Reclamation News Releases News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation Water Service Contracts Available for 60-Day Public Review
2014-08-29 16:21:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and six Central Valley Project contractors intend to execute two-year interim renewal contracts effective March 1, 2015. The existing contracts expire on Feb. 28, 2015. <P> The draft contracts for the cities of Avenal, Coalinga and Huron; the California Department of Fish and Wildlife; the Panoche Water District; and the San Luis Water District are available for public review at If you encounter problems accessing the draft contracts, please call 916-978-5100 or email <P> This action is dependent on the finalization of the National Environmental Policy Act documentation and Endangered Species Act compliance. Environmental documents will be released for public review and comment, separately, at a later date. <P> Written comments must be received by close of business Tuesday, Oct. 28 and should be sent to Barbara Hidleburg, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-440, Sacramento, CA 95825-1898, faxed to 916-978-5193, or emailed to For additional information, please contact Hidleburg at 916-978-5193 or (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P> Reclamation Hosting Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event at Henry Hagg Lake
2014-08-29 08:15:00.0 FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Children with a wide range of special needs will have an opportunity to enjoy a day on the water with some enthusiastic volunteers during the C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside event on September 7 at Henry Hagg Lake, located 30 miles southwest of Portland off State Highway 47. <P> C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with special needs a chance to enjoy a day of fishing and boating under the guidance of local experts. <P> This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "<a href="">Let's Move Outside </a>" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier. <P> Participants and volunteers will meet at Boat Ramp C on Henry Hagg Lake. <P> "For some of these kids it will be their first experience fishing," said Sandra Ferguson, Regional Coordinator for Reclamation. "It is a great opportunity for volunteers take part in an experience that these children will remember for a long time." <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old and will each receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat. <P> Volunteers from the Oregon BASS Club will provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers. The morning fishing events will be followed by a barbecue lunch hosted by several local Kiwanis Clubs. The Gaston Fire Department and Forest Grove Fire and Rescue will be assisting by providing emergency services for the event. <P> Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Oregon BASS Club, local Kiwanis Clubs, Tualatin Valley Irrigation District, and the Washington County Parks. <P> In case of rain, the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled. <P> For more information about this and other C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events contact Sandra Ferguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit <a href=""> </a>. <P> <P> Belle Fourche Irrigation District Performing Dredging of South Canal Intake at Belle Fourche Reservoir
2014-08-29 00:00:00.0 BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Belle Fourche Irrigation District will be performing dredging of the South Canal intake structure this summer. <P> Dredging will begin the middle of August and continue through the end of the year, or until work is completed. Work will be performed daily between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. <P> "South Canal Outlet Works has large amounts of sediment deposited around the intake structure," said Jeff Nettleton, Manager of Facilities and Engineering for Reclamation's Dakotas Area Office. "Dredging will remove sediment from around the intake to ensure proper flow, operation and function of the Belle Fourche Dam Outlet Works." <P> The dredging barge and equipment will be surrounded by buoys, which have solar powered lights for visibility at night. Boaters should maintain a distance of at least 300 feet from the dredging equipment and buoys to avoid accidents and to protect any divers that may be in the water. <P> "The reservoir is open to the public during the scheduled work, however, boaters and recreationists should be cautious and careful when approaching and driving their water craft near the construction equipment that will be onsite," said Nettleton. <P> Veit & Company, Inc. of Rogers, MN, has been awarded the contract bid by the Belle Fourche Irrigation District. Veit & Company, Inc. will be performing the work themselves. RESPEC Engineering of Rapid City, S.D., has been awarded the contract management of this project. <P> Belle Fourche Reservoir and the surrounding lands are owned by the Bureau of Reclamation. South Dakota Game Fish and Parks is the managing partner of the Rocky Point Recreation Area on the reservoir lands. <P> For dredging information, please contact Steve Bareis with RESPEC Consulting and Services at (605)381-0387. <P> For recreation information, please contact Brad Nelson with SD Game, Fish and Parks at (605) 641-1864. <P> Bureau of Reclamation Encourages Visitors to Protect Historic Resources at New Melones Lake
2014-08-28 14:47:00.0 <p><strong>SONORA, Calif. </strong>– Visitors to New Melones Lake are asked to help protect historic resources by not handling, removing, or destroying any artifacts or ruins on or along the lake bed. The remains of some historic sites are now being exposed due to low reservoir levels. The sites and artifacts are protected by federal laws that prohibit disturbing them in any way, including removing or relocating artifacts.</p> <p>Reclamation reminds visitors that it is important to protect exposed historic resources by not digging, handling, or removing anything from the lake bed or adjacent lands and that the use of metal detectors is not permitted within the New Melones Lake Project Area.</p> <p>The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 43, Part 423, Section 423.29, states that visitors must not destroy, injure, deface, remove, search for, disturb, or alter natural resources or cultural resources and that visitors must not possess a metal detector on Reclamation lands (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>). The historic sites around the lake and those that are normally covered by water in the reservoir are protected by the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (16 USC 470aa-mm) and other federal laws.</p> <p>Please report any found ruins or artifacts or any tampering, destruction, or removal of ruins or artifacts to the New Melones Lake office at 209-536-9094. For additional information on New Melones Lake, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <P> Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for Colusa Indian Community Council’s Compton Diversion Fish Screen Project
2014-08-28 14:43:00.0 <p><strong>COLUSA</strong>, <strong>Calif</strong>. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Colusa Indian Community Council&rsquo;s Compton Diversion Fish Screen Project, located near the town of Colusa.</p> <p>Reclamation proposes to provide cost-share funding to CICC through the Anadromous Fish Screen Program to screen CICC&rsquo;s existing 22 cubic feet per second unscreened diversion on the Sacramento River with a conical fish screen that meets the National Marine Fisheries Service&rsquo;s and California Department of Fish and Wildlife&rsquo;s design requirements. The Project is needed to minimize diversion impacts to out-migrating anadromous fish on the Sacramento River without impairing the ability of CICC to divert water, consistent with their existing water rights. The fish screen would be placed at the existing intake off the river<strong> </strong>and would not increase CICC&rsquo;s overall diversion capacity from the Sacramento River. </p> <p>The AFSP&rsquo;s involvement is limited to contributing up to 50 percent of the cost of the Project&rsquo;s fish screen intake and pumping facility. The funding will be provided by Reclamation under <a name="_Toc231717908" id="_Toc231717908"></a><a name="_Toc242671705" id="_Toc242671705"></a><a name="_Toc242672058" id="_Toc242672058"></a>the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Section 3406(b)(21), which authorizes the Department of the Interior to develop and implement measures to avoid losses of juvenile anadromous fish resulting from unscreened diversions on the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and their tributaries. </p> <p>The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available online at <a href=""></a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href=""></a>. </p> <p>Please send written comments to Shelly Hatleberg, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825, by close of business Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Comments may also be faxed to Hatleberg at 916-978-5290 or emailed to <a href=""></a>. For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Hatleberg at 916-978-5050. Copies of the Draft EA may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Sacramento office at the above address.</p> <P> Public Comment Sought for Proposed Shoreline Protection Systems on Lake Roosevelt
2014-08-28 14:13:00.0 GRAND COULEE, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment to identify issues to be addressed in an Environmental Assessment for the proposed construction of two shoreline protection systems to be located at Moonbeam Bay and Redford Canyon on Lake Roosevelt. <P> The purpose of the projects is to protect the shorelines from degradation by reducing the impacts caused by reservoir operations, recreation and natural or boat induced wave action. <P> Information obtained during the scoping period from September 1 through October 1 will bring focus to the concerns, issues and analyses that should be included in the draft environmental assessment. Completion of a final Environmental Assessment is anticipated in the winter of 2015. <P> Three proposed alternatives include: <P> • No Action -- Under the No Action alternative, Reclamation will not install shoreline protection systems at either location. <P> • Alternative A -- Install log boom systems at Moonbeam Bay and Redford Canyon to reduce environmental and human impacts to the shoreline and critical resources. <P> • Alternative B -- Install buoys and signage at Moonbeam Bay and Redford Canyon to deter recreational boat traffic, likely reducing impacts to the shoreline and critical resources. <P> Download a map of the proposed locations of the log booms: <P> A draft environmental assessment is scheduled to be available for public review in October 2014. <P> Written comments can be sent to Lon Ottosen, Bureau of Reclamation, Grand Coulee Power Office, P.O. Box 620, Grand Coulee, WA 99133 or emailed to <P> Comments must be received by October 1, 2014 to be considered in the draft environmental assessment. <P> Grand Coulee Dam was completed in 1941 and serves as a multipurpose facility providing water for irrigation, hydroelectric power production, flood control, recreation, fish and wildlife. <P> Reclamation, State of California Announce Negotiations with Cross Valley Contractors for Conveyance Service
2014-08-26 16:18:00.0 <p><strong>FRESNO, Calif. --</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have scheduled a negotiation session with seven Cross Valley Contractors on long-term conveyance contracts for the delivery of federal Central Valley Project water conveyed through state-owned facilities.</p> <p>Reclamation, DWR, and the contractors have previously entered into successive, short-term interim renewal contracts pursuant to the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, which included both federal water service and state conveyance terms and conditions. However, DWR now prefers that its conveyance responsibilities be defined in a separate contract that is exclusive of Reclamation&rsquo;s water service responsibilities.</p> <p>The contractors are the Hills Valley Irrigation District, Kern-Tulare Water District, Lower Tule River Irrigation District, Pixley Irrigation District, Tri-Valley Water District, the county of Tulare and the county of Fresno.</p> <p>The next conveyance contract negotiation session will be held in: </p> <p align="center"><strong><u>Fresno</u></strong></p> <p align="center">Thurs., Aug. 28, 2014<br /> 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.<br /> Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office<br /> 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721</p> <p>The public is welcome to attend and will have the opportunity to comment. Participation instructions and all pertinent documents will be provided at the beginning of the session. For additional information, please contact Scott Taylor, Senior Repayment Specialist, at 559-487-5504 (TTY 800-735-2929), fax 559-487-5397, or e-mail <a href=""></a>.</p> <P> Reclamation Awards $1.7 Million Contract for Fish Ladder Modifications on Rogue River Tributary
2014-08-26 12:31:00.0 BEND, Ore. - The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $1,756,850 contract on August 21 to Northbank Civil and Marine, LLC, a small business from Vancouver, Washington, to construct fish ladder modifications to the Oak Street Diversion Dam located approximately 1 mile north of Ashland on Bear Creek. <P> When complete, the current fish ladder will be replaced with a new one on the opposite side of the dam. This is to satisfy requirements of improved fish passage and flow control. The primary features of the work will be demolition, earthwork, concrete, electrical and mechanical work to support operation of the new gates for controlling water releases. Work will be performed between June 15 and October 15, 2015, when flows are lower due to irrigation. <P> "The existing structure has shown to have some functionality issues that needed addressing," says Douglas DeFlitch, Reclamation's Bend Field Office Manager. "This work will greatly improve fish passage for ESA listed Coho Salmon, at the same time maintaining water supply for the Talent Irrigation District." <P> Northbank Civil and Marine, LLC was formed in early 2014 by Jeff Harper and Sam Barchus. The primary focus of the company is marine, heavy civil and industrial construction. The principals together have over 45 years of industry experience across the Northwest. Throughout their careers they have estimated and managed projects ranging from $100,000 to over $1 billion. <P> This work is within Reclamation's Rogue River Project area, a mix of Federal and private structures providing up to 144,000 acre-feet of water to cover 35,000 acres of irrigated land. The project has 7 reservoirs, 16 diversion dams, 1 powerplant, and more than 450 miles of canals serving Talent, Medford, and Rogue River Valley Irrigation Districts. <P> Adaptive Management Work Group to Meet in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Colorado River Topics
2014-08-26 10:08:00.0 The Bureau of Reclamation announced that the Adaptive Management Work Group will meet on August 27 - 28, 2014 in Flagstaff, Ariz., to address topics related to the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program. The AMWG committee provides a forum for discussion of topics related to the operation of Glen Canyon Dam and ongoing monitoring of resource conditions downstream of the dam. <P> A number of agenda items will be covered during the two-day meeting including current Upper Colorado River Basin hydrology and Glen Canyon Dam operations; the Water Year 2015 hydrograph; science updates on food-base studies, status of humpback chub and trout and new insights on trout-chub dynamics, and the changing substrate of the Colorado River; 2015-2017 budget and work plan items; new information on razorback sucker in western Grand Canyon; and the status of the Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement including draft alternatives, process, and current schedule. <P> The AMWG is a federal advisory committee appointed by the Secretary of the Interior with representatives from federal agencies, Colorado River Basin states, Native American Tribal governments, environmental groups, recreation interests, and contractors for federal power from Glen Canyon Dam. The Secretary receives recommendations on how to best protect downstream resources and balance river operations through the varied stakeholder interests represented by the AMWG. <P> The meeting will be held at the Little America Hotel, Ballroom B, 2515 East Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, Ariz. The meeting will begin on August 27, at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will run from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on August 28. For more information on the Adaptive Management Work Group meeting, please visit our <a href="">website.</a> <P> Yakima Project "Flip-Flop" Operation Underway
2014-08-22 13:15:00.0 YAKIMA, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation announced that it has begun the annual "flip-flop" operation in the Yakima Basin by gradually reducing flows out of Cle Elum Reservoir in the upper Yakima River basin and increasing flows from Rimrock Reservoir affecting flows in the Tieton and Naches Rivers. <P> The purpose of the "flip-flop" operation is to achieve and maintain relatively low flows in the upper Yakima, Cle Elum, and Bumping rivers where the spring Chinook salmon spawn. These lower flows are closer to the natural flow conditions and are therefore more helpful to successful spawning and incubation of the salmon eggs. This operation also reduces impacts on irrigation water supply by allowing for lower flow releases throughout the winter to improve reservoir storage for the coming season. <P> As part of the process, on or about September 4, Reclamation will begin to divert water down the Kittitas Reclamation District's Spillway 1146 into the Yakima River near Thorp. Reclamation will install buoys that will be in place from September 2 until about October 21. Recreationists are advised, for their safety, to portage around the buoys and to stay out of the turbulent flows. <P> "We want to make sure that those who are enjoying the river avoid the turbulent water where the spillway pours into the river," said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. <P> Flows out of Cle Elum Reservoir have been gradually decreasing since August 1 from a high of about 3,800 cfs, and will continue to decline to a low of about 220 cfs by about September 10 to 15. Flows from Rimrock Reservoir are expected to be in the 1,200 to 1,500 cfs range by September 1 and increase to about 2,200 cfs by mid-September depending on irrigation demands and weather conditions. <P> Streamflow changes will occur gradually during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Streamflow information can be obtained by calling (509) 575-5854 or on Reclamation's website at: <a href=""> </a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> Reclamation to Release Additional Water to Supplement Flows in the Lower Klamath River
2014-08-22 10:59:00.0 <p><strong>REDDING, Calif. –</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation will release additional water from Trinity Reservoir to supplement flows in the lower Klamath River to help protect the returning run of adult Chinook salmon. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions on or near the river while flows are high during this period. </p> <p>&ldquo;We have determined that unprecedented conditions over the past few weeks in the lower Klamath River require us to take emergency measures to help reduce the potential for a large-scale fish die-off,&rdquo; said Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. &ldquo;This decision was made based on science and after consultation with Tribes, water and power users, federal and state fish regulatory agencies, and others.&rdquo;</p> <p>Several recent factors prevalent in the lower Klamath River are the basis for the decision to provide emergency augmentation flows. Reclamation will increase releases from Lewiston Dam beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, from approximately 450 cubic feet per second to approximately 950 cfs to achieve a flow rate of 2,500 cfs in the lower Klamath River.</p> <p>At 7 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, releases from Lewiston Dam will begin increasing to approximately <br /> 2,450 cfs to achieve a flow rate of approximately 4,000 cfs in the lower Klamath River. This release from Lewiston Dam will be maintained for approximately 24 hours before returning to approximately 950 cfs and will be regulated at approximately that level as necessary to maintain lower Klamath River flows at 2,500 cfs until approximately Sunday, Sept. 14. River and fishery conditions will be continuously monitored, and those conditions will determine the duration.</p> <p>&ldquo;We fully recognize that during this prolonged severe drought, every acre-foot of water is extremely valuable, and we are making every effort to conserve water released for fish health purposes to reduce hardships wherever possible,&rdquo; added Murillo.</p> <p>Reclamation will continue to work with NOAA Fisheries and other federal agencies to comply with applicable provisions of the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.</p> <P> Draft Environmental Documents Available for the Transfer of Water Between Contra Costa Water District and Byron Bethany Irrigation District
2014-08-21 17:21:00.0 <p><b>FRESNO, Calif. – </b>The Bureau of Reclamation today announced the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed transfer of up to 4,000 acre-feet of Central Valley Project water, facilitated by a storage substitution. </p> <P> <p>The Draft EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available online at <a href=""></a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href=""></a>. </p> <P> <p>Comments are due by close of business Tuesday, August 26. Please email comments to Rain Emerson at <a href=""></a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed at 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.<br /> </p> <P> Six Organizations to Establish or Expand Watershed Activities Using Key Funding Assistance from Reclamation
2014-08-21 13:00:00.0 <b>WASHINGTON</b> - Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley announced that $496,337 in WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program funding will be made available for six groups to establish or expand a watershed group. Those groups are located in California, Colorado, Montana and New Mexico. <P> "Reclamation is working to reduce conflict in the effective management of the West's water and power resources," Acting Commissioner Pimley said. "Collaborating with locally-led watershed groups is the pathway to improved water quality and ecosystem resilience in these watersheds." <P> The Sierra Streams Institute received $99,925 to establish a watershed group for the Bear River in north-central California. They are located in Nevada City, California. <P> Five entities were selected to receive funding to expand a watershed group. Those entities are: <P> <ul> <li>The Flathead Basin Commission in western Montana will receive $95,000 to expand its existing watershed group through the formation of a Flathead Basin Advisory Council.</li> <li>The Clark Fork Coalition near Missoula, Montana, will receive $100,000 for expansion of its staffing and capacity to address water resource challenges in the Upper Clark Fork watershed.</li> <li>Rio Grande Restoration, Inc. will receive $50,000 to expand the existing advisory council to include the Rio Chama watershed in northern New Mexico.</li> <li>The Blackfoot Challenge will receive $52,488 to expand its activities, including the establishment of watershed conservation plans and the improvement of natural resource management within the Blackfoot watershed in western Montana.</li> <li>Middle Colorado Watershed Council in Western Colorado will receive $98,924 to expand the existing watershed group by adding a coordinator-scientist to oversee outreach, develop restoration plans and address water quality/quantity issues.</li> </ul> <P> Distributed over a two-year period, entities will receive no more than $50,000 of the award in the first year. After a 270 day review to ensure the entity is making significant progress in its agreement – and if appropriations are available – it will receive the remaining funding. <P> The WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program provides funding for watershed groups to encourage diverse stakeholders to form local groups to address their water management needs. Learn more about the program and read complete descriptions on how the selected groups will use the funding online at: <a href=""></a>. <P> WaterSMART is the U.S. Department of the Interior's sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. Since its establishment in 2010, WaterSMART has provided about $200 million in competitively awarded funding to non-federal partners, including tribes, water districts, municipalities and universities through WaterSMART Grants and the Title XVI Program. Learn more at <a href=""></a>. <P> Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Conveyance of Non-Central Valley Project Water from the Kaweah River in the Friant-Kern Canal
2014-08-19 17:04:00.0 <p><b>FRESNO, Calif</b>. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Warren Act agreements that will allow seven contractors in the Central Valley Project’s Friant Division to convey non-CVP water from the Kaweah River in the federal Friant-Kern Canal.</p> <P> <p>The amount of water introduced into the canal by each contractor would vary, but the total volume of water for all contractors would not exceed 8,250 acre-feet per year. Each agreement would be issued for a maximum period of five years. </p> <P> <p>The Final EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available online at <a href=""></a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href=""></a>.</p> <P> Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Terra Bella Irrigation District Tule River Water Warren Act Agreement
2014-08-19 16:55:00.0 <p><b>FRESNO, Calif.</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a Warren Act agreement with Terra Bella Irrigation District for the introduction and conveyance of up to 5,000 acre-feet of Tule River water in the Friant-Kern Canal through September 2014.</p> <P> <p>The Final EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available online at <a href=""></a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href=""></a>.</p> <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Ben Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY 800-735-2929) or <a href=""></a>. <P>