Reclamation News Releases News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation Reclamation to Reopen Lake Berryessa’s Capell Cove Launch Ramp Effective Thursday, Dec. 18
2014-12-17 15:07:00.0 <p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, will reopen the Capell Cove Launch Ramp at Lake Berryessa effective Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Reclamation closed the ramp Sept. 15 when drought conditions and receding water levels caused it to become unusable. Due to recent storms, lake levels have risen to the point where the Capell Cove Launch Ramp can now be re-opened.</p> <p>Visitors may also use other ramps at Lake Berryessa, including those at Putah Canyon Recreation Area, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Pleasure Cove Marina and Markley Cove Resort. Locations of these concession areas may be found on the map at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>For information, please visit the following websites:</p> <ul> <li>Markley Cove – <a href=""></a></li> <li>Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area and Spanish Flat Recreation Area – <a href=""></a>.</li> <li>Putah Canyon Recreation Area – <a href=""></a>.</li> </ul> <p>For information on lake levels, launch ramp availability or recreation services, please call the Lake Berryessa Administration Office at 707-966-2111.</p> <p>For additional information, please visit the website at <a href=""></a>.</p> <P> Reclamation Seeks Comments on Proposed Climate Change Adaptation Policy
2014-12-17 15:00:00.0 <b>WASHINGTON, D.C.</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment on a draft Reclamation Manual release for climate change adaptation. This policy establishes how Reclamation will address climate change impacts upon Reclamation's mission, facilities, operations and personnel. <P> Climate change impacts water supplies, water demands and other environmental conditions that affect Reclamation's ability to fulfill its mission. Specifically the policy (CMP P16) will: <P> <ul> <li>Assist in ensuring Reclamation effectively and efficiently adapts to the challenges posed by climate change to its mission, facilities, operations and personnel;</li> <li>maintain and enhance Reclamation's current and future effectiveness in fulfilling its program requirements and other federal mandates in this era of changing climate;</li> <li>ensure the best available science and understanding of climate change risks, impacts and vulnerabilities are incorporated into planning, programs, investments and operations;</li> <li>assist employees in performing related planning, programs, investments, and operations and coordination duties; and</li> <li>seek to avoid maladaptive actions that may limit Reclamation's ability to adapt to climate change in the future or increase the vulnerability of other systems, sectors or social groups.</li> </ul> <P> The Reclamation Manual is used to establish Reclamation requirements, assign program responsibility and establish and document Reclamation methods of doing business. <P> This Reclamation Manual update is available for review at: <a href=""></a>. To learn more about climate change impacts and adaptation activities, please visit <a href=""></a>. <P> Comments or questions may be directed to Reclamation's Science Advisor David A. Raff, Ph.D., at Comments must be received by Reclamation by Jan. 17, 2015. <P> <P> Reclamation Announces Availability of NGS-Kayenta Mine Complex Scoping Summary Report
2014-12-17 14:25:00.0 PHOENIX ? Reclamation accepted comments from the public during a scoping process initiated on May 16, 2014. A Notice of Intent, several press releases, and ten public meetings solicited input on what should be included in an Environment Impact Statement regarding the proposed lease extension and continuation of operations at the Navajo Generating Station. The scoping period formally closed on August 31, 2014. <P> A Scoping Summary Report is now available on the Project Website <a href=""> </a>. The report provides further details on the efforts undertaken in carrying out the scoping process and a summary of comments received from the public. Reclamation has attempted to retain as much of the original language and intent of the comments as possible. The Report summarizes and groups the comments generally according to the areas of the EIS in which they will be addressed. <P> Should you have any questions concerning this matter, or the Scoping Summary Report, please contact Ms. Sandra Eto, Project Manager at 623-773-6254 or <a></a>. <P> <P> Estevan López Confirmed as 22nd Commissioner for the Bureau of Reclamation
2014-12-17 09:46:00.0 <b>WASHINGTON</b> - The United States Senate has confirmed President Obama's selection for Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. Having served as Principal Deputy Commissioner since October 8, 2014, with all of the responsibilities of Commissioner, Estevan López will now carry the title and formally take the helm of the 5500 person agency that manages water and generates power in the western United States. For the past 2 months as Principal Deputy Commissioner, López has immersed himself in Reclamation's issues, met with stakeholders, become familiar with policy and personnel and is prepared to lead Reclamation into the future. <P> "I am deeply honored to be a part of the proud tradition of Reclamation and all of its accomplishments as we move into the future of the West," said Commissioner López. "I am grateful to President Obama and Secretary Jewell for asking me to join this administration and I am very proud to lead this professional, knowledgeable and extraordinary team." <P> "I am pleased the Senate confirmed Estevan López as the Bureau of Reclamation's Commissioner. He is uniquely qualified to lead Reclamation, with a strong background in water management, dealing with drought and climate change issues," said Secretary Sally Jewell. <P> López has 25 years of experience in the public sector including being appointed by Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, as the Director of the Interstate Stream Commission in January 2003. He was re-appointed to that position by Governor Susana Martinez in 2011. As Director of the ISC, López oversaw water management within New Mexico and negotiations with other states over interstate water matters. He represented New Mexico as the Governor's Representative on Colorado River Compact matters and as Commissioner to the Upper Colorado River Compact and Canadian River Compact Commissions. While at the ISC, he also served as the Deputy State Engineer. Previous public sector positions included serving as County Manager and Land Use and Utility Department Director for Santa Fe County, and Public Utility Engineer for the New Mexico Public Utilities Commission. López also worked for several years in the private sector as an Engineer for ARCO Alaska, Inc. <P> A native New Mexican, he earned two Bachelor of Science degrees from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; one in chemistry and one in petroleum engineering. López is a registered Professional Engineer in New Mexico. <P> López and his wife Susana live in Peñasco, New Mexico. They have two grown children, Victoria and Juan, who attend college in New Mexico. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency and the largest wholesale provider of water in the country. It brings water to more than 31 million people, and provides one out of five Western farmers with irrigation water for farmland that produces much of the nation's produce. Reclamation is also the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the Western United States with 53 powerplants. <P> <P> Reclamation to Lower Lake Moovalya One Foot in January 2015
2014-12-16 10:54:00.0 BOULDER CITY, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation will lower the level of Lake Moovalya by approximately one foot in elevation for about two weeks beginning in early January 2015. Lake Moovalya is the small body of water behind Headgate Rock Dam north of Parker, Arizona. Reclamation is coordinating this activity with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to allow the Colorado River Indian Tribes to perform annual maintenance on their canals. <P> The drawdown is scheduled to begin the morning of Monday, January 5, 2015. The one-foot drop should be completed by Monday afternoon, but environmental conditions could vary the drawdown time. The temporary drawdown is expected to have minimal impacts on releases from Parker Dam and will not affect Colorado River flows below Headgate Rock Dam. <P> During the drawdown, the Lake Moovalya water level will stay at approximately elevation 363.40 feet; the water level is normally at elevation 364.40 feet. The lake should return to its normal elevation by Tuesday, January 20, 2015. However, a return to normal elevation may occur sooner or later than this date depending on operational or environmental conditions. <P> All river users should be aware that fluctuating or lower than normal river flows may expose or create natural hazards such as moving sandbars, gravel bars, unstable riverbanks, floating or submerged debris, or other unfamiliar obstacles. As always, caution should be exercised while using the river. <P> Louis Moore Selected as Deputy Public Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region
2014-12-15 10:57:00.0 <p><strong><img src="" alt="non-interactive image of Wilbert "Louis" Moore" width="217" height="326" align="left" />SACRAMENTO, Calif. -</strong> Wilbert Louis Moore has been selected as the Deputy Public Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation?s Mid-Pacific Region. In this position, Moore will assist the Regional Public Affairs Officer, Erin Curtis, with management of the Region's public affairs, public involvement and public education programs. Moore will also help guide the Region?s internal communications and media and congressional relations.</p> <p>"Louis has been an essential member of the Region's Public Affairs Office for 20 years. He has extensive experience working with the media, the public, elected officials and representatives of federal, state and local government agencies," stated Curtis. "His comprehensive knowledge of the Mid-Pacific Region, and particularly the Central Valley Project, as well as his exceptional people skills basically guarantee his success in this position"</p> <p>Prior to joining Reclamation, Moore served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He then worked for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force in Berlin, West Germany, as a local national, and he led tours of East Berlin for Destinations Unlimited. Moore began working for the Region's Public Affairs Office in October 1993 as a data entry clerk, and in 1994, he became the lead Reclamation guide at Folsom Dam for the Central California Area Office. He returned to Public Affairs part-time in 1997 and full-time in 1998. He has also worked in the Mid-Pacific Region's Division of Planning as a project coordination specialist.</p> <p>Moore holds a bachelor's degree in Information Technology from National University. He was born in Georgia and raised in New Jersey.</p> <P> <P> <P> Federico Barajas Selected as the New Area Manager for the Northern California Area Office at Shasta Dam
2014-12-15 10:18:00.0 <p><strong><img src="" alt="non-interactive image of Frederico Barajas" width="217" height="326" align="left" />SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Region announced today that Federico Barajas has been selected as the Area Manager for the Northern California Area Office at Shasta Dam. This position was formerly held by Brian Person who will retire in 2015.</p> <p>&ldquo;Federico has held several key positions since joining Reclamation,&rdquo; stated Regional Director David Murillo. &ldquo;His leadership will be exceptional in helping the Region continue to accomplish our commitments to manage water delivery, water conservation, flood control and power generation and protect natural and cultural resources.&rdquo;</p> <p>Barajas&rsquo; former position was Deputy Area Manager for the Central California Area Office based at Folsom Dam, 23 miles east of Sacramento. He previously served as Deputy Area Manager for the Bay Delta Conservation Program in Reclamation&rsquo;s Bay-Delta Office.</p> <p>Barajas began his Reclamation career in the Mid-Pacific Region in 1991 as a Project Manager in the Planning Division, managing and directing multiple long-term water resources projects throughout the Region for more than 10 years. His positions since that time have included manager for the San Luis Drainage Collaborative Resolution Program, Regional Liaison for Reclamation&rsquo;s Commissioner's Office, Special Assistant to the Regional Director, and Special Assistant to the Department of the Interior&rsquo;s Assistant Secretary for Water &amp; Science. During his tenure with Reclamation, Barajas has provided program direction and management oversight for a number of complex projects in connection with sensitive water resource issues.</p> <p>Barajas is a graduate of Reclamation&rsquo;s Leadership Development Program and the California Agricultural Leadership Program. He resides in Sacramento with his wife, Berenice and their two children.</p> <P> Bureau of Reclamation's Desalination and Water Purification Research Program Seeks Proposals to Improve Water Treatment Technologies
2014-12-11 14:20:00.0 WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking proposals within two funding opportunity announcements to improve water treatment technologies aimed at increasing water management flexibility through new usable water supplies in the United States. The first is for research, laboratory studies and the second is for pilot projects. <P> Reclamation will make a total of up to $1.4 million available for the funding opportunities. Research and laboratory studies may request up to $150,000 and pilot projects may request up to $400,000. Applicants are required to provide at least a 50 percent cost-share utilizing non-federal dollars. Institutions of higher education are not required to provide a cost-share for research and laboratory studies, but it is encouraged. <P> The funding opportunities are available at <a href=""></a> by searching for announcement number R15AS00019 for research and laboratory studies and R15AS00021 for pilot projects. Applications are due on February 16, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. <P> Eligible applicants include individuals, institutions of higher education, commercial or industrial organizations, private entities, public entities and Indian Tribal Governments. <P> The Desalination and Water Purification Research Program is helping Reclamation and its partners confront widening imbalances between supply and demand in basins throughout the west through testing and development of new advanced water treatment technologies. <P> The DWPR Program priorities in 2015 are: (1) overcoming technical, economic and social barriers for direct and/or indirect potable reuse treatment, (2) novel processes and/or materials to treat impaired waters, and (3) concentrate management solutions leading to concentrate volume minimization for inland brackish desalination. <P> To learn more about Reclamation's Advanced Water Treatment activities, please visit: <a href=""></a>. <P> Reclamation Announces Business Opportunity for Marina Concession Development/Operation at New Melones Lake
2014-12-10 15:34:00.0 <p><strong>SONORA, Calif.</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation announces a business opportunity for marina concession development and operation at New Melones Lake. Reclamation is requesting proposals from interested parties for the development, and long-term management and operation of concession facilities and services at the Glory Hole Recreation Area at New Melones Lake, located in Calaveras County, Calif. This business will be conducted under the terms and conditions of a concession contract between the successful bidder and Reclamation.</p> <p>Reclamation envisions a new concession operation with required services that includes a marina with marine fuel, wastewater pumpout, pleasure craft rentals, commercial houseboat rentals, pleasure craft slip rentals, private slip rentals for houseboats, and seasonal mooring ball rentals. Additional required services include retail sales, overnight cabin/yurt sites, full-service RV sites, on-site parking, dry boat storage, and marine mechanic services. Land-based support facilities will include paved and unpaved roads, a marina access ramp, parking lots, lighting, restroom facilities and landscaping. Some facilities will be provided by Reclamation.</p> <p>The <a href="">New Melones Concession Prospectus</a> provides a business opportunity for the development of new long-term commercial recreation services and support facilities in an expanded area within the Glory Hole Recreation Area. Reclamation will provide an opportunity for prospective offerors to tour the existing facilities, see the proposed marina location and expanded concession area, and submit questions regarding this concession business opportunity. The site visit will be held on Friday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. Participants will meet at the New Melones Lake Administrative Center, 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora, CA 95370, 209-536-9094 (<a href="">location map</a>).</p> <p>New Melones Lake is located in the northern Sierra foothills in the Southern Mother Lode, approximately eight miles south of Angels Camp in Calaveras County and six miles north of the town of Sonora in Tuolumne County. New Melones Lake is within a short drive of other attractions such as Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Yosemite National Park. It is a popular camping, boating and stopping point along Highway 49 and is readily accessible by millions of potential visitors. It is within a three-hour drive of the San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento and other municipalities in Central California.</p> <p><strong>Proposals will be accepted for 60 days, from Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, to Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.</strong></p> <p>To register at the Federal Business Opportunity website and for information on the submittal of a business proposal, please visit <a href=""></a>. </p> <p>To learn more about this business opportunity, please visit the New Melones Prospectus website at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact Peggi Brooks, Chief, Recreation Resources Division, Central California Area Office, at 916-989-7128 (TTY 800-877-8339), <a href=""></a>, or fax 916-989-7208.</p> <P> <P> <P> Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Proposed Warren Act Contracts for Conveyance and Storage
2014-12-05 15:16:00.0 <p><b>FRESNO, Calif. - </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental documents for the proposed issuance of a series of temporary Warren Act contracts to Byron-Bethany Irrigation District, Banta-Carbona Irrigation District and Patterson Irrigation District. </p> <P> <p>The Warren Act contracts would allow annual conveyance of up to 10,000 acre-feet of their respective pre-1914 San Joaquin River water into the Delta-Mendota Canal from January 2015 through December 2045 for Banta-Carbona Irrigation District and Byron-Bethany Irrigation District and from September 2015 through August 2046 for Patterson Irrigation District. </p> <P> <p>The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at <a href=""></a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href=""></a>.</p> <P> <p>Please email comments to <a href=""></a> by close of business on Friday, Dec. 26. Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397. </p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address. </p> <P> Reclamation Transfers Ownership of the Strawberry Valley Project Power Distribution System
2014-12-04 11:11:00.0 Salt Lake City, Utah - The Bureau of Reclamation today transferred ownership of the Strawberry Valley Project Power Distribution System to the South Utah Valley Electric Service District. The transfer was made under provisions of the South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance Act. The Strawberry Valley Project Power Distribution System consists of 12.5 kilovolt power lines that convey electricity from system substations to end users in south Utah County. <P> The Department of the Interior supports the transfer of facilities in cases where such projects create benefits for the new owner, other stakeholders and the general public. In an effort to facilitate the project, the District proposed legislation that would allow for the transfer of the Distribution System. The South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance Act was signed into law on July 18, 2013. The law authorizes transfer of the Power Distribution System to the District, and provides the District with access to associated federal lands for operations and maintenance purposes. <P> The Strawberry Valley Project comprises about 45,000 irrigable acres in south Utah County. The project provided the first large-scale transmountain diversion from the Colorado River Basin to the Bonneville Basin. It also was one of the earliest Reclamation projects to develop hydroelectric energy. The Strawberry Valley Project Power System had three components; a generation system consisting of power plants; a transmission system consisting of 46.0 kilovolt lines connecting the power plants to substations; and a distribution system that consists of 12.5 kilovolt lines from substations to end users. The Strawberry Valley Project Power System supplies electricity to users in Payson, Salem, Spanish Fork, Springville, and adjacent Utah County areas. <P> For more information, please contact Provo Area Office Manager Wayne Pullan at 801-369-2778 or Provo Area Office Public Affairs Specialist Lee Traynham at 801-379-1196. <P> Reclamation Announces Water Conservation Field Services Program Grant Funding Available
2014-12-03 15:22:00.0 BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation has announced that a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Pacific Northwest Region's Water Conservation Field Services Program is now available. The grant opportunity is for cost-share funding for water conservation activities. <P> The funding opportunity announcement is available at <a href=""></a> using funding announcement number R15AS00001. <P> Reclamation established the Water Conservation Field Services Program in 1996 to encourage water conservation on Reclamation Projects, assist irrigation districts to develop and implement water conservation plans, and foster improved water management. <P> WCFSP grants will require a 50 percent or better cost-share, and will be evaluated based on criteria outlined in the announcement. Eligible activities include water management planning, such as development or updating a water conservation plan, or implementation of activities identified in a water conservation plan. Implementable activities include: water measurement, automation, and improved conveyance efficiency projects, such as canal piping and lining. <P> To be eligible, there must be a defined relationship to a Reclamation Project located within the boundaries of the Pacific Northwest Region. Reclamation expects to award about 12 grants of up to $25,000, depending on Reclamation's final fiscal year 2015 appropriations from Congress. <P> Proposals must be submitted as indicated on <a href=""></a> by 4 p.m., Mountain Standard Time, February 15, 2015. It is anticipated that awards will be made this spring. <P> <P> <P> Reclamation Announces Temporary Closure of Lake Berryessa’s Spanish Flat Recreation Area
2014-12-01 16:20:00.0 <p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, will temporarily close Spanish Flat Recreation Area at Lake Berryessa beginning Thursday, Jan 1, 2015. Drought conditions and resulting low visitation have caused Spanish Flat Recreation Area to become economically unfeasible for the concessionaire to operate during the off-peak recreation season.</p> <p>Visitors are encouraged to use the recreation areas at Lake Berryessa that typically remain open during the off-peak recreation season, including Putah Canyon Recreation Area, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Pleasure Cove Marina, Markley Cove Resort, and Oak Shores and Smittle Creek Day Use Areas. The locations of these recreation areas can be found on the map at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>The Spanish Flat Recreation Area is scheduled to re-open on Friday, May 15, 2015, if drought conditions have substantially improved. For additional information on Spanish Flat Recreation Area services and schedules, please call the concessionaire, Pleasure Cove Marina, LLC, at 707-966-9600 or visit their website at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>For information on recreation services, lake levels, launch ramp availability, etc. please call the Lake Berryessa Administration Office at 707-966-2111 or visit the Lake Berryessa website at <a href=""></a>.</p> <P> Reclamation Announces Animas-La Plata Project Contract Negotiations with Southern Ute Indian Tribe
2014-12-01 16:17:00.0 DURANGO, Colo. - Reclamation's Western Colorado Area Office announced today that it will initiate negotiations with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on a proposed contract for the Tribe’s statutory water allocation of the Animas-La Plata Project. The first negotiation meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 8, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at the Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Avenue, Durango, Colorado. <P> The contract to be negotiated will provide for storage and delivery of project water, and outline the terms and conditions of operation and maintenance payments for the project. <P> All negotiations are open to the public as observers, and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments pertaining to the contract during a thirty minute comment period following the negotiation session. The proposed contract and other pertinent documents will be available at the negotiation meeting, or can be obtained on our <a href="">website</a> under Current Focus or by contacting <a href="">Ryan Christianson</a> of the Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave, Suite 221, Grand Junction, Colorado, 81501, telephone (970) 248-0652. <P> Strawberry Valley Project Power Distribution System Title Transfer Ceremony
2014-12-01 12:18:00.0 Salt Lake City, Utah – The Bureau of Reclamation and the South Utah Valley Electric Service District will host a signing ceremony to celebrate transfer of ownership of the Strawberry Valley Project Power Distribution System on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 10 a.m. This will transfer ownership of the Distribution System from the United States to the District. The Strawberry Valley Project Power Distribution System conveys electricity to end users in south Utah County, including the communities of Payson, Salem, Spanish Fork, and Springville. The Strawberry Valley Project provided the first large-scale transmountain diversion from the Colorado River Basin to the Bonneville Basin and was one of the earliest Reclamation projects to develop hydroelectric energy. <P> WHO: The ceremony will begin with remarks presented by leadership from Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region. The ceremony will conclude with the signing of title transfer documents. <P> WHAT: Strawberry Valley Project Power Distribution System Title Transfer Ceremony. Light refreshments will follow. <P> WHEN: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 10:00 a.m. <P> WHERE: Bureau of Reclamation, Provo Area Office, 302 East 1860 South, Provo, UT 84606 <P> Directions: Southbound and Northbound on I-15: Take exit 263 for 1860 South toward U.S. 189 North/University Avenue. Continue east on 1860 South approximately 0.3 miles. Reclamation’s offices are located in the first building on the right. <P> For more information, please contact Provo Area Office Manager Wayne Pullan at 801-369-2778 or Provo Area Office Public Affairs Specialist Lee Traynham at 801-379-1196. <P>