Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases for Reclamation's Lower Colorado Region https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64143 Bureau of Reclamation releases Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment for Arizona Heritage Trail System
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation today released a Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment for the Arizona Heritage Trail System within Lake Mead National Recreation Area. <P> The Draft EA was released for public comment in April 2017. <P> The FONSI and EA were prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available on the Reclamation internet site at: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html. For questions on the project or to request a compact disk or paper copy of the FONSI and EA, please contact Ms. Faye Streier at 702-293-8132 or fstreier@usbr.gov. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64003 Bureau of Reclamation releases Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment for WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation today released a Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment for a WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant to the Southern Nevada Water Authority. <P> Through the grant, Reclamation will provide a portion of the 2019-2020 funding for SNWA’s existing landscape rebate program; which provides a financial incentive for property owners to replace lawn with water-efficient landscaping. <P> The FONSI and EA were prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available on the Reclamation internet site at: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html. For questions on the project or to request a compact disk or paper copy of the FONSI and EA, please contact Ms. Faye Streier at 702-293-8132 or fstreier@usbr.gov. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63985 Traffic to be temporarily detoured on County 19th Street to accommodate new pipeline installation
Yuma, AZ – Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office announced today that Quail Construction LLC., will begin detouring traffic on County 19th Street between Avenue C and Avenue D starting January 7. The detour will remain in effect through approximately January 22 to accommodate excavation and installation of a new groundwater pipeline. <P> Questions or comments about the pipeline installation should be directed to Ronnie Torres at (928) 343-8166 or via email at rjtorres@usbr.gov. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63845 Annual Lake Moovalya drawdown to occur in January 2019 for maintenance activities
BOULDER CITY, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation is coordinating with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to lower the water level of Lake Moovalya by approximately one foot in elevation for about three weeks beginning in mid-January 2019. Lake Moovalya is the small body of water behind Headgate Rock Dam north of Parker, Arizona. Reclamation is coordinating this activity with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to allow the Colorado River Indian Tribes to perform annual maintenance on their canals. <P> The drawdown is scheduled to begin the morning of Tuesday, January 15, 2019. The one-foot drop should be completed by Tuesday afternoon, but the exact timing could vary depending on operational or environmental conditions. The drawdown is expected to have only minimal impacts on releases from Parker Dam and will not affect Colorado River flows below Headgate Rock Dam. <P> During the drawdown, the Lake Moovalya water level will stay at approximately elevation 363.40 feet, about one foot lower than the normal elevation of 364.40 feet. The lake should return to its normal elevation by Tuesday, February 5, 2019; however, a return to normal elevation may occur sooner or later than this date depending on operational or environmental conditions. <P> All river users should be aware that fluctuating or lower than normal river flows may expose or create natural hazards such as moving sandbars, gravel bars, unstable riverbanks, floating or submerged debris, or other unfamiliar obstacles. As always, caution should be exercised while using the river. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63804 Yuma Desalting Plant to conduct test of the Emergency Chemical Alarm System
Yuma, AZ – On Thursday, December 6, 2018, the Bureau of Reclamation's Yuma Desalting Plant (YDP), located at 7301 Calle Agua Salada, will conduct a test of its emergency chemical alarm system. The test will be conducted to verify that the plant’s emergency readiness system is fully operational to support evacuation and safety procedures in the event the facility experiences an incidental chemical release. <P> The test will involve sounding the siren alarm multiple times to ensure the system is operating effectively. <P> Between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., Mountain Standard Time, the YDP’s Chemical Alarm Siren System (CASS) will be activated for a period of no more than 10 minutes for several periods to determine if the system is operating correctly. The alarm system is used to inform YDP or Yuma Area Office (YAO) employees to shelter-in-place and to notify the on-site Emergency Response Teams to assemble and prepare to respond. <P> Designed to alert both on-site employees and nearby residents about an impending emergency condition at the YDP, the CASS siren can be heard several miles away from the facility. No action or response is necessary from residents or businesses located off-site of the YDP during the emergency test procedure. <P> YAO regularly conducts these tests to verify the system is working correctly in the event of an actual emergency. <P> For further information about this upcoming emergency chemical alarm system test, please contact YAO Environmental Planning and Compliance Manager Julian DeSantiago at (928) 343-8259 or via email at jdesantiago@usbr.gov. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63446 Hoover Dam transformed in an exceptional display of purple to raise awareness of Domestic Violence
Boulder City, Nev. – With national Domestic Violence Awareness Month coming to an end, the iconic Hoover Dam was lit purple Monday night in honor of efforts in Nevada and across the country to raise awareness about these crimes. <P> “More than 100 onlookers gathered atop the Mike O’Callahan/Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge in solidarity with the local and statewide organizations who united for this unique show of strength,” said Len Schilling, Manager of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Dams Office. “We were delighted to be able to use the majesty of Hoover Dam to draw attention to this vitally important domestic cause.” <P> Participating in Monday night’s ceremony were officials from local and statewide organizations including: SafeNest, S.A.F.E. House, The Rape Crisis Center, Safe Embrace, Tu Casa Latina, Domestic Violence Resource Center, Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services, The Shade Tree, and the statewide Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. <P> Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. <P> If you are a victim in need of help, or someone you know is struggling in an abusive relationship or is at risk, please contact an advocacy organization in your community or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.7233. This hotline will connect you to an advocacy program in a community of your choosing. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63383 Hoover Dam to turn purple to focus attention on Domestic Violence Awareness Month
BOULDER CITY, NEV. - On Monday, Oct. 29, the iconic Hoover Dam will light up in purple to increase public awareness of the victims of crime and domestic violence. <P> “On Monday from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the public can witness something unique, Hoover Dam turning purple to increase awareness of the impacts of domestic violence,” said Len Schilling, Manager of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Dams Office. “A consortium of Nevada organizations statewide and nationally are uniting throughout the month of October to focus public and media attention on the impacts of domestic violence. The groups involved are SafeNest of Las Vegas, S.A.F.E. House, Shade Tree, Safe Embrace, Domestic Violence Resource Center, Tu Casa Latina, Crisis Call Center, and Winnemucca Domestic Violence Shelter, along with other organizations across Nevada.” <P> Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. <P> According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, domestic violence and sexual assault are pervasive, life-threatening crimes affecting millions of individuals across our nation regardless of age, gender, economic status, race, religion or education level. Unfortunately, more than one in three women nationwide have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Approximately 7.9 million women are raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked by a current or former intimate partner each year. <P> “Purple gels will be placed over the lights that are on the powerhouse roof,” said Schilling. “Though access to the dam usually closes at 9:00 p.m., the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge plaza viewing lot will stay open, staffed with security, until 10:00 p.m. PDT for public viewing and media coverage.” <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63303 Bureau of Reclamation releases Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study-Negative Declaration for proposed conservation area
BOULDER CITY, NEV. — The Bureau of Reclamation and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California today issued a Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study-Negative Declaration for a proposed 635-acre conservation area to be created as part of the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program. <P> The Draft EA/IS-ND, released for public review and comment, details Metropolitan’s proposed granting of an easement for conservation purposes to Reclamation for the establishment of a conservation area on land owned by Metropolitan. It describes Reclamation’s development and maintenance of cottonwood-willow and honey mesquite land cover types at the conservation area on behalf of the LCR MSCP. The conservation area would be named after Dennis B. Underwood, a former Reclamation Commissioner who also served as Metropolitan’s General Manager. <P> The LCR MSCP is a 50-year multi-stakeholder Federal and non-Federal partnership that was created to balance the use of lower Colorado River water resources with the conservation of native species and their habitats in compliance with the Endangered Species Act. <P> The Draft EA/IS-ND, which was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act, is available for public review and comment. It will be posted on Reclamation’s internet site at: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html and Metropolitan’s internet site at http://mwdh2o.com/CEQA. Comments must be postmarked by November 9, 2018. Please send written comments to the Bureau of Reclamation, Attn: Faye Streier, National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator, P.O. Box 61470, Boulder City, NV 89006. Electronic comments may be submitted to prj-lcr-nepa@usbr.gov. <P> To request a compact disk or paper copy of the FONSI and EA, or for questions, please contact Ms. Streier at 702-293-8132. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63289 Reclamation temporarily detours traffic on County 16th and Avenue C to accommodate installation of new sewer pipeline
Yuma, Ariz. – Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office announced today that Taylor Engineering P.L.L.C, will begin detouring traffic on County 16th and Avenue C starting October 15, 2018 as part of a joint project with the agency to accommodate the installation of a new municipal sewer pipeline. <P> Reclamation officials anticipate that the traffic detour will remain in effect through October 23, 2018, to accommodate excavation and installation of the new sewer pipeline. All affected roadways are anticipated to be open to traffic by October 24, 2018. <P> Questions or comments about the pipeline installation should be directed to Jeff Sanderson at (928) 343-8332 or via email at jsanderson@usbr.gov. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63238 Reclamation to offer modified Hoover Dam tours during visitor center remodel and tour elevator upgrades
Boulder City, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that on October 1, construction will begin to remodel and enhance one level of the Hoover Dam Visitor Center and modernize the facility’s primary tour elevators. To accommodate the construction, temporary alteration of its internal tour and Visitor Center operations is necessary. <P> “We look forward to improving our Visitor Center and tour capabilities. These improvements will enhance our visitors’ experience well into the future,” said Leonard C. Schilling, Area Manager of the Lower Colorado Dams Office. “To facilitate these construction activities, we need to take the Theater Level (the normal visitor entrance) and the primary tour route elevators out of service for approximately four-months.” <P> Construction work will begin on October 1 and is scheduled to be completed by February 14, 2019. During the construction period, the dam’s primary Visitor Center Exhibit and Observation Levels, as well as the Original Exhibit Building, will remain open. A modified Powerplant Tour initiating at the original ticket window on top of the dam will be available. <P> “Due to the limited capacity of the dam’s service elevators – which are not typically used for tours of the facility – we will suspend online ticket sales for the duration of the construction period,” added Schilling. “All Exhibit and Powerplant Tour tickets will be sold onsite on the day of use on a first-come first-serve basis.” <P> During the construction period, Visitor Center tickets can be purchased at the parking garage bus level and the Visitor Center Exhibit level. Powerplant Tour tickets, which include admission to the Visitor Center, will be sold at the original Nevada ticket window on top of the dam. A brochure with a map identifying the ticket sale locations, along with other areas of interest will be available at parking areas and online. Additional information can be found at www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam or you can contact visitor services at (866) 730-9097. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63236 Reclamation Closes Horne Road Bridge near Fort Yuma Reservation
Yuma, Ariz. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office announced today that it has closed the Horne Road Bridge near the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation due to the bridge’s poor structural condition. <P> Following a recent safety inspection of the facility by Reclamation engineers, they believe that the poor condition of the bridge deck poses a public safety hazard. <P> In response to the safety concerns, Reclamation workers installed barriers and signage on both sides of the bridge during the week of September 17, 2018 to alert the public of the bridge’s closure. The bridge will remain closed until further notice. <P> The bridge which carries Horne Road over Drain 8B north of Indian Rock Road in the Fort Yuma Reservation Indian Reservation is located approximately 3 miles west of Picacho Road/S24. <P> Questions about the bridge closure should be directed to Mr. Alexander Belous at (928) 343-8314 or via email at abelous@usbr.gov. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63214 Reclamation releases draft environmental assessment for review on the Cibola Old Channel Restoration project
Yuma, AZ – Reclamation's Yuma Area Office is releasing the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for public review/comment on the proposed construction of the Cibola Old Channel Restoration Project along the lower Colorado River near Walters Camp. <P> The Cibola Old Channel, which is approximately ten miles, has been heavily channelized since its initial construction in 1968 due to slow moving stream flows occurring through this meandering stretch of the river. Under the proposed action, Reclamation will install two recharge pipelines in the lower section of the Cibola Old Channel to increase channel flow and help reduce sediment accumulations and build-up from occurring in this area. <P> By assuring increased recharge flows diverted from the main stem of the Colorado River, the proposed project would benefit existing fish and wildlife habitats and wetland in lower reach of the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge. through these vital ecosystems. <P> The DEA describes the affected environments and anticipated environmental impacts resulting from the proposed action and no action alternatives. The Draft EA is available for review at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/lc/yuma/environmental_docs/environ_docs.html">https://www.usbr.gov/lc/yuma/environmental_docs/environ_docs.html</a> <P> Reclamation will consider all comments it receives by October 19, 2018. Any additional questions should be addressed to Nick Heatwole, Environmental Protection Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, 7301 Calle Agua Salada, Yuma, AZ 85364. They can also be submitted by e-mail at <a href="mailto:nheatwole@usbr.gov">nheatwole@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63130 Reclamation lowers Lake Mohave water level as annual razorback sucker harvest underway
Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region is lowering water levels in Lake Mohave to aid in harvesting razorback suckers, a species native to the Colorado River, from lakeside rearing ponds. The work is part of annual river operations which is timed to coincide with conservation activities for the endangered fish. Beginning today, Lake Mohave will steadily lower from its August 31 elevation of 642 feet above mean sea level (msl) to an elevation of about 634 feet msl by the week of October 8 and remaining at approximately the same elevation for the following two weeks. Lake Mohave is located above Davis Dam on the Colorado River near Laughlin, Nevada. <P> Water levels will begin to rise in late October. Updated information on water levels at Lake Mohave and other Lower Colorado Region reservoirs is located at www.usbr.gov/lc/riverops.html under Current Conditions. Boaters may experience decreased access to ramps and should be extra cautious on the lake. For current recreation opportunities and changes, contact the National Park Service office at 702-293-8691. <P> Each year, Reclamation’s Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (LCR MSCP) gathers tens of thousands of newly hatched razorback sucker larvae from Lake Mohave and transfers the larvae to state and federal hatcheries throughout the Southwest. After an initial growth period in these hatcheries, many of the fish are placed in lakeside rearing ponds around Lake Mohave, where they continue to grow and learn how to forage for food. In the fall, these fish are harvested from the lakeside ponds, tagged with microchips, and released back into Lake Mohave. <P> The project is part of Reclamation’s continuing collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona State University and the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The LCR MSCP is a multi-agency effort to accommodate current and present water and power needs while conserving species and their habitats along the river. More information about conservation efforts for razorback suckers is available at https://www.lcrmscp.gov/fish/razorback_sucker.html. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63124 Reclamation to offer modified Hoover Dam tours during visitor center remodel and tour elevator upgrades
Boulder City, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that on October 1, construction will begin to remodel and enhance one level of the Hoover Dam Visitor Center and modernize the facility’s primary tour elevators. To accommodate the construction, temporary alteration of its internal tour and Visitor Center operations is necessary. <P> “We look forward to improving our Visitor Center and tour capabilities. These improvements will enhance our visitors’ experience well into the future,” said Leonard C. Schilling, Area Manager of the Lower Colorado Dams Office. “To facilitate these construction activities, we need to take the Theater Level (the normal visitor entrance) and the primary tour route elevators out of service for approximately four-months.” <P> Construction work will begin on October 1 and is scheduled to be completed by January 31, 2019. During the construction period, the dam’s primary Visitor Center Exhibit and Observation Levels, as well as the Original Exhibit Building, will remain open. A modified Powerplant Tour initiating at the original ticket window on top of the dam will be available. <P> “Due to the limited capacity of the dam’s service elevators – which are not typically used for tours of the facility – we will suspend online ticket sales for the duration of the construction period,” added Schilling. “All Exhibit and Powerplant Tour tickets will be sold onsite on the day of use on a first-come first-serve basis.” <P> During the construction period, Visitor Center tickets can be purchased at the parking garage bus level and the Visitor Center Exhibit level. Powerplant Tour tickets, which include admission to the Visitor Center, will be sold at the original Nevada ticket window on top of the dam. A brochure with a map identifying the ticket sale locations, along with other areas of interest will be available at parking areas and online. Additional information can be found at www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam or you can contact visitor services at (866) 730-9097. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63108 Long-term Colorado River forecasts highlight need for action
BOULDER CITY, NEV. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released updated 5-year probability-based planning model projections for future Colorado River system conditions, which underscore the ongoing impact of record dry conditions across the basin. With spring and summer inflow to Lake Powell at only 36 percent of average, this year is one of the driest years in the past 19 years, which is the driest 19-year period in recorded history and one of the driest in the past 1,200 years. These projections show increased risk of declining reservoir elevations over the next 5 years. Specifically, the projections include a 57 percent likelihood for Lower Basin shortage in 2020—an increase from 52 percent from the April results. Furthermore, recently published results from the August 2018 24-Month Study operational model showed that another dry year like 2018 could drop the elevation of Lake Mead by 20 feet or more by mid-2020. <P> “These model projections further illustrate the continuing trend of drought and increasing dry conditions in the Colorado River Basin,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “There is a real sense of urgency across the basin to protect the river’s supply in the face of increasing demand and ongoing drought—I applaud the actions of water managers in all seven states and look forward to completing a comprehensive, basin-wide drought contingency plan before the end of this year.” <P> These probability projections include considerable uncertainty as the long-term hydrologic assumptions used may not fully represent the possible future inflows that could occur. The Colorado River Simulation System planning model used for these projections is an important long-term planning tool for water managers across the basin. Conversely, the 24-Month Study operational model—which was most recently released on August 15—produces a single projection of reservoir conditions based on current inflow forecasts and reservoir conditions. Projections from the August 24-Month Study were used to determine annual operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead for 2019. While Lake Mead is near the level that would—for the first time—trigger mandatory cuts to Lower Basin water deliveries, it will continue to operate in normal conditions through calendar year 2019. Annual operations for 2020 will be determined in August of 2019. <P> The most current 5-year probabilistic projections of future Colorado River system conditions are available at https://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/riverops/crss-5year-projections.html. The August 2018 24-Month Study operational models are available at: <P> https://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/studies/index.html or https://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/24mo/index.html. <P> <P> <P>