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=50627 Fairchild Challenge, Green Careers Day
The Upper Colorado Regional Office and Provo Area Office participated in Fairchild Challenge’s Green Careers Day at Thanksgiving Point, Utah. Fairchild Challenge offers 11 fun environmentally-themed challenges aimed to improve the environment and help schools win money by getting students together to compete with each other, or by doing an individual project. The challenge is free to enter for participants. The environmental education program is designed to give high school students an opportunity to express their opinions about environmental issues in their region. By appealing to their intuitive sense of creativity and curiosity, the challenge invites students to investigate the most difficult environmental issues, imagine effective responses to the issues, and take action to address them. <P> Green Careers Day brings the students to interact with and learn from a variety of professionals working in green-related careers. Students get their hands dirty by participating in activities designed to help them gain awareness of different environmentally-based jobs. <P> Reclamation used the Fairchild Challenge Green Careers Day to teach students Reclamation’s mission and conduct a watercourse scenario. Katrina Grantz, Upper Colorado Region Hydraulic Engineer, explained the different types of dams and water management-related projects. She also taught about the exciting work that Reclamation conducts and the potential careers Reclamation offers in the fields of engineering, land and recreation, safety and security, environmental protection, geology, and much more. <P> The students went to the erosion table water room where David Snyder, Provo Area Fish and Wildlife Biologist, provided a scenario to the students where they had to build water delivery systems with irrigation pipelines, ditches, farm ponds, dams, etc., to get water to a farm without enough water on one side of a mountain and manage the water flow to a farm with too much water on the other side of the mountain---all while protecting endangered fish. The fun, hands-on exercise taught students in-depth scenarios of the type of work Reclamation conducts. <P> Students returned positive feedback and were engaged by answering lessons learned questions at the end of each presentation. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50607 Bureau of Reclamation Announces Brent Esplin as Deputy Regional Director for the Upper Colorado Region
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—The Bureau of Reclamation recently announced Brent Esplin as the new Deputy Regional Director for the Upper Colorado Region. As Deputy Regional Director, Esplin will oversee a variety of water and hydropower programs throughout Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. He begins his new assignment October 4, 2015. <P> “I am excited that I get to continue my service with Reclamation in the Colorado River Basin,” said Esplin. “I have enjoyed working in Reclamation regions throughout the West, but I am very happy to be coming home to serve in the Upper Colorado Region where I grew up. I am looking forward to the great opportunities ahead.” <P> Esplin most recently served as the Area Manager of the Montana Area Office in Billings, Montana, in Reclamation’s Great Plains Region. In that role, he worked on issues related to endangered species, production of hydropower, safety of dam modifications, construction of rural water projects, and municipal and irrigation water supply. <P> “Brent brings a wealth of Reclamation experience in management of historic and contemporary water supply issues,” said Regional Director Brent Rhees. “We are looking forward to adding Brent’s strong background to our team as we meet the unique challenges of the Upper Colorado Region.” <P> Esplin’s service experience in Reclamation also includes assignments as Deputy Area Manager in the Phoenix Area Office, Arizona, Lower Colorado Region; Deputy Area Manager of the Nebraska-Kansas Area Office, McCook, Nebraska, Great Plains Region; and as a civil engineer in the Montana Area Office, also in the Great Plains Region. He has served many years working with endangered species, implementation of Indian water right settlements, contemporary water supply issues for the Central Arizona and Salt River Projects, as well as issues related to Republican River Interstate Compact. <P> Esplin is a native of Smithfield, Utah, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Utah State University. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50547 End of 2015 Irrigation Season for Rio Grande Project
ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M.—The Rio Grande Project’s irrigation season is scheduled to end next week when the release of water from Caballo Reservoir will stop. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation stopped releasing water from Elephant Butte Reservoir on September 16. The release from Caballo Reservoir will stop September 28. The irrigation season will end with a total release of approximately 425,000 acre-feet for the year. Elephant Butte Irrigation District and El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1 will both carry over allocation water into the 2016 irrigation season. This irrigation season, which ran from May to September, was an improvement from 2014, which ran from the last week in May to August 22 and had a total release of 303,000. It was a vast improvement from 2013, when the project only released irrigation water for just over a month due to low supplies. Elephant Butte Reservoir is currently holding approximately 167,000 acre-feet of water, which is eight percent of total storage capacity. Caballo Reservoir is holding more than 26,900 acre-feet. Irrigators on the Rio Grande Project were allocated 59 percent of a full supply this year. <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 for delivery to Mexico under the 1906 treaty. Project water is also used for municipal and industrial purposes by the city of El Paso, Texas. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50527 Reclamation Awards a $1 Million Contract to Upgrade Four Dolores Project Pumping Plants
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The Bureau of Reclamation announced that it has awarded a $1 million contract to PAF Electrical, LLC, Oregon, on September 17 to replace nine existing variable frequency drives that will upgrade the Cahone, Dove Creek, Pleasant View and Ruin Canyon Pumping Plants near Cortez, Colorado. <P> “Replacing the variable frequency drives will increase the energy conservation where there is a need to vary the flow in distribution systems,” said Western Colorado Area Manager Ed Warner. “The new frequency drives will lessen the mechanical and electrical stress on the motors, reduces maintenance and repair costs and extend the life of the motor.” <P> The Dolores Water Conservancy District provides seasonal irrigation and delivers vital water to Montezuma and Dolores Counties as part of the Dolores Project which is owned by Reclamation and operated by the District. The contract provides upgrades for four pumping plants by replacing the nine existing variable frequency drives with modern drives which provides more reliability with increased flow flexibility. <P> The Pleasant View and Ruin Canyon Pumping Plants currently use medium 2400 VAC drives and motors that require the use of old technology and are significantly aged. To support the change in pump operating voltage to 480 VAC at these pumping plants, the equipment at each plant will include a new section of 5 kilovolt metal-enclosed switchgear, a new station service transformer, as well as new a distribution switchboard. New 480 VAC inverter duty motors will replace the four 2400 VAC motors on the existing pumps at those two plants and provide one spare. These new motors will be a hollow shaft design. <P> The Cahone and Dove Creek Pumping Plants were originally constructed using 480 VAC drives and motors. The contract will replace the old 480 VAC variable frequency drives. <P> For more information about Dolores Project, please visit: http://www.usbr.gov/projects/Project.jsp?proj_Name=Dolores+Project <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50409 Reclamation Awards $1.3 Million Contract for Unit Breaker Replacement and Excitation System Modification at Fontenelle Dam and Powerplant
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Bureau of Reclamation awarded Yellowstone Electric Company of Montana a $1.3 million contract to replace the unit breaker and modify the excitation system for the generator at Fontenelle Powerplant near LaBarge, Wyoming, on September 15. <P> Work performed under this contract will benefit Fontenelle Powerplant by upgrading several of the vintage components of the power facility originally installed in the 1960's. These components are no longer supported by the manufacturer and finding replacement parts is no longer possible. The new components will also improve safety for workers who maintain the facility. These upgrades will make Fontenelle Powerplant a more efficient and reliable facility for producing clean, renewable hydroelectricity into the future. <P> “The upgrade to new modern equipment will benefit Fontenelle by enhancing our ability to employ remote operational control, improve generator and system reliability, and create a safer maintenance work environment,” said Field Division Manager Steve Hulet. <P> Fontenelle Dam is a zoned earthfill structure with a spillway that consists of an uncontrolled crest, an open chute, and a stilling basin and has a design capacity flow of 20,200 cubic feet per second. The powerplant is located adjacent to the toe of the dam, with the power penstock branching from the river outlet works. It consists of one 10,000-kilowatt generator and one 16,000-horsepower hydraulic turbine that produce hydroelectricity, a resource administered through Western Area Power Administration that provides power to 15 Central and Western States. <P> Fontenelle Reservoir provides storage and regulation of flows of the Green River for power generation, municipal and industrial use, fish and wildlife, and recreation for camping, picnicking, and boating. <P> The work is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2016. <P> For more information about Fontenelle Dam and Powerplant please visit: http://www.usbr.gov/projects/Powerplant.jsp?fac_Name=Fontenelle Powerplant. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50394 Reclamation Awards $2 Million Contract for Modernization of Elevators at Glen Canyon Dam
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded Armstrong Elevator Company of Florida on September 4 with a $2 million contract to modernize six passenger elevators at Glen Canyon Dam and Powerplant near Page, Arizona. <P> “Modernizing these elevators shows our commitment toward making old infrastructure upgrades and public safety improvements,” said Commissioner Estevan López. “No job is too small; these upgrades will help us meet modern-day code compliance, enhance equipment reliability, efficiency and performance, and create a better visitor experience through improved pedestrian traffic flow and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.” <P> Not only are these elevators original to the facility, but the controls that were modernized in the mid-1980s are now obsolete. The mechanical parts of the elevators need refurbishing, system ancillary equipment (such as door opening mechanisms) has reached the end of its service life and the elevators do not meet ADA compliance. <P> "Updating our buildings and equipment that have old technology is a critical element that will reduce the risk of failure to the mechanical components," Upper Colorado Regional Director Brent Rhees said. <P> Improvements will affect the two elevators that connect the Glen Canyon Dam Carl Hayden Visitor Center with the top of the dam, also the two elevators that connect the top of the dam with the powerhouse and the two elevators that connect the floors in the powerhouse. These elevators are used by Reclamation employees and the public. <P> The motor drives, elevator controls and hoist equipment will be replaced on all six elevators. All wire ropes, traveling cables that connect the elevator car to sources of electrical power, communication and the main controllers, are to be replaced. Guide rails are to be checked for straightness and the roller guides rebuilt. Elevator call panels and floor indicators are to be replaced and some items moved to provide ADA compliance. All door equipment is to be replaced, and car lighting and emergency lighting are to be modernized. <P> The work will be performed within the next year with the goal of completing the modernization by fall 2016. <P> For more information about Glen Canyon Dam and Powerplant, please visit http://www.usbr.gov/uc/rm/crsp/gc/index.html. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50368 Reclamation Awards $11.8 Million Contract to Build Latest Portion of Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project
Bloomfield, N.M. – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López today announced that Reclamation has awarded a $11.8 million construction contract to Meridian Contracting, Inc. for work to be done on Reach 22A, a portion of the massive, historic Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in New Mexico. <P> Reach 22A, in San Juan County, will be the first reach of pipeline to be constructed by Reclamation at Cutter Dam, which is located approximately 20 miles from Bloomfield. Meridian Contracting is a small business enterprise located in Albuquerque. <P> When completed in the next decade, the overall Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project will consist of about 280 miles of pipeline, several pumping plants, and two water treatment plants providing a reliable municipal and industrial water supply from the San Juan River. It will serve a potential future population of 250,000 in the eastern section of the Navajo Nation, southwestern portion of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the city of Gallup, New Mexico. "The Navajo-Gallup project will have the capacity to deliver clean, safe drinking water to tribal and rural communities to a potential future population of approximately 250,000," said Commissioner López. "This contract is another important step in honoring U.S. commitments to Indian nations while providing lasting benefits for local economies and public health." <P> The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project is one of 14 high-priority infrastructure projects identified by the Obama Administration in October 2011 to be expedited through the permitting and environmental review process. <P> “The Navajo Nation supports the construction of this section of the Cutter Lateral as it represents the initial portion of the project that will receive San Juan River water by way of Cutter Reservoir that will be taken to several communities in the Eastern Navajo,” Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said. “The construction of this project brings anticipation of eventually receiving this critical water supply that is key for the health of our people and economic growth.” <P> The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project is the cornerstone of the historic Navajo Nation Water Rights Settlement Agreement in the San Juan River Basin, signed by the Department of the Interior, the Navajo Nation, and the State of New Mexico in December 2010. In addition to the Navajo Nation, project participants include the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the City of Gallup, and – in conjunction with Reclamation – the state of New Mexico, Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Indian Health Service. <P> Reach 22A will consist of 4.5 miles of 20-inch to 24-inch diameter pipeline and will have a capacity of 10.0 cubic-feet-per-second. It will connect to the Cutter Dam, a feature of the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project, and will eventually convey water downstream to Reach 22B and the Cutter Water Treatment Plant, once those features are complete. <P> It is anticipated that these facilities will be completed in 2019, at which time treated drinking water will be available to be delivered to the remainder of the Cutter Lateral through facilities completed by the Navajo Nation to several chapters in the southeastern part of the Navajo Reservation, as well as the southwestern portion of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. <P> Key components of the construction contract include connection to the river outlet works at Cutter Dam and construction of approximately 4.5 miles of pipeline, including a crossing of Largo Wash by horizontal directional drilling. <P> The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project will serve areas that currently rely on a rapidly depleting groundwater supply that is of poor quality and inadequate to meet the current and future demands of more than 43 Navajo chapters, the city of Gallup, and the Teepee Junction area of the Jicarilla Apache Nation. Ground water levels for the city of Gallup have dropped approximately 200 feet over the past 10 years and more than 40 percent of Navajo Nation households rely on hauling water to meet their daily needs. Inadequate water supply also impacts the ability of the Jicarilla Apache people to live and work outside the reservation town of Dulce. <P> At the peak of construction, the Navajo-Gallup project itself will involve more than 600 jobs at numerous project sites. The project is one of 14 high-priority infrastructure projects identified by the Obama Administration in October 2011 to be expedited through the permitting and environmental review process. Construction of the overall project began in 2012, and is on schedule for completion in 2024. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation and Interior made a series of announcements about contracts and assistance related to the project. In 2012, $43 million of financial assistance enabled the Navajo Nation to complete the lower reaches of the Cutter Lateral -- one of two branches of the project. Reclamation is responsible for design and construction of the uppermost reach of the Cutter Lateral, including the Cutter Lateral Water Treatment Plant. <P> In today’s announcement, Reclamation estimates that this portion will take approximately 24 months to complete and will create more than 80 jobs. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50367 Reclamation Temporarily Closes Pedestrian Access over Vallecito Dam
DURANGO, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that Vallecito Dam, located near Bayfield, Colorado, will be closed to pedestrian traffic Tuesday, September 8, 2015, to Wednesday, October 7, 2015, for public safety. <P> The closure is due to the installation of vehicle barriers and boulders at both ends of Vallecito Dam. The construction work will involve heavy equipment, concrete, and open excavations. Construction fence and appropriate signage will be installed in the area. In addition to the dam closure, both parking lots on either side of the dam will be closed for construction access and staging materials and equipment. <P> A four-foot opening will remain between the barriers and boulders for future pedestrian, horse, ATV, and snow machine access. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50350 River rafting restricted near Glen Canyon Dam due to giant unstable slab of rock
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—Officials from the Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Colorado Region have temporarily closed access to the river raft launch near Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona, due to an estimated 500,000 pound rock slab that is beginning to slide from the canyon wall and into the river below. <P> Glen Canyon Dam professionals are in the process of securing the 50-feet high, 30-feet wide and up to 4-feet thick slab of Navajo Sandstone to the canyon wall by installing 6- to 8-foot, 1-inch diameter bolts through the slab and into the wall by specialized Reclamation workers called scalers who drill into the rock and install the bolts while hanging from rappelling lines on the canyon wall. <P> This particular section is just downstream from Glen Canyon Dam and above a machine shop adjacent to the Glen Canyon Dam Powerplant. This area had previously been identified as a risk and six rock bolts were recently installed to temporarily stabilize the area so additional work could be performed at a later date. <P> Soon after the bolts were installed, Glen Canyon Dam operations staff reported several small rock falls and a notable crack opening around a large slab Friday, August 28. No one was injured from the rock falls. <P> On-site security restricted access to outside areas and the river raft operator’s company was notified that they will not have access to the launch ramp at the base of the dam until the large rock slab is secured to the canyon wall or has been removed. Glen Canyon Dam Field Division is working with local partners and vendors to coordinate the restricted access. The rafting restrictions in the area will be lifted when the rock slab is determined to be safe and stable. <P> The local high-scaling crew is working with Reclamation's Upper Colorado Region Power Office geologists to install rock bolts in the canyon wall upstream of the large slab to prepare a safe area from which to work in order to remove some of the slab in several small sections and secure and stabilize the remaining rock slab to the canyon wall. This work is estimated to be complete by October 2. <P> The rock fall did not affect operations at the dam, nor will the work on the canyon wall cause any impact to the operations of the dam. <P> Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Regional geologists constantly monitor the Navajo Sandstone canyon walls for areas of rock that begin to slip from natural wind and water erosion. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50287 Reclamation Releases a Draft Environmental Assessment for Developing Hydropower at Drop 5 of the South Canal
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Reclamation announced today that it has released a draft environmental assessment for a hydropower project at Drop 5 of the South Canal, part of the Uncompahgre Project in Montrose, Colorado. <P> The project, proposed by the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association, will be located approximately four miles downstream from the Drop 4 hydropower project on the South Canal. A Lease of Power Privilege will authorize the use of federal facilities and Uncompahgre Project water to construct, operate and maintain a 2.4 megawatt hydropower facility and associated interconnect power lines. <P> The hydropower plant will operate on irrigation water conveyed in the South Canal and no new diversions will occur as a result of the hydropower project. Construction activities and operation of the hydropower plant will not affect the delivery of irrigation water. <P> The draft environmental assessment is available and can be received by contacting Jennifer Ward by phone at 970-248-0651 or email jward@usbr.gov. <P> Reclamation will consider all comments received prior to preparing a final environmental assessment. Comments can be submitted by email to lmcwhirter@usbr.gov or to: Ed Warner, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave, Suite 221, Grand Junction, CO 81501. Comments are due by Monday, September 14, 2015. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50269 Earth Connections Camp
The Upper Colorado Region along with federal and state partners hosted two successful Earth Connections Camps at Red Butte Garden on June 17 and Moab Youth Garden, Utah, on August 22. Earth Connections goal is to reconnect urban American Indian youth with their natural world and cultural heritage. <P> Each camp had roughly 30 Native American students (K-12) from across the state to spend the day learning about American Indian traditions, constructing dams, painting rock art, learning about hydrology and engineering, language, history, traditional music, song, and dances. American Indian educators and specialists from the various partners led each of the learning stations. The camp is a partnership with the Utah State Office of Education Title VII Program and organizers hope to continue the collaboration and expand the day-camp to have more students attend. <P> Deputy Regional Director Daniel Picard, BOR Deputy Regional Director an Oglala Sioux and Nez Perce descendant, was the keynote speaker. His speech reiterated the importance of maintaining cultural identity in today’s society and encouraged students to pursue higher level education. <P> Stacey Smith presented the dam construction exercise and building solar kits with Reclamation staff assistance to explain Reclamation’s projects and activities to the youth. <P> One by one the students and their instructors shared their thoughts of the day’s activities during circle time. Here is some of the take back from the camp: <P> “I like learning about my culture and being outside in nature,” said Calora Norton, an 11th grader at Lehi High School. “I liked learning about what people here do for their jobs.” <P> Dominic Goodman, a senior at West Jordan High School liked that his generation heard from elders about the importance of education and why they need to learn about traditions and culture. “It is all entangled with who we are,” he said. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=50007 Fish and Fun in the Sun
Heber City, Utah –- Thirty-five excited children boarded 25 motor boats for a day of fishing at Strawberry Reservoir, Utah, on Saturday, August 8. <P> The children and more than 100 volunteers and boat captains participated in the 19th Annual Catch a Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) for Kids, the Bureau of Reclamation-hosted summer event that provides disabled and disadvantaged youth the chance to get outdoors and learn how to fish. <P> A few hours later, participants were all smiles when they disembarked their boats after a morning of chasing fish. Like natural fishermen and fisherwomen, the new anglers came back with stories of fish bites, nibbles and the ones that got away, but many also brought back trophies including the prize cutthroat trout. Coming in at 27 inches and weighing an estimated 8 pounds, the trout was caught by a very excited young fisherwoman. <P> Whether or not the fish cooperated, volunteers and children said they had a great time. One boat captain and volunteer wrote, “After fishing for a bit (no luck), the participant got to be my ‘co-co-captain’ and told me where to drive the boat so we cruised around the lake wherever he wanted to go. We had a great time!” <P> “This was an amazing experience for my kids,” said one parent of participants. “They have never been on a boat before and to see the joy on their faces really made the whole experience. It was an amazing day and one we will never forget.” <P> “It was great for (my son) to go on a boat, and fish with his dad and siblings,” said another participant’s parent. “It was the first time that he had done that and he loved it!” <P> Each year, Reclamation sponsors many C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing events at reservoirs across the Western United States. These events are intended to provide disabled and disadvantaged children the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing. For more information, visit the C.A.S.T. for Kids website at www.castforkids.org. <P> <img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/282/20307194690_78e3c8e00e.jpg" alt="Looks like these three kids had a fun time" width="500px"> <br /> <img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/319/20307133430_3a3402c781.jpg" alt="A beautiful day on Strawberry Reservoir." width="500px"> <br /> <img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/514/20469144466_5a94d90986.jpg" alt="The boats getting ready to head out on Strawberry Reservoir on a foggy morning." width="500px"> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49970 Media Advisory: C.A.S.T. for Kids event at Strawberry Reservoir tomorrow
Strawberry Valley, Utah - The Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Regional Office and Provo Area Office will hold the 19th annual Catch a Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) for Kids fishing event at Strawberry Reservoir. <P> When: Saturday, August 8 from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. <P> Where: Strawberry Reservoir at the Soldier Creek Marina. <P> What: C.A.S.T for Kids provides an opportunity for children with special needs and their families as well as disadvantaged children and their parents/caretakers to spend a day on the water with volunteer anglers learning to fish. <P> At this event there will be opportunities to report on and film: <P> • Participant children receive fishing rod and reel, t-shirt, hat, and tackle box. <P> • Children fishing from boats on the water; a dedicated vessel for media will be available. <P> • Adult volunteer anglers and boat captains interact and coach youth fishing for the first time. <P> • Family activities at Bugler’s Knob Group Pavilion. <P> • Interviews with willing participants and event representatives. <P> Interview opportunities: <P> • Brent Rhees, Regional Director, Reclamation <P> • Kent Kofford, Deputy Area Manager, Reclamation (Provo) <P> Directions from Heber City: Follow Highway 40 South to Strawberry Reservoir, take the second exit (Soldier Creek) and follow the road to the marina. <P> Why: Each year, Reclamation sponsors many C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing events at reservoirs across the West. These events are intended to provide disabled and disadvantaged children the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49968 Reclamation Increasing Releases from Navajo Reservoir in Response to the Gold King Mine Spill in Animas River
DURANGO, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation has increased its water releases from Navajo Dam, from 650 to 1,300 cubic feet per second (cfs), in response to the Gold King mine spill near Silverton, Colorado. <P> Increased releases may help dilute mine contaminates in the San Juan River and alleviate concerns for endangered species and wildlife, while helping with other river issues. <P> Releases from the dam will remain at 1,300 cfs through the weekend and will be reevaluated on Monday, August 10. The decision to increase releases to help decrease the effects of the Gold King mine spill on local rivers and wildlife was made in collaboration with the San Juan Recovery Implementation Program. <P> Reclamation's Western Colorado Area Office says at this time projects in the area have not been impacted, but staff will continue to observe and patrol area projects and will take action as needed. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49830 Investigation into Thefts at Elephant Butte Dam
ELEPHANT BUTTE, NM - Recent thefts of equipment from Elephant Butte Dam have prompted investigations by local and federal law enforcement. <P> Elephant Butte Dam is owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation. Any unauthorized removal of equipment or supplies from the dam or Reclamation property is a federal crime. <P> The thefts occurred around June 18 and July 19. Reclamation staff at Elephant Butte are working with law enforcement officers investigating the thefts. <P> “We ask that members of the public keep an eye out and their ears open for any information on these recent thefts,” said Albuquerque Assistant Area Manager Ken Rice. “Any theft of Reclamation property has an impact on our operations of the dam for water delivery and power generation.” <P> Anyone with information is asked to call Reclamation’s See N Say program at 1-888-748-7220 or e-mail at <a href="mailto:seensay@usbr.gov">seensay@usbr.gov</a>. Or call the Sierra County Sheriff’s Department at (575) 894-9150. A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and prosecution. <P>