Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62295 Delta Cross Channel gates open through Memorial Day weekend
2018-05-23 09:39:00.0 WALNUT GROVE, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel gates through Memorial Day weekend beginning 10 a.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Tuesday. <P> Opening or closing gates can be made on short notice and boaters are advised to check the status of the gates. The process takes about one hour. <P> The Delta Cross Channel gates control the diversion channel near Walnut Grove, about 30 miles south of Sacramento. When the gates are open, fresh water is drawn from the Sacramento River into the interior of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta through Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River. The open gates also allow boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent juvenile salmon from straying from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta. <P> Information on gate operations can be accessed on Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.pdf">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/dcc_chng.pdf</a> or by calling 916-979-2194 or 916-979-2196. <P> For additional information, please call Reclamation’s public affairs office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62294 Reclamation pauses Klamath Project deliveries through May 26
2018-05-22 15:28:00.0 KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office has notified Klamath Project irrigators that they must temporarily restrict taking water deliveries from the Klamath Project due to a lack of available water. Reclamation officials also announced they have coordinated with two east-side irrigation districts to provide access to a different water source during this temporary pause so that limited irrigation operations can continue. <P> “We are in a tight spot for the next several days, and we are doing everything we can to scrape by with a very limited water supply. We are grateful that our partners have stepped up to help their neighbors,” said Jeff Nettleton, manager of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office. <P> Langell Valley Irrigation District and Horsefly Irrigation District have agreed to transfer water from Clear Lake and Gerber Reservoirs for use by districts with a contractual right to water from those sources. Deliveries of up to 6000 acre-feet of water from these reservoirs will continue through approximately June 1, 2018, when Reclamation will be able to resume deliveries from the Klamath Project. “Once the dilution flows are completed, we may also be able to make some additional water available from Upper Klamath Lake,” said Jeff Nettleton. <P> A letter was sent to irrigators today informing them that, based on the current rate of irrigation diversions, the available supplemental water supply that was borrowed from PacifiCorp reservoirs for the Klamath Project was exhausted at midnight Monday night. As a result, Reclamation told irrigators to take a temporary pause in deliveries from the Project until approximately May 26, 2018. At that time, officials can determine if additional water from Upper Klamath Lake can be used without causing the lake to drop below the required end-of-month elevation for May 31. <P> After June 1, 2018, Reclamation will have completed the two fish health-related flow releases required by a 2017 Court Injunction, and will be able to provide additional Project deliveries from Upper Klamath Lake and the Klamath River within the limitations of the 2013 Biological Opinion. Given the dry hydrological conditions, total Project supply from Upper Klamath Lake is anticipated to be 200,000 acre-feet, inclusive of the volume delivered prior to June 1. <P> Reclamation is working with PacifiCorp on implementation of a court-ordered dilution flow and on opportunities to make additional water available to the Klamath Project before June 1 by exchange from PacifiCorp's hydroelectric reservoirs on the Klamath River. Additional water may be available depending on PacifiCorp operations while ramping down from the emergency dilution flow and hydrologic conditions over the course of this week. <P> “I want to sincerely thank all of the Project water users for the hard work, coordination and cooperation that has brought us this far through the start of a very challenging year,” Nettleton said. “We are almost to June, and with a little help from the rain that is occurring this week, I am hopeful that this will get a little easier soon.” <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62292 Bureau of Reclamation provides $260,000 for two WaterSMART drought contingency planning projects
2018-05-22 15:00:00.0 WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that the El Dorado County Water Agency and Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District will receive $260,000, combined, to prepare drought contingency plans. The funding provided is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior's WaterSMART initiative. <P> "Preparing for drought is imperative for communities throughout the Western United States," Commissioner Burman said. "Through drought contingency planning, communities can reduce impacts of drought, avoid the likelihood of catastrophic reductions and recover more quickly when drought conditions lessen." <P> The El Dorado County Water Agency in California will receive $100,000 to create a regional drought contingency plan for the upper American River and upper Consumnes River watersheds located east of Sacramento, California. These watersheds are an important source of water to meet residential, agricultural, recreation and hydroelectric generation water demands. There are numerous small rural communities and several concentrated populated areas within the planning area. The regional plan will build on existing planning efforts, including the on-going American River Basin Study, and the North American Basin Regional Drought Contingency Plan recently completed downstream under Reclamation’s Drought Response Program. <P> The Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District in Utah will receive $160,000 to develop a drought contingency plan for its service area in Salt Lake and Utah counties. The district's service area includes 15 cities and is home to nearly 25% of Utah's population and is expecting rapid population growth due to a healthy economy. The district will assemble stakeholders from all sectors to identify projects, actions and partnerships needed to prepare for and reduce water shortages and improve drought resilience for the areas water users. <P> Drought contingency planning is part of Reclamation's Drought Response Program. It helps communities recognize the next drought in its early stages, learn how droughts will impact them, and protect themselves during the next drought. It is structured to encourage an open and inclusive planning effort to build long-term resiliency to drought. Learn more at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/drought/">https://www.usbr.gov/drought/</a>. <P> Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with States, Tribes, and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a> for additional information about WaterSMART. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62291 Flood Risk Management Operations on the Boise River Continue
2018-05-21 17:04:00.0 BOISE, Idaho – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation increased flows from Lucky Peak Dam by 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, May 21, at 11 am. An additional increase of 500 cfs will occur on Tuesday, May 22, at 11 am. Flows through the city of Boise, as measured at the Glenwood Bridge gauge, will increase to approximately 5,500 cfs by Tuesday afternoon, and may fluctuate slightly due to changing irrigation withdrawals or local precipitation. The increase in flows is because of the wet conditions the Boise basin has experienced over the last week. Residents can expect multiple future adjustments in flows through the greater Boise area as reservoir managers continue to fill the reservoir system. It is not anticipated that flows through the city of Boise will reach flood stage. <P> A flow rate of approximately 7,000 cfs is considered flood-stage level at the Glenwood Bridge gauge on the Boise River. At 5,500 cfs, water will seep onto low spots on the Greenbelt pathway, especially near bridge underpasses. The Greenbelt serves as a flowage easement area, intentionally designed to provide space for higher flows occurring in the Boise River. <P> Currently, the Boise River reservoirs are at approximately 98 percent of capacity. As the flood risk subsides in the coming weeks, Lucky Peak Reservoir will be filled to the normal summer operating level to accommodate recreational opportunities. A full supply of irrigation water is anticipated this summer. For real-time Boise River flows at Reclamation facilities in the Pacific Northwest Region, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/rtindex/boise.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/rtindex/boise.html</a>. <P> Officials advise the public to be aware of the danger associated with increased Boise River flows. The water is deep, cold, and fast. Extreme caution should be used near the river banks. <P> The Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation operate three dams on the Boise River as a system to manage flood control and irrigation storage needs — Lucky Peak Dam, Arrowrock Dam and Anderson Ranch Dam. Storage capacity provided by Reclamation’s Arrowrock and Anderson Ranch dams, and the Corps’ Lucky Peak Dam, combined with well-planned water releases, help manage Boise River flows through the city of Boise. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62290 Reclamation announces spring reservoir levels for areas in Eastern Montana
2018-05-21 15:37:00.0 BILLINGS, Montana -- The Bureau of Reclamation has announced that water levels at most Reclamation-managed reservoirs in eastern Montana are at or above average for this time of year. <P> "Most boat ramps should be usable at all Reclamation reservoirs east of the Continental Divide during the Memorial Day weekend," said Montana Area Manager, Steve Davies. "As always, we strongly encourage water-based recreationists to check for the most up-to-date water level conditions at Reclamation's website <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/gp/boat/index.html">www.usbr.gov/gp/boat/index.html</a> before heading to your favorite reservoir," said Davies. <P> Current conditions at Reclamation facilities include: <P> <ul> <li><strong>Clark Canyon Reservoir</strong> - Inflows to the reservoir are above average for this time of year. The reservoir is about 1 foot into the exclusive flood control pool. Boaters will be able to launch at most locations around Clark Canyon Reservoir.</li> <li><strong>Canyon Ferry Reservoir</strong> - Inflows to Canyon Ferry are above average for this time of year. The reservoir level is about 12 feet below the top of the joint-use pool and releases to the Missouri River are near 13,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) in order to safely store the anticipated spring runoff.<br><br>Due to Canyon Ferry Reservoir being suspect for aquatic invasive mussel larvae, only Yacht Basin, Kim's Marina, Goose Bay, Silos and Hellgate boat ramps are open to all boaters. All other ramps at the reservoir are only open to certified local boaters. The ramps open to all boaters either have a decontamination station assigned to them or in close proximity. Decontamination stations are located at the Bureau of Reclamation Visitor Center on the north end of the reservoir, at the Silos boat ramp on the south end, and at Hellgate and Goose Bay, both on the east side of the reservoir. All watercraft leaving Canyon Ferry will be required to go through a decontamination station unless they are part of the certified local boater program. For more information on mussels and inspection stations, please visit <a href="http://fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/species/ais/">fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/species/ais/</a>.</li> <li><strong>Gibson Reservoir</strong> - Inflows and reservoir level at Gibson Reservoir are above average for this time of year. The boat ramp at Gibson Reservoir is currently usable.</li> <li><strong>Lake Elwell (Tiber Reservoir)</strong> - Inflows to Tiber Reservoir are above average for this time of year. The reservoir level is about 2 feet below the top of the joint-use pool. Releases to the Marias River are currently being maintained near 3,000 cfs.<br><br>Due to Tiber Reservoir testing positive for aquatic invasive mussel larvae, only two boat ramps remain open to all watercrafts, Tiber Marina and the VFW Campground. All other ramps at the reservoir are only open to certified local boaters. All watercraft leaving Tiber Reservoir will be required to go through a decontamination station unless they are part of the certified local boater program.</li> <li><strong>Fresno Reservoir</strong> - Inflows to Fresno Reservoir are near average for this time of year. The reservoir level is about 1 feet below the top of the joint-use pool. Releases to the Milk River are currently near 300 cfs. All boat ramps at Fresno are currently usable.</li> <li><strong>Nelson Reservoir</strong> - Nelson Reservoir is nearly full and the reservoir level is above average for this time of year. Boaters should be able to launch at all locations around Nelson Reservoir.</li> <li><strong>Bighorn Lake (Yellowtail Dam)</strong> - The reservoir level is about 30 feet below the top of the joint-use pool. Releases to the Bighorn River are being maintained above average, near 8,000 cfs, in order to safely store the anticipated spring runoff. Boaters will be able to launch at OK-A-BEH and Barry's Landing only. For more information regarding recreation activities and boat launching at Bighorn Lake, recreationists are encouraged to contact the National Park Service at 406-666-3218.</li> </ul> <P> Each year hundreds of lives are lost... thousands are injured... and millions of dollars of property damage occurs because of preventable recreational boating accidents on U.S. waterways. Too often recreation outings turn tragic. You – as a boat operator, passenger, or concerned individual – can make a difference. For more information visit <a href="http://www.uscgboating.org">www.uscgboating.org</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62273 Reclamation releases environmental document for preserving habitat in Ciervo-Panoche Natural Area
2018-05-18 17:56:00.0 FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation finalized a Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment to provide $622,926 to the Bureau of Land Management for the BLM’s purchase of 1,387 acres within the Ciervo-Panoche Natural Area in Fresno County. <P> The purchase would permanently protect and manage habitats for threatened and endangered species like the San Joaquin kit fox, giant kangaroo rat, blunt-nose leopard lizard and San Joaquin wooly-threads plant. <P> The proposed funding is from the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program and the Central Valley Project Conservation Program for mitigating and minimizing future impacts on threatened and endangered species. The property acquisition also contributes to the BLM’s long-range goals of preserving endangered species habitat and promoting species recovery through strategic, targeted land acquisitions and subsequent management activities to optimize habitat conditions. <P> The FONSI and EA were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and they are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=31121">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=31121</a>. <P> For additional information or to receive a copy of the documents, please contact Doug Kleinsmith, at dkleinsmith@usbr.gov, or at 916-978- 5034 (TTY800-877- 8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62272 Federal agencies announce final schedule for Clear Creek spring pulse flows
2018-05-18 15:15:00.0 REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced today that two pulse flow releases from Whiskeytown Dam into Clear Creek will be made in June to attract adult spring-run Chinook salmon to upstream Clear Creek habitats for holding and spawning purposes. <P> Flow release for the first pulse will begin Saturday, June 2 and reach a peak of 700 cubic feet per second Monday, June 4. Flow rates will then be reduced to reach 150 cfs summer base flow by Sunday, June 10. The second pulse flow will begin Saturday, June 16 and reach a peak of 800 cfs Monday, June 18. Following the peak flow, releases will steadily return to 150 cfs base flow by Monday, June 25. <P> The public should take appropriate safety precautions when near or on Clear Creek during these pulse flows. <P> Water released as part of the pulse flows will remain within the Central Valley Project system and will be available for use downstream by Reclamation customers, including agricultural and municipal and industrial users in the Central Valley and Bay Area. <P> In 2009, NOAA Fisheries issued the Biological and Conference Opinion on the Long-Term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. Included in the opinion is a reasonable and prudent alternative action to conduct at least two pulse flows in Clear Creek in May and June. These pulse flows are intended to encourage spring-run Chinook salmon to migrate further upstream to access colder water temperatures, large holding pools and newly provided clean spawning gravel, and avoid hybridization and competition with fall-run Chinook salmon. USFWS monitoring has shown that pulse flows have been successful in attracting spring-run Chinook salmon into Clear Creek. Salmon are counted during snorkel surveys immediately before and after each pulse flow. Salmon are also counted during the pulse flows using video cameras running 24 hours a day. <P> For more information, please contact Derek Rupert, Bureau of Reclamation, at 530-276-2046 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:drupert@usbr.gov">drupert@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62251 Reclamation announces temporary closure at Howard Prairie Dam
2018-05-17 17:44:00.0 ASHLAND, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily close some of the public areas around Howard Prairie Dam to begin construction to modify the dam. Beginning May 22, 2018, the un-improved boat ramp, the access road to the un-improved boat ramp, and the parking lot adjacent to the south side of the dam will be closed to the public. All other public recreation areas around Howard Prairie Reservoir will remain open during construction. Work will be completed in 2019. <P> Howard Prairie Dam is located on Beaver Creek approximately 19 miles east of Talent. It was constructed from 1957 to 1958 for irrigation storage and water that is released to Green Springs Powerplant, through Howard Prairie Delivery Canal for power generation. The dam is owned by Reclamation and operated by the Talent Irrigation District. <P> For more information, please contact Jesse Poletasio at (208) 378-5218 or visit Reclamation’s website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/projects/index.php?id=124">https://www.usbr.gov/projects/index.php?id=124</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62211 Reclamation awards $5.9 million contract for construction to modify Howard Prairie Dam
2018-05-16 12:04:00.0 ASHLAND, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $5,900,000 contract on April 6 to Natt McDougall Company, a small business from Portland, for construction services to modify Howard Prairie Dam near Ashland. <P> Work under this contract involves excavating and reconstructing a small portion of the dam embankment to the foundation, furnishing and installing inspection wells, and furnishing and extending toe drain pipes. Construction activity will begin in mid-2018 and end in 2019. <P> “This construction project is necessary to limit the risk of seismic failure of the dam,” said Regional Dam Safety Coordinator Chris Regilski. “The work will enable Howard Prairie Dam to continue to effectively provide water for irrigation and power.” <P> During construction, Howard Prairie Reservoir’s unimproved boat ramp and parking lot adjacent to the dam will be closed to the public for all types of recreation. All other public recreation areas around Howard Prairie Reservoir will remain open to the public during construction. <P> Natt McDougall Company is a general contractor that specializes in constructing heavy civil engineering projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. Projects include dams, pump stations, fish facilities, large diameter pipelines, caissons, hydro plants, treatment facilities, and major demolition undertakings. <P> Howard Prairie Dam is located on Beaver Creek approximately 19 miles east of Talent. It was constructed from 1957-1958 for irrigation storage and water that is released to Green Springs Powerplant, through Howard Prairie Delivery Canal for power generation. The dam is owned by Reclamation and operated by the Talent Irrigation District. The operation and maintenance are funded by Talent Irrigation District, Medford Irrigation District, Rogue River Valley Irrigation District, Reclamation, and Bonneville Power Administration with irrigation and power revenues resulting from discharges of the dam. <P> For more information about Howard Prairie Dam, please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/projects/index.php?id=124">https://www.usbr.gov/projects/index.php?id=124</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62194 Ceremony Marks Recreation Opening at Lake Nighthorse Near Durango, Colorado
2018-05-14 13:56:00.0 DURANGO, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation and City of Durango held a dedication ceremony this morning at the Lake Nighthorse Recreation Area located near Durango, Colo. The ceremony celebrated the collaboration and hard work between numerous stakeholders and partners to make recreation a reality at the site, including: the Animas-La Plata Conservation District, Animas-La Plata Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement Association, City of Durango, La Plata County, Reclamation, Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe. <P> “We’ve looked forward to opening this reservoir to recreation for a long time,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman, “We’re here because of the strong collaboration and determination of all of our project partners.” Commissioner Burman continued, “This is sacred land; thanks to everyone involved for their hard work to develop a plan that balances recreation opportunity with important cultural resource protections.” <P> The City of Durango will manage the recreation area. “Reclamation appreciates the City stepping to the plate to manage recreation at Lake Nighthorse. We look forward to continuing the excellent working relationship we have established with the City and are excited about what the future holds”, said Ed Warner, Area Manager for Reclamation’s Western Colorado Area Office. <P> To protect cultural resources in the area, recreation is only allowed in developed areas and 25 feet above high-water level around the reservoir. Off limit lands around Lake Nighthorse are marked with no trespass signs and all visitors will receive information about appropriate recreating at the lake. Destruction or removal of cultural resources will be prosecuted. Reclamation will continue to work with all partners and stakeholders regarding recreation management at Lake Nighthorse. <P> Lake Nighthorse is part of the Animas-La Plata Project located near Durango, Colo. And provides important water storage for the region. Recreation opportunities at Lake Nighthorse include swimming, boating, fishing and picnicking. Motorized boats will be allowed from May 15 to November 15. All motorized boats will be inspected for invasive species and are subject to decontamination before entering the water. The City has designated Mondays and Wednesdays as “no wake” days, motorized boats must maintain wakeless speed on those days. <P> More information on Lake Nighthorse recreation is available at: durangogov.org/LakeNighthorse. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62179 Reclamation releases final environmental documents for Delta-Mendota Canal groundwater pump-in program
2018-05-11 15:53:00.0 FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for additional design elements to the previously approved Delta-Mendota Canal Groundwater Pump-in Program. The additions have been developed in order to minimize potential contribution of the program’s impacts to subsidence along the Delta-Mendota Canal. <P> The final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32781">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=32781</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Rain Emerson at 559-487-5196 (TTY 877-8339) or <a href="mailto:remerson@usbr.gov">remerson@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62178 Reclamation releases final environmental documents for Alameda County Water District’s rubber dam fish ladder project
2018-05-11 15:37:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation proposes to grant Alameda County Water District $750,000 for its Rubber Dam #3 Fish Ladder Project through a CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant. The total project cost is $7.1 million. <P> The proposed action will improve anadromous fish passage in the urban reach of the Alameda Creek watershed while maintaining ACWD’s water supply operations at its groundwater recharge facilities. Construction includes modifying the dam’s foundation to incorporate a plunge pool for fish passage. ACWD will also replace the existing dam’s inflatable bag and make seismic related structural upgrades. <P> Reclamation prepared an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=33041">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=33041</a>. For questions on the project or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Nathaniel Martin at 916-978-6153 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:nmartin@usbr.gov">nmartin@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62177 Reclamation decreases Crooked River Flows for fish and wildlife
2018-05-11 14:52:00.0 PRINEVILLE, OR – In cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the NOAA Fisheries, the Bureau of Reclamation is decreasing fish and wildlife flows in the Crooked River to 20 cubic feet per second (cfs) through Oct. 2018, to allow us to maintain biologically vital winter flows of 65 cfs from Oct. to April 2019. This decision was made due to the dry conditions being experienced this year and the fact that Prineville Reservoir did not fully fill. <P> “It is important to conserve the fish and wildlife water at this early stage in the year to ensure adequate water will remain to support flows vital for fish and wildlife during the winter months,” said Bridget Moran, Bend Field Supervisor with the USFWS. <P> The lower flows may not be readily noticeable below Arthur R. Bowman Dam because irrigation releases are occurring in addition to releases to benefit fish and wildlife. Stored water for fish and wildlife flows was identified in Prineville Reservoir as part of the Crooked River Collaborative Water Security and Jobs Act of 2014. This stored water was previously uncontracted for irrigation use and did not have a water right for fish and wildlife purposes. <P> For questions, contact Gregg Garnett, Reclamation Bend Field Office Manager, at 541-389-6541 x226 or Peter Lickwar, USFWS Fish and Wildlife Biologist, at 541-312-6422. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62176 Reclamation awards Cultural Resource contract for numerous projects including, the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project
2018-05-11 08:22:00.0 DURANGO, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation recently awarded a contract for cultural resource work. The contract, valued up to $50 million, was awarded to Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc. of Montrose, Colo., Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultants, Inc. of Cortez, Colo., and Statistical Research, Inc. of Tucson, Ariz. This contract will allow the Western Colorado Area Office and Upper Colorado Region to obtain cultural resource-related services for various projects. <P> Services provided under this contract are expected to include identification, documentation and evaluation of cultural resources; archaeological testing and data recovery; Historic American Building Survey/Historic Architecture Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) documentation and evaluation; ethnohistorical and anthropological research; geographic information systems (GIS) development and support; geoarchaeological investigations; storm water pollution prevention and erosion mitigation for cultural resources; artifact analyses and curation preparation; technical reporting; public outreach; and staff support. <P> One of the projects being served by this contract will be the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, a project Reclamation is constructing in northwest New Mexico that will bring a reliable potable water supply to communities in the eastern portion of the Navajo Nation, the southwest portion of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the City of Gallup, NM. The contract will also be used for cultural resource services on other Reclamation projects in northern New Mexico, western Colorado, and across the Upper Colorado Region. <P> “This important contract ensures that Reclamation will continue to meet our cultural resource compliance obligations while maintaining our ability to manage, develop, and protect water and related infrastructure.” said Upper Colorado Regional Director Brent Rhees “Reclamation archaeologists will be able to draw on the additional expertise of private sector contractors in effectively managing and protecting resources that are of value to the American public.” <P> The contractors will closely coordinate activities with the Western Colorado Area Office archeologists who will conduct field inspections and review all documents under this contract. <P> The contractors will begin working on individual task orders in April 2018. It is anticipated that project specific cultural resource work will be awarded under this contract through 2023. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62175 Bureau of Reclamation launches prize competition seeking improved methods for monitoring pathogens to facilitate water reuse
2018-05-10 13:00:00.0 WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a new prize competition that is seeking improved methods to sample and monitor for pathogens, specifically viruses, in order to help with indirect and direct reuse of wastewater. Solutions sought through this prize competition must improve on the current state of the technology for virus monitoring. <P> This is stage one of a planned two-stage challenge. This competition is a theoretical challenge where participants will be asked to submit ideas, along with detailed descriptions, specifications, supporting data or literature, and requirements necessary to bring the idea closer to becoming a product. Up to five prizes may be awarded for a total prize award pool of $80,000. To be successful in this competition, the solution must accelerate the development of either direct or indirect virus monitoring methods for water reuse applications. <P> If stage one demonstrates that a second stage is beneficial, stage two will launch as a subsequent competition. In the second stage of the competition, participants will be asked to present their technology and submit a working prototype that puts their idea into practice. Stage two anticipates having a larger prize purse. You will not have to participate stage one of the prize competition to participate in stage two. <P> Reclamation is the seeker on this competition and Xylem, Inc. is a co-sponsor, contributing to all aspects, including the prize purse. The Environmental Protection Agency and The Water Reuse Foundation are collaborating on various aspects of this competition. <P> To learn more, please visit the challenge website at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/pathogen.html">https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/pathogen.html</a>. <P> <P>