Upper Colorado Region News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from Reclamation's Upper Colorado Region http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=57007 Bureau of Reclamation, Isleta Pueblo and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District Agree on Future Management of Isleta Diversion Dam in New Mexico
Isleta Pueblo, N.M. – Under the canopy of the changing fall colors of the Rio Grande bosque, the Bureau of Reclamation, Isleta Pueblo and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District signed a global settlement today, resolving past issues associated with Isleta Diversion Dam and solidifying the path forward. <P> “It is our hope that the collaborative effort started through this process will continue, and that we have a positive path forward as partner agencies in the operation of Isleta Diversion Dam,” Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López said. “Reclamation is happy to report that the first phase of sediment removal under this settlement is complete.” <P> Isleta Diversion Dam was built by the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District on Isleta Pueblo land in 1934. Reclamation rehabilitated the dam in 1954. Isleta Pueblo has maintained that proper easement was never fully granted to the District or Reclamation. <P> Technical and legal teams comprised of representatives of the Pueblo, Reclamation and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District were formed in May 2015 in response to a letter from Isleta Pueblo to work on reaching agreement that could lead to a settlement. <P> This Global Settlement will grant the United States easement for the next 100 years. The Pueblo will receive full support from Reclamation and MRGCD in continued sediment management, riparian and bosque restoration, and other environmental benefits, in addition to a lump sum payment. <P> The technical team has facilitated ratification of standard operating procedures for Isleta Diversion Dam and completed a cross-section data collection plan, a dam operations record keeping plan and a sediment disposal plan. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56967 Elephant Butte Dam Turns 100
Elephant Butte, N.M. – The Bureau of Reclamation today celebrated 100 years since the completion of Elephant Butte Dam in southern New Mexico. Officials from Reclamation, the International Boundary and Water Commission, State of New Mexico, New Mexico’s Congressional Delegation, Elephant Butte Irrigation District and El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1 marked the event during a ceremony near the base of the dam. A highlight of the event was when officials unveiled a new plaque commemorating Elephant Butte’s 100 years of operation. <P> “Elephant Butte Dam is meeting its mission superbly,” said Reclamation Deputy Commissioner for Operations David Palumbo, who also spoke at the event. “Through cycles of wet seasons and severe drought, the dam has provided consistent and dependable water to support the entire region.” <P> Congress authorized the dam’s construction in 1905 to provide irrigation water to Southern New Mexico and West Texas as part of the Rio Grande Project. Reclamation completed construction in 1916. Elephant Butte is the largest dam in New Mexico, standing 301 feet tall and stretching 1,674 feet from end to end. At full capacity, it stores more than two million acre feet of water in Elephant Butte Reservoir, which is one of New Mexico’s premier recreation destinations. Its hydroelectric power plant is capable of generating 27,945 kilowatts of electricity during irrigation season water releases. <P> When it was dedicated on October 19, 1916, Elephant Butte was the largest irrigation dam in the United States and the second largest in the world. Its promise of water storage and clean energy enabled settlement and robust economic development throughout southern New Mexico and West Texas. It also helped resolve an international dispute and plays an important role in meeting international treaty obligations to Mexico. <P> Current water levels in Elephant Butte Reservoir provide a stark reminder of the impacts of drought on the region. However, the dam continues to meet its mission even during the past decade of drought. Throughout the past 100 years, Elephant Butte Dam has provided adequate storage and regular irrigation deliveries to sustain thousands of acres of farmland. Mr. Palumbo noted the dam’s ongoing safe operation and continued promise for the area, “I’m confident Elephant Butte Dam will continue providing a stable water supply for the Rincoln, Mesilla and El Paso Valleys well into the future.” <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56887 Ceremony Planned to Mark Elephant Butte Centennial
Elephant Butte, N.M. – The Bureau of Reclamation invites the media to attend a ceremony to celebrate the Centennial of Elephant Butte Dam, which was completed 100 years ago. Officials from Reclamation, the International Boundary and Water Commission, the State of New Mexico, New Mexico’s Congressional Delegation, the Elephant Butte Irrigation District and El Paso County Water Improvement District Number 1 will join us to mark the occasion. <P> Who: Bureau of Reclamation <P> What: Celebration of the Centennial of Elephant Butte Dam <P> When: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. <P> Where: Bureau of Reclamation Elephant Butte Field Division, 4696 HWY 51, 4 miles east of Truth or Consequences on Highway 51. Follow the signs to the base of the dam. <P> Why: To celebrate the celebration of New Mexico’s largest dam turning 100. This will also be an opportunity for invited guests and media to tour the inside and top of the dam. <P> How: Contact Mary Carlson at (505) 462-3576 or mcarlson@usbr.gov to RSVP. <P> Background: The United States Congress authorized construction of Elephant Butte Dam in February 1905. The Bureau of Reclamation constructed Elephant Butte Dam between 1911 and 1916. This event will allow guests an opportunity to celebrate the dam that played an important part in the development of southern New Mexico and west Texas and supported a treaty between the United States and Mexico. The ceremony will be followed by an unveiling of the centennial plague and guided tours of the dam. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56809 Reclamation Monitoring Steinaker Dam Due to Riprap Slide
Provo, Utah – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Provo Area Office and the Uintah Water Conservancy District are monitoring Steinaker Dam near Vernal, Utah, following additional riprap (large rocks) displacement in an area where movement was identified two years ago on the reservoir side of the dam. Reclamation officials are closely examining the dam and note that some additional material displacement may occur while engineers work toward a permanent fix. <P> As a precaution, the Provo Area Office initiated an Emergency Action Plan Response Level I, which is the least serious of the three response levels. This response level does not pose a hazard either at the reservoir or to downstream communities, and the public does not need to do anything at this time. Response Level I indicates that unusual conditions at a dam require additional monitoring. While it requires further investigation and possible intervention, there is no immediate threat to life, property or the environment. <P> For more information, please call or text Marlon Duke at (385) 228-4845, or Chris Watt at (385) 881-3759. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56803 Environmental Impact Statement Available for Rio Grande Project Operating Agreement
Albuquerque, N.M. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for continued implementation of the Rio Grande Project’s 2008 Operating Agreement. The FEIS analyzes environmental impacts associated with continued implementation of the 2008 Operating Agreement through 2050. The Operating Agreement describes how Reclamation will allocate, release and deliver Rio Grande Project water to the Elephant Butte Irrigation District in New Mexico, the El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1 in Texas, and to Mexico. The FEIS also evaluates environmental effects of a proposal to renew a contract to store San Juan-Chama Project water in Elephant Butte Reservoir. <P> The FEIS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and is a step toward resolving longstanding legal disputes over Rio Grande Project operation. It describes five alternatives that vary in inclusion or exclusion of carryover water accounting provisions, diversion ratios and storage of San Juan-Chama Project water. Of those five, the first alternative is preferred and includes continued implementation of the 2008 Operating Agreement and San Juan-Chama storage contract through 2050. <P> The FEIS Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register on Friday September 30. Reclamation will issue a final Record of Decision at least 30 days following publication. The Record of Decision will select the alternative that will be implemented and discuss all factors leading to that decision. <P> The Final Environmental Impact Statement is available online at: http://www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/eis.html. <P> Copies of the document are also available at the following locations: • Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office o 555 Broadway NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102. • Bureau of Reclamation, El Paso Field Division o 10737 Gateway West, Suite 350, El Paso, Texas 79935. • Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Regional Office o 125 South State Street, Room 8100, Salt Lake City, Utah 84138. • New Mexico State University – Branson Library o 1305 Frenger Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003. • University of Texas at El Paso Library o 500 West University Avenue, El Paso, Texas 79968. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56795 Reclamation’s First AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
With the first rays of morning light, New Mexico’s Upper Chama watershed reveals itself. The valley extends south from Cumbres Pass, winding its way over ridgelines and through meadows. Dropping in elevation, forests of mixed conifer slowly change to tall Ponderosa Pines and then rolling plains of juniper and grasslands. Twenty-six miles to the south lie the cliffs overlooking Heron Reservoir, a resting place for supplemental water on its way to the homes, farms and people of central New Mexico, as well as El Vado Reservoir, which provides water for irrigated agriculture in the Middle Rio Grande valley. <P> The view from Cumbres Pass does little to convey the fragility of this region. Changing precipitation patterns, rising temperatures and decades of fire suppression point towards an uncertain future for the adjacent Chama and San Juan watersheds; a future dominated by the risks of catastrophic wildfire, excessive sedimentation and loss of an important source of clean reliable water for the region. <P> In May 2016, the Bureau of Reclamation sponsored its first AmeriCorps Volunteer under the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program. AmeriCorps VISTA is a federal program designed to provide nonprofits with the organizational capacity to tackle issues of poverty reduction in all of its forms, from early childhood education, to veteran support and environmental stewardship. Reclamation’s VISTA Volunteer, Will Donahoo, lives in Chama, New Mexico. He works as Reclamation’s representative in partnership with the Chama Peak Land Alliance (CPLA), a nonprofit organization of conservation-minded landowners who promote ecologically and economically sustainable land and forest management practices on over 1.4 million acres. Will assists by meeting with landowners on whose lands forest thinning and treatments are planned. He organizes public events and makes public presentations to describe forest treatment work and its objectives. <P> In addition to stewardship and outreach efforts, CPLA conducts forest thinning and prescribed fire treatments in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The work of CPLA to protect private forest lands directly benefits Reclamation and its efforts to maintain a clean, reliable water supply for its projects in New Mexico. CPLA’s outreach and forest treatment work focuses on the Rio Chama watershed, which serves Reclamation’s Middle Rio Grande Project. Additionally, the Navajo, Little Navajo and Rio Blanco watersheds provide critical supplemental water resources to central New Mexico through Reclamation’s San Juan-Chama Project. <P> Completed in 1976, the San Juan-Chama Project is a series of diversion structures, tunnels and a reservoir that divert, store, and release water for the benefit of Project contractors under the Colorado River Compact. Check dams, located at the base of three tributaries of the San Juan River (the Navajo, Little Navajo and Rio Blanco) in southern Colorado near Pagosa Springs, divert water through tunnels, which together carry runoff 26 miles under the Continental Divide from the Colorado River watershed to the Rio Chama, in the Rio Grande watershed. The total allocation of the San Juan-Chama Project is divided between 9 municipalities, 6 pueblos and 2 counties, with the city of Albuquerque being by far the largest recipient, receiving over 50 percent of diverted waters. Within Bernalillo County alone, the San Juan-Chama Project provides 90 percent of the drinking water for over 600,000 residents. <P> A fire within the upland forests, above the San Juan-Chama diversion could have a substantial impact on the ability to provide the quality and quantity of water required by downstream users. In addition, a fire within the Chama watershed could impact the quality and quantity of water available to irrigators served by Reclamation’s Middle Rio Grande Project. <P> Laid bare by fire, soils become prone to erosion, leading to increased runoff, sedimentation and water quality degradation. Fire-damaged watersheds have a reduced capacity to store water in the form of snowpack, leading to water supply shortages during hot summer months. Fire-damaged watersheds also generate increased runoff during storm events, which can lead to downstream flooding. Limits on the amount of water that can be directed at any given time through the San Juan-Chama diversion means that the total amount available on an annual basis to downstream communities such as Albuquerque could be reduced. Additionally, increased runoff would dislodge debris created by wildfire, requiring removal at diversion structures and potentially inhibiting their operation for days, weeks or longer. <P> Catastrophic wildfire outside the range of natural variation would forever alter the characteristics and economy of the region, but wide-scale forest treatments have the potential to reduce this risk. Even small acreages of thinned forests exhibit different characteristics when fire passes through the landscape than those exhibited by untreated forests. Reduced fuels mean fire burns at a lower intensity and has less opportunity to spread between neighboring trees. Research in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund estimates the cost of thinning one acre of forest at $700, versus a potential economic impact of $2,150 if the same acre is damaged by wildfire. <P> Over time, Reclamation’s mission of managing water in the West has become more about preserving, improving and balancing the resources already available, ensuring the resiliency of our water infrastructure to meet future needs. Through partnerships with the CPLA and many others, along with the first generation of VISTA Volunteers, Reclamation is working to protect the San Juan-Chama Project and the water supply to its Middle Rio Grande Project by supporting the direct management of upland forests. This is accomplished by informing stakeholders of the importance of the watersheds above the diversions and reservoirs, and promoting a local economy that can utilize natural resources, including water and forest products, for the benefit of the local community, as well as downstream users. These actions, which together help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire in the Chama region, protect the infrastructure and water supply that Reclamation uses to serve its contractors and project beneficiaries. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/uc/images/mediastories/VISTA/VISTA.jpg" style="float:left" hspace="10" alt="VISTA Volunteer Will Donahoo describing forest treatments in the Canjilon Region of Northern New Mexico"/> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56767 Reclamation Awards a $3.7 Million Contract for Silt Pumping Plant Modernization
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $3.7 million contract for modernization of the Silt Pumping Plant to Aslan Construction, from Berthoud, Colorado. The pumping plant is part of the Silt Project located near Rifle, Colorado. <P> The pumping plant was completed in 1967 and pumps water from the Colorado River to be stored in Rifle Gap Reservoir. Water from the reservoir is used for irrigation in the area. Modernization of the pumping plant includes: installing new pumps, refurbishing the pump motors, and replacing the electrical system. <P> Manufacturing of equipment and parts will begin during the winter of 2016. In the fall of 2017, after the irrigation season ends, work will begin to modernize the pumping plant. The project will be completed before the 2018 irrigation season. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56687 Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project Progresses with Two New Contracts Awarded
Farmington, N.M. – The Bureau of Reclamation recently awarded two new contracts totaling $66.3 million for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project. Those contracts continue construction work on a project that will provide long-term, sustainable water for 43 chapters of the Navajo Nation Reservation, the southwest area of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation and the City of Gallup, New Mexico. <P> On September 7, 2016, Reclamation awarded a $37 million design-build contract to CH2M for the design and construction of a water treatment plant along the project’s Cutter Lateral. Water for the Cutter Lateral will be supplied from Navajo Reservoir via Cutter Reservoir near Bloomfield, N.M. In addition to a state-of-the-art water treatment plant, work under this contract will include design and construction of a clearwell pumping plant, 500,000 gallon regulating tank, 2,500 square foot operation and maintenance building and 21,400 feet of pipeline. The plant will have a phased water treatment system to accommodate increasing flows over time up to a future total capacity of 5.4 million gallons per day. Work under this contract is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2019. <P> On September 8, 2016, Reclamation awarded a second contract valued at $29.3 million to Moltz Constructors, Inc. for construction of Reach 22B of the Cutter Lateral, which will consist of 16 miles of 24-inch diameter pipe and two pumping plants. The pipeline is designed to handle flows up to 9.6 cubic feet per second and is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2018. <P> “Vital infrastructure is a key focus for President Obama, the Department of the Interior and Reclamation and we’re proud of the monumental work being accomplished on this project by our employees, contractors and partners,” said Commissioner Estevan López. “These awards mark a significant milestone for the project; all Reclamation construction along the Cutter Lateral is now either underway or under contract and we’re on track to begin water deliveries through the lateral in 2019.” said Brent Rhees, Director of Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region. The Navajo Nation is also moving forward with design and construction of downstream sections of the lateral under a financial assistance agreement with Reclamation. <P> The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project is the cornerstone of the San Juan River Basin in New Mexico Navajo Nation Water Rights Settlement Agreement. When complete, it will include approximately 300 miles of pipe, two water treatment plants, 19 pumping plants and multiple water storage tanks. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56632 3D Intelligent Model of Glen Canyon Dam
The Bureau of Reclamation constructed numerous dams and powerplants since 1902 utilizing traditional engineering methods and equipment to produce two-dimensional (2D) engineering drawings for design and construction activities. These drawings were drafted by hand until the 1980s when computer aided design (CAD) was introduced in Reclamation. Engineering drawings are still the main output of design and operation and maintenance (O&M) activities today. A major disadvantage of engineering drawings is their focus on discrete components or systems with little reference to adjacent or complementary systems. Recent advances in data capture, three dimensional (3D) CAD models and building information modeling (BIM) have created options for unified intelligent models far beyond current practices. <P> Using commercial off the shelf software and equipment currently operated by Reclamation, this Science and Technology Program project (project ID: 9748) funded by the Research and Development Office seeks to create a unified intelligent model of Glen Canyon Dam and Powerplant to foster enhanced facility management. <P> This intelligent model would serve as a basis for design, O&M, asset management, monitoring, security, and outreach/education. Overall facility operation and management would be enhanced through managers and personnel having better understanding of the facility and interrelated and interconnected systems. <P> Reclamation has utilized Autodesk software, mainly the AutoCAD product family, for over 25 years. These products are used on a daily basis in many offices throughout Reclamation. Reclamation has a long history of collaboration with Autodesk. Autodesk approached Reclamation with a project proposal to create a unified intelligent model of a Reclamation dam and powerplant. Autodesk will also provide funding for a significant portion of the project. The tasks to create this model will be performed by Autodesk and Reclamation personnel. This project will combine and extend several technologies to prove that laser scanning, CAD and BIM can create a unified intelligent model that can be utilized for design and construction, O&M, facility management, safety and security, etc. <P> The proposed project tasks consist of three phases, (1) capture the interior and exterior of the powerplant and dam exterior using stationary laser scanning equipment. (2) Employ aerial photography and underwater sonar to capture the upstream and downstream faces of the dam as well as conditions ¼ mile upstream of the dam site. (3) Create an intelligent 3D model of the facility with overlays for O&M, facility management, security, power distribution and geographic information system. <P> On Monday, August 29, Reclamation staff from every region joined Autodesk to start these phases of work. The 3D image of the pump demonstrated is just a small example of what this project will look like and can accomplish. <P> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" width="500" align="center" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="" width="500" src="http://www.usbr.gov/uc/images/mediastories/GCD/Pump.jpg" /><br /> <p><a href="http://www.usbr.gov/uc/images/mediastories/GCD/GCDPumpfromPhotos.mp4">Click here for 3D image</a></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/uc/images/mediastories/GCD/Scanning-HC.jpg" style="float:left" hspace="10" alt="Autodesk and History Channel scanning at Glen Canyon Dam"/> <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/uc/images/mediastories/GCD/ScanReleaseValve.jpg" style="float:left" hspace="10" alt="Scanning inside valves at Glen Canyon Dam"/> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56607 Irrigation Winds Down on Rio Grande Project
Elephant Butte, N.M. – The Bureau of Reclamation stopped releasing water from Elephant Butte Reservoir on September 8 as the irrigation season for the Rio Grande Project winds down for the year. <P> Elephant Butte Reservoir ended the season with slightly lower storage than this time last year. Its current elevation is 4300 feet with 127,186 acre-feet in storage. Last year, Elephant Butte Reservoir’s low point was on September 22 at 4306 feet with 167,290 acre-feet in storage. <P> Rio Grande Project water is used to irrigate lands in the Elephant Butte Irrigation District in southern New Mexico, the El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1 in west Texas and Mexico. Project water is also used for municipal and industrial purposes by the city of El Paso, Texas. <P> Mexico ended the irrigation season on September 9. The Elephant Butte Irrigation District and El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1 are scheduled to irrigate until about September 12th and 22nd. The total release for this irrigation season on the Rio Grande Project was approximately 525,000 acre-feet. Remaining water for the districts will be released from Caballo Reservoir. Reclamation plans to release most of Caballo Reservoir’s water in the coming weeks to perform maintenance of the intake structure of the dam to remove debris and sediment. <P> The season will end with Rio Grande Project irrigators receiving 77 percent of a full allocation. Typical summer rains didn’t materialize in July, leading to lower reservoir levels than originally anticipated. However, recent rains allowed for an earlier than expected end to the irrigation season. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56589 Xcel Energy Employees Volunteer at Grand Junction Wildlife Area
On September 10, 2016, as part of Xcel Energy’s Day of Service 2016, ten employees from Xcel Energy in Grand Junction, Colorado, volunteered at the Grand Junction Wildlife Area. The wildlife area is located in Grand Junction and owned by Reclamation. <P> The volunteers pruned trees and cut and removed weed barrier material from around cottonwood trees at the wildlife area. This project will ensure the health and growth of trees planted in the wildlife area 17 years ago. The trees are important because they provide wildlife habitat, soil stabilization, erosion control and a measure of flood control. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/uc/images/mediastories/GrandJunction/XcelVolunteers.JPG" style="float:left" hspace="10" alt="Volunteers at Grand Junction Wildlife Area"/> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56549 Reclamation Awards $1.4 Million Contract for Work at Lemon Dam
DURANGO, Colo. – Reclamation has awarded a contract for $1.4 million to Gracon, LLC of Loveland, Colorado for fabricating and installing a steel intake bulkhead gate and refurbishing four trash racks and high-pressure slide gates at Lemon Dam located near Durango, Colo. <P> The bulkhead gate will seal the intake structure to provide a dry work environment for working on the high pressure slide gates while allowing flows into the Florida River to continue. The trash racks prevent unwanted debris from entering the intake structure and protect the high pressure gates that regulate flows through the dam. <P> Off-site fabrication for the steel intake bulkhead gate and other preparatory work will begin in September 2016. On-site work at Lemon Dam is tentatively scheduled to begin in late October 2016 and be completed in January 2017. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56477 Reclamation Releases an Environmental Assessment on Repairs to the Paonia Dam Intake Structure
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment evaluating if Reclamation will provide partial funding to the North Fork Water Conservancy District to make repairs to the Paonia Dam intake structure and bulkhead, part of the Paonia Project located near Paonia, Colo. <P> Repairs will include dismantling the damaged upper concrete bulkhead of the intake structure and replacing the bulkhead with a modified aluminum trash rack and support members. Prior to repairing the intake structure, increased turbidity downstream of the dam will be noticeable due to normal reservoir operations and drawdown. Repairs on Paonia Dam will ensure continuation of normal dam operations and water delivery to downstream users. <P> The draft environmental assessment is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/uc/wcao/progact/paonia/documents.html or a copy can be received by contacting Jenny Ward at 970-248-0651 or jward@usbr.gov. Reclamation will consider all comments received by September 20, 2016. Written comments can be submitted by email to jward@usbr.gov or mailed to: Ed Warner, Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave., Suite 221, Grand Junction, CO 81501. <P> To learn more about the Paonia Project, the upcoming repair work, or sedimentation issues in the reservoir, visit our website at: http://www.usbr.gov/uc/wca/progact/paonia/index.html. You can also be added to our email list for project updates by clicking the “Contact Us” link. <P> Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=56170 Public Meeting on Navajo Reservoir Spring Peak Releases
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting a public meeting Tuesday, August 23 at 6 p.m., to recap the 2016 spring peak release operations at Navajo Reservoir. The meeting agenda includes a recap of the 2016 spring operations; flood risk management and safe channel capacity; sedimentation and bank erosion in the San Juan River Basin; and floodplain risk issues. <P> Susan Behery, Hydraulic Engineer for Reclamation, hopes the public will attend the meeting to, “learn about the purpose and need for spring peak releases from Navajo Reservoir and discuss the 2016 spring peak release operations.” <P> The meeting will include presentations and representation from several agencies, including: Reclamation, US Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service, and San Juan County, N.M, Office of Emergency Management. There will be opportunities for questions, comments, and discussion during the meeting. <P> The meeting will be held at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 West Arrington, in Farmington, N.M. If you have any suggestions for the agenda or have questions about the meeting, please call Susan Behery at 970-385-6560. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=55992 Extraordinary Maintenance Contract Negotiations Begin for the Grand Valley Project
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation, Orchard Mesa Irrigation District and the Grand Valley Water Users Association will initiate negotiations for a proposed contract for repayment of extraordinary maintenance on the Grand Valley Powerplant, part of the Grand Valley Project. <P> The objective of the proposed contract is to provide funds for extraordinary maintenance activities of the Grand Valley Powerplant. The work is necessary to bring the plant up to contemporary safety and operational standards. <P> The first negotiation meeting is scheduled for August 30, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., in Reclamation’s Western Colorado Area Office at 445 West Gunnison Ave., Suite 221. <P> All negotiation meetings are open to the public as observers, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments related to the contract during a thirty minute comment period following the negotiation session. <P> The proposed contract and other pertinent documents will be available at the negotiation meeting or by contacting Ryan Christianson. <P> <P>