Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49618 Reclamation Announces Open Bid Period for Business Opportunities for Concession Development/Operation at Lake Berryessa
2015-07-02 13:59:00.0 <p><b>NAPA, Calif.</b> – The Bureau of Reclamation announces that the bidding period is now open for a business opportunity (Prospectus) for recreation development and operation at five concession areas located at Lake Berryessa in Napa County. Reclamation is requesting proposals from interested parties for the development and long-term management of concession facilities and services at Lake Berryessa. These businesses will be conducted under the terms and conditions of long-term concession contracts between the successful bidders and Reclamation.</p> <P> <p>Concession operations at Lake Berryessa were selected as the preferred management option in the 2006 Visitor Services Plan/Record of Decision. The Lake Berryessa Prospectus offers five areas for development and operation as concession facilities: Putah Canyon, Monticello Shores, Berryessa Point, Spanish Flat and Steele Canyon Recreation Areas. Bidders may submit proposals on all five concession areas, either singly or as bundled sites to take advantage of potential cost savings from combined operations. Reclamation will award no more than three areas to any one bidder. Information about Lake Berryessa may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/</a>.</p> <P> <p>Business opportunities may include full-service marinas, overnight lodging, tent and RV camping, houseboat and pleasure boat rentals, retail sales, restaurants, day use facilities and other services. Some operations may be seasonal while others will be year-round. Bidders may also suggest other appropriate facilities/activities as part of their unique proposals. Reclamation has conducted substantial advanced planning in the development of this business opportunity and has several relevant draft reports and reference materials available for review on the <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/prospectus.html">Lake Berryessa Prospectus</a> website.</p> <P> <p>Reclamation will provide opportunities for prospective offerors to tour the existing facilities and submit questions regarding these concession business opportunities. A site visit will be held on Friday, July 17, at 8:30 a.m. Participants will meet at the Lake Berryessa Administration Office, 5520 Knoxville Road, Napa CA 94558, 707-966-2111, ext. 0.</p> <P> <p><b>Proposals will be accepted for 60 days, from Thursday, July 2, to Monday, Aug. 31, 2015.</b></p> <P> <p>To register at the Federal Business Opportunity website and for information on submitting a business proposal, please visit <a href="https://www.fbo.gov/">https://www.fbo.gov/</a> and search for Keyword/Solicitation #MP-15-LB1.</p> <P> <p>To learn more about this business opportunity, please visit the Lake Berryessa Prospectus website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/prospectus.html" >http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/prospectus.html</a>.</p> <P> <p>Reclamation is prepared to work closely with new concession contractors in approving and helping to coordinate the development of commercial public facilities. The Prospectus is open for 60 days, with an amendment expected within the first 30 days in order to provide bidders with additional information on infrastructure planning and design.</p> <P> <p>With a business model committed to the provision of new facilities and services, Reclamation foresees outstanding commercial opportunities at Lake Berryessa, which is readily accessible by millions of potential visitors; it is within a 3-hour drive of San Francisco, Sacramento and other population centers in California. The location, environment, scenic vistas, a multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities and proximity to other tourist destinations, including the Napa Valley, make this a desirable location for land and water-based commercial recreation services. These services are expected to show immediate visitor demand, with current occupancy levels on rental boat slips at existing Lake Berryessa marinas near 100 percent, and existing waiting lists for marina slips indicative of a high interest in having a boat moored at the lake. Together, this presents financially viable business opportunities favorable for the establishment of appropriately designed recreation facilities and services with outstanding growth potential over the term of the next concession contract. Two existing concession areas, Markley Cove Resort and Pleasure Cove Marina, with full services and facilities are operated by concessionaires under existing contracts and are not part of this Prospectus.</p> <P> <p>Lake Berryessa is the reservoir for the Solano Project, which is owned by Reclamation and operated under a cooperative agreement by the Solano County Water Agency/Solano Irrigation District. The project provides flood control protection, generates hydropower and provides a high-quality water supply for irrigation and the cities of Vacaville, Suisun City, Vallejo and Fairfield.</p> <P> <p>At capacity, Lake Berryessa stores 1.6 million acre-feet of water and is one of the largest bodies of fresh water in California. The lake is 23 miles long and 3 miles wide, with 165 miles of shoreline. Reclamation oversees the management of a 2,000-acre wildlife area along the east side of the lake. Nestled between Blue Ridge and Cedar Roughs, east of the Napa Valley, Lake Berryessa offers year-round recreation opportunities for boating and water sports, fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, wildlife viewing and sightseeing. Popular Reclamation-operated recreation facilities include expansive day use areas, a visitor center and launch ramp as well as hiking trails and dispersed lake access sites.</p> <P> <p>For additional information, please contact Peggi Brooks, Chief, Recreation Resources Division, Central California Area Office, at 916-989-7128 (TTY 800-877-8339), <a href="mailto:pbrooks@usbr.gov">pbrooks@usbr.gov</a>, or fax 916-989-7208.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49617 Five Things to Do for Fourth of July Weekend
2015-07-02 13:43:00.0 There are many places to go celebrate Fourth of July this weekend, but here is a list of five events happening at or near a Bureau of Reclamation facility: <P> 1. Boulder City, Nev.—The 2015 Boulder City Damboree parade and fireworks show takes place on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. Festival goers should get into position by 8:30 a.m. Along the parade route, there is a “wet zone” where the exchange of cooling streams of water is allowed. Dress in red, white and blue and plan to get wet! Also, be sure to look up and take notice of the flyover featuring pilots from the Boulder City Veteran's Flying Group. And then at 6 p.m., head over to Veteran’s Memorial Park for food, music, and fireworks! For more information, contact Wittig at (702) 293-8088, Lisa Cronister at (702) 293-8492, or Marc Maynard at (702) 293-8344. <P> 2. Grand Coulee, Wash.—Free Admission to the Festival of America happening July 3-4, 2015 in the park below the Grand Coulee Visitor Center. This fireworks display off the top of the Grand Coulee Dam is voted "Best of Show" for Washington State. Friday and Saturday features arts and crafts, food, and live music nightly. On the evening of July 4th, immediately following the nightly laser light show, the fireworks display will be launched off the top of the Dam. For more information, visit <a href="<a href="http://www.usbr.gov/cgi-bin/goodbye?http://grandcouleedam.org/festivalofamerica.html">http://grandcouleedam.org/festivalofamerica.html</a>. <P> 3. Sonora, Calif.—Visit New Melones Lake over the Fourth of July weekend and enjoy its many recreational opportunities. The Glory Hole Recreation Area (4 a.m. to 11 p.m.) offers many hiking and biking trails to explore. The Ironhorse and Big Oak Campgrounds, along with the Osprey Point and Black Bart Day Use Areas, are open for camping, picnicking and shore fishing. Unimproved lake access for car-top or small boats is available at Glory Hole Point (four-wheel drive is recommended for boat launching). <P> On Saturday, July 4th, at 7:30 p.m., visitors are invited to the Glory Hole Amphitheater to join in the fun playing Reclamation's version of JEOPARDY! Park Rangers will divide participants into teams and test their knowledge of the lake’s history and wildlife. This activity is free and does not require reservations. Participants will be issued a parking pass for the duration of the event. In the Tuttletown Recreation Area (4 a.m. to 11 p.m.) the Manzanita Campground and the Heron Point, Eagle Point and Lupine Day Use Areas are open. Tuttletown offers eight miles of hiking and biking trails through oak woodlands. An RV dump station is available for a fee. The Acorn and Chamise Campgrounds and the Tuttletown Launch Ramp are closed. The New Melones Lake Marina, located in the Glory Hole Recreation Area, offers boat rentals, boat slips, marine fuel, a retail store and other services. For updated marina service information, please visit the marina's website at http://newmeloneslakemarina.com. The Mark Twain Day Use Area (6:30 a.m. to sunset on weekdays and holiday weekends; 7:30 a.m. to sunset on non-holiday weekends) is great for fishing, hiking and picnicking. Campsites are available by reservation and on a first-come, first served basis. To make a reservation, visit www.recreation.gov, or call (877) 444-6777. For a listing of New Melones fees, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/docs/latest_Pass_Fee_Info_Handout.pdf">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/docs/latest_Pass_Fee_Info_Handout.pdf</a>. <P> 4. Estes Park, Colo.—The Independence Day Weekend Celebration kicks off on Friday, July 3, with the Estes Park Board of REALTORS and the PBR hosting the evening. Walker Williams will entertain the crowd with music. Kids can enjoy activities such as human bowling, face painting and a photo booth. There will also be a pig roast and bull riding. On Saturday, July 4, check out the car show featuring 100 "Steam-to-Electric" on display at the new Estes Park Events Complex, at the Stanley Park Fairgrounds. Along with steam and electric cars, other street rods, stock cars, muscle cars, sports cars, vintage and classic cars will be on display. At 7 p.m., the Estes Village Band tunes up for its annual patriotic concert featuring the works of John Philip Sousa and others. The concert is free to attend and will be held at the Performance Park Amphitheater, at the west end of downtown. <P> The Fireworks Show starts at 9:30 p.m. over Lake Estes. Find a grassy spot at Stanley Park, along the Lake Estes Trail, or on the mountainside. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/cgi-bin/goodbye?http://www.visitestespark.com/events-calendar/special-events/july-4/">http://www.visitestespark.com/events-calendar/special-events/july-4/</a>. <P> 5. City of Boise, Idaho—The city of Boise and media sponsors Idaho Statesman, 6 on Your Side, and 107.1 K-HITS are putting on the 9th annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration, Saturday, July 4, in Ann Morrison Park. There will be live music and entertainment, a chalk art festival that highlights featured local artists who donate their time to create wonderful works of art, children’s bike rodeo and parade, and a day of family fun. For more information, visit: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/cgi-bin/goodbye?http://www.idahostatesman.com/fireworks/#storylink=cpy">http://www.idahostatesman.com/fireworks/#storylink=cpy</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49616 Reclamation Holds Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event in Prineville Sunday, July 12
2015-07-02 11:58:00.0 PRINEVILLE, Ore. - The Bureau of Reclamation's Bend Field Office will hold a C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Sunday, July 12 at Prineville Reservoir State Park near Prineville. Children with special needs will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join some enthusiastic volunteers. <P> The C.A.S.T. "Catch a Special Thrill," program provides one day fishing and boating events designed to accommodate children with a wide range of special needs. This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's " <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/">Let's Move Outside </a> " initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier. <P> "It is a great opportunity for children to enjoy a day of fishing on the lake," said Doug DeFlitch, Bend Field Office manager in the Pacific Northwest Region. "I'm looking forward to this awesome experience." <P> The children range in age from 5-18 years old and have a variety of physical and/or developmental disabilities. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt and a hat. <P> Volunteers from the Central Oregon Bass Club and some non-member clubs will provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers. The state bass anglers' societies work under the umbrella of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. <P> The morning fishing event will be followed by a barbecue lunch donated by Tom and Charley's Sub Shop & Pizzeria, The Dawg House, Grocery Outlet of Prineville, Eberhard's Dairy of Redmond, Apple Peddler Restaurant in Prineville, and hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Prineville. The Oregon State Park, Crook County Sheriff's Office, and Search and Rescue units will be assisting with the picnic, parking, traffic control and marine patrol. <P> Other donor-friendly groups this year are Ray's Food Place in Prineville, Starbucks in Prineville, Bigfoot Beverages Company in Bend/Eugene, National Fish Carvers Guild and Sportsman's Warehouse in Bend. New donors and volunteers are needed and encouraged to participate. <P> Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, Central Oregon Bass Club, Kiwanis Club of Prineville, Crook County Sheriff's Office, and Crook County Sheriff Search and Rescue. <P> Participants and volunteers can register online at the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation website at <a href="http://www.castforkids.org/events-calendar/cast-events/prineville-reservoir/">http://www.castforkids.org/events-calendar/cast-events/prineville-reservoir/ </a>. <P> For more information about the July 12 event or the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Annette Ross, Regional Coordinator at (208) 378-5322 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/.">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/ </a> . In case of rain, the event will be canceled. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49615 Building Bridges at Grand Coulee Dam
2015-07-02 11:12:00.0 Since January, staff from Grand Coulee Dam have partnered with the Lake Roosevelt elementary school's Smart, Honest, Aware, Respectful and Present (SHARP) program to design, build and test toothpick bridges. This program culminated in a SHARP Kids Family Night toothpick bridge competition attended by over 70 faculty, staff, parents, students, and volunteers on April 29. <P> Nine bridges were entered, weighing from 40 to 93 grams and bearing up to 12.4 pounds. During the follow-up ice cream celebration, bridge failures were evaluated and analyzed as a brief statistics lesson. Award certificates were presented to three winning student teams. <P> Competition specifications and rules were modeled after the American Society of Civil Engineers' Duluth, Minnesota Chapter. These rules allow for employing up to 500 round wooden toothpicks and Elmer's brand wood glue; no special coatings/lamination, or paint allowed. <P> The constructed product must also be less than 90 grams, have a clear span of 55 centimeters and support a weight transferred through a square wood plate with foam underlayment placed on top of the structure. <P> Fun was had by all while fostering an active and cooperative learning environment. <P> "Seeing the kids conquer a tough project as a team and watching their glowing faces as they saw their bridge get loaded to capacity while we all shouted 'crunch it, crunch it' was fun and inspiring," said Coy Webb, Project Manager at Grand Coulee Power Office. <P> Excited students expressed interest in doing events like this again. Other engineers at GCPO are also interested in helping with follow-up activities at the school, another great way to build partnerships with our community. <P> The Grand Coulee Power Office sponsored three volunteers to assist Lake Roosevelt's after-school program with math and science awareness. <P> Thirty students in 4th through 7th grades participated. The SHARP Kids program at Lake Roosevelt School engages K - 12th grade students in hands-on STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) activities using the 'Project Lead the Way' curriculum. <P> Adult participants included Karmen Webb, SHARP Kids Program Coordinator, and teachers Dee Owen, Josh Kelton, and Hanna Doughty at Lake Roosevelt School. Coy Webb, Project Manager; Andrew Deelstra, Mechanical Engineer; and Dale Henriksen, Photographer, represented the Grand Coulee Power Office. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49614 Minidoka Dam Spillway Completion Ceremony
2015-07-02 10:54:00.0 The Minidoka Dam Spillway Completion Ceremony was held Wednesday May 27, 2015. Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López, visiting from Washington D.C., was the keynote speaker. The event marked completion of a four-year construction effort to modernize and straighten the spillway, and replace two irrigation headworks. <P> Other speakers at the event included Pacific Northwest Regional Director Lorri Lee, President of the Idaho Water Users Association Dan Darrington (representing both the Burley and Minidoka Irrigation Districts), USDA Rural Development State Director Wally Hedrick, and Ms. Samantha Marshall (representing Idaho’s congressional delegation of Senator’s Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and Representative Mike Simpson). The event was open to the public and approximately 200 people attended. <P> With the completion of the spillway, many traditional fishing and wading areas that were closed to the public during construction are now open. Recreation zones are clearly marked. Please follow all safety guidelines for a safe and enjoyable visit. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49611 Bureau of Reclamation Provides $1.5 Million for River Basin Studies about How to Meet Future Water Demands
2015-07-02 10:00:00.0 WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López announced today that Reclamation will use $1.5 million to partner with water managers in Arizona, California and New Mexico to conduct comprehensive water studies. This funding will help complete two basin studies and develop plans of study for two more. <P> "Reclamation and its partners are confronting widening imbalances between demand and supply in basins throughout the West," said López. "Working collaboratively with stakeholders within each respective basin, we can use the latest science and data to develop options that will achieve a sustainable water supply." <P> Reclamation selected the Salinas and Carmel River Basins in California and Lower Santa Cruz River Basin in Arizona as subjects for basin studies. A basin study is a comprehensive study that defines options for meeting future water demands in river basins in the western United States where imbalances in water supply and demand exist or are projected to exist in the future. <P> Reclamation will make $950,000 available for the Salinas and Carmel River Basins that will be matched with $1.16 million from the study partners. These California basins encompass 4,500 square miles with a population of 370,000 people and include the protected Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The two basins also include 250,000 acres of agricultural land and have a combined economic output estimated to be $11 billion annually. Through the basin study an integrated hydrologic model will be developed that identifies the risks and potential impacts of climate change on future water resources. It will then highlight options and adaptation strategies for helping to achieve a sustainable water supply. <P> In the Lower Santa Cruz River Basin, Reclamation will provide $392,750, which will be matched by the study partner, the Southern Arizona Water Users Association. The Lower Santa Cruz River Basin encompasses 3,869 square miles in southeast Arizona and has a population of approximately 980,000 people, most of whom reside in the Tucson metropolitan area. The region heavily relies on water from the Central Arizona Project and, due to the ongoing drought, is seeing declines in the groundwater supply. An annual deficit of 250,000 acre-feet is projected by 2025. The basin study will identify the water resources needed to mitigate climate change impacts and improve water reliability for municipal, agricultural and environmental demands. <P> Two basins were selected to develop a plan of study. A plan of study helps a cost-share partner - such as a local water district - define the outcomes and set the scope and focus for a potential future basin study. Reclamation will develop the plans of study with each cost-share partner. <P> The two plans of study are: <P> <ul> <li>Middle Rio Grande - federal funding: $84,000; non-federal funding $89,000</li> <li>Mojave River Basin - federal funding: $75,000; non-federal funding: $75,000</li> </ul> <P> Reclamation's share of the study costs may be used only to support work done by Reclamation or its contractors. The non-federal partners in a basin study must contribute at least 50 percent of the total study cost in non-federal funding or in-kind services. Non-federal partners typically include state and city agencies, municipal water districts and flood control and irrigation districts. Since 2009, total federal funding for the Basin Study Program is $17.5 million. <P> The Basin Study Program is part of the WaterSMART Program. WaterSMART is the U.S. Department of the Interior?s sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. To learn more about WaterSMART, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P> To learn more about the Basin Study Program or the projects announced today, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/bsp">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/bsp</a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49610 Hot Water Out in Building 67
2015-07-02 08:47:00.0 The hot water in building 67 floors 9 through 14 will be off for a few hours today (July 2) to repair a water leak. The water will still come out of the faucets in the restrooms for hand washing, but may be warm to cool. <P> Questions please contact the GSA building manager, Harvey Wong, at 303-236-2988 <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49609 Commissioner López's Video Message for Employees
2015-07-01 15:38:00.0 This past week Commissioner López participated in a wide-ranging video interview here in Washington. He discussed public interest and Reclamation-specific topics and addressed some topics of specific interest to all employees. During the coming weeks, you can expect to see excerpts of this video interview distributed through internal and external video channels. <P> For example, during this one-one-one interview, he had a message he would like to extend to Reclamation’s employees as we prepare to begin the Independence Day holiday weekend. You can see his response on the Commissioner’s Intranet page <a href="http://intra.usbr.gov/commissioner">http://intra.usbr.gov/commissioner</a>. <P> As we conduct these periodic interviews with Commissioner López, please feel free to provide comments and suggestions for future topics using the link at the bottom of the Commissioner’s page. <P> On behalf of the Washington Office we wish you a safe and happy weekend with friends and family. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49608 Spring 2015 Issue of the Safety Factor
2015-07-01 15:03:00.0 The safety and health of employees, contractors, and visitors is critically important to accomplishing the Bureau of Reclamation mission. Reclamation’s safety and occupational health newsletter, The Safety Factor, is produced to increase safety and occupational health awareness, and to bring employee attention to related topics of interest. <P> The 3rd Quarter, <a href="http://intra.usbr.gov/denver/dennews/docs/safetyfactor/SafetyFactor201506.pdf">Calendar Year 2015 issue is available</a>. <P> If you have any questions regarding this edition or suggestions for future editions, please contact Theresa Gallagher, Industrial Hygienist, Safety and Health Office, Security, Safety, and Law Enforcement, at 303-445-3720. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49607 Yakima Basin Water Supply – July Forecast
2015-07-01 14:45:00.0 YAKIMA, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation's July 2, 2015 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates a full water supply for senior water rights during this irrigation season, but an estimated 44 percent supply for junior water rights. <P> Reclamation will issue water supply forecasts monthly or as needed at least through July. <P> The July TWSA forecast is based on observed and estimated flows, precipitation, snowpack, and reservoir storage for April 15 to Sept. 30. Future weather conditions that help determine the timing of runoff and water demands are also critical in determining stream flows, prorationing, and the storage available in the reservoirs. <P> If precipitation and runoff continue to be unfavorable, Reclamation expects the water supply available for junior users to decline further. Since longer term weather conditions are unpredictable, Garner recommends that water conservation be considered by all users in the Yakima Basin. <P> For more information, visit our website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49594 Bureau of Reclamation Selects New Mexico State University for Unmanned Aircraft System Inspection of Elephant Butte Dam
2015-06-30 15:13:00.0 WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation has selected New Mexico State University to be the lead subject matter expert to perform the first Reclamation dam inspection using an unmanned aircraft system. This aeronautical research project will occur at Elephant Butte Dam in New Mexico. Reclamation is providing New Mexico State $35,000 to assist in the project. <P> New Mexico State University will work with Reclamation staff to develop the concept of operations, address safety requirements, select the unmanned aircraft system and appropriate sensors, validate flight procedures and perform the inspection. <P> The research project will determine the applicability of unmanned aircraft systems as a tool for infrastructure inspection using light detection and ranging (LIDAR), infrared (IR), photogrammetry and HD video. It will help Reclamation determine potential issues with the dams' infrastructure including concrete cracks, spalls and other subsurface defects including moisture where it should not be, and any erosion or other topographical changes to the dam and spillway. <P> The flight will take place in the next couple of months. <P> Reclamation's Research and Development Program are funding this project. It focuses on researching innovative, workable solutions to challenging water and power management issues in the western United States. It provides solutions for Reclamation water and facility managers and the stakeholders they serve. To learn more, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/research">www.usbr.gov/research</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49588 Pedestrian Fishing Bridge Near Minidoka Dam to be Temporarily Closed for Construction
2015-06-30 10:27:00.0 RUPERT, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will be installing a permanent restroom near the pedestrian fishing bridge and paved parking lot adjacent to the south side of Minidoka Dam. The bridge and parking lot will be closed July 13 to July 16 for construction. Minidoka Dam is located on the Snake River about 18 miles northeast of Burley, Idaho. <P> "This new restroom will be a great addition to the recreation area near the dam, and installation is expected to take less than a week," said Minidoka Dam Facility Manager Philip Calogero. "Heavy equipment and overhead cranes will be used to install the new restroom, so access will be temporarily restricted for public safety." <P> With the recent completion of the new spillway, Reclamation was able to reopen traditional fishing and wading areas that were closed during the spillway construction period. Those areas will remain open during construction of the new restroom; however, visitors should park in the dirt parking lot the week of July 13 and be aware of their surroundings while walking in the access areas along the river. <P> A map for recreational access below the spillway can be viewed at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/minidokadam/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/minidokadam/ </a> . <P> Minidoka Dam was completed in 1907 as part of the Minidoka Project, and is operated as one of six storage facilities on the Snake and Henrys Fork rivers. The multipurpose project provides irrigation, power production, flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49593 Guernsey Reservoir Silt Run
2015-06-30 00:00:00.0 MILLS, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyo., will be lowering the water level in Guernsey Reservoir in preparation for the annual silt run according to Lyle Myler, Wyoming Deputy Area Manager. "The silt run is an operation which provides silt-laden water to Goshen, Gering-Fort Laramie, and Pathfinder Irrigation Districts under contract with Reclamation," Myler said. <P> On the afternoon of July 5, the release of water from Glendo Reservoir will be decreased from about 2,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to a flow of approximately 1,000 cfs. The decreased flow will cause a rapid decline of the Guernsey Reservoir level of approximately 25 feet starting the night of July 5 through July 13. By Sunday, July 12, the boat ramps at Guernsey Reservoir will no longer be useable due to the low reservoir level. Water being released from Glendo Reservoir will flow through Guernsey Reservoir flushing silt from Guernsey Reservoir into the canals of downstream irrigators. The silt run will begin on July 14 and is anticipated to continue through July 28. Beginning on July 28, the release of water from Glendo Reservoir will be rapidly increased to refill Guernsey Reservoir. The level of Guernsey Reservoir is expected to be suitable for recreation again by the evening of July 31. <P> Boaters, recreationists, and irrigators should take proper precautions regarding changing river flows below Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs and the rapid lowering and refilling of Guernsey Reservoir. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49587 Shoreline Campers Visiting Lake Roosevelt Advised of Rising Water Levels
2015-06-29 15:15:00.0 GRAND COULEE, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation is alerting visitors planning to camp along the Lake Roosevelt shoreline over the July 4 weekend to be aware of potential dangers from rising lake levels. Lake Roosevelt is impounded by Grand Coulee Dam located on the Columbia River about 90 miles west of Spokane, Washington. <P> "When camping along the shoreline, we recommend that tents and other belongings be kept well away from the water?s edge," said Lynne Brougher, Public Affairs Officer. "The lake is continuing to fill from the spring drawdown." Each year Lake Roosevelt is lowered in late winter to make space for capturing spring runoff. <P> On July 3, the lake level is anticipated to be in the range of 1285 to 1286.5 feet above sea level. Throughout the holiday weekend it is anticipated the lake could rise another one-half foot per day. The full pool elevation of Lake Roosevelt is 1290 feet above sea level. <P> "While there will be an ample amount of exposed beaches for camping during the holiday weekend, visitors should be prepared for the lake level to rise and plan accordingly," said Brougher. <P> Campsites too close to the water's edge could become flooded. Boats should be anchored or tied securely to the shoreline to avoid having them drift out into the lake and become a safety hazard. "Safety of visitors to Lake Roosevelt is our primary concern and caution is always advised when boating and camping on the shoreline," said Brougher. <P> For further information concerning lake levels, contact the Bureau of Reclamation at (509) 633-9503 or visit: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee/lakelevel/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee/lakelevel/index.html </a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49580 New Melones Lake: A Great Place to Enjoy the Fourth of July
2015-06-26 15:43:00.0 SONORA, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation's Central California Area Office invites the public to visit New Melones Lake over the Fourth of July weekend and enjoy its many recreational opportunities. <P> The Glory Hole Recreation Area (4 a.m. to 11 p.m.) offers many hiking and biking trails to explore. The Ironhorse and Big Oak Campgrounds, along with the Osprey Point and Black Bart Day Use Areas, are open for camping, picnicking and shore fishing. Unimproved lake access for car-top or small boats is available at Glory Hole Point (four-wheel drive is recommended for boat launching). <P> The New Melones Lake Marina, located in the Glory Hole Recreation Area, offers boat rentals, boat slips, marine fuel, a retail store and other services. For updated marina service information, please visit the marina's website at <a href="http://newmeloneslakemarina.com">http://newmeloneslakemarina.com</a>. <P> On Saturday, July 4th, at 7:30 p.m., visitors are invited to the Glory Hole Amphitheater to join in the fun playing Reclamation's version of JEOPARDY! Park Rangers will divide participants into teams and test their knowledge of the lake?s history and wildlife. This activity is free and does not require reservations. Participants will be issued a parking pass for the duration of the event. <P> In the Tuttletown Recreation Area (4 a.m. to 11 p.m.) the Manzanita Campground and the Heron Point, Eagle Point and Lupine Day Use Areas are open. Tuttletown offers eight miles of hiking and biking trails through its beautiful oak woodlands. An RV dump station is available for a fee. The Acorn and Chamise Campgrounds and the Tuttletown Launch Ramp are closed due to low lake levels. <P> The Mark Twain Day Use Area (6:30 a.m. to sunset on weekdays and holiday weekends; 7:30 a.m. to sunset on non-holiday weekends) is a great place for fishing, hiking and picnicking. <P> The New Melones Lake Visitor Center & Museum (Thursday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as staffing permits) offers exhibits on the area's geologic past, Me-Wuk Indians and early human history, the Gold Rush and mining techniques, the town of Robinson Ferry, and natural history. <P> Due to low lake levels, the floating restrooms are not available. Boaters will only be charged the $8 Day Use Fee, not the $10 Boat Launch Fee. Campsites are available by reservation and on a first-come, first served basis. To make a reservation, visit <a href="http://www.recreation.gov">www.recreation.gov</a> or call 1-877-444-6777. For a listing of New Melones fees, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/docs/latest_Pass_Fee_Info_Handout.pdf">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/docs/latest_Pass_Fee_Info_Handout.pdf</a>. <P> For additional information, please contact the New Melones Office at 209-536-9094, ext 0 (TTY 800-877-8339), Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/newmelones%20/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/newmelones /index.html</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>