Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65124 Final EIS for Kachess and Keechelus projects posted
YAKIMA, WA – The Bureau of Reclamation and Washington State Department of Ecology have posted a final environmental impact statement related to projects in the Upper Yakima River basin designed to improve water supply during drought, and enhance streamflows and aquatic habitat for fish. <P> The EIS was prepared in conjunction with over-arching goals of the <a href="https://ecology.wa.gov/Water-Shorelines/Water-supply/Water-supply-projects-EW/Yakima-River-Basin-projects/Yakima-integrated-plan">Yakima River basin Integrated Water Resources Management Plan</a>. <P> A floating pumping plant on Kachess Reservoir has been identified as the preferred alternative to help alleviate water shortages for proratable irrigation water users in the Yakima River basin. Alternatives that examined conveying excess water from the Keechelus Reservoir to Kachess Reservoir are not identified as projects to carry forward. <P> “This is an important milestone for the Kachess and Keechelus reservoir projects and the Yakima Integrated Plan,” Columbia-Cascades Area Manager Dawn Wiedmeier said. “Reclamation is grateful for and looks forward to continuing our valuable partnership with Ecology, the Yakama Nation, Roza Irrigation District and others on this and other Integrated Plan projects.” <P> The Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) evaluated seven alternatives, including a “no action” alternative to: <ul> <li>improve water supply reliability during drought years;</li> <li> improve the ability of water managers to respond and adapt to potential changing hydrology; and </li> <li> contribute to the vitality of the regional economy and riverine environment.</li> </ul> <P> “We want to thank everyone who participated in this long, public process and look forward to working with everyone moving forward,” said Tom Tebb, director of Ecology’s Office of Columbia River. “Balancing the needs and rights of water users in the Yakima River basin is challenging. A floating pumping plant is a creative and cost-effective way to help irrigators in the years water is in short supply.” <P> As described in Alternative 4, Reclamation and Ecology have identified Roza Irrigation District as the entity responsible for the design, construction, operation, maintenance and funding (with potential participation by other proratable entities) of a floating pumping plant proposal at Kachess Reservoir. The proposal seeks to tap into up to 200,000 acre-feet of water not now accessible by irrigators when their water is prorated. <P> This FEIS complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA, Public Law 91-190) and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA, Chapter 197-11 WAC). The NEPA process concludes with a Record of Decision (ROD) which may be issued by Reclamation no sooner than 30 days after the FEIS is published in the Federal Register. The ROD documents Reclamation’s decision on the proposed action and describes the rationale used in making the decision. Responses to public comments received on the Draft EIS and Supplemental Draft EIS are included in the final document. <P> You may view the final documents at: and <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/kdrpp/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/kdrpp/index.html </a> and <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/kkc/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/kkc/index.html</a>. Copies also are available at Reclamation and Ecology offices and local libraries will have electronic copies available for viewing. Individual copies of the report may be obtained by calling (509) 573-8193. <P> Copies have been mailed to those who have requested one, as well as area Tribes and appropriate local, state, and federal agencies. Additional information regarding the Integrated Plan may be found at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/yrbwep/2011integratedplan/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/yrbwep/2011integratedplan/index.html</a> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64970 Yakima Basin Water Supply - March Forecast
YAKIMA, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s March 2019 Total Water Supply Available (TWSA) forecast for the Yakima basin indicates the water supply will fully satisfy senior water rights while the junior water rights will receive an estimated 90 percent of their entitlements this irrigation season. <P> “We in the water business are grateful for the February snowfall in the Yakima basin after the very poor January snowfall,” said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. “The mountain snowpack that feeds our reservoirs is only 80 to 90 percent of average range. However, this should provide the Yakima Project an adequate water supply this coming irrigation season.” <P> Reclamation will provide water supply forecasts monthly through July. Specific water delivery levels will not be determined until later in the year after reservoir storage is released to meet demands. <P> The March TWSA forecast is based on flows, precipitation, snowpack, and reservoir storage as of March 1, along with estimates of future precipitation and river flows. Other future weather conditions that determine the timing of the runoff and the demand for water also are critical in determining streamflows, prorations, and the extent to which the reservoirs fill. <P> “We still have several key months ahead of us that can have a big influence on the ultimate water supply this summer,” says Garner. <P> If spring precipitation and runoff are unfavorable, Reclamation still expects an adequate supply. Because longer term weather conditions can be unpredictable, Garner recommends water conservation always be a part of water usage in the Yakima basin. <P> For more information, visit Reclamation’s website at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64965 Flows set to increase from McKay Dam
PENDLETON, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation will be increasing flows out of McKay Dam from 10 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 50 cfs into McKay Creek, beginning Thursday, March 7, 2019. McKay Creek flows through the neighborhoods of southwest Pendleton. <P> On Friday, March 8, flows will increase by 25 cfs to 75 cfs. Additional flow increases are possible later next week, depending on weather conditions; however, flows are expected to remain within the safe channel capacity. <P> Snowpack in McKay Creek basin as of March 1 sits well above normal at 163 percent of the 1981–2010 average. Currently, McKay Reservoir is at approximately 58 percent of capacity. A full supply of irrigation water out of McKay Reservoir is anticipated this summer. <P> Reclamation officials are advising the public to be aware of the potential danger associated with increased McKay Creek flows. The water is cold and can be deep and fast in various locations. Extreme caution should be used near the river banks. With the recent wintry conditions, ice along the channel banks may be loosened because of increased flows. <P> For real-time McKay Creek flows at Reclamation facilities in the Pacific Northwest Region, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/rtgraph.html?list=mcko%20q&daily=mcko%20qd">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/rtgraph.html?list=mcko%20q&daily=mcko%20qd</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64823 Boise River flood risk management operations to begin
BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are increasing flows through the city of Boise from approximately 280 to 1,780 cubic feet per second (cfs), beginning March 6, 2019. The flow through town will be increased 500 cfs each day over three days starting on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, and ending Friday, March 8, 2019. <P> The change in operation is in response to a rapid rise in snowpack since the beginning of February. Snowpack in the Boise basin increased from 74 percent of median Feb. 1 to 124 percent of median on Feb. 27. Precipitation totals so far in February are 285 percent of normal. The releases will help reduce the risk of flooding later in the spring, which can happen with rapidly melting snow and seasonal precipitation. Additional flow increases are possible in the coming weeks depending upon weather conditions. <P> Typical flood risk management operations experience flows through town up to 6,500 cfs and the public should be aware that river flows may change routinely during the snowmelt season. <P> Currently, the Boise River reservoirs are at 53 percent of capacity. A full supply of irrigation water is anticipated this summer. <P> Officials are advising the public to be aware of the danger associated with increased Boise River flows. The water is deep, cold, and fast. Extreme caution should be used near the river banks. <P> For real-time Boise River flows at Reclamation facilities in the Pacific Northwest Region, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/rtindex/boise.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/rtindex/boise.html</a>. <P> The Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation operate three dams on the Boise River as a system to manage flood control and irrigation storage needs — Lucky Peak Dam, Arrowrock Dam and Anderson Ranch Dam. Storage capacity provided by Reclamation’s Arrowrock and Anderson Ranch dams, and the Corps’ Lucky Peak Dam, combined with well-planned water releases, help manage Boise River flows through the city of Boise. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64703 Reclamation modernizes the nation’s largest hydropower facility
GRAND COULEE, Wash. — The Bureau of Reclamation has issued the final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for modernizing three generators in the Third Power Plant at Grand Coulee Dam. The project is being undertaken to replace generating units G-19 through G-21 that have been in service for 30-years and have surpassed their life expectancy. “This modernization project in the Third Power Plant will result in higher efficiency and reliability, ensuring another 40 years of service and enabling Reclamation to meet its contractual obligations for power generation,” said Grand Coulee’s Deputy Power Manager Doug Anderson. <P> In this EA, the Proposed Action and No Action alternative for any potential environmental impacts were analyzed. The Proposed Action—Third Power Plant Units G19 through G21 modernization with potential for full replacement of major unit systems—was selected. The Proposed Action includes a design-build option for the contractor to provide up to a full component replacement of each generating unit if necessary. Construction work is expected to begin as early as 2023. <P> The final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/tpp/">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/tpp/</a>. For more information or to request a copy, please contact Mr. Brian Clark, GCPO-1102, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 620, Grand Coulee, WA 99133 or via email at <a href="mailto:bdclark@usbr.gov">bdclark@usbr.gov<a/>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64683 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Cottonwood Creek Daylighting Project
BOISE, Idaho — The Bureau of Reclamation has issued the final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Cottonwood Creek Daylighting Project in Boise, Idaho. The EA follows the WaterSMART grant awarded in 2017 to the Boise River Enhancement Network, who proposed to restore the natural function of the last 440 feet of Cottonwood Creek. Cottonwood Creek drains an 8,000-acre watershed in the Boise front, which enters the Boise River at Julia Davis Park. <P> New, instream habitat created by the proposed project would support additional spawning, rearing, and overwintering fish habitat, all of which are currently limited in the Boise River fishery. Completion of this project will create 0.35 acres of riparian and wetland habitat, providing new habitat for native wildlife and improving water quality through the capture, filter, and removal of pollutants. <P> The EA analyzed two actions: No Action Alternative and the Proposed Action, implementing the project as described above. A No Action Alternative was evaluated to provide an appropriate basis by which the other alternative can be compared. Based on the analysis, the Proposed Action was selected. <P> The final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available online at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/bren/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/bren/index.html</a>. For more information or to request a copy of the final EA and FONSI, contact Rochelle Ochoa, Natural Resource Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Snake River Area Office, 230 Collins Road, Boise, ID 83702 or by email at <a href="mailto:rochoa@usbr.gov">rochoa@usbr.gov</a>. <P> For information about the WaterSMART program, go to <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/cwmp/">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/cwmp/</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63945 Reclamation releases environmental documents for the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer wells project
AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation issued the final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed construction and operation of three wells to pump water from the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer into Falls Irrigation District’s existing canal distribution system. <P> The selected action to construct and operate the three wells would provide a reliable source of late season irrigation water to the Falls Irrigation District patrons when American Falls Reservoir levels cannot supplement water delivery late in the season. The project area is located in southeast Idaho near American Falls, approximately 22 miles southwest of Pocatello, Idaho. <P> The final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available online at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/fallsirrigation/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/fallsirrigation/index.html</a>. For more information or to request a copy, please contact Mr. Rich Jackson, Natural Resource Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, 230 Collins Road, Boise, Idaho, 83702-4520 or by email at <a href="mailto:sra-nepa-comments@usbr.gov">sra-nepa-comments@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63885 Draft Environmental Assessment released for the proposed modernization of the Third Power Plant, Generating Units 19–21 at Grand Coulee Dam
GRAND COULEE, Wash. — The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking comments on the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed modernization project for generating units 19–21 (G19–G21) in the Third Power Plant at Grand Coulee Dam. <P> The proposed modernization project will provide continued, reliable hydropower production for 40 years or more and will ensure that Reclamation meets its contractual obligations for power generation. <P> <P> <p>In this draft EA, analysis is underway on a proposed action and no action alternative for any potential environmental impacts: </p> <br> <P> <P> • Proposed Action: Third Power Plant Units G19–21 modernization with potential for full replacement of major unit systems. The proposed action includes a design-build option for the contractor to provide up to a full component replacement of each generating unit if necessary. <P> • No Action Alternative: Reclamation continues to operate G19–G21 with no system improvements. Maintenance is performed on an as-needed basis. <P> The draft EA is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/tpp/">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/tpp/</a>. Please send written comments no later than Dec. 24, 2018, to Mr. Brian Clark, GCPO-11-2, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 620, Grand Coulee, WA 99133. Comments also may be submitted via email at <a href="mailto:bdclark@usbr.gov">bdclark@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63883 Flows released into Crab Creek for scheduled inspection at Pinto Dam
EPHRATA, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation will begin releasing flows up to 100 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Pinto Dam into Crab Creek, beginning the week of December 10, 2018, to perform a regularly planned inspection on the Pinto Dam headworks. Releases are not expected to last more than 30 days. This action is not part of the Potholes Supplemental Feed Route activities, but water will travel the same flow path. Surface flow from the release is expected to be limited to the first four miles of Crab Creek below Brook Lake. <P> Pinto Dam, an off-stream storage facility, is located north of Highway 28 in the eastern portion of Grant County. It impounds Billy Clapp Lake and provides irrigation water for the Columbia Basin Project. <P> For more information, please contact Harry Stone, civil engineer, at hstone@usbr.gov or at (509) 754-0251. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63835 Reclamation seeks comments on proposed changes to recreational use of “Geezer Beach”
GRAND COULEE, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment to identify issues to be addressed in an Environmental Assessment on altering recreational uses of the area within the Reclamation Zone, southwest of the Third Power Plant, known as “Geezer Beach.” <P> Under the 1990 Lake Roosevelt Cooperative Management Agreement, Reclamation manages the portion of the shoreline known as “Geezer Beach.” Reclamation has observed cars, trucks, and recreational vehicles parked in the reservoir, on federally owned and Reclamation-managed land (Reclamation Zone) during the spring draw down. Driving and parking on the drawdown can present a public safety risk to drivers and others because these vehicles can become stuck, roll into the reservoir, or become abandoned. <P> Reclamation proposes making changes to the recreational use of “Geezer Beach,” to address safety concerns related to driving vehicles on the reservoir shoreline. Reclamation will analyze the potential effects of a range of alternative actions. In the scoping phase, we will seek public comment to help identify and bring focus to concerns, issues, and analyses that should be included in the draft environmental assessment. <P> Proposed alternatives are as follows: <P> <ul> <li>No Action: Reclamation continues to allow vehicles to enter onto and drive on the drawdown at “Geezer Beach.”</li> <li>Proposed Alternative 1: Reclamation restricts physical access to cars, trucks, all-terrain vehicles, and recreational vehicles in the Reclamation Zone to designated parking areas.</li> <li>Proposed Alternative 2: Reclamation closes the area within the Reclamation Zone to fishing and recreation.</li> </ul> <P> Information obtained during the scoping period, December 3 through December 31, 2018, will bring focus to concerns, issues, and analyses that should be included in the draft environmental assessment. Written comments can be sent to Lon Ottosen, Bureau of Reclamation, Grand Coulee Power Office, PO Box 620, Grand Coulee, WA 99133 or emailed to lottosen@usbr.gov. Comments must be received no later than December 31, 2018, to be considered. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63832 Land purchase marks the beginning of next well
BOISE, Idaho – The next phase of the Lewiston Orchards Water Exchange and Title Transfer project, construction of a second well, is underway with the purchase of land and city permitting complete. In July, the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District procured land located just east of the first well site as the home for the second well and secured final city permits in October. With land purchase and permitting complete, contractor solicitation and selection can commence leading to construction. <P> The project purpose is to incrementally replace current surface water supplied from the Lapwai Creek watershed with groundwater pumped from the deep regional aquifer. This comprehensive solution addresses long-standing issues surrounding the operations of the Lewiston Orchards Project. At project completion, the well field will provide patrons with 8,500 acre-feet of irrigation water pumped nearly 2,000 feet up from the deep regional aquifer while leaving currently diverted water instream to benefit Snake River steelhead and protect the natural and cultural resources of the Nez Perce Tribe. <P> The Lewiston Orchards Project, located predominantly on the Nez Perce Reservation, is a Reclamation-owned project within the Lapwai Creek watershed. The project is operated and maintained by the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District, which serves approximately 20,000 patrons for local domestic and irrigation purposes. <P> “From my perspective this is a great thing. Living next to Sweetwater Creek and seeing the increased flow, I can see a noticeable difference in the creek maintaining and cleaning itself. There is much less silt on the bottom of the creek which is great for the fish,” said Nez Perce Tribal member, Emmit Taylor, Sr. <P> In 2017, the District operated the first constructed pilot well, which was completed in December 2016, allowing for the first exchange water to remain instream for the benefit of fish and habitat in the Lapwai Creek watershed while providing groundwater for patron use and avoiding water restrictions. <P> “Being a homeowner in the Orchards since 1955, we are delighted to see resolution towards our watering problems. We are very happy to see more water on a more reliable basis and of better quality. We are happy to see an end to the litigation because that was not resolving anything; that money is now being spent on a solution that meets everyone’s needs,” said Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District, Bob and Corene Wightman. <P> With the land purchase and permitting complete, the District is actively working to secure a construction contractor, with hopes to begin construction next summer. <P> For more information about the Lewiston Orchards Project Water Exchange and Title Transfer Project, contact Megan Sloan, Reclamation project manager, at (208) 383-2222; Barney Metz, LOID general manager, at (208) 746-8235; Dave Johnson, Nez Perce Tribe Department of Fisheries resource manager at (208) 843-7320; or Jerry Klemm, Lower Clearwater Exchange Project chairman at (208) 750-6432. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63805 Reclamation releases environmental documents for Hungry Horse Powerplant Modernization
HUNGRY HORSE, Montana – The Bureau of Reclamation issued the final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed Hungry Horse Powerplant (HHPP) Modernization and Overhaul Project. The powerplant is located at Hungry Horse Dam in Hungry Horse, Montana. <P> The 10-year project involves modernizing and overhauling the powerplant to provide electrical power generation for an additional 30 years, while maintaining operations for flood risk management and fisheries resources. Many of the powerplant components have reached or exceeded their intended service life. They show problems stemming from age-related wear that could potentially result in increased failures and longer forced outages, more challenging repairs due to obsolescence and unavailability of spare parts, and higher operation and maintenance costs. <P> The final EA analyzed three actions, including a preferred alternative: <P> • Alternative A - No Action Alternative: Reclamation continues to operate the four hydropower generating units with no planned powerplant overhaul. Maintenance and repair would be performed on an as-needed basis. <P> • Alternative B - HHPP Modernization - Two Generating Units Offline for Four Years: Work would be conducted on two generating units simultaneously for four years and single generating units for six years. <P> • Alternative C - HHPP Modernization - Two Generating Units Offline for One Year (Preferred Alternative): Work would be conducted on two generating units simultaneously for one year and individual generating units for nine years. <P> Reclamation selected Alternative C - HHPP Modernization as the preferred action. The final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available online at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/montana/hungryhorse/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/montana/hungryhorse/index.html</a>. For more information or to request a copy, please contact Ms. Pam Druliner, Natural Resource Specialist for the Bureau of Reclamation by email at <a href="mailto:pdruliner@usbr.gov">pdruliner@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63684 Reclamation seeks public input on proposed maintenance construction project at American Falls Dam
HEYBURN, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation is proposing to perform maintenance on and rehabilitation of components of the spillway at American Falls Dam, which is located in Power County in the town of American Falls. The environmental assessment will examine the potential effects of the proposed actions. Reclamation is seeking comments from the public to better identify issues and concerns regarding the proposed actions. <P> The proposed construction activities would address the need for replacement and repair of deteriorating concrete on the spillway, spillway gate operator decks, downstream dam face, and stilling basin structures, which have experienced degradation over 40 years in service. Construction activities would consist of the cutting, removal, and replacement of existing damaged concrete and reinforcing on these components, and replacement or modification of an existing drain grate in the stilling basin. <P> Federal actions must be analyzed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and other relevant Federal and State laws and regulations to determine potential environmental consequences. <P> Individuals with questions about this proposal or who wish to receive a preliminary information package may contact Amy Goodrich, Bureau of Reclamation Natural Resource Specialist, at 208-383-2250 or via email at <a href="mailto:sra-nepa-comments@usbr.gov">sra-nepa-comments@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments should be addressed to <a href="mailto:sra-nepa-comments@usbr.gov">sra-nepa-comments@usbr.gov</a> and must be received by Dec. 21, 2018. <P> American Falls Dam, originally completed in 1928, is a component of the Minidoka Project, which is located on the Snake River. In 1978, the dam was reconstructed and replaced under the authority of Reclamation’s Safety of Dams Act. For additional information about the dam, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/projects/index.php?id=24">https://www.usbr.gov/projects/index.php?id=24</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63453 Flows reducing from Wickiup and Haystack dams
PRINEVILLE, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and NOAA Fisheries, will reduce fish and wildlife winter flows from Wickiup and Haystack dams as appropriate for dive inspections of the dams on Saturday, November 3, 2018. <P> Flows from Wickiup Dam will be reduced to 25 cubic feet per second (cfs) for up to 8 hours during the inspection. Haystack Dam flows will be reduced to zero cfs for up to 4 hours during the inspection. Flows are being reduced to ensure diver safety during the inspections. This will have no impact to the public. <P> Wickiup Dam is part of the Deschutes Project, which provides 200,000 acre-feet of storage for irrigation to 50,000 acres within the North Unit Irrigation District near Madras, Ore. Haystack Dam is also part of the Deschutes Project, located about 10 miles south of Madras. Both dams are owned by Reclamation and operated by the North Unit Irrigation District, which supplies irrigation water to the area. <P> For real-time Crooked River flows at Reclamation facilities in the Pacific Northwest Region, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/destea.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/destea.html</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63448 Flows decreasing for inspection at Bowman Dam
PRINEVILLE, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and NOAA Fisheries, will reduce fish and wildlife winter flows from Arthur R. Bowman Dam as appropriate for a dive inspection of the dam on Friday, November 2, 2018. Flows will be reduced to 25 cubic feet per second (cfs) for 8 to 10 hours during the inspection. Flows may be further reduced to 10 cfs for some period of time if diver safety becomes a concern. <P> Arthur R. Bowman Dam is located on the Crooked River about 20 miles southeast of Prineville. <P> For real-time Crooked River flows at Reclamation facilities in the Pacific Northwest Region, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/rtindex/crooked.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/rtindex/crooked.html</a>. <P>