Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55770 Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents for Klamath Project Internal Water Transfers 2016-2020
2016-07-22 14:56:00.0 KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for internal water transfers within the Klamath Project boundaries located in Klamath, Siskiyou and Modoc counties. <P> The lands potentially receiving Klamath Project water under approved transfers have been established as irrigated lands based on state water right filings and water service contracts with Reclamation, and no new lands or lands outside the project would become irrigated as a result. No additional water would be used other than what is currently outlined in the 2013 Joint Biological Opinion for the Operation of the Klamath Project. And, water transfers would be limited to the 2016 through 2020 irrigation seasons. <em></em> <P> The EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21741">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21741</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. <P> Hard copies of the EA and FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office at 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55768 Presidential Management Fellows Program Fulfills Bureau of Reclamation Employee’s Dream to Work in Public Service
2016-07-22 11:01:00.0 Inspired by many, Daniel Drucker of Coral Springs, Florida, says he knew as a teenager that he would one day work as a public servant. But what he didn’t know way back then was that a prestigious program created three decades ago by an Executive Order would fulfill his passion. That program is the <a href="https://www.pmf.gov/become-a-pmf/overview.aspx ">Presidential Management Fellows </a>(PMF), administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. <P> Drucker is a 2015 PMF Finalist. To become a Finalist the applicant must participate in an arduous, multi-phase process. He or she must earn their place in the program by demonstrating their leadership ability and potential. Each year, candidates apply for the prestigious title of PMF Finalists, but only selected finalists are eligible for appointment as Fellows. <P> Drucker launched his public service career in May 2016, as an Appropriations Analyst with the Commissioner’s Office at the Bureau of Reclamation, Washington, District of Columbia. He is supervised by Bureau of Reclamation Program Analyst Randyl Gessel and is mentored by Bureau of Reclamation Chief of Congressional Affairs Ann Adler. <P> "Daniel has launched into his new post with tremendous enthusiasm,” Adler said. “Reclamation is benefiting from his apparent thirst to learn and desire to take on new challenges that are welcome and valuable qualities for anyone interested in public service work." <P> “I believe Daniel is a representative of the caliber and sheer exuberance of PMF hires,” Gressel said. “He is eager to learn everything he can about Reclamation and our relationship with Congress. His skills mesh perfectly with the goals and mission of Reclamation, and his personality is such that he is genuinely fun to be around.” <P> Drucker first became interested in government service during his senior year at Northeast High School, Oakland Park, Florida, while interning with Broward County’s Homeless Initiative Partnership. His mentor, Michael Wright, inspired him to pursue a career in government service. <P> After high school, Drucker studied political science and economics at the University of Miami (UM), Florida, focusing on international issues. It was at UM where he met Professor Bradford McGuinn, who has a doctorate in Middle Eastern and Security Studies, and became inspired by the professor to pursue a <a href="http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about">Fulbright U.S. Student Program </a>grant and travel to the Republic of Turkey. <P> The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, named after Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, is the largest international exchange program affiliated with the U.S. government. It operates in more than 140 countries and awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study. Through this program, recent graduates, graduate students and young professionals can conduct international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. <P> After completing his Bachelor of Business Administration at UM, Drucker accepted a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant to Nevsehir University in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. During his time overseas he also served as a speechwriter for <a href="http://g20.org.tr/">G20 Turkey</a>, primarily writing about business and economic issues for the Head of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, Rifat Hisarciklioglu. Drucker also wrote for former Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, and businessman Ali Yildirim Koç. <P> After completing the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Drucker traveled to the United Kingdom to pursue a Master of Business Administration at Merton College, Oxford. Drucker was presented in 2014 with two <a href="https://www.bnymellon.com/us/en/who-we-are/awards.jsp">BNY Mellon Achievement Awards</a> by the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, for his contributions to the academic community. After graduating from Oxford, Drucker heard about the PMF program through a former classmate and applied thereafter. After a months-long application process, he was named a 2015 Finalist for the PMF program. <P> Drucker received multiple PMF offers but decided on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. “I chose Interior because there were a lot more responsibilities,” Drucker says. “This was one of the most substantive PMF positions available. I liked the fact that there’s an infrastructure component and a congressional component to the position.” <P> So far he has learned a lot at Reclamation. “I’ve learned about what Reclamation does in the western U.S. I had somewhat of an idea what Reclamation’s purpose was, but in being here, I have really come to understand the pivotal role it plays,” Drucker said. “I am learning about the Bureau’s mission and its projects — how the system of dams work and how they generate power —and how the Bureau tries to balance the needs of the environment with the needs of the local populations.” <P> For a kid who was always interested in the government, it is no surprise to find out that Drucker is overjoyed with his new life and career here in the District of Columbia. He says he looks forward to learning more with Reclamation, undertaking more professional courses, and eventually doing a job rotation, perhaps on Capitol Hill. <P> “I’ve already been around several congressional hearings and meetings, and I have become very familiar with Capitol Hill,” Drucker said. “My number one goal is to continue to learn about Congress and to continue to get a better understanding of how it works—what motivates people—and how to most effectively do policymaking through the legislative branch in connection with the executive branch. Beyond that, I also hope to continue to learn more about infrastructure and its budgeting, as I think that is incredibly useful knowledge.” <P> “I feel a lot more knowledgeable about government today than I did just a few months ago,” Drucker said. Furthermore, “I also genuinely, thoroughly enjoy working with the people here at Reclamation. We have an intensely intelligent and dedicated staff,” he added. <P> His supervisors and peers say the feelings are mutual. “Often in the morning, Daniel comes in with a ready statement for the day such as, “I’m going to have a very productive day today!” or something similar,” Gressel said. “Then Daniel takes every step necessary to ensure that is precisely the kind of day he will have!” <P> “Daniel's enthusiasm and positive attitude is a real asset to Reclamation and is contagious, it emanates down the hallways and provides us all with inspiration to become better workers,” Mid-Pacific Regional Liaison Harry Horner said. <P> “I want to continue to take on new roles and responsibilities that will enable me to help people in a direct and substantive way," Drucker said. "That’s why I pursued a career in public service in the first place.” <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55767 Colorado FEB All Employee Announcements
2016-07-22 10:57:00.0 <a href="http://www.colorado.feb.gov/">http://www.colorado.feb.gov/</a> <P> <P> <P> NAME THE INVENTOR <P> Courtesy of the US Patent & Trademark Office <P> http://www.uspto.gov/ <P> <P> Who invented DNA fingerprinting? <P> <P> * Answer Below <P> <P> ### <P> <P> 9/11 COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION <P> <P> In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act in accordance with the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.” <P> <P> On January 8, 2016, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced the schedule for the final phase of implementation of the REAL ID Act. The Secretary’s statement set the final deadlines for the Phased Enforcement Schedule for REAL ID originally announced on December 20, 2013. Beginning January 22, 2018, TSA security checkpoints at airports will no longer accept driver’s licenses and identification cards issued by REAL ID non-compliant jurisdictions that have not been granted DHS extensions to the compliance deadline. DHS websites and TSA checkpoints will prominently post up-to-date lists of states whose credentials may not be accepted. Please note that REAL ID enforcement by TSA will only affect designated state-issued credentials and will not affect TSA acceptance of other identity documents such as passports, military IDs, and Trusted Traveler cards. <P> <P> Beginning October 1, 2020, TSA will no longer accept any state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards that are not REAL ID compliant. As before, individuals may still use alternative identity documents accepted by TSA. <P> <P> The DHS and TSA websites contain additional information about the Department’s implementation of REAL ID, including the list of documents TSA accepts at airport checkpoints and up-to-date compliance status for each state. For guidance and recommendations, see the REAL ID factsheet. <P> <P> If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact the TSA Contact Center: 1-866-289-9673. We appreciate your assistance in helping us share this information widely. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> FEDS FEED FAMILIES 2016 FOOD DRIVE <P> Food Drive | June 1 – August 31, 2016 <P> CONTACT Bart Bushman | 303 844 0310 | Bart.bushman@fns.usda.gov <P> <P> Donations Accepted <P> CONTACT Alan Ward | 303 445 4669 | amward@usgs.gov <P> <P> All Federal Employees are invited to participate in the Feds Feeding Families food drive. Please bring in a donate-able food item to work next week. <P> <P> Donation barrels are on the Denver Federal Center at these locations: <P> s Building 53 - Entrance W-4 by the guard desk and Employee Entrance E-18 <P> s Building 810 - Rotunda <P> s Building 25 - Cafeteria <P> s Building 41 - Main lobby in front of the Library <P> s Building 20 -Main entrance <P> <P> Our goal is to collect a quarter ton of donated food by the end no later than July 27th. Non-perishable canned and dry foods that make great donations include tuna, ham, beef stew, chili, baked beans, fruit, vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, soup and pasta. Non-glass containers please. 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Following Mr. Reinhardt’s presentation there will be a discussion of facilities energy projects and an update on www.max.gov <P> <P> THE SECOND REGIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE PLANNING WORKING GROUP MEETING. <P> July 26, 2016 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm | DFC Building 41, Lodge Conference Rm | Lakewood, CO <P> CONFERENCE LINE 1 888 791 5855 | Passcode 3243454 | https://meet.gsa.gov/r2cpxv4s4vf/ <P> <P> Ms. Lissa Myers with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be presenting the Climate Change Resilience Planning at NREL. 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Join us to learn more about: <P> · Retirement and FEHBP <P> · Understanding Medicare <P> · How Medicare works with GEHA <P> <P> ### <P> <P> CFEB QUARTERLY MEETING <P> July 28, 2016 | 7:30 - 11:00 am | Registration Deadline 7/22/15 <P> National Park Service | 12795 W Alameda Pkwy | Lakewood CO 80228 <P> $28 | Online Registration Required https://colorado.feb.gov/register/?ee=319 <P> <P> TRAINING | JOY & LAUGHTER’S CONTRIBUTION TO YOUR WELL-BEING & JOB PERFORMANCE <P> s LAUGHACEUTICALS: LAUGHTER AS WELLNESS <P> s JOY WITHIN REACH <P> <P> ### <P> <P> FEDERAL EMPLOYEE CANCER BENEFIT <P> July 30, 2016 | 12:00 - 4:00 pm | Monaghan's Bar & Grill | 3889 S King St | Sheridan CO <P> Cost: $20 Adult, $5 Child | CONTACT Jill Schaffer | 303 236 5292 | jschaffer@gpo.gov <P> <P> Please join us for a benefit to offset Mr. Karl Kiesler's medical expenses while he battles Cancer. Karl is an employee with the Government Publishing Office. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE - DENVER REGION <P> CREATE CHALLENGE CHANGE <P> July 31 – August 3, 2016 | Denver CO <P> Details & Registration at http://www.nado.org/events/create-challenge-change-economic-development-conference-for-the-denver-region/ <P> Jodi Duncan | 303 844 4901 | jduncan@eda.gov <P> <P> Join your regional development peers (Economic Development Districts, University Centers, RLFs, Tribal Planning Grantees, Regional Councils, Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers, and other regional development stakeholders) from the 10-state region of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> AUGUST & BEYOND <P> <P> <P> NEXT GENERATION OF GOVERNMENT TRAINING SUMMIT <P> August 1-2, 2016 | Washington DC <P> http://direct.govloop.com/nextgen-early-bird-special | Megan at megan@govloop.com <P> <P> ### <P> <P> L0300 ICS 300: Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents <P> August 9-11, 2016 | 8:00 am - 4:40 pm | 755 Parfet St Suite 400 | Lakewood CO <P> Free | Class limited to 30 participants <P> <P> This course provides training for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System (ICS). This course expands upon information covered in the ICS 100 & ICS 200 courses. Prerequisites: Completion of Independent Study (IS) courses IS-100.b; IS-200.b is required. IS-700.a & IS-800.b are highly recommended. <P> <P> EMAIL Charisse Fuqua | charisse.fuqua@fema.dhs.gov <P> <P> ### <P> <P> MOUNTAIN AND PLAINS INTERGOVERNMENTAL AUDIT FORUM <P> August 11 - 12, 2016 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm | Grand Hyatt Hotel | Denver CO <P> $300 ($275 until 7/1/2016) | Jenny Wong | 415 904 2124| WongJ@gao.gov <P> https://auditforum.org/2016/05/25/registration-now-live-for-the-mpiaf-2016-forum/ <P> <P> Topics include cyber security and hacking, data analytics, ethics, changing media dynamics and communicating the message. The keynote address will be delivered by former Governor Bill Ritter Jr., 41st Colorado Governor (2007-2011). <P> <P> ### <P> <P> FEMALE VETERAN'S WORKSHOP <P> August 13, 2016 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm | 120 W 8 St | Palisade CO <P> <P> A source of educational opportunities & Resources dedicated for female Veterans: <P> s Homeless Prevention & Re-Housing <P> s Job Search & Networking <P> s Post-Secondary Education <P> s Help getting a new I.D. <P> s Women's Health <P> s What are your Benefits <P> s Suicide Prevention <P> s Much More! <P> s Substance Abuse <P> <P> ### <P> <P> HUMAN RESOURCE RESPONSE TO DISASTERS & TRAUMATIC GRIEF <P> August 18, 2016 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm | Lakewood CO <P> Free | ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED | https://colorado.feb.gov/register/?ee=345 <P> <P> TOPICS <P> s Understanding Incident Stress, Traumatic Grief and what each of you can do <P> s Human Resource Processes, Procedures, and Actions for Dealing with Disasters <P> s Human Resource Communication Templates <P> s Employee Assistance Program resources <P> <P> ### <P> <P> OSHA TRAINING <P> August 26, 2016 | 8:15 am - 4:30 pm | RMEC OSHA, Lakewood Campus | 13300 West 6th Ave, Lakewood, CO | Free | CONTACT Bruce Sanford | 303 914 6420 | bruce.a.sanford.civ@mail.mil <P> <P> https://www.rmecosha.com/course/OSHA%20Numbered%20Courses/469/OSHA%207210%20Pandemic%20Influenza%20Preparedness <P> <P> OSHA 7210 - Pandemic Influenza Preparedness - This course covers recognizing hazards and risks associated with a pandemic influenza event and developing strategies to assist a business, community, or family with realistic preparation for a pandemic event. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> PEACE CORPS OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPERIENCED AMERICANS <P> August 29 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Denver Federal Center | Bldg 25 Lecture Hall | Denver CO <P> <P> Thinking about Peace Corps service as a mid-career or retirement option? Bring your lunch and learn more about 2 year Peace Corps Volunteer opportunities as well as the Peace Corps Response program. Peace Corps will also have a table at the DFC Farmers Market on July 21 and August 11. <P> <P> CONTACT Karyn Sweeney | 480 265 6461 | ksweeney@peacecorps.gov <P> Learn more and register at https://www.peacecorps.gov/events/peace-corps-opportunities-for-experienced-americans/ <P> <P> ### <P> <P> BUILDING RESILIENCE THROUGH PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS CONFERENCE <P> August 30-31, 2016 | Hotel Elegante | 2886 S Circle Dr | Colorado Springs CO <P> REGISTRATION | http://www.mcmspecialevents.com/HotelElegante/PPP/?mc_cid=435abb400e&mc_eid=bfe76c8a29 <P> CONTACT | PPPConference@hq.dhs.gov <P> <P> Sponsored by US North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the National Protection and Programs Directorate and Private Sector Office, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Private Sector Division. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> 2016 OEF/OIF WOMEN VETERANS RETREAT - COLORADO <P> September 11-16, 2016 | Rocky Mountains | Laura Tyson | laura@centerpointretreats.org <P> http://www.centerpointretreats.org/wp-content/uploads/2016-Application-Wmn-Vet-Retreat-PDF.pdf <P> <P> ### <P> <P> CONFERENCE ON NATIVE AMERICAN NUTRITION <P> September 26-27, 2016 | Prior Lake MN <P> http://seedsofnativehealth.org/conference/ <P> <P> ### <P> <P> BLUEPRINT TO EXCELLENCE SUPERVISORY ACADEMY <P> October 18-20, 2016 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm | Fort Collins CO <P> $290.00 | Online Registration Required | https://colorado.feb.gov/register/?ee=353 <P> CONTACT Dave Cawrse | 970 295 5780 | dcawrse@fs.fed.us <P> <P> Transforming Federal Supervisors into Leaders. The 3-day training fulfills annual supervisory training requirements and addresses core competencies in Strategic Thinking, Flexibility, Resilience, Conflict Management, Developing others, Team Building, Customer Service, & Human Capital Management. This training is presented by the Colorado Federal Executive Board Northern Colorado Council. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> OPM WMDC LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS CATALOGUE <P> https://colorado.feb.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-OPM-WMDC-Courses.pdf <P> <P> ### <P> <P> DENVER COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING PROGRAMS <P> Register | http://www.denvergov.org/oem | DenverCERT@denvergov.org | 303 725 3084 <P> <P> ### <P> <P> TRAINING @ DOI UNIVERSITY <P> DOI University (DOIU) offers competency-based training courses and programs designed to increase the skills of all federal employees. <P> https://doiu.doi.gov/catalog.html?type=sp&id=lakewood | https://doiu.doi.gov/catalog.html?type=c <P> <P> ### <P> <P> DENVER FEDERAL CENTER DAM GOOD SPEAKERS TOASTMASTERS CLUB <P> Tuesday's | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm |DFC Building 67, Room 610 | Denver CO <P> CONTACT Jon Damiano | 303 445 2461 | jdamiano@usbr.gov http://damgoodspeakers.toastmastersclubs.org <P> <P> ### <P> <P> DFC FARMERS MARKET <P> Thursday’s only | June 16 – September 8, 2016 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm <P> Denver Federal Center Bicentennial Park <P> www.facebook.com/denverfederalcenter | www.gsa.gov/dfcfarmersmarket <P> Lauren Trenc | Lauren.Trenc@gsa.gov <P> <P> ### <P> <P> VAN & CARPOOL <P> <P> Vanpools needing riders are listed on the CFEB web site <P> https://colorado.feb.gov/resources/van-pools/ <P> <P> If you would like the CFEB to add your van or carpool to the web site, email the information to gpage@colorado.feb.gov <P> <P> ### <P> <P> HEALTH DOES MATTER <P> <P> Yoga @ DENVER FEDERAL CENTER - WELLNESS CENTER <P> Denver Federal Center |Bldg. 75 | Kiel Hovland | 303 236 6911 | kiel.hovland@gsa.gov <P> Tuesday’s | 5:00 – 6:00 pm | Yoga for beginners and intermediates <P> Thursday’s | 5:00 – 6:00 pm | Yoga for beginners and intermediates <P> Sue Doty | Pre-register @ 720-252-7935 | dotys1@yahoo.com <P> Drop in Cost is $10 –or- 4-Punch Pass - $30 (Classes open to all: Feds & Non-Feds; Members & Non-Members) <P> <P> FEHB VIRTUAL SERVICE <P> 1st Wednesday of every FEHB pay period | 9:00 - 10:00 am <P> Hosted by Kaiser Permanente | 1 800 632 9700 | kp.org/feds <P> CONFERENCE LINE | 1 855 851 8843 | Code 570 038 434 # <P> ONLINE | www.kpfedtalk.org | Code kpfedtalk1 | Follow prompts for audio <P> <P> Connect with FEDSTRIVE Region 8 <P> Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/FedStriveR8 <P> www.FOH.hhs.gov <P> <P> Mile High Walking Club – Denver Federal Center <P> Every Thursday | 11:15 – 11:45 am | Meet at NW corner of 5th & Center <P> Free, open to all federal employees & contractors <P> Brittany Plaven | 303 844 7333 | Brittany.plaven@foh.hhs.gov <P> <P> Mile High Walking Club – Byron G Rogers Building <P> Every Monday | 12:00 – 12:30 pm | Meet right outside of the Byron Rogers Building <P> Every Wednesday | 11:30 am – 12:00 pm | Meet right outside of the Byron Rogers Building <P> Free, open to all federal employees & contractors <P> Brittany Plaven | 303 844 7333 | Brittany.plaven@foh.hhs.gov <P> <P> BONFILS DFC BLOOD DRIVE <P> 2nd Thursday of each month | 8:00 am - 1:30 pm <P> Denver Federal Center | Bldg. 67 | Hungry Horse Room <P> SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT | www.bonfils.org (site code is 2015) | 303 363 2300 <P> Betty Palcsak | 303 236-6905 | bpalcsak@usgs.gov <P> <P> ### <P> <P> LIGHTEN UP! 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http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55769 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Tri-Districts Long-Term Excess Capacity Contracts
2016-07-22 00:00:00.0 LOVELAND, Colo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Tri-Districts Long-Term Excess Capacity Contracts for public review and comment. <P> The Draft EA evaluates environmental impacts associated with Reclamation's proposed approval of 40-year excess capacity storage, exchange, and conveyance contracts between Reclamation and East Larimer County Water District, Fort Collins-Loveland Water District, North Weld County Water District (collectively referred to as Tri-Districts). <P> "Excess capacity contracts are very important," said Eastern-Colorado Area Manager, Signe Snortland. "These provide a needed benefit of water management flexibility, so Districts are better equipped to address drought, changes in municipal demand, and temporary changes in the watershed affecting water quality." <P> Tri-Districts have annually requested annual excess capacity contracts to mitigate poor water quality conditions in the Cache La Poudre River due to increased particulate matter due to the High Park and Hewlett wildfires in 2012. The long-term contracts would allow Tri-Districts to utilize excess capacity in Horsetooth Reservoir for storage, exchange and conveyance of the Tri-Districts' water supplies for delivery to the Soldier Canyon Water Treatment Plant. Each district would execute a separate contract with combined total exchange and storage contract volumes not to exceed 3,000 acre-feet (af). <P> The Draft EA is electronically available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/nepa/cbt_tridistricts.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/nepa/cbt_tridistricts.html</a>. <P> Comments on the Draft EA can be sent to: <a href="mailto:tstroh@usbr.gov">tstroh@usbr.gov</a>; Terence Stroh, Bureau of Reclamation, 11056 West County Road 18E, Loveland, CO 80537; or faxed to 970-663-3212. For additional information or to receive a printed copy of the Draft EA, please contact Terence Stroh at 970-962-4369 or <a href="mailto:tstroh@usbr.gov">tstroh@usbr.gov</a>. Reclamation requests comments on the Draft EA on or before August 5, 2016. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55750 Drinking Water Temporarily Unavailable at Little Wood Campground
2016-07-21 17:23:00.0 CAREY, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation has closed the well that supplies drinking water to the Little Wood Campground due to health concerns. The campground is located on Little Wood Reservoir Road, 11 miles northwest of Carey, Idaho. <P> The drinking water supply at the Little Wood Campground is routinely sampled for health and safety purposes. During a recent inspection, a water sample tested positive for coliform bacteria. Further testing is necessary to confirm the well is safe. <P> “Public safety is our primary concern,” said Ryan Newman, manager of the Upper Snake Field Office. “We are working to assure all health concerns are addressed in a timely manner.” <P> The public is advised to bring their own drinking water as there are no other sources of drinking water offered at the campground. Public supplies are also available within the town of Carey. <P> Little Wood Campground is open year-round and offers fishing and boating opportunities. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis; there are no electrical hook-ups. <P> Little Wood Reservoir is formed by Little Wood Dam which was completed in 1939. The dam is part of the Little Wood River Project and provides supplemental irrigation water to approximately 9,550 acres in Blaine County, Idaho. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55749 Bureau of Reclamation Employees and Customer Service Teams Received 2016 Federal Customer Service Awards from Interior
2016-07-21 10:46:00.0 Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López recognized two Bureau of Reclamation employees and two customer service teams on July 4, 2016, during the Federal Customer Service Awards ceremony at the Main Interior Building, Washington, District of Columbia. <P> Jesus Reynoso and Rain Emerson, both from Reclamation offices in the Mid-Pacific Region, had received individual awards. Water Project Coordinators, a group of 18 employees within the Provo Area Office, Utah, and the Acquisition and Assistance Leadership Team, a group of 10 employees from various Reclamation offices, had received Customer Service Initiative Awards. <P> “Customer service positions are not easy because they require patience, empathy, knowledge of the organization, and consistency,” said Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López. “Our customer service employees and teams have direct interactions with our customers and our own people, so they are the ones whom people will think about when they think about Reclamation. They are the voices and the faces of this government agency.” <P> “That said, I am very proud of our customer service employees,” López said. “They care about the public and our people and receiving this award is a direct reflection of their commitment to excellence.” <P> Federal Customer Service Awards are non-monetary awards that highlight the efforts of individuals and initiatives that have direct engagement with the agency's customers or demonstrate a direct beneficial impact on customers as a result of their work. Recipients must demonstrate a strong commitment to public service through their work, be well regarded in terms of their general integrity, and display values appropriate as a role model. <P> Every year the Department of the Interior awards up to 50 individuals with this distinction and then nominates two winners for the President’s Customer Service Award. <P> The 2016 Customer Service Awards Individual Award winners from Reclamation: <P> <ul><li>Jesus Reynoso was honored and recognized for working closely with project stakeholders to improve the process for setting water rates for the Central Valley Project (CVP), California. The CVP is the largest water project within the United States—delivering water to more than 250 project contractors and water districts. Reynoso has extensive knowledge of the CVP and has used his knowledge and cost accounting skills to develop and continually refine a process for setting water rates to recover the federal investment by 2030.</li> <P> <li>Rain Emerson was honored and recognized for her part in finding solutions to customers’ project needs. She improved collaboration during the environmental review process, especially when faced with high-priority drought projects and expedited timelines. Emerson expedited projects that transferred and exchanged the limited amounts of water that were available in 2015 for the San Joaquin River Basin, California. She also collaborated with project proponents to complete multiple projects—often using her knowledge of environmental law, regulation, policy, and guidance to South Central California Area Office. She consistently listens to customer concerns and has improved internal coordination between regional offices and their personnel.</li></ul> <P> Customer Service Award initiatives are often the result of the contributions of many, but are driven by a limited number of dedicated individuals. As such, an Initiative Award is presented to a limited number of named recipients whose individual contributions are recognized as the most significant to the initiative's success. <P> The Initiative Award can also recognize the contributions of a broader set of teams and organizations that supported the initiative and contributed to its success. The named recipients should be those whose day-to-day work was most critical to the initiative, not necessarily the head of the office or organization. <P> The 2016 Customer Service Awards Initiative Award winners from Reclamation: <P> <ul><li>Water Project Coordinators were honored for serving as the single point of contact for the 18 water projects within the jurisdiction of the Provo Area Office, Utah. Their accomplishments include monitoring tasks, projects and issues, coordinating efforts among personnel; resolving project issues, and ensuring the Provo Area Office received sufficient funding and other resources to meet future needs of an assigned water project. They also networked with stakeholders, developed a vision for how an assigned project could contribute to future water, environmental, power and recreational needs, and coordinated efforts between a water entity and Provo Area Office management.</li> <P> <li>Acquisition and Assistance Leadership Team was honored for developing a process that improved service delivery. The team communicated with Reclamation customers to develop and issue an all-employee customer service survey. Once completed, the team analyzed the results to identify common areas for improvement, and then developed a three-year plan based on the analysis to improve service delivery. The plan resulted in a suite of improvements all across the regions.</li></ul> <P> The Department of the Interior uses guidance from the Federal Customer Service Awards program to recognize customer service excellence throughout the agency. This awards program supports the government-wide Customer Service Cross-Agency Priority Goal and the April 2011 Executive Order 13571 – Streamlining Service delivery and Improving Customer Service. <P> The Office of the Secretary administers Interior’s Federal Customer Service Awards, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Capital oversees the selection and review of nominations for the Secretary of the Interior's Customer Service Awards. Reclamation would like to congratulate this year’s winners. <P> For more information on Interior's Federal Customer Service Awards ceremony visit <a href="https://www.doi.gov/employees/congratulations-interiors-customer-service-award-winners">https://www.doi.gov/employees/congratulations-interiors-customer-service-award-winners</a>, or see more photographs on flickr at <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/doiphotog/">https://www.flickr.com/photos/doiphotog/</a> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/07/28039235001_ad9ffe8f34_h.jpg" alt=" Interior Sally Jewell and Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López with Jesus Reynoso" width="800"> <p><small>Interior Sally Jewell, Jesus Reynoso (middle), and Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López. Reynoso had received the 2016 Customer Service Awards Individual Award. </small></p> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/07/28014298772_9da562502a_o.jpg" alt="Interior Sally Jewell, Rain Emerson, and Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López. Emerson had received the 2016 Customer Service Awards Individual Award." width="800"> <p><small>Interior Sally Jewell, Rain Emerson, and Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López. Emerson had received the 2016 Customer Service Awards Individual Award.</small></p> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2016/07/28039231851_6053dd79c6_h.jpg" alt="Interior Sally Jewell and Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López with the Water Project Coordinators, which received the 2016 Customer Service Awards Initiative Award." width="800"> <p><small>Interior Sally Jewell and Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López with 2016 Customer Service Awards Initiative Award winners the Water Project Coordinators.</small></p> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55728 Intern Poster Contest Today
2016-07-21 05:00:00.0 Please join us on July 21st for the third annual Reclamation Intern Poster Contest! This summer, student interns are working in various engineering departments within Reclamation. <P> These young engineers are learning a variety of skills within a professional engineering work environment and we want to give them a chance to show these new skills off! The contest will feature projects the interns are currently working on within their host department at Reclamation and will provide a way for the students to learn and practice technical presentational skills. <P> The interns have been asked to prepare short overviews of their posters for a general audience and also be able to answer in-depth questions. Prizes will be awarded for the best poster, the best poster presentation, and the interns’ choice award. <P> Everyone is invited to come!!! Refreshments will be served. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55727 Active Shooter Exercise at Building 20 on July 21
2016-07-20 14:14:00.0 On Thursday, July 21, the Rocky Mountain Region Federal Protective Service will conduct an active shooter exercise at the Denver Federal Center at Building 20 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. <P> During this time, you will see an increase in police presence and activity in and around Building 20. The exercise will be conducted in cooperation with the Lakewood Police, Wheat Ridge Police and area Medical Services to raise awareness of active shooters’ behaviors and characteristics. It will better prepare those involved to deal with an active shooter situation and test the readiness regarding incident command, use of the information systems, communication among FPS and local emergency response teams. <P> For questions, please contact Keith Beach, Area Commander, R8 Federal Protective Service at Keith.l.beach@hq.dhs.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55707 Obituary: Shirley Rene (Green) Keller-Wolfe
2016-07-19 17:23:00.0 Shirley Rene (Green) Keller-Wolfe, age 55, passed away peacefully on July 17th, 2016 in Golden, Colorado. The Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00pm – 4:00pm on Saturday, August 6th, 2016 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 13206 W. Green Mountain Drive, Lakewood, CO 80228 <P> Shirley was born is Litchfield, Illinois to James D and Barbara J Green on August 18th, 1960. She moved to Albuquerque, NM at age 4, and at age 7, she moved to Carlsbad, NM where she would grow up. Shirley graduated from Carlsbad High school in 1978 where she ran track and cross country. She married Grant A Keller on December 26th, 1980. Shirley graduated from New Mexico State University in 1984. Shirley and Grant moved to Lakewood, CO in October of 1985. She began working with the Bureau of Reclamation from 1989 to 2012. After their separation, Shirley would then meet and marry the man she would live the rest of her life with, Richard D Wolfe. She was involved in Fibromyalgia awareness/support groups, was a Girl Scouts Leader for troop #57, served as band mom for Green Mountain High School marching band, and was a big advocate for veterans. <P> Shirley was preceded in death by her father James D Green (Papa). <P> Shirley is survived by her spouse Richard Wolfe; her daughters Alysia Keller and Danielle Jones; her step-daughters Tina Wolfe, Marlanena Wolfe; Step-son James Wolfe; her brother Dale Green; her mother Barbara Green; twelve Grandchildren and four great-Grandchildren. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55688 New Melones Offers Two Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
2016-07-19 11:27:00.0 SONORA, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office reminds visitors that two electric vehicle charging stations are available to the public at New Melones Lake – the first stations at any Reclamation facility. These are state-of-the-art Level 2 charging stations made by Clipper Creek, Inc. <P> The charging stations are located at the Glory Hole Recreation Area’s Ironhorse Campground and in the Tuttletown Recreation Area’s Lupine Day Use Area. Both recreation areas require payment of a user fee for use of recreation amenities. Once the user fee is paid, there will be no additional fee to charge electric vehicles using the charging station. <P> In 2007, California Assembly Bill 118 created the <em>Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program</em>, which authorized the California Energy Commission to “develop and deploy alternative and renewable fuels and advanced transportation technologies to help attain the state’s climate change policies.” <P> In 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514, <em>Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance</em>, to “establish an integrated strategy toward sustainability in the federal government and to make the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions a priority for federal agencies.” <P> Funds for the charging units were obtained by a grant from the California Energy Commissioner together with Clipper Creek. <P> For more information on the electric vehicle charging stations at New Melones Lake, please contact Robert LaFleur, Park Manager, at <a href="mailto:rlafleur@usbr.gov">rlafleur@usbr.gov</a> or call 209-536-9094 x211 (800-877-8339). <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55687 Nelson Dikes Safety of Dams Modifications Update
2016-07-19 10:17:00.0 BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Contractor selected to complete the Nelson Dikes Safety of Dams Modifications, Johnson-Wilson Constructors, Inc., has mobilized to the Nelson Dikes construction area. Site preparatory work and the installation of dewatering wells has begun. <P> Reservoir drawdown operations began in late June and the reservoir is expected to be near an elevation of 2212.0 by the end of July. The reservoir will continue to be drawn down until the target elevation of 2205.0 feet is reached. This low reservoir restriction will remain in place until at least October 15, 2016. Refilling the reservoir is expected to occur in the spring of 2017, and will depend upon available water supplies. <P> Temporary road closures around the dikes are not anticipated at this time. The North Nelson boat ramp will become unusable below reservoir elevation 2216.0 ft. All other boat ramps will remain open at Nelson Reservoir. <P> An Environmental Assessment (EA) for the modification has been finalized and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been signed. The public can access the final EA and FONSI on Reclamation's website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/nelson/">www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao/nelson/</a>. <P> For additional information or questions, please call 406-247-7300. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55671 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for the Proposed Project to Include Table Mountain Rancheria as a Recipient for the Madera Irrigation District and Flyin’ J Contracts
2016-07-18 15:48:00.0 FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed addition of Table Mountain Rancheria as a point of delivery for Madera Irrigation District’s Soquel water under Contract No. 10-WC-20-3984B and the direct delivery of groundwater pumped from Flyin’ J Ranch to Table Mountain Rancheria under their Warren Act Contract. <P> The Draft EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26380">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=26380</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> Comments are due by Wednesday, August 17, 2016, please email comments to <a href="mailto:slholt@usbr.gov">slholt@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Stacy Holt, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to Holt at 559-487-5927. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Holt at 559-487-5295 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55670 Update on Gate Closures
2016-07-18 15:18:00.0 Please be aware the suspicious package ( a backpack) was detonated at Gate 1 early this afternoon and no explosive device was found. The suspect is in police custody. Gate 2 and Kipling are being reopened but Gate 1 remains closed. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55669 Fire System Outage in Building 67 on July 19 and 20, 2016
2016-07-18 14:05:00.0 There will be a Fire Supression System Outage in building 67 July 19 & 20 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. <P> Should an emergency occur in your space during this outage, the Fire Alarm Panel will not sound an alarm. You must call 9-911 for the fire department and 303-236-1722 to report to PM Services so they can activate the evacuation alarm. <P> If you have any questions please contact Denice Pacheco, General Services Administration, at 303-941-1390. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55668 Suspicious package, currently no traffic allowed at Gates 1 and 2
2016-07-18 11:42:00.0 A suspicious package has been identified at Gate 1 at the Denver Federal Center. All foot traffic and vehicles east of Third Street are not allowed. Both Gate 1 and Gate 2 are closed until the Jefferson Country Bomb Squad can clear the area. We ask that all employees avoid using those gates and to avoid the incident area until such time as normal traffic is resumed or you are advised otherwise by appropriate authorities. <P> There is no known threat to any Reclamation employees or facilities at this time. Thank you for your cooperation and support. <P>