Reclamation News Releases News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request for Reclamation is $1.1 Billion
2016-02-09 12:00:00.0 WASHINGTON - The Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget request for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation continues President Obama’s commitment to provide robust investments in the safety, reliability and efficiency of America’s water infrastructure and in conservation, reuse and applied science to address the nation’s water supply challenges, especially in the West. <P> "This is a smart, innovative and forward-looking budget that invests in Interior’s key missions – now and in the future – so we can continue to serve the American people," said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. "The President’s budget provides targeted investments to create economic opportunities by growing our domestic energy portfolio, building climate resilient communities, and revitalizing America’s national parks as we mark their 100th anniversary. Consistent with the President’s abiding commitment to Indian Country, this budget provides critical support for Tribal self-determination and economic advancement, including a historic transformation of the Bureau of Indian Education school system to help improve education for Indian children." <P> "President Obama’s budget for Reclamation reflects a strong commitment to our ongoing mission of effectively managing water and hydropower in the West," Commissioner Estevan López said. "This budget supports our efforts to provide safe, sustainable and resilient water and hydropower through investment in infrastructure development, improvements and maintenance, dam safety, and water rights settlements with Tribal nations." <P> The President FY 2017 budget request of $13.4 billion for the Department of the Interior reflects his commitment to meeting Federal trust responsibilities to Native Americans, conserve vital national landscapes across the Nation, support the next century of our National Park Service, and allow for responsibly managing energy development on public lands and offshore areas. The Budget in Brief is online: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. <P> The FY 2017 budget proposal also balances needs for climate variability adaptation, water conservation, improving infrastructure and sound science to support critical decision making and ecosystem restoration. <P> The extreme and prolonged drought facing the West affects major U.S. river basins in virtually every western state. The effects of the current drought on California water, its agricultural economy and its communities are topics of nationwide concern. The Colorado River Basin — crucial for seven states and several Tribes, in addition to two countries — is also enduring historic drought. About 33 million people rely on the Colorado River for some, if not all, of their municipal water needs. <P> Reclamation’s dams, water conveyance and power generating facilities are valuable components of the Nation’s infrastructure. Protecting and extending the benefits provided by these structures are among the many significant challenges facing Reclamation over the next several years and beyond. Reclamation’s water and power projects and activities throughout the western United States are a foundation for providing essential and safe water supplies, renewable hydropower energy and sustain ecosystems that support fish and wildlife, recreation and rural economies. Climate variability and competing demands are increasingly affecting already-strained systems. Reclamation’s FY 2017 budget addresses these challenges and reflects a very deliberate approach to accommodating mission priorities. <P> The FY 2017 budget proposes a total of $1.1 billion for Reclamation. The $813.4 million proposal for Reclamation’s Water and Related Resources account includes $383.5 million for resource management and development activities. This funding provides for planning, construction, water conservation activities, management of Reclamation lands, and actions to address the impacts of Reclamation projects on fish and wildlife. The proposal also emphasizes reliable water delivery and power generation by including $429.9 million to fund operation, maintenance and rehabilitation activities at Reclamation facilities, including dam safety. <P> The budget emphasizes the operation and maintenance of Reclamation facilities in a safe, efficient, economic and reliable manner, ensuring systems and safety measures are in place to protect the public and Reclamation facilities. It also emphasizes Reclamation's core mission to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public. <P> To meet trust and treaty obligations, Reclamation’s budget request lists Indian water rights settlements among the highest priorities. The FY 2017 budget proposes $106.2 million for a new account entitled Indian Water Rights Settlements to ensure continuity in the construction of the authorized projects and to provide transparency in handling these funds. This includes $87.0 million for the ongoing Navajo-Gallop Water Supply Project, as well as $12.8 million to continue implementation of the Aamodt settlement, and $6.4 million to continue the Crow Tribe settlement in Montana. These settlements will deliver clean water to the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, the Taos Pueblo of New Mexico, the Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonsi & Tesuque in New Mexico named in the Aamodt case and the Crow Tribe of Montana. <P> The President’s proposed budget for Reclamation calls for $61.5 million for the WaterSMART “Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow” Program to assist communities in optimizing the use of water supplies by improving water management. The WaterSMART Program components include: WaterSMART grants funded at $23.4 million; the Basin Studies Program, $5.2 million; the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program, $21.5 million; the Water Conservation Field Service program, $4.2 million; the Cooperative Watershed Management program, $1.8 million; the Drought Response program, $4.0 million; and the Resilient Infrastructure program, $1.5 million. <P> Other specifics of the budget request include: <P> <ul> <li>Reclamation has a responsibility to focus on the protection and restoration of the aquatic and riparian environments affected by its operations. Highlights of Reclamation's ecosystem restoration activities, many of which support Endangered Species Act (ESA) programs, include:</li> <ul> <li>$16.9 million for the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program to provide long-term ESA compliance for river operations.</li> <li>$27.3 million for ESA recovery implementation programs, including $19.9 million to implement the Platte River Endangered Species Recovery Implementation Program and $4.9 million for the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Programs.</li> <li>$16.0 million for the Klamath Project supports wildlife refuge and environmental needs, studies and initiatives to improve water supplies to address the competing demands of agricultural and tribal interests, and facilities operations and maintenance activities.</li> <li>$36.0 million for the California Bay-Delta Restoration, which focuses on the health of the Bay-Delta ecosystem and improving water management and supplies. The budget will support the co-equal goals of environmental restoration and improved water supply reliability, under the following program activities: $2.2 million for a Renewed Federal State Partnership, $5.3 million for Smarter Water Supply and Use, and $28.1 million for Habitat Restoration. These program activities are based on the Interim Federal Action Plan for the California Bay-Delta issued December 22, 2009.</li> <li>$55.6 million for the Central Valley Project (CVP) Restoration Fund to continue funding a variety of activities to restore fish and wildlife habitat and populations in the CVP service area of California.</li> <li>Within California’s Central Valley Project, $11.8 million and an additional $1.5 million in the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund for the Trinity River Restoration program.</li> <li>$9.2 million, as part of the Middle Rio Grande Project budget, to support environmental activities developed through an Endangered Species Act Collaborative Program.</li> <li>$18.0 million for the Columbia and Snake River Salmon Recovery Project for implementing the Federal Columbia River Power System biological opinions.</li> </ul> <li>$110.7 million to operate, manage and improve Central Valley Project in California. More than one-half of that amount provides for operation and maintenance of project facilities, including $16.4 million for the Replacements, Additions, and Extraordinary Maintenance program, which provides for modernization, upgrade and refurbishment of facilities throughout the Central Valley. The remainder supports studies and initiatives to improve water supplies and environmental needs.</li> <li>$38.1 million for rural water projects to undertake the design and construction of five projects and operation and maintenance of tribal features for two projects intended to deliver potable water supplies to specific rural communities and tribes located primarily in Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.</li> <li>$15.8 million for the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, which will continue funding grants to implement conservation measures and monitor the effects of those measures on the river diversions. Funding is also included to continue construction on fish passage facilities at Cle Elum Dam.</li> <li>$86.1 million for the Dam Safety Program to continue dam safety risk management and risk reduction activities throughout Reclamation’s inventory of dams. Corrective actions are planned to start or continue at a number of facilities. A focus continues to be modifications at Folsom Dam (California).</li> <li>$26.2 million for site security to continue Reclamation’s ongoing site-security program, which includes physical security upgrades at key facilities, guards and patrols, anti-terrorism program activities and security risk assessments.</li> </ul> <P> President Obama’s FY 2017 budget request of $13.4 billion for the Department of the Interior is online at: and <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. <P> <P> <P> Information on HHS Sheltering Unaccompanied Minors at the Denver Federal Center
2016-02-08 16:20:00.0 The following is information received from Health and Human Services about the potential to shelter unaccompanied children at the Denver Federal Center. <P> <strong>From HHS</strong> <P> The Denver Federal Center, in Lakewood, Colorado, at the direction of the General Service Administration (GSA) and at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will provide approximately 1000 temporary shelter beds for unaccompanied children that are being cared for by HHS. Children could begin to arrive at the Lakewood facility as early as April 2016, after changes are made to the facility to make it appropriate to temporarily shelter children. Terms, conditions and timing of HHS use of this unoccupied GSA facility is currently under discussion. The facility is currently vacant. <P> HHS is expanding its temporary capacity to shelter unaccompanied children. This is a prudent step to ensure that the Border Patrol can continue its vital national security mission to prevent illegal migration, trafficking, and protect the borders of the United States. <P> HHS is responsible for the care of these children while in HHS custody, and is working in close coordination with GSA officials and local officials on security and safety of the children and community. These children do not attend local schools. The impact of these shelters on the local community is minimal. Children spend 32 days on average at the shelters and do not integrate into the local community. They remain under staff supervision at all times. <P> All children sheltered on the Denver Federal Center facility will remain under the custody of HHS and all of the care and services will be provided by entities under grant or contract to HHS’s Administration for Children and Families (ACF). <P> <a href="">HHS Fact Sheet - Lakewood</a> <P> <a href="">Unaccompanied Minors Fact Sheet</a> <P> Reclamation to Increase Releases into the Lower American River for Storage Management
2016-02-08 15:28:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation is preparing to increase releases below Nimbus Dam into the lower American River from 1,750 cubic feet per second to 3,500 cfs for storage management in Folsom Reservoir. The increased releases are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 9 p.m. and will continue until further notice. Folsom Reservoir, located 26 miles northeast of Sacramento, provides water for people, fish and wildlife, hydropower, the environment and salinity control in the Bay-Delta. <P> The releases are necessary to maintain required space in Folsom Reservoir during the rain and snowmelt season. The current storage is more than 130 percent of the 15-year average for early February. Should inflows into the reservoir continue at current levels or increase, additional increases in releases may be required. <P> People recreating in or along the lower American River downstream of Folsom Dam to the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers can expect river levels to increase and should take appropriate safety precautions. <P> Midnight Reservoir Elevation and Flows for Folsom may be found at Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations Office website at <a href=""></a>. Current American River conditions may be found at the Department of Water Resources’ California Data Exchange Center website at <a href=""></a>. <P> Additional Fiscal Year 2016 Funding of $166.3 Million Available
2016-02-08 15:00:00.0 WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López today released the spending plan for $166.3 million provided to Reclamation in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. The funds will go toward western drought response and rural water projects, among other important activities. <P> "Reclamation and its partners have created a spending plan that will help ensure sustainable water supplies across the Western United States," López said. "The funding will go toward conservation and improving long-term infrastructure and environmental work on key water projects." <P> The funding is divided among six areas: <ul> <li>Western drought response ($100 million),</li> <li>Rural water projects ($47 million),</li> <li>Water conservation and delivery ($10 million),</li> <li>Fish passage and fish screens ($5 million),</li> <li>Facility operation, maintenance and rehabilitation ($2.3 million),</li> <li>Environmental restoration or compliance ($2 million).</li> </ul> <P> Extreme and prolonged drought has gripped major river basins across the West. The $100 million provided for western drought response will address a number of projects affected by drought: <P> <ul> <li>Central Valley Project, which includes funding for the American River Division, Delta Division, Friant Division, Shasta Division and other programs, California ($37.9 million);</li> <li>WaterSMART Grants, Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program, Drought Response and Comprehensive Drought Planning, and Cooperative Watershed Management Program ($22.6 million);</li> <li>Lower Colorado River Basin Drought Response Action Plan, California, Arizona and Nevada ($11.5 million);</li> <li>Native American Technical Assistance Program ($6 million);</li> <li>Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, Washington ($9 million);</li> <li>Lewiston Orchards Project, Idaho ($1 million);</li> <li>Research and Development Program ($2 million);</li> <li>Rogue River Basin Project, Oregon ($2 million);</li> <li>Salton Sea Research Project, California ($3 million);</li> <li>Colorado River Basin System Conservation Pilot Program in the upper and lower basins, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming ($5 million).</li> </ul> <P> Reclamation based its western drought funding on a thorough review at national, regional, and program levels, to ensure a balanced approach. In some cases the funding allows Reclamation to accelerate selected projects to meet high-priority needs sooner than it would in the absence of the additional funding. In other cases it allows Reclamation to respond immediately to many of the West’s most critical drought-related needs. <P> Reclamation is also advancing the completion of its authorized rural water projects with the goal of delivering potable water to tribal and non-tribal residents within the rural water project areas. A total of $47 million is allocated among five projects using prioritization criteria: <P> <ul> <li>Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program - Garrison Diversion Unit, North Dakota ($17.4 million);</li> <li>Fort Peck Reservation/Dry Prairie Rural Water System, Montana ($12.3 million);</li> <li>Rocky Boy's/North Central Montana Rural Water System, Montana ($8.5 million);</li> <li>Lewis and Clark Rural Water System, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota ($6.8 million);</li> <li>Eastern New Mexico Water Supply, New Mexico ($2 million).</li> </ul> <P> The remaining $19.3 million will go toward thirteen projects in four categories identified in the Act: <P> <ul> <li>Fish screen and restoration projects in the Central Valley Project, California ($0.9 million), and Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project at Cle Elum Dam, Washington ($4.1 million);</li> <li>Arkansas Valley Conduit, Fryingpan Arkansas Project, Colorado ($2 million);</li> <li>Klamath Project, Oregon and California ($2 million);</li> <li>Water modelling on the Rio Grande Project, New Mexico and Texas ($1 million);</li> <li>Completion of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Glen Canyon Unit of the Colorado River Storage project, Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah ($2 million);</li> <li>Water Conservation Grants collaboration between Reclamation and Natural Resources Conservation Service, California ($5 million)</li> <li>Repairs on the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Project, Arizona ($1.1 million);</li> <li>Repairs and renovations on five other projects in Idaho, California, Oregon and Washington ($1.2 million).</li> </ul> <P> Visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> to view a summary of all the projects in this spending plan. <P> <P> Building 67 Closure
2016-02-08 12:55:00.0 This message supersedes the Distribution A that was sent on January 29th which notified staff that the elevators would be shut down for the day. <P> In addition to the elevator work occurring on Monday February 15th, the GSA maintenance contractor be will be shutting down the power to Building 67 to replace electrical switching components that were ordered after the last building power outage. <P> As a result, Building 67 will be CLOSED Monday, February 15th (Presidents' Day). <P> Please ensure all computers, copiers, and other electronic equipment are turned off before you depart for the holiday weekend on Friday afternoon. If you have any questions, please contact Harvey Wong, GSA Building Manager, at 303-236-2988. <P> Photo of the Week: The Judge Francis Carr Powerhouse
2016-02-08 11:31:00.0 The Judge Francis Carr Powerhouse (formerly Clear Creek Powerplant) is on Clear Creek at the outlet of the Clear Creek Tunnel on the northwestern extremity of Whiskeytown Dam and Reservoir. It is at the downstream end of the Clear Creek Tunnel, which transports water from Lewiston Reservoir to Whiskeytown Reservoir. When the powerhouse began operation in 1963, the generating capacity was 143,680 kilowatts. The units were uprated in 1984 to their current capacity of 154,400 kW. The average American home consumes about 10,000 kilowatts in a year. Judge Francis Carr Powerhouse is a peaking plant with its power first dedicated to meeting the energy requirements of the project facilities. The remaining energy is marketed to various preference customers in northern California. At full capacity, Judge Francis Carr Powerhouse can produce enough power to serve the electrical needs of approximately 120,000 homes, annually. <P> For more information on Judge Francis Carr Powerhouse, please visit: <a href=" River Division Project"> River Division Project </a> <P> <P> Colorado Federal Executive Board (CFEB) ALL EMPLOYEE ANNOUNCEMENTS
2016-02-05 16:42:00.0 2/5/16 – Colorado Federal Executive Board (CFEB) <P> ALL EMPLOYEE ANNOUNCEMENTS – PLEASE DISTRIBUTE <P> <P> <P> <P> KNOW YOUR GOVERNMENT <P> The official who is an intermediary between the party leadership and the rank and file members of Congress is the? <P> <P> a. Speaker of the House <P> b. Majority Leader <P> c. Majority Whip <P> d. President pro Tempore <P> e. Clerk of the House <P> <P> *See below for answer <P> <P> ### <P> <P> CFEB EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION OPPORTUNITIES <P> Nominations are open for the Rocky Mountain Eagle and United We Serve Awards until February 19, 2016 | 5:00 pm MT <P> <P> ROCKY MOUNTAIN EAGLE AWARDS | Deadline 2/19/16 <P> <P> <P> UNITED WE SERVE AWARDS | Deadline 2/19/16 <P> <P> <P> WOW AWARDS | Deadline 3/31/16 <P> <P> Any federal employee may nominate another federal employee for a Wonderful Outstanding Worker (WOW) Award. Four awards are given each quarter to thank co-workers for their assistance and/or contribution to your team. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> CFEB 2016 RETIREMENT PLANNING CLASSES <P> <P> <P> ### <P> <P> FEBRUARY <P> <P> <P> DENVER RECLAMATION EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION (DREA) ACTIVITIES <P> February 11, 2016 | Ice Cream Sale | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm | DFC Building 67 | Open to All <P> March 18, 2016 | Ice Cream Sale | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm | DFC Building 67 | Open to all <P> Susan Ward | 303 445 2690 | <P> <P> ### <P> <P> 2016 HEALTH BENEFITS SERVICE DAY <P> February 11, 2016 | 9:00 - 10:00 am | DFC, Building 67, Hungry Horse Café | Free <P> Jane Fluekiger | 303 831 2512 | <P> <P> Health Benefit Carrier Representatives will be in attendance to answer any questions or concerns you might have about your plan. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> HIRING VETERANS - THE "KEYS TO SUCCESS" <P> CONTACT William Price | <P> <P> Employer Workshop | February 17, 2016 | 7:30 am - 3:30 pm | Employer Workshop | Embassy Suites, 7290 Commerce Ctr Dr, CO Springs | Free <P> Register | <P> <P> Hiring Event Employer Registration | February 18, 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm | Fort Carson Special Events Ctr, 6151 Specker Ave, Bldg. 1829, Fort Carson, CO | Free | First 75 employers <P> Register for a booth | <P> <P> ### <P> <P> MARCH & BEYOND <P> <P> <P> HIRING EXCELLENCE FORUM FOR HIRING MANAGERS & HR PROFESSIONALS <P> <P> March 2, 2016 | 8:30 am – 4:15 pm <P> DOI FWS | 134 Union Blvd | Lakewood CO <P> Free | Online Registration Required <P> <P> March 3, 2016 | 8:30 am – 4:15 pm <P> Peterson AFB | Colorado Springs CO <P> Free | Online Registration Required <P> <P> AGENDA <P> 8:30 am Welcome and Overview <P> 9:00 am Hiring Managers and HR Professionals Collaboration <P> 12:00 pm Lunch (on your own) <P> 1:30 pm Deep Dive with HR Professionals <P> 4:00 pm Evaluations <P> 4:15 pm Adjourn <P> <P> TARGET AUDIENCE | Hiring managers & HR professionals <P> <P> TRAINERS | OPM Staff <P> <P> PURPOSE <P> Conduct a deep-dive with the HR community to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to better consult and advise hiring managers on areas such as hiring authorities, assessments, and data analysis. <P> <P> The morning session will focus on the collaborative relationship between hiring managers and HR professionals. Presenters will also provide resources available for hiring managers to recruit, assess, and hire top talent. <P> <P> Morning Topics include: <P> · Hiring Manager Involvement – Understanding the Hiring Manager’s Role in the Hiring Process <P> · Understanding the Hiring Authorities <P> · “Is Your Recruitment Strategy Working?” – USAJOBS Mapping Tools and Workforce Data <P> · Assessing for the Best Talent – Introduction to Effective Assessment Tools <P> - Assessing for Interns and Recent Graduates <P> - Developing the Best Occupational Questionnaire <P> - Assessment Storyboard for Managers <P> - USAHire <P> <P> The afternoon session targets HR policy, rules and regulations, and will be conducted as interactive workshops with learning objectives. Participants will be asked to review and become familiar with their agency policies prior to the sessions. <P> <P> Afternoon Topics include: <P> · Hiring Official/HR Collaboration: Working Together for a Greater Workforce <P> · Understanding the Hiring Authorities – (scenarios will be incorporated). This session will include more details for the HR Specialists <P> - Assessing for the Best – Assessment Tools <P> - Assessing for Interns and Recent Graduates <P> - Developing the Best Occupational Questionnaire <P> - USAHire <P> <P> ### <P> <P> WRITING YOUR FEDERAL RESUME <P> <P> OPM Trainer, Todd Floersheim will: <P> · Explain each section of the job opportunity announcement (JOA) to better inform applicants and help them in selecting the right job <P> · Highlight a 3 part process to help applicants write their Federal resume <P> · Use a real JOA to walk through a process that helps you determine qualifications and interest, identify the important requirements and then tailor your resume for that JOA <P> · Review the resume builder on USAJOBS <P> <P> March 3, 2016 | 9:00 - 11:00 am <P> DOI FWS | 134 Union Blvd | Lakewood CO <P> Free | Online Registration Required <P> <P> March 3, 2016 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm <P> Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC) | CO Springs CO <P> Free | Online Registration Required <P> <P> ### <P> <P> FEDERALLY EMPLOYED WOMEN - ROCKY MTN REGIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM <P> March 11, 2016 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm <P> Double Tree Hotel | 3239 Quebec St | Denver CO <P> $160 Non-FEW members | $120 Agency Funded FEW members | $80 FEW members (lunch and snacks included) <P> <P> Join women you would like to know for a one day event that will transform your career. Dr. Judith Wright will keynote this day by showing you "transformational mind tools: the five year career plan". Women (and men!) at all levels of Federal Service will benefit from this fun and enlightening workshop geared towards federal employees. <P> <P> Danielle Freeman | 303 332 4382 | <P> <P> <P> ### <P> <P> BASIC MEDIATION COURSE <P> For those interested in becoming mediators or improving their mediation skills! <P> <P> March 21-25, 2016 <P> Bureau of Prisons National Training Academy | 11900 E Cornell Ave | Aurora CO <P> Tuition $390 | Online Registration Required <P> <P> COURSE TOPICS OVERVIEW <P> · Overview of ADR processes <P> · Principles of mediation <P> · Stages and goals of mediation process <P> · The role of the mediator <P> · Nature of conflict/behaviors in conflict <P> · Mediation skills, including negotiation skills, interactive listening, question-asking, use of neutral language, reframing, interest identification, addressing barriers to agreement, agreement writing <P> · Values and bias awareness <P> · Cultural diversity <P> · Power imbalance <P> · Working with attorneys and representatives of parties <P> · Ethical issues, including confidentiality, impartiality, informed consent, conflict of interest, fees, responsibilities to 3rd parties, withdrawal by mediator <P> <P> Teaching methods include lecture, large and small group discussion, interactive exercises, and coached role-playing. Students will participate in mock mediations under the supervision of experienced mediators, who will provide feedback to support and facilitate learning. <P> <P> Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a certificate. <P> <P> TRAINER | Major Tom McNab, USAF, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 62d Airlift Wing, McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA <P> <P> CFEB | 303 202 4588 | <P> <P> ### <P> <P> DOI SAVVY LEADER PRACTICUM (SLP) <P> <P> CONTACT Dr. Steve Frieman | 303 317 7386 | <P> <P> An overview of the SLP program will be offered both by Webinar and through In-Person Briefings (in Denver and DC) | check website for details. <P> <P> ### <P> <P> FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY (FLRA) - Labor Relations & Space Management <P> April 19-20, 2016 | 9:30 am – 4:30 pm | DFC, Building TBD | Free, open to all <P> <P> To support federal managers and union representatives ongoing space management efforts, an interagency work group, including the Federal Labor Relations Authority, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and General Services Administration offer regional training programs that will include: <P> <P> • An overview of GSA’s owned and leased space project lifecycle and key lifecycle opportunities for employee engagement and labor-management collaboration <P> • A primer on labor relations obligations and responsibilities under 5 U.S.C. § 7101 et seq., including the duty and scope of bargaining and impasse resolution, as well as opportunities for employee engagement through pre-decisional involvement and collective bargaining <P> • Collaborative problem-solving skills training and facilitation resources to support effective pre-decisional involvement and collective bargaining <P> • Post-implementation experiences and lessons learned by agencies and labor organizations <P> • A tour of federal redesigned space developed in partnership with agencies to create an effective and efficient 21st century work space <P> • Resource materials for future reference and to share with colleagues (see attached Resource Links which will be augmented during the training). <P> <P> Who should attend? <P> <P> • Union and Management LR Representatives <P> • Facilities and Property Managers <P> • Space Management Decision-Makers <P> <P> Register | <P> <P> ### <P> <P> CAREER MENTORING FORUMS <P> by Federal Executives for Federal Employees <P> <P> The CFEB Workforce Development Council (WDC) offers two mentoring forums each year. The council initiated these free mentoring workshops in 2014 after identifying the need for a mentoring program to help grow leaders and enhance professional development across the local federal workforce. The forums connect federal executives with employees seeking career advice and provide a venue for leaders to share information about their career journey including challenges, inspirations, successes, and work life balance. The forums give you exposure to senior leadership, enhances your professional development, and improves communication within the federal community. <P> <P> April 26, 2016 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm <P> Rogers Bldg | 1961 Stout St | Denver CO <P> Free | Online Registration Required <P> <P> October 26, 2016 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm <P> Denver Federal Center | Lakewood CO <P> Free | Online Registration Required <P> <P> ### <P> <P> CFEB QUARTERLY MEETING & TRAINING FORUMS <P> DRIVING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT <P> April 28, 2016 | Registration deadline 4/22/15 <P> $28 | ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED <P> <P> NATIONAL PREVENTION STRATEGY <P> July 28, 2016 | Registration deadline 7/22/15 <P> $28 | ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED <P> TRAINER | Dr. Charles Smith, HHS SAMHSA, Regional Administrator <P> <P> ENGAGING CUSTOMER SERVICE <P> October 27, 2016 | Registration deadline 10/21/15 <P> $28 | ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED <P> <P> ### <P> <P> ANNUAL FED CUP 5K WALK/RUN <P> May 21, 2016 – Armed Forces Day | 8:15 am <P> Denver Federal Center <P> Renee Varin Potratz | 303 202 4040 | <P> <P> ### <P> <P> 8TH ANNUAL FEDS CHIPPIN’ IN GOLF TOURNAMENT <P> June 11, 2016 | 7:30 am | Applewood Golf Course | 14001 W 32 Ave | Golden CO <P> $99.00 includes golf cart, range balls, light breakfast, & Lunch! <P> <P> Kerbi Jacobson | 303 887 4839 | <P> <P> <P> ### <P> <P> DENVER COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING PROGRAMS <P> Register | | | 303 725 3084 <P> <P> ### <P> <P> MINI STEM SCHOOL <P> Presented by CU Denver Anschutz Medical School <P> January - March | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Auraria Campus | Denver CO <P> Download Schedule <P> <P> ### <P> <P> TRAINING @ DOI UNIVERSITY <P> DOI University (DOIU) offers competency-based training courses and programs designed to increase the skills of all federal employees. 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The major leader is obviously part of the leadership, which leaves you with the Majority Whip. <P> <P> *Questions and Answers for Know your Government Trivia is taken from the Cliffs AP; U.S. Government & Politics, AP Test Prep book, pg. 70 – Paul Soifer <P> <P> ### <P> <P> CFEB EMAIL ANNOUNCEMENTS <P> To submit information to be included in the announcements, please email it by Wednesday of each week to in the following format. <P> <P> Title <P> Date | Time <P> Location | 3333 W 32 Ave | Denver CO (no punctuation) <P> Cost (if applicable) <P> Brief Description (very short marketing blurb | a couple of bullet points or sentences) <P> CONTACT Name | 303 333 5555 | email <P> Website <P> <P> Recent CFEB announcements are posted on the CFEB web site <P> <P> Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
2016-02-05 16:14:00.0 BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's February forecast for the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn River Basin is as follows: <P> <ul> <li>Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 596,200 af, which is 54 percent of the 30 year average of 1,114,300 af.</li> <li>Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 570,000 acre-feet (af), which is 83 percent of the 30 year average of 686,300 acre-feet.</li> <li>Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 350,000 af, which is 64 percent of the 30 year average of 548,300 af.</li> <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 138,200 af.</li> <li>Wind River - April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 300,000 af, which is 74 percent of the 30 year average of 405,400 af.</li> </ul> <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 Yellowtail Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Steve Davies at 406-247-7298. <P> Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents, Provides $2 Million for San Joaquin River Restoration Program’s Sycamore Island Project
2016-02-05 15:02:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Sycamore Island Pond Isolation Project, located along the San Joaquin River near Fresno. <P> The project includes repairing a breached earthen berm that previously separated the pond from the river channel. The repaired berm will improve salmon habitat by again isolating the pond to reduce predation. Vehicle access to the Sycamore Island Recreation Area will also be restored. The project is being completed by the California Department of Water Resources and the San Joaquin River Conservancy, in coordination with Reclamation. <P> Reclamation will provide $2 million for the estimated $4.3 million project under Public Law 111-11, Title X, which authorizes financial assistance to local agencies for the planning, design and construction of local facilities to help implement the San Joaquin River Restoration Program’s goal of restoring and maintaining fish populations in good condition from below Friant Dam to the confluence of the Merced River. <P> The Final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Reclamation is the lead agency in accordance with NEPA. The documents may be viewed at <a href=""></a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href=""></a>. For additional information, please contact Becky Victorine at 916-978-4624 or Tyler Nunes at 916-978-4618. <P> Please visit <a href=""></a> for more on the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. <P> Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for San Joaquin River Restoration Program’s Eastside Bypass Conveyance Project
2016-02-05 14:50:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and a Finding of No Significant Impact for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program’s (SJRRP) Eastside Bypass Conveyance Project. The project is designed to restore flow capacity to the channel within the Eastside Bypass, allowing for the passage of Restoration Flows and reintroduced salmonids. The project is authorized under Public Law 111-11, Title X and is consistent with the SJRRP’s goal of restoring and maintaining fish populations in good condition from below Friant Dam to the confluence of the Merced River. <P> The project site is located approximately 19 miles southwest of the city of Merced, in the vicinity of El Nido Road and the southern extent of the Merced National Wildlife Refuge. It includes removing accumulated sediments in the channel, constructing a low flow channel, and removing the low-flow crossing and inoperable culverts that are currently impeding flows at El Nido Road. The project is being completed by Reclamation in coordination with the Merced National Wildlife Refuge and local landowners. <P> The Final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Reclamation is the lead agency in accordance with NEPA. The documents may be viewed at <a href=""></a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href=""></a>. <P> For additional information, please contact Becky Victorine at 916-978-4624 or Tyler Nunes at 916-978-4618. For information on the SJRRP, please visit <a href=""></a>. <P> Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents on 2016 CVP Water Transfers in Sacramento Valley for Public Comment
2016-02-04 16:45:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority (TCCA) have released for public comment an Environmental Assessment/Initial Study (EA/IS) and draft Mitigated Negative Declaration on the effects of proposed water transfers from willing sellers to buyers in the Sacramento Valley. <P> This EA/IS analyzes transfers of Base Supply, Central Valley Project (CVP) water, and/or non-CVP water supplies that require the use of CVP facilities. The CVP transfer water would be made available through a combination of cropland idling and/or groundwater substitution. The transfers could originate in Colusa, Glenn, Sacramento, Shasta, Sutter, Tehama, or Yolo counties, and buyers could be located in Colusa, Glenn, Tehama or Yolo counties. <P> The EA/IS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act. The document is available for review at <a href=""></a> . If you encounter problems accessing documents online, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 or email <a href=""></a>. <P> Comments are due by close of business Monday, March 7, 2016. Please send comments to Brad Hubbard, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-410, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may also be faxed to Hubbard at 916-978-5290 or emailed to <a href=""></a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Hubbard at 916-978-5204 (TDD 800-877-8339). <P> Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for North Platte
2016-02-04 16:37:00.0 MILLS, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyo., has prepared snowmelt runoff forecasts for the North Platte River Basin, according to Carlie Ronca, Wyoming Area Manager. The Feb. 1 forecast indicates the spring snowmelt runoff for the North Platte Basin will be below average. <P> Total April through July runoff in the North Platte Basin above Glendo Dam is expected to be 750,000 acre feet (AF). The April through July expected runoff is comprised of approximately 600,000 AF into Seminoe Reservoir, 30,000 AF into Pathfinder Reservoir from the Sweetwater River, and 120,000 AF from the basin between Pathfinder Reservoir and Glendo Reservoir. The anticipated 750,000 AF is 86% of the 30 year average of 872,100 AF. <P> The total storage for the North Platte Reservoir System as of January 31, 2016 is 2,020,985 AF, which is 131% of the 30-year average of 1,539,100 AF. The total conservation storage capacity of the North Platte Reservoir System is approximately 2,815,800 AF. <P> "In spite of projected below average inflows, we anticipate the current above average reservoir storage will allow us to provide our North Platte Basin contractors with a full water supply this year," Ronca said. <P> Reclamation will update the inflow forecasts again in March, April, and May. <P> Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for Transfer or Exchange of Recirculated Restoration Flows to Red Top
2016-02-04 14:23:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study proposing a new turnout and pipeline to facilitate a 10-year transfer and exchange of recaptured San Joaquin River Restoration Flows to Red Top. <P> The proposed turnout and pipeline would connect Central California Irrigation District’s (CCID) Poso Canal to pumping and conveyance facilities in Red Top, located in western Fresno and Madera counties. The new facilities would allow for the transfer or exchange of up to 10,000 acre-feet per year during water years 2016 – 2026. <P> The purpose of the proposed action is to reduce reliance on deep aquifer groundwater pumping in the Red Top area. The goal is to reduce the rate of subsidence, as well as avoid water supply impacts to Friant Contractors by providing a mechanism to recirculate, reuse, exchange or transfer recaptured Restoration Flows near the San Joaquin River and Eastside Bypass. <P> The Draft EA/IS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act. Reclamation is the lead agency in accordance with NEPA, and CCID is the lead agency in accordance with CEQA in preparing the analysis. The Draft EA/IS may be viewed at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href=""></a>. <P> Written comments are due by close of business on Friday, March 4, 2016, to Becky Victorine, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-170, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may also be faxed to 916-978-5469 or emailed to <a href=""></a>. For additional information, please contact Victorine at 916-978-4624. <P> More information on the San Joaquin River Restoration Program and its Restoration Flows is available at <a href=""></a>. <P> <P> Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for Sacramento Valley Accelerated Water Transfer and Exchange Program
2016-02-03 15:19:00.0 SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment for the implementation of an accelerated process for annual water transfers and/or exchanges, pursuant to Section 3405(a) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act for Contract Years 2016 through 2020 (March 1, 2016, to Feb. 28, 2021). <P> The accelerated process would continue previous accelerated water transfer programs, allowing timely water management between Central Valley Project contractors in the Sacramento Valley to meet agricultural demands and/or municipal and industrial or other water requirements. <P> The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at <a href=""><br /></a>. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href=""></a>. <P> Comments are due by close of business Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, to Paul Zedonis, Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Blvd., Shasta Lake, CA 96019 or <a href=""></a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the Draft EA, please contact Zedonis at 530-276-2047. The document may also be viewed at Reclamation's Office at the above address. <P> <P> Reclamation Takes Precautionary Measures at Minidoka Southside Canal
2016-02-03 12:24:00.0 RUPERT, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation has taken precautionary measures to secure a canal gate at Minidoka Dam’s Southside Canal after a routine inspection found one of the gate’s arms showing signs of buckling. The gate is one of two that feeds irrigation water into the Southside Canal from Lake Walcott, 12 miles northeast of Rupert, Idaho. <P> The gate is presently closed and not leaking water. The cause of the damage is being investigated and the site is being monitored around the clock. Technical experts will be on-site Wednesday afternoon to evaluate the damage and begin formulating repair plans. <P> “Minidoka Dam is operating properly,” Reclamation’s Snake River Area Manager Roland Springer said. “We have taken steps to ensure there is no risk to public safety.” <P> Reclamation has placed bulkheads to isolate the damaged gate until repairs are completed. The canal gate structure is built for the placement of these bulkheads to allow for routine maintenance. <P> Burley Irrigation District representatives have met with Reclamation staff on-site and local emergency managers have been notified. This situation is not expected to affect irrigation water delivery this spring. <P>