Commissioner's Offce News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from Reclamation's Commissioner's Office https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63623 Bureau of Reclamation announces the winners of the Colorado River Basin Data Visualization Prize Challenge
WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman has announced that six submissions were selected to receive awards while three submissions were selected to receive partial awards in the Colorado River Basin Data Visualization Prize Competition. Jared Schwartz was selected to receive the top prize of $15,750. <P> The objective of this prize challenge was to develop a visualization tool to support exploration and understanding of climate, hydrology, river and reservoir conditions across the Colorado River Basin as well as how these conditions vary in space and time. It was also expected that the tool help users understand how fluctuations in river and reservoir conditions relate to their interests, such as water supply and recreation opportunities. <P> Jared Schwartz was selected to receive $15,750 for his submission of the Colorado River Reservoir Explorer. It consisted of an interactive map allowing users to locate and view Colorado River Basin reservoirs and display a wide variety of information about those reservoirs. It included a simple but informative display of reservoir storage, inflow, release, and evaporation in the context of historical data, plus a weather summary linked to each reservoir based on USGS hydrologic units. It was the most comprehensive submission with respect to the datasets utilized, drawing on both Reclamation reservoir data and weather data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Others receiving awards for their submissions are: <P> Michael Norton - $10,750<br /> Timothy Han - $7,750<br /> Ben Crary - $7,750<br /> Nicholas Gottlieb - $5,250 Dawn Barton, Mary Qawiyy, Robin Tully, Katlyn Kinsey, and Hareem Mannan - $5,250<br /> Ibrahim Demir - $2,500<br /> Jared Schwartz - $2,500<br /> Raibatak Das - $2,500 <P> For those submissions that receive funding, the federal government will receive a broad license and right to use all solutions. The solver will retain ownership of their idea or concept demonstrated by their proposal. <P> Reclamation collaborated with the U.S. Geological Survey, the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center, the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission on this prize competition. <P> To learn more prize competitions at Reclamation, please visit Reclamation's Water Prize Competition Center at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/index.html">www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/index.html</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63583 Bureau of Reclamation releases report on reservoir operations pilot study for Washita Basin in Oklahoma
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation has released a report that identifies innovative approaches to improve drought resiliency within the Washita Basin in Oklahoma. The study specifically looked at Foss and Fort Cobb Reservoirs, and the approach can be applied anywhere across the Western United States. <P> The study showed that a repeat of paleo droughts could have far greater impacts on reservoir yield than the observed drought of record. The study also predicted the probability of paleo droughts being worse than the observed drought of record, and hence quantified the risks of a reservoir not fulfilling its intended purposes under different drought scenarios. <P> For Foss Reservoir, the firm yield, as determined by the observed 1970s drought of record, is 19,700 acre-feet per year. Through the Enhanced Drought Response Reservoir Operations model, it is predicted that the reservoir firm yield under five paleo drought scenarios would range from 14,000 to 7,400 acre-feet per year. If the maximum demand were to be placed on the reservoir, the demands would need to be reduced between 32 and 66 percent in order to prevent the reservoir from going dry. The probability of a paleo drought being worse than the observed drought of record was found to be about 30 percent. <P> For Fort Cobb Reservoir, the firm yield as determined by the observed 1950s drought of record, is 19,200 acre-feet per year. Through the model, it is predicted that the reservoir yield during the five paleo droughts will range between 18,700 to 15,300 acre-feet per year. If the maximum demand were to be placed on the reservoir, the demands would need to be reduced between 36 and 53 percent to prevent the reservoir from going dry. The probability of a paleo drought being worse than the observed drought of record was found to be about 10 percent. <P> This information will better inform long-term planning efforts and preparation for the next drought. The new modeling tools developed for this study also can be used in real-time during a drought to inform decisions on how much demands need to be curtailed to prevent a reservoir from going dry. <P> Firm yield is the amount of water a reservoir can reliably deliver to customers. The challenge to water managers is that the observed hydrologic record encompasses a narrow period of time. This study combined existing tree ring data and reconstructed the annual Palmer Drought Severity Index over a 600-year historical period to generate new inflow sequences that were used to calculate reservoir firm yield. By having the longer historical record, a more robust calculation of a range of reservoir firm yields that can be used to assist water managers to inform decisions that affect water supply reliability. <P> Foss and Fort Cobb Reservoirs are located in central Oklahoma and are responsible for 90 percent of the surface water supply in the area, providing municipal water for about 40,000 people. Although Reclamation maintains ownership of the dam and conveyance facilities, operations and maintenance responsibilities have been transferred to the Foss and Fort Cobb Reservoir Master Conservancy Districts. <P> This study was conducted as part of Reclamation's Reservoir Operations Pilot Initiative, which aims to identify innovative approaches to improve water management strategies in the Western United States. This program assists stakeholders to develop guidance for identifying and implementing changes that increase flexibility in reservoir operations in response to future variability in water supplies, floods and droughts. The full report may be viewed at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/pilots/">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/pilots/</a>. <P> It is part of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Program. Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with states, Tribes, and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a> for additional information about the program. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63528 Bureau of Reclamation selects 58 projects to receive $3.7 million for WaterSMART small-scale water efficiency projects in 16 western states
WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced today that Reclamation has selected 58 projects to receive $3.7 million for small-scale water efficiency projects in 16 western states. The funding from Reclamation is being leveraged to support more than $8.2 million in improvements throughout the West. The projects funded with these grants include installation of flow measurement devices and automation technology, canal lining or piping to address seepage, municipal meter upgrades, and other projects to conserve water. <P> Funding of up to $75,000 is provided to projects on a 50-percent cost-share. A complete list of the projects selected is available at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/swep/">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/swep/</a>. <P> The City of Avondale in Arizona is receiving $75,000 to update two water treatment/booster station wells within their system. They will connect them to their current supervisory control and data acquisition system which will help them better manage their water supplies. <P> The North Kern Water Storage District in Bakersfield, California, is receiving $75,000 to install SCADA software to interface with previously installed SCADA equipment and two evapotranspiration measurement stations in the service area. <P> The City of Gallup in northwest New Mexico is receiving $60,000 to upgrade old mechanical meters with modern solid-state meters for industrial, commercial and institutional users. This project will allow for allow for more accurate measurement of water consumption and is supported by its 2013 water conservation plan. <P> Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects are part of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Program. The program aims to improve water conservation and reliability, helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. Learn more at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/swep/">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/swep/</a>. <P> Visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a> for additional information about the WaterSMART program. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63426 Bureau of Reclamation selects three submissions to receive prizes for the eradication of invasive mussels in open water prize competition
WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced today that Reclamation has selected three submissions for its prize competition seeking ideas to eradicate mussels in open water. Steven Suhr and Marie-Claude Senut will receive a full award of $80,000 for their idea while Wen Chen and Absar Alum with Stephanie Bone will each receive $10,000. <P> "Providing water managers with new tools to control invasive quagga and zebra mussels is an important part of protecting infrastructure and ecosystems," Commissioner Burman said. "Reclamation is committed to working with our partners to prevent the spread of quagga and zebra mussels in the West." <P> The prize competition was a theoretical challenge and sought innovative solutions to eradicate invasive quagga and zebra mussels from large reservoirs, lakes and rivers in a cost-effective and environmentally sound manner. Invasive mussel infestations pose a significant logistical and economic challenge for local communities, recreationists and water managers. There is no practical method available today for the large-scale control of invasive dreissenid mussel population once they become established. <P> Steven Suhr and Marie-Claude Senut, founders of Biomilab, LLC, proposed using genomic modification to induce a lethal malignant hemic neoplasia in mussels that can be transferred from one mussel to another by proximity. They suggested utilizing the CRISPR/cas9-mediated genome modification to target the function or expression of endogenous dreissenid mussel p53 or telomerase reverse transcriptase genes, or to introduce the viral SV40 Tag gene. This submission for the prize competition received $80,000. <P> Wen Chen, a research scientist at Harvard Medical School, proposed utilizing single stranded DNA/RNA oligonucleotide-based aptamers to target the modified amino acid 3,4 dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) or dreissenid specific foot proteins to interrupt attachment, eventually leading to mussel mortality. The use of aptamers to target DOPA and foot proteins to interrupt mussel settlement is a novel idea and received $10,000. <P> Absar Alum of BioDetek with Stephanie Bone proposed genome modification to develop male mussels that produce sperm containing a light triggered optogenetic switch to drive upregulation or downregulation of cyclin-b expression resulting in death of the fertilized egg. This strategy relies on sunlight penetration into the upper portions of a water body to turn on the optogenetic switch in free-floating, transparent developing eggs and embryos. It was found to be a novel idea and received $10,000. <P> A total of 238 solvers signed up to solve this challenge and more than 100 solvers submitted solutions. Of those solutions submitted, 67 were deemed viable and were judged. Reclamation collaborated with the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Molloy & Associates on this prize competition. To learn more about this prize competition please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/mussels.html">https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/mussels.html</a>. <P> The results of this prize competition will support a broader effort by the federal government, as well as work by the Western Governors' Association, western states, and tribes to protect western ecosystems, water infrastructure and hydroelectric facilities from invasive mussels. To learn more, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/mussels. <P> To learn more prize competitions at Reclamation, please visit Reclamation's Water Prize Competition Center at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/index.html">www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/index.html</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63423 Shelby Hagenauer Named Reclamation’s Deputy Commissioner
WASHINGTON –Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman today announced the appointment of Shelby Hagenauer as Reclamation's Deputy Commissioner. Hagenauer has nearly two decades of experience working on natural resource issues including the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act and federal water policy. <P> “Shelby’s understanding of natural resource policy and knowledge of Capitol Hill will be a great asset for Reclamation,” said Commissioner Burman. “Her policy experience will help us craft common sense water policy and enable us to better deliver water and hydroelectric power to the west.” <P> Hagenauer has close to 20 years of experience working in and with the federal government through positions on Capitol Hill and the private sector. Her policy experience ranges from work on natural resource, agriculture and California water policy to financial services and defense issues. <P> Hagenauer spent more than a decade serving on the staffs of current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23) and former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas. She was the lead water policy staff for both Members, working extensively on behalf of congressional districts from the Central Valley of California. Additionally, she was Leader McCarthy’s primary advisor for 2008 Farm Bill reauthorization activities. <P> In the private sector, Hagenauer continued working with natural resource clients as part of the Public Policy Practice Group at Nossaman LLP. <P> Hagenauer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. After growing up on and near military bases around the country, including graduating from high school at Edwards Air Force Base, she considers California her home. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63345 Department of the Interior seeks comments on proposed categorical exclusion under National Environmental Policy Act for certain types of transfers of title for Bureau of Reclamation facilities
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of the Interior has published a Federal Register notice seeking public comment on a proposed categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act for certain transfers of title of projects and facilities from the Bureau of Reclamation to qualifying non-federal entities. Reclamation is proposing to establish a new categorical exclusion to facilitate the transfer of title for a limited set of simple, noncontroversial or uncomplicated projects and/or project facilities. <P> The federal register notice is available at <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2018-22630">https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2018-22630</a>. <P> Title transfer is a voluntary conveyance of ownership for water projects including dams, canals, laterals and other water-related infrastructure to the beneficiaries of those facilities. It divests Reclamation of responsibility for the operation, maintenance, management, regulation of, and liability for the project, lands and facilities to be transferred. <P> The benefitting non-federal entity is also provided with greater autonomy and flexibility to manage the facilities to meet their needs in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and in conformance with contractual obligations. Public comments on this proposed action are due to Reclamation 30 days from the day it appears in the Federal Register, which is November 16, 2018. <P> A transfer of title is a federal action under NEPA. NEPA requires that when a major federal cation may have significant impacts on the quality of the human environment, a statement be prepared to describe the impacts and effects on the human environment associated with the federal action. If it is determined that a certain category of actions will not normally have a significant effect on the human environment, those actions may be excluded from further NEPA review. <P> You can learn more about title transfers at the Bureau of Reclamation at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/title">www.usbr.gov/title</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63324 Bureau of Reclamation provides funding opportunity for established watershed groups for on-the-ground watershed management projects
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation has opened a funding opportunity for watershed groups to seek funding to implement on-the-ground watershed management projects for their communities. The funding provided through the Cooperative Watershed Management Program helps local stakeholders develop local solutions that will improve water reliability while reducing conflict, addressing complex water issues and stretching limited water supplies. <P> Reclamation anticipates awarding between six and 10 projects through this funding opportunity. To view the funding opportunity, please visit <a href="https://grants.gov">grants.gov</a> and search for opportunity number BOR-DO-18-F013. Applications are due on January 30, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. MDT. <P> Each project may receive up to $300,000 in federal funding. The recipient must provide a minimum of 50-percent of the total project costs. <P> To be eligible for this funding, the applicant must be a watershed group. A watershed group is defined as a grassroots, non-regulatory entity that addresses water availability and quality issues with the relevant watershed, is capable of promoting the sustainable use of water resources in the watershed, makes decisions on a consensus basis, and represents a diverse group of stakeholders, including irrigated agriculture, the environment, municipal water suppliers, hydroelectric producers, livestock grazing, timber production, land development, recreation or tourism, private property owners, federal, state and local governments, and tribes. <P> To learn more about the Cooperative Watershed Management Program, please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/cwmp/">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/cwmp/</a>. <P> Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with States, Tribes, and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a> for additional information about the program. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63323 Bureau of Reclamation launches prize challenge seeking new or improved techniques for reservoir sediment removal in a cost-effective manner
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a new prize challenge seeking new or improved techniques to remove sediment from reservoirs in a cost-effective manner. Sedimentation in reservoirs can be a significant problem by limiting the active life of reservoirs by reducing available water storage capacity or flood control benefits. Sedimentation also impacts dam outlets, reservoir water intakes, water quality, recreation, upstream flood stage, and downstream habitat. <P> This is a theoretical challenge where solvers can provide ideas on sediment collection, transport, or delivery to the downstream river. In a theoretical challenge the only thing required is a white paper. Solvers are asked to submit their idea with detailed descriptions, drawings, illustrations, specifications, supporting data or literature, and any other things that would be needed to bring the idea to practice. <P> In this first stage, a total prize pool of $75,000 is available. The minimum full amount award is $15,000. Depending on the proposal, Reclamation may award more than that up to the total prize purse. If this first stage produces winning concepts and Reclamation determines a second stage is beneficial, it will launch a subsequent challenge where participants will be asked to present their proposal and provide a working prototype. In addition to an anticipated higher monetary award, Reclamation will invite industry, non-profit organizations, and venture capital representatives to the Stage 2 presentations and testing. <P> Submissions for this competition must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 4, 2019. <P> Reclamation is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Natural Resource Conservation Service and American Rivers on various aspects of this prize competition. <P> To learn more about this prize competition and other competitions Reclamation has hosted, please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/index.html</a>. <P> <div class="fluid-video"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/4v2o6tEIz-E?rel=0&showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63287 Bureau of Reclamation awards $1.3 million to seven projects to develop water market strategies in their communities
WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that Reclamation has awarded $1.3 million to seven projects to establish or expand water markets or water marketing activities. These seven projects are located in California, Colorado, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Washington. <P> "Water marketing provides communities a solution to move water between willing sellers and buyers within their local delivery areas," Commissioner Burman said. "A water market is just one of the several tools water managers need to manage water within their communities." <P> A complete description of the selected projects is available at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/watermarketing/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/watermarketing/index.html</a>. The selected projects are: <P> Carson Water Subconservancy District (Nevada)<br /> Reclamation funding: $100,000, non-federal funding: $111,649 <P> City of Grand Junction (Colorado)<br /> Reclamation funding: $200,000, non-federal funding: $200,000 <P> County of Madera (California)<br /> Reclamation funding: $199,999, non-federal funding: $200,000 <P> Inland Empire Utilities Agency (California)<br /> Reclamation funding: $400,000, non-federal funding: $1,266,949 <P> McMullin Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency (California)<br /> Reclamation funding: $193,000, non-federal funding: $193,000 <P> Seleh-Moxee Irrigation District (Washington)<br /> Reclamation funding: $72,900, non-federal funding: $72,900 <P> The Chickasaw Nation (Oklahoma)<br /> Reclamation funding: $149,228, non-federal funding: $149,228 <P> Water marketing strategy grants are used to conduct planning activities in developing a water marketing strategy. Water marketing refers to water rights transactions and includes the lease, sale or exchange of water rights undertaken in accordance with state and federal laws between willing buyers and sellers. Learn more at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/watermarketing/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/watermarketing/index.html</a>. <P> Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with States, Tribes, and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a> for additional information about the program. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63284 Bureau of Reclamation selects 54 projects to receive $26.5 million to improve water efficiency in the West
WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that Reclamation has selected 54 projects to receive a total of $26.5 million through WaterSMART water and energy efficiency grants. This funding will be leveraged to accomplish approximately $167 million in improvements throughout the West. The projects funded with these grants include canal lining and piping, automated gates and control systems, and installation of advanced metering. <P> “President Trump is dedicated to better water infrastructure for communities and farmers, and adequate and safe water supplies are fundamental to the health, economy, and security of the country,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. WaterSMART water and energy efficiency grants enable Interior, states, tribes, and local entities to work together to take action to increase available water supply through infrastructure investments.” <P> "Improving water efficiency is an important part of ensuring communities have a reliable water supply in the future," Commissioner Burman said. "The projects we’ve selected today will help communities throughout the Western United States by providing them with tools they can use to better manage their water needs." <P> Water and energy efficiency grants focus on projects that conserve and use water more efficiently. Projects may also lessen the risk of future water conflicts and provide other benefits that contribute to water supply reliability in the western United States. Other projects complement on-farm improvements that can be carried out with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to accomplish coordinated water conservation improvements. <P> Funding is provided in two groups. Funding Group I projects receive up to $300,000 and can be completed within two years. Funding Group II projects may receive up to $1 million for a phased project up to three years. <P> The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes near Pocatello, Idaho, will receive $888,818 to replace a 1,500-horsepower pump on the Portneuf River and install a new variable frequency drive pump. It will also line one mile of earthen canal to reduce water losses due to seepage. The project is expected to result in a water savings of 5,628 acre-feet per year which will increase tribal water supply and improve drought resiliency. <P> The Mapleton Irrigation District and Company near Provo, Utah, will replace three miles of existing open canals and a box culvert in Hobble Creek Canyon with a pressurized pipeline that will eliminate water losses due to seepage, evaporation and ditch failure. They will receive $300,000 towards the $1.2 million project. It is expected to result in an annual water savings of 1,685 acre-feet each year. <P> The City of Bakersfield will receive $743,300 to install monitoring devices with telemetry at 20 locations along the Kern River and a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system to accurately and remotely measure Kern River diversions. The $1.6 million project will result in an annual water savings of 4,592 acre-feet that will be used to replenish the local groundwater and make more water available to users, helping to reduce the potential for water-related conflicts in the area. <P> The complete list of projects is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg/">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg/</a>. Projects were selected through a competitive process and must provide a minimum of a 50-percent cost-share. <P> Visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a> for additional information about the WaterSMART program. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63233 Bureau of Reclamation awards $185,000 grant to Colorado Parks & Wildlife for enhancement of aquatic species data sharing system
WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced the award of a $185,000 grant to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife for enhancement and further roll-out of a watercraft inspection and decontamination database. Federal and state inspectors use the database to track watercraft decontamination activities occurring at lakes, reservoirs and related waterways. These watercraft inspection and decontamination activities are being conducted to help prevent the spread of quagga and zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species. <P> "Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species like quagga and zebra mussels is a high priority for Reclamation," said Commissioner Brenda Burman. “This grant will make it easier for federal and state inspectors to track decontamination activities and is another step towards consistent effective prevention." <P> Colorado Parks and Wildlife initially developed the database in 2014 to monitor boat inspections occurring in the state of Colorado. The database was expanded in 2016 to include multi-jurisdictional uses through a grant with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The database is maintained through an existing contract between Reclamation and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. In addition to invasive mussels, it helps track other aquatic species such as Asiatic clams, water hyacinth, water lettuce and giant salvinia. <P> Since initial development, the states of Arizona, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming are currently using the data sharing system statewide. The system is also currently being used in Texas at Amistad National Park. In California, there are three water districts using the system, including at Lake Tahoe. The database use continues to increase each year with the states of Nebraska and South Dakota having expressed interest in using the system beginning in early 2019. <P> The database is comprised of a mobile application that works on any iOS or Android device, a database and a website application. Reclamation’s grant will provide for increased help desk services, administration/reporting, and technical support for all participants using the system. Entities using the system must provide their own hardware (computers, tablets, phones) and must pay for their internet connectivity. The system is password protected and does not store any personal identifiable information. <P> The grant to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife is part of the $4.4 million in funding announced earlier this year to combat quagga and zebra mussels in the West. Learn more about how Reclamation is addressing invasive mussels at <a href="www.usbr.gov/mussels">www.usbr.gov/mussels</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63232 Bureau of Reclamation funds Upper Missouri River Pallid Sturgeon study
WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that Reclamation is providing $45,000 to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to continue a study of how Reclamation's projects are affecting the endangered pallid sturgeon in the upper Missouri River above Fort Peck. <P> "Data gathered through this study will assist in the preservation of the pallid sturgeon and may hopefully lead to its down listing," Commissioner Burman said. "The study’s data provides information on the evaluation of pallid sturgeon reproduction conditions, the collection of habitat data measurements and a more complete data analysis." <P> Through the life of this agreement, Reclamation anticipates providing more than $200,000 to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. They are maintaining a radio-telemetry monitoring system located within the 200-mile study reach and organizing the data. They are also manually tracking and locating radio-tagged fish once per month from April to October. <P> Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has already received $90,000 and has confirmed the spawning areas, radio-tagged all fish captured not containing previous tags, and monitored and tracked fish located in those areas. <P> Learn more about the pallid sturgeon on the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks <a href="http://fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/species/endangered/pallidSturgeon/">website</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63231 Bureau of Reclamation provides $69,000 to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to complete electrical upgrade at Lakeview Campground in Lake Minatare State Recreation Area
WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that Reclamation is providing $69,000 to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The funding will be used to complete the upgrade of electrical pedestals in Lakeview Campground at Lake Minatare State Recreation Area. <P> "Recreation is important part of the Reclamation projects throughout the West," Commissioner Burman said. "This project will enhance the visitor experience at Lake Minatare State Recreation Area by modernizing infrastructure and improving the camping experience at the Lakeview Campground." <P> This is a continuation of a project at Lakeview Campground where they are upgrading the electrical pedestals from 30-amp to 50-amp service. Reclamation previously provided the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission $68,450 to begin the electrical upgrades. To date, 19 of the 37 30-amp electrical pedestals have been upgraded. <P> Lake Minatare is the Nebraska Panhandle’s largest body of water, attracting thousands of anglers, campers, water skiers and swimmers each year. As part of the North Platte Wildlife Refuge, the lake also is a haven for waterfowl and other fauna. It provides opportunities for modern and primitive camping, picnicking, swimming, boating and fishing. It also is the home of Nebraska's only full-size lighthouse. Learn more about the Lake Minatare State Recreation Area at <a href="https://outdoornebraska.gov/lakeminatare/">https://outdoornebraska.gov/lakeminatare/</a>. <P> The dam was built by the Bureau of Reclamation and receives water from Guernsey Reservoir and Lake Alice by two separate canals. It is part of the North Platte Project that provides full-service irrigation to 220,000 acres and supplemental irrigation service to 109,000 acres. Learn more about Minatare Dam and the North Platte project at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/projects/index.php?id=178">https://www.usbr.gov/projects/index.php?id=178</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63166 Bureau of Reclamation launches funding opportunity for 2019 Desalination and Water Purification Research Program
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is making the 2019 funding opportunity for the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program. The funding opportunity is available for private industry, universities, water utilities and other research sponsors to submit proposals to cost-share laboratory-scale and pilot-scale projects that address DWPR goals and objectives. <P> To view this funding opportunity, please visit <a href="https://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> and search for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F001. Applicants for desalination and water purification research projects funding must submit their proposals by 4:00 p.m. MST on Thursday, December 13, 2018. <P> The goal of the DWPR Program is to increase water supplies by reducing cost, energy consumption and environmental impacts of treating impaired and otherwise unusable waters. Reclamation is interested in research where the benefits are widespread and where research has a national significance — where the issue are of large-scale concern and the benefits accrue to a large sector of the public. <P> Funding is available, subject to appropriations, in two areas, Laboratory and Pilot Scale projects. <P> <ul> <li>Laboratory scale projects are typically bench scale studies involving small flow rates. They are used to determine the viability of a novel process, new materials or process modifications. Federal funding is limited to no more than $150,000.</li> <li>Pilot scale projects test a novel process at a sufficiently large scale to determine the technical, practical and economic viability of the process and are generally preceded by laboratory studies that demonstrate they technology works. Federal funding is limited to no more than $400,000 per proposal, up to $200,000 will be available in the first year and up to $200,000 for an optional second year for finalizing testing, justified modifications and evaluation.</li> </ul> <P> Individuals, institutions of higher education, commercial and industrial organizations, private entities, State and local governments, federally funded research and development centers, Tribal governments and organizations, United States-Mexico binational research foundations and inter-university research programs, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. For institutions of higher education and for United States-Mexico binational research foundations and inter-university research programs, non-Federal cost share is not required but highly encouraged. All other applicants must provide at least 75 percent non-Federal cost share. <P> The DWPR program is supporting the Department of the Interior's priorities, including: creating a conservation stewardship legacy second only to Teddy Roosevelt, utilizing our natural resources, and restoring trust with local communities, among others. To learn more about Reclamation's Desalination and Water Purification Research Program please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/dwpr">www.usbr.gov/research/dwpr</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63143 Bureau of Reclamation launches prize competition seeking ideas to continuously power instruments on power generator rotating shafts
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation has launched a new prize competition seeking solutions to provide direct current power of up to 20 watts for electronic instruments on hydropower generating units’ rotating shafts. Power sources for electronics on rotating shafts presently available include batteries and contact solutions. However, existing technologies for these types of power sources are limited with respect to operation, installation, maintenance or other factors. Thus, new solutions are needed to power these instruments, which will be installed permanently on the rotating shaft to collect continuous data of generator operation and performance. <P> Reclamation is making a total award pool of $250,000 available for this competition. After the competition deadline, Reclamation will select solutions for experimental validation in a laboratory or field-scale demonstration. The solvers selected for this validation will share up to $50,000, with no award smaller than $5,000. Final awards will be granted from the remaining award pool through critical analysis of the demonstration results by Reclamation and its panel of judges. <P> Solutions for this prize competition can be novel approaches or can build upon existing methods and technologies. The solver should submit a white paper that describes a device for providing direct current power to instruments on rotating shafts as defined in the solution requirements. It should be accompanied by a well-articulated rationale supported by literature and/or patent precedents. <P> Reclamation is the second largest producer of hydropower in the country, operating 53 power plants. The generating units at these plants are expected to safely and reliably produce the power that is delivered to the western electric grid. Monitoring the generating units is a critical advancement toward keeping these units operational. <P> Submissions for this competition must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 8, 2018. <P> Reclamation is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bonneville Power Administration on this prize competition. <P> To learn more about this prize competition and other competitions Reclamation has hosted, please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/index.html</a>. <P>