Reclamation News Releases News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation CFEB Announcements - May 27, 2016
2016-05-27 15:00:00.0 The CFEB would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend and ask that you take a moment to remember the men and women that have given their lives in service to our great country and remember those that continue to serve today around the world. <P> <P> <a href="">MEMORIAL DAY</a> <P> <P> <P> Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle. <P> <P> On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> CONGRATULATIONS FED CUP 5k <P> <P> The CFEB congratulations all the federal employees that participated in the run on May 21, and in particular the CFEB DFC Wellness Center Team, the WELLBEES for their 5th place finish. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> US CENSUS BUREAU WEBINARS <P> <P> <P> The Census Bureau offers both web-based and in-person courses to help you access and use Census Bureau statistics. These free courses can teach you how to use our databases and mapping tools, find local and national demographic information for a variety of uses including grant proposals, economic data statistics for business plans, research papers, etc. Check out the course descriptions and resources at the link above. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> DFC FARMERS MARKET <P> Thursday’s only | June 16 – September 8, 2016 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm <P> Denver Federal Center Bicentennial Park <P> | <P> Lauren Trenc | <P> <P> The Seventh Annual DFC Farmers Market starts soon! Market is open to the public, so invite your family and friends to join you for a picnic! Visitors need a valid I.D. to enter the DFC. Visitor entrances are Gates 1, 4 and 5. Animals are not allowed on the Denver Federal Center. <P> <P> Market will feature two farms and many new vendors and lunch options, including: <P> Indian tacos, Gourmet wraps, BBQ, Pizza, Ice cream, Latin food, Sweet and savory crepes, Noodle bowls, Maple syrup, &Gluten free cookies. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> FEDS FEED FAMILIES 2016 FOOD DRIVE <P> June 1 – August 31, 2016 <P> Bart Bushman | 303 844 0310 | <P> <P> HUNGER IMPACTS EVERYTHING <P> Food banks across the country face severe shortages of food throughout the summer, as children are left without school nutrition programs. Over the past seven years, we have witnessed the remarkable generosity of our Federal workforce, collecting millions of pounds of food to support families in their communities! <P> <P> HOW YOU CAN HELP <P> 1) Designate or volunteer to be a Campaign Manager to coordinate the food drive for your agency. <P> 2) Have your Campaign Manager email their name, agency, city, phone & email to Bart Bushman | | 303-844-0310 <P> 3) Agencies in the DENVER METRO AREA should follow the instructions below. Bart will coordinate with Food Bank of the Rockies on your behalf. <P> 4) Agencies in ALL OTHER COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT COLORADO should coordinate your food drive with your local food bank. If you need help locating a local food bank, please contact Bart. <P> 5) Realizing there are many agencies that collect food year round and have ongoing relationships with local food banks, we encourage you to continue those relationships for this food drive. However, we also ask that you contact Bart with the # of pounds of food you collect, so your efforts are reflected in the overall numbers. <P> 6) At the end of the campaign (August 31), report the total number of pounds of food you collected to Bart. This is very important to better ensure your donations are counted towards your agency total and/or the overall campaign total, as well as the CFEB total. <P> <P> **AGENCIES IN THE DENVER METRO AREA** USDA Food and Nutrition Service is helping coordinate and track donations by agencies in the Denver Metro area and is asking you to read on to learn how to participate and get your donations counted. All donations will go to the Food Bank of the Rockies (, which distributes food to hundreds of direct service providers (food pantries, shelters, soup-kitchens, etc.) in the Denver Metro area. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> CFEB RETIREMENT PLANNING CLASSES <P> <P> <P> ### <P> <P> MAY <P> <P> 2016 MEMORIAL DAY RUN & MARCH <P> May 28, 2016 | 8:00 am | 500 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock, CO <P> <P> <P> ### <P> <P> SAVVY SOCIAL SECURITY | Managing your benefit like any other retirement asset <P> May 31, 2016 | 8:00 - 9:00 am <P> Denver Federal Center | Bldg. 25 Lecture Hall | Entrance E14 <P> Free | Online Registration Required | <P> <P> ### <P> <P> JUNE & BEYOND <P> <P> 13th ANNUAL SOCIETY OF AMERICAN INDIAN GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES (SAIGE) NATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM - “Serving Our Nations” <P> June 6-9, 2016 | Hard Rock Hotel, Catoosa, OK | Information and the draft agenda, visit: | <P> <P> ### <P> <P> 8TH ANNUAL FEDS CHIPPIN’ IN GOLF TOURNAMENT <P> June 11, 2016 | 7:30 am | Applewood Golf Course | 14001 W 32 Ave | Golden CO <P> $99.00 includes golf cart, range balls, light breakfast, & Lunch! <P> <P> Kerbi Jacobson | 303 887 4839 | <P> <P> <P> ### <P> <P> WORLD REFUGEE DAY CELEBRATION <P> June 20, 2016 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm <P> Rogers Bldg. | 1961 Stout | Long’s Peak Room 2nd floor <P> FREE | RSVP to <P> <P> Join the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement in viewing an award winning film about refugees followed by a discussion on creating welcoming communities within Region 8. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> CYBER RISK MANAGEMENT <P> June 22, 2016 | Denver CO <P> FREE | Online Registration Required <P> <P> June 23, 2016 | Colorado Springs <P> FREE | Registration Open Soon <P> <P> ***Both workshops will cover the same content. The only difference is the location. <P> <P> The Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership (CEPP), the Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), FEMA Region VIII, and the Colorado Federal Executive Board (CFEB) have partnered to provide free, cyber security programs in 2016. <P> <P> The June program features Cyber Risk Management and Cyber Risk Transfer Alternatives, and includes presentations by the Integrated Risk Management Solutions, Inc. and the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. Topics: <P> · What comprises a proactive risk management program? <P> · What are your information risks? <P> · How do you manage these risks? <P> · Why might you need cyber insurance? <P> · What types of cyber insurance are available? <P> · What to be aware of when shopping for cyber insurance <P> <P> ### <P> <P> PUEBLO CHEMICAL DEPOT BLOOD DRIVE <P> June 29, 2016 | 12:00 – 4:00 pm | Bonfils Bus, In lot North of Building 6 | Pueblo Chemical Depot, CO | To Schedule an Appointment, please contact Kathryn Cain | 719 549 4060| | Eligibility Questions - Bonfils Donor Relations | 800 365 0006 ext 1 <P> <P> ### <P> <P> CFEB QUARTERLY MEETING <P> July 28, 2016 | 7:30 - 11:00 am | Registration Deadline 7/22/15 <P> National Park Service | 12900 W Alameda Pkwy | Lakewood CO 80228 <P> <P> $28 | Online Registration Required <P> <P> SCHEDULE <P> 7:30 Breakfast & Networking <P> 8:00 CFEB Welcome | Introductions | Business Meeting <P> Ø WOW Award Winners <P> Ø Business of Joy Research Project | Victoria Mattingly, CO State University & Reina Bach <P> 8:45 Laughaceuticals | Kaiser Permanente <P> 10:00 Joy Within Reach | Reina Bach <P> 11:00 Adjourn <P> <P> TRAINING | JOY & LAUGHTER’S CONTRIBUTION TO YOUR WELL-BEING <P> This training will have two complementary training components demonstrating how laughter and joy contribute to our overall health and well-being and explore the relationship between happiness and employee productivity. <P> <P> LAUGHACEUTICALS: LAUGHTER AS WELLNESS <P> Presented by Kaiser Permanente <P> · Laughaceuticals is an interactive workshop using improvisational theater techniques and interactive exercises supported by evidence-based research. <P> <P> JOY WITHIN REACH <P> Presented by Reina Bach, Principal Liberty Leadership Group <P> <P> “Joy” is a hot topic in the realm of leadership development today, but are joyful leaders better leaders? In addition, research is starting to link happiness to our health! When we are more joyful: <P> s Our stress level goes down <P> s We tend to sleep better, eat better, and take better care of ourselves <P> s We spend more time looking at the brighter side of life, rather than basking in negativity <P> s Our focus shifts from what’s wrong in the world to what’s right, lifting not only our mood in the moment but our general outlook <P> <P> Reina will explore joy and help you feel more alive, energized, centered and happy! Learn the proven Joy Within Reach™ process and the skills necessary to: <P> s Leverage strengths, uncover blind spots, and manage vulnerabilities in your leadership style <P> s Lead from a place of sustainable resilience <P> s Refresh your list of core values <P> s Tap into undiscovered personal energy reserves <P> s Remember who you are, not who you think you should be <P> s Integrate work, family, relationships and leisure into a more aligned and complete life. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> 19TH ANNUAL EEOC EXCEL CONFERENCE <P> July 19-21, 2016 | Hilton San Francisco Union Square | 333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA | Cost $1,500 for the full conference and $1,699 for specialty tracks | Register for conference <P> <P> The EXCEL Conference is where EEO, HR, and ADR practitioners from private and federal organizations gather for four days of outstanding education, training and professional development. There are three plenary sessions, two specialty tracks, and over 50 open workshops that give participants the needed knowledge, and skills to enhance their performance, and meet the evolving demands of today's workplace. <P> <P> EEOC Training Institute | 703 291 0880 or 866 446 0940 | <P> <P> ### <P> <P> ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE - DENVER REGION <P> CREATE CHALLENGE CHANGE <P> July 31 – August 3, 2016 | Denver CO <P> Details & Registration at <P> <P> Jodi Duncan | 303 844 4901 | <P> <P> Join your regional development peers (Economic Development Districts, University Centers, RLFs, Tribal Planning Grantees, Regional Councils, Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers, and other regional development stakeholders) from the 10-state region of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming at the Grand Hyatt Denver for three days of best practice exchanges, peer networking, and professional development training. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> CONFERENCE ON NATIVE AMERICAN NUTRITION <P> September 26-27, 2016 | Prior Lake MN <P> <P> <P> ### <P> <P> OPM WMDC LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS CATALOGUE <P> <P> <P> ### <P> <P> DENVER COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING PROGRAMS <P> Register | | | 303 725 3084 <P> <P> ### <P> <P> TRAINING @ DOI UNIVERSITY <P> DOI University (DOIU) offers competency-based training courses and programs designed to increase the skills of all federal employees. <P> | <P> <P> ### <P> <P> VAN & CARPOOL <P> <P> Vanpools needing riders are listed on the CFEB web site <P> <P> <P> If you would like the CFEB to add your van or carpool to the web site, email the information to <P> <P> ### <P> <P> HEALTH DOES MATTER <P> <P> President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition <P> <P> <P> Through partnerships with the public, private, and non-profit sectors, the President's Council promotes programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to lead active, healthy lives. The President Council's mission is to engage, educate, and empower all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. The Council plays a key role in the development of the administration's programmatic priorities, outreach, and awareness efforts to improve the health and quality of life for all Americans. <P> <P> Yoga @ DENVER FEDERAL CENTER - WELLNESS CENTER <P> Denver Federal Center |Bldg. 75 | Kiel Hovland | 303 236 6911 | <P> Tuesday’s | 5:00 – 6:00 pm | Yoga for beginners and intermediates <P> Thursday’s | 5:00 – 6:00 pm | Yoga for beginners and intermediates <P> Sue Doty | Pre-register @ 720-252-7935 | <P> Drop in Cost is $10 –or- 4-Punch Pass - $30 (Classes open to all: Feds & Non-Feds; Members & Non-Members) <P> <P> Yoga @ CESAR CHAVEZ FEDERAL BLDG <P> Monday's | See Schedule below | Cesar Chavez Federal Bldg. | Cost $10 all levels <P> Desiree Cunningham | 303 572 7382 | <P> <P> Schedule for June 2016 <P> 6/6/16 11:45 am - 12:45 pm | GSA Conference room 221 <P> 6/13/16 11:45 am - 12:45 pm | GSA Conference room 221 <P> 6/20/16 11:45 am - 12:45 pm | GSA Conference room 221 <P> 6/27/16 11:45 am - 12:45 pm | GSA Conference room 221 <P> <P> FEHB VIRTUAL SERVICE <P> 1st Wednesday of every FEHB pay period | 9:00 - 10:00 am <P> Hosted by Kaiser Permanente | 1 800 632 9700 | <P> CONFERENCE LINE | 1 855 851 8843 | Code 570 038 434 # <P> ONLINE | | Code kpfedtalk1 | Follow prompts for audio <P> <P> Connect with FEDSTRIVE Region 8 <P> Facebook - <P> <P> <P> Mile High Walking Club – Denver Federal Center <P> Every Thursday | 11:15 – 11:45 am | Meet at NW corner of 5th & Center <P> Free, open to all federal employees & contractors <P> Brittany Plaven | 303 844 7333 | <P> <P> Mile High Walking Club – Byron G Rogers Building <P> Every Monday | 12:00 – 12:30 pm | Meet right outside of the Byron Rogers Building <P> Every Wednesday | 11:30 am – 12:00 pm | Meet right outside of the Byron Rogers Building <P> Free, open to all federal employees & contractors <P> Brittany Plaven | 303 844 7333 | <P> <P> BONFILS DFC BLOOD DRIVE <P> 2nd Thursday of each month | 8:00 am - 1:30 pm <P> Denver Federal Center | Bldg. 67 | Hungry Horse Room <P> SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT | (site code is 2015) | 303 363 2300 <P> Betty Palcsak | 303 236-6905 | <P> <P> ### <P> <P> LIGHTEN UP! <P> <P> I don't always lose my phone, but when I do, it's always on silent - Your <P> <P> ### <P> <P> PETS OF THE WEEK <P> Adopt a pet and save a life <P> <P> Chauncey | Staffordshire Terrier | Male <P> MY FAIRY DAWG MOTHER RESCUE | 720 939 7017 | <P> <P> Catman (93818)|Lhasa Apso mix | Male |9 years old <P> FOOTHILLS ANIMAL SHELTER | 303-278-7575 | <P> <P> <P> Flower & Serina | Cats | Please adopt as a pair | Special Needs <P> ANGELS WITH PAWS SHELTER | 303-274-2264 | <P> <P> <P> ### <P> <P> VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES <P> <P> DENVER FEDERAL CENTER SAFETY DAY | Seeking Vendors <P> July 7, 2016 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Free <P> DFC Bldg. 41 | Remington Arms Rm & Outside at Centennial Park <P> <P> Send Vendor Booth Requests to Jackie Mead | 303 231 3703 | <P> Include: <P> · Equipment Needed: Power, tent, etc. <P> · Booth Preference: Indoors or Outdoors <P> · Number of Tables & Chairs <P> · Number of People at Your Booth <P> <P> Sponsored by the Denver Federal Safety & Health Council <P> <P> <P> ### <P> <P> VOLUNTEERS & FOSTER HOMES NEEDED FOR CAT SHELTER <P> Angels With Paws | 2540 Youngfield St | Lakewood CO <P> Please contact shelter manager Sondra Bailey | 303 274 2264 | <P> <P> <P> ### <P> <P> SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PETS <P> Saturdays (year round) | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm | Colorado Springs/Denver <P> <P> Sassie Skelton | 719 482 0705 <P> <P> ### <P> Park Ranger Presentations at Lake Berryessa’s Monticello Dam
2016-05-27 14:49:00.0 On May 7 and 14, 2016, Bureau of Reclamation Park Ranger Todd Eggert of Lake Berryessa offered some 45 visitors to Monticello Dam an opportunity to learn about the dam and reservoir. Over the two days, the sightseers and tourists learned about the history of the Solano Project and how water has affected the course of the Berryessa Valley. Many of the visitors came from Solano County and enjoyed discovering where their water comes from. <P> Park Rangers at the Lake Berryessa Field Office began the Monticello Dam Program in summer 2015 to help educate the public about the history of the lake and dam and the benefits they provide. Monticello Dam is located along Highway 128 in eastern Napa County, about 500 feet west of the Yolo County line. Many of the people driving along Highway 128 stop to take a look at the dam and reservoir. <P> Monticello Dam is a 304-foot-high concrete arch dam built in 1957 that impounds Putah Creek to create Lake Berryessa, a popular summer recreation area. The name “Berryessa” came from two brothers, Jose Jesus and Sisto Berryessa, who owned a large amount of land in and around the town of Monticello, now covered by the waters of Lake Berryessa. <P> In the 1940s, the Solano Irrigation District (SID) was formed to manage the water resources of Putah Creek. In November 1948, the Secretary of the Interior authorized Reclamation to build the Solano Project as part of the Central Valley Project (CVP). But local residents wanted the project to be financed and operated separately, and a Senate hearing in 1953 confirmed the Solano Project would be independent of the CVP. The project provides flood control and municipal, industrial, and irrigation water supply. <P> The Monticello Dam Powerplant, completed in 1983, has three generators with a total capacity of 11.5 megawatts. The powerplant is operated by SID with most of the electrical power sent to the North Bay area of San Francisco. <P> The dam’s Morning Glory Spillway, known as the Glory Hole, is a funnel-shaped outlet that allows water to bypass the dam when the lake reaches capacity (1,602,000 acre-feet). The last time the reservoir spilled through the Glory Hole was on May 18, 2006. <P> Park Rangers will continue to offer the Monticello Dam Program every Saturday through Labor Day 2016. <P> <img src="" alt="Monticello Dam and beautiful Lake Berryessa." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="" alt+"Beautiful rainbow over Lake Berryessa." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <P> Folsom South Canal Recreation Trail Partially Closed on June 5 for Folsom International Triathlon
2016-05-27 11:44:00.0 FOLSOM, Calif. – On Sunday, June 5, 2016, the Bureau of Reclamation will close 4.4 miles of the Folsom South Canal Recreation Trail from Sunrise Boulevard to Tributary Crossing Road for the Folsom International Triathlon. <P> Signage will be placed at least seven days prior to the event in order to notify the public of the closed canal trail. The closure will occur on June 5, 2016, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Following 12 p.m., the canal trail will be re-opened to the public. Signs, cones and traffic barriers will be removed by volunteers from the Folsom International Triathlon staff. <P> For additional information on the Folsom South Canal Recreation Trail, please visit: <a href=""> </a> . <P> For additional information on the Folsom International Triathlon: <a href=""></a>. <P> For questions about the temporary trail closure, please contact Scott Moore, Realty Specialist, Central California Area Office, at 916-989-7177 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href=""></a>. <P> <P> <P> Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on the Installation of SatLink2 on Flow Measurement Devices in the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District
2016-05-27 11:17:00.0 CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation has prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the installation of SatLink2 on flow measurement devices in the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District (District). The District proposes to install 50 SatLink2 devices in the Carson Division that will allow for remote monitoring of irrigation water deliveries. The installation of SatLink2 devices at the water meters would reduce over-deliveries and ultimately the amount of water released from Lahontan Reservoir. <P> Reclamation proposes to provide WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funds to the District. Through the WaterSMART program, Reclamation provides cost-shared funding on a competitive basis for projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, protect endangered species, or facilitate water markets. For more information on WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants, please visit <a href=""></a>. <P> The Draft EA was available for public review from March 17 to April 1, 2016; no public comments were received. The FONSI and Final EA were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at <a href=""></a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href=""></a>. <P> For additional information or to receive copies of the FONSI and Final EA, please contact Doug Kleinsmith at 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339). The documents may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. <P> <P> Reclamation Announces Summer Tour Schedule at Shasta Dam
2016-05-26 15:43:00.0 SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will start the summer tour schedule at Shasta Dam on Saturday, May 28. Daily tour times are 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. <P> Visitors are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before the tour time and are required to check in at the Shasta Dam Visitor Center to receive free tickets. The tours are “first come, first served,” and a maximum of 40 people are allowed on each tour. Free parking is available. The tours begin after a short walk to the entrance of the dam. <P> No bags of any kind, electronic devices or weapons, including small pocket knives, are allowed on the tour; however, cameras and cellular telephones are permitted. <P> The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free video version of the tour is available in the auditorium, along with displays and exhibits explaining the dam’s construction history. The Discover Your Northwest Gift Shop is also located at the Visitor Center. <P> Shasta Dam is located approximately 10 miles north of Redding, Calif. Exit at Shasta Dam Boulevard (exit 685) off Interstate 5 and drive west 6 miles to the dam. <P> For more information, please contact the Shasta Dam Visitor Center at 530-275-4463 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit <a href=""></a>. <P> Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region Participates in Tree Mortality Task Force
2016-05-26 12:03:00.0 Over the past few years, California has been experiencing a rapid increase in conifer tree (pine tree) mortality due to bark beetles, which are native to California. This is a direct result of the drought: the lack of water has caused the pine trees to become stressed, and they are unable to fight off insects and disease as they normally would. <P> Bark beetles are small insects – only about the size of a piece of cooked rice – that attack stressed trees by boring holes into the bark. A healthy tree would be able to fend off the attack by exuding pitch into the holes, pushing the beetles out. But drought-stressed trees have a difficult time producing enough pitch to fight off the insects. Compounding the problem, the beetles release pheromones that attract other beetles. This mass influx of beetles can quickly overwhelm a tree, killing it in just two to four weeks during warmer months. <P> According to the U.S. Forest Service, tree mortality from bark beetles and drought has reached over 29 million trees, up from 3.3 million in 2014. Most tree mortality in California has occurred in the southern Sierra Nevada and the Central Coast. Southern California began seeing a rapid increase in tree mortality in 2015, experiencing up to 90 percent pine-tree mortality. <P> This situation has been spreading north and has reached El Dorado and Placer counties, where the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region owns a significant amount of land in the Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA) and Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (FLSRA). Placer County has formed a Tree Mortality Task Force to respond to the crisis, and El Dorado County is in the process of forming a similar task force. <P> Many of the populated rural communities in Placer and El Dorado counties are adjacent to the Reclamation-owned lands in the ASRA and FLSRA, and the dead trees present a risk of wildland fires, endangering our watershed and the public. Reclamation has joined the Placer County Tree Mortality Task Force to help address these issues on our lands and assist in a regional solution. <P> Participating on the Task Force adds a significant new challenge to the Mid-Pacific Region’s fire management/pre-fire suppression efforts, which are already in place to mitigate wildfires in the communities surrounding the ASRA and FLSRA. These projects are being conducted as multi-agency efforts with the public, the California Department of Parks & Recreation (State Parks), CAL FIRE, the California Conservation Corps, local fire departments, and local fire-safe councils. This collaboration is critical to developing long-term solutions. <P> CAL FIRE has developed a “Bark Beetle Campaign Toolkit” to help inform California residents about bark beetle infestation. Please visit <a href=""></a> for additional information on this serious problem. <P> <img src="" alt="Dying trees from bark beetle infestation." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> <img src="" alt="Bark beetle infestation." hspace="4" vspace="4"/> <P> Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Warren Act Contract with Del Puerto Water District
2016-05-25 14:22:00.0 FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a five-year Warren Act Contract to be issued to Del Puerto Water District. Due to drought conditions, the district needs to convey non-Central Valley Project water to existing crops within their district that are in need of supplemental irrigation water. <P> The Warren Act authorizes Reclamation to enter into contracts to impound, store, or convey non-Project water in federal facilities, when excess capacity is available. <P> The city of Turlock would release recycled, treated water to the San Joaquin River, and then it would be conveyed by way of Patterson Irrigation District to the Delta-Mendota Canal. Del Puerto would take the water from their existing turnouts along the DMC for agricultural use. Up to 13,400 acre-feet of water per year will be conveyed under the contract. <P> The Final EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA/FONSI, please contact Stacy Holt at 559-487-5295 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P> Reclamation Hosts 2016 Interior Dam Safety Coordinator Training
2016-05-25 12:45:00.0 The Bureau of Reclamation's Dam Safety Office hosted the annual Department of Interior Dam Safety Coordinator's Training in Jackson, Wyoming on May 17-19, 2016.  The theme of the training program focused on the lessons learned from the failure of Teton Dam.   <P> June 5 marks the 40th anniversary of the failure which catastrophically released 244,000 acre-feet of water in a few hours. It resulted in 11 deaths and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to homes, farms and ranches, and the environment.  <P> The training included instruction from several retired Reclamation employees who were involved in the after action studies and very personal accounts of what happened during and after the flood.  Nearly 140 department employees from every agency and 12 tribes involved in dam safety, security and emergency management participated in the training program.  <P> The program included two days of classroom instruction focusing on the organization culture, investigations, design, construction, the events on the day of the failure, and the lessons learned along the way.  There were also sessions on what could have been done differently in the investigations, design, and construction; and changes implemented within Reclamation including the Dam Safety Program.  <P> The training program concluded with a field trip to the Teton Dam site.      <P> <P> Reclamation to Open the Delta Cross Channel Gates
2016-05-25 11:55:00.0 WALNUT GROVE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Friday, May 27, 2016, at approximately 9 a.m. for the Memorial Day weekend. The gates will be closed on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at approximately noon. Please be advised that the decision to open or close the gates can be made on short notice based on requirements. <P> The Delta Cross Channel Gates control the diversion channel near Walnut Grove about 30 miles south of Sacramento. When the gates are open, fresh water is drawn from the Sacramento River into the interior of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta through Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River. The open gates also allow boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent juvenile salmon from being diverted from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta. <P> Boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The opening and closing of the gates generally takes about one hour. <P> Information on gate operations can be accessed on Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations website at <a href=""></a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-2683. <P> For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P> Five Projects will Receive Funding Through the Western Watershed Enhancement Program From Reclamation
2016-05-25 10:00:00.0 WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López says five projects will receive a total of $482,967 in funding to promote watershed health and wildfire resiliency, protect municipal and agricultural water supplies, and improve infrastructure through the Western Watershed Enhancement Program across five western states. The funding awarded will support projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho and Washington. <P> "Reclamation is collaborating with others to ensure a sustainable water supply for our future generations," Commissioner Estevan López said. "Through the Western Watershed Enhancement Program, more landscapes in western watersheds and forests will remain healthy and resilient to risks associated with drought and climate changes, such as wildfires." <P> These projects will help improve watershed health, reduce wildfire risk and post-wildfire erosion and sedimentation through rehabilitation of fire-damaged areas; restore wildlife habitat; and investigate watershed enhancement methods. <P> Below are overviews of the funded projects: <P> <strong>Cragin Watershed Protection Project (Arizona)</strong>: Reclamation is providing $76,739 toward this project to remove hazardous fuels from overstocked forest stands, which will reduce fire threats. It includes mechanical and hand treatments on 39,000 acres and prescribed fires on 64,000 acres to reduce risks within and adjacent to the three sub-watersheds that drain into Cragin Reservoir. The project will also advance field work to address environmental impacts. This project is a collaborative effort among the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, Salt River Project and National Forest Foundation. <P> <strong>Hemlock Project (California)</strong>: Reclamation is providing $96,084 toward this project to support a 12,000-acre watershed enhancement study on the Stanislaus National Forest at the headwaters of the Mokelumne River. The Project partners Reclamation with the Forest Service and the University of California and is part of the larger Sierra Watershed Ecosystem Enhancement Project (SWEEP). Its goal is to produce a quantitative assessment of the impacts of watershed enhancement approaches that is scalable across the Sierra Nevada and potentially other forests. <P> <strong>Glacier Creek to Mill Creek Fuel Reduction Project (Colorado)</strong>: Reclamation is providing $84,500 toward the reduction of fuel loads to help prevent wildfires from spreading and improve watershed health by focusing on enhancing existing fire barriers such as roads, trails and rivers on 210 acres in Rocky Mountain National Park in the headwaters of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. This is part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Headwaters Partnership, a collaborative effort among the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, the State of Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park, Western Area Power Administration and Northern Water Conservancy District. <P> <strong>Boise River Pilot Project (Idaho)</strong>: Reclamation is providing $70,000 toward two distinct projects in the Boise River watershed to minimize post-fire erosion and sediment loads, stabilize soils and establish more fire-resilient forests and habitats. Funding will go toward planting 17,000 seedlings, which amount to about 200 trees per acre over 85 acres; removing non-native invasive species on 200 to 400 acres of land, which are flourishing in post-fire conditions; and restoring native, fire-resistant vegetation. These are two components of a broader watershed improvement partnership between the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service in the Boise River Basin. <P> <strong>Yakima Watershed Enhancement Project (Washington)</strong>: Reclamation is providing $150,644 toward this project to reduce wildfire risk on 730 acres of land within the catchment basin that flows into Rimrock Reservoir in Washington state. These treatments help reduce the potential for large-scale wildfires and associated post-fire impacts such as entry of sediment, debris and contamination into water supplies and facilities. Additional support for this project is also being provided by the U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, Washington Department of Natural Resources and the Yakima Nation. <P> The Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership was formally established in July 2013, by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. It is a part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, outlining a comprehensive approach to prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change, including increased risk of wildfires and drought. <P> <P> Flows Increase on the Rio Grande and Rio Chama
2016-05-25 07:04:00.0 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Flows through the Middle Rio Grande and Rio Chama are on the rise as the spring runoff is supplemented with water from El Vado Reservoir for the benefit of the environment and endangered species. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation, New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and Interstate Stream Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District and Rio Chama Watershed Partnership came together to create this coordinated flow event. <P> “This is a great example of what can happen when everyone works together for the benefit of our river systems,” said Jennifer Faler, Albuquerque Area Manager for the Bureau of Reclamation. <P> The higher flows on both rivers will provide a great opportunity for recreation this Memorial Day weekend, but the public should use caution as water levels are higher and moving faster than we’ve experienced in recent years. <P> The release from El Vado to Abiquiu is currently at 2,000 cubic feet per second. That will double by Wednesday and then will begin dropping back down to about 2,000 cubic feet per second by Friday. It will remain at that level for a couple of weeks. This flow, which is beneficial to the ecosystem of the Rio Chama, includes the bypass of the inflow to El Vado Reservoir as well as the scheduled release of water stored with approval of the Rio Grande Compact states of Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. This agreement allowed for the storage of close to 40,000 acre-feet of water in El Vado between May 2 and May 20. The Rio Grande Compact Commission approved a resolution to allow for the temporary modification of storage operations at El Vado at its March meeting. <P> “This collaborative operation has multiple benefits,” said State Engineer and Rio Grande Compact Commissioner Tom Blaine. “Not only does it continue to provide water to allocated users, it also helps the restoration efforts for endangered species.” <P> The release from Abiquiu Reservoir is scheduled to rise to about 1,800 cubic feet per second by Wednesday and continue for approximately two weeks. The release from Cochiti Dam will be close to 3,300 for about two weeks. This flow will also benefit the entire ecosystem and is aimed at signaling the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow to spawn. Minnow numbers have been low in recent years as the drought has continued. However, a better spring runoff last year helped support a slight improvement in minnow abundance. Monitoring for silvery minnow eggs will be conducted throughout this operation. <P> Reclamation Expects High Water Levels in the North Platte River System This Summer
2016-05-25 00:00:00.0 MILLS, Wyo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation expects higher than normal flows and reservoir levels on the North Platte River System this summer. This is due to recent widespread precipitation, coupled with above average snowpack and already well above average water levels in the reservoirs. <P> "Reclamation is continuing to take steps to make room for the snowmelt runoff that is expected to come into Seminoe and Pathfinder Reservoirs over the next few weeks," said Wyoming Area Manager, Carlie Ronca. "Moving water downstream now will reduce the peak of downstream flows that would be experienced otherwise. Reclamation is coordinating with other Federal, state, and local officials regarding reservoir levels and river flows." <P> Spillways and outlet works will be operated as necessary at all of the Reclamation dams along the North Platte River. The public should be aware of the changing river flows and reservoir levels and take proper precautions. <P> The release from Seminoe Dam through the Miracle Mile has been increased to approximately 6,500 cfs (cubic feet per second) and is expected to be increased again to 7,500 cfs by the end of the week. The current release below Pathfinder Dam is approximately 4,600 cfs and is likely to increase to over 5,000 cfs by the end of May, and 7,000 cfs by early June. The current release from Gray Reef Dam is approximately 4,500 cfs and is expected to increase to 5,000 cfs by the end of May and near 7,000 cfs by early June. As a comparison, the Gray Reef Dam releases from the most recent high water year in 2011 were about 8,000 cfs. <P> Glendo Reservoir has risen to approximately 5 feet into the exclusive flood control. The reservoir is expected to remain in the flood pool until late July in an effort to provide downstream flood protection in Wyoming and Nebraska. The Guernsey Reservoir release is currently 5,000 cfs. That outflow is projected through the month of May with an increase to 6,000 cfs by mid-June. <P> Reclamation Awards $2.4 Million Contract to Replace Excitation Systems at Flaming Gorge Powerplant
2016-05-24 13:22:00.0 DUTCH JOHN, Utah. – The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $2.4 million contract to Koontz Electric Company, Inc., from Morrilton, Arizona, to replace the excitation systems in the three generating units at Flaming Gorge Powerplant. <P> The current exciters are at the end of their life cycle, most of the spare parts have been used and it is difficult to obtain new parts. The exciter is what provides the magnetic field to the generator and the presence of a rotating magnetic field induces current into the wingdings of the generator, which produces electricity. The exciter also provides the means to manipulate the strength of the magnetic field, so that more electricity can be produced and/or more water released. <P> Flaming Gorge Dam and Powerplant is part of the Colorado River Storage Project, which provides vital water storage and hydropower generation as well as providing recreation and improving conditions for fish and wildlife. <P> <P> Reclamation Awards $1.4 Million Contract for Aquatic Invasive Species Inspection Services at Elephant Butte and Navajo Reservoirs
2016-05-24 13:19:00.0 SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a contract for $1.4 million to Pyramid Enterprises, Inc. of Valencia, California, to provide aquatic invasive species inspection services for watercrafts entering Elephant Butte Reservoir and Navajo Reservoir, New Mexico. <P> Aquatic invasive species continue to be a threat to waters in New Mexico. Currently, every state adjacent to New Mexico has one or more waterbodies with a population of zebra and quagga mussels. <P> Currently, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has four seasonal aquatic invasive species technicians to provide outreach and conduct inspections/decontaminations on watercraft entering Navajo Reservoir. Officials at Reclamation and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish determined there is a need to expand watercraft inspections to include Elephant Butte Reservoir. Given the volume of annual visitation at Elephant Butte Reservoir and Navajo Reservoir and the number of boat ramps available for watercraft owners, inspections done by the Department of Game and Fish staff alone is not feasible. This contract will provide additional inspection services. <P> A low-risk watercraft inspection is expected to last between one and three minutes and a high risk inspection to last between three and six minutes. This contract will ensure staffing at levels to efficiently inspect all motorized watercraft entering Elephant Butte Reservoir and Navajo Reservoir while keeping wait times and traffic backups to a minimum. Currently, there is not an inspection requirement of non-motorized watercraft; however, if an owner of a canoe, paddleboard, kayak, etc. enters the inspection station the staff will use the opportunity to provide public outreach regarding aquatic invasive species and will inspect the vessel if asked by the owner. <P> <P> Reclamation and USFWS Announce the Availability of $2.1 Million in Grants to Help Imperiled Species
2016-05-24 13:18:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce the availability of approximately $2.1 million in grants for projects that improve conditions for federally-imperiled species and their habitats impacted by the federal Central Valley Project. The CVP, owned and operated by Reclamation, is one of the world’s largest water storage and conveyance systems. <P> The grants are funded by the Fiscal Year 2017 Central Valley Project Conservation Program and Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program. The CVPCP and CVPIA HRP have established 16 specific Priority Actions related to CVP-impacted species, their habitats and corresponding geographic areas. <P> Each of the Priority Actions is supported by a threatened or endangered species recovery plan that provides strategies and guidance on how the species could be restored to a healthy and viable status. Applicants are requested to submit proposals that support these Priority Actions. <P> The 2017 grants continue 22 years of funding projects. This year, four categories of projects are being solicited for funding: land protection (fee title and conservation easement); habitat restoration; research; and species captive propagation and reintroduction. <P> State or local government agencies, private organizations, individuals and educational institutions are eligible to apply for grants. Applications for grants will close on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Federal agencies wanting to apply are encouraged to contact the program managers named in the announcement to discuss potential projects and the proposal submission process. <P> Instructions for submitting a proposal and background information on the programs is available at <a href=""></a>. Applicants may search for the Funding Opportunity Announcement by Funding Opportunity Number BOR-MP-16-0004. <P> Additional information about the CVPCP and HRP may be found at <a href=""></a>. For questions, please contact Daniel Strait, Manager, Reclamation’s CVP Conservation Program and CVPIA Habitat Restoration Program, at 916-978-5052 or <a href=""></a>. <P>