Reclamation News Releases News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation Annual 4th Floor Halloween Trick or Treat Coming on October 30
2015-10-07 12:09:00.0 The Annual 4th Floor Trick or Treat event is coming to Building 67 on Oct. 30, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. <P> This is an annual event and good times are always had by employees and families. Be on the lookout for ghosts, witches and zombies. I guess the rogue Denver Broncos player also. <P> <a href="">Learn more</a> or contact Gia Price at x3628. <P> Bureau of Reclamation Seeking Ways to Measure Food for Threatened and Endangered Fish
2015-10-07 08:51:00.0 WASHINGTON, DC - The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a $30,000 prize competition seeking improved methods to measure the food resources available for threatened and endangered fish. Advancing technology for monitoring how food is available for fish species can lower the cost and improve the effectiveness of fish recovery efforts. <P> "Protecting and restoring river systems are vital to ensuring that watersheds are healthy and can continue to meet the West's water needs," said Commissioner Estevan L&oacute;pez. "Encouraging innovation and collaboration between the federal government and the private sector allows us all to do our jobs better." <P> Millions of dollars are spent annually on restoration activities like changing flow regimes, reconstructing wetlands and adding natural structural elements. These efforts to improve and restore habitats are key to the recovery of salmon, trout and other critical fish species. A critical way to learn the effectiveness of habitat recovery is to measure the food resources available to fish species targeted for recovery and protection. Despite its importance, measuring food resources has proven difficult. <P> The top one to three submissions will receive $10,000 to $15,000 in prize money, totaling no more than $30,000. The winning solutions will help fish recovery managers evaluate the food available to impacted fish species under various habitat restoration strategies. <P> Reclamation is collaborating with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to lead this competition. <P> The prize competition closes on November 16, and winners will be announced by January 29, 2016. To submit your ideas, please visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Learn more about the prize challenges at <a href=""></a>. <P> On October 7 and 8, the Obama administration is celebrating the five-year anniversary of <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, a historic effort by the federal government to collaborate with members of the public through incentive prizes to address our most pressing local, national, and global challenges. True to the spirit of the President’s charge from his first day in office, federal agencies have collaborated with more than 200,000 citizen solvers—entrepreneurs, citizen scientists, students, and more—in more than 440 challenges, on topics ranging from accelerating the deployment of solar energy, to combating breast cancer, to increasing resilience after Hurricane Sandy. Read more <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. <P> Central Valley Project Begins Water Year 2016 with 2.9 Million Acre-Feet of Storage
2015-10-06 14:16:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project began water year 2016 (Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016) with 2.9 million acre-feet of water in six key CVP reservoirs (Shasta, Trinity, Folsom, New Melones and Millerton reservoirs and the federal share of the joint federal/state San Luis Reservoir). This is 47 percent of the 15-year average annual carryover of 6.1 million acre-feet and 200,000<strong> </strong>acre-feet less than the amount with which the Mid-Pacific Region began WY 2015 on Oct. 1, 2014.</p> <p>“WY 2015 was very difficult, and we are beginning WY 2016 with even less water in our reservoirs,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. “We are continuing to work closely and cooperatively with our partner agencies and stakeholders to make the best possible use of our limited water resources, especially as we are now entering what could be the fifth year of drought. <P> The following tables show reservoir capacities and end-of-year storage comparisons for WYs 2014 and 2015 for key CVP reservoirs and compare end-of-year storage from WY 2011 to 2015. The amount of water in storage at the end of the water year reflects the amount carried over into the new water year. One acre-foot is the volume of water sufficient to cover an acre of land to a depth of one foot, enough water to sustain a typical California household of four for one year. <P> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="646"> <tr> <td width="646" colspan="8" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>CVP Reservoir Capacities and End of WY 2015 Storage in Million Acre-feet </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="147" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Reservoirs</strong></p></td> <td width="378" colspan="6" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Annual Storage Comparisons </strong></p></td> <td width="121" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>15-Year <br /> Average Storage</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="147" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>CVP Reservoirs <br /> and Capacities</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2015</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of  <br /> Capacity</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of 15 Year Avg</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p><strong>2014</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of  <br /> Capacity</strong></p></td> <td width="78" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>% of 15 Year Avg</strong></p></td> <td width="121" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1999-2015</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="147" valign="top"><p><strong>Shasta  4.552 </strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.6</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>35</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>68</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.2</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>26</strong></p></td> <td width="78" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>47</strong></p></td> <td width="121" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2.36</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="147" valign="top"><p><strong>New Melones  2.420</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.27</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>11</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>21</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.52</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>21</strong></p></td> <td width="78" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>37</strong></p></td> <td width="121" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.30</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="147" valign="top"><p><strong>Trinity  2.448 </strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.55</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>22</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>38</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.60</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>25</strong></p></td> <td width="78" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>40</strong></p></td> <td width="121" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.49</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="147" valign="top"><p><strong>Folsom  .977 </strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.17</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>18</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>38</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.35</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>36</strong></p></td> <td width="78" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>70</strong></p></td> <td width="121" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.46</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="147" valign="top"><p><strong>Millerton  .520</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.19</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>37</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>79</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.18</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>35</strong></p></td> <td width="78" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>75</strong></p></td> <td width="121" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.24</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="147" valign="top"><p><strong>Federal San Luis  .966</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.07</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>8</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>27</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="bottom"><p align="center"><strong>.25</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>26</strong></p></td> <td width="78" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>84</strong></p></td> <td width="121" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>.27</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="147" valign="top"><p><strong>Total  11.8 </strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2.9</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>24</strong></p></td> <td width="72" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>46</strong></p></td> <td width="48" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>3.1</strong></p></td> <td width="66" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>27</strong></p></td> <td width="78" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>47</strong></p></td> <td width="121" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>6.12</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <P> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="left"> <tr> <td width="505" colspan="7"><p align="center"><strong>Comparison of Previous End-of-Year Storage in Key CVP Reservoirs</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="505" colspan="7" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Million Acre-feet</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="76"><p align="center"><strong>2015</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="69"><p align="center"><strong>2014</strong></p></td> <td width="69"><p align="center"><strong>2013</strong></p></td> <td width="69"><p align="center"><strong>2012</strong></p></td> <td width="63"><p align="center"><strong>2011</strong></p></td> <td width="76" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1977<br /> (Driest Year)</strong></p></td> <td width="84" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1983<br /> (Wettest Year)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="76" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>2.9 </strong></p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>3.1</strong></p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>5.1</strong></p></td> <td width="69" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>6.9</strong></p></td> <td width="63" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>9.3</strong></p></td> <td width="76" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>1.5</strong></p></td> <td width="84" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>9.8</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <P> The CVP typically provides irrigation water to about 3 million acres of agricultural land in the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys and along California’s central coast. The CVP also provides urban water f or millions of people and industrial water essential to the San Francisco Bay Area’s economy. Water from the CVP is also crucial for the environment, wildlife and fishery restoration, and hydroelectric power production.</p> <p>During WY 2015, CVP powerplants generated about 2.4 billion kilowatt-hours. Project use consumed about 25 percent of this energy; the remaining energy was made available for marketing. The Mid-Pacific Region’s hydroelectric generators have a combined capacity of approximately 2.1 million kilowatts. <P> In January 2016, Reclamation will announce a preliminary assessment of WY 2016 CVP water supply conditions and in February will announce the initial CVP water supply to be made available under contracts (prior to the start of the contract year, which begins on March 1). <P> Reclamation will continually monitor and evaluate hydrologic conditions and will adjust the initial water supply allocations, as warranted, to reflect updated snowpack and runoff. Current allocations and background information are available at <a href=""></a>. <P> For additional storage information, please visit <a href=""></a> or contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href=""></a>. <P> <P> <P> C.A.S.T. For Kids Events in the Upper Colorado Region
2015-10-06 12:58:00.0 Elephant Butte and Lake Powell By: Valerie Heath-Harrison Regional C.A.S.T. Coordinator <P> On September 12 and October 3, the Upper Colorado Region sponsored C.A.S.T. for Kids events at Elephant Butte and Lake Powell, respectively. Both events were unique in that they were coordinated by private citizens acting in a volunteer capacity on behalf of Reclamation. <P> Both events had been cancelled earlier in the year for various reasons and Jim Yelas, Executive Director of the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, reached out to his contacts and was able to secure the services of Messrs. Will Dooley and Jarrett Edwards to plan and coordinate the events at essentially the last minute. <P> Because both volunteers had only a short window of time (about 2 months) and a lack of CAST-specific event planning experience in which to pull off the events, they were smaller than usual. However even then, the children involved had a great time. <P> Specifics of each event <P> Elephant Butte Mr. Dooley is an employee of Lago Rico, Inc., which operates Marina del Sur (in addition to two other marinas on Elephant Butte). With the assistance of another employee, they were able to secure donations of food for breakfast and lunch, boat captains and participants. <P> The day was calm and beautiful, fishing was good for bass, and the kids excited to go for a boat ride. Three of the kids spent time fishing off the marina platform while waiting for lunch and were very successful at catching several bass, which they promptly let go. <P> A pancake breakfast was prepared by volunteers for all attendees and a lunch of grilled hot dogs, chips, watermelon, and drinks was prepared and served by other volunteers. <P> Marina Del Sur has a Facebook page where other attendees posted some great photos. So if you would like to see more, please visit <P> Mr. Dooley said he is willing to make the Elephant Butte event bigger and better next year and is excited to get started. <P> Lake Powell Mr. Edwards is a professional angler with an outdoor television show, “Jarrett Edwards Outdoors” which can be watched online at It is also syndicated on the World Fishing Network, Altitude Sports and the Sportsman's channels. <P> The Lake Powell event was held at the beautiful Antelope Point Marina on the eastern shore of Lake Powell. Fishing was very good, with lots of bass and catfish caught and one sunfish that this author saw. Most of the fish were released after being brought in, but a few of them made for some tasty dinners later that day. <P> Lunch was prepared and served by employees of Antelope Point and consisted of pulled chicken barbecue sandwiches, potato salad, coleslaw, fries, tater tots, drinks and ice cream for desert. <P> Special thanks to employees from the Glen Canyon Field Division who helped at the event, including Don Elwood, Damion Thomas, Corey Kidwell, Tim Tilney and JC Franklin. <P> In Closing Much gratitude is extended to our citizen volunteers. You selflessly gave of your time to ensure the children in your areas could experience this opportunity. We could not have done it without you! <P> New Melones Lake Activities for Autumn 2015 Support the Let’s Move Outside Initiative
2015-10-06 09:36:00.0 SONORA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announces the fall interpretive programs at New Melones Lake. All activities are free and suitable for all ages; most do not require reservations. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. A water bottle and sunscreen are recommended. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. <P> <strong>Coyote Creek Kayaking Excursion</strong></BR> <strong>Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, 10 a.m.</strong></BR> <strong>New Melones Lake Visitor Center</strong></BR> Coyote Creek inlet tells the historic story of the town of Melones. Join Ranger Hilary to discover some of these extraordinary places. We will launch from the Mark Twain Day Use Area and traverse across the lake and up Coyote Creek. Expect to be out on the water for 4 hours. This outing is open to experienced swimmers with their own kayak or other non-motorized boat. Participants need to bring their own boat, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket (properly fitting and serviceable), paddles, sunscreen, hat, water and lunch. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Please contact Ranger Hilary at 209-536-9094 ext. 221 to reserve your place. We will meet at the New Melones Lake Visitor Center at 10 a.m. <P> <strong>Things That Go Bump In The Night!</strong></BR> <strong>Saturday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m.</strong></BR> <strong>New Melones Lake Visitor Center</strong></BR> Halloween is only a week away, a time to discover “things that go bump in the night.” Join Park Ranger Mike for a special peek inside the Visitor Center and take a short journey down the Norwegian Gulch trail. Children of all ages are welcome. We will meet at the New Melones Lake Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather as things might be a bit “chilling.” A flashlight is required. <P> <strong>Creepy Crawlies of Natural Bridges</strong></BR> <strong>Sunday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.</strong></BR> <strong>Natural Bridges</strong></BR> Come out for a hike to discover some of the “scary” critters at New Melones Lake. Find out about their importance to our ecosystem and why they’re really not scary at all! We will bring along microscopes to examine some of the creepy crawlies we find along the way! This is a moderate-to-strenuous hike, 2 miles roundtrip; participants may return uphill on their own. Please bring water and snacks and wear shoes appropriate for hiking. We will meet at the Natural Bridges Trailhead parking lot off of Parrotts Ferry Road at 10 a.m. Dogs are not allowed on the Natural Bridges trail. <P> <strong>Duchess Mine Chaparral</strong></BR> <strong>Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.</strong></BR> <strong>Parrotts Ferry Bridge Parking Area on Calaveras County Side</strong></BR> Where would you want to hike on a cool November morning? California’s distinctive Chaparral ecosystem is a great place to start! Hike through a “forest of shrubs” and learn about this fire- and drought-adapted plant community. This is a strenuous 3½ mile hike to a top section of the Table Mountain formation. Please bring water and wear sturdy hiking boots. We will meet at the parking lot on the Calaveras County side of the Parrotts Ferry Bridge at 10 a.m. <P> <strong>If This Rock Could Talk</strong></BR> <strong>Sunday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.</strong></BR> <strong>Table Mountain</strong></BR> Join us on a hike though time and discover the geologic wonders of Table Mountain. Learn where this lava flow originated and the processes that occurred to create such a beautiful landmark. This is a challenging 3-mile hike with a ¼-mile series of steep, rocky switchbacks that leads to the top for grand views of New Melones Lake. We will meet at the corner of Shell and Rawhide Roads at 10 a.m. <P> <strong>The Stars Over New Melones Lake</strong></BR> <strong>Saturday, Nov. 21, 6 p.m.</strong></BR> <strong>New Melones Lake Visitor Center</strong></BR> Come out and view fall’s constellations. We will set up telescopes for visitors to view the moon and all the stars. If it is overcast, we will have a PowerPoint presentation about the night sky. Please dress warmly and bring a flashlight. <P> <strong>Giving Thanks to Nature</strong></BR> <strong>Saturday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m.</strong></BR> <strong>Tuttletown Recreation Area</strong></BR> Work off some of those extra Thanksgiving calories with a hike around Heron Point trail in Tuttletown Recreation Area. Autumn is transitioning to winter and another calendar year is ending, but the rewards to be found in nature remain constant. Join us on this leisurely 3-mile hike around Heron Point and experience all that nature has to offer. We will meet at the Tuttletown Entrance Station at 10 a.m. and then caravan down to the Heron Point trailhead. Participants will be issued a parking pass for the duration of the event. <P> <strong>Mark Twain’s Trials, Tales and Trails</strong></BR> <strong>Sunday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.</strong></BR> <strong>New Melones Visitor Center</strong></BR> Step back in time to experience Mark Twain’s past while we follow the Sierra Railroad’s tracks that traversed though the winding foothills from Angels Camp to Jamestown. This is an easy 2½-mile hike. We will meet at the New Melones Lake Visitor Center at 10 a.m. and then caravan to the Stevenot Bridge. <P> <strong>Melones Branch of the Sierra Railway</strong></BR> <strong>Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.</strong></BR> <strong>Peoria Wildlife Management Area</strong></BR> Traverse the historic route of the Melones Branch of the Sierra Railway and discover how the Melones Dam was built! This is a moderate 4-mile roundtrip hike. We will meet at the Peoria Wildlife Equestrian Staging Area on Peoria Flat Road at 10 a.m. <P> <strong>People of the Past</strong></BR> <strong>Sunday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m.</strong></BR> <strong>Glory Hole Recreation Area</strong></BR> New Melones Lake has been home to many different people over the centuries. Come and explore along the Angels Creek trail and find the evidence of People of the Past. This is a moderate 3-mile hike. We will meet at the Glory Hole Entrance Station at 10 a.m. and then caravan down to the Angels Creek trailhead. Participants will be issued a parking pass for the duration of the event. <P> <strong>French Flat Frisbee Golf</strong></BR> <strong>Saturday, Dec. 26, 10 a.m.</strong></BR> <strong>French Flat</strong></BR> Put down all those new electrical toys and come outside to explore your public lands with a fun game of Frisbee golf! Rangers will set a course filled with clues about the natural and cultural history of New Melones Lake. Hit the targets, gain the clues and answer the questions to win a prize! This will be a 9-hole course set in the rambling oak woodlands of French Flat. Participants will be walking through tall grass, so long pants are recommended. Please bring your own Frisbee if you have one. We will meet at the corner of Shell and Rawhide Roads at 10 a.m. and caravan to French Flat for a great game of golf! <P> If you would like to participate in a program and need accommodation, please contact Park Ranger Hilary Maxworthy at 209-536-9094 ext. 236 or email <a href=""></a> a minimum of 14 days in advance. Ranger-led hikes tie into the Department of the Interior’s <em>Let’s Move Outside </em>initiative ( <a href=""></a>), which was created to encourage children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities, which abound in every city, town and community. And where better for the public to enjoy the great outdoors than at a Reclamation facility like New Melones? <P> The New Melones Visitor Center and Museum is managed by Reclamation’s Central California Area Office and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information on activities, directions, pet restrictions or other questions, please call 209-536-9543 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit the New Melones Lake website at <a href=""></a>. <P> <P> Reclamation to Host Public Meeting on North Platte Water Operations
2015-10-06 00:00:00.0 MILLS, Wyo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a North Platte River Water Information Meeting in Torrington, Wyo. <P> The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, October 22, in the Brand Room at the fairgrounds in Torrington. The purpose of the meeting is to present information on the operations and accounting of the North Platte River Reservoirs in Water Year 2015, which covers the period October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015. Scenarios of operations for Water Year 2016 will also be presented using reasonable minimum, most probable, and reasonable maximum water supply conditions. <P> For additional information contact Mahonri Williams at (307) 261-5624 or <a href=""></a>. <P> Denver Leadership Corner: Response to Questions Received on Information Resources in Ideas Pipeline
2015-10-05 15:23:00.0 The following are responses to questions and suggestions on Ideas Pipeline regarding information resources. This is posted on behalf of the Information Resources Office and Denver Directors. <P> <strong>Use of personal cell phones for Government Business</strong> <P> In response to the idea to allow employees to use their personal cell phones for official government business and possibly to reimburse them in part for their costs several issues were considered. First reimbursement - US Government Accounting Office (GAO) rulings would necessitate that only the portion of an employee's monthly charges that could be reimbursed would be “actual costs” used for government business. Thus, an employee would have to itemize the length of every “business” phone call, count all text messages used for “business” and keep track of data used for “business” every month and prorate that against the total usage to submit for reimbursement. Tracking and oversight of personal cell phone reimbursement would be burdensome and costly. There were also many security concerns identified when considering the use of personal cell phones for government use. Security regulations do not allow personal devices to be connected to Government networks, mandate the Government have the ability to apply complex passwords and wipe devices if they are lost or stolen, and have mobile device management tools installed to protect Government information. Personal cell phones used to conduct government business would also be susceptible to confiscation in the event of litigation discovery actions or may contain data responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests. <P> Due to these concerns, the decision was made not to move forward with this idea. <P> <strong>Loaner Laptops - DOI Employee Use of Waternet and a Guest Network</strong> <P> The following is the IRO’s response to the three ideas listed regarding the ability for employees to login to loaner laptops or use wi-fi: <P> Idea 1. Reclamation employees can log into a loaner laptop for the first time through the wi-fi (no hard wired connection) Response: Initially the loaner laptop needs to connect through a hard wire connection to establish user authentication on the laptop via a network domain controller. This authentication is what allows the laptop to then communicate with Waternet using the established user credentials. <P> Idea 2. DOI (BIA, FWS, etc.) employees can log into a loaner laptop to get access to the Internet (check email), Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Or, they bring their own laptop and use the wi-fi. They do not need access to printers or the servers. Response: The Denver Office wifi, Waternet, can be used by any employee with an active DOI account. This includes all Reclamation staff as well as those from DOI and its Offices/Bureaus. <P> Idea 3. Outside federal government consultants can log into a loaner laptop to get access to the Internet (check email), Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Or, they bring their own laptop and use the Wi-Fi. They do not need access to printers or the servers. The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) regulations require access controls for all Federal IT systems and IT security awareness training for all users of Federal IT systems. These regulations prevent outside contractors and consultants without a DOI account from accessing Federal IT systems. Since the Denver Office does not have our own internet connection and we use a DOI TIC (Trusted Internet Connection) for internet service, we cannot establish a Denver office guest network. <P> One possible solution would be to acquire an air card “My-fi” hotspot device that connects directly through a cellular service provider instead of the DOI network. These devices are available by submitting a Commercial Wireless Service Request form at: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. <P> <strong>After hours RESC</strong> <P> In response to the request for extended IT Help Desk Hours, we agree that IT support services are needed outside of the 7:00am – 5:00pm manned RESC hours and have in place a process to ensure 24/7 coverage through a telephone call system. Upon investigation we have found the system not to be operating as expected and for some calls not to be routed correctly. While we correct the call system issue, the RESC will temporarily be staffed from 6:00am to 6:00pm M-F. We will also investigate other staffing methods to ensure coverage, however, permanent onsite staff may not prove efficient or cost effective as only 6% of the RESC calls are received during these extended hours. <P> <P> A Special Thrill with C.A.S.T. for Kids at Black Canyon Reservoir
2015-10-05 15:15:00.0 In August, Black Canyon C.A.S.T. for Kids event had another successful year. Eager kid anglers started to arrive one hour before the event began. One would guess that the excitement could no longer be kept in. By 7:30 a.m., a line of boats circled around the park. Twenty-five boat captains signed in and it was the right amount needed to take out the 34 participants and their guardian out on the lake. <P> "C.A.S.T. for Kids is one of my most exciting summer events," said one participant. "This is my third year coming. I love fishing and riding on the boat." <P> This was a great fishing year. Participants chimed in on the radios to announce to everyone when they caught a fish. As the fishing adventure ended and the boats returned to shore, all the fish stories began and were followed with the captured fish to prove it. <P> "After 21 years at Black Canyon Park in Emmett, Idaho, C.A.S.T. continues to get better and better and it wouldn't be so without the great volunteers," said Erika Lopez, event coordinator for Reclamation's Snake River Area Office. "This is a very special event for the kids, their parents and the volunteers." <P> We hope to see you all again next year! <P> Oce ColorWave 600 Large Format Engineer Copier/Printer Moving to 10th Floor
2015-10-05 11:26:00.0 The Oce ColorWave 600 large format engineer copier/printer will be moved on Oct. 6, 2015. It will be moved from the 1st floor to the 10th floor, South East side of building 67. The printer will be down for several hours starting at 7:00am during the move, please plan accordingly around this transition time. <P> If you currently print to the device you will need to delete and reload your print driver for the device. Note: We do not have the new driver ready for release until Tuesday when the relocation happens as it will have a different IP Address assigned. The new print driver will be available at \\ibr8drops001. <P> The device will continued to be supported by the Publishing Services Team and maintained under a service contract for maintenance. If you need assistance in adding the driver to your computer or for how to use the device please contact RESC on extension x3357 to open a service ticket. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Barry Waryanka, <P> Reclamation Announces Margaret David Bailey is New Park Manager at Lake Berryessa
2015-10-05 10:39:00.0 NAPA, Calif. The Bureau of Reclamation welcomes Margaret David Bailey as the new Park Manager for Lake Berryessa in Napa County. In this position, Bailey will assist the Area Manager of the Mid-Pacific Region’s Central California Area Office, Drew Lessard, in managing public recreation, natural resources, visitor services and concession management at Lake Berryessa. <P> Lessard stated, “I’m very pleased to welcome Margaret to the Mid-Pacific Region. She is exceptionally qualified for this position, with 26 years of supervisory experience and proficiency in managing public lands. Margaret will be a tremendous asset to the Region and Lake Berryessa.” <P> Bailey earned a Master of Science in Forest Management from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, in 1991. She began her career as a National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator in 1990 with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) in Alsea, Oregon. She joins Reclamation from her former position as District Ranger with the USFS, Fremont-Winema National Forest, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. In that position, she managed the Klamath Ranger District, consisting of approximately 200,000 acres and resources ranging from developed recreation to vegetation-management projects in northern spotted owl habitat. Most recently, Bailey served as the Nevada State Liaison, USFS, in Sparks, Nevada. She and her husband, Bruce, have two grown sons. The family enjoys the outdoors, camping, bicycling, kayaking and traveling. <P> Lake Berryessa is part of Reclamation’s Solano Project. Built during the 1950s and early 1960s, the Project distributes agricultural water to farmland in Solano County and municipal and industrial water to the county’s principle cities, including Vacaville, Vallejo and Fairfield. The Project’s primary features include Monticello Dam and Lake Berryessa, Putah Diversion Dam, Lake Solano and the Putah South Canal. <P> For additional information on Lake Berryessa, please call 707-966-2111 ext. 0 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit the website at <a href=""></a>. <P> Cafeteria Menu Coming Later This Week
2015-10-05 09:48:00.0 The manager of the cafeteria is out of the office and won't return until later this week. Once he returns we will receive the menus for this week and the rest of October. <P> Once we receive the menu we will update it. <P> Team 19 - Addressing Safety Through Training Requirements
2015-10-05 08:57:00.0 Team 19 will help clarify the understanding of safety by tracking training needs by position, tasking specific training needs, and notifying employees of refresher requirements. <P> “In order for planning and tracking to have a significant impact, training needs must be identified by job duties rather than position,” said Team 19 Executive Sponsor, Roseann Gonzales. “Many employees can have the same position title and description, but the duties they perform may require quite different safety training depending on location, specific equipment used, etc.” <P> Requiring job-specific training will help keep safety a top priority for managers, supervisors, and employees. It keeps everyone on the same page, and helps move the agency forward as we revamp the programs and procedures necessary to foster a safe working environment in the agency.” <P> A table or checklist will be developed identifying general safety training requirements by position with more specific requirements based on the duties assigned to employees. This will assist supervisors to determine required safety training for each employee. <P> “Employees, Supervisors, and Managers will benefit from task-specific training,” said Gonzales. <P> Safety training requirements will be assigned to safety training roles which can then be assigned to employees in the learning management system (LMS, currently DOILearn). <P> The Department is transitioning to a new learning management system (LMS) planned for the end of FY15. This will have significant impact on scheduling the actions on this item and may impact scheduling regarding training related activities on other action items in this plan. <P> Safety training that requires refresher will be identified and those requirements will be included in learning plans and course information so that employees and supervisors are reminded automatically of training requirement at specified intervals. Additionally, the ability to interface with Capital Asset and Resource Management Application (CARMA) will be explored to determine if it is possible to prohibit employees without the proper safety training from being assigned to perform work. <P> David Palumbo Named Bureau of Reclamation's Deputy Commissioner for Operations
2015-10-02 15:06:00.0 Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López announced today that David Palumbo is the new Deputy Commissioner for Operations. He will oversee operations in Reclamation's five regions, the Native American and International Affairs Office, the Technical Service Center, Hydropower Office and Dam Safety Officer/Design, Estimating, Construction office. <P> "Water delivery and power generation are fundamental to what the Bureau of Reclamation does," López said. "Dave's federal government and private industry experience working on water, power and environmental projects are great assets as we work to meet future water and power demands in the western United States." <P> Palumbo moves to Washington, D.C., from Reclamation's Lower Colorado Region, where he became the deputy regional director in 2012. In this position, he oversaw complex water and power programs in the region, including Hoover Dam operations. He also managed and led Native American activities, including those related to Navajo Generating Station and implementing Indian water rights settlements. He has built strong, collaborative relationships with customers and stakeholders throughout the Colorado River basin, including those in the country of Mexico. <P> Learn more about David Palumbo in the <a href="" target="_blank">newsroom</a>. <P> David Palumbo Named Bureau of Reclamation's Deputy Commissioner for Operations
2015-10-02 14:00:00.0 WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López announced today that David Palumbo is the new Deputy Commissioner for Operations. He will oversee operations in Reclamation's five regions, the Native American and International Affairs Office, the Technical Service Center, Hydropower Office and Dam Safety Officer/Design, Estimating, Construction office. <P> "Water delivery and power generation are fundamental to what the Bureau of Reclamation does," López said. "Dave's federal government and private industry experience working on water, power and environmental projects are great assets as we work to meet future water and power demands in the western United States." <P> Palumbo moves to Washington, D.C., from Reclamation's Lower Colorado Region, where he became the deputy regional director in 2012. In this position, he oversaw complex water and power programs in the region, including Hoover Dam operations. He also managed and led Native American activities, including those related to Navajo Generating Station and implementing Indian water rights settlements. He has built strong, collaborative relationships with customers and stakeholders throughout the Colorado River basin, including those in the country of Mexico. <P> He joined Reclamation in 2005 as a project manager where he led the construction project of the Brock Reservoir Project in Southern California's Imperial Valley. This $172 million project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. The facility provides enhanced storage capacity to improve management and conservation of Colorado River water. <P> In addition to his work for Reclamation in the Southwest, Palumbo worked in the private sector for Kerr-McGee Corporation for ten years. For four of those years he partnered with Canada's Hydro-Quebec, managing engineering and operations for manufacturing, water, energy, and research and development programs. <P> Palumbo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Notre Dame. He also has master's degrees in both Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University and in English Literature from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a licensed civil engineer in California and certified project manager. <P> He was awarded the Superior Service Award in 2011 and Meritorious Service Award in 2014 from the Department of the Interior. Palumbo was also named Reclamation's Engineer of the Year in 2008. <P> Palumbo fills the spot vacated by Lowell Pimley, who retires this week after a 35-year career with the Bureau of Reclamation. <P> Fairchild Challenge, Green Careers Day
2015-10-02 11:55:00.0 The Upper Colorado Regional Office and Provo Area Office participated in Fairchild Challenge’s Green Careers Day at Thanksgiving Point, Utah. Fairchild Challenge offers 11 fun environmentally-themed challenges aimed to improve the environment and help schools win money by getting students together to compete with each other, or by doing an individual project. The challenge is free to enter for participants. The environmental education program is designed to give high school students an opportunity to express their opinions about environmental issues in their region. By appealing to their intuitive sense of creativity and curiosity, the challenge invites students to investigate the most difficult environmental issues, imagine effective responses to the issues, and take action to address them. <P> Green Careers Day brings the students to interact with and learn from a variety of professionals working in green-related careers. Students get their hands dirty by participating in activities designed to help them gain awareness of different environmentally-based jobs. <P> Reclamation used the Fairchild Challenge Green Careers Day to teach students Reclamation’s mission and conduct a watercourse scenario. Katrina Grantz, Upper Colorado Region Hydraulic Engineer, explained the different types of dams and water management-related projects. She also taught about the exciting work that Reclamation conducts and the potential careers Reclamation offers in the fields of engineering, land and recreation, safety and security, environmental protection, geology, and much more. <P> The students went to the erosion table water room where David Snyder, Provo Area Fish and Wildlife Biologist, provided a scenario to the students where they had to build water delivery systems with irrigation pipelines, ditches, farm ponds, dams, etc., to get water to a farm without enough water on one side of a mountain and manage the water flow to a farm with too much water on the other side of the mountain---all while protecting endangered fish. The fun, hands-on exercise taught students in-depth scenarios of the type of work Reclamation conducts. <P> Students returned positive feedback and were engaged by answering lessons learned questions at the end of each presentation. <P>