Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47507 Reclamation Hosting Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event at Potholes State Park
2014-07-25 11:08:00.0 MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Children with a wide range of special needs will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join some enthusiastic volunteers during the C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside event on August 2 at Potholes Reservoir located 15 miles south of Moses Lake, Wash. C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with special needs an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. <P> This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside" 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> Participants and volunteers will meet at Potholes State Park located off State Route 262. Washington State Parks manages the campground which offers easy access to Potholes Reservoir. <P> "This will be a first fishing experience for some of these kids," said Jennifer McConnell of Reclamation's Ephrata Field Office. "It is a great opportunity for volunteers to be part of an experience that these children will remember for years to come." <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old and will each receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat. <P> Local Potholes Bass Club members and the Columbia Basin Walleye Club will be on hand with fishing boats and years of professional experience to assist novice anglers. The morning fishing events will be followed by a picnic lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts Class of the Columbia Basin Job Corps Center. <P> Partners include: Bureau of Reclamation, C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation , Columbia Basin Walleye Club, Potholes Bass Club, Washington BASS Club, Columbia Basin Job Corps Center, Washington State Parks, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, and Grand Coulee Council Boy Scout Troup 24. Donations for the event were provided by local businesses including: Coulee Playland Resort, Richard & Karen Honey, Moses Lake FFA, Grand Coulee Dam Federal Employees Association, and Sporty's Steakhouse. Medical support this year is provided by Fire District No. 12 from Royal Slope, Wash. <P> For more information about the August 2 event, contact Jennifer McConnell at (509) 754-0215. In case of rain, the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled. To find out more about the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Sandra Furguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47506 Reclamation Hosting Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event at Potholes State Park
2014-07-25 10:56:00.0 MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Children with a wide range of special needs will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join some enthusiastic volunteers during the C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside event on August 2 at Potholes Reservoir located 15 miles south of Moses Lake, Wash. <P> C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with special needs an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. <P> This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside" 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> Participants and volunteers will meet at Potholes State Park located off State Route 262. Washington State Parks manages the campground which offers easy access to Potholes Reservoir. <P> "This will be a first fishing experience for some of these kids," said Jennifer McConnell of Reclamation's Ephrata Field Office. "It is a great opportunity for volunteers to be part of an experience that these children will remember for years to come." <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old and will each receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat. <P> Local Potholes Bass Club members and the Columbia Basin Walleye Club will be on hand with fishing boats and years of professional experience to assist novice anglers. The morning fishing events will be followed by a picnic lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts Class of the Columbia Basin Job Corps Center. <P> Partners include: Bureau of Reclamation, C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation , Columbia Basin Walleye Club, Potholes Bass Club, Washington BASS Club, Columbia Basin Job Corps Center, Washington State Parks, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, and Grand Coulee Council Boy Scout Troup 24. Donations for the event were provided by local businesses including: Coulee Playland Resort, Richard & Karen Honey, Moses Lake FFA, Grand Coulee Dam Federal Employees Association, and Sporty's Steakhouse. Medical support this year is provided by Fire District No. 12 from Royal Slope, Wash. <P> For more information about the August 2 event, contact Jennifer McConnell at (509) 754-0215. In case of rain, the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled. To find out more about the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Sandra Furguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47486 C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside a Hit in Yakima
2014-07-24 07:53:00.0 <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/1yak2014.jpg" style="float:left" width="200" height="200" hspace="10" alt="Volunteer with his fishing student"/>On June 14, at Sarg Hubbard Pond in Yakima, Wash., 18 enthusiastic and excited participants registered for the annual "Catch a Special Thrill," better known as C.A.S.T./Let's Move Outside event. The participants ranged in age from 7 to 17. <P> Two entities combine to create a day of excitement for the outdoors and fishing. The first is C.A.S.T., which is a fishing event that is offered to children with a wide range of disabilities and terminal illnesses. The second is the Let's Move Outside initiative, which was introduced by First Lady Obama, with the goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity and healthy eating. <P> After registration, the excited participants readied for a couple of hours of fishing and catching a "big one." The participants were assigned a "fishing buddy," they received their fishing gear, a C.A.S.T. tee shirt and cap. With their fishing buddy and either a volunteer or parent, they were photographed to memorialize the moment. Then off to the pond to catch FISH! <P> Not all of the participants caught the "big one," but they learned how to cast a fishing rod. Some participants didn't just catch one fish, but caught the limit of five fish. The volunteers at the fish cleaning station made it possible for the participants to take the fish home, ready to cook and eat. <P> The kids' smiles were shared in a group picture. Then the hungry participants enjoyed a delicious and nutritious meal of meat and veggie burgers, hotdogs, carrots, celery, apple juice, and sweet juicy watermelon. <P> As the participants and volunteers ate, the presentation program began. Each young angler received a plaque, goody bag, and their fishing buddy picture for a job well done. The crowd of proud parents/guardians, and volunteers cheered loudly as each name was read. <P> This year's local event sponsors shared in the celebration by giving donations, providing food, fishing gear, and miscellaneous services. Those sponsors include: AB Foods, Tree Top, Pepsi, Greenway Foundation, Washington State Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, Valley Septic, Rex & Diane's Mobile Grill, and Culligan. <P> The "fish" stories, the participants, the smiles, the parents, and the food all contributed to the success of this event, but without the volunteers who worked behind the scene, it would not have happened. Over 40 Reclamation employees, family members, and retirees participated this year. Their unselfishness and willingness to share their love of outdoor activities helped to make the kids "star anglers" for the day. The event was a great success! <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/2yak2014.jpg" style="float:left" width="500" height="167" hspace="10" alt="Yakima C.A.S.T. Event Group Photo"/> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47466 Final Environmental Document Released for Storage and Conveyance of Non-CVP Water from Placer County Water Agency to Westlands Water District
2014-07-22 13:13:00.0 <p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact for execution of a Warren Act contract for the storage and conveyance of non-Central Valley Project water to facilitate a water transfer from Placer County Water Agency to Westlands Water District.</p> <p>Reclamation proposes to enter into a one-year Warren Act contract with WWD for the storage and conveyance through federal facilities of up to 35,000 acre-feet of non-CVP water. The proposed action would help alleviate water supply shortages within WWD.</p> <p>The document is available online at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17861">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17861</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the FONSI, please contact Sheri Looper at 916-978-5556 or <a href="mailto:slooper@usbr.gov">slooper@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47467 Reclamation and Partners Release New Hydrologic Projections for Contiguous United States
2014-07-22 13:01:00.0 WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation has released new hydrologic projections that will help local water managers answer questions about future climate, stream flow and water resources. This new scientific data uses the updated World Climate Research Program climate projections that have been scaled to a finer resolution (downscaled) for water management decision support systems. "Reclamation is helping water managers prepare for the impacts of climate change with the release of this information, supporting the President's Climate Action Plan," Acting Reclamation Commissioner Lowell Pimley said. "Researchers and planners can use these future climate and hydrology projections to assess societal impacts and explore adaptation options." <P> The hydrologic data was derived from new downscaled climate projections using the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) data from the World Climate Research Program that was made available by Reclamation and collaborators in May 2013. To develop the new hydrologic projections, the group translated 97 of those downscaled CMIP5 climate projections into fine resolution projections of hydrology for the contiguous United States. <P> The new hydrology projections are available <a href="http://bit.ly/1rwh1kS">here</a>. Scientists and engineers can use this website to quickly access and download the new information. <P> The World Climate Research Program develops global climate projections through its CMIP roughly every five to seven years. Results from CMIP3 were released in 2007 and later used in Reclamation research and assessments including the 2011 SECURE Water Act Report and WaterSMART Basin Studies completed in the Colorado, Yakima and St. Mary - Milk River basins. <P> These new hydrology projections were developed by Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Corporation for Atmospheric Research in collaboration with Climate Analytics Group, Climate Central, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Santa Clara University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and U.S. Geological Survey. <P> You can learn more about how Reclamation is addressing climate change at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/climate">www.usbr.gov/climate</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47449 Spillway Testing This Week for Parker and Davis Dams
2014-07-21 17:06:00.0 BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region is conducting a test of Parker Dam’s spillway structure on July 22, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m. (PT). The spillway test for Davis Dam is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. (PT). The water being released through the testing of the spillway gates is part of the water normally released to fulfill downstream water orders. <P> At each dam, one spillway gate will be opened for about seven minutes releasing approximately 26 acre-feet (af) at 1,500 to 1,700 cubic feet per second (cfs). During the seven minute controlled test, the water will be released from the face of the Parker Dam and the forebay of Davis Dam through a one-foot opening in the spillway gate and be visible to visitors and residents in the area. <P> This spillway gate testing is part of Reclamation's maintenance process that involves periodic and mandatory testing of critical portions of each facility to ensure that they will operate normally if needed. Spillways are used to safely pass water that cannot be accommodated through other means such as penstocks and turbine-generators during a flooding event. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47448 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document Assessing the Agreement for the Reimbursement of Pumping Costs for Refuge Water Supplies at Wildlife Areas
2014-07-18 16:00:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a draft environmental document for the proposed Agreement for the Reimbursement of Pumping Costs between the United States and the State of California for Refuge Water Supplies at Wildlife Areas. The Agreement covers the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Los Banos, Mendota, and Volta Wildlife Areas; and the China Island, Salt Slough, and Gadwall Units of the North Grasslands Wildlife Area. <P> Under the proposed action, the Agreement would reimburse the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for costs associated with (1) lift pumping required to complete the initial conveyance of refuge surface water supplies to CDFW Wildlife Areas and (2) pumping sources of Incremental Level 4 water supplies developed at CDFW Wildlife Areas located in the San Joaquin Valley. The Agreement terms would be effective from the date of execution through February 28, 2029, approximately 15 years. The Central Valley Project Improvement Act is the authority that authorizes Reclamation to sign the agreement and implement the proposed action. <P> The Draft Environmental Assessment was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17581. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P> Comments must be received by close of business Friday, August 1, 2014. Written comments should be sent to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may be emailed to bhubbard@usbr.gov or faxed to 916-978-5290. <P> For additional information or to receive a copy of the EA, please contact Hubbard at 916-978-5204 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the document may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional office at the above address. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47447 PN Region Participates in Welcome Home Veterans Event
2014-07-18 13:26:00.0 The PN Region staff participated in the annual "All Veterans Welcome Home" celebration on Saturday, June 28. The event was held on the campus of the Boise VA Medical Center. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/vetotto.jpg" style="float:right" width="292" height="236" hspace="10" alt="Veterans pose with Otto Otter"/> The "All Veterans Welcome Home" event was designed to be a welcome home festivity for veterans who have recently returned and those men and women who never received a welcome home when they returned from overseas 20, 30, 40 years ago. <P> Reclamation hosted a Canal Safety booth with the focus being on the danger of canals and canal safety tips. Reclamation's mascot Otto Otter also participated by greeting the kids and their families, and handing out Otto Canal Safety coloring books along with canal safety stickers. <P> The event was free to the public including exhibitors. Those in attendance were entertained with live music. There were free BBQ and drinks, free massages, cool raffle prizes, and lots of games for the kids. <P> Representatives from the VA and veteran's organizations were there to help veterans get connected with various resources available to them such as health benefits, education, and employment services.  <P> Hundreds of veterans and family members from surrounding communities attended the event. <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/ottohugs.jpg" style="float:left" width="287" height="352" hspace="10" alt="Otto Otter receives hugs"/<img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/ottoandfriend.jpg" style="float:left" width="287" height="351" hspace="10" alt="Otto Otter and Friend"/><BR> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47432 Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents Assessing Conveyance of Non-Central Valley Project Water from the Kaweah River in the Friant-Kern Canal
2014-07-16 14:56:00.0 <p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong><strong> – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review draft environmental documents assessing Warren Act agreements that would allow seven contractors in the Central Valley Project&rsquo;s Friant Division to convey non-CVP water from the Kaweah River in the federal Friant-Kern Canal.</p> <p>The amount of water introduced into the canal by each contractor would vary, but the total volume of water for all contractors would not exceed 8,250 acre-feet per year. Each agreement would be issued for a maximum period of five years.</p> <p>The Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18061">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=18061</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>Comments are due by July 31. Please email comments to Ben Lawrence, Bureau of Reclamation, at <a href="mailto:blawrence@usbr.gov">blawrence@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Bureau of Reclamation, 1243&nbsp;N&nbsp;Street, Fresno, CA&nbsp;93721 or faxed to 559-487-5397.  For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA/FONSI, please contact Lawrence at 559-487-5039 (TTY&nbsp;800-735-2929). Copies of the Draft EA/FONSI may also be viewed at Reclamation&rsquo;s Fresno office at the above address.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47431 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on Additional Points of Delivery of Panoche Water District’s Non-Central Valley Project Water to Westlands Water District
2014-07-16 14:53:00.0 <p><strong>FRESNO, Calif.</strong> -- The Bureau of Reclamation today released final environmental documents for approval of additional points of delivery for up to 5,000 acre-feet of Panoche Water District&rsquo;s non-Central Valley Project groundwater into the Delta-Mendota Canal, as part of the DMC Groundwater Pump-in Program.</p> <p>The program allows certain South-of-Delta CVP contractors to cumulatively pump up to 50,000 acre-feet of groundwater into the DMC annually. The program began in 2013 due to worsening drought conditions.</p> <p>No additional groundwater pumping will occur under the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact released today. The documents assessed an increase in the number of locations for delivery of the water.</p> <p>The Final EA/FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=11470">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=11470</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or e-mail mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.</p> <p>For additional information or to request a copy of the Final EA and/or FONSI, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY&nbsp;800-877-8339) or <a href="file:///C:\Users\sgeissinger\Downloads\emerson@usbr.gov">emerson@usbr.gov. </a> </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47430 Draft Environmental Assessment Released for Warren Act Contract for Storage and Conveyance of Non-CVP Water from Placer County Water Agency to Westlands Water District
2014-07-16 14:51:00.0 <p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif. </strong>- The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Draft Environmental Assessment for the execution of a Warren Act contract for the storage and conveyance of non-Central Valley Project water to facilitate a water transfer from the Placer County Water Agency to Westlands Water District.  </p> <p>Reclamation proposes to enter into a one-year Warren Act contract with WWD for the storage and conveyance through federal facilities of up to 35,000 acre-feet of the non-CVP water. The proposed action would help alleviate water supply shortages within WWD.  </p> <p>The document is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17861" target="_blank">http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=17861</a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email <a href="mailto:mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov">mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov</a>.<br /> <br /> Written comments on the Draft EA must be received by close of business Monday, July 14. Please send comments to Sheri Looper, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-400, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may also be faxed to 916-978-5290 or emailed to <a href="mailto:slooper@usbr.gov">slooper@usbr.gov</a>. For additional information, please contact Looper at 916-978-5556.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47428 Public Hearing Scheduled for Northwest Area Water Supply Project Environmental Document
2014-07-15 10:37:00.0 BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Bureau of Reclamation is holding a public hearing on the Northwest Area Water Supply Project Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS), on Wed., July 23, at Minot, N.D. <P> The purpose of the hearing is to seek public comment regarding the Draft SEIS. The public hearing provides an opportunity for both verbal and written comment on the Draft SEIS. The Draft SEIS evaluates the estimated future water needs of the area through 2060, develops a full range of reasonable alternatives to meet this future need, and evaluates the potential environmental effects of the proposed alternatives. <P> Requests to comment may be made at the hearing and speakers will be scheduled accordingly. Verbal comments will be recorded by a court stenographer and included as part of the hearing record. <P> Written comments may also be submitted at the hearing, or sent to: Northwest Area Water Supply Project Draft SEIS, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 1017, Bismarck, North Dakota, 58502-1017. <P> Reclamation has granted a 30-day extension of the comment period so the public has through Wed., Sept. 10, 2014, to provide comments. The Draft SEIS can be downloaded from <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/dkao">www.usbr.gov/gp/dkao</a>. <P> Please notify the Bureau of Reclamation 48 hours in advance if you require special accommodations for this hearing. Contact Alicia Waters at 701-221-1206. <P> The public hearing will be held: <P> <ul> <li><strong>July 23, 2014</strong> – Open House 6-6:30 p.m. CST and<br> Public Hearing 6:30-8:30 p.m. CST<br> Comfort Inn – 1515 22nd Avenue SW.<br> Minot, North Dakota</li> </ul> <P> For additional information please contact Alicia Waters, Bureau of Reclamation, at 701.221.1206 or <a href="mailto:awaters@usbr.gov">awaters@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47427 Reclamation, State of California Announce Negotiations with Cross Valley Contractors for Conveyance Service
2014-07-14 16:11:00.0 <p><strong>FRESNO, Calif. --</strong> The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have scheduled a negotiation session with seven Cross Valley Contractors on long-term conveyance contracts for the delivery of federal Central Valley Project water conveyed through state-owned facilities.</p> <p>Reclamation, DWR, and the contractors have previously entered into successive, short-term interim renewal contracts pursuant to the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, which included both federal water service and state conveyance terms and conditions. However, DWR now prefers that its conveyance responsibilities be defined in a separate contract that is exclusive of Reclamation&rsquo;s water service responsibilities.</p> <p>The contractors are the Hills Valley Irrigation District, Kern-Tulare Water District, Lower Tule River Irrigation District, Pixley Irrigation District, Tri-Valley Water District, the county of Tulare, and the county of Fresno.</p> <p>The conveyance contract negotiation session will be held in: </p> <p align="center"><strong><u>Fresno</u></strong></p> <p align="center">Friday, July 18, 2014<br /> 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.<br /> Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office<br /> 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721</p> <p>The public is welcome to attend and will have the opportunity to comment. Participation instructions and all pertinent documents will be provided at the beginning of the session. For additional information, please contact Scott Taylor, Senior Repayment Specialist, at 559-487-5504 (TTY 800-735-2929) or <a href="mailto:staylor@usbr.gov">staylor@usbr.gov</a>.</p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47446 Reclamation to Hold Public Meeting on the Central Valley Project Cost Allocation Study on Friday, July 18
2014-07-11 16:25:00.0 <p><strong>S</strong><strong>ACRAMENTO, Calif. – </strong>The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a meeting to update the public on the current status of the Cost Allocation Study for the Central Valley Project. The focus of the meeting is to<br /> discuss the methodology on calculating the economic benefits for irrigation and municipal and industrial water supply. An update will also be provided on development of the single purpose facility sizing model and on CalSim representation of water deliveries. The public meeting will be held:</p> <p align="center"><strong><u>F</u></strong><strong><u>r</u></strong><strong><u>iday, July 18 - 12:30-2:30 p.m.</u></strong> <br /> Western Area Power Administration<br /> New Melones/Folsom Conference Rooms <em>(</em><em>C</em><em>orrected Room Information)</em> <br /> 114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA  95630</p> <p>To be allowed entry into Western’s facilities, attendees will need to produce a current government-issued identification card with a photograph, such as a driver’s license or passport. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting but are not United States’ citizens needed to be cleared by June 18 in accordance with Western’s security procedures; notification of this requirement was announced on June 9. Individuals planning to attend the meeting are asked to call 916-353-4019 and provide their names so that Western may prepare badges in advance of their arrival to facilitate entry into the building.</p> <p>Individuals unable to attend in person are welcome to call-in to the meeting at 1-650-479-3208 and enter Access Code 803 746 137. The public is also welcome to participate by clicking on the Internet URL: <a href="https://wapa.webex.com/mw0401l/mywebex/default.do?service=1&siteurl=wapa&nomenu=true&main_url=%2Fmc0901l%2Fe.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dwapa%26AT%3DMI%26EventID%3D309822492%26UID%3D490844797%26Host%3Da0c40509225f5e44%26FrameSet%3D2%26MTID%3Dm7a1fc72f56711b6355841608f41e9514">https://wapa.webex.com/mw0401l/mywebex/default.do?service=1&siteurl=wapa&nomenu=true&main_url=</a> <br /> <a href="https://wapa.webex.com/mw0401l/mywebex/default.do?service=1&siteurl=wapa&nomenu=true&main_url=%2Fmc0901l%2Fe.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dwapa%26AT%3DMI%26EventID%3D309822492%26UID%3D490844797%26Host%3Da0c40509225f5e44%26FrameSet%3D2%26MTID%3Dm7a1fc72f56711b6355841608f41e9514">%2Fmc0901l%2Fe.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dwapa%26AT%3DMI%26EventID%3D309822492%26UID%3D49084</a> <br /> <a href="https://wapa.webex.com/mw0401l/mywebex/default.do?service=1&siteurl=wapa&nomenu=true&main_url=%2Fmc0901l%2Fe.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dwapa%26AT%3DMI%26EventID%3D309822492%26UID%3D490844797%26Host%3Da0c40509225f5e44%26FrameSet%3D2%26MTID%3Dm7a1fc72f56711b6355841608f41e9514">4797%26Host%3Da0c40509225f5e44%26FrameSet%3D2%26MTID%3Dm7a1fc72f56711b6355841608f41e</a> <br /> <a href="https://wapa.webex.com/mw0401l/mywebex/default.do?service=1&siteurl=wapa&nomenu=true&main_url=%2Fmc0901l%2Fe.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dwapa%26AT%3DMI%26EventID%3D309822492%26UID%3D490844797%26Host%3Da0c40509225f5e44%26FrameSet%3D2%26MTID%3Dm7a1fc72f56711b6355841608f41e9514">9514</a>. </p> <p>For questions or to submit comments, please contact Brooke Miller-Levy, Project Manager, at 916-978-5296 (TTY 800-877-8339) or  <a href="mailto:bmillerlevy@usbr.gov">bmillerlevy@usbr.gov</a>. To request special assistance to attend the meeting or to be added to the email list, please contact Janet Sierzputowski at 916-978-5112 or <a href="mailto:jsierzputowski@usbr.gov">jsierzputowski@usbr.gov</a>. </p> <p>For additional information on the study, please visit the project website at  <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/CVP/CVP-CAS">www.usbr.gov/mp/CVP/CVP-CAS</a>. All meeting materials will be posted on the website the day before the meeting. </p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47426 C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let’s Move Outside Event at Lake Walcott State Park Saturday, July 19
2014-07-11 14:49:00.0 RUPERT, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Snake Field Office will hold its annual C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at Lake Walcott State Park located off State Highway 24, about 11 miles northeast of Rupert. <P> C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with a wide range of special needs an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. <P> "This is an excellent opportunity for children to leave their worries and cares on shore and enjoy fishing on the lake," said Sarah Wageman, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Snake Field Office. "We are in need of more boaters. This is a great event for volunteers who are willing to help out and make a difference in the lives of these children." <P> This 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> The children range in age from 7-16 years old. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt and a hat. Local volunteers will provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers. <P> The morning fishing event will be followed by a barbecue lunch hosted by the Rupert Elks Club 2106. Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Idaho State Parks, Rupert Elks Club 2106, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game. <P> Volunteers from the Minidoka County Sheriff Department, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and Emergency Response Ambulance will assist by providing emergency services for the event. <P> For more information about the July 19 event, contact Sarah Wageman, Upper Snake Field Office at (208) 678-0461, ext. 48. For background information about the program, contact Sandra Ferguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 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> <P>