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=66103 Interior and states sign historic drought agreements to protect Colorado River
BOULDER CITY, NEV. – The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation and representatives from all seven Colorado River Basin states gathered today and signed completed drought contingency plans for the Upper and Lower Colorado River basins. These completed plans are designed to reduce risks from ongoing drought and protect the single most important water resource in the western United States. <P> “This is an historic accomplishment for the Colorado River Basin. Adopting consensus-based drought contingency plans represents the best path toward safeguarding the single most important water resource in the western United States,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “These agreements represent tremendous collaboration, coordination and compromise from each basin state, American Indian tribes, and even the nation of Mexico.” <P> In addition to the voluntary reductions and other measures to which the basin states agreed, Mexico has also agreed to participate in additional measures to protect the Colorado River Basin. Under a 2017 agreement, Minute 323 to the 1944 U.S. – Mexico Water Treaty, Mexico agreed to implement a Binational Water Scarcity Contingency Plan but only after the United States adopted the DCP. <P> The Colorado River, with its system of reservoirs and water conveyance infrastructure, supplies water for more than 40 million people and nearly 5.5 million acres of farmland across the western United States and Mexico. The reservoirs along the river have performed well—ensuring reliable and consistent water deliveries through even the driest years. But, after 20 years of drought, those reservoirs are showing increasing strain; Lake Powell and Lake Mead, the two largest reservoirs on the system and in the United States, are only 39% and 41% full respectively. And, while the basin experienced above-average snowpack in 2019, the total system storage across the basin began the water year at just 47% full. <P> “The urgency for action in the basin is real, and I applaud all of the parties across the seven states and Mexico for coming together and reaching agreement to protect the Colorado River,” said Burman. “I’m glad to finally say that ‘done’ is done.” <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65952 Bureau of Reclamation makes up to $3 million available for 2019 Water Marketing Strategy Grants funding opportunity
WASHINGTON — The 2019 Water Marketing Strategy Grants funding opportunity is now available from the Bureau of Reclamation. This funding opportunity is available to water entities to establish or expand water markets or water marketing activities. Reclamation will make available up to $200,000 for simple projects that can be completed within two years and up to $400,000 for more complex projects that can be completed in three years. Up to $3 million is available for this funding opportunity. <P> "The water marketing strategy grants provide entities an opportunity to leverage their money and resources with Reclamation to develop a water marketing strategy to increase water supply reliability," program coordinator Avra Morgan said. <P> The funding opportunity is available at <a href="https://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for BOR-DO-19-F006. Applications will be due on July 31, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. MDT. <P> Those eligible to apply for these grants are states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the western United States or United States territories. This includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands. <P> Water markets support the President's memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West. They are between willing buyers and sellers and can be used to help water managers meet demands efficiently in times of shortage, helping prevent water conflicts. These planning efforts proactively address water supply reliability and increase water management flexibility. Learn more about water marketing at https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/watermarketing. <P> The funding is part of WaterSMART. WaterSMART is a Department of the Interior initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. For more information on the WaterSMART program, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">https://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65909 Reclamation launches funding opportunity for desalination and water purification pilot projects
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a novel "pitch to pilot" funding opportunity seeking new innovative technologies or processes for desalination and water purification. Top applicants will pitch their ideas to reviewers for the chance to test through a pilot demonstration. <P> "We are addressing a critical need to reduce the costs, energy requirements and environmental impacts for treating unusable water. Our approach is unique. We are streamlining the funding process by asking the strongest applicants to pitch their concept," said Desalination Water Purification Research Program Administrator Yuliana Porras-Mendoza said. "This is an opportunity to take a new approach from the lab to a real-world demonstration, providing products that serve the water treatment community and attract commercial interest." <P> Specifically, Reclamation is seeking: <P> <ul> <li>a less energy-intensive way than current processes and technologies to treat brackish groundwater at the pilot scale.</li> <li>to reduce the high cost, energy usage and/or environmental impacts of concentrate management for inland desalination at the pilot scale.</li> <li>to improve efficiency of treatment without increasing the total cost and energy usage of current systems for desalination pretreatment.</li> <li>to address costs, energy usage and/or environmental impacts of seawater desalination, including intakes and/or outfalls.</li> </ul> <P> Reclamation anticipates awarding four to six agreements with up to $150,000 available per agreement through its Desalination and Water Purification Research Program. Applications are due June 25, 2019, at 4 p.m. MDT. Reclamation will invite the finalists to present their proposal at Reclamation's Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on August 28-29, 2019. <P> The funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching funding opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F017. Though not required, applicants are encouraged to provide a non-federal cost share. Individuals/entrepreneurs, institutions of higher education, commercial or industrial organizations, private entities, state and local governmental entities, federally-funded research and development centers, tribal governments and organizations, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. <P> Learn more about Reclamation's Desalination and Water Purification Research Program at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/dwpr">https://www.usbr.gov/research/dwpr</a>. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65883 Bureau of Reclamation makes $32 million in funding opportunities available for Desalination Construction Projects and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects under the WIIN Act
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation has released two funding opportunities under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, Desalination Construction Projects and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects. Applications for both of the funding opportunities are due by June 28, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. MDT. <P> "These types of projects provide flexibility for communities to stretch the limited water supplies in the western United States by developing and supplementing municipal and irrigation water supplies," Program Coordinator Amanda Erath said. <P> The Desalination Construction Projects funding opportunity is for sponsors of ocean and brackish water desalination projects to request cost-shared funding for the planning, design, and/or construction of those projects. The recipient must provide at least 75% of the total project costs. Eligible applicants include states, departments of a state, subdivisions of a state, or a public agency organized pursuant to state law. To be eligible, sponsors must have completed a feasibility study and submitted it to Reclamation for review. Approximately two to six awards are expected to be made with up to $12 million available. This funding opportunity is available at <a href="https://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F008. <P> Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects under WIIN is for sponsors of projects eligible under section 4009(c) of the WIIN Act to request cost-shared funding for the planning, design, and/or construction of those projects. To be eligible, sponsors must have completed a Title XVI Feasibility Study that Reclamation has reviewed and found to meet all of the requirements of Reclamation Manual Release WTR 11-01. The recipient must provide at least 75% of the total project cost. Approximately four to eight awards are expected to be made with up to $20 million available. This funding opportunity is available at <a href="https://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F018. <P> The funding for these projects supports President Trump's memorandum on promoting the reliable supply and delivery of water in the West. Specifically, these projects are investments in technology that enables broader scale use of recycled water. <P> The funding is part of WaterSMART. WaterSMART is a Department of the Interior initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. For more information on the WaterSMART program, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65663 Statement by Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman on the President signing law authorizing Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plans
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, President Trump took a historic step to reduce risk on the Colorado River by signing bipartisan legislation authorizing the Department of the Interior to implement Drought Contingency Plans in the Upper and Lower Basins of the Colorado River. This action supports agriculture and protects the water supplies for 40 million people. <P> The Colorado River is the single most important water resource in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. All levels of government stepped up to address the Basin’s worst drought in recorded history. We’ve seen collaborative efforts among the seven Basin states, local water agencies, Tribes, Mexico and the Department of the Interior. Congress took prompt action on implementing legislation for the Drought Contingency Plans, and the President acted swiftly to sign that legislation into law. Adopting consensus-based DCPs is the best path toward safeguarding this critical water supply. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65543 Statement by Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman on historic legislation to implement Drought Contingency Plans
WASHINGTON, D.C. — I’m pleased that collaborative efforts among the seven Colorado River Basin states, local water agencies, Tribes, non-governmental organizations, Mexico and the Department of the Interior to reduce risk on the Colorado River are succeeding. I applaud Congress for taking prompt action on implementing legislation for the Drought Contingency Plans. This brings us one step closer to supporting agriculture and protecting the water supplies for 40 million people in the United States and Mexico. Working together remains the best approach for all those who rely on the Colorado River. <P> <br /> <br /> <br /> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65143 Bureau of Reclamation releases water management funding opportunity for Indian tribes
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation has released a funding opportunity for federally recognized Indian tribes to assist them in developing, managing and protecting their water and related resources. It is anticipated that $1.5 million will be available under this funding opportunity and the total funding awarded to any successful applicant will not exceed $200,000. <P> The funding opportunity is available on <a href="https://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F002. It will close on May 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. MDT. <P> To be eligible for this funding opportunity, the applicant must be a federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization located in the 17 western states identified in the Reclamation Act of 1902 as amended and supplemented. Federal, state, and local governments as well as individuals are not eligible to apply. <P> This funding opportunity is available through Reclamation's Native American Affairs Technical Assistance Program. They provide technical assistance through cooperative working relationships and partnerships with Indian tribes and tribal organizations. To learn more about this program please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/native/programs/techasst_activities_tap.html">https://www.usbr.gov/native/programs/techasst_activities_tap.html</a>. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65123 Scott Swanson selected as Deputy Director for Security, Safety and Law Enforcement at Bureau of Reclamation
WASHINGTON —Bureau of Reclamation's Director for Security, Safety and Law Enforcement Karen Knight has announced the selection of Scott Swanson as the Deputy Director for SSLE. Swanson will be responsible for internal planning and operations for the organization. <P> "Ensuring the safety of Reclamation's infrastructure employees and the public is our number one priority in supporting the mission of the Bureau of Reclamation," Knight said. "The organizational experience that Scott has will make SSLE a better organization." <P> Swanson joined Reclamation in 2015 as a supervisor in the Policy and Administration, Program Services Office where he oversaw Programmatic Internal Controls and the Reclamation Manual. He moved to SSLE in 2017 as the chief of the Program and Emergency Management Office where he oversaw emergency management, continuity of operations and aviation for Reclamation. <P> He began his federal career in 2001 as a seasonal wildland firefighter for the National Park Service before moving to a senior wildland firefighter for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a public affairs specialist for the Bureau of Land Management. He worked for the Office of Inspector General as a management and program analyst from 2009 to 2015 where he specialized in continuous process improvement, organizational facilitation, and strategy management. <P> Swanson has a Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University and a Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from Arizona State University. He is a member in the International Association of Emergency Managers. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65083 Bureau of Reclamation initiates a new funding for water operation pilots
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation has initiated a new funding opportunity through its Basin Study Program for water operation pilots. These pilot studies will allow entities that have completed a basin study to build on the analyses and strategies developed in the basin study. <P> "These pilots will allow Reclamation and its partners to explore strategies and apply tools and information to address water management challenges and supply and demand imbalances," Basin Study Program Coordinator Amanda Erath said. <P> Reclamation is making available $4 million available for these pilots. Those interested in applying, should submit a letter of interest to their respective regional office by April 15, 2019. <P> Water management options will allow Reclamation to work with state and local partners to identify solutions to water management issues by building on completed basin studies. Pilots could include both additional analysis that would further develop strategies identified in a Basin Study, and efforts to update or expand analysis from a Basin Study. <P> They should consist of technical, science-based efforts that could include things such as: <P> <ul> <li>developing or refining models</li> <li>developing new or additional data</li> <li>evaluating concepts for water measurement</li> <li>analyzing different potential modifications to operations and their impacts on issues such as sedimentation, endangered or threatened species, and water deliveries</li> <li>or reviewing different methods for reducing consumptive use within a particular basin or sub-basin</li> </ul> <P> The Basin Study Program is part of WaterSMART. WaterSMART is the Department of the Interior's sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. For more information on the WaterSMART program, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65023 President proposes $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2020 budget for Bureau of Reclamation
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump today proposed a $1.1 billion Fiscal Year 2020 budget for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. The budget supports the Administration’s and Interior’s goals of ensuring reliable and environmentally responsible delivery of water and power for farms, communities and industry, while providing Reclamation with tools to confront the widening imbalances between supply and demand throughout the West. <P> "This budget reaffirms the Administration’s commitment to water and power reliability," said Commissioner Brenda Burman. "A significant portion of this request is dedicated to improving existing infrastructure, including dams and reservoirs, and alleviating the impact of current and future droughts, so the West can continue to be the engine that drives our nation’s economy for years to come." <P> Reclamation's FY 2020 budget of $1.110 billion consists of $962.0 million for Water and Related Resources, $60.0 million for Policy and Administration, $33.0 million for the California Bay Delta account and $54.8 million for the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund. <P> The proposed budget includes $114.1 million in appropriations for various projects for Extraordinary Maintenance (XM) activities across Reclamation. Reclamation’s XM budget is part of its overall asset management strategy to improve the management of its assets and deal with aging infrastructure challenges. Significant additional XM items are directly funded by revenues, water and power customers, or other federal agencies (e.g., Bonneville Power Administration). <P> Reclamation provides services through many of its projects and programs to fulfill its trust responsibilities to Tribes. The FY 2020 budget request includes a total of $132.9 million for Indian water rights settlements. This includes funding of $69.2 million for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, $12.8 million for the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement, $8.3 million for the Aamodt Litigation Settlement, and $10.0 million for the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement. Other settlements include the Nez Perce Settlement within Columbia and Snake Rivers Salmon Recovery Project ($5.6 million), the San Carlos Apache Tribe Water Settlement Act ($1.6 million), the Ak-Chin Indian Water Rights Settlement Act ($15.3 million), and the Colorado Ute Settlement Act within the Animas La Plata Project ($10.2 million). <P> The FY 2020 budget will continue to support water delivery and quality concerns along the Colorado River. The long-term impacts from droughts, such as those in the Colorado River Basin, can’t be solved by a single wet year. Even in states such as California, where hydrologic patterns have recently been beneficial, the hydrologic system is ill equipped to address long term needs. The FY 2020 budget, through programs such as the Lower Colorado River Operations Program ($31.3 million) and the Central Valley Project ($144.3 million), will continue efforts in both areas to find a long-term, comprehensive solution to water supply and quality issues in Colorado and California. <P> Other highlights of Reclamation’s FY 2020 budget proposal include: <P> <ul> <li>$92.8 million for the Dam Safety Program, to effectively manage risks to the downstream public, property, project and natural resources and provides for risk management activities at Reclamation’s high and significant hazard dams.</li> <li>$54.8 million for the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund, to protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and associated habitats and address impacts of the Central Valley Project (CVP). Offset by discretionary receipts to be collected from project beneficiaries.</li> <li>$2.6 million for the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program, to support new and continued projects in three funding areas -- laboratory scale research studies, pilot-scale testing projects and full-scale testing projects.</li> <li>$11.0 million for the Science and Technology Program to support continued science and technology projects, water and power technology prize competitions, technology transfer and dissemination/outreach activities that address critical water and power management issues.</li> <li>$36.4 million for the Site Security Program, which includes physical security upgrades at key facilities, guards and patrols, anti-terrorism program activities and security risk assessments.</li> <li>$19.9 for the WaterSMART Program to support Reclamation’s collaboration with non-federal partners in efforts to address emerging water demands and water shortage issues in the West as well as promote water conservation and improved water management.</li> </ul> <P> To view details of Reclamation’s budget request, see <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/budget">www.usbr.gov/budget</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64969 Teams complete Bureau of Reclamation's Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo — outperforming the baseline forecasts
WASHINGTON — After a year of competitive forecasting, the Bureau of Reclamation has selected three winning teams to share $525,000 in the Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo, which sought to crowdsource advancements in the three-to-six-week sub-seasonal forecast timeframe. Each of the three teams demonstrated novel approaches and outperformed the baseline forecasts. <P> "We are very excited with the outcome of this competition.” Reclamation’s Science Advisor David Raff, PhD said. “The innovative American public is demonstrating that we can improve sub-seasonal forecasts for temperature and precipitation which will allow water managers to better prepare for shifts in hydrologic regimes, such as the onset of drought or occurrence of wet weather extremes." <P> The Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo required teams to develop temperature and precipitation forecasts for three-to-four week and five-to-six-week periods every two weeks for a year. The teams also submitted an 11-year hind-cast for the same categories. The goal was to develop systems that perform better than the existing baseline forecasts. To be eligible for prizes the solvers also needed to provide their code for testing and supporting documentation. <P> Six teams completed the year-long portion of the competition and three ultimately met all criteria to qualify to win an award. Quantitative scoring of real-time forecasts and hind-casts were the primary mechanism for evaluating the solvers’ forecasting systems. In addition, a judging panel reviewed solver prepared documentation to determine if it met the requirements of the competition. The judging panel consisted of subject matter experts from NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA Climate Prediction Center, California Department of Water Resources, and Reclamation. <P> Salient, a Massachusetts family team comprised of oceanographer Raymond Schmitt of Woods Hole and twin engineer sons Eric of Boston and Stephen of Cambridge, received a total prize of $250,000 for their forecasting of precipitation during both time frames. They focused on rainfall by incorporating new insights into the role of the ocean in the global water cycle. Their artificial intelligence model was trained on ocean data to make their forecasts, winning both first place awards and additional awards for their 11-year hind-casts. <P> The team StillLearning included Lester Mackey of Arlington, Massachusetts, Judah Cohen and Ernest Fraenkel of Newton, Massachusetts, and Jessica Hwang and Paulo Orenstein of Stanford, California. They were awarded $200,000 for their first-place performance in forecasting temperature during weeks three-to-four, second place forecasting precipitation during weeks five-to-six, and additional awards for their 11-year temperature hind-casts. They combined two methods to produce their forecasts. Their primary approach was to use a backwards stepwise local linear regression with feature selection shared across grid points using a diverse pool of predictor datasets, which included meteorological observations, sub-seasonal forecasts from numerical weather models, and climate indices. They also employed an analog forecast technique when periods from previous years were sufficiently similar to the conditions preceding issuing a forecast. <P> The Lupoa13 team, comprised of Anthony Lupo and Joseph Renken of Columbia, Missouri, and Joshua Herman of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, used global pressure anomalies to identify analog periods from the historical record. Precipitation values from four analog periods were blended together to produce their forecasts. They were awarded $75,000 based on their method’s second and third place performances in forecasting precipitation for the three-to-four week and five-to-six-week periods, respectively. <P> In addition to these teams, two other teams outperformed the benchmarks over the 12-month competition. Team bgzimmerman had the highest average score in each of the temperature categories and was the only team to beat the benchmarks in the five-to-six-week temperature category. Team PRXWX outperformed the benchmarks in all categories except for five-to-six-week temperature category. Rather than seek prize purses in exchange for their forecast methods, these teams elected to withdraw from the competition and formed a partnership to commercialize their techniques. Team bgzimmerman is Brian Zimmerman and Team PRXWX was led by Richard James of Prescient Weather Ltd. Mr. Zimmerman’s solution is being integrated into Prescient Weather’s commercial long-range forecasting system, called the World Climate Service. <P> This partnership between competitors highlights the benefits of prize competitions and spurring innovation and relationships that would not have been otherwise formed. This also allowed for direct commercialization of a research methodology which is another a positive outcome of these competitions. <P> Reclamation is planning to launch Sub-Seasonal Forecast Rodeo II this summer to further improve sub-seasonal forecast skill and engage an even broader community of solvers. <P> Reclamation collaborated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, and California Department of Water Resources to design and judge this challenge. In addition, the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contributed subject matter experts to review and assist with competition design. Learn more by visiting <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/forecastrodeo.html">https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/forecastrodeo.html</a>. <P> To learn more about this and other prize competitions at Reclamation, please visit Reclamation's Water Prize Competition Center at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges">www.usbr.gov/research/challenges</a>. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64963 Bureau of Reclamation launches prize competition seeking ideas to keep fish safe from water diversions and intakes
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a prize competition that seeks ideas to keep fish safe from water diversions and intakes. Keeping fish from entering a water diversion or intake is important for the aquatic species and promoting a more sustainable water supply. While there are exclusion methods for some fish species today, advancements are needed to improve efficiency of those protections, protect a wider range and size of fish species, and reduce the cost of operating, maintaining and constructing conventional fish exclusion methods. <P> This is a theoretical challenge. Solvers must submit a written proposal that describes the fish exclusion idea in detail. It should include drawings, illustrations, specifications, supporting data or literature, and any other things that would be needed to bring the idea to practice. <P> "We need to improve fish exclusion to address some of the issues that our agencies and water users have been facing for years," Reclamation Prize Competition Program Administrator Jennifer Beardsley said. "Continued deliveries and providing water for the public is important." <P> A total prize pool of $75,000 is available. The minimum full award for this competition is $15,000. Partial awards may be given. Ideas must be submitted by May 6, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. <P> Contingent on results of this prize competition, a more focused multi-stage prize competition relating to fish exclusion with a total prize award pool of up to $750,000 may be sponsored by Reclamation and the Department of Energy. Subsequent rounds of competition are envisioned to facilitate technology innovation by developing and demonstrating prototypes in a lab or field setting. <P> Reclamation is collaborating with the Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office, U.S. Geological Survey, NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on this prize competition. <P> To learn more about this challenge and how to submit your idea, please visit <a href="Reclamation’s Improving Fish Exclusion from Water Diversions and Intakes">Reclamation’s Improving Fish Exclusion from Water Diversions and Intakes</a>. <P> Since 2015, Reclamation has been conducting prize competitions to spur innovation by engaging a non-traditional, national solver community while also complementing traditional research in their design to target the most persistent science and technology challenges. It has awarded more than $600,000 in prizes and has launched 17 competitions. Please visit <a href="Reclamation's Water Prize Competition Center">Reclamation's Water Prize Competition Center</a> to learn more. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64883 Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects funding opportunity available from the Bureau of Reclamation
WASHINGTON &mdash; The Bureau of Reclamation has published a new funding opportunity for the sponsors of congressionally authorized Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse projects to request cost-shared funding for the planning, design, and/or construction of those projects. <P> "Water reclamation and reuse projects provide improved efficiency and flexibility during water shortages and help communities diversify their water supply," Title XVI Program Coordinator Amanda Erath said. <P> The funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F007. Applications are due on April 22, 2019. Reclamation is making $35 million available through this funding opportunity. <P> This funding opportunity is only open to sponsors of the 53 congressional authorized Title XVI projects, provided that the Title XVI Project has not reached its federal funding ceiling as specified in the Title XVI Act. A separate funding opportunity for Title XVI projects eligible under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act will be released later in the fiscal year. <P> To learn more about the Title XVI Program, please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/title/">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/title/</a>. <P> For more than 100 years, Reclamation and its partners have worked to develop a sustainable water and power future for the West. This program is part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program, which focuses on improving water conservation and reliability while helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. To find out more information about Reclamation's WaterSMART program, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64723 Bureau of Reclamation launches new prize competition seeking ideas to lower cost of continuous streamflow monitoring
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a new prize competition seeking new and innovative ideas to lower the cost of continuous streamflow monitoring compared to current methods. While collecting accurate and reliable streamflow data is critical to water resources planning, management, and research, the cost of installing, operating and maintaining the stream gages has caused a decline in the existing network of stream gages. Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey are partnering on this prize competition. <P> In this theoretical challenge, solvers are required to develop and submit a white paper detailing their proposed method for continuous streamflow monitoring. This includes the physical principles underlying the proposed method, all equipment and operation and maintenance procedures required to implement the method, and estimated costs. In the future, there may be additional stages to this prize competition that will include lab and/or field testing. <P> For this first stage, Reclamation will award up to five prizes for a total purse of $75,000. Additional information on this prize competition and how to submit a solution is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/streamflow.html">https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/streamflow.html</a>. Submissions must be submitted online by April 8, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. EDT. <P> If there are additional stages, an additional $450,000 will be available. Stage 2 will award $150,000 and require solvers to develop a prototype that will be tested in a controlled environment such as a hydraulics laboratory, canal, regulated stream channel, or other location where flow and measurement conditions can be well regulated. Stage 3 will award $300,000 and require the prototype systems to be tested in a natural environment such as an existing stream gaging site on a natural stream or river. <P> The number of stream gages operated by the USGS peaked in the late 1960s and by the late 1990s it had declined by nearly 20%. Between 2000 and 2009 the USGS received funding to reactivate approximately half of the deactivated gages. But the cost of installing, operating and maintaining stream gages remains a significant challenge to federal, Tribal, state and local water agencies. <P> Since 2015, Reclamation has been conducting prize competitions to spur innovation by engaging a non-traditional, national solver community while also complementing traditional research in their design to target the most persistent science and technology challenges. It has awarded more than $600,000 in prizes and has launched 17 competitions. Please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/index.html">Reclamation's Water Prize Competition Center</a> to learn more. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64743 Bureau of Reclamation selects Anna Hoag, P.E., as its 2019 Engineer of the Year
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation today named Anna Hoag, P.E., as its 2019 Engineer of the Year. The National Society of Professional Engineers has also recognized Hoag as a 2019 NSPE Federal Engineer of the Year Agency winner and will honor her at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., this afternoon. <P> "Anna embodies our core values of professional excellence, safety and respect," said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “Her significant engineering contributions throughout 2018 have enhanced public safety and optimized new water supplies throughout the West.” <P> Under a new bureau pilot operations program, she developed a sophisticated hydraulic model to calculate a statistical range of reservoir yields using tree ring data, garnering recognition by Reclamation and its customers. Hoag also set aside time to participate in inspections of Reclamation dams and water conveyance infrastructure to ensure she maintained an understanding of Reclamation’s facilities. <P> In addition, she contributed to a high-profile planning investigation, where she modeled solutions to optimize operations of a diversion dam and canal to enhance water availability, potentially saving Reclamation customers tens of millions of dollars. She was also a critical team member for hydraulic modeling, design and cost estimating of a state-of-the-art project to remove contaminants from treated wastewater effluent for water reuse, which attracted international attention. <P> Reclamation also recognizes its regional 2019 Engineer of the Year award winners: <P> Michael Toff Knutson, P.E., Hydraulic Engineer- Team Leader, Pacific Northwest Region <P> Knutson has served as the lead hydraulic engineer for the River Systems Restoration Group in the Pacific Northwest Region for nine years. He specializes in river restoration for salmon recovery and has served as the engineer of record for multiple award-winning river restoration projects. He has authored and reviewed technical design guidance documents for river restoration and is a well-respected expert and mentor in the industry. <P> Knutson lead two award-winning projects in recent years that were recognized at the national level; the Oxbow Project on the John Day River and the West Fork Confluence Project on the Yankee Fork River. He is a collaborative and inter-disciplinary designer. He works with large, diverse groups of stakeholders to come to consensus resulting in some of the best restoration projects in the industry. <P> Julie Bader, Electrical Engineer, Mid-Pacific Region <P> Bader is the senior licensed electrical designer within the Mid-Pacific Region and provides signatory approval on all electrical designs. When Reclamation’s Technical Service Center had a very high workload, she ensured several key projects were completed on-time. <P> Her expertise and ability to produce a high-volume of work has been a tremendous asset for the region. Additionally, Julie has provided exceptional oversight to less experienced engineers. <P> Rodney J. Barthel, Structural Engineer- Technical Specialist, Technical Service Center <P> Barthel has been a senior level structural engineer for Reclamation for three decades. He coordinates structural designs on numerous projects in various stages of the design, including construction support. In addition to being one the technical leads in the functional and structural design of pumping plants, Barthel is the Reclamation Technical Service Center’s expert in switchyard structural /civil designs. <P> Barthel was instrumental in implementing the Reclamation Building Seismic Safety Program throughout eight years before accepting a position with the Reclamation Plant Structural Group. He served as the Denver based Technical Services Center team leader managing two high profile multi-disciplinary design teams for projects such as Black Canyon Powerplant 3rd Unit and the Arkansas Valley Conduit Pipeline. <P> <P> <P> <P>