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=49536 Water Levels to Rise as Irrigation Release Begins
FORT SUMNER, NM - Water levels on the Pecos River will rise in the coming days as the Bureau of Reclamation moves water downstream for the Carlsbad Irrigation District. <P> The block release of water began Monday morning from Santa Rosa Lake, which is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The release from Sumner Reservoir will begin Tuesday morning, once the water from Santa Rosa arrives. Reclamation will increase the release from about 100 cubic feet per second to about 1,500 cfs. This release is expected to last seven days. Approximately 21,000 acre-feet of water will be moved from Santa Rosa and Sumner to Brantley to be used by the Carlsbad Irrigation District. <P> The public is asked to use caution when working or playing in or near the Pecos anywhere between Santa Rosa Lake and Brantley Reservoir, which is located north of Carlsbad, for the next couple of weeks as the water makes its way downstream. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49577 Western Colorado Area Office Participates In Two Water Festivals
In May 2015, employees of the Western Colorado Area Office (WCAO) participated in two water festivals. The first festival was the Children's Water Festival in Durango, Colorado, at Fort Lewis College on Wednesday, May 6th. Over 700 5th grade students attended the festival and the WCAO taught the "Water Rights Game," where students learn about senior and junior water rights and the effects of water right priorities on all water users. <P> The second festival was the Western Colorado Children's Festival in Grand Junction, Colorado, at the Colorado Mesa University on Monday, May 18th and Tuesday, May 19th. Nearly 2,500 5th grade students attended the festival where WCAO employees and retirees taught the "Water Rights Game," as well as the "Colorado River Journey," in which the kids learn about Colorado River water diversions, water sources, and water quality. <P> Thank you to the WCAO employees who helped this year: Ryan Christianson, Steve Coverly, Rocky Dial, Dee Dee Fowler, Justyn Hock, Reece James, Kevin Moran, Rosann Velnich and Melissa Werkmeister. <P> An extra "thank you" goes to the retired WCAO employees, Mike Baker and Dan Crabtree, who love the Water Festival so much they volunteered their time! <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49407 Boaters Needed for CAST for Kids Event
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Forty special needs and disadvantaged children and their families or caretakers will gear up for the 18th annual Catch a Special Thrill for Kids (CAST) fishing event on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at Soldier Creek Marina on Strawberry Reservoir in Utah. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation-hosted event provides an opportunity for children with special needs and their families, as well as disadvantaged children and their parents or caretakers, to spend a day on the water learning to fish with volunteer anglers. <P> Although all child participant spots for the event are filled, boaters and donations are still needed. Donated items will be delivered to participants in fun packs and given as prizes during raffle drawings for the boaters, volunteers, participants and others at the event. <P> The goal of CAST for Kids is to provide an outdoor experience for youth who might not otherwise have this kind of opportunity. The event also provides opportunities for volunteers to gain a new appreciation for people living with impairments or in less than ideal situations. A catered lunch and awards ceremony will follow the day’s activities. <P> Businesses can get their logo printed on the event t-shirts with a $100 minimum donation to this great cause. In order to meet the t-shirt printing schedule, CAST needs your donation and logo by June 12. <P> To volunteer or donate, go to www.castforkids.org and register for the Strawberry event. <P> For more information, please visit http://www.castforkids.org/events-calendar/cast-events/strawberry-reservoir/. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49387 Doing Business With Reclamation a Free Outreach Session for Contractors
Gallup, NM – The Bureau of Reclamation is conducting a free outreach session to a variety of contractors on the mission of Reclamation and to have one on one sessions to discuss contractor capabilities and government program needs. <P> WHO: The Upper Colorado Region’s Albuquerque South Contracts Group and Program Managers will hold a session for various contractors from the surrounding areas and Reclamation personnel from the southern part of the region. The goal is to cast a wide net to the local and regional market to maximize competition. <P> WHAT: The first half of the day is planned for presentations ranging from the Albuquerque Small Business Development Center, The New Mexico District Office of U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Albuquerque Procurement Technical Assistance Program, Upper Colorado Region Acquisition Management Division, and technical personnel presenting on various programs within the region. The second half of the day will be set up for 10-minute one-on-one sessions among Reclamation Program personnel, Contract Specialists and contractors. There will be a sign up sheet with Reclamation personnel name and title/duties/responsibilities wherein contractors can sign up for the one-on-one sessions. <P> WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2015, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. <P> WHERE: Gallup-McKinley Country Chamber of Commerce, Code Talkers Room, 106 West Historic Highway 66, Gallup, NM. <P> Each firm is limited to two attendees. To pre-register for this free event, please contact Vickie Tripp at vtripp@usbr.gov with your company name and profile. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49349 Doing Business With Reclamation a Free Outreach Session for Contractors
Albuquerque, NM ? The Bureau of Reclamation is conducting a free outreach session to a variety of contractors on the mission of Reclamation and to have one on one sessions to discuss contractor capabilities and government program needs. <P> WHO: The Upper Colorado Region?s Albuquerque South Contracts Group and Program Managers will hold a session for various contractors from the surrounding areas and Reclamation personnel from the southern part of the region. The goal is to cast a wide net to the local and regional market to maximize competition. <P> WHAT: The first half of the day is planned for presentations ranging from the Albuquerque Small Business Development Center, The New Mexico District Office of U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Albuquerque Procurement Technical Assistance Program, Upper Colorado Region Acquisition Management Division, and technical personnel presenting on various programs within the region. The second half of the day will be set up for 10-minute one-on-one sessions among Reclamation Program personnel, Contract Specialists and contractors. There will be a sign up sheet with Reclamation personnel name and title/duties/responsibilities wherein contractors can sign up for the one-on-one sessions. <P> WHEN: Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. <P> WHERE: CNM Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock Avenue Northeast, Albuquerque, NM. <P> Each firm is limited to two attendees. To pre-register for this free event, please contact Vickie Tripp at vtripp@usbr.gov with your company name and profile. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49578 Project Archaeology Workshop
Last month, the Bureau of Reclamation joined the Girl Scouts of America and its partners to host Utah’s FIRST EVER Project Archaeology Workshop. Over 80 Girl Scouts attended the event, where they participated in instructor-guided lessons and activities that instilled a sense of value and respect for Utah’s rich cultural heritage and science based careers. <P> Utah’s Project Archaeologist, Sam Kirkley, organized the event and provided training for partners, including diversity and cultural resource program leads. Professional archaeologists and teachers introduced scientific concepts and information customized to resonate with the different age groups in attendance. Presentations were followed by activities where excited scouts scrambled to apply their new knowledge. They mapped and recorded mock sites, identified and described an assemblage of artifact replicas, and built wickiups. Attendees also engaged with agency representatives during the women-in science career panel. <P> Lindsey Sheppard, a file clerk representing Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region Office encouraged the scouts to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Sheppard also shared her enthusiasm for career opportunities within the agency, saying, “at the Girls' Scout workshop I was asked to cover having a government job as a woman. At first, I was unsure of the topic, but then I understood that this was an opportunity to show how much working women can do! I felt so honored to be with these girls that will grow up to be leaders.” Sheppard then stated, “I told them that every job has its importance and that every employer hires someone for a specific reason, and that they had potential to be the ones to climb the corporate ladder. I told the girls that although they might not have a career picked out yet or even know what they want to be when they get out of high school, Reclamation is a place where dreams start and success follows. Each person (girl) has a reason to wake up each morning to say ‘Today I’m going to move mountains.’ Whatever that reason is, the possibilities of being prosperous are endless. I explained to them that having self-confidence and self-worth are top priorities to living a life of achievement. I believe that the way to having power is to be empowered by what we feel, think, and love about ourselves. I want to thank Reclamation so much for this opportunity! It was a learning experience for me as much as a teaching experience.” <P> After touring the local museum, the rigorous weekend of fun and learning concluded with each of the scouts receiving patches to commemorate their achievements. For more information about Project Archaeology and scout programs, please contact Jeanne Moe at jmoe@montana.edu or visit http://projectarchaeology.org/. Thanks to the Bureau of Land Management, Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation - CTGR, and of course, the Girl Scouts of Utah. Girls Rock! <P> <p><img src="../images/2015/uc/PArchPic1.jpg" alt="Bureau of Reclamation joined the Girl Scouts of America and its partners to host Utah’s FIRST EVER Project Archaeology Workshop. Photo by Reclamation’s Upper Colorado PAO."><br /> <small>Bureau of Reclamation joined the Girl Scouts of America and its partners to host Utah’s FIRST EVER Project Archaeology Workshop. Photo by Reclamation’s Upper Colorado PAO.</small></p> <br /> <p><img src="../images/2015/uc/PArchPic3.jpg" alt="Bureau of Reclamation joined the Girl Scouts of America and its partners to host Utah’s FIRST EVER Project Archaeology Workshop. Photo by Reclamation’s Upper Colorado PAO."><br /> <small>Bureau of Reclamation joined the Girl Scouts of America and its partners to host Utah’s FIRST EVER Project Archaeology Workshop. Photo by Reclamation’s Upper Colorado PAO.</small></p> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49280 Flaming Gorge Dam to Increase Water Releases Monday
SALT LAKE CITY - The recent record warm and dry winter and spring has consistently eroded previously forecast water inflows into the Colorado River. As a result, spring runoff began one month earlier than expected and spawning and emergence of endangered razorback sucker fish populations have arrived in the river early this year. Larval emergence was observed on May 7, 2015. The last time the observed larval emergence happened this early in the year was on May 15, 2007. Therefore, Flaming Gorge Dam will increase water releases from the dam beginning Monday, May 11, 2015, increasing from a release rate of 1,000 cubic feet per second to a total peak release rate of 8,600 cubic feet per second by Thursday, May 14, 2015. Operations, during the peak release will require powerplant capacity releases of approximately 4,600 cubic feet of water per second concurrently with bypass tube releases of approximately 4,000 cubic feet per second. <P> Current Yampa River forecasts indicate decreasing flows May 11 and 12. Based on the current daily forecast, flows at the Green River at Jensen, Utah, are anticipated to increase from 14,000 cubic feet per second to 16,500 cubic feet per second by May 16. <P> Scientists monitor critical habitat to detect the first emergence of razorback sucker larvae as a “trigger” for an experiment being implemented by Reclamation in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. A major purpose of the experiment is to transport as many larval fish as possible into critical nursery habitats located in the floodplains along the Green River, downstream of the confluence of the Green and Yampa rivers. During dry years, this nursery habitat connects to the river at flow rates at or above 8,300 cubic feet per second. The increased releases from the dam, combined with the Yampa River flows, will provide the maximum possible flow of water to transport the larval fish. <P> The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has been consulted concerning the impacts of the releases to the rainbow trout fishery below the dam. While releases during this period will make fishing the river more difficult, no adverse impacts to the fishery are expected. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49254 Reclamation Continues Animas-La Plata Project Contract Negotiations with Southern Ute Indian Tribe
DURANGO, Colo. - Reclamation’s Western Colorado Area Office announced today that it will continue negotiations with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on a proposed contract for the Tribe’s statutory water allocation of the Animas-La Plata Project. The third negotiation meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 8 a.m. at the Western Colorado Area Office, 185 Suttle Street, Suite 2, Durango, Colo. <P> The contract being negotiated will provide for storage and delivery of project water as well as outline terms and conditions of operation and maintenance payments for the project. <P> All negotiations are open to the public as observers, and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments pertaining to the contract during a thirty minute comment period following the negotiation session. <P> The proposed contract and other pertinent documents will be available at the negotiation meeting, or on our website at: http://www.usbr.gov/uc/wcao/index.html, under Current Focus, or by contacting Ryan Christianson of the Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave, Suite 221, Grand Junction, Colorado, 81501, via telephone by calling (970) 248-0652 or via e-mail at rchristianson@usbr.gov. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49573 Construction is Completed on New Parking/Viewing Area at Fruitgrowers Reservoir
Fruitgrowers Dam and Reservoir is located about 15 miles northeast of Delta, Colorado. Construction of the dam began in 1938 and was completed in 1939. The reservoir provides supplemental irrigation water to 2,690 acres of land. Primary crops grown in the area are fruit, small grains, corn, alfalfa, and pasture. The reservoir is frequently used by migratory birds; including grebes and cranes. <P> In 2014, Delta County requested and received approval to construct and maintain a parking/bird viewing area on Reclamation lands for safety issues. The area is located by the reservoir adjacent to N Road, and will relieve traffic congestion caused by pedestrians and parked cars viewing the wide variety of birds the reservoir draws such as sandhill cranes as well as the local wildlife. Construction of the parking/viewing area was completed in March 2015. The parking lot has 20 spaces, including accessible parking, is fenced, and includes a gate for foot access to the reservoir area. <P> Other public access areas at the reservoir which are located closer to the dam, such as a small parking area, a trail, and a viewing area, have recently received a spring clean-up by employees from the Western Colorado Area Office. They re-graded and improved drainage across the parking area, placed large rocks around the parking area to restrict vehicles to the parking area and eliminate off road vehicle use that was occurring, cut overgrowth from the concrete trail and cleaned the trail to make it more usable, replaced some important signs concerning use of the reservoir area, etc. <P> <p><img src="../images/2015/uc/fruitgrowers1.jpg" alt="Fruitgrowers Parking and Viewing Area"><br /> <small>Fruitgrowers Parking Area. Photo Credit: UC Region Public Affairs Office.</small></p> <br /> <p><img src="../images/2015/uc/fruitgrowers4.jpg" alt="Cleaned-up trails"><br /> <small>Fruitgrowers Parking Area. Photo Credit: UC Region Public Affairs Office.</small></p> <br /> <p><img src="../images/2015/uc/fruitgrowers5.jpg" alt="Cleaned-up trails"><br /> <small>Fruitgrowers Parking Area. Photo Credit: UC Region Public Affairs Office.</small></p> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49235 Faler Named Reclamation Albuquerque Area Manager
<div class="floatRight"><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2015/faler.jpg" width="250px" align="right" alt="Jennifer Faler"><br /><span class="caption">Jennifer Faler</span></div>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Bureau of Reclamation has selected Jennifer Faler as Area Manager of the Albuquerque Area Office. <P> Faler has more than 20 years of experience working on water resource and environmental issues both in the federal government and private sector. <P> "Jennifer's strong background in natural resources and project management, as well as her demonstrated leadership skills and abilities were some of the major reasons she was selected for this position," said Upper Colorado Regional Director Brent Rhees. "She is well qualified to meet the challenges of this new opportunity." <P> Faler has served as Deputy Area Manager for the Albuquerque Area Office for the last three years. During that time, she led a reorganization of the office to better align with goals laid out in a strategic plan and to transition to project management. The Albuquerque Area Office has six field divisions to manage with nine major dams on the Rio Grande, Pecos and Canadian rivers and covers New Mexico, Southern Colorado and west Texas. <P> "I'm proud of what we've accomplished together at the Albuquerque Area Office during challenging times," Faler said. "I look forward to continuing to build our team and serving our stakeholders." <P> Faler came to Albuquerque from the Trinity River Division Central Valley Project in California where she served as the Engineering and Construction Branch Chief and Acting Executive Director for the Trinity River Restoration Program. <P> After completing her Master's Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis, Faler worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an environmental engineer and project manager, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program as a state engineer, environmental coordinator and GIS coordinator, the Natural Resource Conservation Service as a wetland team engineer, and as the president of Integrated Technical Services Corp. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49232 Reclamation Releases 2015 Annual Forecast and Operating Plan for the Pecos
Who: Bureau of Reclamation <P> What: Release of Water Forecast and Annual Operating Plan for the Pecos <P> When: April 29, 2015, at 10 a.m. <P> Where: Bureau of Land Management Office, Roswell Field Office, 2909 W. Second Street Roswell, NM. <P> Why: To learn more about the process used for determining this year's operating plan, water forecast, water storage, potential for water storage and release. <P> How: Contact Mary Carlson at (505) 462-3576 with any questions. <P> Background: The Bureau of Reclamation would like to invite the public to a meeting to explain plans for water operations along the Pecos River for the 2015 irrigation season. The presentation will cover the process for determining the plan for water operations. The presenters will explain the 2015 water forecast and potential for storage and release. Representatives of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission will also be on hand to discuss their work on the Pecos. The Powerpoint presentation will be posted on the Bureau of Reclamation's website following the meeting. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49154 East Portal Road Opens
MONTROSE, Colo. - Reclamation’s Curecanti Field Office announced today that the East Portal Road located east of Montrose will open on Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 a.m., after being closed for the winter months. The road, beginning at the junction with State Highway 347, provides access to the Gunnison River within the Curecanti National Recreation Area, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and Crystal Dam. <P> The East Portal Road will remain open throughout the summer and fall until snow, ice, or rockslides make it unsafe for travel. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49132 Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Release 2015 Annual Operating Plan for Middle Rio Grande
Who: Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers <P> What: Release of Annual Operating Plan for the Middle Rio Grande <P> When: Thursday, April 09, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. <P> Where: Bureau of Reclamation Albuquerque Area Office, 555 Broadway Boulevard Northeast, Suite 100, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rio Grande Room Why: To learn more about the process used for determining this year’s operating plan, water forecast, water storage, potential for water storage and release. <P> How: Contact Mary Carlson at (505) 462-3576 with any questions. For remote participation via web ex/conference call, contact Adrienne Putnam (aputnam@usbr.gov) at (505) 462-3651. <P> Background: Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would like to invite the public to our annual meeting to explain plans for water operations along the Middle Rio Grande in 2015. There is a below average snowpack in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, but it looks better than it has in recent years. The presentation will cover the process for determining the plan for water operations. It will include a review of the 2014 water predictions, as compared to what actually happened, related to storage and release. The presenters will then explain the 2015 water forecast, potential for storage and release, and impacts to water-related recreation. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49130 Media Advisory: Finalists Compete for the Desal Prize
ALAMOGORDO N.M - In an effort to combat the global challenge of water scarcity, five finalist teams will demonstrate cost effective, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable innovations in a head-to-head competition for the Desal (Desalination) Prize, the second call for Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development. Sixty eight teams from 29 countries answered the call, which aims to harness innovative technologies to create small-scale brackish water desalination systems that can provide potable water for humans, as well as water appropriate for crops in developing countries. For more information visit www.thedesalprize.org. <P> Who: Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Agency for International Development <P> What: Five Desal Prize finalists will compete for $200,000 in prize funds in head-to-head demonstrations of their innovations’ abilities to address and help alleviate severe water stress. <P> When: Media and Invited Guests: Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 9 a.m. or 2 p.m. Public and Media: Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. <P> Where: Bureau of Reclamation Brackish Groundwater National Desalination and Research Facility, 500 Lavelle Road, Alamogordo, NM <P> How: Contact Mary Carlson at (505) 462-3576 with any questions. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49007 Reclamation Continues Animas-La Plata Project Contract Negotiations with Southern Ute Indian Tribe
DURANGO, Colo. - Reclamation’s Western Colorado Area Office announced today that it will continue negotiations with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on a proposed contract for the Tribe’s statutory water allocation of the Animas-La Plata Project. The second negotiation meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East 3rd Avenue, Durango, Colo. <P> The contract being negotiated will provide for storage and delivery of project water as well as outline terms and conditions of operation and maintenance payments for the project. <P> All negotiations are open to the public as observers, and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments pertaining to the contract during a thirty minute comment period following the negotiation session. <P> The proposed contract and other pertinent documents will be available at the negotiation meeting, or on our website at: http://www.usbr.gov/uc/wcao/index.html, under Current Focus, or by contacting Ryan Christianson of the Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave, Suite 221, Grand Junction, Colorado, 81501, via telephone by calling (970) 248-0652 or via e-mail at rchristianson@usbr.gov. <P>