Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54247 Science and Technology Program Annual Call for Proposals
2016-05-03 18:11:00.0 The Research and Development (R&D) Office is seeking your expertise and experience to address the Bureau of Reclamation’s many challenges associated with managing water and generating power in the West.  If you know of a problem our agency faces that can be solved through applied research and the development of new tools, methods, or practices, we strongly encourage you to submit a research proposal under the Science and Technology (S&T) Program by June 24, 2016.  Detailed instructions for submitting a proposal are available here: <a href="https://sites.google.com/a/usbr.gov/s-t-call/">https://sites.google.com/a/usbr.gov/s-t-call/</a>. <P> The S&T Program is a Reclamation-wide, competitive R&D program focused on innovative solutions for the benefit of Reclamation water and power facility managers and our stakeholders. Only efforts proposed and led by Reclamation staff are eligible for funding. However, staff may partner with internal and external entities to produce more robust and comprehensive scientific or technological solutions. The S&T Program seeks solutions that can be applied widely across the agency. While the S&T Program does not fund research and development that addresses problems unique to an individual project, project-specific research and development can often be expanded to more widely serve the agency. The criteria used to prioritize projects for funding will be provided on an annual basis to employees. <P> In Fiscal Year 2017, research will be prioritized in the following areas: Advanced Water Treatment, Climate Change and Variability, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation, Invasive Mussels, Sustainable Water Infrastructure Safety, and Open Water Data. Research will also be funded to address high-priority science needs identified by Regional Directors in March 2016. Other funding includes research in the general categories of: Environmental Issues for Water Delivery and Management, Water and Power Infrastructure Reliability, Water Operations Decision Support, and Conserving or Expanding Water Supplies. <P> You may contact the priority area leads prior to developing a proposal to strengthen your research proposal: <ul> <li>Advanced Water Treatment – Yuliana Porras-Mendoza, yporrasmendoza@usbr.gov</li> <li>Climate Change and Variability – Ken Nowak, knowak@usbr.gov</li> <li>Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation – Erin Foraker, eforaker@usbr.gov</li> <li>Invasive Mussels – Denise Hosler, dhosler@usbr.gov</li> <li>Sustainable Water Infrastructure and Safety - Erin Foraker, eforaker@usbr.gov, and Bobbi Jo Merten, bmerten@usbr.gov</li> <li>Open Water Data – Kurt Wille, kwille@usbr.gov, and Jim Nagode, jbnagode@usbr.gov</li> </ul> <p>Regional Director Needs</p> <ul> <li>Pacific Northwest - Jennifer Johnson, jmjohnson@usbr.gov</li> <li>Mid-Pacific - Jobaid Kabir, jakbir@usbr.gov, and Rodney Wittler, rjwittler@usbr.gov</li> <li>Lower Colorado - Nathaniel Gee, ngee@usbr.gov, and Kaylee Nelson, kdnelson@usbr.gov</li> <li>Upper Colorado - Mark McKinstry, mmckinstry@usbr.gov</li> <li>Great Plains - Collins Balcombe, cbalcombe@usbr.gov</li> </ul> <P> The Research and Development Office expects $9.39 million (M) of S&T’s 2017 budget request will be made available to support new and continuing research. <P> A webinar is scheduled for May 17, 2016, at 11:00 AM Mountain Time to discuss the proposal process.  Meeting registration is available at: <a href="https://sites.google.com/a/usbr.gov/s-t-call/">https://sites.google.com/a/usbr.gov/s-t-call/</a>. <P> If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact John Whitler, S&T Program Coordinator, at 303-445-2241 or jwhitler@usbr.gov. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54227 Jackson Lake Dam Operations Meeting Set for May 19
2016-05-03 11:22:00.0 HEYBURN, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will present streamflow forecasts and projected reservoir operations for Jackson Lake Dam and other Snake River reservoirs at a meeting on May 19. The meeting will be held at the Antler Inn Conference Room, 43 West Pearl Street, Jackson, Wyoming, beginning at 6 p.m. <P> The Snake River at Heise forecast is 99 percent of average and the current storage in Jackson is at 73 percent of capacity. The lake is expected to fill in June, with moderate demand for storage releases over the summer. With the current snowpack, there may be a potential for flooding downstream due to tributary inflows. Flood operations are determined by a forecast coordinated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Snake River above Heise, Idaho. <P> The meeting facility is accessible to people with disabilities. Contact Margee Bibbey at (208) 678-0461, ext. 30, TTY 711, to request sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired or other auxiliary aids. <P> Current river and reservoir data are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/uppersnake/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/uppersnake/</a>. For information about other Reclamation programs visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/index.html</a>. <P> Jackson Lake Dam is located on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park near Moran, Wyoming. The dam is part of the Minidoka Project and was constructed in 1911. In 1989 parts of the dam were replaced under the authority of Reclamation's Safety of Dams Act. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54207 Reclamation Announces Negotiations for City of Fernley Water Storage Contract
2016-05-02 17:34:00.0 CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct a negotiation session for a storage contract with the city of Fernley, Nevada. Under Title II of Public Law 101-618, Section 205(b)(1), Reclamation is authorized to enter into contracts for the use of space in Truckee River reservoirs. Contracts must be consistent with the terms and conditions defined in the Truckee River Operating Agreement. <P> The negotiation session will be held: <P> <p>Fernley, Nevada<br /> </b>Monday, May 16, 10:30 a.m.<br /> Fernley City Hall<br /> 595 Silver Lace Blvd. <P> The public is welcome to observe the negotiation session and make comments once it is completed. For further information, please contact Rena Ballew, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Carson City, at 775-884-8342 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:rballew@usbr.gov">rballew@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54187 Reclamation Seeks Volunteers to Assist at the American River Water Education Center at Folsom Dam
2016-05-02 12:00:00.0 FOLSOM, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office is seeking volunteers to assist at the American River Water Education Center (ARWEC). <P> Located near Folsom Dam and along the American River bike trail, ARWEC offers an educational and entertaining way to increase the public’s knowledge of the American River watershed, the water cycle, water management, resource conservation, and the multiple roles, benefits and history of Folsom Dam, Reservoir and Powerplant. <P> Volunteer opportunities at ARWEC include: <P> <ul> <li> Greeting visitors and answering questions in the exhibit center. </li> <li> Assisting the groundskeeper in maintaining the drought-tolerant garden, a Certified Wildlife Habitat. </li> <li> Leading hands-on activities with school groups in the schoolhouse, amphitheater or picnic grounds. </li> <li> Guiding school groups through the exhibit center or on a hike around Beals Point at Folsom Reservoir. </li> </ul> Interested individuals will interview with the ARWEC Volunteer Coordinator and must pass a background investigation. An orientation/training will be held on August 17 and 18, 2016, for all new volunteers, followed by 60 days of hands-on training. Although not required, experience in elementary education or interpretation and an interest in water conservation is a plus. <P> ARWEC is located at 7785 Folsom-Auburn Road, Folsom, CA 95630 and is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. <P> For additional information, please visit the ARWEC website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/arwec">www.usbr.gov/mp/arwec</a> or contact Joan Roush, Reclamation Guide, at 916-989-7289 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:jroush@usbr.gov">jroush@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54167 Lane Closure Across Scoggins Dam Starts May 31
2016-05-02 09:57:00.0 FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Due to drilling work conducted by the Bureau of Reclamation traffic will be restricted to one lane and one direction across the crest of Scoggins Dam until July 1. Starting May 31, the southbound lane of West Shore Drive will be closed. <P> The traffic routing will provide safe northbound traffic flow over the dam for the public while Reclamation drill crews are working. <P> Motorists planning to access West Shore Drive on the west side of Henry Hagg Lake must drive past the dam and follow Scoggins Valley Road around the lake perimeter. <P> "We want to thank the public in advance for their patience. The traffic routing will disrupt access to the lake temporarily," says Regional Geologist Jared Vauk. "Please remember after Memorial Day weekend, only northbound traffic will be permitted on the portion of West Shore Drive over the dam crest." <P> Reclamation began a drilling program at Scoggins April 20. The crews have been collecting soil samples from the embankment and foundation to refine ongoing Scoggins Dam studies for seismic stability. Regional Geologist Vauk advises that if the drilling is not completed by July 1 traffic control measures will continue again starting July 10 until they are finished. <P> Scoggins Dam, built in 1978, is part of Reclamation's Tualatin River Project. It stores water for the Tualatin Valley Irrigation District and municipalities in the area. <P> Map of traffic route and lane closure: <a href="http://www.wc-roads.com/uploadedfiles/doc47379.pdf">http://www.wc-roads.com/uploadedfiles/doc47379.pdf</a> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54147 East Portal Road Opens
2016-05-02 07:23:00.0 MONTROSE, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Curecanti Field Office announced today that the East Portal Road located east of Montrose will open on Friday, April 29 after being closed for the winter months. The road, beginning at the junction with State Highway 347, provides access to the Gunnison River within the Curecanti National Recreation Area, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and Crystal Dam. <P> The East Portal Road will remain open throughout the summer and fall until snow, ice, or rockslides make it unsafe for travel. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54129 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for Volta Wells 5-Year Incremental Level 4 Groundwater Pumping/Level 2 Diversification Project
2016-04-29 16:59:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Volta Wells 5-Year Incremental Level 4 Groundwater Pumping and Level 2 Diversification Project. <P> Reclamation proposes to enter into an agreement with the Del Puerto Water District and the San Luis Water District to fund groundwater pumping in exchange for Refuge L2 Water. The Volta Wells would collectively produce up to 6,600 acre-feet of groundwater, which can be conveyed to South-of-Delta refuges. The Proposed Action will include monitoring well production, water quality, groundwater levels and land subsidence. <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=24775">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=24775</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> Written comments are due by close of business Friday, May 13, 2016, to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may also be emailed to <a href="mailto:bhubbard@usbr.gov">bhubbard@usbr.gov</a> or faxed to 916-978-5059. For additional information or to receive a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Hubbard at 916-978-5204 (TTY 800-877-8339). The document may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office at the above address. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54128 Colorado Federal Executive Board Weekly Announcements
2016-04-29 12:17:00.0 KNOW YOUR GOVERNMENT <P> <P> An important function of the White House staff is to? <P> <P> a. Prepare the administration’s budget for Congress <P> b. Assume responsibility for Executive departments <P> c. Supervise campaign fundraising activities <P> d. Liaison with Congress on the bills of interest to the administration <P> e. Communicate the administration’s views on matters before the Supreme Court <P> <P> * See below for the answer <P> <P> ### <P> <P> WAY TO GO COLORADO FEDERAL EMPLOYEES – Federal Drug Take Back Day <P> <P> Federal employees gave back 131 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs for Federal Drug Take Back Day. That’s a fantastic result and an awesome effort by federal employees to make their homes safer by disposing of unused, expired, and unwanted medications! <P> <P> ### <P> <P> PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK <P> May 1-7, 2016 <P> <P> Join the Colorado Federal Executive Board as we hold our annual employee awards ceremony during this important week to celebrate the accomplishments of our Rocky Mountain Eagle and United We Serve Award Winners. All employees are welcome and encouraged to attend! <P> <P> ROCKY MOUNTAIN EAGLE & UNITED WE SERVE AWARDS CEREMONY <P> May 4, 2016 | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm <P> American Mountaineering Center | 710 Tenth St | Auditorium | Golden CO <P> FREE | Online Registration Required https://colorado.feb.gov/register/?ee=332 <P> <P> ### <P> <P> 2016 DENVER FEDERAL CENTER NEWSLETTER <P> https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USGSA/bulletins/145e2bb <P> <P> ### <P> <P> STEM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY <P> Tuesdays | 6:00 - 7:30 pm | Everitt Middle School <P> <P> Alison Semler | 303 982 8706 | asemler@jeffco.k12.co.us <P> Everitt Middle School | 7th Grade School Counselor <P> <P> Do you have expertise in one of the STEM disciplines? Then this volunteer opportunity may be for you! Everitt Middle School has an after school program called STEM Scouts & they are looking for STEM experts to speak about what they do and to help out with labs. <P> <P> The schedule is as follows, but they are willing to change the dates to accommodate speaker availability. <P> · May 3 | Flour Darts Accuracy and Precision- Students will be able to understand the difference between accuracy and precision and how it relates to systematic and random errors in science. Students will make darts out of Kleenex and flour and try to hit a target on the ground. They will determine accuracy and precision. They will also determine the density of an object and see how measurements vary. <P> · May 10 | Stop Motion Animation- Students will design and conduct an experiment that tests the effects of changing the playback speed of stop-motion animation. They will understand the effects different frames per second have on stop-motion animation. <P> · May 17 | Paintball Potion- Students will design and conduct an experiment that tests the effects of sodium bicarbonate on a smoke bomb. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> UTE MOUNTAIN TRIBE SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE <P> <P> The CFEB Workforce Development Council has learned that the Ute Mountain Tribe in Southern Colorado is in need of school supplies for over 800 students. So, the council decided to help by sponsoring a school supply drive. To make this as easy as possible for you to donate, the drive is virtual only. <P> <P> Buy supplies online and have them shipped directly to the tribe: <P> Ute Mountain Ute Tribe <P> Tanya Amrine <P> Education Center <P> 450 Sunset Blvd | Towaoc CO 81334 <P> 970-564-5355 <P> <P> ### <P> <P> CFEB RETIREMENT PLANNING CLASSES <P> https://colorado.feb.gov/events-training/retirement-classes/ <P> <P> ### <P> <P> APRIL <P> <P> <P> WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY <P> April 29, 2016 | 10:00 - 11:00 am <P> International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers' Hall <P> 5660 Logan St | Denver CO 80216 <P> "On Workers Memorial Day, we honor all who have perished, and we recommit to ensuring no worker ever has to choose between life and a paycheck." ~Presidential Proclamation <P> <P> Denver Federal Safety & Health Council <P> https://colorado.feb.gov/programs/denver-federal-safety-health-council/ <P> <P> ### <P> <P> DRUG TAKE BACK DAY <P> April 30, 2016 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm <P> For a location near you, visit www.deadiversion.udoj.gov <P> <P> ### <P> <P> MAY & BEYOND <P> <P> <P> PEACE CORPS OPEN HOUSE <P> May 1, 2016 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm <P> Posner Center for International Development | 1031 33 St | Denver CO <P> <P> Make your Encore Years Count with the Peace Corps - Have you always wanted to serve in the Peace Corps? It’s never too late! Join your Colorado Peace Corps representatives to learn more about service opportunities overseas for older applicants. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served after age 50 will be available to share stories and answer questions about their experiences. We will address common concerns, talk about Peace Corps Response, and answer questions about the application process. <P> <P> For information | http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/learn/meet/events/25208/ <P> <P> ### <P> <P> DENVER-METRO STEP IT UP – 21 DAY WALK ‘n ROLL CHALLENGE <P> Kickoff | May 4, 2016 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm <P> Rogers Bldg | 1961 Stout St | Denver CO | Mt Evans Conference Room <P> Traci.pole@hhs.gov or Laurie.konsella@hhs.gov <P> <P> May 4th - May 25th, 2016 | Various sites to choose from: <P> s Byron Rogers Building, 1961 Stout St. Denver, CO <P> s Denver Federal Center, Lakewood, CO <P> s Cesar Chavez Building, 1670 Broadway, Denver, CO <P> <P> Come join the Denver-Metro Step It Up! Team as we participate in a 21-Day Walk ‘n Roll Challenge to increase physical activity! Just an average of 150 minutes a week of physical activity can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Walking is easy and FUN! - To subscribe, please send an email to LISTSERV@LIST.NIH.GOV with the following text in the message body: Subscribe STEPITUP-REGIONVIII your name <P> <P> ### <P> <P> CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR SUPERVISORS & MANAGERS <P> May 5, 2016 | 8:30 am - 3:00 pm | Denver Federal Center | Lakewood CO <P> $90 | Online Registration Required | https://colorado.feb.gov/register/?ee=330 <P> <P> Have you had the experience of addressing a workplace matter only for it to come back within a matter of weeks? <P> <P> This class is designed to help you address workplace disputes more effectively and efficiently. You will be able to identify the interests underlying disputes and generate options that satisfy the needs of those involved in the dispute in a way that results in more satisfying and lasting outcomes. <P> <P> Participants will: <P> s Learn interest-based approaches to problem solving <P> s Experience resolving disputes through role-playing exercises <P> s Improve their conflict resolution and negotiation skills to more effectively resolve workplace disputes <P> <P> TRAINER | Matt Jarvinen <P> Matt is an attorney with broad experience in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and labor-management relations. He retired in 2014 from the Federal Labor Relations Authority where he served as the Denver Regional Director from 2004 – 2014. As Regional Director, Matt was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). His responsibilities included leading the region's federal labor relations program and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) efforts. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> LEADERSHIP EFFECTIVENESS EXCHANGE (LEE) WORKSHOP <P> May 5, 2016 | Federal Supervisors 8:30 am - 12:00 pm | Federal Managers 1:00 - 4:30 pm | USFWS Mountain Prairie Region | 134 Union Blvd, Lakewood, CO | Free - Registration closes 4/29/2016 | Register at www.fcg.gov/events <P> Dr. Steve Frieman | 303 317 7386 | steven_frieman@ios.doi.gov <P> <P> The Federal Consulting Group, which is part of the US Department of the Interior, will be continuing for the third year its highly successful Leadership Effectiveness Exchange workshop. The LEE workshop allows Federal leaders to help each other, as peers, to find new approaches and strategies for meeting difficult leadership challenges. To ensure a peer environment, each LEE is restricted to a specific level of Federal leadership, i.e., Manager or Supervisor. All sessions are confidential and table groups will be composed of an inter-agency mix. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> NATIONAL WOMEN'S HEALTH WEEK EVENT <P> May 12, 2016 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm | Bryon Rogers Federal Building, 1961 Stout St, Denver, CO | Longs Peak A & B Conference Room, 2d Floor <P> <P> National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women’s Health (OWH). The week serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health and to empower women to make health a priority! We are inviting all federal employees and contractors to attend our NWHW FedTalk Event to learn about what resources federal agencies have for women. Blood pressure screenings will be available! <P> <P> Contact | Susana Calderon | Susana.calderon@hhs.gov | www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw <P> <P> ### <P> <P> MILITARY & VETERANS EMPLOYMENT EXPO <P> May 17-18, 2016 | Industry Specific Training | 7:30 am - 5:00 pm | Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S. Academy Blvd, CO Springs, CO <P> May 19, 2016 | Employment Expo | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm | 3650 N. Nevada Av, CO Springs, CO <P> Register | www.MVEE.org <P> <P> ### <P> <P> FALL PROTECTION SYMPOSIUM <P> May 17-18, 2016 | 7:30 am - 5:00 pm | Embassy Suites Conference Center, 4705 Clydesdale Parkway Loveland, CO | Free <P> <P> Western Area Power Administration and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc., is hosting the second Fall Protection Symposium focusing on fall protection equipment and systems specific to overhead utilities. The event will feature presentations and information related to transmission, substation and communication structures. Presenters will discuss lessons learned in meeting Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations. <P> <P> Register | Lisa Yuma | 720 962 7800 | yuma@wapa.gov <P> <P> ### <P> <P> COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING (CERT) <P> May 17-19, 2016 | Denver Federal Center Bldg 53 | Lakewood CO <P> FREE | Seating is limited <P> Registration Required - Contact Jackie Mead | jackie.mead@onrr.gov | 303 231 3703 <P> <P> ### <P> <P> ANNUAL FED CUP 5K WALK/RUN/KIDS RACE <P> May 21, 2016 – Armed Forces Day | 8:15 am | Denver Federal Center <P> Register | http://www.runningguru.com/EventInformation.asp?eID=17415 <P> Volunteers Needed | http://www.runningguru.com/VolunteerInformation.asp?VolunteerID=4103 <P> Renee Varin Potratz | 303-220 4040 | Renee.VarinPotratz@dcma.mil <P> Like us on Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/groups/193431830699105/ <P> <P> ### <P> <P> EMPLOYEE TRANSPORTATION COORDINATORS – YOU ARE INVITED <P> May 25, 2016 | Open House from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm | DFC Bldg 25 | Lecture Hall | Entrance E14 | FREE | Light Lunch & Refreshments <P> REGISTRATION REQUIRED | https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DenverFedCenter <P> Kenneth Boden | Way to Go | 303-480-6725 | Kboden@drcog.org <P> <P> Denver Regional Council of Governments Way to Go* Program. Learn & Discuss: <P> <P> s How your organization can participate in regional campaigns such as Bike to Work Day, Go-Tober, and Ride the Lines. <P> s How to host Way to Go lunch-and-learns, transportation infrastructure walking and biking tours, and commute competitions, and more! <P> s Brainstorm ideas to incentivize active and smart forms of transportation. 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http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54127 Reclamation to Permanently Close Owyhee Dam Boat Ramp for Safety Concerns
2016-04-29 11:53:00.0 ADRIAN, Oregon - The Bureau of Reclamation is permanently closing the Owyhee Dam Boat Ramp May 31 due to safety concerns. A temporary closure has been in effect since 2015. The boat ramp is located about 1 mile upstream of Owyhee Dam, which is located on the Owyhee River in Oregon, about 50 miles west of Boise, Idaho. <P> "Public safety is the main factor in this decision," said Mark Arana, natural resource manager. "The ramp is unsafe for both vehicle use and swimming due to sudden drop-offs underwater. It is closed to all public use including pedestrian, horseback riders and vehicle access." <P> The intake access route, known locally as the Owyhee Dam Boat Ramp, was built for the construction and maintenance of Tunnel No. 1, which supplies water to the Owyhee North and South canals. The ramp was not designed for public use and does not meet federal accessibility requirements. The ramp is also deteriorating due to wave action eroding material underneath the concrete slabs of the access route. <P> Lake Owyhee State Park provides nearby recreation access to Owyhee Reservoir. Gordon Gulch Boat Ramp, within Lake Owyhee State Park, is located 2 miles south of the Owyhee Dam Boat Ramp and the newly reconstructed Indian Creek Boat Ramp is located 4 miles south of Owyhee Dam Boat Ramp. The Indian Creek Boat Ramp has overflow parking and a fish cleaning station. <P> For boat ramp elevations, visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/ramps">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/ramps</a>. <P> The Owyhee Project lies west of the Snake River in Malheur County, Oregon, and Owyhee County, Idaho. The project furnishes a full irrigation water supply to more than 105,000 acres on the west side of the Snake River in eastern Oregon and southwest Idaho. The key feature is Owyhee Dam, which was completed in 1932 and acts as both a storage and diversion structure. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54107 Hiking New Melones’ Table Mountain Trail in Search of Mushrooms
2016-04-29 09:42:00.0 On Saturday, April 16, 2016, New Melones Park Rangers led a group of eight hardy explorers between the ages of 35-65 on a hike along the Table Mountain trail in search of mushrooms. Several species were identified, and the parasitic and symbiotic relationships humans have with the fungi was discussed, along with the importance of mushrooms and the ways people can promote a healthy balance with the fungi. Several of the hikers then climbed the steep trail to the top of Table Mountain for grand views of New Melones Lake. <P> Mushrooms are not plants; as fungi, they’re actually more closely related to animals! They contain no chlorophyll and obtain nutrition from breaking down and “eating” dead plants, similar to a compost pile. Mushrooms are nutritious and a good source of B vitamins; they are also high in protein, low in fat, and a fresh pound has only 125 calories. Approximately 10,000 known mushroom varieties exist, half of which grow in the United States, and of those, about 100 are edible. But some mushrooms are poisonous and can sicken or even kill you, so if you're not absolutely 100 percent positive that a mushroom is safe, do not eat it! <P> ****************************************************************************** <P> Park Rangers offer a variety of programs and activities including these coming up in May: <P> • “Capture Composition in 10 Ways” on Saturday, May 7 – Hikers will get pointers on taking pictures with their camera or cell phone during a moderate 4-mile hike along the Melones Branch of the Sierra Railway. <P> • “Horseshoe Bend Kayaking Excursion” on Sunday, May 15 – Participants will experience the beauty of New Melones from a unique perspective on this 4-hour paddling tour. <P> • “Dangerous Desperados Frisbee Golf” on Sunday, May 22 – Frisbee enthusiasts will learn about some of the men and women from the Wild West while playing a great game of Frisbee Golf on a 9-hole course set in the rambling oak woodlands of French Flat. <P> For information about Ranger-led activities, please call 209-536-9543 or 209-536-9094 ext. 221 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54089 Take Your Child To Work Events Around Reclamation
2016-04-28 16:12:00.0 Today, Reclamation hosted children of Reclamation employees throughout the Western United States at its annual Take Your Kids to Work day event. Children participated in a variety of events, including events to support the Let's Move Outside initiative. <P> In Denver, students learned about different aspects of Reclamation's research and laboratory. Stations included learning about protecting pipes in the ground, how to sample for invasive mussels, geology, and how magnets work. Following the different stations, all of the children gathered around the 5 million pound press for a demonstration on how Reclamation uses it to test the strength of concrete. <P> In Boise, children were able to try on equipment the Reclamation divers use at facilities, run some experiments, and just get some exercise in. <P> Here are some photos of the day as kids toured around the various events in the West. <P> <div class="Carousel"> <div class="Carousel-item"> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/kidstowork/B00-800-175.jpg" alt="Learning how Reclamation protects pipes in the ground from corrosion."> <div class="Carousel-caption"> <p>Learning how Reclamation protects pipes in the ground from corrosion.</p> </div> </div> <div class="Carousel-item"> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/kidstowork/B00-800-177.jpg" alt="Looking at fish in an aquarium at Reclamation's fish lab in Denver."> <div class="Carousel-caption"> <p>Looking at fish in an aquarium at Reclamation's fish lab in Denver.</p> </div> </div> <div class="Carousel-item"> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/kidstowork/B00-800-185.jpg" alt="Learning how Reclamation tests water samples to see if invasive mussels may be in a body of water at Reclamation's Invasive Species Laboratory."> <div class="Carousel-caption"> <p>Learning how Reclamation tests water samples to see if invasive mussels may be in a body of water at Reclamation's Invasive Species Laboratory.</p> </div> </div> <div class="Carousel-item"> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/kidstowork/DSC_0039.JPG" alt="Experiencing what it is like to have dive equipment on."> <div class="Carousel-caption"> <p>Experiencing what it is like to have dive equipment on.</p> </div> </div> <div class="Carousel-item"> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/kidstowork/DSC_0058.JPG" alt="Trying some experiments with the same equipment that Reclamation employees use."> <div class="Carousel-caption"> <p>Trying some experiments with the same equipment that Reclamation employees use.</p> </div> </div> <div class="Carousel-item"> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/kidstowork/DSC_0088.JPG" alt="Getting their hands wet in a sand table."> <div class="Carousel-caption"> <p>Getting their hands wet in a sand table.</p> </div> </div> <div class="Carousel-item"> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/kidstowork/DSC_0129.JPG" alt="Moving outside, enjoying the beautiful day in Boise while getting some exercise in."> <div class="Carousel-caption"> <p>Moving outside, enjoying the beautiful day in Boise while getting some exercise in.</p> </div> </div> </div> <small>Click on dot to advance photos.</small> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54088 Take Your Kids to Work Day Photos
2016-04-28 15:06:00.0 Today, Reclamation's Technical Service Center hosted kids of Reclamation employees in Denver at its annual Take Your Kids to Work day event. More than 100 kids participated in a variety of events at different stations in Building 56 on the Denver Federal Center campus. <P> Following the different stations, all of the kids gathered around the 5 million pound press for a demonstration on how Reclamation uses it to test the strength of concrete. <P> The kids were excited to be spending the day with their parents. 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http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54087 Reclamation Seeks Volunteer Boaters and Participants for the 17th Annual Shasta Lake C.A.S.T. for Kids Event, as Part of Let’s Move Outside
2016-04-28 14:18:00.0 REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Northern California Area Office, in partnership with the C.A.S.T. (Catch a Special Thrill) for Kids Foundation, will host a C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event at Shasta Lake on Saturday, May 21. Shasta Lake is located 20 miles north of Redding. <P> The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation is a national, non-profit organization whose goal is “to provide disabled or disadvantaged children with the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing,” <a href="http://www.castforkids.org/">http://www.castforkids.org/</a>. <P> The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Packers Bay Marina at Shasta Lake. Each child will receive a fishing pole, tackle box, T-shirt, and other prizes and spend the morning fishing with local anglers and volunteers. A free breakfast and barbeque lunch will be served to participants, parents and volunteers. <P> Pre-registration is required for this event as availability is currently limited to 40 children. Reclamation is seeking boaters and anglers who wish to volunteer their time and the use of their boat, as well as volunteers for shoreline support. For more information, please contact Sheri Harral at 530-276-2030 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:sharral@usbr.gov">sharral@usbr.gov</a>. <P> This C.A.S.T. for Kids event ties into the Department of the Interior’s “<em>Let’s Move Outside</em>” initiative, <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside">http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside</a>, which was created to encourage children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities, which abound in every city, town and community. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54067 New Melones Lake Sponsors Mussel Prevention Education Booth at the Sonora Home and Garden Show
2016-04-27 14:49:00.0 On Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, 2016, the Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office, New Melones Field Office, staffed a booth at the Sonora Home and Garden Show in partnership with Sonora’s Union Democrat newspaper. <P> New Melones Park Rangers Pat Sanders, Joshua Pelham and Annilie Kelley and Natural Resource Specialist Sandra Patania staffed the booth, interacting with several thousand visitors, including school and youth groups. Promotional materials on “Every Kid in a Park” and “National Park Week” were provided. <P> The booth also offered information on fishing opportunities at New Melones. With low lake levels as a result of the drought, many visitors appreciated knowing that good recreational fishing may still be found at New Melones Reservoir. Colorful photos, a variety of brochures and mussel prevention handouts attracted visitors to the booth. <P> Educating the public on aquatic invasive species and how to prevent their introduction was also highlighted at the Home and Garden Show. Through interpretive displays, visitors gained an appreciation of the impact that invasive species have on river and lake ecosystems. Special attention was given to preventing Quagga and Zebra mussel infestations and the problems associated with water hyacinth in the region’s waterways. The link between lost fishing opportunities and the introduction of aquatic invasive species was a message that was strongly emphasized. <P> Visitors also learned about protecting cultural and natural resources, restoring the health of waterways, and the critical importance of water conservation to ensure a healthy and vibrant outdoor legacy for generations to come. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/new-melones-booth-2.jpg" alt="New Melones Booth at Sonora Home and Garden Show-2." hspace="3" vspace="3"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/img/stories/new-melones-booth-3.jpg" alt="New Melones Booth at Sonora Home and Garden Show-3." hspace="3" vspace="3"/> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=54047 San Joaquin River Restoration Program Extends Comment Period for South Valley Groundwater Banking Project
2016-04-27 13:04:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The San Joaquin River Restoration Program is extending by 21 days, the public comment period for a draft environmental assessment/initial study on a new groundwater recharge banking project in Tulare County. The original comment period was scheduled to close on Thursday, April 28. <P> The proposed project includes constructing a 532-acre groundwater recharge basin, installing a 4.5 mile pipeline connecting the new recharge basin to the Friant-Kern Canal, and installing eleven groundwater recovery wells within the Pixley Irrigation District. These actions would allow the Pixley and Delano-Earlimart Irrigation districts to expand groundwater recharge efforts and improve groundwater levels. The proposed project would also contribute to the San Joaquin River Restoration Program’s goal of reducing or avoiding adverse water supply impacts to Friant Division long-term contractors. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation would provide partial funding for construction of the proposed project, under Public Law 111-11, which authorizes Reclamation to provide financial assistance to local agencies within its Central Valley Project for planning, designing and constructing local facilities to bank water underground or recharge groundwater. <P> The Draft EA/IS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and California Environmental Quality Act. Reclamation is the lead agency in accordance with NEPA, and Pixley Irrigation District is the lead agency in accordance with CEQA. The Draft EA/IS may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=25157" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=25157</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>. <P> Written comments are due by close of business May 19, 2016, to Becky Victorine, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-170, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may also be faxed to 916-978-5469 or emailed to <a href="mailto:rvictorine@usbr.gov">rvictorine@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information, please contact Victorine at 916-978-4624. <P> For information on the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, please visit <a href="http://www.restoresjr.net">www.restoresjr.net</a>. <P>