Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67643 Reclamation changes flows in Yakima basin for salmon spawning
YAKIMA, Wash. – To aid in successful spawning and incubation of Chinook salmon eggs and to improve winter reservoir storage in the Yakima basin, the Bureau of Reclamation will begin what is referred to as its annual “flip-flop” operation in early September. This means flows out of Keechelus and Cle Elum reservoirs in the upper Yakima River basin will be gradually reduced, while flows from Kachess and Rimrock reservoirs will be increased. This operation will affect flows in the Tieton and Naches rivers, and Kachess Reservoir flows into Lake Easton in the upper basin. In other words, flows from these facilities will transition, or “flip-flop.” <P> As part of the process, on or about Sept. 3, Reclamation will begin diverting water down the Kittitas Reclamation District’s Spillway 1146 into the Yakima River near Thorp. Buoys will be in place from Sept. 3 or 4 until soon after the flow from Spillway 1146 stops in mid-October. Reclamation urges those recreating or working along Yakima basin rivers to exercise increased caution, stay away from the areas where spillway water flows into the river, portage around buoys and stay out of dangerously turbulent flows. <P> “This annual flip-flop operation maintains relatively low, more natural flows, which are important for Chinook salmon spawning in the upper Yakima, Cle Elum, and Bumping rivers,” said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. “It also allows us to reduce impacts to irrigation water supplies because lower flow releases improve reservoir storage for the coming season.” <P> Flows below Cle Elum Reservoir will continue to decrease from a July 23 high of 3,354 cubic feet per second (cfs) to a low of about 180 cfs around Sept. 10. One cubic foot equals 7.48 gallons. So, during this flow transition, Cle Elum Reservoir release flows will decline by about 23,744 gallons per second—from 25,090 gallons per second on July 23 to about 1,346 gallons per second around Sept. 10. Conversely, flows from Rimrock Reservoir will increase from between 800 and 1,500 cfs during the Labor Day weekend to between 1,700 and 2,400 cfs by mid-September, depending on irrigation demands and weather conditions. Rimrock outflows will begin to decrease in the second half of September and by Oct. 22, will be between 50 and 130 cfs to maintain required downstream minimum flows. <P> Streamflow changes will occur gradually during the Labor Day weekend. Streamflow information can be found on Reclamation’s website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima/index.html</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67404 Reclamation announces the temporary closure of Haystack Reservoir recreation area
MADRAS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily close the North Shore Fishing Pier recreation area from September 9 through September 30 to perform road and parking lot paving improvements. The North Shore Fishing Pier recreation area, which is located at the Haystack Reservoir, is a free day-use area with an accessible fishing pier, parking and access to the reservoir. Haystack Reservoir is located about 10 miles south of Madras. <P> “Our facilities provide many wonderful recreational opportunities for the public to enjoy the outdoors with both land and water activities,” said Gregg Garnett, Reclamation’s Bend Field Office manager. “We routinely monitor and maintain these recreational sites to help keep the public safe.” <P> The public will continue to have options for camping and lake access during the temporary closure. The West Shore recreation area and South Shore Group Campground will remain open for the 2019 season offering camping, boating, picnicking and parking. <P> Haystack Reservoir borders Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties and is impounded by Haystack Dam, which was built in 1957. It is owned by Reclamation and operated by the North Unit Irrigation District that supplies irrigation water to the area. <P> For more information, please contact the Bureau of Reclamation’s Bend Field Office at (541) 389-6541. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67343 Reclamation seeks public comment on potential changes to water storage in the Boise River system
BOISE, Idaho – Planning for future water needs in the Boise River basin is essential to ensure a secure water supply for future generations. The Bureau of Reclamation and the Idaho Water Resource Board have been studying options for increasing water storage capacity within the Boise River system via an ongoing feasibility study. <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> In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, Reclamation is preparing an environmental impact statement on the Boise River Basin Feasibility Study. Reclamation will be gathering information from other agencies, interested parties and the public on a range of possible alternatives. Three public scoping open houses are planned for August to solicit input on potential increases to water storage in the Boise River basin. The public scoping open houses on the EIS are as follows: <P> <ul> <li>August 27, 1:00–3:00 p.m. – Boise River Senior Center, Pine, Idaho</li> <li>August 28, 6:00–8:00 p.m. – Wyndham Garden Inn, Boise, Idaho</li> <li>August 29, 6:00–8:00 p.m. – American Legion, Mountain Home, Idaho</li> </ul> Additional water storage capacity could help offset changes in precipitation patterns and help enable storage of more runoff in high water years, enhancing long-term water supply for critical irrigation, domestic, industrial and municipal needs while continuing to meet endangered species and power generation needs. <P> IWRB has committed to fund half the study costs as the non-federal 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> Comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. on September 9, 2019, through the Boise River Basin Feasibility Study official website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/studies/boisefeasibility/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/studies/boisefeasibility/index.html</a>, or by email to <a href="mailto:BOR-SRA-BoiFeasibility@usbr.gov">BOR-SRA-BoiFeasibility@usbr.gov</a>. Accessibility requests should be made by August 16, 2019, to <a href="BOR-SRA-BoiFeasibility@usbr.gov">BOR-SRA-BoiFeasibility@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67223 Reclamation announces slight improvement to Yakima basin water supply - August forecast
YAKIMA, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s August 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 69% of their entitlements for the period June 3–September 30. This prediction denotes an increase of two percent from the previous month’s forecast. <P> “The moderate temperatures and precipitation at our reservoirs at 84% of average in July helped stream flows hold up fairly well,” said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. Garner recommends that 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 provides an updated monthly water supply forecast, at least through August, using the latest data each month to reflect any changing conditions as they develop. <P> The August forecast is based on flows, precipitation, snowpack and reservoir storage through August 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=67143 Reclamation reduces flows at Anderson Ranch Dam
BOISE, Idaho–To facilitate the completion of maintenance activities, the Bureau of Reclamation began reducing flows at Anderson Ranch Dam on Monday, July 29, 2019. By Thursday morning, August 1, 2019, the South Fork of the Boise River below Anderson Ranch Dam will be flowing at about 600 cubic feet per second. <P> “Managing our operations and maintenance program efficiently will aid in ensuring our infrastructure continues to perform as designed,” said Ryan Hedrick, Snake River Area Office hydrologist. <P> The reduction in flow is normal for this time of year, but the operation is occurring about 20 days early to allow for maintenance at Arrowrock Dam. A flow of 600 cfs will continue until mid-September. Flows will then be reduced to approximately 300 cfs, which is typical for the fall season. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67086 Reclamation announces that Prineville Reservoir Resort will remain closed
PRINEVILLE, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the Prineville Reservoir Resort owners have mutually ended their concession contract, and resort owners have permanently closed the resort. The contract with Reclamation expires September 2026; however, resort owners requested early termination for financial reasons. Also, the entire resort area, which is located on Reclamation lands, is closed to the public for all outdoor recreation activities. Prineville Reservoir Resort is located 19 miles south of Prineville. <P> “Supporting access to outdoor recreation and identifying opportunities to connect people to the outdoors are important to Reclamation, so we are exploring options to possibly re-open the facilities in the future,” said Gregg Garnett, Reclamation’s Bend Field Office manager. <P> The resort area comprises a small restaurant and convenience store, campground, five-room motel, boat ramp and boat docks. Many of the services the resort offered also are available nearby at the Prineville Reservoir State Park. <P> For more information about the resort closure, please contact the Bureau of Reclamation’s Bend Field Office at (541) 389-6541. <P>
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>