Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48608 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Temporary Transfer of Water from the City of Redding’s Settlement Contract to the City of Redding’s Central Valley Project Water Service Contract
2015-01-23 15:24:00.0 <p><strong>SHASTA LAKE, Calif.</strong> - The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents on a temporary transfer of Project Water from the City of Redding’s Sacramento River Settlement Contract to the City of Redding’s Central Valley Project Water Service Contract. </p> <P> <p>This action approves a temporary water transfer of up to 2,000 acre-feet of Project Water in a contract water year to alleviate shortfalls in water supply for M&amp;I needs. This water would be typically transferred in January and February of the contract water year.</p> <P> <p>The Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact 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=20561">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20561</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA/FONSI, please contact Paul Zedonis at <a href="mailto:pzedonis@usbr.gov">pzedonis@usbr.gov</a>, 530-276-2047, (TTY 530-275-8991). Copies of the documents may also be viewed at Reclamation's Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Blvd., Shasta Lake, CA 96019. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48607 Wild Rose Park Will Remain Open for the 2015 Recreation Season
2015-01-23 14:15:00.0 EMMETT, Idaho - Delays associated with the construction of the new hydroelectric generating unit at Black Canyon Diversion Dam will result in Wild Rose Park remaining open for the May through September 2015 summer season. At this time, the park is still scheduled to be closed from May 2016 through March 2017. <P> "Wild Rose Park will open in May and the gazebo will be available to reserve for special events," said Jerry Gregg, Snake River Area Manager. "Park reservations will begin in early February for the summer season." <P> The 10.5-acre park was scheduled to be closed Summer 2015 for public safety reasons so it could be used as a staging area for heavy equipment related to the construction of a third generating unit at Black Canyon Dam. Construction has been delayed to ensure the project is economically viable. <P> The proposed 12.5-megawatt hydroelectric unit will expand the generating capacity at the facility by 105 million kilowatt-hours (enough to power 9,359 homes a year). The power produced will be integrated into the power grid to serve 10 irrigation districts in southern Idaho, eastern Oregon and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. <P> The majority of the project is funded by Bonneville Power Administration which markets hydroelectric power generated at Reclamation facilities in the Pacific Northwest. <P> Black Canyon Diversion Dam and Powerplant were completed in 1925 as part of the Payette Division of the Boise Project. It is a multipurpose facility that provides water for irrigation, hydropower and recreation. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48606 Bureau of Reclamation Outlines Water Year 2015 Central Valley Project Water Supply Conditions
2015-01-23 11:03:00.0 <p><strong>RENO, NEV.</strong> – In preparation for the initial 2015 water supply allocation announcement in late February, the Bureau of Reclamation provided an update today on water supply conditions for the federal Central Valley Project (CVP). The water year in California runs from October 1 to September 30; the contract year for most CVP contractors runs from March 1 to February 28.</p> <p>The CVP&rsquo;s reservoir carryover storage from WY 2014 into WY 2015 (October 1, 2014) was 3.1 million acre-feet, which is 27 percent of capacity and 47 percent of the 15-year average for that date in six key CVP reservoirs (Shasta, New Melones, Trinity, Folsom, Millerton and the federal portion of San Luis). The table below shows conditions in those reservoirs as of January 22 for 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.</p> <p>&ldquo;While we were encouraged by storms in December, this very dry January illustrates just how precarious our water supplies can become,&rdquo; said Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. &ldquo;Since 2015 may be another critically dry water year, we are being extremely cautious as we develop initial operation plans and allocations for CVP water contractors. By building on what we learned last year, I am confident that we can maximize operational flexibility for the benefit of all water users.&rdquo;</p> <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="2" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td> <td width="694" colspan="12" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>CVP Reservoir Storage Comparisons for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 15-Year Average</strong><br /> <strong>As of January 22 for Each Year – Storages Listed in Millions of Acre-feet (MAF)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="131" colspan="2" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>CVP Reservoir <br /> Capacities</strong></p></td> <td width="1" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> <td width="58" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2015</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of<br /> 15-year</strong> <br /> <strong>Average</strong></p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2014</strong></p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of<br /> 15-year</strong> <br /> <strong>Average</strong></p></td> <td width="53" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2013</strong></p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of <br /> 15-year</strong> <br /> <strong>Average</strong></p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2012</strong></p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of <br /> 15-year</strong> <br /> <strong>Average</strong></p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>15-Year Average</strong></p></td> <td width="5"></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="131" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Shasta 4.552&nbsp; </strong></p></td> <td width="1" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td> <td width="58" valign="top"><p align="center">1.962</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top"><p align="center">70</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">1.659</p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center">56</p></td> <td width="53" valign="top"><p align="center">3.424</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">112</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">3.097</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">100</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">2.817</p></td> <td width="5"><p>&nbsp; </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="131" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Trinity 2.448</strong></p></td> <td width="1" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td> <td width="58" valign="top"><p align="center">.856</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top"><p align="center">55</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">1.168</p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center">71</p></td> <td width="53" valign="top"><p align="center">1.913</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">113</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">1.945</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">116</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">1.559</p></td> <td width="5"><p>&nbsp; </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="131" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Folsom 0.977</strong></p></td> <td width="1" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td> <td width="58" valign="top"><p align="center">.447</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top"><p align="center">107</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">.166</p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center">39</p></td> <td width="53" valign="top"><p align="center">.557</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">124</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">.413</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">90</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">.417</p></td> <td width="5"><p>&nbsp; </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="131" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>New Melones 2.420</strong></p></td> <td width="1" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td> <td width="58" valign="top"><p align="center">.556</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top"><p align="center">38</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">1.047</p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center">67</p></td> <td width="53" valign="top"><p align="center">1.624</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">100</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">1.975</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">120</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">1.469</p></td> <td width="5"><p>&nbsp;</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="131" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Millerton 0.520</strong></p></td> <td width="1" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td> <td width="58" valign="top"><p align="center">.184</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top"><p align="center">64</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">.206</p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center">70</p></td> <td width="53" valign="top"><p align="center">.303</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">98</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">.316</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">101</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">.287</p></td> <td width="5"><p>&nbsp; </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="131" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Fed. San Luis 0.966</strong></p></td> <td width="1" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td> <td width="58" valign="top"><p align="center">.332</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top"><p align="center">47</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">.335</p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center">46</p></td> <td width="53" valign="top"><p align="center">.709</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">94</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">.945</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">123</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">.708</p></td> <td width="5"><p>&nbsp; </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="131" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>Total 11.883</strong></p></td> <td width="1" valign="top"><p align="center">&nbsp;</p></td> <td width="58" valign="top"><p align="center">4.337</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top"><p align="center">61</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">4.581</p></td> <td width="71" valign="top"><p align="center">58</p></td> <td width="53" valign="top"><p align="center">8.530</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">107</p></td> <td width="50" valign="top"><p align="center">8.691</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">108</p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center">7.257</p></td> <td width="5"><p>&nbsp; </p></td> </tr> </table> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Water conditions in the Sacramento Valley have progressively become dryer since the very wet year of 2011going from Below Normal in WY 2012, Dry in WY 2013, Critically Dry in WY 2014, and Below Normal as of January 1, 2015. The California Department of Water Resources&rsquo; first snow survey for 2015, based on January 1 conditions, showed the statewide mountain snowpack water content to be about 57 percent of normal for the date, which is only 17 percent of the average April 1 measurement when the snowpack is normally at its peak before the spring melt. With the lack of snowfall in January, those numbers have fallen to 35 percent of average for the date and only 15 percent of the average April 1 measurement.</p> <p>As of January 22, DWR reported that the Northern Sierra 8-Station Precipitation Index Water Year total was 23.1 inches, which is about 96 percent of the seasonal average to date and 46 percent of an average water year (which is 50.0 inches). Additionally, the San Joaquin 5-Station Precipitation Index Water Year total was 9.1 inches, which is 49 percent of the seasonal average to date and 22 percent of an average water year (which is 40.8 inches). If the current 10-day weather forecasts come to pass, this January will be one of the driest Januarys on record and the third consecutive very dry January of this current drought.</p> <p>In December 2014, Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, DWR, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife released a working draft of the Interagency 2015 Drought Strategy, which outlines possible upcoming drought response actions and seeks to inform stakeholders and the public about the five agencies&rsquo; planning efforts for a possible fourth year of drought. The document is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/drought/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/drought/index.html</a>.</p> <p>Last week, Reclamation and DWR also submitted a Drought Contingency Plan in coordination with FWS, NMFS and CDFW to the State Water Resources Control Board. The Plan outlines projected water operations and potential modifications to water quality rules and water rights permits that project operators may seek, depending on the developing hydrologic conditions. The document is available on the SWRCB website: <a href="http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/tucp.shtml">http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/tucp.shtml</a>.</p> <p>The first official 2015 CVP water allocation announcement is planned for late February consistent with our contract terms. Water supply updates will then be made monthly or more often as appropriate and will be posted on Reclamation&rsquo;s website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water</a>.</p> <p>Reclamation balances the operation of the CVP and delivery of CVP water for agricultural, municipal and industrial, and environmental purposes based on factors that include hydrology, changing river and Delta conditions, storage in CVP reservoirs, regulatory requirements, court decisions, biological opinions, environmental considerations, operational limitations and input from other agencies and organizations.</p> <p>For further information, please visit the CVP water supply website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water</a> or contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48586 Uintah Water Conservancy District Obtains Additional Acre-Feet of Central Utah Project Water from Bureau of Reclamation
2015-01-22 14:07:00.0 Salt Lake City, Utah – On Thursday, January 22, 2015, the Uintah Water Conservancy District completed an advance payment for 3,000 acre-feet of water developed by the Bureau of Reclamation through the Central Utah Project. The acquisition will allow the District to deliver additional water to the communities of Vernal, Maeser, Naples and Jensen for municipal and industrial purposes. In celebration of the event, an advance ceremony took place in conjunction with the 2015 Uintah Basin Water Summit held in Vernal, Utah. <P> At the ceremony, the District presented a check to Reclamation as advance payment for an additional 3,000 acre-feet of Jensen Unit M&I water in the amount of $14,117,250. <P> “Providing this additional block of water to Ashley Valley is the most recent step in fulfilling the vision of the future that began with the construction of Steinaker and Red Fleet Dams,” said Wayne Pullan, Reclamation’s Provo Area Manager. “The Bureau of Reclamation applauds this step by our partners in behalf of the growing population of this area.” <P> With the recent acquisition, the District more than doubled its M&I supply to a total volume of 5,000 acre-feet. This increase in water supply is in anticipation of future demand. <P> “I am pleased that the community leaders recognized the need for future water supply for the area, and have worked together to provide for that need,” said Gawain Snow, General Manager of the Uintah Water Conservancy District. “Support from the Permanent Community Impact Board Fund was essential in funding the advance payment for the 3,000 acre-feet of M&I water. Present and future residents will forever benefit from the great foresight and planning of these community leaders. They are to be commended.” <P> In the 1970s, a significant increase in population was anticipated in northeast Utah. The Jensen Unit of the Central Utah Project was designed to supply 18,000 acre-feet of M&I water to meet the anticipated increase in demand from Vernal and surrounding communities. Red Fleet Reservoir is the primary storage facility of the Jensen Unit. The reservoir was constructed to provide 4,600 acre-feet of irrigation water and 6,000 acre-feet of M&I water annually. <P> Each year, the Uintah Water Conservancy District currently receives 4,600 acre-feet of irrigation water, as well as 2,000 acre-feet of M&I water. The water is pumped from Red Fleet Reservoir by the Tyzack Pumping Plant and is treated at the Ashley Creek Water Treatment Plant before being delivered to the towns of Vernal, Maeser, Naples and Jensen for M&I purposes. In 2013, the District requested the ability to acquire an additional 3,000 acre-feet of M&I water. This additional water will allow the District to support future growth of the community and to take advantage of financial benefits associated with making an advance payment on the water. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48568 Brian Becker Named as Senior Advisor for Design, Estimating and Construction Oversight and Dam Safety Officer
2015-01-20 12:49:00.0 <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/presskit/images/becker72.jpg" alt="Brian Becker" width="201" class="floatRight" /><b>WASHINGTON</b> - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López has named Brian Becker, P.E., as the Senior Advisor - Design, Estimating and Construction Oversight and Dam Safety Officer. <P> "For more than 100 years, Reclamation and its partners have developed the tools to guide a sustainable water and power future for the West. Internal and independent oversight of construction and dam safety projects ensures consistency and that Reclamation is getting the best value for its investments," López said. "Brian's experience in dam safety and engineering will ensure the consistency of projects throughout Reclamation." <P> This position provides oversight of design, estimating and construction activities as they are being formulated and prepared to ensure that executive-level management decisions and products are sound at the project and corporate levels. Becker will also serve as Reclamation's Dam Safety Officer where he will provide broad program guidance, conduct reviews and perform quality assurance of Reclamation's Dam Safety Program. <P> Becker was named Chief of Reclamation's Dam Safety Program in 2008 where he ensured the safety and reliability of Reclamation's dams to protect the downstream public. He joined Reclamation in 1985 where he was an engineer in the Concrete Dams Branch of the Technical Service Center. In 1992, Becker left Reclamation for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and joined the Division of Engineering in the Mountain-Prairie Region. He was named as the Service Dam Safety Officer in 2000. When he returned to Reclamation in 2004, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Dam Safety Program. <P> Becker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University. He is a Professional Engineer in Colorado. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48567 A Look Back at the Pacific Northwest Region's 2014 Youth Activities — Play, Learn, Serve, Work
2015-01-20 10:18:00.0 The Bureau of Reclamation continues to create opportunities to support and engage children and youth in educational activities and programs. <P> In 2014, the PN Region organized and co-sponsored several events for young people ages 5 to 25. Our goal is to increase youth engagement on public lands through play, learn, serve and work which supports Secretary Jewell's youth initiative. <P> <u><strong>Connecting with Young People</strong></u> <P> During the year, Reclamation's mascot, Otto Otter was engaged in children activities all over the region. <a hrefhttp://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/otto/index.html">Otto Otter Canal Safety Program</a> is a water safety program delivered to over 30,000 first, second, third and fourth graders in the PN Region city schools, county fairs, parades, and other special events. The program teaches children to be safe around canals, ditches, and other water sources. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/2014prineth.jpg" style="float:left" width="240" height="125" hspace="10" border="1" alt="Prineville C.A.S.T. Event"/>The region co-sponsored six <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">Catch a Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) events</a>. C.A.S.T. offers disabled and disadvantaged children the opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing on the water. For many of the participants, it is their first fishing experience. The events were held June through September. One in Yakima, WA; Prineville, OR; Rupert, ID; Moses Lake, WA; Emmett, ID; and Gaston, OR. There were more than 140 kids who participated this year. <P> For the fourth year, the PN Regional Office coordinated a successful combined <em>Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day/Let's Move Outside</em> event. <em>Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day</em> exposes girls and boys to what a parent does during the workday. It also shows them the value of their education and helps them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life. <P> <em><a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/"><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/ds2014.jpg" width="348" hspace="10" height="145" style="float:right" border="1" alt="PN Regional Office participated in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day"/>Let's Move</a></em> is a comprehensive initiative, launched by First Lady Obama, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. <P> Reclamation is involved in a partnership for Education program with Horizon Elementary School in Boise, Idaho. The program is called Lunch Buddy. Fifty Reclamation employees volunteered as mentors to students in grades 1-6. The purpose of this program is to build self-confidence and self-esteem with at-risk children involved in the program. The mentors met with the students once a month followed with a picnic at the end of the school year. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/icefish.jpg" style="float:right" width="250" height="188" border="1" hspace="10" alt="Ice Fishing Derby"/>The PN Region also participated in the Sawtooth Salmon Festival, the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, Idaho Salmon and Steelhead Days, Salmon Idaho Kids Fish Fair & Fishing Derby, University of Idaho Women in Math & Science Day, and school tours at Grand Coulee Dam. <P> The Sawtooth Salmon Festival was held on the Stanley Historical Museum grounds. It is an educational event that celebrates the return of the salmon from the Pacific Ocean to Salmon River tributaries. Kids learn about the remarkable salmon and steelhead, and their amazing 900-mile journey through presentations and hands-on activities. Roughly 200 kids participated in the event. <P> At the Idaho Salmon and Steelhead Days event, Reclamation participated with its Living River Exhibit. The event is a three-day, hands-on educational celebration designed to increase awareness and appreciation for salmon and steelhead resources in the Pacific Northwest Region for fifth grade students. Reclamation's Living River Exhibit teaches kids about river dynamics, river restoration, and demonstrates habitat improvement projects Reclamation is working on with other partners. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/stem.jpg" width="200" height="200" hspace="10" border="1" style="float:left" alt="University of Idaho Women in Math and Science Day"/>The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is a four-day kaleidoscope of natural resource educational events that celebrates the return of salmon to the Wenatchee River. The event is held annually at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery in Leavenworth, Washington. Reclamation employees present "Macro-invertebrates Mayhem and Watershed Detectives" educational programs at the event. More than 500 third and fourth grade students from school throughout north central Washington participated in the two activities. <P> At the Salmon, Idaho, Kids Ice Fishing Derby, 51 youth registered for the event. This is a popular multi-partnership project aimed to get kids outdoors. Kids learn about fishing and the importance of spending time on public lands. The event was held at Hyde Creek Pond in Idaho. <P> The University of Idaho Women in Math & Science Day offers a unique experience for young girls to learn from successful women and realize that scientific opportunities are available in their future. This event was held at the University of Idaho in Boise, Idaho. <P> Grand Coulee sponsored school tours at Grand Coulee Dam and the Visitor Center for more than 1,380 students. The tour guides shared technological, historical, and geological facts about the Dam. <P> <u><strong><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/nyc.jpg" width="300" height="300" style="float:right" hspace="10" border="1" alt="Northwest Youth Corp workers"/>Young People Working for Reclamation</strong></u> <P> In 2014, the PN Region hired 42 students in various occupations around the region and through several student-hire partnership programs including the Student Conservation Association. <P> This summer, the PN Region also hired a five person crew through the Northwest Youth Corps (NYC), a partnership program to work at Lake Cascade in Idaho. NYC is an organization that combines education and job skill training with outdoor adventure. Their core purpose is to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success. <P> The crew worked eight weeks on a habitat improvement project consisting of the thinning of trees and shrubs to reduce wildfire fuel loading and improve habitat. This partnership was made possible by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation which supplies thousands of dollars in grant funds along with the Bureau of Land Management, Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service annually. <P> Also, the PN Region partnered with tribal organizations, and other nonprofit organizations to engage and employee youth. <P> In 2014, the PN Region reinstituted its Mentoring Program. The purpose of the program is to provide a learning environment for employees in the <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/student.html">Pathways Program</a>. It is a formal program designed to develop and retain current workforce; develop the future culture, practices and mission of Reclamation. <P> Reclamation conducted a 2-day training class as part of the Native American Outreach Initiative which is designed to deliver USAJobs training to six tribes in the PN Region. More than 150 tribal staff and members took the training. <P> During 2014, the PN Region served thousands of children and youth. We look forward to continuing our work with young people in 2015. Together we are making a difference! <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48566 Uintah Water Conservancy District to Obtain Additional Acre-Feet of Central Utah Project Water from Reclamation
2015-01-20 09:37:00.0 Salt Lake City, Utah – In conjunction with the 2015 Uintah Basin Water Summit, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Uintah Water Conservancy District will participate in an advance payment ceremony on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at 12 p.m. The event will celebrate the District’s acquisition of an additional 3,000 acre-feet of water developed by Reclamation through the Central Utah Project. <P> WHO: The ceremony will begin with opening remarks from Mr. Gawain Snow, General Manager of the Uintah Water Conservancy District. He will be followed by Mr. David Palumbo, acting Regional Director of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region. The ceremony will conclude with the presentation of the District’s advance payment check. <P> WHAT: Jensen Unit Block Notice Advance Ceremony <P> WHEN: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 12:00 p.m. <P> WHERE: Western Park Convention Center, 302 East 200 South, Vernal, UT 84078 <P> Light refreshments will be served. <P> Directions: Take US-40 to Vernal, Utah, where US-40 becomes East Main Street. Turn South onto 200 East Street. Continue two blocks (0.2 miles), and turn left (east) onto 200 South Street. Continue for 0.1 miles. The Western Park Convention Center will be on the right. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48549 Carolyn Chad Selected as Columbia-Cascades Deputy Area Manager
2015-01-16 12:15:00.0 YAKIMA, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Region announced that Carolyn Chad has been selected as the new Columbia-Cascades Deputy Area Manager in Yakima. She replaces Dawn Wiedmeier who became the area manager last year. <P> As Deputy Area Manager, Chad will provide leadership, oversight, and direction to more than 180 employees involved in a variety of Reclamation programs and activities related to water management and other related natural and energy resources in Washington and Oregon. She began her new role Jan. 12. <P> "I am excited that Carolyn has accepted the position," said Dawn Wiedmeier, Columbia-Cascades Area Manager. "She brings a wealth of experience as a manager and leader. She has successfully developed and maintained working relationships with both internal and external parties." <P> Chad has 24 years of Federal service. Prior to accepting this assignment, she served as the Associate District Manager for the Bureau of Land Management in Vale, Oregon. Before that, she was the Field Manager for BLM also in Vale. In addition, Chad worked for a year as a District Ranger in Hines on a detail for the U.S. Forest Service. <P> Chad has a Bachelor of Science degree in Range Management from Humboldt State University in California and graduated from the BLM Leadership Academy. <P> CCAO is headquartered in Yakima and oversees Reclamation projects in Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana, and central and western Oregon. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48527 Reclamation To Host a Meeting on the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation
2015-01-15 15:47:00.0 <p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an informational meeting to present updates on the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation. This meeting will address potential impacts to residents and landowners from the proposed construction activities if Congress authorizes the project.</p> <P> <p>The meeting will include a review of the planning process and how sites were selected for the proposed utility corridor along Sky Harbour Road, powerhouse, and disposal site for tunneling debris. Officials also plan to brief attendees on construction planning and mitigation actions, and the long-term project schedule. An open house will follow the presentation. </p> <P> <p><b>Informational Meeting</b></p> <P> <p>Wednesday Feb. 4, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm</p> <P> <p>Valley Oak Elementary School</p> <P> <p>465 East Champlain Drive, Fresno CA 93730 </p> <P> <p>Reclamation is currently evaluating alternatives including a new 665-foot high dam upstream of Friant Dam near Temperance Flat that would provide an additional 1.26 million acre feet of storage in the upper San Joaquin River Basin. The Environmental Impact Statement and Feasibility Report describe the potential benefits and impacts of the action alternatives. Drafts of these two reports are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/storage/docs/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/storage/docs/index.html</a>.</p> <P> <p>For more information about the upcoming meeting, contact Melissa Harris, Project Manager, Reclamation, Planning Division, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825-1893. Harris can also be contacted by phone at 916-978-5075 (TTY 800-877-8339), fax at 916-978-5094, or email at <a href="mailto:sha-mpr-usjrbsi@usbr.gov">sha-mpr-usjrbsi@usbr.gov</a> . Additional information is available at the project website: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/storage/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sccao/storage/index.html</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48526 Juvenile Quagga Mussels Discovered at Deer Creek Reservoir
2015-01-15 08:44:00.0 Heber City, Utah - Routine water quality sampling has led to the detection of juvenile quagga mussels at Deer Creek Reservoir, located in north-central Utah. Quagga mussels are an invasive species which can be destructive to native habitat and to water related infrastructure. In response to this discovery, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has issued an order requiring all boaters to decontaminate their boats before they leave the reservoir. <P> "This find does not mean Deer Creek Reservoir is infested with quagga mussels," said Jordan Nielson, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "Fortunately the mussel populations found in the past at other waters in Utah never established themselves. We're hoping that will be the case at Deer Creek." <P> Although this discovery is concerning to the agencies, there is currently little risk of the population expanding. Quagga mussels typically do not reproduce in water that is colder than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The primary concern is mussels being transported to other bodies of water in or on boats, thus further spreading the invasive species to other areas. Even boats which may only be in a water body for a short period of time can carry quagga mussels, which is the primary means of infestation at other water bodies. <P> The order issued by the Division of Wildlife Resources, requires boats to be decontaminated before leaving Deer Creek State Park. To accomplish this, the order stipulates that boaters will either clean, drain and dry their boats for a specific length of time or have their boat professionally decontaminated (a free service) before leaving the State Park. <P> "Reclamation values its partnerships with the Division of Wildlife Resources, State of Utah, and other local water agencies in addressing this difficult invasive species problem," said Provo Area Office Manager, Wayne Pullan. "We will continue to work together to address this problem and reduce the risk." <P> Quagga mussels are a small freshwater bivalve mollusk that grow to around four centimeters in adulthood. They were introduced into the Great Lakes region of the U.S. roughly 30 years ago. Since that time they have steadily spread. Quagga mussels have the ability to rapidly colonize many surfaces within and on the waters they inhabit. This can lead to issues with clogged or encrusted water intake structures, pipes, and screens. The clogging or encrusting of these structures can lead to substantial increases in operation and maintenance costs. Their shells can litter shorelines and ruin sandy beaches. They compete directly with fish and other aquatic organisms for food. <P> Beginning this spring, Reclamation, Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah State Parks will take action to learn whether adult quagga mussels are in the reservoir, and whether they have spread downstream of Deer Creek Reservoir. The middle Provo River, between Jordanelle and Deer Creek reservoirs, is less at risk because quagga mussels cannot move upstream on their own and would require on some other method to be transported upstream. <P> For more information on quagga mussels, and on boat decontamination, visit Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website at www.stdofthesea.com. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48507 Reclamation Requests Nominations for Individuals to Serve on the Lake Berryessa Community Forum Coordinating Team
2015-01-13 17:10:00.0 <p><b>NAPA, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation is requesting nominations for new members of the Lake Berryessa Community Forum Coordinating Team to replace the following five stakeholder group representatives whose terms expire in February 2015: Local Landowners and Residents, Local Businesses, Water Quality and Water Supply, Public Services and Public Safety, and Broad Based Interests. Reclamation will also accept nominations for the Fish and Wildlife Management stakeholder group representative, a position that has not yet been filled.</p> <P> <p>The purpose of the Community Forum is to promote communication and collaboration in implementing the Lake Berryessa Visitor Services Plan Record of Decision and address issues of mutual concern. Reclamation requests that stakeholder groups nominate individuals to represent the interests of their group. Self-nominations will also be accepted and should include a justification for wanting to represent a certain group. Please note that the Community Forum Charter does not prohibit consecutive terms for stakeholder representatives.</p> <P> <p>Nominations are requested by Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, and should be in a letter or email outlining the interest and background of the nominee. Nominations should be a maximum of one page. Please send nominations to Lake Berryessa Park Manager Jeff Laird, 5520 Knoxville Road, Napa, CA 94558 or to <a href="mailto:jlaird@usbr.gov">jlaird@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>Nominees should be individuals who can fairly represent an interest group, are results oriented, collaborative and courteous, and have the ability to attend meetings at different locations and times. There will be no compensation for those selected to serve on the Forum. Nominees should be able to serve a term of two years.</p> <P> <p>Reclamation holds regularly scheduled Forum meetings as plans are being developed and put in place for visitor services and recreation at the lake. Reclamation’s goal continues to be to provide safe and enjoyable recreation experiences for visitors to Lake Berryessa.</p> <P> <p>To be added to the Lake Berryessa email or mailing lists, please contact Janet Sierzputowski, Public Affairs Specialist, at 916-978-5100 (TTY 1-800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:jsierzputowski@usbr.gov">jsierzputowski@usbr.gov</a>. Lake Berryessa is managed by Reclamation’s Central California Area Office as part of the Solano Project. Additional information on Lake Berryessa is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48506 Bureau of Reclamation Releases Funding Opportunity for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Feasibility Studies
2015-01-13 13:30:00.0 <b>Washington, D.C.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation is providing a funding opportunity for communities in the West which may be seeking new sources of water supplies using water recycling and reuse technologies. Funding made available will assist communities in determining whether water recycling and reuse projects are feasible. This funding opportunity is part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART initiative, which focuses on improving water conservation, sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. <P> The Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Feasibility Study Funding Opportunity Announcement is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for funding opportunity number R15AS00015. It is estimated that $1.3 million may be awarded this year. <P> Funding will be available in two funding groups. In the first funding group, up to $150,000 in federal funds will be available for smaller feasibility studies which can be completed in 18 months. For the second funding group – including larger feasibility studies which can be completed in 36 months – up to $450,000 in federal funds will be available. It is expected that most of the awards will be made in the first category. Feasibility studies are funded jointly by Reclamation and project sponsors. A cost-share of at least 50-percent of study costs is required. <P> The studies focus on examining municipal water reclamation and reuse, industrial domestic or agricultural wastewater, and naturally impaired groundwater and/or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife and groundwater recharge, including municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation or recreational use. Water reclamation and reuse is an essential tool in stretching the limited water supplies in the West. Since 1992, approximately $600 million in federal funding through the WaterSMART Title XVI Program has been leveraged with non-federal funding to implement more than $3 billion in water reuse improvements. <P> Funding applications are due on March 3, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. To learn more about the Title XVI Program, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/title">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/title</a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48546 OTAO Receives Federal Energy & Water Management Award
2015-01-12 11:05:00.0 In December, the Energy Department recognized 25 winners across the federal government as recipients of the 2014 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These annual awards highlight exceptional federal agency efforts for improving the nation?s energy, water, aviation, and vehicle fleets. Reclamation?s Great Plains Region, Oklahoma-Texas Area Office was one of the winners that deployed cutting-edge practices that will significantly cut carbon pollution, protect the environment, and strengthen national security. <P> <blockquote><a href="http://intra.gp.usbr.gov/blog/ept/">Plains Talk</a> In FY 2013, efforts of the Bureau of Reclamation?s Oklahoma-Texas Area Office to conserve water in the region resulted in savings of 1.14 billion gallons ? a 37 percent reduction from the prior year. In 2009, the office designed and created a drought forecast model to verify and update Tom Steed Reservoir yields. On a monthly basis, the model simulates the lake volume and elevation based on historical inflow and predicted losses and releases from the reservoir. In light of growing concerns about reservoir depletion during ongoing extreme drought conditions, in FY2013 Oklahoma-Texas Area Office management identified the opportunity to provide drought assistance to their operating partner, the Mountain Park Master Conservancy District. Use of the model resulted in increased understanding and awareness of the impacts of the ongoing drought, and led to the implementation of significant and often mandatory water conservation measures throughout the region. Along with the tremendous water savings, ancillary benefits included cost energy savings of about $40,000 from reduced pumping requirements, about $10,000 in operation and maintenance savings and avoided water treatment costs, and improved creation and fish and wildlife conditions due to higher reservoir levels.</blockquote> <P> The Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize individuals, groups, and agencies for their outstanding contributions in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, and the use of advanced and renewable energy technologies at Federal facilities. The Federal Energy Management Program that administers the awards plays a central role in helping federal agencies achieve these energy and sustainability goals. The federal government overall ? as the largest energy user in the world ? is making great progress on its sustainability and energy goals. To date, the federal government improved the energy intensity of its buildings by more than 20 percent over the last ten years, purchased close to 10 percent of its electricity from renewables, is approaching 20 percent water savings, and is more than halfway toward the 2020 greenhouse gas reduction goal of 28 percent. In leading by example, the federal government is helping drive adoption of clean energy practices more broadly to state and local governments and the private sector. <P> Click here to find out about <a href="http://http://energy.gov/eere/femp/about-federal-energy-management-program">FEMP</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48488 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Sacramento Suburban Water District Water Use Efficiency Grants
2015-01-09 17:35:00.0 <p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif. ?</b> The Bureau of Reclamation has made available the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Sacramento Suburban Water District Water Use Efficiency Grants.</p> <P> <p>Reclamation will provide funding towards two CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grants (a-R14AP00159 & b-R14AP00167) and one WaterSMART Water Use Efficiency Grant (R14AS00001) to the Sacramento Suburban Water District to assist in implementation of water conservation measures within the Sacramento Region. This action is authorized under Public Law 108-361, section 103(c)(d)(3)(A).</p> <P> <p>The final 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=20421">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20421</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 additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA/FONSI, please contact Carolyn Bragg at 916-989-7198 (TTY 1-800-877-8339) or cbragg@usbr.gov.</p> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48487 Reclamation Announces Notice of Availability for Draft EIS/EIR on North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program; and Public Open House
2015-01-09 16:41:00.0 <p><b>FRESNO, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has made available the draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program and has scheduled a public meeting to solicit comments on the draft EIS/EIR. The program would provide recycled water, conveyed from the Cities of Turlock and Modesto via the Central Valley Project’s Delta-Mendota Canal to Del Puerto Water District for irrigation purposes. It would also provide annual supplemental water to Central Valley Project Improvement Act-designated wildlife refuges south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. </p> <P> <p>The public meeting will include an open house from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A formal presentation will begin at 6:00 pm. </p> <P> <p><b>Wednesday, Feb. 11, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm</b></p> <P> <p>Open House 5:00 pm</p> <P> <p>Formal Presentation Begins at 6:00 pm</p> <P> <p>Modesto City Hall - Room 2001 </p> <P> <p>1010 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354</p> <P> <p>If special assistance is required to participate in the public meeting, please contact Fernando Ponce at (916) 978-5104 or <a href="mailto:fponce@usbr.gov">fponce@usbr.gov</a> at least 10 working days prior to the meeting. </p> <P> <p>The draft EIS/EIR was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act. It is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17241">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17241</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. The draft EIS/EIR describes the alternatives under consideration, as well as the benefits and environmental impacts of each alternative.</p> <P> <p>Written comments are due by close of business Tuesday, March 10, 2015, and should be sent to Benjamin Lawrence, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721, or <a href="mailto:blawrence@usbr.gov">blawrence@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P> <p>To request a CD copy of the EIS/EIR, please contact Lawrence as described above. Hard copies of the document are available for review at Reclamation’s South Central California Area Office at 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721; Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office Library at 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825; or the U.S Department of the Interior’s Natural Resources Library at 1849 C Street NW, Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240-0001. <br /> <br /> </p> <P>