Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63092 Reclamation selects nearly $2 million in Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants
2018-08-16 15:20:00.0 The Bureau of Reclamation announced today the selection of approximately $2 million in Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency grants for Fiscal Year 2018. Combined with local cost-share contributions, approximately $4 million in water management improvement projects will be implemented during the next 24 months. <P> The Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency program is a joint program with the Natural Resources Conservation Service promoting district level water conservation improvements that facilitate on-farm water use efficiency and conservation projects. With NRCS support, Reclamation selected three projects for funding. The selected projects will increase district-level efficiencies and facilitate farm water conservation and water use efficiency. <P> The three selected applicants are Eastern Municipal Water District, Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District and Solano Irrigation District. The following provides details on the selected projects: <P> <b>Eastern Municipal Water District<br> Federal Share - $210,000<br> Total Project Cost - $455,112</b><br> The Agricultural Water Data Project consists of an online data management tool and technical assistance to farmers to provide real-time water flow data, water ordering flexibility, weather-based crop water demand and efficient irrigation recommendations. The project will enable farmers to track water deliveries and optimize adequate pressure and flow to each turnout. This project will better manage 9,000 acre-feet of Bay-Delta water over the 20-year life of the project. This project will further enable up to 74 potential farmers to modify their irrigation systems through the replacement of nozzles, hoses and drip lines with water-efficient equipment. <P> <b>Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District<br> Federal Share - $670,578<br> Total Project Cost - $1,341,157</b><br> The Diltz Intertie Lateral Piping and Water Management Improvements Project will reduce groundwater pumping by district farmers by replacing five laterals of an estimated 1.38 miles off the Diltz mainline to enable pressurized flow in both directions. Additionally, the project will implement on-farm water management improvements, including installing nine evapotranspiration weather stations, fund distribution uniformity evaluations and collaborate with neighboring districts on energy and well operations. The project will further incentivize irrigation conservation by installing soil moisture probes and other on-farm water conserving implementation methods. This project will conserve 1,718 acre-feet of water over the 50-year life of the project. This project will further enable farmers on approximately 6,500 acres of district land to convert irrigation equipment to water-efficient equipment with the potential to further save an additional 2,500 acre-feet of water. <P> <b>Solano Irrigation District<br> Federal Share - $1,000,000 <br> Total Project Cost - $2,108,000</b><br> The Weyand Canal Automation and Remote Control Project will install automated control structures and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition control system along a 2.2 mile section of Weyland Canal. This project will further implement a Total Channel Control program to allow farmers more flexibility for ordering water and reduce operational spills. This project will conserve 960 acre-feet and better manage 31,000 acre-feet of Bay-Delta water over the 25-year life of the project. Through automation of the Weyand Canal, the project will decrease spills from the system. The project will also improve delivery flexibility, helping to facilitate on-farm efficiency improvements to a potential 410 acres of farms within the canal service area. <P> For more information on the Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grant Program, please contact Anna Sutton at 916-978-5214 or asutton@usbr.gov. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63086 Reclamation releases environmental documents for Riparian Habitat Restoration project at Dos Rios Ranch
2018-08-14 17:44:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation issued environmental documents on the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts to the affected environment associated with the Riparian Habitat Restoration project at Dos Rios Ranch. Under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program, Reclamation would provide $499,730 to River Partners, a non-profit conservation organization, to partially fund the restoration of 159 acres of riparian habitat at Dos Rios Ranch in Stanislaus County. <P> The project would enhance and restore native riparian habitats to benefit a variety of federally listed and other sensitive species, including the endangered riparian brush rabbit, riparian woodrat and least Bell’s vireo. More than 18,000 propagated plants would be planted to restore native riparian vegetation and three acres of elevated land would be established to provide refuge for wildlife from flood events. <P> The 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=33961">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=33961</a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the EA or FONSI, please contact Kaitlin Flahive at 916-978-5044 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email kflahive@usbr.gov. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63085 Reclamation has released final environmental documents for South Tahoe Public Utility District water delivery upgrade
2018-08-14 15:11:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents on South Tahoe Public Utilities District's Pressure Reducing Valve Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Upgrades Project. <P> Project construction involves installing monitoring equipment at 19 pressure reducing valve stations, such as digital flow meters, digital suction and discharge pressure gauges, off-grid power supply, and modification or replacement of existing vault structure and valves where needed. <P> Reclamation has proposed a $75,000 CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant towards the project, and has prepared an environmental assessment and a 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=33841">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=33841</a>. <P> For additional information 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> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63063 Bureau of Reclamation selects 16 projects to receive $3.5 million for desalination and water purification research
2018-08-14 13:00:00.0 WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that 16 entities will receive $3.5 million for laboratory and pilot-scale research projects as part of the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program. The DWPR Program works with Reclamation researchers and partners to develop more innovative, cost-effective and technologically efficient ways to desalinate water. <P> “Desalination is an increasingly important source of water for Western communities" Commissioner Burman said. "Investing in innovative technologies to make desalination more affordable and energy-efficient will help many communities across the United States.” <P> Nine laboratory projects and seven pilot-scale projects were selected for funding. A laboratory-scale study is typically a bench scale study involving small flow rates. They are used to determine the viability of a novel process, new materials, or process modifications. Research at this stage often involves a high degree of risk and uncertainty. <P> A pilot-scale project tests a novel process at a sufficiently large scale to determine the technical, practical, and economic viability of the process and are generally preceded by laboratory studies that demonstrate if that the technology works. The $3.5 million will be matched with $4.8 million in non-federal funding. <P> The nine laboratory projects are: <P> <ul> <li>Argonne National Laboratory – Compressible foam supercapacitor electrodes for energy-efficient and low-cost desalination. $150,000</li> <li>Colorado State University – Developing relationships between mineral scaling and membrane surface chemistry to improve water recovery of inland brackish water desalination. $133,634</li> <li>Fraunhofer USA, Inc – Plasma activated biochar for high-efficiency capacitive desalination. $72,173</li> <li>New Mexico State University – Portable wind turbines for potable water through electrodialysis treatment. $150,000</li> <li>Trussel Technologies, Inc. – Novel online surrogates to monitor reverse osmosis performance in reuse applications. $150,000</li> <li>University of Arizona – Near zero-liquid discharge water reuse with a closed-circuit ozone-membrane distillation process. $146,361</li> <li>University of California, Davis – Flow cytometric monitoring of waterborne pathogens to facilitate water treatment and direct potable water reuse. $149,178</li> <li>University of Notre Dame – High performance biocatalytic membranes with cell surface display enzymes for improved concentrate management. $149,995</li> <li>Vanderbilt University – Polyelectrolyte/Micelle multiplayer nanofiltration membranes with drastically enhanced performance. $150,000</li> </ul> <P> The seven pilot-scale projects are: <P> <ul> <li>Carollo Engineers, Inc – Pilot testing a two-stage, fixed bed biotreatment system for selenium removal. $279,246</li> <li>Gradiant Osmotics, LLC – Counter flow RO - Innovative desalination technology for cost-effective concentrate management and reduced energy use. $400,000</li> <li>Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Pilot testing dynamic optimized, photovoltaic-powered, time-variant electrodialysis reversal desalination system. $400,000</li> <li>New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology – Geothermal membrane distillation for large-scale use. $200,000</li> <li>New Mexico State University – Assessment and implementation framework for transboundary brackish groundwater desalination in south-central New Mexico. $399,353</li> <li>The City of Daytona Beach – Tracking the occurrence and removal of microbial and toxic hazards during potable reuse through online monitoring and advanced analytics. $400,000</li> <li>University of California, Riverside – Innovative water reuse systems harnessing chloramine photochemistry for potable water reuse. $200,000</li> </ul> <P> The DWPR program is supporting the Department of the Interior's priorities, including: creating a conservation stewardship legacy second only to Teddy Roosevelt, utilizing our natural resources, and restoring trust with local communities, among others. <P> To learn more about Reclamation's Desalination and Water Purification Research Program and see complete descriptions of the research projects please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/dwpr">www.usbr.gov/research/dwpr</a>. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63045 Bureau of Reclamation Begins Dam Modification Work at Steinaker Reservoir in Northeastern Utah
2018-08-13 12:11:00.0 VERNAL, UTAH – In late July, the Bureau of Reclamation began modification work at Steinaker Dam, near Vernal, Utah to repair a slope failure on the upstream face of the right abutment and flatten the slope of the abutment. Reclamation and the Uintah Water Conservancy District slowly emptied Steinaker Reservoir during the summer recreation season to enable modification work. Restricted operations have been in place at the dam since 2014, when dam operators observed the slope failure. Once work is complete, Reclamation anticipates a return to full and normal operations. <P> The dam, which is owned by Reclamation and operated by the Uintah Water Conservancy District, provides off-stream water storage from Ashley Creek and is an important feature of the Central Utah Project. In addition to its primary water storage benefits, the reservoir also provides excellent fishing and recreational opportunities. While water levels will remain low throughout construction, Steinaker State Park will remain open with a variety of recreational opportunities. Visitors should check with Utah State Parks (https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/steinaker/) for available activities and park hours. <P> Work will result in a safer facility that will better serve water users and protect the surrounding community. Through a cost share under Reclamation’s Dam Safety Program, the federal government will cover 85 percent of modification costs and the Uintah Water Conservancy District will pay 15 percent. Reclamation previously awarded a contract for the majority of the work to Weeminuche Construction Authority, which is owned by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. Reclamation engineers will oversee and inspect all construction work, which will continue year-round and is expected to be complete in 2020. <P> “Safety is a top priority at each of our facilities,” said Reclamation’s Provo Area Office Manager Wayne Pullan. “This important infrastructure improvement project will ensure safe and efficient operations at Steinaker Dam for water users, visitors and the surrounding community for generations to come.” Reclamation’s Provo Area Office oversees all federally-owned water projects in Utah. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63043 “Building Grand Coulee Dam” presentation on August 25
2018-08-13 10:33:00.0 Grand Coulee, Wash.–The Bureau of Reclamation invites the public to the presentation, “Building Grand Coulee Dam,” by Raymond “Paul” Giroux on August 25, 2018, at the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center at 6:30 p.m. The program is free of charge. <P> During the early twentieth century the Bureau of Reclamation was charged with harnessing the water potential of the western United States. Critical to this vision was taming the mighty Columbia River. With river flows more than 300,000 cubic feet per second, building the biggest concrete dam in the world in a remote area of eastern Washington was seemingly impossible. Construction began during the Great Depression, and the success of the project was not only essential to America’s long-term interests, but also instrumental in providing jobs for thousands of people with the hope to restore the entire region. In the decades preceding Grand Coulee Dam’s construction, tremendous advancements were realized in every discipline of engineering. Mr. Giroux’s presentation highlights how the right men, the right machines, and the right methods all came together to build a project of unprecedented scope and challenges. Giroux is the author of several bridge design and civil engineering history papers. He also is an active public speaker at engineering schools throughout the United States and other international venues. In 2017, he was the recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers Roebling Award for Construction Engineering and was inducted into the Iowa State University Construction Engineering Hall of Fame in 2018. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63022 Reclamation to temporarily detour traffic on Laguna Dam Road near Yuma to replace bridges
2018-08-10 17:22:00.0 Yuma, Ariz. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office announced today that beginning in Fall 2018, construction contractors performing work on behalf of the agency will temporarily detour traffic on portions of Laguna Dam Road immediately downstream of the Imperial Dam to accommodate the removal and replacement of two bridge decks. In addition to installation of new decks, contractors will install new guardrails on the bridges on both the California and Arizona sides of the dam. <P> In support of the construction activities to replace the structures, Reclamation received funding support from the Federal Highway Administration to replace both bridge decks and to use some of the funds for project design and administration of the construction contract. <P> Reclamation has provided a map that highlights the location of the repairs that will be made to the bridges – which is available for viewing at: https://www.usbr.gov/lc/yuma/articles/Map_of_FHWA_Bridge_Deck_Work_Zones.pdf <P> The entire project will take approximately three months to complete – with construction activities estimated to commence in early September and conclude in early December. Since construction work on the bridges will involve the operation of heavy equipment and staging of construction materials near the dam, traffic will be reduced to one lane on intermittent occasions to ensure safe public travel through the construction zone while the decks are being replaced. <P> Questions or comments about the upcoming construction work should be directed to Micah J. Leadford, Project Manager with the Central Federal Lands Highway Division, at telephone number (720) 963-3498 or via email at: micah.leadford@dot.gov. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63018 Reclamation opens Boca Dam Road on the Little Truckee River
2018-08-10 14:26:00.0 CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation has opened the road across Boca Dam located near Truckee, California. Due to substantial precipitation that filled Boca Reservoir last year, the road has been closed since February 2017 to ensure the facility’s security and the public’s safety. <P> The Tahoe National Forest Boca Campground facilities, located on the reservoir’s west side, and the Boca Reservoir boat ramp are now open and accessible. Campground and boat ramp information is available at <a href="https://www.recreation.gov/camping/boca-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74128">https://www.recreation.gov/camping/boca-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74128</a>. <P> Boca Dam and Reservoir, part of Reclamation’s Truckee Storage Project, is located on the Little Truckee River about 6 miles east of Truckee and 27 miles west of Reno. <P> For additional information about the road closure, please contact Scott Schoenfeld, Operations and Maintenance Division Manager, Lahontan Basin Area Office, at 775-884-8351 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href="mailto:sschoenfeld@usbr.gov">sschoenfeld@usbr.gov</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62974 Bureau of Reclamation performing safety of dams' work on Sugar Loaf Dam near Leadville, Colorado
2018-08-07 10:03:00.0 LEADVILLE, Colorado -- The Bureau of Reclamation will be performing work at Sugar Loaf Dam from August 7-16 and August 21-30. The work is being done to modernize the dam safety instrumentation equipment located in the dam. <P> From August 21-30, one-lane of County Road 4 across the dam will be closed as crews perform the work. The work on the top of the dam will begin after the Leadville 100 race weekends have ended. <P> Sugar Loaf Dam impounds Turquoise Lake west of Leadville, Colorado. It is part of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, which is a multipurpose transmountain, transbasin water diversion and delivery project in Colorado. It provides water for municipal, industrial and agricultural uses in eastern Colorado. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62972 Reclamation releases environmental documents for Minidoka Powerplant Unit 7 maintenance project
2018-08-06 10:03:00.0 MINIDOKA COUNTY, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation has issued the final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the Minidoka Powerplant Unit 7 draft tube bulkhead structure, located at Minidoka Dam in Minidoka County, Idaho. <P> The purpose of the proposed action is to improve the structural integrity of Minidoka Powerplant Unit 7, such that dewatering for regular maintenance is feasible, and to avoid further deterioration leading to potential structural failure. The current state of the Unit 7 structure, which has undergone degradation over its 75 years in service, has created the need for this action. <P> The work would require short-term dewatering in the tailrace to perform removal and replacement of components, as well as placement of new concrete reinforcement structures. No long-term impacts to recreation are expected since the project area is closed to public access. <P> The final EA and FONSI are available at<a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/minidokaunit/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/minidokaunit/index.html</a>. <P> If you have any questions about this project or would like to obtain a printed copy of the final EA and FONSI, please contact Ms. Amy Goodrich, Natural Resource Specialist, Snake River Area Office, at 208-383-2250. <P> # # # <P> Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier in the United States, and the nation's second largest producer of hydroelectric power. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at https://www.usbr.gov, and follow us on Twitter @USBR. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62971 Reclamation to hold public meeting, seeking input on Grand Lake resource management plan
2018-08-06 08:21:00.0 LOVELAND, Colorado -- The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), in cooperation with the Town of Grand Lake, is seeking public input on a Resource Management Plan (RMP). <P> Reclamation is preparing the Grand Lake RMP. The agency will also prepare an Environmental Assessment in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Reclamation owns and operates the Colorado-Big Thompson project, which includes Grand Lake, and surrounding federal lands. Through a management agreement with Reclamation, the Town of Grand Lake is responsible for managing recreation at East Inlet Recreation Area. The RMP will guide future recreation development as well as the management of natural and cultural resources on federal lands. <P> The agencies will host an open house where the public can learn and ask questions about the resource management planning process, the lands affected by the plan, and provide comments. The public open house will be held at: <P> <strong>Town Hall<br /> 1026 Park Avenue<br /> Grand Lake, Colorado<br /> August 14, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.</strong> <P> Public comments will be welcomed in writing at the event and throughout the 30-day public comment period. <P> The 30-day public comment period will begin on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, and will end at close-of-business on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Comments must be provided in writing and can be submitted by e-mail to either Reclamation at <a href="mailto:GrandLakeRMP@usbr.gov">GrandLakeRMP@usbr.gov</a> or the Town of Grand Lake at <a href="mailto:Town@townofgrandlake.com">Town@townofgrandlake.com</a>. Regular mail comments should be sent to: <P> Ms. Robb<br /> Bureau of Reclamation<br /> 11056 W. County Road 18E<br /> Loveland, Colorado 80537 <P> OR <P> Mr. Shull<br /> Town of Grand Lake<br /> P.O. Box 99<br /> Grand Lake, Colorado 80447 <P> Faxed comments can be sent to the attention of Ms. Traci Robb at (970) 663-3212. <P> Media inquiries or general questions about Reclamation should be directed to Sterling Rech at 406-247-7669 or <a href="mailto:srech@usbr.gov">srech@usbr.gov</a>. Specific questions about the resource management planning process should be directed to Traci Robb at 970-962-4361 or <a href="mailto:GrandLakeRMP@usbr.gov">GrandLakeRMP@usbr.gov</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62970 C.A.S.T. for Kids Event at Strawberry Reservoir, Soldier Creek Recreation Area
2018-08-06 07:18:00.0 HEBER CITY, Utah – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region will host its 22nd annual Catch a Special Thrill for Kids event at Strawberry Reservoir, Soldier Creek Recreation Area, on Saturday, August 11, from 6:30 am to 1:30 pm. <P> The C.A.S.T. for Kids program provides one-day fishing and boating events designed to accommodate children with a wide range of special needs. The children and their families or caretakers get to spend a day on the water with volunteer anglers learning to fish. Participating children will receive their own fishing rod and reel, t-shirt, hat and tackle box. Family members will join in shore-side activities and lunch at Bugler’s Knob Group Pavilion. <P> Directions from Salt Lake City: Take I-80 to Highway 40. Follow Highway 40 South to Strawberry Reservoir, take the second exit (Soldier Creek) and follow the road to the marina. “C.A.S.T. for Kids” signs will be posted. <P> Due to limited parking, there will be shuttle service between the marina and the group pavilion. There will be no parking at the pavilion this year due to safety issues but some exceptions apply. Please contact David Isleman for a parking permit at disleman@usbr.gov. <P> Partners include the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Reclamation, Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Strawberry Highline Canal Company, Strawberry Water Users Association, Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, and many local sponsors. <P> Participants and volunteers can register online at the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation website: http://castforkids.org/event/strawberryreservoir/. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62975 Reclamation to Hold Open House Meeting on Belle Fourche Reservoir Resource Management Plan
2018-08-03 10:10:00.0 RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Reclamation and South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) are holding an open house meeting on Thursday August 23, 2018, at the Rocky Point Warehouse from 5:00-8:00 pm MST. The meeting will be held at 18513 Fishermans Road, Belle Fourche, SD 57717. <P> The public is invited to the open house to visit with staff, provide comment, view maps, and complete the user survey. Reclamation, in cooperation with the GFP, is currently working on a new Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Reservoir and is accepting public comments. The RMP will be the blueprint for future management and development at Belle Fourche Reservoir. <P> "We are interested in gathering more input from the public and while we have received many comments, we are hopeful that the open house meeting will produce more public comments" said Jay Leasure, natural resource specialist. "The public's input and ideas will be considered providing they fall within Reclamations policies and regulations." <P> State Park entrance fees will be waived for the public who are attending the open house meeting. <P> For more information or accessibility requests, please contact Jay Leasure, with Reclamation at 605-519-5504, or Brad Nelson, Rocky Point SRA Manager at 605-641-0023. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62959 Reclamation releases draft environmental document for North Drainage Canal Lift Pump Station project
2018-08-02 16:21:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the draft Initial Study and Environmental Assessment for proposed North Drainage Canal Lift Pump Station Project. <P> The draft IS/EA examines the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts to the affected environment associated in construction and operation of a new irrigation tailwater recovery lift pump station on the NDC, located near the Sankey Canal, in Sutter County. The lift station will have a capacity of 120 cubic feet per-second; its operation is anticipated to result in an annual water savings of 4,000 acre-feet, which would be diverted from the Sacramento River to fulfill the local water demand absent the Project. <P> The draft IS/EA was prepared by the California Environmental Quality Act lead agency 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=34021">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=34021</a>. <P> Comments on the draft IS/EA are due by Monday, August 30, 2018. Email comments to msimon@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to Megan Simon, Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard, Shasta Lake, CA 96019. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the document, please contact Simon at (530) 247-8513 (TTY 800-877-8339) or msimon@usbr.gov. The document may also be viewed at Reclamation's Northern California Area Office, located at the above address. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62958 Reclamation awards $1.9 million to fourteen tribes
2018-08-02 14:30:00.0 WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that fourteen tribes were selected to receive $1.9 million for technical assistance through the Native American Affairs Technical Assistance to Tribes Program. <P> "Reclamation is committed to working with tribes on water management issues," Commissioner Burman said. "This funding will help establish cooperative working relationships with Indian tribes and tribal organizations and ensure they can be fully engaged as they develop, manage and protect their water resources." <P> Reclamation will provide the funding to the tribes as grants or cooperative agreements. The fourteen projects selected are: <P> <ul> <li>The Chickasaw Nation, additional water supply for the City of Tishomingo, $178,415</li> <li>Northern Arapaho Tribe, Arapaho Ranch domestic water well development project, $98,450</li> <li>Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, process improvements for failing water and wastewater treatment plants in Choctaw Territory, Reclamation funding: $197,454</li> <li>Northern Cheyenne Tribe, water marketing project, $93,148</li> <li>Pascua Yaqui Tribe, design and engineering of water pipeline to irrigate the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s Wellness Center in Pueblo, $125,000</li> <li>Bishop Paiute Tribe, Bishop Paiute Irrigation Water: Beneficial Use Project, $170,475</li> <li>Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, the 57-3 Lateral Irrigation Improvement Project, $199,999</li> <li>Tule River Tribe, Tule River Tribe Water Resource Assessment Project, $100,000</li> <li>Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, improved management of surface water diversions for the Michaud Unit of the Fort Hall Irrigation Project, $196,341</li> <li>Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation Water Management Project, $70,393</li> <li>Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Critical Water Quality Data Collection Project, $76,050</li> <li>Pueblo of Santa Ana, technical training in river protection for the Pueblo of Santa Ana, $9,788</li> <li>Pueblo of Santa Ana, overhaul of groundwater observation wells throughout the riparian corridor along the Rio Grande and Rio Jemez riparian corridors at the Pueblo of Santa Ana, $189,103</li> <li>Pueblo of Jemez, Pueblo of Jemez management of water resources, $189,609</li> </ul> <P> The Native American and International Affairs Office in the Commissioner's Office serves as the central coordination point for the Native American Affairs Program and lead for policy guidance for Native American issues in Reclamation. To learn more, please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/native">www.usbr.gov/native</a>. <P> <P>