Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49028 Get the Summer Started with a Run Around the Federal Center
2015-03-04 09:06:00.0 We spend a lot of time at the Denver Federal Center. Why not go for a run around its friendly streets? The <a href="http://www.runningguru.com/Website.asp?websiteID=FedCup5K">31st annual Fed Cup 5K</a> takes place on Sat., May 16, at the Denver Federal Center. <P> This family friendly event includes a free Kid's 1 Kilometer Fun Run, free food and drinks, and face painter for the kids. The 5K run and walk both feature team competitions to determine the fastest 4 person team in both divisions. This year there are no separate run team categories; the Co-Ed, Women’s and Men’s run teams have been eliminated. All teams (run and walk) will be a minimum of 4 members of any gender composition. <P> Individual trophies are awarded to the top 3 men and women finishers in both the run and the walk and to the top three teams in the run and walk. Medals are awarded to the top three finishers in each age group for men and women and also to the top four team members in the first three teams in both the run and walk. Top three individual trophy winners in the run and walk do not receive age group awards (i.e., no double-dipping), but are eligible for team medals if they are also members of one of the top three teams. <P> Based on popular demand, this year they will again be offering Men’s and Women’s technical running shirts and the traditional cotton T-shirts. They do not come with registration and need to be ordered separately. The technical running shirts are $15, the cotton shirts are $12. Also available are the embroidered tech hats for $15 and Federal Cup 5K lanyards for $4. <P> <a href="http://www.runningguru.com/EventInformation.asp?SourceCode=Map&eID=13065">Registration</a> for the Federal Cup 5K is $15.00 plus a minimal online fee of $1.90, or $20 the day of the race. <P> If you have any questions, contact a Federal Cup 5K Steering Committee member Renee.Varin Potratz, 303-220-4040. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49027 New Deputy Regional Director Selected for Reclamation's Great Plains Region
2015-03-03 00:00:00.0 BILLINGS, Mont. -- Great Plains Regional Director Michael J. Ryan announced today the selection of Christopher Beardsley as Deputy Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation's Great Plains Region, headquartered in Billings, Mont. <P> "Christopher will fill a critical role on my management team in Billings," said Ryan. "He has a distinguished management career that will serve our customers well. He brings a tremendous breadth of Reclamation experience and knowledge to his position." <P> Beardsley will assist Ryan in managing Reclamation facilities and programs in the Great Plains Region. The region encompasses all or parts of nine states, from Montana and North Dakota, to the southern tip of Texas. The Great Plains Region manages 80 dams and reservoirs, providing irrigation for 2.2 million acres of cropland producing more than $1 billion in agriculture products annually. The Great Plains Region manages 21 power plants that produce enough electricity to meet the needs of about 250,000 households. <P> Beardsley was previously the Deputy Area Manager for Reclamation's Snake River Area Office, based in Boise, Idaho. As Deputy Area Manager, he was responsible for the operation of water and power facilities from eastern Oregon to western Wyoming. Beardsley directly oversees all activities within the Middle Snake Field Office, which includes 17 dams and three power plants. He began his federal career with Reclamation in 1992, serving as an International Affairs Specialist for the Commissioner's Office in Washington, D.C. Beardsley has a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University. <P> Beardsley replaces Deputy Regional Director Gary Campbell, who retired in March 2015. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49008 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document on 2015 CVP Water Transfers for Public Review
2015-03-02 15:36:00.0 <h4>The Bureau of Reclamation and the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority have released for a 20-day public review an Environmental Assessment /Initial Study and draft Mitigated Negative Declaration on the effects of proposed water transfers from willing sellers to buyers in the Sacramento Valley. </h4> <P> <h4> </h4> <P> <h4>This EA/IS analyzes transfers of water made available for transfer through a combination of cropland idling and/or groundwater substitution. The transfers could originate in Colusa, Glenn, Sacramento, Shasta, Sutter, Tehama, or Yolo counties. The buyers could be in Colusa, Glenn, Tehama, or Yolo counties.</h4> <P> <h4> </h4> <P> <h4>The water year runs from October 1 through September 30 each year. The hydrologic conditions in 2015 remain critically dry as we enter the fourth year of drought. Conditions have worsened statewide, affecting reservoir storage and water supply. Some water service contractors need to supplement their local and imported supplies to meet demands. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to facilitate the transfer of water from willing sellers to buyers who are experiencing reductions in water made available for 2015. Other transfers not involving the TCCA and its participating members could occur during the same time period. <br /> <br /> </h4> <P> <p>The EA/IS was developed to meet requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act and may be viewed at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20761">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20761</a>. If you encounter problems accessing documents online, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49007 Reclamation Continues Animas-La Plata Project Contract Negotiations with Southern Ute Indian Tribe
2015-03-02 11:16:00.0 DURANGO, Colo. - Reclamation’s Western Colorado Area Office announced today that it will continue negotiations with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on a proposed contract for the Tribe’s statutory water allocation of the Animas-La Plata Project. The second negotiation meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East 3rd Avenue, Durango, Colo. <P> The contract being negotiated will provide for storage and delivery of project water as well as outline terms and conditions of operation and maintenance payments for the project. <P> All negotiations are open to the public as observers, and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments pertaining to the contract during a thirty minute comment period following the negotiation session. <P> The proposed contract and other pertinent documents will be available at the negotiation meeting, or on our website at: http://www.usbr.gov/uc/wcao/index.html, under Current Focus, or by contacting Ryan Christianson of the Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave, Suite 221, Grand Junction, Colorado, 81501, via telephone by calling (970) 248-0652 or via e-mail at rchristianson@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48991 Lost Something?
2015-03-02 08:00:00.0 Have you lost something at the office? It may have been found. <P> Sunglasses, keys, a glove or two, an earring, day planner, watches – all of these lost treasures reside under the vigilant care of Property and Facilities Operations. <P> If you have lost something in buildings 67 or 56 stop by Property and Facilities Operations, buildings 67, room 180, to see if it has been found. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49006 Bridges Buckle at 48th Annual Colorado High School Bridge Building Competition
2015-02-28 14:08:00.0 High school students from across Colorado joined the Bureau of Reclamation to test homemade, small-scale bridges for the 48th Annual Colorado High School Bridge Building Competition in Denver. Winners took home scholarships and the opportunity to represent Colorado at the International Bridge Building Competition in Portland, Oregon. <P> In Region One, Dade Lindley of Lindley Home School took first place with a bridge that weighed 26.75 grams and supported a max load of 104.42 kilograms (230.21 pounds), giving it an efficiency value of 3,903. Connor Roberts of Cherry Creek High School won second place with a bridge weighing 21.47 g, which supported 69.28 kg (152.74 lbs). Jalissa DeHaan of Front Range Christian School took third with a bridge weighing 13.54 g, which supported 33.27 kg (73.35 lbs). <P> In Region Two, Benjamin Jakeman of Cheyenne Mountain High School won first place with a bridge weighing 22.71 and supported 100.71 kg (222.03 lbs), giving it an overall efficiency value of 4,434. In second place, Blake Evans, also of Cheyenne Mountain High School, brought a bridge weighing 34.96 g that held 128.32 kg (282.9 lbs). Nikolas Provost of Rampart High School took third, with a bridge weighing 34.32 g that supported 99.23 kg (218.76 lbs). Other schools that competed in Region Two include Coal Ridge High School, Buena Vista High School and Manzanola High School. <P> Every year, students from across the state gather at the Bureau of Reclamation?s Materials Engineering and Research Laboratory to test out their homemade, small-scale bridges. These bridges, made of only a few, basic materials, are then tested to determine how much weight they can support. The winning models are determined by the structural efficiency ratio, or the amount of weight the bridge can hold divided by the weight of the bridge. The winning bridges have the highest structural efficiency ratios. <P> The state is split into two regions: northern (Region One) and southern (Region Two). The first and second place winners from each region are invited to compete at the International Bridge Building Contest, where prizes have included college scholarships. Winners from this year's competition were awarded college scholarships to go toward science and engineering education. <P> The High School Bridge Building Competition aims to encourage participation in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology. In addition to the competition, attendees and their families will explore Reclamation's laboratories and facilities with professional engineers, getting a chance to see research and science in action. Students can visit the humidity room, where working models of structures and dam construction materials are cured for optimum strength and will witness a 2,000 pound concrete cylinder crushed by a machine capable of 5-million pounds of compression. <P> Reclamation, the National Society of Professional Engineers of Colorado and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado sponsor the competition. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48990 What to Expect If There’s an Active Shooter
2015-02-27 15:25:00.0 The Property and Facilities Operations section is offering the <a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fgm2.geolearning.com%2Fgeonext%2Fdoi%2FNewCourseCatalog.geo%3FselectTab%3DScheduled%2BClasses%26id%3D155237&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNFy6C7KsQ6fTm14xKjPUKD-ZC2P5g" target="_blank">Active Shooter Course</a> to better prepare employees to deal with an active shooter situation. <P> According to Nathan Portman of the Property and Facilities Operations office, Inspector Felicia Martinez of the Federal Protective Service will present information on what employees can expect from First Responders in an active shooter situation. <P> This 1 hour course will be offered in building 67 on Tue., March 3, at 1:00 pm or at 2:30 pm, or on Wed., March 11, at 8:00 am or 9:30 am. <P> Questions on the course content may be directed to Nathan Portman, 303-445-2087. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48989 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for James Irrigation District’s Grants and Proposed Water Banking Expansion Project
2015-02-27 14:37:00.0 <p><b>FRESNO, Calif. ­­­– </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed grants to James Irrigation District to partially fund the modification and expansion of an existing regulation/recharge/banking area within the James Bypass. </p> <P> <p>The grant would fund the excavation of an existing basin, construction of new levees with associated canals and turnouts, enhancement of existing levees, installation of booster pumps, installation of control structures, installation of interconnecting pipelines, installation of siphons to cross underneath the James Bypass Main Channel and installation of up to five new wells with associated pipelines.</p> <P> <p>The grant would also fund the installation of new gates to the existing check structure (located within James Irrigation District’s Main Canal), construction of an earthen water control structure and various other features. </p> <P> <p>The draft 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=20941">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20941</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P> <p>Comments are due by close of business, Friday, March 27. Comments may be sent to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or emailed to <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a> or faxed to 559-487-5397. </p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48988 Reclamation Announces Lake Berryessa Community Forum Coordinating Team Members
2015-02-27 14:10:00.0 <p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation announces the Lake Berryessa Community Forum Coordinating Team members effective March 1, 2015. The Community Forum is comprised of representatives from eleven stakeholder groups and is designed to promote public input regarding recreation opportunities and services at Lake Berryessa.</p> <p><strong><u>Term March 2014 to February 2016:</u></strong><br /> <strong>George Gamble,</strong> Rancher – Representing Local Ranchers<br /> <strong>John Donlevy,</strong> Winters City Manager – Representing Gateway Communities<br /> <strong>Lonny Lopez,</strong> Monticello Ski Club – Representing Water-based Recreation <br /> <strong>Carol Kunze,</strong> Tuleyome – Representing Land-based Recreation<br /> <strong>Wendy Wallin,</strong> Sierra Club – Representing Conservation Groups</p> <p><strong><u>Term March 2015 to February 2017:</u></strong><br /> <strong>Stu Williams,</strong> Local Resident – Representing Local Landowners and Residents (<em>new member</em>)<br /> <strong>Peter Kilkus,</strong> Lake Berryessa Chamber of Commerce – Representing Local Businesses (<em>new member</em>)<br /> <strong>Chris Lee,</strong> Solano County Water Agency – Representing Water Quality and Water Supply (<em>returning member</em>)<br /> <strong>Geoff Belyea,</strong> Battalion Chief, Napa County Fire/Cal Fire – Representing Public Services and Public Safety (<em>new member</em>)<br /> <strong>Susan Sedillo,</strong> Local Resident – Representing Broad Based Interests (<em>returning member</em>)<br /> <strong>Amy Gunn-Edwards,</strong> Blue Ridge Berryessa Partnership – Representing Fish and Wildlife Management (<em>new member</em>)</p> <p>To ensure continuity on the Team, the terms of the members run for a full two years, and half of the members&rsquo; terms expire each year. On Jan. 13, 2015, Reclamation requested nominations for individuals to replace those whose terms were about to expire. Stakeholder groups were asked to nominate individuals to represent the interests of their group. Nominations were accepted until February 13. </p> <p>Reclamation is working to implement the Lake Berryessa Visitor Services Plan Record of Decision and provide safe and enjoyable recreation experiences for visitors to Lake Berryessa. To be added to the Lake Berryessa email or mailing list, please contact Janet Sierzputowski, Public Affairs, at 916-978-5112 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:jsierzputowski@usbr.gov">jsierzputowski@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>Lake Berryessa is managed by the Central California Area Office as part of the Solano Project. Additional information on Lake Berryessa is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>. Please click on <em>Recreation Updates</em> in the light-blue navigation column on the left for information specific to Community Forum meetings.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48987 Bureau of Reclamation Announces Daniel C. Picard as Deputy Regional Director for the Upper Colorado Region
2015-02-27 13:20:00.0 Salt Lake City, Utah – Today the Bureau of Reclamation announced the arrival of Daniel C. Picard as the new Deputy Regional Director for the Upper Colorado Region. As Deputy Regional Director, Picard will oversee a variety of water and hydropower programs throughout Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. <P> “I am excited for the opportunity to return to matters and issues with which I started my federal career, water resources, water rights, and the management of those resources for the benefit of the American public,” said Deputy Regional Director Picard. “There is no more critical resource in the western United States than water, and I am looking forward to the opportunities ahead.” <P> Picard most recently served as District Manager in Spokane, Washington, for the Bureau of Land Management. In that role, he was actively involved in several years of discussions and processes that culminated with President Obama’s declaration in March, 2013 of the San Juan Islands National Monument located within Washington State’s majestic Puget Sound. <P> “Daniel brings a wealth of experience in management of complex natural resource issues from multiple Department of the Interior agencies,” said Acting Regional Director Reed Murray. “He is a proven leader with a strong background that I am confident will be beneficial to the region.” <P> Picard has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho. He comes to Reclamation with an extensive background in natural resources, policy development and management arenas within the Department of the Interior. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48986 Reclamation Announces Initial Water Supply Allocation for Central Valley Project
2015-02-27 12:00:00.0 <p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif. – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation today announced the initial 2015 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project agricultural contractors and municipal and industrial contractors. This initial allocation is based on a conservative estimate of the amount of water that will be available for delivery to CVP water users. The allocation, which will be re-examined on a monthly basis as the water year progresses, reflects current reservoir storages, precipitation and snowpack conditions in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada. The California Department of Water Resources reports snowpack is below average for this date with the snow water content statewide currently at 20 percent or less of average for this time of year. California is experiencing its fourth consecutive year of below-average precipitation, and the Governor&rsquo;s Emergency Drought Proclamation, issued January 17, 2014, remains in effect. Without unusually heavy precipitation over the next few months, extreme drought conditions are forecasted to persist throughout the Central Valley. </p> <p>Unfortunately, many agricultural water contractors may face a second year of receiving no water from the project – an unprecedented situation. In addition, reduced amounts of water are expected to be available from the CVP for urban uses, although Reclamation anticipates having adequate supplies to provide for unmet health and safety needs for these water users. </p> <p>Reclamation&rsquo;s initial CVP allocations are primarily based on CVP reservoir storage levels and DWR&rsquo;s February 2015 Runoff Forecast, which indicates another critically dry water year for both the Sacramento Valley and the San Joaquin Valley. Reclamation began Water Year 2015 in October 2014, with only 3.1 million acre-feet of carryover storage in six key CVP reservoirs. This was 26 percent of capacity and 47 percent of the 15-year average for October 1. Since that time, the State has seen several significant rain events but also extended periods of very dry weather. January 2015 was the driest January in recorded history for northern California. With low storage and extremely low snowpack, Reclamation&rsquo;s water managers will work with the State of California and all contractors to effectively carry out project operations and improve water supply consistent with all applicable laws.</p> <p>Based on low forecasted inflows to Shasta Lake, the State&rsquo;s largest reservoir, Reclamation is also projecting this year to be a second consecutive &ldquo;Shasta Critical Year&rdquo; for the purposes of determining maximum contract quantities for many senior water rights holders and wildlife refuges in the Central Valley. If current dry conditions persist, CVP water contractors, whose water supply is based upon senior water rights and the Shasta Critical criteria, will see their contract supply reduced. Although project supplies are limited, Reclamation is committed to working with these contractors to meet their demands through the summer.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are bracing for a potential fourth year of severe drought, and this low initial allocation is yet another indicator of the dire situation,&rdquo; said Reclamation Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. &ldquo;Reclamation and the Department of the Interior will continue to work with the State of California and our water users to do everything possible to increase water deliveries from the project as we move yet another difficult year. Our economy and our environment depend on it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Reclamation determines the allocation of CVP water for agricultural, environmental and municipal and industrial purposes based upon many factors. Today&rsquo;s initial allocation, based on a conservative runoff forecast, is driven by critically dry hydrologic conditions, low storage levels, water quality requirements, flow objectives, relative priority of water rights and endangered species protection measures.</p> <p>Reclamation and DWR are operating consistent with the 2015 Drought Contingency Plan submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board that outlines numerous actions to help the CVP and State Water Project manage limited water supplies during these drought conditions. This includes expanding operational flexibility to conserve stored water and take full advantage of excess and abandoned flows in the Delta.</p> <p>&ldquo;The rain events in December were encouraging, but the persistent dry weather the first two months of this year underscores our need to plan for another critical year of drought. We have been working closely for months with our State and federal agency partners to try to minimize impacts and will continue to do so,&rdquo; Murillo said.</p> <p>This initial set of CVP allocations is based on a conservative assumption that dry conditions will continue for the remainder of the water year. With almost two months remaining in California&rsquo;s rainy season, there is still an opportunity for improved conditions. If conditions improve and hydrology is closer to or above average for the next several months, CVP supplies could improve, with increased supplies to M&amp;I contractors and potentially some water available for allocation to agriculture water users.</p> <p><strong><u>North-of-Delta Contractors</u></strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Agricultural water service contractors North-of-Delta are allocated <strong>0 percent</strong> of their contract quantity.</li> </ul> <ul type="disc"> <li>M&amp;I water service contractors North-of-Delta will receive enough water to meet their health and safety needs or at least 25 percent of their historic use, whichever is greater.</li> </ul> <p><strong><u>South-of-Delta Contractors</u></strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Agricultural water service contractors South-of-Delta are allocated <strong>0 percent</strong> of their contract quantity.</li> </ul> <ul type="disc"> <li>M&amp;I water service contractors South-of-Delta will receive enough water to meet their health and safety needs or at least 25 percent of their historic use, whichever is greater.</li> </ul> <p><strong><u>Friant Division Contractors</u></strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Based on DWR&rsquo;s February 2015 Runoff Forecast for the upper San Joaquin River, contractual requirements to prior right holders, and the overall forecasted operation of the CVP, the Friant Division water supply allocation is <strong>0 percent</strong> of Class 1 and Class 2.</li> </ul> <ul type="disc"> <li>Reclamation will be working with the Friant contractors to determine what amount of water will made available to meet health and safety needs within the Friant service area.</li> </ul> <p><strong><u>Eastside Water Service Contractors</u></strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Eastside water service contractors (Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District and Stockton East Water District) will receive <strong>0 percent</strong> of their contract quantity due to a lack of available CVP supplies out of New Melones.</li> </ul> <p>As the water year progresses, changes to hydrology and opportunities to exercise operational flexibility of the CVP are factors and conditions that will influence future allocations. Water supply updates will be made as appropriate and posted on Reclamation&rsquo;s website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water</a>.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.<u></u></p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48968 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents; Public Meeting on Trinity River Channel Rehabilitation Project
2015-02-26 15:50:00.0 <p><strong>WEAVERVILLE, </strong><strong>Calif.</strong><strong> </strong><strong>– </strong>As part of the Trinity River Restoration Program<strong>, </strong>the Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study for the Trinity River Channel Rehabilitation Site: Limekiln Gulch. A public meeting will be held to receive comments on Wednesday, March 11, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Douglas City School, Douglas City, Calif.  </p> <p>Representatives from Reclamation, the Bureau of Land Management (federal co-lead agencies) and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (California state lead agency) invite you to learn about the scope of the project and submit public comments at the meeting. The Limekiln Gulch channel rehabilitation site is located on the mainstem Trinity River about 0.3 miles upstream of Steel Bridge Campground near Douglas City. The project proposes to start construction and rehabilitation this summer. Constructing this project would increase salmon and steelhead habitat downstream of Lewiston Dam, as described in the Dec. 19, 2000, Record of Decision for the Trinity River Mainstem Fishery Restoration Environmental Impact Statement. </p> <p>The proposed project would enhance the quality of terrestrial and aquatic habitat and increase habitat complexity by (1) constructing slow water refuge habitats, such as side channels, for juvenile salmon and steelhead, (2) reconnecting the floodplain with the river, (3) re-vegetating with native plants, and (4) placing wood and rock structures that react with flow to create and maintain habitat.</p> <p>The Draft EA and IS for this project were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20621">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=20621</a>or the Trinity River Restoration Project website at <a href="http://www.trrp.net">www.trrp.net</a>. If you have problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="file:///\\ibr2mprfs006\PAO\Release%20Directory\2015\00-Working%20Folder\mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>Written comments must be received by close of business Tuesday, March 31. Please send comments to Brandt Gutermuth, Trinity River Restoration Program, P.O. Box 1300, Weaverville, CA 96093 or <a href="mailto:bgutermuth@usbr.gov">bgutermuth@usbr.gov</a>. For further information, please contact Gutermuth at 530-623-1806 or <a href="mailto:bgutermuth@usbr.gov">bgutermuth@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48967 Reclamation Names 2015 Engineer of the Year
2015-02-26 12:04:00.0 <div class="floatRight"><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2015/Hilldale.jpg" width="300px" align="right" alt="Robert Hilldale with Bob Quint"><br /><span class="caption">Left: Bob Quint and Robert Hilldale</span></div>Robert Hilldale, a civil engineer at Reclamation's Technical Service Center in Denver, is Reclamation's Engineer of the Year for 2015. His achievements earned him a chance to compete as Reclamation's nominee for the 2015 Federal Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Hilldale will represent Reclamation at the Society's awards luncheon held in Washington, D.C. today as part of activities commemorating National Engineers Week, February 22 through 28. <P> Reclamation recognizes Hilldale for his significant research contributions toward measuring the natural transport of gravel in rivers, which is a key component of sediment transport. He also led important research efforts for the Elwha River Restoration Project, near Port Angeles, Washington, the world's largest dam removal project. <P> "Effective management of sediment is an important part of river restoration activities, including projects such as the successful dam removal project on the Elwha River," Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López said. "Through his important work and research, Robert has helped expand our knowledge of sediment movement. This is an important contribution to river restoration work across the West." <P> Among his many assigned duties, Hilldale has led a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency effort researching the use of hydrophones (underwater microphones) to measure moving particles in water and also led river restoration projects to improve aquatic habitat for endangered fish. As chair and member of the Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project, he promoted interagency research activities to develop indirect methods to measure sediment transport. <div class="floatRight"><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2015/Hilldale-family.jpg" width="400px" align="right" alt="Robert Hilldale with Bob Quint"><br /><span class="caption">Left: Robert Hilldale with his son Morelson, wife Lisa, and mother Phyllis.</span></div>Hilldale also continues to distinguish himself academically. He earned an undergraduate scholarship to Washington State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and is a recipient of the John Roberson Thesis/Dissertation Award, which he received while pursuing his Master of Science in civil engineering. His journal publications about the Elwha River Restoration Project, installation of impact plates and gradual channel transition were featured in Geomorphology, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering and Journal of Engineering Mechanics. <P> Reclamation also would like to recognize its 2015 Engineer of the Year regional winners: <P> ? James H. Bussell, supervisory electrical engineer at Grand Coulee, Washington (Pacific Northwest) ? Rufino Gonzalez, civil engineer, California (Mid-Pacific) ? William G. Jones, electrical engineer, Montana (Great Plains) ? Thomas Nichols, supervisory civil engineer, Nevada (Lower Colorado) ? Scott Winterton, supervisory engineer, Utah (Upper Colorado) <P> Each of the five regions and the Denver Office nominate one candidate for consideration as Reclamation's Engineer of the Year. The final selection represents Reclamation's nominee for the annual Federal Engineer of the Year Award. <P> Left: Robert Hilldale with his son Morelson, wife Lisa, and mother Phyllis. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48966 Reclamation Names 2015 Engineer of the Year
2015-02-26 10:29:00.0 <div class="floatRight"><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2015/Hilldale.jpg" width="200px" align="right" alt="Robert Hilldale with Bob Quint"><br /><span class="caption">L-R, Bob Quint and Robert Hilldale</span></div><b>WASHINGTON</b> - Robert Hilldale, a civil engineer at Reclamation's Technical Service Center in Denver, is Reclamation's Engineer of the Year for 2015. His achievements earned him a chance to compete as Reclamation's nominee for the 2015 Federal Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Hilldale will represent Reclamation at the Society's awards luncheon held in Washington, D.C. today as part of activities commemorating National Engineers Week, February 22 through 28. <P> Reclamation recognizes Hilldale for his significant research contributions toward measuring the natural transport of gravel in rivers, which is a key component of sediment transport. He also led important research efforts for the Elwha River Restoration Project, near Port Angeles, Washington, the world's largest dam removal project. <P> "Effective management of sediment is an important part of river restoration activities, including projects such as the successful dam removal project on the Elwha River," Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López said. "Through his important work and research, Robert has helped expand our knowledge of sediment movement. This is an important contribution to river restoration work across the West." <P> Among his many assigned duties, Hilldale has led a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency effort researching the use of hydrophones (underwater microphones) to measure moving particles in water and also led river restoration projects to improve aquatic habitat for endangered fish. As chair and member of the Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project, he promoted interagency research activities to develop indirect methods to measure sediment transport. <P> Hilldale also continues to distinguish himself academically. He earned an undergraduate scholarship to Washington State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and is a recipient of the John Roberson Thesis/Dissertation Award, which he received while pursuing his Master of Science in civil engineering. His journal publications about the Elwha River Restoration Project, installation of impact plates and gradual channel transition were featured in <em>Geomorphology, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering and Journal of Engineering Mechanics</em>. <P> Reclamation also would like to recognize its 2015 Engineer of the Year regional winners: <P> <ul> <li>James H. Bussell, supervisory electrical engineer at Grand Coulee, Washington (Pacific Northwest)</li> <li>Rufino Gonzalez, civil engineer, California (Mid-Pacific)</li> <li>William G. Jones, electrical engineer, Montana (Great Plains)</li> <li>Thomas Nichols, supervisory civil engineer, Nevada (Lower Colorado)</li> <li>Scott Winterton, supervisory engineer, Utah (Upper Colorado)</li> </ul> <P> Each of the five regions and the Denver Office nominate one candidate for consideration as Reclamation's Engineer of the Year. The final selection represents Reclamation's nominee for the annual Federal Engineer of the Year Award. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48949 New Social Media Channel for Reclamation’s Central Valley Project
2015-02-25 14:24:00.0 <p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif. --</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation has launched a new Twitter account for its largest water project – the Central Valley Project in Northern California.</p> <p>Follow <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/ReclamationCVP">@ReclamationCVP</a></strong> for the latest information about water operations, storage status and breaking news about the CVP&rsquo;s 19 dams and reservoirs, 11 powerplants, and 500 miles of major canals and related facilities.</p> <p>The CVP serves farms, homes and industry in California&rsquo;s Central Valley as well as major urban centers in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is also the primary source of water for much of California&rsquo;s wetlands. In addition to delivering water for farms, homes, factories and the environment, the CVP produces electric power and provides flood protection, navigation, recreation and water quality benefits.</p> <p>Managed by Reclamation&rsquo;s Mid-Pacific Region headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., the CVP annually delivers about 6 million acre-feet of water for agricultural, urban, and wildlife use.</p> <P>