Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50272 Reclamation Summer Interns Share Work With Colleagues
2015-08-28 13:48:00.0 As the school season starts back up in full swing, college students worldwide will go back to their respected learning institutions to discuss their summer internships. However, Reclamation’s interns took their experiences to a whole new level by participating in the “Second Annual Reclamation Intern Poster Contest,” which showcased the work done by the 23 student interns at Reclamation. <P> Reclamation employees judged the students’ posters and then awarded the students with the best poster presentation and best printed poster. Student interns also took part in the voting process for the student choice award. <P> The winners of this year’s poster contest were: <P> <blockquote>Best Poster Presentation: Juan Vela (California State University, Northridge) for his poster on Whiskeytown Dam Intake Structure Bulkhead <P> Best Printed Poster: Zach Jordan (Purdue University) for Passivation of Zinc Anodes in Natural Freshwaters <P> Student Choice Award: Prospero Gonzalez (California State University, Fresno) for Arkansas Valley Conduit</blockquote> <P> Topics for the posters ranged from laboratory materials testing to security requirements and invasive mussels to all aspects of Reclamation project engineering work and more. <P> A description of each poster is listed below. <P> <strong>Abstracts</strong> <P> <strong>Riley Bair, Oklahoma State University - Freeze/ Thaw Testing</strong> <br /> The Corps of Engineers is adding on to a section of Isabella Lake Dam and needed the Bureau’s facilities to help test different aggregates. Aggregate testing is a crucial part of concrete design. Due to an extremely wide variety of aggregate choices, it is usual to test several different kinds to find which one will work best for the application. Durability is a large factor in determining what to use and freeze/thaw testing as defined by ASTM C666 is one of the best methods to use. This poster will cover procedure and results. <P> <strong>Matthew Becker, Colorado School of Mines - Underwater Concrete Repair: Testing and Results</strong> <br /> A major problem with concrete structures such as canals and dams is that over time they can crack and begin to leak. The project attempts to address this problem by applying polyurethane grouts underwater to seal the cracks. The project is split into four parts: making specimens, constructing the test frame, testing the specimens and interpreting the results. I will be presenting the testing and the results. This includes describing the test procedure as well as the effect that each test variable had on repairing the crack and sealing the leak. The results of the test will be used to provide real world recommendations and applications for using polyurethane grouts underwater. <P> <strong>Marianna Brown, Benedictine College - Security Requirements</strong> <br /> In any Reclamation office, organization and accessibility of information is essential. Communication between area offices, SSLE, and the Department of the Interior can often times become lost in translation or confusing. My project consists of organizing minimum security requirements meant for area security officers to comply to and presenting them in a way that facilities can use. Proper presentation and organization of this information can make completion of these security requirements easier and quicker to complete which, in turn, reinforces public and government safety and security. <P> <strong>Maria De la Piedra Yanes, Rice University - El Vado Dam: Construction Flood Routing</strong> <br /> The El Vado reservoir stores water for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) which is used for irrigation, recreation, and flood control. The dam currently has a service spillway that is in need of reconstruction. Various construction floods were routed and evaluated in order to determine if construction of a temporary coffer dam would be necessary to allow for the reconstruction of the spillway. The flood routing results show that the risks of the construction area becoming flooded are acceptable without the construction of a coffer dam. <P> <strong>Prospero Gonzalez, California State University, Fresno - Arkansas Valley Conduit</strong> <br /> The Arkansas Valley Conduit Project will help provide high quality water to Southeastern Colorado communities. Currently these communities use groundwater wells to supply most of their drinking water needs. Recently it was found that the groundwater contains cancer-causing radioactive contaminants such as naturally occurring radium and uranium. Also, some of the ground water contains dissolved salts, which cause taste and odor issues in the water. The purpose of the project is to help water providers supply high quality water that meet EPA and state water quality requirements for these communities. In this poster I will provide more information about the project, as well as the work I have done to contribute to it. <P> <strong>Scott Haisma, Metropolitan State University of Denver - Quagga Mussels and Reclamation</strong> <br /> In the waters of the U.S., there is an invasive species of mussels plaguing Reclamation facilities. They settle in pipes, and prevent natural water flow. Therefore, research is being performed on the most cost efficient and low maintenance solution to this issue. A solution thought up involves the use of turbulence and a hypothesis stating that the size of an eddy (a circular current of water) determines its ability to kill/damage/prevent quagga mussels. The results of the current test being performed at Davis Dam will determine the effectiveness of turbulence as a solution in preventing veliger (baby mussel) settlement; with success, the applications are endless. <P> <strong>Lora Hoopes, Colorado School of Mines - Soil Compaction</strong> <br /> The purpose of this informational poster is to illustrate the compaction test for cohesive and granular soils. This is important to many engineering applications because soil compaction increases the bearing capacity of structures such as foundations, earth dams, and embankments by increasing the strength of the supporting soil mass. There are several methods of performing the laboratory compaction test that are analogous to field compaction procedures. The selected method is largely dependent on soil type. <P> <strong>Nick Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology - Pueblo Dam Crack Seal Material Testing</strong> <br /> Pueblo is one of the many dams that is owned and operated by Reclamation. Recently, there have been leaks taking place at Pueblo. A hydrophilic material called CYLutions has been developed by Emagineered Solutions that is believed to be the best current waterstop system. Before Reclamation decides to implement this material at Pueblo Dam, it has to undergo a series of tests to get an idea of its behavior. My primary objective was to conduct a saturation test as well as set up an apparatus for a wet-dry test on CYLutions. <P> <strong>Zach Jordan, Purdue University - Passivation of Zinc Anodes in Natural Freshwaters</strong> <br /> In corrosion-prone environments, sacrificial anode cathodic protection may be used to mitigate corrosion of steel structures. Due to its active nature, zinc can be used as an anode to steel. However, in some environments, zinc can passivate, or form a protective oxide layer around itself, and lose its ability to protect the structure. Due to the complex chemical makeup of some fresh waters, predicting passivation can be difficult. This project will develop potentiodynamic polarization tests to determine if or when zinc anodes will passivate in varying fresh water mediums. This will result in a predictive method for using zinc anodes in sacrificial anode cathodic protection systems. <P> <strong>Katie Kerstiens, Colorado School of Mines - Invasive Mussels</strong> <br /> Zebra and quagga mussels are invasive species in the US. They damage operation of water storage, water delivery, and hydropower structures as well as causing harm to other aquatic ecosystems. The lab I work in (Reclamation Detection Laboratory for Exotic Species) concentrates on early detection of these mussels, this mainly encompasses microscopy. As well as early detection, the lab follows mussel count and water health in known positive bodies of water to try and better understand these mussels. My poster will be an overview of the steps taken for early detection. <P> <strong>Keturah Kiper, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville - Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy: Field Test Accuracy & Precision</strong> <br /> Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) testing is used in many laboratories to evaluate the performance of durable coatings on steel substrates. EIS shows how permeable a coating is to water and ions at the time of measurement. EIS provides useful information for researchers to evaluate the performance of a coating; however, researchers hope to use EIS to predict the service life of different industrial protective coatings. However, researchers have yet to be successful in using EIS as a consistently accurate predictive test. Reclamation is currently improving its action plan as a result of recent advances in the EIS technology and a growing need to prepare, to maintenance and to improve the water infrastructures. <P> <strong>Scott D. Monesmith, University of Colorado, Denver - Security As-Built Drawings</strong> <br /> Field offices need to have workable as-built drawings because technical drawings can be difficult for laymen to read. Because some of the facilities security components were migrated from one security system to another, they need updating so the operators can better identify the component(s) affected when a problem arises. This project will update the as-built drawings to make them easier to use in the field by using AutoCAD. This update will result in better communication between field offices and the Denver office by allowing diagnosis from the field to be more accurate and timelier. <P> <strong>Kerry Muenchow, Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Corrosion and Electric Fish Barriers</strong> <br /> Electric fish barriers are used to control fish movement, protecting endangered species from adverse effects due to dams, hydropower plants, pumping plants, canals, etc. While these barriers are effective in controlling fish movement, there is potential for these barriers to cause interference with nearby electronics or structures and can lead to heightened levels of corrosion on these structures. This project explores this potential interference issue from the electric fish barriers in addition to considering whether cathodic protection systems used to mitigate corrosion may cause interference with the electric fish barriers. It is recommended that further research is performed on how cathodic protection systems may be used to minimize any heightened corrosion on nearby structures without interfering with the electric system of the barriers. <P> <strong>Jachin Myers, Fort Valley State University - Cathodic Protection</strong> <br /> When metal structures are placed in the environment, they often begin to corrode. Corrosion is a natural process in which refined metal is converted into their more stable oxide. It is the gradual destruction of materials by chemical reaction with their environment. Cathodic Protection (CP) is a technique used to control the corrosion of a metal surface by making it the cathode of an electro chemical cell. In order for corrosion to occur on a structure that is submerged, four things must be present: an anode (corroding metal), a cathode (non-corroding metal), an electrolyte (water with dissolved salts or soil), a metallic return path between the two metals (the steel pipe). There are two types of systems for CP: Impressed Current and Sacrificial Anode. Both systems achieve the same goal of converting anodic (active) sites to cathodic (passive) sites by supplying electrical current, or free electrons, from an alternate source. This project will highlight the differences between both methods of CP and focus on test stations along the Mini Wiconi Pipeline as a case study. <P> <strong>Samantha Prince, Doane College - Mixture Proportioning of Concrete</strong> <br /> This poster will look into the difference between concrete cylinders verse concrete cores and what engineers are looking for from the different tests. In addition, it will describe how concrete mix designs are created and what is important to add into the mixture. Using available materials, mix designs are developed to create specimens for testing and build structures. Either concrete specimens made in the lab or obtain from the field will help engineers gain data. <P> <strong>Jeremy Schuster, Colorado State University - Future Performance Monitoring</strong> <br /> Every six or seven years, high risk dams require measurements from instruments to monitor seepage, tilt, liquid pressure, and other variables. Some of the instruments used are hydraulic piezometers, inclinometers, and hydrostatic pressure indicators. The project is to compare data from comprehensive facility review (CFR) hard copies with the data on the program “DAMS Client”. The analysis includes confirming that the data is correct on the program and creating scatter plots as representation. The data primarily revolves around the performance parameters that included minimum and maximum expected performance expectations for future monitoring of dams. The project confirms the minimums and maximums to insure that future data is acceptable. <P> <strong>Logan Thompson, University of Wyoming - Embankment Breach Research</strong> <br /> The Bureau of Reclamation manages many embankment dams across the western United States, some which date back to the early 1900’s. One of the issues that the Bureau deals with these structures is the erosion from either an imperfection in the structure of the dam or from the constant pressure of the water over time. In order to know how to handle this issue- both in terms of risk assessment and engineering fixes, one must first understand how a certain material will erode under given conditions once a concentrated leak has initiated. We plan on breaching such a homogenous embankment dam, in- house, to therefore observe the geometry and progression of the erosion on the material. This work will then be applied to then formulate a reference point to apply to similar dams in the field. <P> <strong>Mark Travers, Red Rocks Community College - Photogrammetry for Sheer Plane Measurements</strong> <br /> Shear tests are indispensable in the study of rock, soil, and concrete. Unfortunately, due to limitations in measurement methods, the shear test lacks several significantly helpful pieces of data. The goal of this project is to utilize photogrammetry to create a computer model of both sides of a shear specimen. This model will be processed in order to perform several previously impossible measurements on the shear surfaces. One of these measurements will include the area of contact between the broken samples. Also, by extracting one or more cross-sections from the model, it will be possible to calculate a Joint Roughness Coefficient (JRC) of the shear plane. This process will aid materials engineers tremendously and provide otherwise inaccessible data. <P> <strong>Juan Vela, California State University, Northridge - Whiskeytown Dam-Intake Structure- Bulkhead</strong> <br /> Whiskeytown Dam, constructed in 1964, is located in Shasta County, California and is part of the Central Valley project. The current project for the dam is to provide two fully functioning bulkhead gates. This poster will present the design work that was done to create the modifications for the existing bulkhead assembly. The design work includes designs, drawings, as well as calculations. To create a fully operational bulkhead we recommended adding an air vent, safety plate, ball valve, hole cover plate, and new seals to the assembly. <P> <strong>Ariel Voit, University of Colorado, Denver - Fly Ash and its Applications</strong> <br /> The ingredients of a concrete mixture are vital to the success of any concrete structure. Fly ash was once considered waste from coal burning; however, it began its journey in the concrete industry as a cost effective alternative cementitious ingredient. Currently, the price has increased due to demand and restriction on coal burning, but is now considered a staple of concrete mixture to some. The benefits of these fine particles have helped several structures maintain a longer lifespan. Fly ash alters the concrete world because of its price and benefits. <P> <strong>James Waller, Colorado State University - Underwater Concrete Repair</strong> <br /> The Central Arizona Project is a 336 mile canal that diverts water from the Colorado River. There are cracks in the concrete along the canal that need to be sealed to prevent abundant losses of water. My poster presentation is to find a way to inject polyurethane grout into the crack underwater without using divers or draining the canal. The project consists of: sample preparation, test frame construction, testing the samples, and analyzing the results. I will be presenting on the sample preparation and test frame construction; Matthew Becker will be presenting on specimen testing, analysis, and results. If successful, the cracks will be sealed and loss of water will be negligible. <P> <strong>Kelsi Whitesell, University of Colorado - Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System Feasibility Study</strong> <br /> Assisting with the redo of quantities to reduce the cost using ArcGIS, Google Earth, etc. Look at the data and find the existing hydrants (if possible) in Google Earth. How much of the land pipe is crossing is registered to be Pueblo or private land and separate the costs accordingly. Pull quantities of how much 6”, 8” etc pipe there is and sort it by pueblo or private ownership. Look at transmission and distribution lines to find percentage of open cross country vs congested areas (crossing road, following the utilities, etc) that the pipe is crossing. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50271 Reclamation Seeks Comments on Contracting and Charges for Non-Project Use of Excess Capacity in Reclamation Facilities
2015-08-28 11:00:00.0 WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking comments on two draft policy updates on contracting and charges for non-project use of excess water capacity in Reclamation facilities. <P> When Reclamation has space available in its reservoirs or delivery systems, it can make that extra space (“excess capacity”) available for non-Reclamation project water storage and transport. <P> The draft policy, Contracting for Non-Project Use of Excess Capacity in Reclamation Project Facilities" (PEC 05-10), establishes the requirements for contracting for the use of excess capacity in Reclamation facilities, including identifying appropriate contracting authorities and addressing major rehabilitation and replacement needs of Reclamation facilities. <P> The draft policy, Charges for Non-Project Use of Excess Capacity in Bureau of Reclamation Project Facilities (PEC 05-11), promotes consistency and transparency of contract rates and helps ensure federal taxpayers are receiving a fair return for the value of the service provided. <P> These draft policies are new releases and supersede the provisions of the current Reclamation Manual Directives and Standards, Use of Excess Capacity in Reclamation Projects for the Impoundment, Storage, and Carriage of Non-Project Water, WTR 04-01. <P> The Reclamation Manual establishes requirements, assigns program responsibilities and establishes and documents business methods. <P> Please direct all comments or questions to Yolanda Smith at ysmith@usbr.gov, by September 30, 2015. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50270 TSC's Jessica Torrey Featured in FEDSCOOP
2015-08-28 09:24:00.0 The Technical Service Center's Jessica Torrey was featured in an article in FedScoop about the 13 coolest federal jobs. <P> Torrey is a materials engineer in the Materials and Corrosion Laboratory and discusses using technology in her job, including using tablets for field inspections. <P> Torrey earned a doctorate in materials engineering, and then completed several post-doc programs. Prior to joining Reclamation, she worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado. <P> You can read the story <a href="http://fedscoop.com/the-13-coolest-jobs-in-government/dam-examiner-and-mobility-devotee" target="_blank">here</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50269 Earth Connections Camp
2015-08-27 09:57:00.0 The Upper Colorado Region along with federal and state partners hosted two successful Earth Connections Camps at Red Butte Garden on June 17 and Moab Youth Garden, Utah, on August 22. Earth Connections goal is to reconnect urban American Indian youth with their natural world and cultural heritage. <P> Each camp had roughly 30 Native American students (K-12) from across the state to spend the day learning about American Indian traditions, constructing dams, painting rock art, learning about hydrology and engineering, language, history, traditional music, song, and dances. American Indian educators and specialists from the various partners led each of the learning stations. The camp is a partnership with the Utah State Office of Education Title VII Program and organizers hope to continue the collaboration and expand the day-camp to have more students attend. <P> Deputy Regional Director Daniel Picard, BOR Deputy Regional Director an Oglala Sioux and Nez Perce descendant, was the keynote speaker. His speech reiterated the importance of maintaining cultural identity in today’s society and encouraged students to pursue higher level education. <P> Stacey Smith presented the dam construction exercise and building solar kits with Reclamation staff assistance to explain Reclamation’s projects and activities to the youth. <P> One by one the students and their instructors shared their thoughts of the day’s activities during circle time. Here is some of the take back from the camp: <P> “I like learning about my culture and being outside in nature,” said Calora Norton, an 11th grader at Lehi High School. “I liked learning about what people here do for their jobs.” <P> Dominic Goodman, a senior at West Jordan High School liked that his generation heard from elders about the importance of education and why they need to learn about traditions and culture. “It is all entangled with who we are,” he said. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50268 Reclamation Releases Draft EA for the Refuge Level 2/ Incremental Level 4 Water Exchange with San Luis and Del Puerto Water Districts
2015-08-26 16:35:00.0 <p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment analyzing the impacts of approving an exchange of up to 2,000 acre-feet of Level 2 refuge water for groundwater that will also result in up to 2,000 acre-feet of Incremental Level 4 refuge water for the fall of 2015. </p> <P> <p>The San Luis and Del Puerto Water Districts propose to fund the costs associated with the pumping and delivery of groundwater supplies up to 4,000 acre-feet from existing private wells located within the Grassland Water District in exchange for up to 2,000 acre-feet of Central Valley Project L2 refuge water supply. The developed groundwater supplies would be delivered to private lands within the Grassland Resources Conservation District, Merced County, to meet refuge water supply demands. In exchange for funding and delivering the groundwater supplies, the districts, which are located in western San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced and Fresno counties, would receive CVP L2 water delivered by Reclamation to help meet their agricultural water needs.</p> <P> <p>The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22752">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22752</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>Written comments must be received by close of business Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, and should be sent to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way (MP-410), Sacramento, CA 95825, emailed to <a href="mailto:bhubbard@usbr.gov">bhubbard@usbr.gov</a>, or faxed to 916-978-5059. </p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Hubbard at 916-978-5204 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50267 Reclamation Awards Contract for Electrical Work at Anderson Ranch Field Station
2015-08-26 15:19:00.0 The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $1.6 million construction contract Aug. 3 to Burke Electric LLC, a small business based in Bellevue, Washington, to replace critical electrical infrastructure used to operate the Anderson Ranch Field Station. Anderson Ranch Dam and Powerplant are located on the south fork of the Boise River about 28 miles northeast of Mountain Home, Idaho. <P> “A number of people depend upon Anderson Ranch Dam for agricultural and residential irrigation, recreation and clean hydropower so it is important that the facility operates efficiently and safely,” said Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner López. “When it is complete, this work will significantly improve the long-term dependability of the facility.” <P> On-site work is expected to begin October 2016 with completion in March 2017. Any interruption of power generation during this construction interval is expected to be minimal. <P> Anderson Ranch Dam was constructed by Reclamation in 1950 as part of the Arrowrock Division of the Boise Project. It is a multipurpose facility that provides for irrigation, flood control, hydropower and recreation. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50247 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Exchange of Refuge Level 2 Water for Panoche Water District Groundwater
2015-08-25 15:47:00.0 <p><b>FRESNO, Calif. </b>– The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for a proposal to exchange Refuge Level 2 water for Panoche Water District’s groundwater.</p> <P> <p>The Panoche WD is funding the costs of pumping and delivering up to 4,000 acre-feet of groundwater supplies from four existing wells in exchange for up to 2,000 acre-feet of Central Valley Project Refuge Level 2 water. The groundwater would be delivered to private wetlands within the Grassland Resources Conservation District in Merced County for refuge water supply needs in fall 2015 through Feb. 29, 2016. In exchange, Panoche WD would receive Refuge Level 2 water delivered by Reclamation to help meet current agricultural water needs.</p> <P> <p>The Environmental Assessment and related documents are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21961">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21961</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>To request copies of the documents or for additional information, please contact Brad Hubbard at 916-978-5204 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:bhubbard@usbr.gov">bhubbard@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50230 Reclamation schedules public meeting to discuss proposed Cibola Cut Old Channel Reconstruction Project
2015-08-24 15:24:00.0 Yuma, Ariz. — Reclamation's Yuma Area Office announced today that it will soon begin preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Cibola Cut Old Channel Reconstruction Project, located along the lower Colorado River’s Cibola Division, just south of Palo Verde, California. <P> Based on the proposed action, Reclamation would restore flows through the lower section of the Cibola Cut Old Channel in order to enhance and protect fish and wildlife resources. Flows through the old river channel were established and are maintained to benefit fish and wildlife resources and habitat. Over time, flows through the channel have lost their capacity to circulate water properly due to sedimentation and improper channel mechanics. <P> To help gather information to determine the scope of issues associated with the proposed environmental action, Reclamation will host a public meeting in Blythe, California, on Friday, August 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Comfort Suites Hotel, 700 W. Donlon Street, in Blythe. <P> Members of the public and organizations that have an interest in this project are invited to attend the meeting and provide comments. Reclamation staff will make a presentation at 5:30 p.m., which will include an overview of the scope of the EA and a profile of the project schedule and objectives. Staff from Reclamation will be available at the meeting to accept comments and answer questions about the upcoming EA process. <P> For those unable to attend the public meeting, Reclamation will also accept written comments on the scope of the EA; all written comments are due by Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Please address comments to Mr. Nick Heatwole, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, 7301 Calle Agua Salada, Yuma, AZ, 85364. Comments can also be submitted by e-mail to Nick Heatwole at: nheatwole@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50229 Building 67 Closed on August 29 and 30
2015-08-24 10:56:00.0 GSA will be closing Building 67 on August 29 and 30 to correct the electrical issues that caused the power outage a couple weeks ago and resulted in half of the Lobby level being left without power. <P> GSA has an electrical contractor that will be installing new wire this weekend. As a result the building will be closed. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50227 Yakima Project “Flip-Flop” Operations Underway
2015-08-24 08:22:00.0 YAKIMA, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation announced that it will begin the annual "flip-flop" operation in the Yakima Basin by gradually reducing flows out of Cle Elum Reservoir in the upper Yakima River basin and increasing flows from Rimrock Reservoir affecting flows in the Tieton and Naches Rivers. <P> The purpose of the "flip-flop" operation is to achieve and maintain relatively low flows in the upper Yakima, Cle Elum, and Bumping rivers where spring Chinook salmon spawn. These lower flows are closer to natural flow conditions and are therefore more helpful to successful spawning and incubation of salmon eggs. This operation also reduces impacts on irrigation water supply by allowing for lower flow releases throughout the winter to improve reservoir storage for the coming season. <P> As part of the process, on or about Sept. 8, Reclamation will begin diverting water down the Kittitas Reclamation District's Spillway 1146 into the Yakima River near Thorp. Reclamation will install buoys that will be in place from Sept. 8 until about Oct. 21. Recreationists are strongly advised, for their safety and well-being, to portage around the buoys and stay out of the dangerously turbulent flows. <P> "Those who are enjoying the river should definitely avoid the dangerously turbulent water in the area where the spillway water pours into the river," said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. <P> Flows out of Cle Elum Reservoir have been gradually decreasing since Aug. 1 from a high of about 2,700 cfs and will continue to decline to a low of about 180 cfs in early September. Flows from Rimrock Reservoir are expected to be in the 900 to 1,200 cfs range by Sept. 1 and increase to about 1,800 cfs by mid-September depending on irrigation demands and weather conditions. <P> Streamflow changes will occur gradually during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Streamflow information can be obtained by calling (509) 575-5854 or on Reclamation's website at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima/index.html</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50208 Reclamation signs Northwest Area Water Supply Project Record of Decision
2015-08-21 16:02:00.0 The Bureau of Reclamation today signed a Record of Decision selecting the preferred alternative proposed for the Northwest Area Water Supply Project (NAWS). The project is designed to deliver a bulk water supply to meet municipal and rural water needs of people in northwestern North Dakota. <P> The Record of Decision was signed by Reclamation's Great Plains Regional Director Michael J. Ryan, and would implement the preferred alternative identified in the NAWS Project Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). <P> "The project was authorized because existing water supplies are not of sufficient quality or quantity to reliably meet current needs or projected growth," said Ryan. "This decision marks another step in our efforts to bring reliable, quality water to the people of northwest North Dakota." <P> The selected alternative, which was evaluated in the SEIS, uses Lake Sakakawea as the primary water supply. Reclamation's Snake Creek Pumping Plant, located along U.S. Highway 83, will be modified to serve as the intake for the project. Water from Lake Sakakawea will be conveyed in a buried pipeline to a biota water treatment plant (WTP) near Max, North Dakota which will treat the water using conventional treatment processes. From there the water will be conveyed through another pipeline segment to the Minot WTP. At the Minot WTP, Missouri River water will be blended with groundwater and treated to meet Safe Drinking Water Act regulations before being supplied to project members through a distribution system. <P> "This is a culmination of local, state and federal entities partnering together to manage and develop water resources in an environmentally sound manner," said David Rosenkrance, Reclamation's Dakotas Area Manager. <P> The signing of the Record of Decision completes the requirements for the National Environmental Policy Act. It also fulfills Reclamation's obligation under a court order related to an ongoing lawsuit filed in the United States District Court. The lawsuit was filed by the Province of Manitoba and the State of Missouri challenging previous environmental studies completed for the project. Because of the ongoing litigation and the injunction in place preventing any construction activity on NAWS, the District Court for the District of Columbia, will need to rule on the adequacy of Reclamation's environmental analysis pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act before construction could move forward. <P> The Final SEIS was released in April 2015 and is available for download at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp">www.usbr.gov/gp</a>. The Record of Decision is also available on this same website or upon request by contacting Alicia Waters at (701) 221-1206 or awaters@usbr.gov. <P> For additional information please contact Patience Hurley, Bureau of Reclamation, at (701) 221-1204 or phurley@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50207 2015 National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 through October 15
2015-08-21 15:48:00.0 National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 through October 15; it is a time to reflect on Hispanic history and recognize legacies which build the cultural framework of our nation. This framework is made up of multiple ethnicities within the Hispanic culture. American Hispanics have energized diversity with various traditions and movements that continue to impact today’s society. This year’s theme is “American Hispanics: Energizing our Nation’s Diversity.” <P> The Civil Rights Division will be hosting two events starting with keynote speaker, Dr. Ramon Del Castillo, Professor and Chair of the Chicana/o Studies Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. This event will be held Tuesday, September 8, 2015, in the Hungry Horse Conference Room from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please join us for an introduction by Commissioner López, food sampling, music and discussion by Dr. Del Castillo. <P> The second event is a showing of a PBS Documentary entitled, “La Raza de Colorado: El Movimiento.” The showing will take place October 14, 2015 in the Rio Grande Conference Room. This film examines the Colorado Chicana/o Movement during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. Riveting first-hand accounts speak to the significant social issues of our time: identity, racial conflict, civil rights and cultural pride. Rare film footage, archival photographs, extensive interviews and period music bring the era to life. <P> These events are intended to promote awareness of Hispanic issues (past and present), address cultural competencies, and to educate our workforce on the diverse ethnicities within the Hispanic Culture. <P> Attendance at both events will provide credit towards the 4-hour annual diversity training requirement for supervisors and managers. Employees are highly encouraged to participate in these events, with prior supervisory approval. Registration for the events is required in DOI Learn in advance at http://www.doi.gov/doilearn/index.cfm. Space is limited and enrollment is determined on a first-come, first-served basis, pending supervisory approval in DOI Learn. Once you are approved in the system, your name will appear on the class roster and you will receive a DOI Learn email confirmation. When searching for the courses, use the key words: <P> Diversity: American Hispanics for the September 8, 2015, Keynote Speaker Event<br /> Diversity: Denver, Colorado's Hispanic American History for the October 14, 2015, Film Viewing Event <P> If you have any questions or need special accommodations, please contact Antoinette Urioste at 303-445-2689 or via email aurioste@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50187 Reclamation to restrict portions of Squaw Lake Road near Imperial Diversion Dam to accommodate installation of a new guard rail
2015-08-21 13:59:00.0 Yuma, Ariz. — Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office reports that beginning the week of August 31, 2015, it will intermittently restrict traffic to one lane and temporarily reduce the speed limit on portions of the Squaw Lake Dike Road near Imperial Diversion Dam to accommodate installation of a new guard rail structure on both sides of the access road. <P> To complete the much needed safety barrier repairs along the roadway, contractors working on behalf of Reclamation will begin demolishing, removing and disposing of the existing guard rail structure and supporting earthen material. Following removal of the existing and dilapidated structure, the contractor will install approximately 8,000 linear feet of new federally approved guard railing and posts. <P> The upcoming maintenance activities are part of Reclamation’s efforts to maintain and safeguard its water delivery and storage infrastructure that provides water management services to farmers in the Yuma, Imperial Valley and Wellton Mohawk service areas. In conducting the maintenance work, the contractor will be operating heavy equipment and haul/delivery trucks along the access roads leading into this project site. The duration of the construction activities at this site is anticipated to take approximately one month, with estimated project completion occurring in early October 2015. <P> Senator Wash Road and Squaw Lake Dike Road are located in Imperial County, California, approximately 18 miles north of Yuma, Arizona, and two miles upstream from Imperial Dam. The 12,000 acre-foot active capacity reservoir and pump generation facility provides for the optimization of water delivery and storage operations in the lower stretch of the Colorado River. <P> For further information about this upcoming construction activity, please contact Chris Wallis, Chief of the Yuma Area Office’s Resource Management Office, at (928) 343-8215 or cwallis@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50167 Denver Department of the Interior 2015 Multi-Cultural Day
2015-08-21 10:19:00.0 The Civil Rights Division is pleased to announce the 2015 Multi-Cultural Day observance and event. The event will be hosted by the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, and the United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resouces Conservation Service. The group has chosen, “I Matter! Celebrating Diversity Change and Inclusion” as this year’s theme. <P> The Multi-Cultural Day training program will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2015, in the Hungry Horse conference, from 10:30 am. - 12:00 pm. Mr. Darius Smith, Human Rights and Community Partnerships, City and County of Denver, is serving as the Master of Ceremonies. Other speakers and presentations include the Keynote Speaker, Ms. Patricia D. Jones, a Diversity Change Agent with Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and individuals from the Toastmaster’s International Club “ToastAbility”, who will be presenting a skit entitled, “I Matter.” <P> As part of the event, there will be multi-cultural food sampling and exhibit booths from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., in the cafeteria of building 67. <P> Attendance will provide 2-hours credit towards the annual diversity training required for Reclamation supervisors and managers. Employees are encouraged to participate in this event with prior supervisory approval Registration for the event is required in DOI Learn in advance at http://www.doi.gov/doilearn/index.cfm. Use the key words: Diversity: Multi Cultural Day - Denver. Space is limited and enrollment is determined on a first-come, first-served basis, pending supervisory approval in DOI Learn. Once you are approved in the system, your name will appear on the class roster and you will receive a DOI Learn email confirmation. <P> If you have any questions or need special accommodations, please contact Duriye Powell at 303-445-3623 or via email depowell@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50149 Reclamation to Release Additional Water from Trinity Reservoir to Supplement Flows in the Lower Klamath River
2015-08-20 18:43:00.0 <p><b>REDDING, Calif. – </b>The Bureau of Reclamation will release additional water from Trinity Reservoir for the lower Klamath River to help protect returning adult fall run Chinook salmon from a disease outbreak and mortality. Supplemental flows from Lewiston Dam would commence on August 21 and extend into late September.</p> <P> <p>“In this fourth year of severe drought, the conditions in the river call for us to take extraordinary measures to reduce the potential for a large-scale fish die-off,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. “This decision was made after discussions with federal and state fish regulatory agencies and serious consideration of the impacts on all affected parties.”</p> <P> <p>Continued dry hydrologic conditions and the recent discovery of the presence of Ich, the fish disease thought primarily responsible for a fish die-off in the river in 2002, prompted Reclamation to consider supplementing flows in the lower Klamath this summer. In July, Reclamation released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the plan to use water from Trinity Reservoir for the supplemental flows. The EA also analyzed using a potential emergency volume if needed to avoid a significant die-off of adult salmon. Real-time monitoring and adaptive management will help guide implementation of supplemental flow releases.</p> <P> <p>Releases from Lewiston Dam will be adjusted to target 2,800 cubic feet per second in the lower Klamath River starting this week. Current river flow forecasts indicate that Lewiston Dam releases could increase from the current rate of 450 cubic feet per second on August 21 and could range up to 1,300 cubic feet per second before dropping to 450 cubic feet per second in late September. Additional information will be provided in the event that higher peak flows are needed in early to mid-September as part of the preventative action.</p> <P> <p>Flows from Lewiston could be raised as high as 3,500 cubic feet per second for up to five days if real-time monitoring information suggests a need for additional supplement flows as an emergency response.</p> <P> <p>Over the next several weeks, releases could increase as quickly as 250 cubic feet per second every two hours, and flow reductions could drop as quickly as 100 cubic feet per second every four hours. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions on or near the river while flows are high.</p> <P> <p>The Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for this project are available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22309">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22309</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>