Reclamation News Releases News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation Volunteers Invited to Join National Public Lands Day Activities at Shasta Lake as Part of Let’s Move Outside Initiative
2014-09-18 15:46:00.0 <p><strong>SHASTA LAKE, Calif. –</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Northern California Area Office, in partnership with the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, will host a cleanup event at Shasta Lake&rsquo;s Fisherman&rsquo;s Point Day Use Area and the Shasta Dam area on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in celebration of National Public Lands Day. </p> <p>The public is invited to participate. Work will include litter removal, planting native California plants, and minor maintenance at Fisherman's Point Day Use Area. Another group project will concentrate on shoreline clean-up on both sides of Shasta Dam. A barbecue lunch will be provided. Volunteers will receive a Shasta Lake National Public Lands Day t-shirt, a certificate of appreciation, and a &ldquo;fee-free day&rdquo; coupon good for one day free entrance to any federal public land.</p> <p>On-site registration and check-in will begin at 8 a.m. at the Shasta Dam Visitor Center, 16349 Shasta Dam Blvd., Shasta Lake. Participants should dress for fall weather, bring a hat and sunscreen, and wear sturdy shoes. </p> <p>In addition to public service activities, an educational booth will be set up at Shasta Dam. Activities will highlight the importance of disposing of trash responsibly and will provide participants with an opportunity to see firsthand that everyone has a significant part to play in creating a healthier environment.</p> <p>Now in its 21st year, NPLD is the nation&rsquo;s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance public lands. More than 180,000 volunteers will participate at some 2,200 public lands across the nation to complete a projected $17 million in improvements. For additional information on NPLD, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Again this year, the NPLD focus is on our national commitments to support public lands, spend time outdoors, and be more active. Research shows that one step to preventing childhood obesity, diabetes and depression is getting kids and their families to spend more time outside. NPLD encourages volunteers to explore and enjoy America's natural wonders through outdoor recreation. As part of this effort, Reclamation is involved in the national movement supporting the Department of the Interior&rsquo;s Let&rsquo;s Move Outside initiative. To learn more about this initiative, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>To register for the event, please contact Sheri Harral, Reclamation, at 530-276-2030 (TTY 530-275-8991) or <a href=""></a> or the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area at 530-275-1587.</p> <P> Reclamation to Begin Annual Drawdown of Alcova Reservoir
2014-09-18 00:00:00.0 MILLS, Wyo. -- The annual drawdown of Alcova Reservoir will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 1, according to Acting Wyoming Area Manager Lyle D. Myler. <P> During October, the reservoir water surface elevation will be lowered about 10 feet, at a rate of approximately four inches per day. The reservoir's normal winter operating range is between 5,487 and 5,489 feet. <P> "Water released in the drawdown of Alcova Reservoir will be restored downstream in Glendo Reservoir," Myler said. <P> Boat owners and recreationists should be aware of the declining level of Alcova Reservoir and take proper precautions. For more information about the Alcova drawdown, please contact Mahonri Williams at 307-261-5624. <P> Reclamation Releases Additional Water to Address Fish Health in Lower Klamath River
2014-09-16 15:09:00.0 <p><strong>REDDING, Calif. –</strong> In response to the discovery of a parasite infection in Chinook salmon in the lower Klamath River, the Bureau of Reclamation began today to release additional water from Trinity Reservoir.</p> <p>On Monday, Sept. 15, scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service&rsquo;s Fish Health Center captured and examined 20 fish from the lower Klamath River mainstem. Of those 20, nine tested positive for Ich parasites, with six of those nine determined to be severe. Ich was the primary pathogen responsible for the fish die-off in 2002.</p> <p>The Fish Health Center&rsquo;s findings are well above the emergency response criteria described in an August 2013 joint memorandum from USFWS and NOAA Fisheries. The recommended response is an immediate doubling of the flow rate in the lower Klamath River for seven days. Accordingly, releases from Lewiston Dam were increased beginning at 10 a.m. today.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is the only possible means of preventing or reducing the severity of a parasite outbreak,&rdquo; said Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. &ldquo;We are greatly concerned about the impact today&rsquo;s decision may have on already depleted storage levels, particularly the cold water pool in Trinity Reservoir. We must, however, take all reasonable measures to prevent a recurrence of the fish losses experienced in 2002.&rdquo; </p> <p>Today&rsquo;s decision comes on the heels of Reclamation&rsquo;s decision on August 22 to supplement flows in the lower Klamath River in an effort to stave off a large-scale fish die-off. While fish health had initially appeared to be improving following the August augmentations, Reclamation received reports late last week that fish in the river were exhibiting possible signs of Ich parasites, prompting further investigation.</p> <p>Starting today and for the next seven days, the flow rate from Lewiston Dam will be increased to a maximum of about 3,400 cubic feet per second (cfs), which will provide a flow rate of approximately 5,000 cfs in the lower Klamath River. This is double the 2,500 cfs flow sustained since August 23. It will require approximately 35,000-40,000 acre-feet to accomplish the flow doubling. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions on or near the river while flows are high during this period. </p> <p>Reclamation will continue to work with NOAA Fisheries and other federal agencies to comply with applicable provisions of the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.</p> <P> Reclamation Lowers Guernsey Reservoir
2014-09-16 00:00:00.0 MILLS, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyo., will be lowering the water level in Guernsey Reservoir as the 2014 irrigation season draws to a close, according to Lyle D. Myler, Acting Wyoming Area Manager. <P> Guernsey Reservoir levels are expected to continue gradually declining until the end of September. The reservoir is expected to drop below water surface elevation 4400 feet (approximately 9,700 acre-feet) during the last week of September. <P> Guernsey Reservoir releases are expected to be at or below the current flow rate of approximately 1,700 cfs until the end of September when they will be discontinued for the winter. <P> Glendo Reservoir levels are expected to continue gradually declining and reach a water surface elevation near 4580 feet (approximately 84,000 acre-feet) around September 20. Glendo Reservoir levels will then stabilize and slowly increase after October 1. <P> Boaters, recreationists, and irrigators should take proper precautions regarding changing river flows between Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs and the lowering of Guernsey Reservoir. <P> Reclamation to Temporarily Close Public Access at Imperial Dam to Accommodate Upgrade of Electrical Systems
2014-09-13 09:31:00.0 Yuma, Ariz – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office announced today that beginning on October 13, it will close public access to several locations at Imperial Dam to accommodate the upgrade of electrical systems and telecommunications service at the facility. The Imperial Irrigation District, who operates and maintains the facility on behalf of Reclamation and other water district entities, will oversee the upcoming infrastructure improvement projects occurring at the facility over the next two years. <P> “With original construction of Imperial Dam completed in 1938, the electrical and telecommunications systems at the facility are in dire need of repair and modernization,” said Maria Ramirez, Area Manager of Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office. <P> Since construction work at the dam will involve the operation of heavy equipment and staging of construction materials at various locations at or near the dam, Reclamation will close public access to the Phil Swing Park area, the dam control house and overlook, and associated parking lot areas. To ensure public safety throughout the entire construction period, public access to Imperial Dam will be closed at the McKinley Road Access Gate – including the entire Phil Swing Park area. <P> Construction projects scheduled to occur at the facility will include the installation of a new medium voltage substation and fiber optic telecommunications network and upgrade of the facility control house. <P> Imperial Dam – located approximately 18 miles northeast of Yuma, Arizona – serves as the primary diversion point for water flowing from the Colorado River to the All-American Canal, the Coachella Canal, the Yuma Main Canal and the Gila Gravity Main Canal. Imperial Dam, the All-American Canal and the Gila Gravity Main Canal’s head works are operated and maintained by the Imperial Irrigation District. <P> <P> <P> Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Transfer of Water Between Contra Costa Water District and Byron Bethany Irrigation District
2014-09-12 16:24:00.0 <p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the approval of a transfer of up to 4,000 acre-feet of Central Valley Project water between Contra Costa Water District and Byron Bethany Irrigation District.</p> <p>Due to extraordinary dry hydrological conditions, CCWD and BBID are working together to share resources and facilities as part of an integrated regional water management plan to the mutual benefit of their collective customers. Under the partnership, BBID purchased 4,000 acre-feet of CCWD water stored in Los Vaqueros Reservoir for use during this drought year.</p> <p>Because there is no direct conveyance mechanism to deliver water from Los Vaqueros to BBID&rsquo;s distribution system, CCWD would instead make use of the 4,000 acre-feet BBID purchased and stored in Los Vaqueros; BBID would then accept delivery of up to 4,000 acre-feet of CCWD&rsquo;s CVP supply from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as a substitution.</p> <p>A temporary transfer petition was completed to add BBID&rsquo;s point of diversion on the Banks Intake Channel as a point of diversion/rediversion for CVP water rights.</p> <p>The final EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href=""></a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA/FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href=""></a>.</p> <P> Reclamation Releases the Final Environmental Assessment for Piping the Minnesota Canal Extension Ditch
2014-09-12 13:28:00.0 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Reclamation announced today that it has released a final environmental assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for piping Minnesota Canal and Reservoir Company’s extension ditch located in Delta County, Colo. The project involves replacing approximately 3.8 miles of unlined earthen canal with buried water pipeline. The purpose of the project is to improve the efficiency of water delivery to canal users and reduce salinity loading in the Colorado River Basin. Funding for the piping project is being provided through the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program. <P> The final environmental assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact is available on <a href="">our website</a> or a copy can be received by contacting Reclamation. <P> Reclamation Waives Day Use Fees and Invites Volunteers to Help Beautify New Melones Lake on Sept. 27 in Celebration of National Public Lands Day
2014-09-12 09:58:00.0 <p><strong>SONORA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Central California Area Office, in celebration of the 21st anniversary of National Public Lands Day, will waive day use fees at New Melones Lake for all visitors on Saturday, Sept. 27. New Melones Lake is located about 8 miles/13 km north of Sonora and 6 miles/9 km south of Angels Camp, Calif.</p> <p>As part of the NPLD celebration, Reclamation will host an invasive plant removal and native plant beautification event at the New Melones Lake Recreation Areas from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers may also visit the lake&rsquo;s new greenhouse where some of the native plants were grown and learn about New Melones&rsquo; efforts to promote ecosystem conservation, reduce waste, expand recycling, conserve energy, and develop partnerships and children&rsquo;s programs.</p> <p>Reclamation is seeking volunteers to assist with this event. Volunteers will receive a &ldquo;fee-free day&rdquo; coupon, which provides free entry to any federal public land for one day, no matter which agency. Free California native plant seeds and zebra and quagga mussel prevention gifts will also be available for volunteers. The public, organizations, and local businesses are invited to participate. To register as a volunteer, please contact Park Ranger Cindy Watson or Park Ranger Sarah Corpening at 209-536-9094 (TTY 800-877-8339). Participants who require special accommodations should contact Reclamation as far in advance as possible. </p> <p>On-site registration and check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the New Melones Visitor Center, 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora, off Highway 49. Volunteers should dress for summer heat; bring lunch, water, and work gloves; and wear sturdy shoes.</p> <p>NPLD is the nation&rsquo;s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Begun in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers, it is typically held on the last Saturday in September. In 2013, about 175,000 volunteers<strong> </strong>worked at 2,237 sites performing a variety of services, including building and maintaining an estimated 1,500 miles of trails; planting an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs, and native plants; and removing about 500 tons of trash. For additional information, please visit the NPLD website at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Reclamation is focusing on the connections between outdoor recreation and health. With the growing concern about childhood obesity and children's lack of time spent enjoying nature, NPLD is a perfect opportunity for families to get outdoors and experience what our public lands have to offer. As part of this effort, Reclamation continues to support the Department of the Interior's <em>Let's Move Outside!</em> initiative. To learn more about this initiative, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <P> Reclamation Announces Seasonal Closure at Stony Gorge Reservoir
2014-09-11 11:25:00.0 <p><strong>ELK CREEK, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a seasonal closure at Stony Gorge Reservoir beginning Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, through April 2015.</p> <p>Stony Gorge Reservoir is located in western Glenn County, 18 miles west of Willows, Calif. This action will allow Reclamation the opportunity to perform necessary maintenance tasks and provide time for natural resource restoration.</p> <p>All camping and day use areas at Stony Gorge Reservoir will be closed. All boat use will be closed due to low water levels and safety concerns from obstacles that are exposed.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact the Ranger Station at 530-968-5267 or visit the Stony Gorge website at <a href=""></a>.<strong></strong></p> <P> Reclamation Awards $1.7 Million Contract for Pipeline Construction at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
2014-09-11 11:02:00.0 BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $1,722,425 contract on September 3 to Belsaas and Smith Construction, Inc., a small business from Ellensburg for construction services to replace pipelines at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery in Washington. <P> Work under this contract involves construction of new surface and ground water supply lines from the fish screen building to the raceways and the hatchery. <P> "This work is part of the ongoing effort to restore the aging Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery infrastructure to help assure fish rearing goals are met," said Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Regional Director Lorri Lee. <P> Construction activity will begin spring 2015 and be completed by September 1, 2015. <P> "These supply lines are 75 years old and replacing them is necessary to make sure we have a sound and reliable water intake system at the hatchery now and into the future," says Dave Irving, Complex Manager, Leavenworth Fisheries Complex. <P> Belsaas and Smith Construction is a full service general contractor serving Washington state for over 50 years. They have an experienced staff with all the tools and equipment for commercial building construction, remodels, repairs, concrete work, development, excavation, underground utilities and more. Belsaas and Smith Construction received two prestigious safety awards from the Associated General Contractors of Washington and were voted the 2010 Best Contractor in Kittitas County. <P> Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Its operations are funded by Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration to provide fish mitigation for impacts resulting from the construction and operation of Grand Coulee Dam. Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery is located in Chelan County in central Washington and is one of three national fish hatcheries, including Winthrop and Entiat, which comprise the Leavenworth Fisheries Complex. <P> For more information on Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, please visit: <P> <P> <P> Bureau of Reclamation and COMET Release Video Series on Water Purification and Desalination Projects
2014-09-11 09:28:00.0 <div class="floatRight"><iframe width="200" height="113" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div><b>DENVER</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with University Corporation for Atmospheric Research's COMET Program, has released three video interviews with Frank Leitz, Senior Chemical Engineer at the Bureau of Reclamation. Leitz shares stories and lessons learned from more than 50 years of his work on water purification and desalination projects. <P> The first video, "Lessons-learned: Cost-modeling for Desalination Projects," details historical lessons from his experience estimating the cost of desalination projects. <P> The second video, "The Pioneering Role of the Yuma Desalting Plant in Large-Scale Membrane Desalination," provides an interesting background into the creation of this historic and innovative project. <P> The third and final video, "What was a major success of the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program?" Leitz describes some of the key achievements of this successful program. <P> The videos may be seen at <a href=""></a>. <P> Leitz has more than 50 years of experience in the field of desalination and water treatment, including 13 years in the private sector and more than 40 years with the federal government. He is currently a Senior Chemical Engineer in the Bureau of Reclamation's Technical Service Center, Water Treatment Group. He has published more than 60 articles on desalination, water treatment, mass transfer, electrochemical processes and computer simulations. He also is responsible for five U.S. patents. <P> To learn more about Advanced Water Treatment at the Bureau of Reclamation please visit: <a href=""></a>. <P> <P> Reclamation Awards $1 Million Contract for McCook SCADA Replacement
2014-09-11 00:00:00.0 MCCOOK, Neb. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $1,000,784 contract to Scipar, Inc. for the McCook SCADA replacement. The work will be performed at various McCook Area Offices and dam sites in Kansas and Nebraska. <P> "This SCADA modernization contract will help us to continue efficient operation of our reservoirs in Nebraska and Kansas well into the future," said Aaron Thompson, Nebraska-Kansas Area Manager. <P> The scheduled delivery date for the construction is March 22, 2016. <P> Supervisory Control and Data Replacement (SCADA) is a system designed to monitor and control water treatment plant operations by gathering data from sensors located at the facility, then sending the information to a central computer system. Nearly all of the treatment plant operations can be controlled through the SCADA system. <P> Reclamation Awards $939,057 Contract for Arkansas Valley Conduit Work
2014-09-11 00:00:00.0 LOVELAND, Colo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $939,057 contract to MWH Americas, Inc., of Denver, Colo., for Utility Location and Land Rights Acquisition Plan Support Services. The work will be performed as part of the Arkansas Valley Conduit, Fryingpan-Arkansas Project in southern Colorado. <P> "The objective of this contract is to provide Reclamation with utility locations, current ownership information, legal descriptions, and encumbrances affecting the parcels along the construction route," said Jacklynn Gould, Eastern Colorado Area Manager. "In addition, the contractor will verify and update GIS data, and prepare a preliminary land acquisition plan for Reclamation's review and approval." <P> The work is scheduled to run from September 2014 to September 2015. <P> The Fryingpan-Arkansas Project is a multipurpose transmountain, transbasin water diversion and delivery project in Colorado. It makes possible an average annual diversion of 52,000 acre-feet of surplus water from the Fryingpan River and other tributaries of the Roaring Fork River, on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, to the Arkansas River basin on the eastern slope. <P> Erin Curtis Selected as Public Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region
2014-09-10 16:33:00.0 <p><strong><img src="" alt="non-interactive image of Erin Curtis" width="190" height="217" align="left" />SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – David Murillo, Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Region, announces the selection of Erin Curtis as the Region&rsquo;s Public Affairs Officer. In this position, Curtis will manage the Region&rsquo;s public affairs, public involvement, and public education programs. She will also be responsible for internal communications and media and congressional relations.</p> <p>&ldquo;Erin has more than 15 years of experience working with the media, the public, elected officials, and representatives of federal, state, and local government agencies,&rdquo; stated Murillo. &ldquo;Her strong communication and people skills make her well-suited to be an effective spokesperson for the Mid-Pacific Region.&rdquo;</p> <p>Prior to joining Reclamation, Curtis was the Communications Chief for the Bureau of Land Management&rsquo;s Alaska State Office in Anchorage and worked in public affairs for BLM&rsquo;s California State Office. Curtis began her Public Affairs career with the Association of California Water Agencies. She has also worked for the Municipal Water District of Orange County and as Director of Public Affairs for the Coast Community College District in Orange County.</p> <p>Erin holds a master's degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach, and a bachelor's degree in Government/Journalism from California State University, Sacramento. She is a native of El Dorado County and started her career as a reporter in California&rsquo;s gold country. She and her family currently live in Placer County.</p> <P> Reclamation Releases Draft EA for the Grassland Resource Conservation District Urgent Groundwater Acquisition Project for the North Grasslands Wildlife Area
2014-09-10 15:29:00.0 <p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a draft Environmental Assessment analyzing the impacts of acquiring up to 3,450 acre-feet of groundwater from privately owned groundwater wells within the Grassland Resource Conservation District.</p> <p>Due to the lack of available surface water supplies for wildlife areas this fall in a critically dry year, Reclamation proposes to acquire water from four existing groundwater production wells within the GRCD in Merced County, California, which can produce up to 3,450 acre-feet of groundwater in the current water year. The proposed action will develop a groundwater supply in the North Grasslands wildlife area that can be used to supplement refuge surface water supplies for critical fall and winter brooding habitat and spring nesting habitat for waterfowl.  </p> <p>The draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available online at <a href=""></a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Written comments must be received by close of business Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, and should be sent to Russell W. Grimes, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way (MP-150), Sacramento, CA 95825, emailed to <a href=""></a>, or faxed to 916-978-5055. For additional information or to request a copy of the draft EA, please contact Grimes at 916-978-5051 (TTY&nbsp;800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at the Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Regional Office at the above address.</p> <P>