Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49349 Doing Business With Reclamation a Free Outreach Session for Contractors
2015-05-26 15:29:00.0 Albuquerque, NM – The Bureau of Reclamation is conducting a free outreach session to a variety of contractors on the mission of Reclamation and to have one on one sessions to discuss contractor capabilities and government program needs. <P> WHO: The Upper Colorado Region’s Albuquerque South Contracts Group and Program Managers will hold a session for various contractors from the surrounding areas and Reclamation personnel from the southern part of the region. The goal is to cast a wide net to the local and regional market to maximize competition. <P> WHAT: The first half of the day is planned for presentations ranging from the Albuquerque Small Business Development Center, The New Mexico District Office of U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Albuquerque Procurement Technical Assistance Program, Upper Colorado Region Acquisition Management Division, and technical personnel presenting on various programs within the region. The second half of the day will be set up for 10-minute one-on-one sessions among Reclamation Program personnel, Contract Specialists and contractors. There will be a sign up sheet with Reclamation personnel name and title/duties/responsibilities wherein contractors can sign up for the one-on-one sessions. <P> WHEN: Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. <P> WHERE: CMM Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock Avenue Northeast, Albuquerque, NM. <P> Each firm is limited to two attendees. To pre-register for this free event, please contact Vickie Tripp at vtripp@usbr.gov with your company name and profile. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49348 Denver Leadership Corner: Update on Building Maintenance Issues
2015-05-26 10:21:00.0 <p>Members of the Denver Leadership Team (Liz Harrison and Karla Smiley) and members of the Reclamation Facilities staff met with GSA to discuss suggestions received via the Ideas Pipeline relating to Building 67. You can see these and other suggestions at <a href="http://intra.usbr.gov/denver/ideapipeline.html" target="_blank">Ideas Pipeline</a> page.</p> <h2>Make building 67 lighting outside lobby area functional</h2> <p>Especially for in the winter time for employees arriving in the morning and leaving in the evening while it is still dark; make the lighting outside the lobby level operational. There are already light fixtures up above but for whatever reason they have not worked in many years. Maybe it is as simple as the bulbs or timers are burned out or as complex as the interior wiring is shot. Whatever, if done it would make it safer employees who enter and exit by those doors when it is dark.</p> <h4>Leadership Response</h4> <p>The GSA Building Manager for Building 67 placed a work order to have PM Services (GSA contractor) check the lighting schedule for when the lights are to come on based upon the time change. Additionally, this work order will include checking to see if all lights are all operational. It appears that the lighting concerns have since been corrected.</p> <h2>Building Directory Board at Entrance</h2> <p>Currently, there is no easy way for visitors to the building (Reclamation or others) to quickly identify where (e.g. which floor and quadrant) the group or person they want to see is located. My recommendation is to make a simple directory board showing the floor and quadrant (Northwest, Southeast, etc.) location for various Reclamation Groups (i.e. Water Conveyance - 4th Floor NW). This board could be simple (felt rungs with push-in letters in a glass case), or more complex (electronic display or monitor). I'd recommend that 2 be installed...one at the Visitor's Entrance and one in the Main Lobby area, to allow quick access for any visitors.</p> <h4>Leadership Response</h4> <p>The GSA Building Manager for Building 67 agreed to have the idea of a Directory Board at the next Building 67 tenant meeting to see if other tenants have an interest. Reclamation offered to purchase a directory board versus having GSA purchase one via a reimbursable support agreement distributing the cost to all tenants. We are currently waiting on the results of the discussion at the Tenant meeting.</p> <h2>Improve the Lobby</h2> <p>Make better use of the lobby. Right now it has a couple pieces of uncomfortable, institutional furniture and serves mostly as a storage space for conference room equipment. There could be more comfortable furniture, small tables, and cafe-style seating along with the windows--especially on the east side. This area should be more welcoming because it's the first thing many people see at the start of the workday and it could also serve as an informal work and meeting space, or just a place to eat lunch and look outside. Also, get rid of the foreboding, ancient computer perched above the elevator doors. While we're at it, also install some photos or artwork related to Reclamation projects. The basement hallway has these things, why not the lobby?</p> <h4>Leadership Response</h4> <p>In addition to the suggestions concerning the lobby, we inquired about updating the cafeteria (furniture, paint and carpet), and patio on the eastside of Bldg. 67. At the time of our meeting, GSA had already removed the computer monitor on the lobby level and installed a new clock in the space. In reference to the lobby level, GSA has ordered tables with umbrellas to be installed outside on the east side for employee use and will be meeting with their Workplace Group designers to look into seating options for the lobby and the first floor, artwork on the lobby and possible changes to the current cafeteria space. As a result our discussion, GSA has added lobby and cafeteria furniture, paint and carpet upgrade to their project list to hopefully receive funding in the near future and move forward with the design ideas of their Workplace Group.</p> <h2>Vending Machines on Other Floors in Bldg. 67</h2> <p>It would be nice to have vending machines on more floors in Building 67, rather than just the ground floor.</p> <h4>Leadership Response</h4> <p>Members of the Denver Leadership Team, Liz Harrison and Karla Smiley, and members of the Reclamation Facilities staff met with GSA to discuss suggestions received via the Ideas Pipeline relating to Building 67. The feasibility of having vending machines located on other floors throughout Building 67 was discussed. Three issues in doing so were a lack of usage of the machines, a lack of space on most floors to house the machines and who deals with the machines when money is lost or a product gets jammed in the machine. In previous years, there were machines located on other floors however they were eventually removed due to a lack of usage. Since that time, it has been most beneficial to the tenants to have the machines centrally located and the stock rotated on a more frequent basis. Scotty?s Café has taken over the management of the vending machines located in Building 67 and 56. GSA agreed to talk to the mangers of Scotty?s Café to discuss the feasibility of located machines on additional floors.</p> <h2>6 for Safety - elevator safety campaign</h2> <p>To promote safety, a "6 for Safety" campaign would promote the idea of waiting for an elevator rather than sticking your arm into the elevator doors to stop it from closing and departing. There are 6 elevators for safety and efficiency. No elevator is 100% safe in its mechanical functions and their use should be with awareness for safety.</p> <h4>Leadership Response</h4> <p>Thank you for your thoughts on safety throughout Building 67! It is important for all employees to keep safety first in their minds as they progress through their daily activities. GSA is currently developing a project plan for a complete replacement of the existing elevators. As we have more information from GSA, we will provide the information via the Denver Leadership Corner.</p> <h2>Solar Panel/Carports in the Building 67 and 56 Parking Lots</h2> <p>While not brought up on the Ideas Pipeline, Reclamation staff inquired about solar panels and carports being installed in our parking lots. Unfortunately, B67 & B56 were not chosen to receive a carport for the solar panels due to the locations of the tie-in for the 13,800 volt medium grid. GSA discussed with us that the panels have to be near the tie-in and the tie-in is located on the north side of B67. Also, the majority of this area is in the shade, due to the building; therefore this grid was in the wrong location for optimal solar gain. The GSA project manager stated he tried to come up with something, but it just wasn't feasible.</p> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49347 Lake Thunderbird at Historic Highs
2015-05-24 00:00:00.0 OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Due to heavy rainfall in Cleveland and Oklahoma Counties, the water level at Lake Thunderbird is at a record high elevation of 1052.95 feet. The portion of Lake Thunderbird storage designated for flood control has filled to capacity, and the reservoir is currently operating at a level designated as "surcharge storage." Reservoir elevation may continue to rise as a result of runoff from overnight rainfall, and could rise higher if rain continues. <P> In accordance with the Standing Operating Procedures for Norman Dam and Lake Thunderbird, the Bureau of Reclamation directed the Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District to begin increasing the water release rate from Lake Thunderbird at 6 am on Sunday morning. The maximum release rate will be 8,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) by 1 pm on Sunday, and will continue at that rate for several days until reservoir levels recede. <P> Norman Dam and Lake Thunderbird are operating and performing exactly as designed. Inflow into Lake Thunderbird peaked at almost 60,000 cfs at 1:00 am on Sunday morning, and Lake Thunderbird captured these extreme inflows, preventing more severe downstream flooding. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49338
2015-05-22 15:44:00.0 <p><b>FRESNO, Calif. </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review draft environmental documents for the proposed transfer of up to 500 acre-feet of Central Valley Project water, facilitated by a storage substitution. The proposed transfer is in response to drought conditions in the San Joaquin Valley.</p> <P> <p>Under the proposal, Contra Costa Water District would take delivery of up to 500 acre-feet of its water rights water purchased by the Byron Bethany Irrigation District that is currently stored in Los Vaqueros Reservoir. The water rights water would be delivered in-district for use by Contra Costa’s customers. Byron Bethany Irrigation District would then take delivery of up to 500 acre-feet of Contra Costa’s CVP water from the Delta. </p> <P> <p>A temporary transfer petition is required to add Byron Bethany’s point of diversion on the Banks Intake Channel as a point of diversion/rediversion for CVP water rights. </p> <P> <p>The environmental documents 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=21799">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21799</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, 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, June 5, 2015. Please email comments to <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397. </p> <P> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft Environmental Assessment, please contact Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Fresno office at the above address. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49337 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Proposed Transfer of Water between Contra Costa Water District and Byron Bethany Irrigation District
2015-05-22 15:26:00.0 <p><b>FRESNO, Calif. </b>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review draft environmental documents for the proposed transfer of up to 500 acre-feet of Central Valley Project water, facilitated by a storage substitution. The proposed transfer is in response to drought conditions in the San Joaquin Valley.</p> <P> <p>Under the proposal, Contra Costa Water District would take delivery of up to 500 acre-feet of its water rights water purchased by the Byron Bethany Irrigation District that is currently stored in Los Vaqueros Reservoir. The water rights water would be delivered in-district for use by Contra Costa’s customers. Byron Bethany Irrigation District would then take delivery of up to 500 acre-feet of Contra Costa’s CVP water from the Delta. </p> <P> <p>A temporary transfer petition is required to add Byron Bethany’s point of diversion on the Banks Intake Channel as a point of diversion/rediversion for CVP water rights. </p> <P> <p>The environmental documents 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=21799">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=21799</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents, 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, June 5, 2015. Please email comments to <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Rain Emerson, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 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=49336 Power Outages Scheduled for Building 67
2015-05-22 14:28:00.0 The power outage scheduled for Building 67 on May 30 has been postponed. Building 67 will be opened for regular business on May 30. <P> There will be power outages to Building 67 June 27th and July 25th. Building 67 will be closed these two days. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49335 Reclamation Announces Lake Berryessa’s Spanish Flat Recreation Area is Reopening
2015-05-22 12:28:00.0 <p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> –Reclamation has signed a short-term concession contract with a new operator, Spanish Flat Partners, LLC, to operate the Spanish Flat Recreation Area at Lake Berryessa starting this Memorial Day weekend and through the summer. Recreation opportunities at Spanish Flat will include RV and tent camping and day use, including picnicking, swimming, fishing and hiking.</p> <p>Over the past year, Reclamation installed new amenities at Spanish Flat, including potable water, an RV dump station and concrete vault restrooms. Other amenities include new picnic tables and fire rings in all day use areas and at campsites. Spanish Flat Recreation Area is located on the west side of Lake Berryessa at 4290 Knoxville Road, Napa, CA 94558.</p> <p>Spanish Flat Partners, LLC, was recently formed by community members in collaboration with Reclamation&rsquo;s Lake Berryessa Field Office. All parties are committed to providing quality customer service and outdoor recreation opportunities to the public. Spanish Flat Partners, LLC, will operate this scenic recreation area under an interim contract until a new long-term concession contract can be awarded.</p> <p><strong>In addition, Lake Berryessa offers recreation opportunities at its other sites:</strong></p> <p><strong><u>Reclamation-Operated Facilities</u></strong><br /> The Capell Cove Boat Launch, Dufer Point Visitor Center, expansive Oak Shores Day Use Area, Smittle Creek Trail and several other day use areas around the lake are all open for the summer recreation season. Come fish for bluegill, bass, trout and salmon. Barbecue with family or friends at one of the many picnic areas. Walk the many miles of beach, or hike the Smittle Creek Trail.</p> <p><strong><u>Concession Operations</u></strong> <br /> In addition to Spanish Flat, Markley Cove Resort, Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area and Putah Canyon Recreation Area are open and offer a variety of recreation services, including camping, boat rentals, cabin rentals, boat launching and more. For specific information, please call the concession operators or visit their websites:</p> <p>Markley Cove: 707-966-2134, <a href="http://www.markleycoveresort.com">www.markleycoveresort.com</a> <br /> Pleasure Cove Marina: 707-966-9600, <a href="http://www.goberryessa.com">www.goberryessa.com</a><br /> Steele Canyon Recreation Area: 707-966-9179, <a href="http://www.goberryessa.com">www.goberryessa.com</a> <br /> Putah Canyon Recreation Area: 707-966-9051, <a href="http://www.royalelkparkmanagement.com">www.royalelkparkmanagement.com</a> <br /> Spanish Flat Recreation Area: 510-501-3979.</p> <p><strong><u>Other Recreation</u></strong><br /> There are many other recreation opportunities at and around Lake Berryessa. For questions, please contact the Lake Berryessa Field Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 0 or visit the lake&rsquo;s website for directions, hours of operation and other information at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49333 Reclamation Announces Summer Tour Schedule at Shasta Dam
2015-05-22 11:08:00.0 <p><strong>SHASTA LAKE, Calif. –</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation will begin the summer tour schedule at Shasta Dam on Saturday, May 23. Daily tour times are 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.</p> <p>Check-in at the Shasta Dam Visitor Center is required at least 30 minutes prior to the tour to receive free tickets and instructions on the limited items permitted on the tour. Tours are available on a first come - first served basis with a maximum of 40 people allowed on each tour. Tours commence at the second tower on the dam, which is a short walk from the Visitor Center. Ample free parking is provided.</p> <p>The Visitor Center offers displays and exhibits on Shasta Dam&rsquo;s construction and local history, the Central Valley Project, water conservation and management, and power generation. A video featuring a tour of the dam is provided in the auditorium. The Visitor Center also offers many interactive displays, a kid&rsquo;s corner and the Discover Your Northwest Gift Shop. The Center is open 7 days a week, except federal holidays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Shasta Dam is located approximately 10 miles north of Redding, Calif. Exit at Shasta Dam Boulevard (exit 685) off Interstate 5 and drive west six miles to the dam.</p> <p>For additional information, please contact the Visitor Center at 530-275-4463 (800-877-8339) or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ncao/shasta/">www.usbr.gov/mp/ncao/shasta/</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49332 Reclamation’s Lake Berryessa is a Great Choice for Summer Recreation
2015-05-21 16:14:00.0 <p><strong>NAPA, Calif.</strong> –For those who are looking for summer recreation, Lake Berryessa in Napa County is a great choice. It&rsquo;s open for business with full services expected throughout the summer, including boating, skiing, swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, biking and camping – and it is also full of wildlife and natural beauty.</p> <p><strong><u>Reclamation Operated Facilities</u></strong><br /> The Capell Cove Boat Launch, Dufer Point Visitor Center, expansive Oak Shores Day Use Area, Smittle Creek Trail and several other Day Use areas around the lake are all open for the summer recreation season. Come fish for bluegill, bass, trout and salmon. Barbecue with family or friends at one of the many picnic areas. Walk the many miles of beach, or hike the Smittle Creek Trail.</p> <p><strong><u>Concession Operations</u></strong> <br /> Markley Cove Resort, Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area and Putah Canyon Recreation Area are open and offer a variety of recreation services, including camping, boat rentals, cabin rentals, boat launching and more. For specific information, please call the concession operators or visit their websites:</p> <p>Markley Cove: 707-966-2134, <a href="http://www.markleycoveresort.com">www.markleycoveresort.com</a> <br /> Pleasure Cove Marina: 707-966-9600, <a href="http://www.goberryessa.com">www.goberryessa.com</a><br /> Steele Canyon Recreation Area: 707-966-9179, <a href="http://www.goberryessa.com">www.goberryessa.com</a> <br /> Putah Canyon Recreation Area: 707-966-9051, <a href="http://www.royalelkparkmanagement.com">www.royalelkparkmanagement.com</a>. </p> <p><strong><u>Other Recreation</u></strong><br /> There are many other recreation opportunities at and around Lake Berryessa. For questions, please contact the Lake Berryessa Field Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 0, or visit the lake&rsquo;s website for directions, hours of operation and other information at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html">www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html</a>. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49331 Reclamation to Open the Delta Cross Channel Gates
2015-05-21 11:04:00.0 <p><strong>WALNUT GROVE, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Friday, May 22, at about 9 a.m. to allow for boat traffic during the Memorial Day weekend. The gates are scheduled to close on Tuesday, May 26, at about 9 a.m.</p> <p>The Delta Cross Channel Gates control the diversion channel near Walnut Grove about 30 miles south of Sacramento. When the gates are open, fresh water is drawn from the Sacramento River into the interior of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta through Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River. The open gates also allow boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent juvenile salmon from being diverted from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta.</p> <p>Boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The gates opening and closing times are approximate, since an operator must travel to the site to perform the change. The opening and closing of the gates generally takes about one hour.</p> <p>Information on gate operations can be accessed on Reclamation&rsquo;s Central Valley Operations website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.txt</a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-2683.</p> <p>For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339).</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49334 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
2015-05-21 00:00:00.0 BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's May forecast for the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin and North Platte is as follows: <P> <ul> <li>Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 637,300 acre-feet (af), which is 59 percent of the 30 year average of 1,081,600 af. Approximately 130,500 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bighorn Lake during April, leaving 506,800 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.</li><br> <li>Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 500,000 af, which is 74 percent of the 30 year average of 678,000 af. Approximately 73,000 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Buffalo Bill during April, leaving 427,000 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.</li><br> <li>Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 300,000 af, which is 56 percent of the 30 year average of 534,000 af. Approximately 45,000 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Boysen during April, leaving 255,000 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.</li><br> <li>Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 110,000 af, which is 80 percent of the 30 year average of 137,000 af. Approximately 6,000 af of the forecasted amount flowed into Bull Lake during April, leaving 104,000 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.</li><br> <li>Wind River - April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 280,000 af, which is 70 percent of the 30 year average of 402,000 af. Approximately 37,000 af of the forecasted amount was received during April, leaving 243,000 af of inflow forecasted for May through July.</li> </ul> <P> Reclamation will update the inflow forecasts again in June. <P> For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Boysen and Bull Lake Reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager Carlie Ronca at 307-261-5671. For additional information on Bighorn Lake, contact Montana Area Manager Brent Esplin at 406-247-7298. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49330 Reclamation Announces Negotiations for Reno-area Water Storage Contracts
2015-05-20 16:23:00.0 <p><b>CARSON CITY, Nev. -</b> The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct a series of negotiations for storage contracts with the cities of Reno and Sparks and Washoe County, Nev., this summer. Under Title II of Public Law 101-618, Section 205(b)1, Reclamation is authorized to enter into contracts for the use of space in Truckee River reservoirs. Contracts must be consistent with the terms and conditions defined in the Truckee River Operating Agreement.</p> <P> <p>The negotiations will be held on: </p> <P> <p>Thursday, July 30, beginning at 9 a.m.</p> <P> <p>Reno City Hall</p> <P> <p>7<sup>th</sup> Floor Caucus Room</p> <P> <p>1 East 1<sup>st</sup> St., Reno, NV 89501</p> <P> <p>If negotiations are not completed during this session, the need for additional sessions will be determined during this session. The public is welcome to observe the negotiations. For further information, please contact Bryce White, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Carson City, Nev., at </p> <P> <p>775-882-8392 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:bwhite@usbr.gov">bwhite@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49329 Secretary Jewell Announces $50 Million to Help Conserve Water in Drought-Stricken West
2015-05-20 16:00:00.0 <strong>LOS ANGELES, CA</strong> -- As part of the Obama Administration's continued effort to bring relief to western communities suffering from the historic drought, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that Interior's Bureau of Reclamation will invest nearly $50 million to improve water efficiency and conservation in California and 11 other western states. <P> "In a time of exceptional drought, it is absolutely critical that states and the federal government leverage our funding resources so that we can make each drop count," said Secretary Jewell. "Being 'water smart' means working together to fund sustainable water initiatives that use the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand." <P> Joined by Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the funding announcement was made today at the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys, CA, where millions of gallons of wastewater are purified each day. Secretary Jewell, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López and Sutley emphasized the importance of federal-state partnerships to help work toward a more sustainable and resilient water future. <P> "Through the WaterSMART Program, Reclamation is providing funding for water conservation improvements and water reuse projects across the West," Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López said. "We commend the state of California for all the steps they have already taken to alleviate the impacts of the drought. We hope this federal funding for water reuse and efficiency will help us leverage scarce resources between the state and federal governments to bring much-needed relief for the people and environment of California." <P> "The federal government's support for critical water efficiency and reuse projects is most valuable especially during this historic drought in California," said Sutley. "The investments will help cities like Los Angeles carry out our sustainability objectives, further build our local water supply and reduce our reliance on imported water. We look forward to all these important opportunities ahead of us." <P> "We are honored to host Secretary Jewell at our Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant and Japanese Garden today," said LA Sanitation Director Enrique C. Zaldivar, P.E. "We look forward to learning more about the environmental partnership opportunities she will announce during her visit." <P> Reclamation is investing more than $24 million in grants for 50 water and energy efficiency projects in 12 western states, more than $23 million for seven water reclamation and reuse projects in California, and nearly $2 million for seven water reclamation and reuse feasibility studies in California and Texas. <P> WaterSMART is the U.S. Department of the Interior's sustainable water initiative. Since it was established in 2010, WaterSMART has provided about $250 million in competitively-awarded funding to non-federal partners, including tribes, water districts, municipalities and universities. These investments have conserved enough water to meet the needs of more than 3.8 million people. Every acre-foot of conserved water delivered means that an equivalent amount of existing supplies is available for other uses. <P> WaterSMART water and energy efficiency grants can be used for projects that conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, carry out activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict. The 50 projects announced today will be leveraged with at least 50 percent non-federal funding for a total of $133 million in improvements over the next two to three years. For a complete description of the 50 projects, please visit the <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/weeg/" target="_blank">WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant website</a>. <P> Through Title XVI of the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act, Reclamation provides funding for projects that reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic or agricultural wastewater and naturally impaired ground or surface waters. Title XVI provides up to 25 percent of project costs. Project sponsors provide the remaining 75 percent of the funding necessary to carry out projects, thereby leveraging limited federal funding to implement as many water reuse projects as possible. Seven projects in California will receive $23.2 million. For a complete description of these seven water reuse projects, please visit the <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/title" target="_blank">WaterSMART Title XVI website</a>. <P> Also under the Title XVI Act, Reclamation is providing $1.6 million for communities to study whether water reuse projects would help them to meet their future water needs. Four feasibility studies in California and three studies in Texas were selected this year. Feasibility studies are funded jointly by Reclamation and project sponsors. A cost-share of at least 50 percent of study is required. For a complete description of the seven new studies selected for funding, please visit the <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/title" target="_blank">WaterSMART Title XVI website</a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49328 Reclamation Awards 2015 Water Conservation Field Services Program Grants
2015-05-20 12:35:00.0 BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded 17 Water Conservation Field Services Program grants in the Pacific Northwest Region, ranging from $11,940 to $25,000. The Program provides technical and financial assistance to encourage water conservation on Reclamation Projects by assisting irrigation districts to develop and implement water conservation plans, and to foster improved water management. <P> The grants require a 50 percent or better cost-share. Eligible activities include water management planning, such as updating or developing a water conservation plan, and implementing water conservation projects ? piping and lining canals, installing water measurement and automating gates. Examples of 2015 funding recipients include: <P> <ul> <li>Riverside Irrigation District in Parma, Idaho, will design, purchase, and install an automated water control gate and related operation and control equipment at the Centennial Park site near Caldwell, Idaho. This improvement is on the Boise Project in Idaho and will save an estimated 1,400 acre-feet of water per year. Reclamation will provide $25,000 toward a total project cost of $67,869.</li> <P> <li>Roza Irrigation District in Sunnyside, Washington, will reduce canal seepage by sealing 900 feet of the Roza Main Canal. Conserved water will remain in the Yakima River to augment instream flows. This improvement is estimated to conserve 39 acre-feet of water annually. Reclamation will provide $25,000 toward this $51,589 project. </li> <P> <li>North Unit Irrigation District in Madras, Oregon, will construct a ramp flume in the North Unit Main Canal immediately downstream from both the outlet of Haystack Dam and the Haystack bypass channel. Improved water measurement will allow the District to fully automate releases from Haystack Reservoir resulting in a water savings of up to 3,571 acre feet per year. Reclamation will provide $25,000 toward the total project cost of $115,958.</li> </ul> <P> To learn more about the Water Conservation Field Services Program visit: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/wat/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/wat/ </a>. For information on the WCFSP application process and award process and criteria visit: <a href="https://www.cfda.gov/index?s=program&mode=form&tab=core&id=048846ed8a50e8ce7b7e3993fae2b892">https://www.cfda.gov/index?s=program&amp;mode=form&amp;tab=core&amp;id=048846ed8a50e8ce7b7e3993fae2b892</a></a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49327 Yakima Basin Water Supply Mid-May Forecast
2015-05-20 11:43:00.0 YAKIMA, Washington - The Bureau of Reclamation's mid-May 2015 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates a full water supply for senior water rights during the 2015 irrigation season, but an estimated 44% percent supply for junior water rights. Reclamation will issue water supply forecasts monthly or as needed at least through July. <P> "The rain storm in the Yakima Basin last week did help the water supply but the precipitation for the first part of May was never the less below average at our reservoirs," said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. <P> The Mid-May TWSA forecast is based on observed and estimated flows, precipitation, snowpack, and reservoir storage for April 15 to September 30. Future weather conditions that help determine the timing of the run-off and the demand for water are also critical in determining streamflows, prorationing, and the storage available in the reservoirs. <P> If spring 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>