Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66863 Reclamation announces Yakima basin water supply - July forecast
YAKIMA, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s July 2019 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima basin indicates the water supply will fully satisfy senior water rights. Junior water rights will receive an estimated 67% of their entitlements for the period June 3–September 30. <P> “The basin’s seasonal decline in flows and reservoir storage began about 2–3 weeks earlier than normal this year,” said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. “The reservoirs topped out at 81.5% full on June 7.” Garner recommends water conservation always be a part of water usage in the Yakima basin, especially this season with the low water supply. <P> Reclamation manages the water in the five Yakima Project storage reservoirs, along with the basin’s unregulated inflows to fulfill water rights, water contracts and instream flow obligations. Water shortages in the basin are shared equally by the junior water rights, which represent over half of the water rights in the basin. <P> Reclamation will provide an updated water supply forecast monthly—at least through August—using the latest data each month to reflect any changing conditions as they develop. <P> The July forecast is based on flows, precipitation, snowpack and reservoir storage through July 1, along with estimates of future precipitation and river flows. <P> For more information, visit Reclamation’s website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66683 Reclamation prohibits fireworks at North Dam for this Fourth of July due to dry conditions
GRAND COULEE, Wash. – Consistent with a Bureau of Land Management fire restrictions order, the Bureau of Reclamation will prohibit fireworks on North Dam for the Independence Day holiday. Dry, fire-prone vegetative conditions in eastern Washington have warranted this decision. <P> “Safety is our primary concern, and due to extremely dry conditions, we will prohibit the use of fireworks at North Dam,” said Power Manager Coleman Smith. “Reclamation will allow the permitted fireworks display at Grand Coulee Dam to continue at the top of dam for the Fourth of July festivities and encourages you to come and enjoy the show,” he added. Smith cited a low risk of fireworks reaching the surrounding lands as a reason for allowing the fireworks display to proceed. <P> There have been multiple wildfires in eastern Washington this season. These conditions prompted the Bureau of Land Management to issue the fire restrictions order, which includes the Grand Coulee Dam area, beginning June 22. <P> North Dam, an earthen dam, is surrounded by trees and grasses; therefore, Reclamation is taking precautionary measures to decrease the potential for wildland fire starts. In wetter conditions, a permit can be obtained to shoot fireworks from North Dam. <P> The fireworks will begin immediately after the One River, Many Voices laser light show. For more information, contact Lynne Brougher at (509) 633-9503. Also, please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee/visit/laser.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee/visit/laser.html</a> to learn days and times for the laser show. <P> To read more about the BLM fire restrictions order, visit the BLM website at <a href="https://www.blm.gov/press-release/washington-blm-issues-fire-restrictions-order-eastern-washington">https://www.blm.gov/press-release/washington-blm-issues-fire-restrictions-order-eastern-washington</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66484 Recreation will continue at Geezer Beach
GRAND COULEE, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation will continue to allow fishing, recreation and use of the boat ramp on land adjacent to Grand Coulee Dam, locally known as Geezer Beach. However, due to safety concerns, cars, trucks, all-terrain vehicles and recreational vehicles will be required to park in designated parking areas and will not be allowed to drive or park on the shoreline or drawdown. <P> Vehicular access is already restricted along all other parts of the Lake Roosevelt shoreline. The changes at Geezer Beach will ensure safe conditions and a safe recreational experience throughout the more than 500 miles of shoreline around Lake Roosevelt. These changes will be enforced by Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Tribal Police as the law enforcement entity for that area of shoreline. <P> Reclamation prepared and released the final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for these changes at Geezer Beach. The environmental documents address safety concerns related to driving or parking vehicles on the shoreline or the drawdown within Reclamation land adjacent to Grand Coulee Dam. The EA analyzed three actions, including a No Action Alternative. Under the preferred alternative, Alternative B was selected. <P> The draft EA was released for public comment in May 2019. 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/wash/geezerbeach/index.html>https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/geezerbeach/index.html</a>. For more information or to request a hard copy of the final EA and FONSI, please contact Lynne Brougher at 509-633-9503 or <a href=mailto:lbrougher@usbr.gov>lbrougher@usbr.gov </a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66483 Reclamation to conduct maintenance and rehabilitation work at American Falls Dam
HEYBURN, Idaho – American Falls Dam, a 94-foot-high composite concrete and earth gravity-type dam on the Snake River in Power County, near the town of American Falls, will undergo maintenance and rehabilitation in 2020 and 2021. The dam was originally completed in 1928 and was reconstructed and replaced under authority of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Safety of Dams Act in 1978. <P> With a storage capacity of 1,700,000 acre-feet, American Falls Reservoir is the largest reservoir of the Minidoka Project. The dam and reservoir comprise a multipurpose facility from which principle benefits include irrigation, power generation (through a powerplant owned and operated by Idaho Power Company), flood control, fish and wildlife resources, and recreation. About 889,282 acres of land downstream of American Falls on the Snake River Plain area are irrigated annually with water stored in American Falls Reservoir. <P> The planned construction activities will address the need for replacement and repair of deteriorating concrete on the spillway, spillway gate operator decks, downstream dam face, adits, and stilling basin structures, which have experienced degradation over 40 years in service. Construction activities will consist of the hydro demolition, 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. Construction will take place from June to November 2020 and mid-July to November 2021. <P> In preparation for this project, the Bureau of Reclamation completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) to examine the potential effects of the proposed actions. Based on the results of the EA, Reclamation has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). <P> The final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/americanfalls/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/americanfalls/index.html</a>. To request a copy, please 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>. Individuals with questions about the overall project may contact Nicole Carson, Bureau of Reclamation Project Manager, at 208-678-0461 x16 or via email at <a href="mailto:ncarson@usbr.gov">ncarson@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66383 Reclamation announces Yakima basin water supply - June forecast
YAKIMA, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s June 2019 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima basin indicates the water supply will fully satisfy senior water rights. Junior water rights will receive an estimated 74% of their entitlements for the period June 3–September 30. <P> “The snow in the mountains melted close to 3½ weeks earlier than normal. The reservoirs are only about 83% full and filling slowly,” said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. “We expect the reservoirs to stop filling 2–3 weeks earlier than usual and will experience a shortfall.” Garner recommends water conservation always be a part of water usage in the Yakima basin, especially this season with the low water supply. <P> Reclamation manages the water in the five Yakima Project storage reservoirs, along with the basin’s unregulated inflows to fulfill water rights, water contracts, and instream flow obligations. Water shortages in the basin are shared equally by the junior water rights which represent over half of the water rights in the basin. <P> Reclamation will provide an updated water supply forecast monthly, at least through July, using the latest data each month to reflect any changing conditions as they develop. <P> The June forecast is based on flows, precipitation, snowpack and reservoir storage as of June 1, along with estimates of future precipitation and river flows. Other future weather conditions that determine the timing of the snowmelt and the demand for water also are critical in determining streamflows, prorations and the extent to which the reservoirs fill. <P> For more information, visit Reclamation’s website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66243 Reclamation awards 2019 water conservation program grants
BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded four Water Conservation Field Services Program grants in the Pacific Northwest Region. The program provides technical and financial assistance to irrigation districts and other entities with water delivery authority to develop and implement water conservation measures. The grants require a 50% or better cost-share. Eligible activities include developing water conservation plans, improving water management and demonstrating conservation technologies. The 2019 grant recipients are as follows: <ul> <li> Warm Springs Irrigation District in eastern Oregon will update their existing Water Management and Conservation Plan. The update will support future implementation measures for conservation and drought resiliency. Reclamation will provide $19,950 toward the $40,495 project.</li> <li> North Unit Irrigation District in central Oregon will automate its water orders to create a real-time system optimization review. This project will improve efficiency district wide and help identify and prioritize future conservation projects, which supports multiple planning efforts in the Deschutes basin. Reclamation will provide $25,000 toward the $69,842 project.</li> <li> Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District in central Oregon will work with Juniper Flat District Improvement Company (JFDIC) to update JFDIC's existing Water Management and Conservation Plan. The update will help identify needs within JFDIC, current infrastructure and future conservation projects. Reclamation will provide $6,980 toward the total project cost of $13,960.</li> <li>Selah-Moxee Irrigation District in Washington's Yakima basin will design a 1,700-foot canal lining project and a 1,130-foot canal piping project. Part of the District's Comprehensive Water Conservation Plan, the projects will help eliminate seepage, increase canal reliability and reduce vegetative growth. Reclamation will provide $25,000 toward the total cost of $54,736.</li> </ul> To learn more about the Water Conservation Field Services Program, please visit: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/wat/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/wat/index.html</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66083 Reclamation further reduces McKay Dam releases
PENDLETON, Ore.–While a flood watch remains in effect until Monday, May 20, updated weather forecasts have prompted the Bureau of Reclamation to decrease releases this morning to 100 cubic feet per second out of McKay Dam. <P> The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with the National Weather Service, will continue to closely monitor weather conditions; however, the forecasted amount of rainfall over the next several days has continued to decrease over the weekend. <P> "With the continued downgrade in the amount of forecasted rainfall, and the normal storage space available, we will begin refilling the reservoir with the incoming rainfall," said Sean Kimbrel, Umatilla Field Office manager. <P> McKay Reservoir is currently at 97% of normal capacity. Waters stored in the normal capacity are authorized to provide water supply for irrigation, and fish and wildlife purposes during the dry summer months; however, an additional 6,000 acre-feet of storage are available for flood control purposes. The additional 6,000 af of storage is not shown on Reclamation’s Hydromet site. <P> Be aware that weather forecasts can be uncertain and change over time. Releases may increase or decrease if forecasted precipitation amounts are different than predicted. <P> For real-time McKay Creek flow information from McKay Dam, 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=66072 Reclamation ramps down flows out of McKay Dam
PENDLETON, Ore. – Based on observed inflows overnight and updated weather forecasts, the Bureau of Reclamation will gradually decrease releases to 500 cubic feet per second out of McKay Dam by noon local time. <P> Significant rainfall in the Pendleton area is predicted to continue over the weekend and into the early week; therefore, the Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with the National Weather Service, will continue to closely monitor weather conditions that inform the reservoir operations at McKay Dam and Reservoir. <P> On May 17, 2019, the releases of 1,200 cfs were implemented to capture anticipated high inflows to the reservoir overnight, and to create additional space in the reservoir in preparation for the continued pattern of significant rainfall that is forecasted through Tuesday. <P> “We remain committed to operating McKay Dam prudently to protect the public, and we’ll continue to communicate as predicted weather patterns affect the area,” said Sean Kimbrel, Umatilla Field Office manager. <P> Reclamation and local officials are advising the public to avoid the banks along McKay Creek. The water is cold and can be deep and fast in various locations. Additionally, changes in flows can compromise bank stability. A change in pressure associated with lower flows can allow banks that are in a weakened state to give way. <P> McKay Reservoir is currently at 97% of normal capacity. Waters stored in the normal capacity are authorized to provide water supply for irrigation, and fish and wildlife purposes during the dry summer months; however, an additional 6,000 acre-feet of storage are available for flood control purposes. The additional 6,000 af of storage is not shown on Reclamation’s Hydromet site. <P> Weather forecasts can be uncertain and change over time. Releases may increase or decrease if forecasted precipitation amounts are different than predicted. Reclamation and the National Weather Service will continue to closely monitor conditions during this rain event. The facility is operating as expected, and the dam is safe. <P> For real-time McKay Creek flow information from McKay Dam, 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> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66071 Reclamation increases flows out of McKay Dam
PENDLETON, Ore. – With the National Weather Service Flood Watch in effect for the Pendleton area and significant rainfall expected over the weekend, the Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with the National Weather Service, is closely monitoring weather conditions that inform the reservoir operations at McKay Dam and Reservoir. <P> On May 16, 2019, the Bureau of Reclamation increased releases to 500 cubic feet per second out of McKay Dam. These releases were coordinated with the downstream community with the intent of creating more storage space to accommodate incoming flows and to manage flood risk. The facility is operating as expected, and the dam is safe. <P> Releases will increase throughout today to 1,200 cfs by 3:00 pm in an effort to save space in the reservoir. As additional precipitation enters the system, flows may need to be adjusted over the weekend. Reclamation will continue to work closely with Umatilla County and City of Pendleton as conditions develop over the next few days. <P> Reclamation officials are advising the public to be aware of the potential danger associated with 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. <P> “We take our responsibility to safely operate our facility seriously, and are committed to remaining open and transparent,” said Umatilla Field Office Manager Sean Kimbrel. “We are in close coordination with Umatilla County, the City of Pendleton, and the National Weather Service.” McKay Reservoir is nearing a normal capacity of 65,500 acre-feet; however, an additional 6,000 af of storage is available for flood control purposes. The additional 6,000 af of storage is not shown on Reclamation’s Hydromet site. <P> Weather forecasts can be uncertain and change over time. Reclamation and the National Weather Service will continue to closely monitor conditions during this rain event. For real-time McKay Creek flow information from McKay Dam, 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> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66023 Reclamation hosting Jackson Lake Dam operations information meeting
HEYBURN, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation will host a meeting to present streamflow forecasts and projected reservoir operations for Jackson Lake Dam and other Snake River reservoirs on May 23. The meeting will be held at the 49er Inn conference room, 330 W. Pearl Street, Jackson, Wyoming at 5:30 p.m. <P> The meeting will focus primarily on the runoff forecast for the Snake River near Heise, Idaho, water supply outlook, river flow management and snowpack conditions. Currently, the runoff forecast is 107% of average, and the current storage in Jackson Lake is at 77% of capacity. The lake is expected to fill in June, with moderate demand for storage releases over the summer. <P> With the current snowpack, there may be potential for flooding along the Snake River in Teton County due to possible significant inflows from tributaries. The tributaries also may experience high flows and flood flows. Caution is advised in these areas during the snowmelt season. Flood operations are determined by a forecast coordinated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Reclamation for the Snake River above Heise. Flooding potential will be discussed in the meeting. <P> The meeting facility is accessible to people with disabilities. Contact Darrin Fredrickson at (208) 678-0461, ext. 17, TTY 711, to request sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired or other auxiliary aids. <P> Current river and reservoir data are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/uppersnake/">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/uppersnake/</a>. <P> For more information about Reclamation programs, please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/index.html</a>. <P> Jackson Lake Dam is located on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park near Moran, Wyoming. The dam is part of the Minidoka Project and was originally constructed in 1911. Parts of the dam were later replaced in 1989 under the authority of Reclamation’s Safety of Dams Act. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65943 Reclamation seeks comments on draft environmental assessment for recreational use at “Geezer Beach”
GRAND COULEE, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation proposes making changes to the recreational use of a portion of the Lake Roosevelt shoreline, including the area locally known as Geezer Beach. The purpose is to address safety concerns related to driving or parking vehicles on the shoreline or the reservoir within the Reclamation Zone adjacent to Grand Coulee Dam. <P> Over time, Reclamation has observed cars, trucks, and recreational vehicles parked on the reservoir banks, which is Reclamation-owned land, during drawdown. Driving and parking on the drawdown area can present a public safety risk because vehicles can become stuck, roll into the reservoir, or are abandoned. <P> Additionally, vehicle traffic on the drawdown area is not permitted on the rest of the Lake Roosevelt shoreline, in the Recreation or Reservation zones managed by the National Park Service and Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation or Spokane Tribe of Indians, respectively. Restricting vehicle traffic within the Reclamation-owned area would provide for the consistent management of the entire Lake Roosevelt shoreline. <P> In this draft EA, the proposed alternatives are as follows: <P> • Alternative A – No Action and current conditions associated with existing recreational uses in the Reclamation Zone and at Geezer Beach would continue. <P> • Alternative B – Reclamation would continue to allow fishing and other forms of recreation and allow public use of the boat ramp. Reclamation would restrict physical access to cars, trucks, all-terrain vehicles, and recreational vehicles in the Reclamation Zone to designated parking areas and would not allow driving or parking on the shoreline or drawdown. Concrete barriers, large boulders, or a combination of the two would be used to block access points and restrict traffic from entering onto the shoreline or drawdown area. Reclamation would install signage in areas that have been identified for designated parking. <P> • Alternative C – Reclamation would close the area within the Reclamation Zone, including the area known as Geezer Beach, to fishing and other forms of recreation. Concrete barriers, large boulders, or a combination of the two would be used to block access points and restrict traffic from entering onto the shoreline or drawdown area. Reclamation would install signage in areas that have been identified for designated parking. Additional signage would be installed along Marina Way noting the closure of the area to recreational use. <P> The draft EA is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/geezerbeach/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/wash/geezerbeach/index.html</a>. <P> Please send written comments to Lon Ottosen, Natural Resource Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Grand Coulee Power Office, PO Box 620, Grand Coulee, WA 99133, or by email at lottosen@usbr.gov. Comments must be received no later than May 20, 2019. <P> For a printed copy of the draft EA, please contact Lynne Brougher, Public Affairs Officer, at lbrougher@usbr.gov. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65923 Reclamation announces Yakima basin water supply - May forecast
YAKIMA, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s May 2019 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima basin indicates the water supply will fully satisfy senior water rights. Junior water rights will receive an estimated 75% of their entitlements this irrigation season. The Yakima basin reservoir storage is currently 86% of average, and the snowpack is between 65% and 70% of average. <P> “The precipitation was robust in the first half of April with 15 inches falling by April 19. The month finished with a total of 15.9 inches, 115% of average,” said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. Because longer term weather conditions can be unpredictable, Garner recommends water conservation always be a part of water usage in the Yakima basin. <P> Reclamation will provide water supply forecasts monthly through July. Specific water delivery levels will be determined later in the year after reservoir storage is released to meet demands. <P> The May forecast is based on flows, precipitation, snowpack and reservoir storage as of May 1, along with estimates of future precipitation and river flows. Other future weather conditions that determine the timing of the snowmelt and the demand for water also are critical in determining streamflows, prorations and the extent to which the reservoirs fill. <P> “We have seen alternately wet months and dry months this year. We are hoping May will be moderately wet and not too warm,” says Garner. <P> For more information, visit Reclamation’s website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65912 Hungry Horse Dam Visitor Center summer schedule
HUNGRY HORSE, Mont. – The Bureau of Reclamation announces the opening of the Hungry Horse Dam Visitor Center for the 2019 summer season. <P> The visitor center will open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning May 12 through Sept. 28. Exhibits about the history of Hungry Horse Dam and its importance to the Federal Columbia River Power System are featured. <P> Hungry Horse Dam is located off Highway 2 in Hungry Horse, Montana. Directional signs located past the Hungry Horse/Glacier View Forest Service building indicate the road leading to the visitor center. From Highway 2, travel approximately 4.5 miles to the visitor center located at the north end of the dam's crest. <P> For more information, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hungryhorse/index.html">https//www.usbr.gov/pn/hungryhorse/index.html</a> or call (406) 387-5241 x347. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65904 Reclamation releases record of decision for Kachess and Keechelus projects
YAKIMA, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation announced its decision to study in more detail a floating pumping plant that could provide access to the inactive storage in Kachess Reservoir in years of severe drought. <P> “Getting to this point represents a tremendous effort from a great team of partners and stakeholders in the Yakima basin,” said Pacific Northwest Regional Director Lorri Gray. “Reclamation looks forward to working with our partners as we move forward with further site-specific analysis of the Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant.” <P> If constructed, the Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant would improve the ability of water managers to respond and adapt to changing hydrology, contribute to the vitality of the regional economy, and enhance riverine environment. <P> Before finalizing its decision to move forward with a more detailed study, Reclamation evaluated several potential projects intended to improve water supply reliability in the Yakima River basin under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir–to–Kachess Reservoir Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), released in March 2019, evaluated several alternatives to access the inactive storage water in the Kachess Reservoir. As described in the Record of Decision (ROD) for the FEIS, Reclamation has not approved implementation of any alternatives at this time but will develop a focused EIS to evaluate the site-specific effects of the floating pumping plant and other reasonable alternatives. <P> You may view the ROD or the FEIS at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/kdrpp/index.html">http://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>. For additional information or to obtain a printed copy of the ROD, or a CD of the FEIS, please contact Ms. Candace McKinley at (509) 573-8193. Hearing impaired citizens may dial 711 to obtain a toll-free TTY relay. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65903 Reclamation completes Minidoka boat ramp construction
HEYBURN, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation announced that the Minidoka boat ramp construction project, below Minidoka Dam, is completed and will re-open on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The ramp and the surrounding area will be open to the public, including all boater and angler traffic. The area has been under construction since October 2, 2018. <P> In addition to replacing the boat ramp, the work included an accessible walking path, a new telescope for wildlife viewing, and improving the parking area. <P> Minidoka Dam is part of the Minidoka Project and was constructed between 1904 and 1906. Minidoka Powerplant and Dam is a combined diversion, storage and power structure located south of Minidoka, Idaho. <P>