Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46545 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Improvements to the U.S. Forest Service Fire Station at Lake Casitas
2014-04-17 15:15:00.0 <p><strong>FRESNO, Calif. - </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for upgrades to the U.S. Forest Service fire station at Lake Casitas in Ventura County. </p> <p>The Forest Service&rsquo;s improvements include relocation of a sanitary leach line, installation of a 10,000 gallon water storage tank, clearing land for additional helipads, and installing new security fencing.</p> <p>The Draft EA and FONSI were released for public comment from Feb. 11 to March 13, 2014. No comments were received during the comment period.</p> <p>The environmental documents 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=16441">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16441</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Ben Lawrence at <br /> 559-487-5039 (TTY&nbsp;800-735-2929).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46544 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Reclamation Release Spring-run Chinook Salmon into the San Joaquin River for Study
2014-04-17 10:15:00.0 <p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong><strong> – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on April 17 to 18 are releasing 54,000 hatchery produced juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River as part of the implementation of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. The Restoration 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 a self-sustaining Chinook salmon fishery in the river while reducing or avoiding adverse water supply impacts from those flows.  </p> <p>The salmon are from the Feather River Hatchery and are being released near the confluence of the Merced and San Joaquin rivers near Newman, California. The release effort will provide an opportunity to carryout fisheries studies while contributing to the long-term reintroduction of spring-run salmon to the San Joaquin River as called for in the San Joaquin River Settlement.  </p> <p>As part of this effort, some of these juvenile spring-run are anticipated to return to the river as adults in spring 2017. However dry year conditions will likely impact the number of returning fish. The USFWS and Reclamation are prepared to trap and transport the returning adults up river, if conditions are such that they cannot make it on their own. The returning adults will then be monitored to determine what parts of the river they use, their survival over the summer, and where they spawn in the fall of 2017. This information will help further inform future spring-run reintroduction efforts.  </p> <p>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s salmon release is a monumental step forward for California&rsquo;s fishing economy and the health of the state&rsquo;s second largest river, particularly as we face a historic drought,&rdquo; said Monty Schmitt, Senior Scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council. &ldquo;Even in the driest years, it is essential for the livelihood of communities in the Central Valley to protect the health of our rivers and fisheries while supporting the region&rsquo;s agricultural economy.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This is an important study effort for the Restoration Program that does not impact water supply,&rdquo; said David Murillo, Director of Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Region. &ldquo;We are hopeful that in three years, some of these juveniles return to the San Joaquin River as adults so that we learn more toward the long-term reintroduction of this species.&rdquo;</p> <p>The released spring-run are considered an experimental population under the Endangered Species Act and are exempted from the take prohibitions by the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project consistent with the Endangered Species Act rule package issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service on December 31, 2013. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife concurred with the federal regulations under special provisions of the California Endangered Species Act that apply to the San Joaquin River Restoration Program on March 17, 2014. The release will not impact water supply for any water user nor will any additional water releases be made for the benefit of these fish.  </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46526 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Gray Lodge Reimbursement Agreement
2014-04-16 14:58:00.0 <p><strong>SACRAMENTO</strong>, <strong>Calif</strong>. – The Bureau of Reclamation proposes to extend the Agreement for the Reimbursement of Deep Well Pumping Costs on the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area between the United States and the State of California. The proposed agreement would add an additional 12 months until February 28, 2015. The Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is located near Gridley, CA. </p> <p>For the current Amendment, Reclamation prepared an Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact to evaluate and disclose any potential environmental impacts. This extension would permit Reclamation to meet obligations under Central Valley Project Improvement Act Section 3406(d)(1) by continuing to provide reimbursement of costs to the California Department of Fish &amp; Wildlife to pump up to approximately 16,159 acre-feet of groundwater, the quantity currently covered by previous environmental documentation. </p> <p>The groundwater would continue to supplement limited historical average annual surface water deliveries (Level 2) for the wildlife area.</p> <p>The EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with NEPA and is available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=3609">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=3609</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Shelly Hatleberg at 916-978-5050. Copies of the EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Sacramento office 2800 Cottage Way, CA 95825.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46525 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for Feather Water District Fish Screen Project
2014-04-16 14:36:00.0 <p><strong>SACRAMENTO,  Calif</strong>. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Feather Water District Fish Screen Project (Proposed Action). Reclamation proposes to provide federal funding to the FWD to screen two of their existing unscreened diversions along the Feather River in Sutter County, Calif. This effort is a feature of the Anadromous Fish Screen Program, part of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act; Reclamation would manage the project together with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.</p> <p>The Proposed Action is a cooperative effort among the AFSP, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Family Water Alliance, and FWD. The District operates two unscreened diversions on the Feather River. The Proposed Action involves the installation of barriers and fish screens in the existing pump intake channels to improve fish passage in the Feather River. Installation of the fish screens would help prevent listed and other migratory or resident fish species in the Feather River from becoming entrained or otherwise impacted by the continued use of FWD&rsquo;s pumps.</p> <p>Reclamation is the lead federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act and would contribute up to 50 percent of the cost of the fish screen intake and pumping facility. This funding will be provided under Section 3406(b)(21) of the CVPIA, 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 NEPA and is available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17041">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17041</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</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 Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Comments may also be faxed to Hatleberg at 916-978-5290 or emailed to <a href="mailto:shatleberg@usbr.gov">shatleberg@usbr.gov</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>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46524 Reclamation Extends Comment Period on Draft Environmental Documents Regarding Water Transfers from Central California Irrigation District’s Central Valley Project Water Over Five-Year Period
2014-04-16 13:13:00.0 <p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong><strong> – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the period for comments on the availability of draft environmental documents assessing the proposed annual transfers of up to 20,500 acre-feet of Central California Irrigation District&rsquo;s Central Valley Project water, over a five-year period, to Del Puerto Water District, Panoche Water District, San Luis Water District and Westlands Water District.</p> <p>The proposed transfers would occur from April through December of each year in which water is transferred.&nbsp;In order to make CCID&rsquo;s CVP water supplies available for the transfers, common landowners in the water districts&nbsp;would pump a like-amount of groundwater for use in CCID in lieu of receiving the CVP supplies.</p> <p>The Draft Environmental Assessment&nbsp; and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=10110" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=10110</a>. &nbsp;If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail&nbsp;<a href="mailto:ibr2mprpao@usbr.gov" target="_blank">ibr2mprpao@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>Please email comments to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov" target="_blank">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243&nbsp;N&nbsp;Street, Fresno, CA&nbsp;93721 or faxed to Emerson at 559-487-5397. Comments are due by&nbsp;April 24, 2014. For additional information&nbsp;or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY&nbsp;800-735-2929).&nbsp; Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Fresno office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46508 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Issuance of Warren Act Contracts for Kern-Tulare Water District and Lindsay-Strathmore Irrigation District
2014-04-14 16:49:00.0 <p><b> FRESNO, Calif.</b> -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for issuance of Warren Act contracts to Kern-Tulare Water District and Lindsay-Strathmore Irrigation District.</p> <P> <p>Reclamation proposes to approve storage, conveyance, and/or diversion of up to 30,000 acre-feet per year of Lindsay-Strathmore Irrigation District non-Central Valley Project water in the Friant-Kern Canal, when excess capacity exists, according to LSID’s Friant Division repayment contract. LSID’s non-CVP water originates in the Kaweah River.</p> <P> <p>Reclamation is also proposing to approve storage, conveyance, and/or diversion of up to 30,000 acre-feet per year of Kern-Tulare Water District’s non-CVP water in the FKC when excess capacity exists, per the terms of KTWD’s Friant Division repayment contract. KTWD’s non-CVP supplies include Kern River and State Water Project water, which are tested at specific points to confirm that they meet Reclamation’s water quality requirements prior to entering the FKC. </p> <P> <p>The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were released for public comment from January 24 to February 24, 2014. No comments were received.</p> <P> <p>The EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16261">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=16261</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Ben Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46506 Reclamation Schedules Full-Scale Security Exercise at Folsom Dam
2014-04-14 09:57:00.0 <p><strong>FOLSOM, Calif. –</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation, in cooperation with the Sacramento County Sheriff&rsquo;s Department/Folsom Dam Security Bureau, City of Folsom Police and Fire Departments, California State Parks, Sacramento Office of Emergency Services, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Sacramento County Department of Technology, will conduct a full-scale security exercise at Folsom Dam on Wednesday, April 23.</p> <p>The exercise will simulate emergency response activities at Folsom Dam. The exercise will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by 4 p.m. and will allow emergency response agencies to check security systems, practice tactical skills and perform multi-agency coordination.</p> <p>An Incident Command Post will be established close to Reclamation&rsquo;s Central California Area Office, which is located at Folsom Dam. The public may see emergency response vehicles and personnel throughout the day participating in the exercise.</p> <p>Folsom-Auburn Road and the Folsom Lake Crossing bridge will remain open throughout the exercise. Although it is unlikely the public will notice any unusual activity at the dam or on the surrounding federal property, they should be aware that the exercise is under way. Normal business will continue at CCAO during the exercise.</p> <p>Reclamation regularly conducts exercises at its facilities in coordination with local emergency response agencies to practice plans and operating procedures, develop expertise and build good working relationships and communication with local responders. Reclamation&rsquo;s top priority is the safety of the public, employees, property and facilities. Practicing these emergency response plans is essential to being prepared in the event of a real emergency situation.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact Janet Sierzputowski at <a href="mailto:jsierzputowski@usbr.gov">jsierzputowski@usbr.gov</a> or 916-978-5112 (TTY 800-877-8339).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46505 Reclamation Announces Customer Appreciation Day at New Melones Lake on Saturday, April 19
2014-04-14 09:55:00.0 <p><strong>SONORA, Calif</strong>. – Please join Bureau of Reclamation staff at New Melones Lake on Saturday, April 19, as they celebrate the sixth annual Customer Appreciation Day.</p> <p>To show Reclamation&rsquo;s appreciation for their customers, the $8 day use fee at Tuttletown and Glory Hole recreation areas will be waived for all visitors on April 19. </p> <p>At the boat launches in both recreation areas, New Melones staff will provide visitors with information on the threat posed by invasive species, such as Quagga and zebra mussels, and will distribute tote bags and other items to educate the public on this issue (while supplies last).</p> <p>New Melones Lake is managed by the Mid-Pacific Region&rsquo;s Central California Area Office and is located approximately 60 miles east of Stockton, Calif.</p> <p>For more information, please call 209-536-9094, ext. 0 (TTY 800-877-8339); stop by the New Melones Lake Administration Office, 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora, CA 95370, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; or visit the New Melones website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46507 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Runoff Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
2014-04-14 00:00:00.0 BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's April forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows: <P> <ul> <li>Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 1,000,000 acre-feet (af), which is 150 percent of the 30 year average of 665,000 af.</li> <li>Wind River - April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 650,000 af, which is 164 percent of the 30 year average of 397,000 af.</li> <li>Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 175,000 af, which is 128 percent of the 30 year average of 137,000 af.</li> <li>Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 850,000 af, which is 159 percent of the 30 year average of 534,000 af.</li> <li>Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 1,960,800 af, which is 194 percent of the 30 year average of 1,069,300 af.</li> </ul> <P> An acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover 1 acre (43,560 square feet) 1 foot deep (325,851 gallons or 1,233.5 cubic meters). <P> For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Boysen and Bull Lake reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager Coleman W. Smith at 307-261-5671. For additional information on Yellowtail Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Brent Esplin at 406-247-7298. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46488 Reclamation to Increase Stanislaus River Flows on April 14
2014-04-11 17:51:00.0 <p><b>SONORA, Calif</b>. - On Monday, April 14, the Bureau of Reclamation will begin increasing releases from Goodwin Dam into the Stanislaus River to benefit Stanislaus River steelhead and San Joaquin River Chinook salmon. Goodwin Dam is located downstream from Tulloch Dam and New Melones Dam and Reservoir, features of the Central Valley Project (CVP).</p> <P> <p>The releases (pulse flows) will begin to increase from 600 cubic feet per second at 4 a.m. by about 250 cfs every two hours to 2,500 cfs at 4 p.m. These releases will be maintained for approximately 16 days, but this may vary depending upon downstream conditions. On about April 30, releases will decrease to a rate yet to be determined.</p> <P> <p>People recreating in or along the Stanislaus River downstream from Goodwin Dam to the confluence of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Rivers should take safety precautions with the increased flows. Particular attention is drawn to the sharp increase from 600 to 2,500 cfs during the 12-hour period on April 14.</p> <P> <p>This pulse flow is being implemented in accordance with the action described in the CVP and State Water Project Drought Operations Plan to meet requirements in the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinions and assist in meeting San Joaquin River at Vernalis flow objectives. The operations are targeting a higher Vernalis pulse flow period of about 16 days followed by a lower Vernalis pulse flow period for about 15 days. The Drought Operations Plan may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/drought/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/drought/index.html</a> or <a href="http://www.ca.gov/drought/managementactions.html">http://www.ca.gov/drought/managementactions.html</a>.</p> <P> <p>The California Department of Water Resources, USFWS, NMFS, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and State Water Resources Control Board coordinated with Reclamation in developing these operations.</p> <P> <p>Daily information on expected flows in the Stanislaus River can be found on the California Data Exchange Center website at <a href="http://cdec.water.ca.gov./queryRes.html">http://cdec.water.ca.gov./queryRes.html</a> or from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at <a href="http://www.spk-wc.usace.army.mil/plots/california.html">http://www.spk-wc.usace.army.mil/plots/california.html</a>. For more information on the Stanislaus River, please visit Reclamation’s Central Valley Operation Office website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46485 Reclamation Seeks Applied Science Project Applicants for Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
2014-04-11 14:00:00.0 <img align="right" alt="DLCC FOA Applied Science Grants" height="259" hspace="2" src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/email/2014-04-11-dlccfoa.png" style=" border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px;" vspace="2" width="200" /><b>WASHINGTON</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking applicants for applied science projects for the Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. Proposed projects are expected to deliver new capabilities that address priority resources identified and shared by Reclamation and partners involved in the Desert and Southern Rockies LCC. <P> The Desert LCC funding opportunity is seeking applicants to study wildfire impacts on riparian areas and study environmental flow impacts on the Colorado River Delta. This funding opportunity may be found at <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching funding opportunity number R14AS00031. Applications are due May 13, 2014 at 4 p.m. MDT. <P> The Southern Rockies LCC funding opportunity targets projecting future water availability and quality, projecting the resiliency and vulnerability of natural or cultural resources, and assessing and evaluating natural or cultural resources management practices and adaptation opportunities. The funding opportunity is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching funding opportunity number R14AS00032. Applications are due May 13, 2014 at 4 p.m. MDT. <P> Approximately $700,000 will be available for Desert and Southern Rockies LCC projects combined. Up to $100,000 in federal funding will be available for each project award. Reclamation's share of each proposed project shall not exceed 50 percent of the total project cost. <P> The Desert LCC encompasses portions of five states: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, as well as a substantial portion of Northern Mexico. The area is topographically complex, including three different deserts (Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan), grasslands and valley bottoms and the isolated mountain ranges in the southern portion of the LCC (Apache Highlands and the New Mexico-Texas Highlands, also known as the Sky Islands). There are several large river systems, including the lower Colorado, Gila, Rio Grande, San Pedro and Verde Rivers. <P> <img align="right" alt="Southern Rockies LCC FOA Report Header" height="259" hspace="2" src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/email/2014-04-11-srlccfoa.png" style=" border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px;" vspace="2" width="200" />The Southern Rockies LCC encompasses large portions of four states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, as well as smaller parts of Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming. The area is geographically complex, including wide elevation and topographic variation, from 14,000 foot peaks to the Grand Canyon and cold desert basins. This topographically complex region includes the headwaters of the Colorado River and Rio Grande, the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains to the west and the Southern Rocky Mountains to the east, separated by the rugged tableland of the Colorado Plateau. <P> LCCs are partnerships of governmental (federal, state, tribal and local) and non-governmental entities. The primary goal of the LCCs is to bring together science and resource management to inform climate adaptation strategies to address climate change and other stressors within an ecological region, or "landscape." There are 22 different LCCs across the United States, territories and other countries. To learn more about Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, visit <a href="http://www.lccnetwork.org">www.lccnetwork.org</a>. <P> To learn more about these funding opportunities visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/LCC/">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/LCC/</a>. To learn more about the Desert LCC, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/dlcc">www.usbr.gov/dlcc</a>. To learn more about the Southern Rockies LCC, please visit <a href="http://southernrockieslcc.org">southernrockieslcc.org</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46487 Bid Opening Announced for Klamath Project Lease Lands
2014-04-11 13:17:00.0 <p><strong>KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation announces that sealed bids for agricultural leasing of 34 parcels of federal lease lands, totaling 4,822 acres, will continue to be received until 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Klamath Basin Area Office. A public bid opening will be held at the office at 10 a.m. the same day.</p> <p>Open for bid in Area K on the Lower Klamath federal lease lands in Oregon are five grass lots and 10 grain lots. Open for bid on the Tule Lake federal lease lands in California are seven lots in Sump 2 and 12 lots in Sump 3. Some lots include alfalfa while others are suitable for potatoes, onions and grain. Additionally, of the available lease lands, 215 acres&nbsp;may qualify for organic production.   </p> <p>Bidding instructions, lease information, a sample copy of the lease contract, location maps and bid forms required for submitting bids are available on the Klamath Basin Area Office website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao/operations/land_lease/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao/operations/land_lease/index.html</a>; at the Klamath Basin Area Office, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603; and at the Tulelake Irrigation District, 2717 Havlina Road, Tulelake, CA 96134. If you encounter problems accessing the website, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact Mike Green, Lease Lands Program Manager, at 541-880-2565 or <a href="mailto:mgreen@usbr.gov">mgreen@usbr.gov</a>.  </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46486 Reclamation Awards $5.5 Million Contract for Switchgear Replacement at Hungry Horse Dam
2014-04-11 12:37:00.0 HUNGRY HORSE, Mont. - The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $5,531,000 contract on April 9 to Koontz Electric Company, Inc., a small business from Morrilton, Ark., for construction services to replace the switchgear at Hungry Horse Dam in Mont. <P> Work under this contract consists of several components: design, furnish, install, test and commission one replacement 2400-volt station service distribution system, two replacement 480-volt station service distribution systems, two new 15kV disconnect switches, and one 2400-volt engine generator set. The work is expected to start around April 19 and be completed by December 31, 2015. <P> "This project is just one way Reclamation is working to maximize efficient and reliable power production for customers across a large area of the Northwest," said Facility Operations Manager Dennis Philmon. "These repairs are essential so that the switchgear at Hungry Horse Dam maintains its reliability for years to come in serving the area extending from the Continental Divide westward to the Pacific Ocean." <P> KECI is a diversified heavy industrial electrical contractor and has been in business for over 50 years. In the last 10 years, they completed over 500 projects exceeding $180 million. For 12 consecutive years, KECI has received the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Excellence in Construction award. <P> Hungry Horse Dam was completed in 1953. It is located on the south fork of the Flathead River, 15 miles south of the west entrance to Glacier National Park and 20 miles northeast of Kalispell, Mont. <P> For more information on Hungry Horse Dam: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hungryhorse/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hungryhorse/</a> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46484 Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Proposals through Desalination and Water Purification Research Funding Opportunity Announcement
2014-04-11 10:14:00.0 <img align="right" alt="DWPR FOA cover image" height="258" hspace="3" src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/email/2014-04-11-DWPRFOA.png" style=" margin: 3px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" vspace="3" width="200" /><b>WASHINGTON</b> - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking proposals from universities, water utilities, private industry and others to address a broad range of desalting and water purification needs. Reclamation is interested in research that will have national significance and where the benefits of the technology will be widespread. <P> Proposals that support Reclamation's research priorities will receive additional credit during the rating process. Those research priorities are: <P> <ol> <li>Research and pilot studies conducted at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility</li> <li>Development and evaluation of flexible use systems for treating waters of significantly varying salinities</li> <li>Pilot studies treating agricultural return flows containing elevated levels of total dissolved solids and selenium</li> </ol> <P> Funding will be provided for laboratory studies and pilot scale projects. Laboratory studies lasts up to 13 months and are typically bench scale studies involving small flow rates (less than 2 gallons per minute). Pilot scale studies typically follow research studies to demonstrate the technology works at a larger scale. They usually involve flow rates between 1 and 20 gallons per minute and are tested using natural water sources rather than synthetic or laboratory-made feedwater. <P> Reclamation will provide up to $1.5 million in total funding this year. Up to $150,000 will be available for each laboratory study. Up to $200,000 per year for each pilot scale project will be available, for a total of up to $400,000 for two years. <P> Institutions of higher education are encouraged to provide cost-share for research projects, but it is not required. Other applicants must provide a cost-share of 75 percent of the cost of the project. It may be reduced to 50 percent if it is determined that the project is not feasible without such increased federal contribution. <P> The Desalination and Water Purification Program is helping Reclamation and its partners confront widening imbalances between supply and demand in basins throughout the west through testing and development of new advanced water treatment technologies. It focuses on three main goals: (1) augment the supply of usable water in the United States; (2) understand the environmental impacts of desalination and develop approaches to minimize these impacts relative to other water supply alternatives; (3) develop approaches to lower the financial costs of desalination so that it is an attractive option relative to other alternatives in locations where traditional sources of water are inadequate. <P> The funding opportunity announcement is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for announcement number R14AS00036. Proposals must be submitted through <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by May 14, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. MDT. <P> To learn more about Reclamation's Advanced Water Treatment activities, please visit: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/awt/">www.usbr.gov/awt/</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=46464 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Friant-Kern Canal Pump-In Program
2014-04-10 16:36:00.0 <p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong> -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Friant-Kern Canal Pump-In Program.</p> <p>Reclamation proposes to issue Warren Act contracts to Central Valley Project contractors located within the Friant Division, along the Friant-Kern Canal to allow conveyance of pumped groundwater in the canal. 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 50,000 acre-feet per year.</p> <p>The term of the contracts would be for one year, with an option for a second one-year term.  Authorizations would also be issued to the contractors to cross Reclamation right-of-way with the pipes and hoses used to discharge groundwater to the canal.</p> <p>The Draft EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17022">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17022</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>Please email comments to Ben Lawrence, Bureau of Reclamation at <a href="mailto:blawrence@usbr.gov">blawrence@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397. Comments are due by April 17, 2014.  For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY 800-877-8339).  Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address.</p> <P> <P>