Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel 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>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63443 Reclamation releases environmental documents for Marble Beach Bank Stabilization project
GRAND COULEE, Wash. — The Bureau of Reclamation has issued the final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for a bank stabilization project at Marble Beach on Lake Roosevelt in Stevens County, Wash. <P> The project will stabilize the shoreline, halt bank erosion, and reduce the potential for exposure and loss of sensitive resources through the installation of a retaining wall using concrete blocks that would be reinforced with surface-treated riprap. <P> The final EA analyzed two actions: the Proposed Action (implementing the project, as described above) and a No Action alternative (non-implementation). Reclamation selected the proposed action for implementation. <P> The 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/wash/marble/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/marble/index.html. </a> For more information or to request a copy, contact Ms. Rebecca Thompson, Project Manager, Bureau of Reclamation at 208-378-5191. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63368 Reclamation and IWRB to host Boise River Basin Feasibility Study open house
BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the Idaho Water Resource Board (IWRB) will host an open house on Thursday, November 8, 2018, to share early-stage information about a feasibility study for increasing water storage capacity within the Boise River system, particularly at Anderson Ranch Dam. <P> The open house will be held at the Wyndham Garden Inn Boise Airport, located at 3300 S. Vista Avenue in Boise, Idaho, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. A short introductory presentation will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. <P> Additional capacity could enable storage of more runoff in high water years such as 2017, enhancing long-term water supply for critical irrigation, domestic, industrial, and municipal needs while continuing to meet endangered species and power generation needs. It could potentially provide greater flood risk protection as well. <P> “Reclamation has placed a high priority on enhancing our infrastructure, and we’re delighted to partner with the state to meet critical water supply needs,” said Reclamation’s Snake River Area Manager Roland Springer. <P> IWRB has committed to fund up to $3M as the 50-percent, non-federal cost share partner. IWRB was created by the Idaho Legislature and is responsible for the formulation and implementation of a state water plan, finance of water projects, and the operation of programs that support sustainable management of Idaho’s water resources. <P> “With support from Idaho’s Governor and Legislature, the IWRB is focused on managing available water supply and addressing aquifer declines state wide, including in the Treasure Valley and Mountain Home aquifer,” said Roger Chase, Chairman of the IWRB. “Given the growth anticipated in the Treasure Valley, additional surface water storage may be required to offset aquifer declines and meet future water needs.” <P> The study is expected to be completed in 2020. <P> For more information, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/studies/boisefeasibility/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/studies/boisefeasibility/index.html</a>. Accessibility requests should be made by October 25, 2018, to BOR-SRA-BoiFeasibility@usbr.gov. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63347 Howard Prairie Dam access road remains closed
ASHLAND, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that the access road to the un-improved boat ramp will remain closed. Because winter is approaching, construction operations will discontinue through about April 1, 2019. The areas adjacent to the access road will remain closed until construction is completed in late 2019. <P> Howard Prairie Dam is located on Beaver Creek approximately 19 miles east of Talent, Ore. It was constructed from 1957 to 1958 for irrigation storage and for power generation. Water is conveyed through the Howard Prairie Delivery Canal to the Green Springs Powerplant to produce clean, renewable energy. <P> The dam is owned by Reclamation and operated by the Talent Irrigation District. The operation and maintenance are funded by Talent Irrigation District, Medford Irrigation District, Rogue River Valley Irrigation District, Reclamation, and Bonneville Power Administration with irrigation and power revenues resulting from discharges of the dam. <P> For more information, please contact Jesse Poletasio at (208) 378-5218 or visit Reclamation’s website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/projects/index.php?id=124">https://www.usbr.gov/projects/index.php?id=124</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63346 Flows reduced from Bowman Dam
PRINEVILLE, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation, with coordination from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) and NOAA Fisheries, reduced fish and wildlife winter flows from Arthur R. Bowman Dam from 65 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 50 cfs on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. <P> This action is based on recent information regarding total Prineville Reservoir storage, uncontracted storage, and meteorological conditions over the last several months and as forecasted for the next several months. <P> A flow of 50 cfs would provide about 74 percent of chinook juvenile habitat, and about 73 percent of steelhead juvenile habitat. The proposed flow modification would reduce available chinook and steelhead habitat by 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Conserving stored water for fish and wildlife for subsequent water years can be vital for maintaining instream flows. <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>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63344 Reclamation awards $4.5 million contract for stoplogs at Grand Coulee Dam
GRAND COULEE, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $4,494,290 contract on September 18 to Brooklyn Iron Works, Inc., a small business from Spokane, for a supply of one set of main unit steel stoplogs, and still to be determined, an optional second set of stoplogs. Reclamation is purchasing a set for $2,277,740, and the optional second set is $2,216,550. <P> The contract requires supplying one complete set of steel stoplogs, along with custom lifting slings. <P> “The new stoplogs will play an important role in the Grand Coulee maintenance program,” said Power Manager Coleman Smith. “This will allow for continued safe and reliable power production for our customers.” <P> Brooklyn Iron Works, Inc., has served federal, state, and local governments as well as global commercial, industrial, and residential customers for more than 35 years. Their services include construction of simple steel buildings to complex mining equipment and intricate bridges. <P> Grand Coulee Dam, completed in 1941, is located on the Columbia River about 90 miles northwest of Spokane. It serves as a multipurpose facility, providing water for irrigation, hydroelectric power production, flood control, fish and wildlife, and recreation. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63343 Reclamation seeks public comment on proposed draft Environmental Assessment
BOISE, Idaho – In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Bureau of Reclamation is conducting an Environmental Assessment (EA) regarding the potential environmental effects of constructing and operating three wells to pump water from the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer into Falls Irrigation District’s existing canal distribution system. The project area is located in southeast Idaho near American Falls, approximately 22 miles southwest of Pocatello, Idaho. <P> The proposed action is to construct and operate three wells to pump water from the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer into the existing canal distribution system. The proposed action would also 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. <P> There will be a 30-day public comment period from issue of the draft EA. Reclamation will consider all submitted comments and determine whether to issue a Finding of No Significant Impact or a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement. <P> Please send written comments no later than November 13, 2018, to Rich Jackson, natural resource specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, 230 Collins Road, Boise, Idaho, 83702-4520 or by email at <a href="sra-nepa-comments@usbr.gov">sra-nepa-comments@usbr.gov</a>. You may also contact him for additional information or visit the website 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>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63243 Minidoka Southside Canal access restricted
RUPERT, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation announced that public access to the Southside Canal headgates at Minidoka Dam will be restricted, beginning Oct. 15 through Dec. 15, while canal headgate maintenance occurs. <P> During this period, anglers and the recreating public can still access the dam immediately north and south of the headgates, outside the constructions zone perimeter. Also, public access to the Minidoka spillway area and Bishop’s Hole will not be impacted. <P> “We ask the public to respect signage and barriers while our crews perform replacement work on the canal headgates,” said Upper Snake Field Office Manager Ryan Newman. “This work will ensure regular water deliveries this spring.” <P> Reclamation will install four new supporting arms on the two radial gates that control irrigation water into Southside Canal from Lake Walcott, 12 miles northeast of Rupert. <P> In 2016, heavy ice loading on Lake Walcott caused one of the Southside Canal gate arms to buckle, and a temporary repair was performed. Installation of the four new supporting arms will reduce the threat of future ice loading incidents. <P> Reclamation is working closely with the Burley Irrigation District to ensure that irrigation water deliveries are not disrupted. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63230 Reclamation awards $76 million contract for construction at Cle Elum Dam
YAKIMA, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $75,967,000 contract on Sept. 17 to Spokane’s Garco Construction, Inc., for construction services at Cle Elum Dam. Construction activity will begin in spring 2019 and end in the summer 2023. <P> “The fish passage project is a vital partnership with the Yakama Nation and the State of Washington to restore ecological connectivity and natural production of salmon,” said Project Manager Richard Visser. “The construction of a helix, gate, and intake will provide a safe downstream passage from the reservoir to the Cle Elum River for juvenile salmon, including sockeye.” <P> The Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage Project is a component of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, a comprehensive and balanced approach to water resources and ecosystem restoration improvements. The State of Washington and Reclamation continue to fund the construction under a 50/50 cost-share agreement. <P> Work under this contract involves constructing the juvenile fish facility intake structure, gate chamber, and helix chamber from the previously constructed secant pile shaft and tunnel. Principal components are as follows: earthwork; cast-in-place and precast, reinforced concrete features; structural steel, metal fabrications, architectural features; and mechanical and electrical features. <P> Built in 1933, Cle Elum Dam is an earth-fill dam that is owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation. Cle Elum Dam is located on the Cle Elum River about 75 miles northwest of Yakima, Washington. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63212 Reclamation seeks public comment on proposed increase in discharge from Sorrento Lactalis Plant
BOISE, Idaho — The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the impacts of a proposed increase in wastewater flows from the Sorrento Lactalis dairy products facility in Nampa, Idaho. Sorrento is proposing to increase production at the Nampa facility over the next several years. This growth in production will increase the plant’s wastewater flows from 1.2 cubic feet per second (cfs) to approximately 4.5 cfs. Sorrento has submitted an application to Reclamation to accommodate this increase in discharge from its treatment plant. <P> Sorrento’s wastewater flows into the Purdam Drain next to its Nampa facility. From the Purdam Drain, the discharge flows down Mason Creek to the Boise River. With the exception of a short segment immediately downstream of the Sorrento facility, this drainage route is under Reclamation’s jurisdiction. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has regulatory responsibility for the water quality of the discharges under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit process. <P> The initial draft EA was released for public review in mid-2016. Due to public comments, additional information and analyses were added to this new draft EA. Impacts of the proposed alternatives on the natural and human environment are evaluated in this draft EA. Download the draft EA at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/sorrento/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/sorrento/index.html</a>. <P> Please send written comments no later than Oct. 22, 2018, to Richard Jackson, natural resource specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Snake River Area Office, 230 Collins Road, Boise, ID 83702 or by email at <a href="mailto:sra-nepa-comments@usbr.gov">sra-nepa-comments@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63170 Federal agencies release environmental documents for the Snow Lake Water Control Structure
CHELAN COUNTY, WA – The Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) have issued the final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed removal and replacement of the Upper Snow Lake water discharge control valve. The water control valve structure is located on land owned by the Service and surrounded by the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area in Chelan County, Washington. <P> The existing valve has exceeded its expected 10-year service life and cannot meet the 80 cubic feet per second discharge capacity required by the Icicle and Peshastin irrigation districts and Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery in the late summer, when cool, clean water is necessary for fish production and to meet irrigation demands. Reclamation and the Service have prepared this EA to evaluate the environmental impacts of removing and replacing the valve, including avenues for transporting materials, equipment, supplies, and contract personnel to the remote location. <P> The draft EA analyzed three actions: a No Action Alternative (non-implementation) and two Action Alternatives (implementing the project as described above). Alternative 3, the Helicopter and Camping Alternative, was selected. Reclamation and the Service are co-lead agencies for the final EA and FONSI and have prepared it in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. <P> The final EA and FONSI is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/snowlake/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/snowlake/index.html</a>. For more information or to request a copy, contact Mr. Stephen Kolk, Wenatchee Subbasin liaison, Bureau of Reclamation at 509-667-8494. <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63169 Minidoka boat ramp construction to begin
RUPERT, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation announced that the Minidoka boat ramp construction project, below Minidoka Dam, will begin October 2. The ramp and the surrounding area will continue to be closed to the public, including all boater and angler traffic. The area will re-open after construction is completed, which is on or about December 20. <P> “Our contractors have a short window after irrigation season to replace the boat ramp while the water level is down,” said Upper Snake Field Office Natural Resources Manager Michael Hilliard. “The goal is to replace the entire boat ramp and reconstruct the parking area before the water level rises in January.” <P> Reclamation asks the public to respect all signage and barriers during the construction period. <P> Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier in the United States, and the nation’s second largest producer of hydroelectric power. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at https://www.usbr.gov and follow us on Twitter @USBR. <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63139 Reclamation temporarily re-opens road at Howard Prairie Dam
ASHLAND, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily re-open some of the public areas around Howard Prairie Dam. Because winter is approaching, construction operations will discontinue, beginning Sept. 17, 2018, through about April 1, 2019. The areas that will re-open to the public are the un-improved boat ramp and access road to the un-improved boat ramp. The areas adjacent to the access road will remain closed until construction is completed in 2019. <P> Howard Prairie Dam is located on Beaver Creek approximately 19 miles east of Talent, Ore. It was constructed from 1957 to 1958 for irrigation storage and for power generation. Water is conveyed through the Howard Prairie Delivery Canal to the Green Springs Powerplant to produce clean, renewable energy. <P> The dam is owned by Reclamation and operated by the Talent Irrigation District. The operation and maintenance are funded by Talent Irrigation District, Medford Irrigation District, Rogue River Valley Irrigation District, Reclamation, and Bonneville Power Administration with irrigation and power revenues resulting from discharges of the dam. <P> For more information, please contact Jesse Poletasio at (208) 378-5218 or visit Reclamation’s website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/projects/index.php?id=124">https://www.usbr.gov/projects/index.php?id=124</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63107 Reclamation re-opens West Fork Bridge after reconstruction
EPHRATA, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation has re-opened the West Fork Bridge, located one mile southwest of Conconullly. The West Fork Bridge had been closed to all motorized traffic since August 11 to reconstruct the bridge. The closure was estimated to last until late-September, but the construction work was completed early. <P> The West Fork Bridge connects the cabins and lands south of the West Fork of Salmon Creek to the West Fork Road. The bridge is owned by Reclamation. <P> For more information about this action, please contact Sara Millard at smillard@usbr.gov or by calling (509) 754-0232. <P> <P>