Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67043 Reclamation seeks public input to reduce salinity and improve water quality on the Gould Canal
2019-07-22 09:15:00.0 GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public input to reduce salinity and improve water quality along the Gould Canal in Delta and Montrose counties. Naturally-occurring salts in the sediment along the canal are picked up by the water and transported into the Colorado River system. The resulting reduction in water quality creates a negative economic impact to downstream infrastructure and crops. <P> Reclamation proposes a salinity control project to improve 12.4 miles of Fruitland Irrigation Company’s open, unlined Gould Canal in Delta and Montrose counties. Proposed improvements include converting parts of the canal to pipeline and lining other sections. Those improvements will reduce seepage along the canal, enhance water supply and improve water quality by preventing approximately 5,697 tons of salt per year from entering the Colorado River. <P> “Reducing salt along the Gould Canal will help improve the water quality, crop production and wildlife habitat in the Colorado River Basin,” said Ed Warner, area manager for Reclamation’s Western Colorado Area Office. “We look forward to receiving input from the public and our partners about this salinity project and how we can improve the Colorado River Basin water system.” <P> The draft Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment are available online at www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/index.html or a copy can be requested by contacting Reclamation. <P> Reclamation will consider all comments received by Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Those interested may submit comments by email to lmcwhirter@usbr.gov or to: Ed Warner, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave, Suite 221, Grand Junction, CO 81501. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67023 Reclamation reduces duration of Guernsey silt run
2019-07-18 12:00:00.0 MILLS, Wyoming--The Bureau of Reclamation will be refilling Guernsey Reservoir a week sooner than originally planned, following the annual silt run. Boaters, recreationists and irrigators should take proper precautions regarding changing river flows below Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs and the rapid refilling of Guernsey Reservoir. <P> The silt run is an operation that provides silt-laden water to Goshen, Gering-Fort Laramie and Pathfinder Irrigation Districts under contract with Reclamation. <P> The silt run began on July 12 and was originally expected to continue through July 25. The irrigation districts requested the silt run be terminated early this year, prompting the change in schedule. <P> Beginning on the late morning of July 18, the release of water from Glendo Reservoir will be rapidly increased to refill Guernsey Reservoir. The level of Guernsey Reservoir is expected to be suitable for boating again by the morning of July 20. However, the reservoir will continue to rise by approximately 6 feet per day and is expected to reach the normal reservoir operation level by the evening of Monday, July 22. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=67003 Brent C Esplin named director for Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region
2019-07-17 12:52:00.0 WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman today named Brent C Esplin director of the Upper Colorado Region. Esplin has more than 20 years of Reclamation experience. He will officially assume his duties as regional director on July 21, 2019. <P> “Brent has been a key leader in western water and power for more than two decades,” said Commissioner Burman. “That experience will be crucial in the Upper Colorado Region as we wrestle with complex issues like ongoing drought and develop innovative approaches to secure and protect life-sustaining water resources.” <P> As regional director for Upper Colorado, Esplin will lead more than 750 Reclamation professionals who manage 82 projects and dams, including 19 hydroelectric powerplants. Those facilities provide water to approximately 5.7 million people living in the region and electricity for almost 6 million power users. Upper Colorado Region reservoirs and surrounding lands also provide world-renowned recreational opportunities and welcome millions of visitors every year. <P> “I’m honored and humbled to lead the Upper Colorado Region,” Esplin said. “This is a diverse region, from the highest Rocky Mountains to the entrance to the Grand Canyon and down through the Rio Grande Valley, our focus remains to efficiently deliver water and power to the millions of people in our region and beyond who rely on Reclamation facilities.” <P> Esplin first joined Reclamation in 1997 as a civil engineer in the Montana Area Office and has served in a variety of regional and field-level leadership positions, most recently as deputy regional director for the Upper Colorado Region. His experience includes successfully addressing complex water supply and hydropower production issues, working with endangered species recovery programs; implementing Indian water rights settlements and collaborating on key river compact issues across multiple western river systems. <P> A native of Smithfield, Utah, Esplin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering, both from Utah State University. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66943 Reclamation awards $5.1 million in research for new ways to desalinate and treat water
2019-07-15 11:00:00.0 WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation announced that 30 projects will receive $5.1 million from the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program to develop improved and inexpensive ways to desalinate and treat impaired water. <P> “We are awarding grants to a diverse group of projects to reduce the cost, energy consumption and environmental impacts of treating impaired or otherwise unusable water for local communities across the country,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “This funding is a direct result of the Trump Administration’s commitment to increase water supply and delivery through improved technology.” Twenty-five awards are for laboratory-scale projects, which are typically bench scale studies involving small flow rates. They are used to determine the viability of a novel process, new materials or process modifications. Awards are limited to $150,000. <P> Five projects are selected as pilot-scale proposals, which test a novel process at a sufficiently large-scale to determine the technical, practical and economic viability of the process. Awards are limited to $400,000 and no more than $200,000 per year. <P> Types of projects funded include modeling, testing new materials such as nanomaterials, and improvements on known technologies such as distillation and electrodialysis. Projects are funded in the following states: <P> <table width="100%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <P> <tr> <td width="25%">Alabama</td> <td width="25%">Florida</td> <td width="25%">Massachusetts</td> <td width="25%">Oklahoma</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="25%">Arizona</td> <td width="25%">Georgia</td> <td width="25%">New Jersey</td> <td width="25%">Texas</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="25%">California</td> <td width="25%">Hawaii</td> <td width="25%">New Mexico</td> <td width="25%">Pennsylvania</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="25%">Colorado</td> <td width="25%">Illinois</td> <td width="25%">New York</td> <td width="25%">Virginia</td> </tr> <P> </table> <P> More detail on each project is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/dwpr">www.usbr.gov/research/dwpr</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66903 Reclamation seeks comment on proposed changes to its operations in California
2019-07-11 11:00:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation released a draft environmental impact statement analyzing potential effects associated with long-term water operations for the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. Reclamation’s goal is to incorporate updated science into CVP and SWP operations to optimize water deliveries for communities and farms, while protecting threatened and endangered species. The draft environmental impact statement will be available for public input for a 45-day review period. <P> “This is a huge undertaking that affects water operations throughout California. It is important we listen to as many voices as we can,” said Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. “Seeking public input is an essential part of the process to ensure our actions are improving the quality of life for people and also protecting our valuable natural resources.” <P> Proposed actions outlined in the document include temperature management at Shasta Dam, habitat and salinity measures in the Delta, and management of fish entrainment related to water exports from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Delta. Together, these proposed actions aim to give water operators more flexibility to deliver water, optimize power generation and protect threatened and endangered species. <P> Three public meetings are scheduled: <ul> <li>July 30, 5:00-7:00 p.m. – San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority (842 6th St, Los Banos, CA 93635)</li> <li>July 31, 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Kimpton Sawyer Hotel/Magnolia Ballroom (500 J St., Sacramento, CA 95814)</li> <li>August 1, 5:00-7:00 p.m. – Lakeside Pavilion (2565 California Park Dr., Chico, CA 95928)</li> </ul> Current CVP and SWP operations are guided by 2008 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and 2009 NOAA Fisheries biological opinions. Since completion of those opinions, the Department of the Interior, the state of California, federal and state contractors, non-governmental organizations and others invested significant resources to advance the science of the Central Valley and Delta to more effectively manage this system. <P> <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=39181">The draft environmental impact statement is available here</a>. Submit written comments to sha-mpr-bdo@usbr.gov by close of business August 26. <P> For more information about the public meetings or the documents, please call 916-414-2426 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66863 Reclamation announces Yakima basin water supply - July forecast
2019-07-03 11:12:00.0 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=66803 Janet White named Engineering & Laboratory Services Division Chief
2019-07-02 13:00:00.0 DENVER — The Bureau of Reclamation announced the selection of Janet White, P.E., as chief of Engineering and Laboratory Services Division for the Technical Service Center, which operates a world-class materials and hydraulic engineering laboratory in Denver, Colorado. White will start her new position on July 7, 2019. <P> “Ms. White has more than 27 years of experience as a concrete engineer and is considered a technical expert in the concrete industry, said Tom Luebke, director of the Technical Service Center. “She approaches her work, regardless of the role, by rolling up her sleeves, collaborating with others, and doing whatever it takes to ensure a task is done correctly.” <P> White joined Reclamation in 2011 as a civil engineer and has served as the manager of the Concrete, Geotechnical and Structural Laboratory for the past four years. During her tenure, she successfully led the multidisciplinary group that provides structural testing, concrete repair and specialized material testing for concrete, soils, and rock used for Reclamation structures. <P> As engineering and laboratory services division chief, White will lead the following groups: the Materials & Corrosion Laboratory, which provides expertise in engineering materials selection; the Hydraulic Investigations & Laboratory Services, which applies hydraulic modeling, analysis and field-testing expertise; and the Concrete, Geotechnical and Structural Laboratory, which provides expertise on engineering materials. <P> White has 19 years of private industry experience, including management positions in a ready-mixed concrete business and as president of a consulting business specializing in concrete. Professional achievements include becoming the first woman president of the Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association in 2002. <P> White earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado and has been a registered professional engineer in Colorado since 1998. She is an endurance athlete and has competed in ultra-marathons and a full Ironman triathlon. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66783 Reclamation announces $29.1 million in WaterSMART grants to use water more efficiently
2019-07-01 13:00:00.0 WASHINGTON —The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation announced that 13 states will utilize $29.1 million in grants from the WaterSMART Program to help communities conserve water. <P> “Existing water and hydropower resources are being strained as our infrastructure ages and population grows. The WaterSMART program provides critical support to western communities, helping to best conserve limited water resources,” said <strong>Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt</strong>. <P> Forty-five projects will be funded based on two categories. In the first category, 28 projects from 11 states were selected to share $7.5 million with each project receiving up to $300,000 in federal funding and having a completion timeframe of less than two years. The second category consists of 17 projects from seven states, sharing $21.5 million. These projects are receiving up to $1.5 million in federal funding and will be completed within three years. <P> “These water and energy efficiency grants help increase hydropower production and contribute to water supply reliability in the western United States,” said <strong>Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman</strong>. "WaterSMART is an opportunity for communities to use water more effectively and reduce risk for future water conflict.” <P> Projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming were selected to receive grants. Examples of projects that are receiving funding include replacing unlined canals with pipe or a lining, installing flow measurement for real-time monitoring of water deliveries, advanced meters for residences that will help inform them about water use, or improving irrigation scheduling by installing moisture probes and irrigation system monitoring. <P> The Colorado River Indian Tribes in southwest Arizona will use $250,000 of federal funding with $250,000 of its own funding to modernize its Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system to enable enhanced irrigation water control and management. The project is expected to result in annual water savings of 10,000 acre-feet that is currently lost to operational spills and evaporation. <P> The Grand Valley Water Users Association, near Grand Junction, Colorado, will combine $178,884 in federal funding with $220,000 of its own funding to implement several improvements at Roller Dam to collect more accurate and reliable diversion and measurement information. The project is expected to save 4,000 acre-feet of water every year and will result in reduced diversions from the Colorado River, benefitting a critical stretch of river known as the 15 Mile Reach, which is designated a critical habitat for many fish species. <P> The Mission Springs Water District, located in southern California, will combine $300,000 in federal funding with $3.4 million of its own funding to upgrade 12,967 residential water meters to advanced meters that help inform about leaks, breaks and other unusual use patterns. The project is expected to result in annual water savings of 549 acre-feet, which will reduce the amount of water pumped from the Coachella Valley Groundwater Basin. <P> Some projects complement on-farm improvements that can be carried out with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to accomplish coordinated water conservation improvements. A number of the projects selected today are expected to help make additional on-farm improvements possible in the future, including the West Cache Irrigation Company located in northern Utah. They will combine $400,000 in federal funding with $520,000 of their own funding to convert 2.25 miles of the earthen South Fields Canal to a pressurized pipeline. The project is expected to result in water savings of 1,222 acre-feet annually. Once completed, irrigators will be able to take advantage of the newly pressurized system to complete on-farm improvements, potentially funded by the NRCS through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program, such as converting from flood irrigation to more efficient sprinkler irrigation. <P> Learn more about all of the selected projects at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg">www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg</a>. <P> Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with states, tribes, and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply reliability through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a> to learn more. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66763 Reclamation makes funding available for applied science grant projects to inform water management decisions
2019-06-27 14:00:00.0 WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation is releasing an applied science grant funding opportunity for non-federal entities to cost-share on projects to develop hydrologic information and water management tools and improve modeling and forecasting capabilities. <P> Project results must be readily applicable by water managers and include tools and information that can be used to support water supply reliability, management of water deliveries, water marketing activities, drought management activities, conjunctive use of ground and surface water, water rights administration, ability to meet endangered species requirements, watershed health, conservation and efficiency and other water management objectives. <P> "Improving the information and tools for water managers is important for Reclamation as it supports water supply reliability efforts throughout the western United States," said Reclamation Program Coordinator Avra Morgan. <P> Federal funding will not exceed 50-percent of the total project cost. Funding is available in two categories. <P> <ul> <li>Funding Group I: Up to $150,000 in federal funds per agreement provided through this funding opportunity for projects that generally should be completed in two years.</li> <li>Funding Group II: Up to $300,000 in federal funds per agreement provided through this funding opportunity for projects that generally should be completed in three years.</li> </ul> <P> Those eligible to apply for this funding opportunity are states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the western United States, U.S. Territories, Alaska or Hawaii. Universities, non-profit research organizations and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply but must partner with an organization as outlined in the funding opportunity. <P> This funding opportunity has two submittal periods. Proposals received before October 30, 2019, 4:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. This funding opportunity will be updated to provide a second application deadline in fiscal year 2020 for proposals to be considered for fiscal year 2020 funding, contingent on appropriations. The funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F012. <P> To learn more about Applied Science Grants, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/appliedscience. <P> For more than 100 years, Reclamation and its partners have worked to develop a sustainable water and power future for the West. This program is part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program, which focuses on improving water conservation and reliability while helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. To find out more information about Reclamation's WaterSMART program, visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart. <P> This funding opportunity also supports the President's memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66743 Bureau of Reclamation releases funding opportunity for water reclamation and reuse research studies
2019-06-27 11:00:00.0 WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation is releasing a funding opportunity for entities to submit research proposals that address water supply challenges by establishing or expanding the use of water reclamation and reuse, improving existing water reuse facilities, and/or streamlining the implementation of state-of-the-art technology for new facilities. <P> "Helping communities study how they can implement water reclamation and reuse into their water management portfolio will enable a broader use of recycled water," said Reclamation’s Title XVI Program Coordinator Amanda Erath. <P> Funding is available in three categories. <P> <ul> <li><strong>Funding Group I</strong>: Desktop research studies to develop science and decision-support tools to assist communities in decision-making related to implementing or expanding water reclamation projects. Up to $150,000 in federal funding is available per project.</li> <li><strong>Funding Group II</strong>: Research studies focused on improvements to existing facilities that could be implemented at the research study sponsor’s location but that also may include broad benefits for the industry. Up to $300,000 in federal funding is available per project.</li> <li><strong>Funding Group III</strong>: Research studies that focus on state-of-the-art technology verification at a new proposed location or community that may also result in broader benefits for the industry. Up to $750,000 in federal funding is available per project.</li> </ul> <P> Those eligible to apply for this funding opportunity are state, regional or local authorities; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; or entities such as a water district, wastewater district or rural water district. Applicants must be located in the western United States, a United States Territory or Hawaii. Applicants must be willing to provide at least 75-percent or more of the total project cost. <P> The funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F009. It will close on September 23, 2019. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66723 Reclamation launches forecast prize competition
2019-06-27 09:00:00.0 WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a new prize competition, Sub-seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo II. It builds upon an earlier prize competition to advance temperature and precipitation forecasts for the three-to-four and five-to-six-week periods. Skillful sub-seasonal forecasting 15 to 45 days in the future has proven difficult because it bridges short-term forecasting, where initial conditions primarily determine upcoming weather, and long-term forecasting, where slowly varying factors such as sea surface temperatures and soil moisture become more important. <P> "While we learned a lot and saw an improvement in these sub-seasonal climate forecast in the first competition, more can be done," said Reclamation Science Advisor David Raff, PhD. "Advancements in forecasts will allow Reclamation and its partners make more informed water management decisions." <P> The contest consists of two parts, a marathon match beginning in July with solvers submitting a hindcast for a set period of historical temperature and precipitation data followed by a year-long series of data science sprints with solvers submitting forecasts every two weeks and scored against real-time forecasts. <P> Reclamation is continuing its partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Integrated Drought Information System for this competition. The competition is being managed by TopCoder and HeroX. You can learn more at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/forecastrodeo.html">www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/forecastrodeo.html</a> <P> This prize competition supports the President's Memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West through improving forecasts of water availability. <P> Since 2015, Reclamation has been conducting prize competitions to spur innovation by engaging a non-traditional, national solver community while also complementing traditional research in their design to target the most persistent science and technology challenges. It has awarded more than $1,000,000 in prizes and has launched 20 competitions. Please visit Reclamation's <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/index.html">Water Prize Competition Center</a> to learn more. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66703 Commissioner Burman takes action to improve Central Valley Project hydropower
2019-06-25 14:45:00.0 WASHINGTON — Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman established new policy to improve the long-term viability of Central Valley Project hydropower. The policy direction – focused on cost stability, lost production opportunities, improving the value of the resources and customer service – is a result of a customer initiative started last year. <P> “CVP hydropower provides value to California with emissions free, cost-competitive electricity that allows savings to be passed onto retail customers in local communities,” said Reclamation Commissioner Burman. “Today we are signaling our commitment to improving the value of hydropower.” <P> In October 2018, Reclamation kicked off its CVP Power Initiative to provide power customers with certainty for future costs, while looking for new opportunities to generate power when it is most-valuable to customers. Like many Reclamation projects, the CVP relies on hydropower energy to move water supplies. Surplus energy sales fund project construction and operating costs, including tens of millions of dollars per year for habitat restoration activities. <P> “We have a long history of providing power to California’s not-for-profit, community-owned power utilities. We want to ensure that our hydropower continues to be a cost-competitive, value-adding resource into the future,” said Reclamation’s Mid Pacific Region Director Ernest Conant. <P> Reclamation has been delivering reliable, low-cost hydropower throughout the West for more than a century. Today, Reclamation owns 76 hydropower facilities that generate electricity to power farms and communities throughout the West. Reclamation continues its long history of managing the West’s water and power supplies in an environmentally and economically sound manner. As energy markets continue to evolve, it will be critical for Reclamation to work with customers and stakeholders to define the role of hydropower for the next century. <P> A copy of Commissioner Burman’s memorandum can be found at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/docs/hydro-memo.pdf">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/docs/hydro-memo.pdf</a> <P> For more information on Reclamation’s hydropower program: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/power/ ">https://www.usbr.gov/power/</a> <P> <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
2019-06-24 13:23:00.0 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=66883 Reclamation lowers Guernsey Reservoir in preparation for annual silt run
2019-06-24 13:18:00.0 MILLS, Wyoming-- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyo., will be lowering the water level in Guernsey Reservoir in preparation for the annual silt run. <P> “The silt run is an operation which provides silt-laden water to Goshen, Gering-Fort Laramie, and Pathfinder Irrigation Districts under contract with Reclamation,” said Wyoming Area Manager, Carlie Ronca. <P> On the morning of July 7, the release of water from Glendo Reservoir will be decreased from approximately 4,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to a flow of approximately 1,500 cfs. The decreased flow will cause a rapid decline of the Guernsey Reservoir level of approximately 25 feet starting the morning of July 8 and continuing through July 11. By Thursday, July 11, the boat ramps at Guernsey Reservoir will no longer be useable due to the low reservoir level. <P> Water being released from Glendo Reservoir will flow through Guernsey Reservoir flushing silt from Guernsey Reservoir into the canals of downstream irrigators. The silt run will begin on July 12 and is anticipated to continue through July 25. Beginning on the evening of July 25, the release of water from Glendo Reservoir will be rapidly increased to refill Guernsey Reservoir. The level of Guernsey Reservoir is expected to be suitable for boating again by the morning of July 27. However, the reservoir will continue to rise by approximately 6 feet per day and is expected to reach the normal reservoir operation level by the evening of Tuesday, July 30. <P> Boaters, recreationists, and irrigators should take proper precautions regarding changing river flows below Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs and the rapid lowering and refilling of Guernsey Reservoir. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66646 Reclamation hosts “Improvements to Water Governance” workshop for local water users
2019-06-21 17:32:00.0 REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting an “Improvements to Water Governance” workshop with presenters Josh Watkins, Redding City Water Utility Manager, and Tom Warnock, Principal Engineer of PACE Engineering, Inc. <P> Reclamation is sponsoring the one-hour workshop to encourage possible future training topics and knowledge sharing mechanisms among the water resources’ community. The workshop also creates a platform to promote best practices and life-long learning, which is suitable for staff engineers, technicians, consultants and contractors. <P> This is a free event; participants will be required to register to receive a 1.0 PDH certificate. <P> <strong>What: </strong>Improvements to Water Governance workshop<br /> <strong>Who: </strong>Water Resources Planners, Engineers and Leadership<br /> <strong>Where: </strong>Community Room, City of Redding (777 Cypress Avenue, Redding, CA 96001)<br /> <strong>When: </strong>Friday, June 28, from noon -1:00 p.m. Bring your lunch.<br /> <strong>Registration: </strong>Email name, business and phone number to <a href="mailto:asce.shastabranch@gmail.com">asce.shastabranch@gmail.com</a> or fax to 530-247-8531, attention: Dr. Edward Wang <P> More event information is available by contacting Sheri Harral at 530-247-8530 (TTY 800-877-8339) or emailing her at <a href="mailto:sharral@usbr.gov">sharral@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>