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=65284 Reclamation announces temporary road closure near Heart Butte Dam due to flooding concerns
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Bureau of Reclamation, has temporarily closed road access to Reclamation facilities at Heart Butte Reservoir's (Lake Tschida) Downstream Recreation Area and Rimrock Recreation Area. This road closure will be in effect until further notice. <P> "For the safety of people monitoring the dam and for the safety of the public, Reclamation must restrict public access on the Reclamation-owned roads into these recreation areas," said Area Manager Arden Freitag. "High spillway releases and flooded areas along the outlet works and river present hazards not seen in normal conditions. Reclamation identified the need to restrict public access to help provide protection for the public, our staff and the dam." <P> Reclamation reports that water levels in Lake Tschida are expected to continue to rise and spillway releases will continue to occur for the foreseeable future. According to Darrin Goetzfried, Manager, Facilities and Engineering for the Dakotas Area Office, spring snowmelt and higher than normal inflows into the lake are expected to continue over the next several days. <P> The actual duration of closure is not known at this time, but will likely last several weeks. For further information please contact Patience Mosbrucker, Public Involvement Specialist for the Dakotas Area Office at 701-471-4974 or 701-221-1204. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65224 Reclamation notifies public of rising water levels at Alcova Reservoir due to annual filling
MILLS, Wyoming -- The Bureau of Reclamation will begin the annual filling of Alcova reservoir on Monday, April 1. <P> Recreationists and reservoir users are advised to take proper precautions associated with the rising reservoir level. <P> During April, the reservoir will rise approximately 10 feet to the summer irrigation operating level. The rate of rise will average approximately 5 inches per day. Upon reaching the summer irrigation operating level, the reservoir will remain at elevation 5498 feet plus or minus 1 foot until October 1. This increase in reservoir level will be completed by May 1 to allow deliveries to the Casper-Alcova Irrigation District canal. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65164 Fluctuation of North Platte River flow downstream of Gray Reef Dam postponed
MILLS, Wyoming -- The Bureau of Reclamation, in response to a request from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, has re-scheduled a series of fluctuating flows in the North Platte River downstream of Gray Reef Dam. Fluctuating flows were previously scheduled to begin on March 18. This operation has been postponed to accommodate construction work at the Alcova Bridge. The new start date for the fluctuating flows is Friday, March 29. <P> The purpose of the fluctuations is to improve trout reproduction in the river. This spring, the Wyoming Game &amp; Fish has requested flows for ten consecutive days. <P> On March 29, flows in the river below Gray Reef Dam will fluctuate from 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 4000 cfs according to the following schedule: <P> <table> <tr> <td>HOURS</td> <td>GRAY REEF OUTFLOWS (cfs)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>00:01 to 01:00 a.m.</td> <td>500</td> </tr> <tr> <td>01:00 to 03:00 a.m.</td> <td>2000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>03:00 to 07:00 a.m.</td> <td>4000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>07:00 to 08:00 a.m.</td> <td>3000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>08:00 to 09:00 a.m.</td> <td>2000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>09:00 to 10:00 a.m.</td> <td>1000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>10:00 to midnight</td> <td>500</td> </tr> </table> <P> This schedule will be repeated daily through April 7. After completing the flushing flow on April 7, the flows below Gray Reef Dam will return to 500 cfs. The schedule may be modified depending on river ice conditions. <P> The flushing flows are expected to clean the spawning gravels of fine sediment which has accumulated over the winter. The fluctuations in the river flow will be achieved without loss of power generation and the water released from Alcova Reservoir will be restored downstream in Glendo Reservoir. <P> The public is urged to use caution during this period of rapid fluctuation of flows below Gray Reef Dam. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65063 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's March forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows: <P> • Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 1,176,000 acre-feet (af), which is 96 percent of the 30-year average of 1,221,200 af. <P> • Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 775,000 af, which is 105 percent of the 30-year average of 734,600 af. <P> • Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 600,000 af, which is 99 percent of the 30-year average of 603,300 af. <P> • Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 135,000 af, which is 94 percent of the 30-year average of 143,200 af. <P> • Wind River - April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 425,000 af, which is 98 percent of the 30-year average of 435,000 af. <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>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64983 Reclamation announces temporary fluctuation of North Platte River flow downstream of Gray Reef Dam
MILLS, Wyoming -- The Bureau of Reclamation, in response to a request from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, has scheduled a series of fluctuating flows in the North Platte River downstream of Gray Reef Dam. <P> "The purpose of the fluctuations is to improve trout reproduction in the river," said Wyoming Area Manager, Carlie Ronca. This spring, the Wyoming Game & Fish has requested flows for seven consecutive days. The Wyoming Game & Fish will collect data before, during, and after the flushing flow in order to evaluate its effectiveness. <P> On March 18, flows in the river below Gray Reef Dam will fluctuate from 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 4000 cfs according to the following schedule: <P> <table> <tr> <td>HOURS</td> <td>GRAY REEF OUTFLOWS (cfs)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>00:01 to 01:00 a.m.</td> <td>500</td> </tr> <tr> <td>01:00 to 02:00 a.m.</td> <td>2000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>02:00 to 04:00 a.m.</td> <td>4000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>04:00 to 04:30 a.m.</td> <td>3000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>04:30 to 05:00 a.m.</td> <td>2000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>05:00 to 06:00 a.m.</td> <td>1000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>06:00 to midnight</td> <td>500</td> </tr> </table> <P> This schedule will be repeated daily from March 18 through March 24. On March 24, the final day of the fluctuating flows, the peak flow of 4,000 cfs will be released for one additional hour and flows will ramp down to 500 cfs at 7:00 a.m. The schedule may be modified depending on river ice conditions. <P> The flushing flows are expected to clean the spawning gravels of fine sediment which has accumulated over the winter. The fluctuations in the river flow will be achieved without loss of power generation and the water released from Alcova Reservoir will be restored downstream in Glendo Reservoir. <P> The public is urged to use caution during this period of rapid fluctuation of flows below Gray Reef Dam. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64964 Reclamation issues snowmelt forecast and expected operations for North Platte River Basin
MILLS, Wyoming -- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyoming, has prepared the March snowmelt runoff forecasts and operating plans for the North Platte River Basin. <P> "Based on this month's projection of near average runoff, we expect the North Platte Basin water contractors will have a full water supply this year," said Wyoming Area Manager, Carlie Ronca. <P> The March forecasts indicate the spring snowmelt runoff will be near average. Total April through July runoff in the North Platte River Basin above Glendo Dam is expected to be 890,000 acre-feet (af) which is 98 percent of the 30-year average. <P> As of February 28, 2019, storage content in the North Platte Reservoirs amounts to 1,759,773 af, which is 110 percent of the 30-year average. The total conservation storage capacity of the North Platte Reservoir System is approximately 2.8 million af. <P> Current releases are 530 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Seminoe Reservoir through the Miracle Mile, 500 cfs out of Gray Reef, and 0 cfs out of Guernsey Reservoir. Based on current projections for the months of April, May, June, and July, the releases out of Seminoe Reservoir are not expected to exceed 3,000 cfs, while flows out of Gray Reef are expected to be in the range of approximately 2,500 to 3,000 cfs. Releases from Guernsey will be in the 3,500 to 5,300 cfs range. Pathfinder Reservoir is not expected to spill this spring. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64763 Reclamation announces additional options on Canyon Ferry Campground Reservation System
BILLINGS, Montana -- The Bureau of Reclamation is pleased to announce the addition of two campgrounds, with a total of 26 sites, to the national reservation system. Nine campsites at Jo Bonner and 17 campsites at Chinamen’s Campgrounds can now be reserved. All campsites at Hellgate, White Earth, Court Sheriff and Riverside Campgrounds are on the reservation system. <P> Reservations for camping and group use shelters may be made at <a href="https://www.recreation.gov">www.recreation.gov</a> or by calling the toll-free reservation line at 1-877-444-6777 (10:00 AM - 10:00 PM MST). Reservations can be made up to six months prior to arrival date, but not less than one day from the arrival date. Campsites unreserved are available on a first come first serve base for the unreserved date(s). <P> Campground and group use shelter fee charge will begin Friday, May 10, 2019, and all fees will remain the same as last year. Chinamen's, Jo Bonner, Hellgate, and White Earth Campgrounds are $10.00 per night with one sleeping unit per campsite. Court Sheriff and Riverside Campgrounds are $15.00 per night with one sleeping unit per campsite. Campers who possess a Golden Age or Golden Access card, or the Interagency Senior Pass or Interagency Access Pass, will receive a 50 percent discount on camping fees. A reservation fee of $8 will be charged for each reservation through <a href="https://www.reservation.gov">www.reservation.gov</a>. <P> Campgrounds at Canyon Ferry that are undeveloped or have dispersed camping are open and free to the public. For additional information contact Dan Gallagher, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at 406-475-3925. <P> For other information please contact the Canyon Ferry Field Office at 406-475-3310, or visit Reclamation’s website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao">www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64523 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for North Platte River Basin
MILLS, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation has prepared the February snowmelt runoff forecasts and operating plans for the North Platte River Basin. <P> The February forecasts indicate the spring snowmelt runoff will be above average. Total April through July runoff in the North Platte River Basin above Glendo Dam is expected to be 980,000 acre-feet (af), which is 108 percent of the 30-year average. <P> The total conservation storage capacity of the North Platte Reservoir System is approximately 2,815,800 af. As of January 31, 2019, the combined storage content in the North Platte Reservoirs was 1,726,000 af, which is 111 percent of the 30-year average. <P> Current releases are 530 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Seminoe Reservoir through the Miracle Mile, 500 cfs out of Gray Reef, and 0 cfs out of Guernsey Reservoir. <P> Reclamation will update the inflow forecasts again in March, April, and May. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64183 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's January forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows: <P> • Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 810,100 acre-feet (af), which is 66 percent of the 30 year average of 1,221,100 af. <P> • Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 650,000 af, which is 88 percent of the 30 year average of 734,600 af. <P> • Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 400,000 af, which is 66 percent of the 30 year average of 603,300 af. <P> • Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 110,000 af, which is 77 percent of the 30 year average of 143,200 af. <P> • Wind River – April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 350,000 af, which is 80 percent of the 30 year average of 435,000 af. <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>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63846 Bureau of Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Platte River Recovery Extension
BILLINGS, Montana -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental and Biological Assessment (EA) and signed the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, Proposed First Increment Extension. Reclamation, working with the states of Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska, water users, and environmental and conservation organizations, proposes to extend the First Increment of the basin-wide, cooperative Recovery Implementation Program by 13 years. Reclamation participates in the Program to meet its obligations under the Endangered Species Act. <P> The purpose of this action is to continue implementing Program projects in order to accomplish the following: <P> <ul> <li>Reduce flow shortages in the Platte River aimed at conforming with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service target flows</li> <li>Continue land management activities necessary to provide habitat for target threatened and endangered species</li> <li>Continue integrated monitoring, research, and adaptive management, in order to assess the progress of the Program and inform future management decisions</li> </ul> <P> The final EA and FONSI evaluates and discloses the potential impacts of the proposed 13 year extension of the Program's First Increment. The final EA and FONSI does not represent the final decision of the Secretary of the Interior, in cooperation with the Governors of the states of Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming, to extend the Program. The final EA and FONSI informs the Secretary that the potential impacts of the proposed extension do not warrant the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement. The formal decision by the Secretary regarding whether or not to extend the Program in cooperation with the Governors will occur at a later date. <P> The final EA and FONSI are available for viewing at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/gp/nepa/platte_river/index.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/nepa/platte_river/index.html</a>. For additional information or to receive a printed copy of the EA or Draft FONSI, please contact Brock Merrill at 307-532-1093 or <a href="mailto:beberrill@usbr.gov">bemerrill@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63447 Reclamation Signs Finding of No Significant Impact to Support a Revised Resource Management Plan at Horsetooth, Carter Lake, Pinewood, Flatiron Reservoirs
LOVELAND, Colorado -- The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation has signed a Finding of No Significant Impact for a revised Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Horsetooth Reservoir, Carter Lake, Pinewood Reservoir and Flatiron Reservoir. Reclamation owns and manages the four reservoirs in terms of operations and Larimer County manages them in terms of recreation. Because the reservoirs are on Federal property, proposed recreation improvements are required to be disclosed and analyzed under the National Environmental Policy Act. <P> The RMP was developed in parallel to Larimer County's Reservoir Parks Master Plan. This plan takes a county-wide look at current and future recreation needs. While the four reservoirs play an important role in the master plan, Larimer's Master Plan also includes topics beyond the scope of the RMP, including project costs, financial strategies, and recreation needs beyond those served by the four reservoirs. Larimer County's Reservoir Parks Master Plan is available at <a href="http://www.onegreatcountytoplay.com/">www.onegreatcountytoplay.com</a>. <P> The Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and electronic copies are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/nepa/larimer_county.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/nepa/larimer_county.html</a>. For additional information or to request a printed copy of the Final Environmental Assessment and/or Finding of No Significant Impact, please contact Terence Stroh at 970-962-4369 or <a href="mailto:TStroh@usbr.gov">TStroh@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63427 Reclamation awards $44 million contract for Safety of Dams construction at Bull Lake Dam
MILLS, Wyoming -- The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $44,580,999 contract on September 20, 2018 to Malcolm International LLC, of Rancho Cordova, California, for construction services at Bull Lake Dam in Fremont County, Wyoming. Safety of Dams construction activity will begin in the fall of 2018 and end in the summer of 2021. <P> "The Bull Lake Dam spillway project is necessary to address deficiencies in the existing spillway and provide for the continued safety and functionality of Bull Lake Dam," said Wyoming Area Manager, Carlie Ronca. <P> Construction activities will include the construction of a temporary access road for construction traffic, construction of cofferdams, construction of a new concrete spillway structure, removal of the existing spillway, and replacing the existing spillway with a section of earthen dam embankment. The project will be constructed under Reclamation's Safety of Dams Program, and Midvale Irrigation District will be responsible to repay Reclamation up to 15 percent of the project cost. <P> The existing road for recreational access to Bull Lake Reservoir for tribal members and those with Wind River Indian Reservation recreational or fishing permits will not be affected by the construction. <P> Bull Lake Dam is located in the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming. It is on Bull Lake Creek, a tributary of the Wind River. Bull Lake Dam was constructed from 1936-1938, is owned by Reclamation, and is operated and maintained by Midvale Irrigation District. Water stored in Bull Lake provides a supplemental irrigation water supply to approximately 70,000 acres served by Midvale Irrigation District. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63425 Reclamation Releases Draft Programmatic Environmental Document for Continuation of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project Temporary Excess Capacity Contracting Program and Two 40 Year Excess Capacity Contracts
LOVELAND, Colorado -- The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft programmatic environmental assessment (EA) for continuation of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project Temporary Excess Capacity Program and the issuance of two 40-year excess capacity contracts. <P> As described in the EA, Reclamation would continue to issue annual excess capacity storage contracts for the use of up to 25,000 acre-feet of excess capacity storage in Pueblo Reservoir "if and when" the space is available. Entities can request temporary (1-5 years) excess capacity storage contracts with Reclamation to meet their agricultural, municipal and industrial water needs. <P> The EA also evaluates a 499-acre-foot 40-year excess capacity storage and conveyance contract with Donala Water and Sanitation District (Donala) and a 400-acre-feet 40-year excess capacity storage contract with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for storage in Pueblo Reservoir "if and when" it becomes available. Both Donala and BLM have previously held annual excess capacity contracts issued under the Temporary Program. Donala utilizes excess capacity storage to facilitate the use of its water rights to reduce dependency on non-renewable groundwater resources. Under the 40-year contract, Donala would also utilize the Southern Delivery System pipeline as the primary route to deliver water treated by Colorado Springs Utility to Donala's service area. If granted a 40-year contract, BLM intends to utilize excess capacity storage to exchange water from Pueblo Reservoir to DeWeese Reservoir to improve low flow conditions in Grape Creek. <P> Written comments on the Draft EA are due to Reclamation by November 10, 2018; the document is available online at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/nepa/fryark.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/nepa/fryark.html</a>. For additional information or to provide written comments, please contact Terence Stroh at either: 970-962-4369, <a href="mailto:tstroh@usbr.gov">tstroh@usbr.gov</a>, or by mail at U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Eastern Colorado Area Office, 11056 West County Road 18E, Loveland, Colorado 80537-9711. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63387 Telephone Outage Affects Main Offices of Eastern Colorado Area Office, Flatiron and Pole Hill Power Plants, and Construction Services
LOVELAND, Colo. -- The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation is currently experiencing a telephone outage affecting the Main Offices of the Eastern Colorado Area Office (ECAO), along with the Flatiron Power Plant, Pole Hill Power Plant and Construction Services in Loveland, Colorado. Internet connectivity has not been affected by this outage and we encourage you to use email as your primary means of contacting affected staff. <P> Additionally, other facilities managed by ECAO but not listed above, such as Estes Power Plant, are currently unaffected by the telephone outage. <P> During this outage, we retain one working phone number which is (970) 622-0173. A staff member monitors this phone from 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. (Mountain Time) and will relay messages to your intended recipient. Additionally, we’ve established a general email account address - <a href="mailto:ECAO@usbr.gov">ECAO@usbr.gov</a> - which you can email. From that account, your email will be routed to the appropriate recipient(s) for response. <P> We are unable to offer a current estimated timeframe for this outage, though we will provide updates as more information becomes available. <P> Our multiple redundant communications at Pole Hill and Flatiron Powerplants - a dedicated landline, satellite phones, cell phones, hand-held radios and internet - are functioning to ensure our plants have communications in the event of an emergency. <P> For more information on this issue, please contact the Public Involvement Specialist, James Bishop, at <a href="mailto:jbishop@usbr.gov">jbishop@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63240 Reclamation issues Final Environmental Assessment for Horsetooth, Carter Lake, Pinewood, Flatiron Reservoirs
LOVELAND, Colorado -- The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the recreational management of four reservoirs: Horsetooth Reservoir, Carter Lake, Pinewood Reservoir and Flatiron Reservoir. Reclamation owns and manages the four reservoirs in terms of water operations in partnership with Northern Water, while Larimer County manages them in terms of recreation. Because the reservoirs are federally owned, proposed recreation improvements are required to be disclosed and analyzed under the National Environmental Policy Act. <P> The EA summarizes the public process and identifies potential environmental impacts associated with concept-stage recreation improvements and other management actions at the four reservoirs. The conceptual recreational improvements and other management actions are identified in an associated Resource Management Plan (RMP). <P> The RMP was developed in parallel to Larimer County's Reservoir Parks Master Plan. The Master Plan is available at: <a href="https://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/plans-reports-advisory-boards" target="_blank">www.larimer.org/naturalresources/plans-reports-advisory-boards</a> and takes a county-wide look at current and future recreation needs. While the four reservoirs play an important role in the county's Master Plan, the plan also includes topics beyond the scope of the RMP, including project costs, financial strategies, and recreation needs beyond the four reservoirs. <P> Reclamation's Final EA and a Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/nepa/larimer_county.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/nepa/larimer_county.html</a>. <P> For additional information or to receive a printed copy of the EA or Draft FONSI, please contact Terence Stroh at 970-962-4369 or <a href="mailto:TStroh@usbr.gov">TStroh@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <strong>More about the project:</strong> <P> Reclamation owns and operates nearly 7,000 acres of land and water at Horsetooth Reservoir, Carter Lake, Pinewood Reservoir and Flatiron Reservoir. Larimer County Department of Natural Resources manages recreational activities and maintains the recreation facilities at these reservoirs. Water stored in these reservoirs is distributed by Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District for municipal, agricultural, and other uses. <P> The RMP would replace the previous plans prepared in 2007 and establish a 10-year plan describing a management framework for the conservation, protection, and enhancement of the four reservoirs and surrounding lands. <P>