Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49898 San Joaquin River Restoration Program Releases Framework for Completing Construction Work
2015-07-30 16:25:00.0 <p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation, on behalf of the five implementing agencies of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, today released the Final Revised Framework for Implementation containing a revised budget and schedule in five-year increments for the duration of the Program. The Program is based on the Stipulation of Settlement in <i>Natural Resources Defense Council, et al., v. Rodgers, et al.,</i> and the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act (Title X of Public Law 111-11). The updated Framework will be used as the guiding document for schedule and priorities for construction projects and activities across the Program. The document is available under the 2015 section on the following page: <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net/documentsreports/program-documents/">http://www.restoresjr.net/documentsreports/program-documents/</a>.</p> <P> <p>“This revised document reflects months of coordinated outreach and focused efforts to set out a realistic schedule and budget that prioritizes actions and activities for the Program. We are on the verge of major construction projects that have significant benefits to water supply, flood control, the agricultural community, wildlife habitat and recreation. We are excited about the future of this program and to begin turning dirt,” said David Murillo, Reclamation Mid-Pacific Regional Director.</p> <P> <p>“We have always known that the San Joaquin River Restoration Program was a long-term and ambitious undertaking. The revised Framework creates a marriage between the long-term vision and what’s realistic right now,” said Maria Rea, Assistant Regional Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service’s West Coast Region. “It sets out critically important milestones for progress, making it all the more likely the reintroduction of salmon will be successful.”</p> <P> <p>“The revised Framework will facilitate collaboration with partners to incorporate new schedules for conveying flows and providing passage for the reintroduction of Chinook salmon” said Ren Lohoefener, Regional Director for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.</p> <P> <p>The Settlement provided an aggressive schedule to construct major improvements in the river and reintroduce spring and fall-run Chinook salmon. The Settlement’s schedule represents the minimum time period the federal defendants calculated to complete the improvements. By 2011, it was evident that the timelines established in the Settlement were not going to be achieved.</p> <P> <p>In 2012, Reclamation began a process to prepare a revised schedule and budget for the Program. The resulting document was called the Working Draft Framework for Implementation, dated June 2012. The 2012 Framework was successful in establishing “core” projects and limiting actions that were being requested of the Program.</p> <P> <p>In 2014, the Program once again began working with the parties to prioritize the projects based on a better understanding of the amounts of state and federal funding available. This update seeks to sequence projects and phases of projects based on realistic funding and resources in a logical order to achieve Program goals. Reclamation prepared the Framework update in an open and inclusive process. Participants included representatives from the Friant Districts, Natural Resources Defense Council, the Exchange Contractors, conservation groups and downstream landowners and water districts to achieve as much agreement as possible.</p> <P> <p>The Framework prioritizes and limits actions to those that can be accomplished with no more than about $50 million in federal appropriations plus funds from the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund and the San Joaquin River Restoration Fund along with state funding sources.</p> <P> <p>A series of meetings were held between October 2014 and March 2015 to develop the Revised Framework. The meetings established common expectations on the process for updating the Framework; provided participants with an overview on the need and purpose for updating the Framework; established a common understanding of the Settlement, the Act, Program funding, and constraints that Reclamation faces in implementing the Settlement and the Act; and provided participants with a tool to develop their own schedule and funding for implementing the Settlement. Participants presented their ideas on how they would implement the Settlement within Reclamation’s constraints. Reclamation released the Framework document for a 30-day public comment period on May 15, 2015.</p> <P> <p>The Program is a comprehensive, long-term effort to restore flows to the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam to the confluence of the Merced River, restoring self-sustaining Chinook salmon populations in the river while reducing or avoiding adverse water supply impacts from those flows. The implementing agencies include Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Water Resources and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.</p> <P> <p>The Framework represents the federal views of the actions necessary to implement the Settlement and Settlement Act. Throughout the process for development of the Framework, some parties expressed differing views of what they believe to be the federal settling parties’ obligations in the Settlement and Settlement Act. Reclamation is embarking on a separate process to resolve these outstanding concerns.</p> <P> <p>For more information about the Program, please visit <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net">www.restoresjr.net</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49894 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for the Ash Canyon Acquisition Project
2015-07-30 13:41:00.0 <p><b>CARSON CITY, Nev.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for a project that would allow the Nevada Land Trust to use $250,000 in federal grants to acquire 45 acres of land in Ash Canyon, located west of Carson City, Nev.</p> <P> <p>The grant is funded through Reclamation’s Desert Terminal Lake Program, which provides funding for projects that benefit at-risk natural desert terminal lakes and associated riparian and watershed resources.</p> <P> <p>The project allows federal grant funding to be used to acquire a 45.5-acre parcel of private land and approximately 20 acre-feet of associated water rights from a willing seller in Ash Canyon.</p> <P> <p>The funding will primarily be used to complete acquisition of the property by Nevada Land Trust. Funding will also be provided for them to transfer fee title of the property in the future to a public entity the Trust deems appropriate. This could include adjacent landowners such as Nevada Division of State Parks or the Carson City Open Space Program. The funding will also allow the Nevada Land Trust to protect a wet meadow on the property by relocating logs and boulders on site to block motorized access and prevent ongoing damage to the meadow.</p> <P> <p>The Final Environmental Analysis and related documents are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21541">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21541</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>To request copies of the documents or for additional information, please contact Selena Werdon at </p> <P> <p>775-884-8366 or <a href="mailto:swerdon@usbr.gov">swerdon@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49893 Reclamation Releases Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment for City of Henderson Water Tank Site
2015-07-30 13:34:00.0 Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the re-issuance of a Right of Use contract to the City of Henderson (City) for a water reservoir (tank) site and associated access road on Reclamation land. The site has been used by the City for this purpose since issuance of the original Right of Use contract in 1986 and has an existing water tank. <P> The draft EA was issued for public review in April 2015. The final EA includes all comments received on the draft EA. The FONSI and final EA are posted on Reclamation’s website at: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html at the link titled, “City of Henderson R-10/10A Water Tank Site.” <P> For questions, or to request a compact disk or paper copy of the final EA, please contact Ms. Faye Streier, National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator, at 702-293-8132 or fstreier@usbr.gov. <P> The FONSI and final EA were prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49892 Public Scoping Meeting Scheduled for Boca Dam Safety of Dams Modification Project
2015-07-30 12:42:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public meeting on the Boca Dam Safety of Dams Modification Project to solicit comments on the alternatives being analyzed, provide a summary of environmental effects and update the public on project developments. The public meeting will be held: <P> Wednesday, August 12 7-9 p.m. Truckee Town Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor 10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA 96161 <P> In 2004, Reclamation began analyzing Boca Dam under the Safety of Dams Program for possible deficiencies that could lead to failure. Reclamation is required to evaluate all dam facilities to determine if they have an unacceptable risk of seismic, hydrologic (overtopping) and/or static potential failure modes. <P> Boca Dam is located in a seismically active area. Exploration and analyses indicate that foundation materials beneath the dam may be susceptible to loss of strength during a major earthquake. The loss of strength, known as liquefaction, could result in a potential failure. Analyses also indicate the dam’s concrete spillway walls have seismic deficiencies. In order to reduce the risk of such an event happening, Reclamation will take corrective actions. <P> Reclamation’s preferred alternative at Boca Dam is to construct a stability berm and modify the spillway crest structure. The stability berm will be constructed on the downstream side of the dam. This alternative would reduce the seismic risks and meet Reclamation’s interim Public Protection Guidelines. <P> Boca Dam was completed in 1939 and is 116 feet high and 1,630 feet long. The dam creates Boca Reservoir that has a capacity of about 40,000 acre-feet. The reservoir is used to regulate the Truckee River and provide water for irrigation, recreation, fish and wildlife benefits, and municipal and industrial uses in Truckee Meadows. The dam is owned by Reclamation and operated by the Washoe County Water Conservation District. <P> Written comments will be taken during the meeting. For more information, please contact Andrea Meier at 916-978-5041 (TTY 800-877-8339) or ameier@usbr.gov. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49891 TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Resume Writing and Interview with Confidence
2015-07-30 07:00:00.0 The course will take place on August 5, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. <P> <strong>Course Description</strong>: Looking for a job is a job in itself. Writing a Federal resume can be a time consuming and frustrating experience. This course is designed to take the mystery out of submitting resumes and preparing for job interviews. You'll learn techniques that use key words to successfully target and apply for Federal jobs. Also covered are common resume mistakes. Learn how to answer interview questions that showcase your unique set of skills, knowledge, and abilities using the STAR or CCAR method. Research and preparation are key to knowing what questions are most likely to be asked in an interview. You’ll have the confidence you need to be your best during the interview. <P> <strong>Objectives</strong>: At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to: <P> <ul> <li>Properly complete a Federal resume to improve effectiveness;</li> <li>Write clear, brief, and complete descriptions of work experience;</li> <li>Employ proper business etiquette before, during, and after the interview; and</li> <li>Relate job experiences in a positive manner to showcase your skills and abilities using STAR or CCAR methods.</li> </ul> <P> <strong>Target Audience</strong>: All Denver Office Employees <P> <strong>Tuition</strong>: The cost is $15 per student. Tuition is based on a class of 20 participants and could be more based on actual class size. To cover the cost of the class, please send your FBMS fund, FBMS WBS, and FBMS cost center directly to Ms. Dee Sandoval at dsandoval@usbr.gov. <P> <strong>Registration</strong>: The class is being broadcasted by VTC from the LC Region, Boulder City, NV. Registration is through DOI Learn. To locate the class in the DOI Learn Catalog, use the key words: Resume Writing and Interview with Confidence. (Be sure to select the VTC on August 5th.) Upon supervisory approval in DOI Learn, your name will appear on the class roster, and you will receive a confirmation email generated from DOI Learn. If you are a no-show, you will still be charged for the class. <P> For any questions regarding registering in DOI Learn, please contact Ms. Sandoval at 303-445-3284 or dsandoval@usbr.gov. For questions regarding course content, please contact Ms. Katherine Swinn in the LC Region at 702-293-8486. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49890 Reclamation Transmits to Congress Final Report on Proposed Shasta Dam Raise
2015-07-29 13:55:00.0 <p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation transmitted to Congress today the Final Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation.</p> <P> <p>The report describes the technical, environmental, economic, and financial evaluations prepared to date for alternatives to raise Shasta Dam, located approximately 10 miles northwest of Redding, Calif. The report also identifies next steps to identify construction cost-share partners and project financing, and to develop the Recommended Plan. </p> <P> <p>The project is intended to increase water supply and water supply reliability for agricultural, municipal and industrial, and environmental purposes and increase survival of anadromous fish populations in the upper Sacramento River.</p> <P> <p>Public Law 108-361 (2004) required the Secretary of the Interior to conduct feasibility studies of enlarging Shasta Dam and Reservoir, consistent with the CALFED Record of Decision (ROD) and the 1983 <i>Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies</i>.</p> <P> <p>The Investigation is one of four active surface storage feasibility studies identified in the CALFED ROD. The final reports are available for public review at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/slwri/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/slwri/</a>.</p> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49888 2015 Tenant Satisfaction Survey Coming Soon (or here)
2015-07-29 11:45:00.0 2015 marks the second year GSA is administering the Tenant Satisfaction Survey (TSS) to over 900,000 federal employees whether they are in GSA-owned and leased buildings or work in their own agency- provided buildings. The TSS gives federal employ- ees the opportunity to provide feedback about their building, workspace, building services, security, management staff, and overall satisfaction in fed- erally-owned and leased space. With this feedback we can better support our partner agencies in ac- complishing their missions. <P> Building upon the 2014 survey, our main goal for this year is to gather the best feedback from the federal workforce so that we may provide the most safe, comfortable, efficient, cost effective, and productive work environments at the best value for the American taxpayer balanced with a highly satis- fied workforce. <P> This year’s survey is scheduled to come out very soon, some may have already received their link for the 2015 survey. Every employee in federal workspace will be asked to take the survey. An individual email will be sent to each federal employee with the link to our survey. We ask for your support and participation and ask that you encourage your colleagues to take the survey when they receive their email invitation. This year’s survey will be conducted solely via the internet, and should only take about 6 minutes of your time to complete. The more feedback we gather, the better information we have that can lead to improved, productive, and cost-effective work envi- ronments for you, our partner. <P> So, LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD and take the tenant satisfaction survey!!! <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49887 Bureau of Reclamation Awards $1.49 Million for Nine Desalination and Water Purification Research Projects
2015-07-29 11:20:00.0 DENVER - The Bureau of Reclamation selected nine projects to receive $1.49 million under its Desalination and Water Purification Research Program. Reclamation’s funding will support almost $13.5 million in research. <P> “Improving desalination and water purification across the West is crucial to providing affordable, clean and sustainable water supplies for American communities,” said Commissioner Estevan López. “These projects represent a small portion of the many worthy proposals we have received. The president's budget request for Fiscal Year 2016 includes a 19 percent increase over this year’s budget and, if approved, this amount would be a big step forward for more projects to receive funding next year. ” <P> Research laboratory projects are small-scale projects used to determine if a process is feasible. Funding is provided for one year and is capped at $150,000 per project. New projects are: <P> <ul> <li>Carollo Engineers - $150,000 (California): “Identifying Factors to Increase the Membrane Life in a Seeded Slurry Environment”</li> <li>Regents of the University of California - $150,000 (California): “Overcoming Operating Pressure Barrier in High Recovery Membrane Desalination via Hybrid RO-NF Processes”</li> <li>Vanderbilt University - $145,471 (Tennessee): “Omniphobic Membrane for Robust and Versatile Membrane Distillation Desalination”</li> <li>WateReuse Research Foundation – Hazen and Sawyer - $98,905 (New York): “Developing a Methodology for a Comprehensive Analysis of Alternative Water Supply Projects Compared to Direct Potable Reuse”</li> <li>WateReuse Research Foundation – University of Arizona and Black & Veatch - $150,000 (Arizona): “Integrating Management of Sensor Data for a Real Time Decision Making and Response System”</li> </ul> <P> Pilot-scale projects follow research studies that demonstrate how technology works. They determine the physical viability and suitability of a process on a larger scale. New projects are: <P> <ul> <li>Padre Dam Municipal Water District - $200,000 (California): “Maximizing Product Water through Brine Minimization: Innovative Recovery RO Testing”</li> <li>WateReuse Research Foundation – City of San Diego, CA - $200,000 (California): “Realizing Reverse Osmosis Potential for Potable Reuse: Demonstrating Enhanced Pathogen Removal”</li> </ul> <P> If the selected pilot projects complete a sufficient amount of work in the first year, they may receive additional funding for a second year. Pilot projects on their second year of funding are: <P> <ul> <li>New Mexico State University - $199,974 (New Mexico): “Demonstration of Monovalent Selective Ion Exchange Membranes for Desalination and Reuse Enhancement”</li> <li>San Diego County Water Authority - $200,000 (California): “Pilot Testing Program for the Proposed Camp Pendleton Seawater Desalination Project”</li> </ul> <P> Reclamation received 53 full proposals, having a combined request of $9.6 million in federal funding. These proposals leveraged $18.2 million in non-federal funding. Of the nine projects selected to receive funding, two are continuing pilot projects from Fiscal Year 2014, three are new pilot-scale projects and five are new lab-scale projects. The program is open for academia, private sector, non-profit entities, state and local entities and municipalities to apply. <P> Using testing and new advanced water treatment technologies, the DWPR Program helps Reclamation and its partners identify widening imbalances between supply and demand in western water basins. <P> The DWPR Program priorities 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: www.usbr.gov/awt/. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49889 Reclamation to Host Public Meeting for Ruedi Operations
2015-07-29 00:00:00.0 LOVELAND, Colo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled the annual public meeting for Ruedi Reservoir Water Operations. <P> <strong>August 12: Basalt Town Hall, 101 Midland Avenue, Basalt, Colo., 7 to 8:30 p.m.</strong> <P> The meeting will provide an overview of Ruedi Reservoir's 2015 spring run-off and deliver projected operations for late summer and early fall, which are key tourist seasons in Basalt. The meeting will include a public question and answer session. <P> For more information, please contact Tim Miller, Hydrologist, Eastern Colorado Area Office, by phone or e-mail: (970) 962-4394, or <a href="mailto:tmiller@usbr.gov">tmiller@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49870 San Joaquin River Restoration Program Seeks Input on Recapturing and Recirculating Restoration Flows
2015-07-28 16:04:00.0 <p>SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation is preparing the Long-term Recapture and Recirculation of Restoration Flows Environmental Impact Statement for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. Reclamation has published a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS to identify a set of alternatives for the recapture and recirculation of restoration flows to long-term contractors of the Friant Division of the Central Valley Project. Reclamation is seeking suggestions and information on the alternatives and topics to be addressed and any other important issues related to the proposed action. Four scoping meetings will be held at the following dates and locations to help gather that input:</p> <P> <p>· <b>Sacramento </b>August 10, 1-3 p.m. - Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Regional Office </p> <P> <p>2800 Cottage Way, Cafeteria Conference Room C 1002 </p> <P> <p>· <b>Tulare </b>August 11,6-8 p.m. - Tulare International Agriculture Center, 4500 S. Laspina Street </p> <P> <p>· <b>Fresno</b> August 12, 6-8 p.m. – DoubleTree by Hilton, Fresno Conference Center, Salon A, 2233 </p> <P> <p>Ventura Street</p> <P> <p>· <b>Los Banos</b> August 13, 6-8 p.m. – College Green Building, 1815 Scripps Dr. </p> <P> <p>Oral and written comments will be accepted during the meetings to solicit public input on alternatives, concerns, and issues to be addressed in the EIS. Submit written comments on the scope of the EIS by close of business, Thursday, August 27, 2015, to Kellye Kennedy, Bureau of Reclamation, SJRRP, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-170, Sacramento, CA 95825; fax to 916- 978-5469; or email <a href="mailto:recaptureandrecirculation@restorejsr.net">recaptureandrecirculation@restorejsr.net</a>.</p> <P> <p>Reclamation will develop a reasonable range of alternatives for analysis in the EIS based on previous studies, stakeholder and public input. The SJRRP has been working to implement the Restoration Goal and Water Management Goal described in the Stipulation of Settlement in Natural Resources Defense Council, et al., v. Kirk Rodgers, et al. These goals are both critical to the success of the overall SJRRP. Successfully achieving the Water Management Goal includes recirculating water back to the Friant Division Water Contractors to reduce the supply impacts of releasing Restoration Flows. Paragraph 16(a) of the Settlement directs the Secretary of the Interior to develop and implement a plan to recapture, recirculate and return water through transfers or other means.</p> <P> <p>As described in the SJRRP Program EIS/R, the long-term recapture and recirculation alternatives may include modifications to existing facilities or the construction of new facilities. The water may be delivered directly back to the Friant Division Contractors, or may be made available to others through transfers, exchanges or sales. Action alternatives in the EIS could include expansion of existing facilities or construction of new facilities for the recapture of SJRRP water, the direct delivery of SJRRP water to Friant Division Contractors and, the exchange and/or transfer of recaptured SJRRP Flows among Friant Contractors or between Friant and non-Friant Contractors. </p> <P> <p>The Long-term Recapture and Recirculation of San Joaquin River Restoration Program Flows is authorized by Title X of Public Law 111-11, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, Reclamation will analyze in the EIS the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental effects that may result from implementation of the proposed action and alternatives.</p> <P> <p>For information on the Restoration Program, please visit <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net">www.restoresjr.net</a>. </p> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49869 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Los Carneros Water District’s Recycled Water Pipeline Project
2015-07-28 15:16:00.0 <p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif. </b>- The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact and an Environmental Assessment for the Los Carneros Water District’s Recycled Water Pipeline Project. The EA details Reclamation’s proposed grants of a total of $1.73 million to the Los Carneros Water District to improve water conservation efficiency and to increase water reliability. </p> <P> <p>The grants will partially fund the construction of a metered recycled water pipeline to distribute recycled water from the Napa Sanitation District’s wastewater facilities to approximately 4,050 acres of residential and agricultural land in southwest Napa County. Once constructed, the metered pipeline will distribute approximately 1,465 acre-feet of recycled water each year. </p> <P> <p>The EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22274">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22274</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a></p> <P> <p>For questions on the project or to request a copy of the EA and FONSI, please contact Kylene Lang at (916) 978-6153 or email <a href="mailto:klang@usbr.gov">klang@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49868 Commissioner Estevan López's Priority for Reclamation
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http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49867 Technical Tuesday Presentation - TESSEL
2015-07-28 08:52:00.0 The Joint Leadership Group coordinates “Technical Tuesday” presentations on various subjects of interest for Denver and Washington Offices staff. The next presentation will be on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. mountain time; 1:00 p.m. eastern time in the Hungry Horse conference room in Denver, CO and in the 7637 conference room in Washington, D.C. <P> Bruce Whitesell and Kurt Willie from the Technical Services Center will demonstrate TESSEL. TESSEL is a GIS platform that is available to Reclamation employees and can be useful to provide geographic information in a visual format. <P> Technical Tuesday sessions are typically the first Tuesday of each month beginning at 11:00 am in the Hungry Horse conference room located in the cafeteria. The schedule of upcoming presentations is being developed and is posted at: <a href="http://intra.usbr.gov/jlg/">http://intra.usbr.gov/jlg/</a>. If you have suggestions for future topics or questions about the presentations please contact a JLG member, see <a href="http://intra.usbr.gov/jlg/Members.pdf">http://intra.usbr.gov/jlg/Members.pdf</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49847 Bureau of Reclamation to Award $20,000 for New Fish Tracking Ideas
2015-07-27 11:08:00.0 <div class="fluid-video"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mCw_1zhLybg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <P> DENVER - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking innovative fish tracking technologies in its first Prize Challenge Competition. The competition, which runs until August 26, will award a total of $20,000 in prize money for solutions that reduce costs and improve fish tracking methods. <P> “Discovering new concepts and technologies significantly improves our ability to monitor threatened and endangered fish species and their ecosystems,” said Commissioner Estevan López. “This search for new fish tracking methods gives us a way to collaborate with private industries and the public to find innovative and creative solutions to problems we all currently face.” <P> With many fish species swimming through our rivers and waterways, effective tracking methods are vital to monitoring ecosystem health and recovering threatened and endangered fish species. Current fish tracking methods rely on capturing and handling fish to implant or attach tags. The process of attaching tags is costly and complex, and can also stress fish. While research communities have explored advancements to these technologies, Reclamation’s Prize Challenge Competition encourages breakthrough ideas by inviting innovative solutions from a national community. <P> Reliable, affordable detection and tracking provides vital information about how many fish are present, where and why mortality occurs, and where and why species thrive. This enables program managers to pursue targeted and more effective actions that can reduce mortality rates, improve habitat and increase survival rates. Addressing the need for improved technology will have practical applications for both federal, state and private industries. “Reclamation’s science and engineering expertise is known throughout the world, but we can benefit from innovative ideas from individuals with varied specialties, backgrounds and industries,” said Science Advisor David Raff. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation collaborated with the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to design the prize competition. Submitted solutions will be evaluated by a panel of judges composed of scientists, engineers and telemetry experts from the private sector, tribal nations, Reclamation and other collaborating federal agencies. <P> Reclamation recently partnered with U.S. Agency for International Development to host the Desal Prize Competition at its Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico. With a total of 68 applications from 29 countries, the competition has advanced desalination technologies for rural areas. <P> The winners of the first Prize Challenge Competition will be announced by November 9, 2015. To submit your ideas, please visit https://www.innocentive.com/ar/challenge/9933646. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49832 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for a Temporary Warren Act Contract for Storage and Conveyance of Non-CVP Water from Placer County Water Agency to East Bay Municipal Utility District in 2015
2015-07-24 16:54:00.0 FOLSOM, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the execution of a temporary Warren Act contract with the East Bay Municipal Utility District. The Warren Act contract would allow for the storage and conveyance of non-Central Valley Project water from the Placer County Water Agency’s Middle Fork Project reservoirs in Folsom Reservoir, Lake Natoma and the Folsom South Canal. <P> Reclamation proposes to enter into a temporary Warren Act contract to allow EBMUD to store and convey up to 12,000 acre-feet of PCWA’s stored Middle Fork Project water in federal facilities. The Proposed Action will authorize the use of the federally-owned Folsom Reservoir, Lake Natoma and Folsom South Canal for storage and conveyance of the PCWA transfer water. The transfer water will be diverted at EBMUD’s Freeport Regional Water Project intake facility located on the lower Sacramento River below the confluence of the lower American and Sacramento rivers. After diversion at Freeport, the transfer water would be conveyed through the lower reach of the Folsom South Canal via EBMUD’s Folsom South Canal Connection Pipeline and EBMUD’s Mokelumne Aqueducts to the EBMUD service area. <P> The Final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are attached to the news release email distribution. To request a copy of the Final EA/FONSI or for additional information, please contact John Hutchings at jhutchings@usbr.gov or 916-989-7179 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>