the Lewiston Orchards Project with a water supply alternative to replace the current surface water diversions on land adjacent to and within the Nez Perce Reservation. This effort is intended to benefit Snake River steelhead, protect natural and cultural resources important to the Nez Perce Tribe, and provide a reliable water supply for irrigation district patrons. <P> The Draft Environmental Assessment is required under the National Environmental Policy Act. It will evaluate impacts of alternatives on the human and natural environment. A 30-day comment period follows the initial public scoping. Reclamation intends to complete the Draft Environmental Assessment by March 2016. <P> The deadline for written comments for this scoping period is Oct. 2, 2015. Please submit comments to Mr. Ryan Newman, natural resource specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Snake River Area Office, 230 Collins Road, Boise, Idaho 83702 or by email at sra-lop-comments@usbr.gov. For more information about the Lewiston Orchards Water Exchange Concept, please contact: Mr. Ted Day, project manager for Reclamation at 208-383-2222; Mr. Barney Metz, Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District manager at 208-746-8235; Mr. David Redhorse, natural resource officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at 503-231-6791; or Mr. David Johnson, department manager for the Nez Perce Tribe at 208-843-7334. <P> The Lewiston Orchards Project is located near Lewiston, Idaho. Project facilities include Reservoir A (Mann Lake), Soldiers Meadow Reservoir, Lake Waha, four diversion structures, several feeder canals, and a system for distributing irrigation water. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49927 Tribal Law Enforcement Trained to Assist Feds
GRAND COULEE, Washington - At the request of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Bureau of Reclamation is delegating authority to enforce federal laws on Reclamation lands within the exterior boundary of the Colville Reservation to certified Tribal police officers. The delegation of authority does not include enforcement of any hunting, fishing or boating regulations. <P> Colville Tribal Police will join other law enforcement organizations around the Grand Coulee/Lake Roosevelt area to enforce civil laws and expand law enforcement presence around Lake Roosevelt which is a popular recreation destination. <P> "This is a historic milestone," said Michael Henry, Confederated Colville Tribal Police Chief. "This effort will bridge a gap in law enforcement as well as strengthen the partnership between the Bureau and the Tribe ensuring public safety and protection of important and valuable resources." <P> "With the delegation of authority, the Colville Tribal Police Department will be able to conduct routine law enforcement and perform investigations," said Bruce Muller, Reclamation Director Security, Safety and Law Enforcement. "Specifically, officers will be able to respond, patrol, address public safety and enforce federal laws on Reclamation lands within the exterior boundaries of the Colville Reservation." <P> The new delegation should increase public safety by providing more law enforcement coverage on Reclamation lands within the exterior boundaries of the reservation. Map available at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee/delegation/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee/delegation/index.html </a>. <P> Reclamation is hosting a public informational meeting at the Lake Roosevelt High School library Aug. 19, 2015, beginning at 6 p.m. local time. This facility is accessible to people with disabilities. Please contact Lynne Brougher at 509-633-9503 or TTY-711 for hearing impaired or other auxiliary aids by Aug. 12, 2015. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49915 Reclamation Hosts Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let’s Move Outside Event at Black Canyon Park
EMMETT, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation's Snake River Area Office will hold its annual C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Saturday, August 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at Black Canyon Park located on East Black Canyon Highway northeast of Emmett. <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/">http://www.letsmove.gov/ </a> " initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging healthy diets and more physical activity on America's public lands and waterways. <P> "C.A.S.T. is a very special event for so many," said Erika Lopez, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation's Snake River Area Office. "It creates fun memories for children, their families, as well as for the volunteers and boat captains who drive to Black Canyon very early in the morning to get things ready for the participants. I'm very proud to be a part of this heartfelt day." <P> The children participating are between 7-16 years old. Each participant receives fishing gear, a C.A.S.T. tee-shirt and hat. When the young anglers are done fishing, they will be treated with lunch provided by Gary Lillard with American Family Insurance, and an awards ceremony. The Gem County Sheriff's Department will be on hand to provide emergency services if necessary. <P> Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Partner volunteers include members from the Idaho BASS Club, Intermountain Jet Boat Association, Payette River Bassmasters, Western Whitewater Association, and other local fishermen who provide fishing boats and professional expertise. <P> For more information about the Aug. 15 event or volunteering at the event, contact Erika Lopez, Snake River Area Office at (208) 383-2254. 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=49907 Yakima Basin Water Supply – August Forecast
YAKIMA, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation's August 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 47 percent supply for junior water rights. <P> Forty-seven percent is a 1 percent increase for junior water rights over the mid-July rate. The increase is derived from reservoir storage being higher than projected. <P> The August 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> Reclamation expects the water supply available for junior users to be re-evaluated in mid-August and early September. Since longer term weather conditions are unpredictable, it is recommended 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=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>