Great Plains Region Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases for Reclamation's Great Plains Region https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67684 Reclamation notifies public of changing water levels at Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs due to end-of-season drawdown
MILLS, Wyoming -- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyoming, will be lowering the water level in Guernsey Reservoir as the 2019 irrigation season draws to a close. <P> Guernsey Reservoir levels are expected to remain at the normal summer reservoir level through September 8. Reclamation will begin drawing down Guernsey Reservoir on the morning of Monday, September 9. It is anticipated that the reservoir will drop 12 feet to reach elevation 4400.00 feet by September 17. After September 17, the drawdown of Guernsey reservoir will vary based on timing and downstream demand. Users should be aware of declining water levels. <P> Glendo Reservoir levels are expected to continue gradually declining and reach a water surface elevation near 4597.30 feet (approximately 165,000 acre-feet) around September 30. <P> The planned reservoir elevations may change in response to changing water demands. <P> Boaters, recreationists, and irrigators should take proper precautions regarding changing river flows between Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs and the lowering of Guernsey Reservoir. <P> For more information on water levels at Guernsey or Glendo Reservoir, contact Shane Hayden at 307-261-5647 or <a href="mailto:shayden@usbr.gov">shayden@usbr.gov.</a> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67563 All Motorized Boats Required to Utilize Designated Boat Ramps at Belle Fourche Reservoir
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The recent discovery of zebra mussels in South Dakota’s Lake Sharpe has prompted the Bureau of Reclamation to immediately require all motorized watercraft to launch and retrieve from designated boat ramps at Belle Fourche Reservoir. “Reclamation, South Dakota Game Fish and Parks, and the Belle Fourche Irrigation District are concerned that zebra mussels will make their way to Belle Fourche Reservoir, which is less than 120 miles from Lake Sharpe,” said Area Manager Arden Freitag. “We hope to delay any introduction of zebra mussels by being proactive.” <P> Invasive zebra mussels move from lake to lake by people carrying them on their boats. As such, current South Dakota law requires all boaters to pull all drain plugs before leaving a boat ramp parking lot. Plugs must remain out until the boat’s next launch. Additionally, boats cannot transport lake water past the boat ramp parking lot. <P> Bill Eastman, Conservation Officer with South Dakota Game Fish and Parks reminds the public that a good practice for all boaters and anglers to follow is the Clean, Drain, Dry procedure. <ul> <li><strong>Clean</strong> off visible aquatic plants, animals, and mud from all equipment before leaving water access.</li> <li><strong>Drain</strong> motor, bilge, livewell, and other water containing devices before leaving water access.</li> <li><strong>Dry</strong> everything for at least five days or wipe with a towel before reuse.</li> </ul> <P> “The introduction of zebra mussels into Belle Fourche Reservoir and ultimately into the Belle Fourche Irrigation distribution system would be catastrophic,'' said Darren Alexander, Interim Manager for the Belle Fourche Irrigation District. <P> Zebra mussels clog and damage pipes, drains, gates and other infrastructure causing millions of dollars in maintenance. Along with the infrastructure maintenance nightmare, recreation impacts exist. As mussels become established, dead mussels accumulate on beaches and the sharp shells can cut the feet of people and animals. When water levels recede; as they do annually in Belle Fourche Reservoir, zebra mussel die-offs release strong odors. <P> There are currently two designated boat ramps at Belle Fourche Reservoir, both are located in Rocky Point State Recreation Area. A third boat ramp is scheduled to be constructed on Gadens Point in the fall of 2020. <P> “We realize requiring all motorized watercraft to launch and retrieve from designated boat ramps will be an inconvenience for some users as well as cause some congestion at the boat ramps,” said Area Manager Arden Freitag. “However, this action is needed in an attempt to protect the future of Belle Fourche Reservoir.” <P> Signs reminding the public of this new requirement will be posted in areas around the Reservoir. <P> “It is important for us all to recognize the role we play in combating the spread of zebra mussels,” said South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. “If you’re spending time on any body of water in South Dakota, make sure you pull your boat plugs upon exiting the lake or river and leave them out until your next launch. South Dakota's water bodies are here for all of us to enjoy – for today and for the next generation. We must all take care of them together.” <P> For more information regarding this restriction or other issues pertaining to Belle Fourche Reservoir, call Jay Leasure, Bureau of Reclamation, 605-519-5504. For questions related to Rocky Point Recreation Area, contact Brad Nelson, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks at 605-641-0023. To learn more about zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species, visit <a href="SDLeastWanted.com">SDLeastWanted.com</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67384 Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for Colorado-Big Thompson Project’s Town of Estes Park 500-acre-foot Water Service Contract Renewal
LOVELAND, Colo. -- A Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed renewal of the Town of Estes Park (Estes Park) water service contract with the Bureau of Reclamation for Colorado-Big Thompson Project water has been made available for public review and comment. Estes Park has contracted directly with Reclamation since 1939 for the delivery of up to 500 acre-feet of water per year for its water treatment plants. Estes Park operates two local water treatment plants, one at Marys Lake and one along Glacier Creek. <P> Reclamation would continue to deliver water to the Marys Lake Water Treatment Plant. However, the contract would also allow for the instantaneous exchange of water delivered to Lake Estes to be used at Glacier Creek Water Treatment Plant. Prior to this exchange of water, the following activities must occur including: an expansion of the Glacier Creek Water Treatment Plant, adjudication of additional Colorado water rights, and construction of a new diversion structure on the Big Thompson River above Lake Estes. Finally, the contract would change from a 40-year water service contract to a perpetual repayment contract. The Draft EA is available electronically at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/gp/nepa/sopa.html">http://www.usbr.gov/gp/nepa/sopa.html</a>. Reclamation request any written comments on the Draft EA be received by September 13, 2019. Comments can be sent to: Terence Stroh, Environmental Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, 11056 W. CR 18E, Loveland, CO 80537; fax: (970) 663-321; or email: <a href="maito:tstroh@usbr.gov">tstroh@usbr.gov</a>. <P> For questions related the Draft EA or to request a printed copy, please contract Terence Stroh at 970-461-5469 or <a href="maito:tstroh@usbr.gov">tstroh@usbr.gov</a>. For questions related to the contract, please contact Bob Rice, at 970-461-5496. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67263 Jeff Rieker named Area Manager for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Eastern Colorado Area Office
BILLINGS, Mont. – Great Plains Regional Director Mike Black announced today that Jeff Rieker will succeed Signe Snortland as Eastern Colorado Area Office manager September 15, 2019. Rieker will serve as the Eastern Colorado Area Manager after serving as the Operations Manager for the Central Valley Operations Office where he oversaw the day-to-day water and power operations of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project (CVP), one of the largest water storage and transport systems in the world. The CVP is comprised of 20 dams and reservoirs, 11 power plants and more than 500 miles of canals and aqueducts within California’s Central Valley. <P> "Jeff brings a history of technical ability and collaboration with regional, local and international parties on a variety of issues that will benefit Reclamation and the numerous stakeholders," said Black. “Jeff is a great asset to our leadership team and I am confident he will serve the people of Colorado well.” <P> Rieker joined Reclamation in 1999 as a student hydraulic engineer in Reclamation’s Technical Service Center. Over his Reclamation career, he has served in a variety of positions including Special Studies Division Manager for the Lahontan Basin Area Office, Special Assistant for the Mid-Pacific’s Office of the Regional Director, and the Mid-Pacific Region’s Liaison Officer in Washington, D.C. <P> Rieker holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, a master’s degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in water resources planning and management from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in the same subject from Colorado State University. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67243 Reclamation finalizes title transfer of the Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex and District Office, Oklahoma
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Bureau of Reclamation has finalized the title transfer of the Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex and District Office in Oklahoma over to the Arbuckle Master Conservancy District. The transfer is being executed under Title VIII, Subtitle 8301 of the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act of March 12, 2019 (Pub L. 116-9), which includes 2.83 fee title acres. <P> “The District currently operates and maintains the facilities,” said Great Plains Regional Director Mike Black. “The title transfer will allow increased flexibility and efficiency in their operations.” <P> The Arbuckle Project was authorized under P. L. 87-594 for municipal and industrial (M&I) water supply, flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife purposes. The Project includes Arbuckle Dam and Lake of the Arbuckles, and delivers M&I water to the cities of Davis, Wynnewood, Ardmore, Dougherty, and the Wynnewood Refinery. <P> For questions related to the title transfer, please contract James Allard at 405-470-4810 or <a href="mailto:jallard@usbr.gov">jallard@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67203 County fire restrictions apply to Bureau of Reclamation surface
MILLS, Wyoming--The Bureau of Reclamation reminds the recreating public that they are responsible for complying with the fire restrictions imposed by the counties when participating in recreational activities on Reclamation surface. <P> Reclamation recognizes and adopts fire restrictions imposed by the counties in which Reclamation surface is located. <P> Code of Federal Regulations Title 43 CFR 423.31(e) and 18 USC 3571 require the public to comply with all applicable Federal, State and local fire orders, restrictions or permit requirements. <P> The following web site may provide current information on fire restrictions in Wyoming counties: <P> <a href="https://wsfd.wyo.gov/fire-management/fire-restrictions">https://wsfd.wyo.gov/fire-management/fire-restrictions</a> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67163 Reclamation provides updates on emergency barrier installation near Carter Lake, Green Mountain, Sugar Loaf, and Mount Elbert Forebay Dams
LOVELAND, Colorado -- The Bureau of Reclamation would like to provide the public with updates on the construction of emergency barriers adjacent to Reclamation dams within Larimer, Lake, and Summit counties. <P> Three barriers are being installed at Carter Lake Dam, two barriers at Green Mountain Dam, two barriers at Sugar Loaf Dam, and one barrier at one end of Mount Elbert Forebay Dam, with a circle of passive barriers (large blocks or boulders) at the other end of the dam. All subject dams, except for Mt. Elbert Forebay Dam, have county roads across them. <P> “These barriers are being installed to provide respective County Sheriff’s Offices a means to temporarily close county roads across dams to reduce potential security risk should the need ever arise,” said Eastern Colorado Acting Area Manager, Monica Griffitt. <P> All barriers located on county roads will be locked in the “open” position. In the unlikely event any of these barriers were ever closed, the nearby reservoir would be completely full, and a credible threat would have been received. <P> “There is currently no information indicating any dams are at risk,” said Griffitt. <P> Only the respective County Sheriff’s Office (not Reclamation) has the authority and ability to close any of the barriers. If closed, the barriers would be staffed to allow residents and inspected vehicles to pass. <P> Installation has already begun at Carter Lake. Installation at Green Mountain Dam is expected to begin in early Fall 2019, followed by Mount Elbert Forebay Dam and Sugarloaf Dam. Complete installation of all barriers is expected to be completed no later than December 7, 2019. <P> For more information, please contact Howard Bailey, Eastern Colorado Area Office, by phone or e-mail: (970) 556-9494, or <a href="mailto:hbailey@usbr.gov">hbailey@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67123 Bureau of Reclamation to Host Ruedi Reservoir Water Operations Public Meeting
LOVELAND, Colorado -- The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled the annual public meeting to discuss the Ruedi Reservoir Water Operations for the 2019 water year. <P> The meeting will be held on August 7, 2019, from 6:30-8:00 pm at the following location: <P> <strong>Roaring Fork Conservancy River Center<br> 22800 Two Rivers Road<br> Basalt, CO 81621</strong> <P> The meeting will provide an overview of Ruedi Reservoir's 2019 projected operations for late summer and early fall, which are key tourist seasons in Basalt. Also, representatives of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will give a presentation on the upcoming implementation of the Ute Water Conservancy District lease of Ruedi Reservoir water to the Board for instream flow use in the 15-Mile Reach of the Colorado River. The meeting will include a public question and answer session. <P> For more information, please contact Tim Miller, Hydrologist, Eastern Colorado Area Office, by phone or e-mail: (970) 461-5494, or <a href="mailto:tmiller@usbr.gov">tmiller@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67023 Reclamation reduces duration of Guernsey silt run
MILLS, Wyoming--The Bureau of Reclamation will be refilling Guernsey Reservoir a week sooner than originally planned, following the annual silt run. Boaters, recreationists and irrigators should take proper precautions regarding changing river flows below Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs and the rapid refilling of Guernsey Reservoir. <P> The silt run is an operation that provides silt-laden water to Goshen, Gering-Fort Laramie and Pathfinder Irrigation Districts under contract with Reclamation. <P> The silt run began on July 12 and was originally expected to continue through July 25. The irrigation districts requested the silt run be terminated early this year, prompting the change in schedule. <P> Beginning on the late morning of July 18, the release of water from Glendo Reservoir will be rapidly increased to refill Guernsey Reservoir. The level of Guernsey Reservoir is expected to be suitable for boating again by the morning of July 20. However, the reservoir will continue to rise by approximately 6 feet per day and is expected to reach the normal reservoir operation level by the evening of Monday, July 22. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66883 Reclamation lowers Guernsey Reservoir in preparation for annual silt run
MILLS, Wyoming-- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyo., will be lowering the water level in Guernsey Reservoir in preparation for the annual silt run. <P> “The silt run is an operation which provides silt-laden water to Goshen, Gering-Fort Laramie, and Pathfinder Irrigation Districts under contract with Reclamation,” said Wyoming Area Manager, Carlie Ronca. <P> On the morning of July 7, the release of water from Glendo Reservoir will be decreased from approximately 4,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to a flow of approximately 1,500 cfs. The decreased flow will cause a rapid decline of the Guernsey Reservoir level of approximately 25 feet starting the morning of July 8 and continuing through July 11. By Thursday, July 11, the boat ramps at Guernsey Reservoir will no longer be useable due to the low reservoir level. <P> Water being released from Glendo Reservoir will flow through Guernsey Reservoir flushing silt from Guernsey Reservoir into the canals of downstream irrigators. The silt run will begin on July 12 and is anticipated to continue through July 25. Beginning on the evening of July 25, the release of water from Glendo Reservoir will be rapidly increased to refill Guernsey Reservoir. The level of Guernsey Reservoir is expected to be suitable for boating again by the morning of July 27. However, the reservoir will continue to rise by approximately 6 feet per day and is expected to reach the normal reservoir operation level by the evening of Tuesday, July 30. <P> Boaters, recreationists, and irrigators should take proper precautions regarding changing river flows below Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs and the rapid lowering and refilling of Guernsey Reservoir. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66543 Reclamation to host open house meeting for Grand River Water Users
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Bureau of Reclamation will be hosting an open house meeting on Wednesday, June 26, at the Dakota Lodge from 9:00-11:00 a.m. MDT. The meeting will be held at 5 10th Street East, Lemmon, SD. <P> The public is invited to the open house to visit with staff regarding a scheduled change in water releases from Shadehill Dam to allow for maintenance work. <P> “Reclamation will be performing a cleaning and recoating of the radial gate used to make water releases from Shadehill Dam through the outlet works,” said Dakotas Area Office Manager, Arden Freitag. “Work will be performed throughout the month of September including the construction and removal of a coating containment within the gate shaft to perform the work.” <P> Water releases from Shadehill Dam are scheduled to be cut during the entire month of September to facilitate the work. Cutting water releases is expected to impact the flows in the Grand River downstream of Shadehill. <P> For more information or accessibility requests, please contact George Finnegan at 605-519-5418. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66623 Reclamation issues snowmelt forecast for Bighorn River Basin
BILLINGS, Montana – Reclamation's June forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows: <P> <ul> <li>Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast to be approximately 1,517,600 acre-feet (af), which is 124% of the 30-year average of 1,221,200 af. Approximately 540,100 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 114% of the April and May average.</li> <li>>Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 850,000 af, which is 116% of the 30-year average of 734,600 af. Approximately 213,000 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 91% of the April and May average.</li> <li>Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 775,000 af, which is 128% of the 30-year average of 603,300 af. Approximately 209,000 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 112% of the April and May average.</li> <li>Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 165,000 af, which is 115% of the 30-year average of 143,200 af. Approximately 27,100 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 81% of the April and May average.</li> <li>Wind River – April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 450,000 af, which is 103% of the 30-year average of 435,000 af. Approximately 103,600 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 86% of the April and May average.</li> </ul> <P> For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Boysen, and Bull Lake Reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager Carlie Ronca at 307-261-5671. For additional information on Yellowtail Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Steve Davies at 406-247-7298. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66463 Reclamation issues snowmelt forecast for Bighorn River Basin
BILLINGS, Montana – Reclamation's June forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows: <P> <ul> <li>Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast to be approximately 1,517,600 acre-feet (af), which is 124% of the 30-year average of 1,221,200 af. Approximately 540,100 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 114% of the April and May average.</li> <li>Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 850,000 af, which is 116% of the 30-year average of 734,600 af. Approximately 213,000 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 91% of the April and May average.</li> <li>Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 775,000 af, which is 128% of the 30-year average of 603,300 af. Approximately 209,000 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 112% of the April and May average.</li> <li>Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 165,000 af, which is 115% of the 30-year average of 143,200 af. Approximately 27,100 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 81% of the April and May average.</li> <li>Wind River – April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 450,000 af, which is 103% of the 30-year average of 435,000 af. Approximately 103,600 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April and May, which is 86% of the April and May average.</li> </ul> <P> For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Boysen, and Bull Lake Reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager Carlie Ronca at 307-261-5671. For additional information on Yellowtail <P> Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Steve Davies at 406-247-7298. <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66223 Reclamation provides update on Willow Creek Dam operations
BILLINGS, Montana – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Willow Creek Dam near Augusta, Montana, is experiencing high inflows as a result of heavy rain in the upper Sun River Basin. The current reservoir elevation is about 2 feet above the normal full level and is expected to reach the elevation of the uncontrolled spillway the morning of May 28, 2019. Inflows into Willow Creek Reservoir are currently averaging up to 1,800 cubic feet-per-second. <P> As the reservoir continues to rise, releases will slowly increase to match inflows as more water is passed through the spillway. Reclamation stresses that there are no concerns with the safety of Willow Creek Dam and is working closely with local and county officials and the Greenfields Irrigation District, which operates and maintains the dam, to communicate the operations at Willow Creek Reservoir and impacts to the Sun River. <P> A shallow, superficial earthen slide, visible on the downstream face of the dam, poses no danger to the dam. This slide occurred because of topsoil on the downstream face being very saturated from the rains. Steve Davies, Montana Area Office Manager, stated, “We are working cooperatively and jointly with the Greenfields Irrigation District to closely monitor conditions onsite at the dam and are ready to respond should we start to see a sudden increase in the amount of inflows through more rain or snow driven runoff in the higher elevations.” <P> Local residents should be aware that operation of the uncontrolled spillway is expected to cause the closure of Warden Road north of Augusta as it is directly downstream of the spillway. Please contact your local County Disaster and Emergency Services Office for additional updates related to road closures and impacts from area flooding. <P> For additional information or questions, please call 406-247-7300. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66163 Reclamation announces water levels at Montana reservoirs
BILLINGS, Montana —The Bureau of Reclamation has announced that water levels at most Reclamation-managed reservoirs east of the continental divide in Montana are at or above average for this time of year. <P> “Most boat ramps will be usable at all Reclamation reservoirs east of the Continental Divide during the Memorial Day weekend,” said Montana Area Manager, Steve Davies. “As always, we strongly encourage water-based recreationists to check for the most up-to-date water level conditions at Reclamation’s website <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/gp/boat/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/gp/boat/index.html</a> before heading to your favorite reservoir,” said Davies. <P> Current conditions at Reclamation facilities include: <P> <ul><li><b>Clark Canyon Reservoir</b> – Inflows to the reservoir are slightly below average for this time of year. The reservoir is about 1.5 feet below the top of the joint-use pool. Boaters will be able to launch at all locations around Clark Canyon Reservoir. Releases to the Beaverhead River are being maintained at about 400 cubic feet per second (cfs).</li> <P> <li><b>Canyon Ferry Reservoir</b> – Inflows to Canyon Ferry are above average for this time of year. The reservoir level is about 9 feet below the top of the joint-use pool and releases to the Missouri River are being maintained near 6,500 cfs.</li> <P> Due to Canyon Ferry Reservoir being suspect for aquatic invasive mussel larvae, only Yacht Basin, Kim’s Marina, Shannon, Goose Bay, Silos and Hellgate boat ramps are open to all boaters. All other ramps at the reservoir are only open to certified local boaters. The ramps open to all boaters either have a decontamination station assigned to them or are near in proximity. Decontamination stations are located at Reclamation’s Visitor Center on the north end of the reservoir, at the Silos boat ramp on the south end, and at Hellgate and Goose Bay, both on the east side of the reservoir. All watercraft leaving Canyon Ferry will be required to go through a decontamination station unless they are registered as a certified local boater. Certified local boaters traveling to another waterbody will also need to go through the decontamination station. More can be found at: <a href="http://cleandraindry.mt.gov/Watercraft-Inspections">cleananddry.mt.gov/Watercraft-Inspections</a>. <P> <li><b>Gibson Reservoir</b> – Inflows and reservoir level at Gibson Reservoir are near average for this time of year. The boat ramp at Gibson Reservoir is currently usable.</li> <P> <li><b>Lake Elwell (Tiber Reservoir)</b> – Inflows to Tiber Reservoir are above average for this time of year. The reservoir level is about 2 feet below the top of the joint-use pool. Releases to the Marias River are currently being maintained near 1,500 cfs.</li> <P> Due to Tiber Reservoir testing positive for aquatic invasive mussel larvae in 2016, only three boat ramps remain open to all watercrafts, Tiber Marina, VFW Campground and a new site at Willow Creek. All other ramps at the reservoir are only open to certified local boaters. All watercraft leaving Tiber Reservoir will be required to go through a decontamination station unless they are part of the certified local boater program. Certified local boaters traveling to another waterbody will also need to go through the decontamination station. More information can be found at: <a href="http://cleandraindry.mt.gov/Watercraft-Inspections">cleananddry.mt.gov/Watercraft-Inspections</a>. <li><b>Fresno Reservoir</b> – Inflows to Fresno Reservoir are below average for this time of year. The reservoir level is full, at the top of the joint-use pool. Releases to the Milk River are currently near 550 cfs. All boat ramps at Fresno are currently usable.</li> <P> <li><b>Nelson Reservoir</b> – Nelson Reservoir is full which is above average for this time of year. Boaters will be able to launch at all locations around Nelson Reservoir.</li> <P> <li><b>Bighorn Lake (Yellowtail Dam)</b> – The reservoir level is about 23 feet below the top of the joint-use pool and rising. Releases to the Bighorn River are being maintained above average, near 3,500 cfs. Boaters will be able to launch at OK-A-BEH and Barry’s Landing. Please check with the National Park Service for boat launching capabilities at Horseshoe Bend. For more information regarding recreation activities and boat launching at Bighorn Lake, recreationists are encouraged to contact the National Park Service at 406-666-3218.</li></ul> <P> Each year hundreds of lives are lost... thousands are injured... and millions of dollars of property damage occurs because of preventable recreational boating accidents on U.S. waterways. Too often recreation outings turn tragic. You — as a boat operator, passenger, or concerned individual — can make a difference. For more information visit <a href="http://www.uscgboating.org">www.uscgboating.org</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>