Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65223 Spring photography contest at Reclamation’s New Melones Lake
2019-03-20 13:49:00.0 SONORA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announces the third annual spring photography contest at New Melones Lake. The contest is only open to amateur photographers and the deadline for submissions is June 3, 2019. <P> The photo contest has three categories: landscape, flora/fauna, and recreation. Participants may submit one photograph per category. All photographs must be from the New Melones Lake Recreation Area, taken in 2019, and must be in their original, un-edited form. <P> Two photographs from each category will be selected and the winning photographers will be awarded a two-night camping certificate for New Melones Lake. One photograph will be selected as “Best of Show,” and the winner will receive a New Melones Lake Annual Pass. The winning photographs will be announced by July 4, 2019. <P> Please submit photographs to Joshua Pelham at <u><a href="mailto:jpelham@usbr.gov">jpelham@usbr.gov</a></u>, and include: the photographer’s name, contact information, location of the photograph and photographic category of each picture. For more information, contact Joshua at 209-536-9094 ext. 236. <P> The photographer retains their rights to the photograph; however, they grant Reclamation (and those authorized by Reclamation) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce, and create works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any Reclamation purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion, website, exhibition, and commercial products, including, but not limited to Reclamation publications. Any photograph reproduced will be given photograph credit as Bureau of Reclamation. <P> The New Melones Lake Administration office and Visitor Center and Museum is located at 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora, CA 95370. For additional information call the Visitor Center at 209-536-9543 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65224 Reclamation notifies public of rising water levels at Alcova Reservoir due to annual filling
2019-03-20 13:00:00.0 MILLS, Wyoming -- The Bureau of Reclamation will begin the annual filling of Alcova reservoir on Monday, April 1. <P> Recreationists and reservoir users are advised to take proper precautions associated with the rising reservoir level. <P> During April, the reservoir will rise approximately 10 feet to the summer irrigation operating level. The rate of rise will average approximately 5 inches per day. Upon reaching the summer irrigation operating level, the reservoir will remain at elevation 5498 feet plus or minus 1 foot until October 1. This increase in reservoir level will be completed by May 1 to allow deliveries to the Casper-Alcova Irrigation District canal. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65203 Bureau of Reclamation finalizes Green River Water Rights Exchange with the state of Utah
2019-03-20 09:44:00.0 ST. GEORGE, UTAH – The Bureau of Reclamation and state of Utah held a ceremony today to sign the Green River Water Rights Exchange contract. Under the terms of the contract, the state agrees to forbear its right to deplete water from the Green River and its tributaries, enabling Reclamation to meet Endangered Species Act flow requirements. In exchange, the state of Utah will receive an equal amount of water released from Flaming Gorge Dam. The contract provides assistance in meeting flow and temperature requirements for the recovery of endangered fish, and allows Reclamation to continue operations in compliance with the 2006 Record of Decision. <P> Representatives from Reclamation and the state completed negotiations on the proposed agreement last year, and Reclamation recently completed a subsequent National Environmental Policy Act review, which resulted in a Finding of No Significant Impact. This agreement is specific to the Green River Block of the state’s previously-assigned Central Utah Project Ultimate Phase water right. It is not related to the state’s proposed Lake Powell Pipeline project. <P> “This water exchange contract represents a successful and productive partnership between the State of Utah and the federal government,” said Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Regional Director Brent Rhees. “A partnership aimed at providing maximum value from available water resources.” <P> “We appreciate our partnership with Reclamation and the hard work of our respective teams during this process,” said Eric Millis, director of the Utah Division of Water Resources. “These agreements bring considerable value to the State of Utah by providing a reliable water source and benefiting the in-stream flows of the Green and Colorado Rivers.” <P> The contract between Reclamation and the state of Utah permits the state to put a portion of their water right to beneficial use and provides a more reliable water source for Utah during dry years, while avoiding the need to construct costly new water storage facilities. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65183 Bureau of Reclamation to finalize Green River Water Rights Exchange with state of Utah at signing ceremony
2019-03-18 09:14:00.0 SAINT GEORGE, Utah – The Bureau of Reclamation and state of Utah will join in a signing ceremony to formalize an agreement for the Green River Water Rights Exchange contract. This agreement exchanges the state’s assigned Green River water right for use of Colorado River Storage Project water from Flaming Gorge Dam. Representatives from the state and Reclamation completed negotiations on the proposed agreement last year and Reclamation recently completed a subsequent National Environmental Policy Act review, which resulted in a Finding of No Significant Impact. <P> This agreement is specific to the Green River Block of the state’s previously-assigned Central Utah Project Ultimate Phase water right. It is not related to the state’s proposed Lake Powell Pipeline project. <P> When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. (MDT) <P> Where: Dixie Convention Center, Entrada BC Room, 1835 S Convention Center Dr., St. George, Utah <P> Members of the media are invited to attend. Representatives from the state of Utah and Reclamation will be briefly available following the contract signing to answer questions from media representatives. <P> Live stream or other remote participation options are not available for this event. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65184 Reclamation’s Colorado River Basin inflow projections reflect improved hydrological conditions in 2019
2019-03-15 17:00:00.0 BOULDER CITY, NEV. – The Bureau of Reclamation today updated its monthly 24-month study projections, indicating improved hydrological conditions throughout the Colorado River Basin. Current snowpack in the Upper Basin is nearly 140 percent of average, with a forecasted inflow to Lake Powell of 92 percent of average for water year 2019. <P> “We are pleased to see the above average snowpack conditions in the Upper Basin and the improvement in the inflow forecast for Lake Powell,” said Reclamation Upper Colorado Regional Director Brent Rhees. “Significant risks and uncertainty persist and storage at Lake Powell remains essential to the overall well-being of the basin.” <P> “These developments may lessen the chance of shortage in 2020,” said Reclamation Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp. “However, one near- or even above average year will not end the ongoing extended drought experienced in the Colorado River Basin and does not substantially reduce the risks facing the basin.” <P> In Reclamation’s March 2019 24-Month Study Lake Powell’s releases are projected to increase to 9.0 maf in water year 2019. Lake Mead’s elevation is projected to be 1,080.85 feet by year’s end. <P> The operating tiers for Lake Powell in water year 2020 and the operating condition for Lake Mead in calendar year 2020 will be determined based on the projected conditions on January 1, 2020, as reported in the August 2019 24-Month Study. <P> The March 2019 24-Month Study can be accessed at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/24mo.pdf">https://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/24mo.pdf</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65164 Fluctuation of North Platte River flow downstream of Gray Reef Dam postponed
2019-03-15 15:05:00.0 MILLS, Wyoming -- The Bureau of Reclamation, in response to a request from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, has re-scheduled a series of fluctuating flows in the North Platte River downstream of Gray Reef Dam. Fluctuating flows were previously scheduled to begin on March 18. This operation has been postponed to accommodate construction work at the Alcova Bridge. The new start date for the fluctuating flows is Friday, March 29. <P> The purpose of the fluctuations is to improve trout reproduction in the river. This spring, the Wyoming Game &amp; Fish has requested flows for ten consecutive days. <P> On March 29, flows in the river below Gray Reef Dam will fluctuate from 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 4000 cfs according to the following schedule: <P> <table> <tr> <td>HOURS</td> <td>GRAY REEF OUTFLOWS (cfs)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>00:01 to 01:00 a.m.</td> <td>500</td> </tr> <tr> <td>01:00 to 03:00 a.m.</td> <td>2000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>03:00 to 07:00 a.m.</td> <td>4000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>07:00 to 08:00 a.m.</td> <td>3000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>08:00 to 09:00 a.m.</td> <td>2000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>09:00 to 10:00 a.m.</td> <td>1000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>10:00 to midnight</td> <td>500</td> </tr> </table> <P> This schedule will be repeated daily through April 7. After completing the flushing flow on April 7, the flows below Gray Reef Dam will return to 500 cfs. The schedule may be modified depending on river ice conditions. <P> The flushing flows are expected to clean the spawning gravels of fine sediment which has accumulated over the winter. The fluctuations in the river flow will be achieved without loss of power generation and the water released from Alcova Reservoir will be restored downstream in Glendo Reservoir. <P> The public is urged to use caution during this period of rapid fluctuation of flows below Gray Reef Dam. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65163 Reclamation hosts public meeting on Klamath Basin water conditions and operational plans
2019-03-15 14:57:00.0 KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, will hold a public meeting on 2019 Klamath Basin water conditions and operational plans on Friday, March 22. <P> Presentations will focus on current and forecasted hydrologic conditions; outlook for the 2019 water year, including preliminary Klamath Basin project allocations; status of the Endangered Species Act, Section 7, reinitiation of consultation; and National Environmental Policy Act processes. <P> <strong>What:</strong> 2019 Klamath Basin water year and operations public meeting<br /> <strong>Who:</strong> Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service<br /> <strong>When:</strong> Friday, March 22, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Klamath County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall 2; 3531 S 6th Street, Klamath Falls <P> The meeting will provide an opportunity for public input. For additional information, contact Laura Williams at 541-880-2581 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:ljwilliams@usbr.gov">ljwilliams@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65144 Reclamation updates 2019 Central Valley Project water allocations
2019-03-15 11:43:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation today issued updated allocations for Central Valley Project contractors for the 2019 contract year. This update reflects the benefits of the series of storms that brought significant precipitation to California during February and early March. <P> “The precipitation we’ve experienced since mid-February has provided a significant boost to the projected water supply for the Central Valley Project this year,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. “With the improved CVP storage conditions and the latest runoff forecasts, we are pleased to increase the amount of water allocated to many of our water service contractors.” <P> The three updated allocation areas include: <ul> <li>North of the Delta, in-Delta and American River contractors’ allocations, for both agricultural water service and municipal and industrial service contractors, are increased to 100 percent.</li> <li>South-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors’ allocations are increased to 55 percent of their contract total.</li> <li>South-of-Delta allocations for municipal and industrial contractors’ allocations are increased to 80 percent of their historic use. </li> </ul> <P> Friant Division’s allocation remains unchanged with Class 1 contractors at 100 percent. The period for uncontrolled season deliveries to Class 2 contractors has been extended to April 10, and for the time being, contractors are being encouraged to take delivery of as much water as possible for beneficial use under their respective contracts to help minimize flood control releases. (The first 800,000 acre-feet of available water supply is considered Class 1; Class 2 is considered the next amount of available water supply up to 1.4 million acre-feet). <P> In addition, due to the current hydrologic conditions and storage levels in San Luis Reservoir, Reclamation declared the temporary availability of Section 215 water from the Delta for south-of-Delta contractors that enter into a "Temporary Water Service Contract for Surplus Water" with Reclamation. Section 215 refers to a section in the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (Public Law 97-293) that defines temporary water supplies that are unusually large and not storable for project purposes, and how that non-storable water may be used. The availability period for this water delivery will depend on hydrologic conditions and water demands in the coming weeks. <P> As the water year progresses, changes in hydrology and opportunities to deliver additional water will influence future allocations. Water supply updates are posted <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.html" target+"_blank">here</a>. For additional information, please contact the public affairs office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65143 Bureau of Reclamation releases water management funding opportunity for Indian tribes
2019-03-15 11:00:00.0 WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation has released a funding opportunity for federally recognized Indian tribes to assist them in developing, managing and protecting their water and related resources. It is anticipated that $1.5 million will be available under this funding opportunity and the total funding awarded to any successful applicant will not exceed $200,000. <P> The funding opportunity is available on <a href="https://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F002. It will close on May 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. MDT. <P> To be eligible for this funding opportunity, the applicant must be a federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization located in the 17 western states identified in the Reclamation Act of 1902 as amended and supplemented. Federal, state, and local governments as well as individuals are not eligible to apply. <P> This funding opportunity is available through Reclamation's Native American Affairs Technical Assistance Program. They provide technical assistance through cooperative working relationships and partnerships with Indian tribes and tribal organizations. To learn more about this program please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/native/programs/techasst_activities_tap.html">https://www.usbr.gov/native/programs/techasst_activities_tap.html</a>. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65124 Final EIS for Kachess and Keechelus projects posted
2019-03-15 08:32:00.0 YAKIMA, WA – The Bureau of Reclamation and Washington State Department of Ecology have posted a final environmental impact statement related to projects in the Upper Yakima River basin designed to improve water supply during drought, and enhance streamflows and aquatic habitat for fish. <P> The EIS was prepared in conjunction with over-arching goals of the <a href="https://ecology.wa.gov/Water-Shorelines/Water-supply/Water-supply-projects-EW/Yakima-River-Basin-projects/Yakima-integrated-plan">Yakima River basin Integrated Water Resources Management Plan</a>. <P> A floating pumping plant on Kachess Reservoir has been identified as the preferred alternative to help alleviate water shortages for proratable irrigation water users in the Yakima River basin. Alternatives that examined conveying excess water from the Keechelus Reservoir to Kachess Reservoir are not identified as projects to carry forward. <P> “This is an important milestone for the Kachess and Keechelus reservoir projects and the Yakima Integrated Plan,” Columbia-Cascades Area Manager Dawn Wiedmeier said. “Reclamation is grateful for and looks forward to continuing our valuable partnership with Ecology, the Yakama Nation, Roza Irrigation District and others on this and other Integrated Plan projects.” <P> The Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) evaluated seven alternatives, including a “no action” alternative to: <ul> <li>improve water supply reliability during drought years;</li> <li> improve the ability of water managers to respond and adapt to potential changing hydrology; and </li> <li> contribute to the vitality of the regional economy and riverine environment.</li> </ul> <P> “We want to thank everyone who participated in this long, public process and look forward to working with everyone moving forward,” said Tom Tebb, director of Ecology’s Office of Columbia River. “Balancing the needs and rights of water users in the Yakima River basin is challenging. A floating pumping plant is a creative and cost-effective way to help irrigators in the years water is in short supply.” <P> As described in Alternative 4, Reclamation and Ecology have identified Roza Irrigation District as the entity responsible for the design, construction, operation, maintenance and funding (with potential participation by other proratable entities) of a floating pumping plant proposal at Kachess Reservoir. The proposal seeks to tap into up to 200,000 acre-feet of water not now accessible by irrigators when their water is prorated. <P> This FEIS complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA, Public Law 91-190) and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA, Chapter 197-11 WAC). The NEPA process concludes with a Record of Decision (ROD) which may be issued by Reclamation no sooner than 30 days after the FEIS is published in the Federal Register. The ROD documents Reclamation’s decision on the proposed action and describes the rationale used in making the decision. Responses to public comments received on the Draft EIS and Supplemental Draft EIS are included in the final document. <P> You may view the final documents at: and <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/kdrpp/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/kdrpp/index.html </a> and <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/kkc/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/eis/kkc/index.html</a>. Copies also are available at Reclamation and Ecology offices and local libraries will have electronic copies available for viewing. Individual copies of the report may be obtained by calling (509) 573-8193. <P> Copies have been mailed to those who have requested one, as well as area Tribes and appropriate local, state, and federal agencies. Additional information regarding the Integrated Plan may be found at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/yrbwep/2011integratedplan/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/yrbwep/2011integratedplan/index.html</a> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65123 Scott Swanson selected as Deputy Director for Security, Safety and Law Enforcement at Bureau of Reclamation
2019-03-15 08:30:00.0 WASHINGTON —Bureau of Reclamation's Director for Security, Safety and Law Enforcement Karen Knight has announced the selection of Scott Swanson as the Deputy Director for SSLE. Swanson will be responsible for internal planning and operations for the organization. <P> "Ensuring the safety of Reclamation's infrastructure employees and the public is our number one priority in supporting the mission of the Bureau of Reclamation," Knight said. "The organizational experience that Scott has will make SSLE a better organization." <P> Swanson joined Reclamation in 2015 as a supervisor in the Policy and Administration, Program Services Office where he oversaw Programmatic Internal Controls and the Reclamation Manual. He moved to SSLE in 2017 as the chief of the Program and Emergency Management Office where he oversaw emergency management, continuity of operations and aviation for Reclamation. <P> He began his federal career in 2001 as a seasonal wildland firefighter for the National Park Service before moving to a senior wildland firefighter for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a public affairs specialist for the Bureau of Land Management. He worked for the Office of Inspector General as a management and program analyst from 2009 to 2015 where he specialized in continuous process improvement, organizational facilitation, and strategy management. <P> Swanson has a Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University and a Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from Arizona State University. He is a member in the International Association of Emergency Managers. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65083 Bureau of Reclamation initiates a new funding for water operation pilots
2019-03-13 14:00:00.0 WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation has initiated a new funding opportunity through its Basin Study Program for water operation pilots. These pilot studies will allow entities that have completed a basin study to build on the analyses and strategies developed in the basin study. <P> "These pilots will allow Reclamation and its partners to explore strategies and apply tools and information to address water management challenges and supply and demand imbalances," Basin Study Program Coordinator Amanda Erath said. <P> Reclamation is making available $4 million available for these pilots. Those interested in applying, should submit a letter of interest to their respective regional office by April 15, 2019. <P> Water management options will allow Reclamation to work with state and local partners to identify solutions to water management issues by building on completed basin studies. Pilots could include both additional analysis that would further develop strategies identified in a Basin Study, and efforts to update or expand analysis from a Basin Study. <P> They should consist of technical, science-based efforts that could include things such as: <P> <ul> <li>developing or refining models</li> <li>developing new or additional data</li> <li>evaluating concepts for water measurement</li> <li>analyzing different potential modifications to operations and their impacts on issues such as sedimentation, endangered or threatened species, and water deliveries</li> <li>or reviewing different methods for reducing consumptive use within a particular basin or sub-basin</li> </ul> <P> The Basin Study Program is part of WaterSMART. WaterSMART is the Department of the Interior's sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. For more information on the WaterSMART program, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65063 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
2019-03-12 14:23:00.0 BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's March forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows: <P> • Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 1,176,000 acre-feet (af), which is 96 percent of the 30-year average of 1,221,200 af. <P> • Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 775,000 af, which is 105 percent of the 30-year average of 734,600 af. <P> • Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 600,000 af, which is 99 percent of the 30-year average of 603,300 af. <P> • Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 135,000 af, which is 94 percent of the 30-year average of 143,200 af. <P> • Wind River - April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 425,000 af, which is 98 percent of the 30-year average of 435,000 af. <P> For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Boysen, and Bull Lake Reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager Carlie Ronca at 307-261-5671. For additional information on Yellowtail Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Steve Davies at 406-247-7298. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65043 Reclamation to hold public meeting to discuss improvements at Big Sandy Reservoir
2019-03-12 08:31:00.0 FARSON, WYOMING – The Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public meeting in Farson, Wyoming on March 26 to solicit comments regarding the environmental impacts of the Big Sandy Reservoir Enlargement Project. The meeting will be held at the Eden Valley Community Center on March 26 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at 4039 Highway 191 in Farson. Members of the public may also submit comments via email to jbaxter@usbr.gov. <P> The Big Sandy Reservoir Enlargement Project would enhance the reservoir by: <P> • Raising the spillway crest five feet • Installing a filter diaphragm around the outlet works • Constructing a cement-bentonite wall through the dike, <P> In addition, raising the spillway crest would firm up the water supply by increasing potential storage in Big Sandy Reservoir by 12,900 acre-feet. <P> Reclamation has developed a draft environmental assessment that considers the possible impacts of enlarging the reservoir. This document addresses potential impacts to hydrology, recreation, fish and wildlife, and endangered species. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65023 President proposes $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2020 budget for Bureau of Reclamation
2019-03-11 12:00:00.0 WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump today proposed a $1.1 billion Fiscal Year 2020 budget for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. The budget supports the Administration’s and Interior’s goals of ensuring reliable and environmentally responsible delivery of water and power for farms, communities and industry, while providing Reclamation with tools to confront the widening imbalances between supply and demand throughout the West. <P> "This budget reaffirms the Administration’s commitment to water and power reliability," said Commissioner Brenda Burman. "A significant portion of this request is dedicated to improving existing infrastructure, including dams and reservoirs, and alleviating the impact of current and future droughts, so the West can continue to be the engine that drives our nation’s economy for years to come." <P> Reclamation's FY 2020 budget of $1.110 billion consists of $962.0 million for Water and Related Resources, $60.0 million for Policy and Administration, $33.0 million for the California Bay Delta account and $54.8 million for the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund. <P> The proposed budget includes $114.1 million in appropriations for various projects for Extraordinary Maintenance (XM) activities across Reclamation. Reclamation’s XM budget is part of its overall asset management strategy to improve the management of its assets and deal with aging infrastructure challenges. Significant additional XM items are directly funded by revenues, water and power customers, or other federal agencies (e.g., Bonneville Power Administration). <P> Reclamation provides services through many of its projects and programs to fulfill its trust responsibilities to Tribes. The FY 2020 budget request includes a total of $132.9 million for Indian water rights settlements. This includes funding of $69.2 million for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, $12.8 million for the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement, $8.3 million for the Aamodt Litigation Settlement, and $10.0 million for the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement. Other settlements include the Nez Perce Settlement within Columbia and Snake Rivers Salmon Recovery Project ($5.6 million), the San Carlos Apache Tribe Water Settlement Act ($1.6 million), the Ak-Chin Indian Water Rights Settlement Act ($15.3 million), and the Colorado Ute Settlement Act within the Animas La Plata Project ($10.2 million). <P> The FY 2020 budget will continue to support water delivery and quality concerns along the Colorado River. The long-term impacts from droughts, such as those in the Colorado River Basin, can’t be solved by a single wet year. Even in states such as California, where hydrologic patterns have recently been beneficial, the hydrologic system is ill equipped to address long term needs. The FY 2020 budget, through programs such as the Lower Colorado River Operations Program ($31.3 million) and the Central Valley Project ($144.3 million), will continue efforts in both areas to find a long-term, comprehensive solution to water supply and quality issues in Colorado and California. <P> Other highlights of Reclamation’s FY 2020 budget proposal include: <P> <ul> <li>$92.8 million for the Dam Safety Program, to effectively manage risks to the downstream public, property, project and natural resources and provides for risk management activities at Reclamation’s high and significant hazard dams.</li> <li>$54.8 million for the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund, to protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and associated habitats and address impacts of the Central Valley Project (CVP). Offset by discretionary receipts to be collected from project beneficiaries.</li> <li>$2.6 million for the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program, to support new and continued projects in three funding areas -- laboratory scale research studies, pilot-scale testing projects and full-scale testing projects.</li> <li>$11.0 million for the Science and Technology Program to support continued science and technology projects, water and power technology prize competitions, technology transfer and dissemination/outreach activities that address critical water and power management issues.</li> <li>$36.4 million for the Site Security Program, which includes physical security upgrades at key facilities, guards and patrols, anti-terrorism program activities and security risk assessments.</li> <li>$19.9 for the WaterSMART Program to support Reclamation’s collaboration with non-federal partners in efforts to address emerging water demands and water shortage issues in the West as well as promote water conservation and improved water management.</li> </ul> <P> To view details of Reclamation’s budget request, see <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/budget">www.usbr.gov/budget</a>. <P> <P>