Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63623 Bureau of Reclamation announces the winners of the Colorado River Basin Data Visualization Prize Challenge
2018-11-16 12:00:00.0 WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman has announced that six submissions were selected to receive awards while three submissions were selected to receive partial awards in the Colorado River Basin Data Visualization Prize Competition. Jared Schwartz was selected to receive the top prize of $15,750. <P> The objective of this prize challenge was to develop a visualization tool to support exploration and understanding of climate, hydrology, river and reservoir conditions across the Colorado River Basin as well as how these conditions vary in space and time. It was also expected that the tool help users understand how fluctuations in river and reservoir conditions relate to their interests, such as water supply and recreation opportunities. <P> Jared Schwartz was selected to receive $15,750 for his submission of the Colorado River Reservoir Explorer. It consisted of an interactive map allowing users to locate and view Colorado River Basin reservoirs and display a wide variety of information about those reservoirs. It included a simple but informative display of reservoir storage, inflow, release, and evaporation in the context of historical data, plus a weather summary linked to each reservoir based on USGS hydrologic units. It was the most comprehensive submission with respect to the datasets utilized, drawing on both Reclamation reservoir data and weather data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Others receiving awards for their submissions are: <P> Michael Norton - $10,750<br /> Timothy Han - $7,750<br /> Ben Crary - $7,750<br /> Nicholas Gottlieb - $5,250 Dawn Barton, Mary Qawiyy, Robin Tully, Katlyn Kinsey, and Hareem Mannan - $5,250<br /> Ibrahim Demir - $2,500<br /> Jared Schwartz - $2,500<br /> Raibatak Das - $2,500 <P> For those submissions that receive funding, the federal government will receive a broad license and right to use all solutions. The solver will retain ownership of their idea or concept demonstrated by their proposal. <P> Reclamation collaborated with the U.S. Geological Survey, the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center, the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission on this prize competition. <P> To learn more prize competitions at Reclamation, please visit Reclamation's Water Prize Competition Center at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/index.html">www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/index.html</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63603 East Portal Road closed for winter in Montrose, Colorado
2018-11-16 08:48:00.0 MONTROSE, COLO. - Reclamation’s Curecanti Field Office announced today that the East Portal Road located east of Montrose, Colorado, will close for the winter on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. <P> The East Portal Road, beginning at the junction with State Highway 347, provides access to the Gunnison River within the Curecanti National Recreation Area, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Crystal Dam. The road will reopen next spring as weather conditions permit. For more information contact Larry Lingerfelt at (970) 240-6306. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63583 Bureau of Reclamation releases report on reservoir operations pilot study for Washita Basin in Oklahoma
2018-11-15 11:00:00.0 WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation has released a report that identifies innovative approaches to improve drought resiliency within the Washita Basin in Oklahoma. The study specifically looked at Foss and Fort Cobb Reservoirs, and the approach can be applied anywhere across the Western United States. <P> The study showed that a repeat of paleo droughts could have far greater impacts on reservoir yield than the observed drought of record. The study also predicted the probability of paleo droughts being worse than the observed drought of record, and hence quantified the risks of a reservoir not fulfilling its intended purposes under different drought scenarios. <P> For Foss Reservoir, the firm yield, as determined by the observed 1970s drought of record, is 19,700 acre-feet per year. Through the Enhanced Drought Response Reservoir Operations model, it is predicted that the reservoir firm yield under five paleo drought scenarios would range from 14,000 to 7,400 acre-feet per year. If the maximum demand were to be placed on the reservoir, the demands would need to be reduced between 32 and 66 percent in order to prevent the reservoir from going dry. The probability of a paleo drought being worse than the observed drought of record was found to be about 30 percent. <P> For Fort Cobb Reservoir, the firm yield as determined by the observed 1950s drought of record, is 19,200 acre-feet per year. Through the model, it is predicted that the reservoir yield during the five paleo droughts will range between 18,700 to 15,300 acre-feet per year. If the maximum demand were to be placed on the reservoir, the demands would need to be reduced between 36 and 53 percent to prevent the reservoir from going dry. The probability of a paleo drought being worse than the observed drought of record was found to be about 10 percent. <P> This information will better inform long-term planning efforts and preparation for the next drought. The new modeling tools developed for this study also can be used in real-time during a drought to inform decisions on how much demands need to be curtailed to prevent a reservoir from going dry. <P> Firm yield is the amount of water a reservoir can reliably deliver to customers. The challenge to water managers is that the observed hydrologic record encompasses a narrow period of time. This study combined existing tree ring data and reconstructed the annual Palmer Drought Severity Index over a 600-year historical period to generate new inflow sequences that were used to calculate reservoir firm yield. By having the longer historical record, a more robust calculation of a range of reservoir firm yields that can be used to assist water managers to inform decisions that affect water supply reliability. <P> Foss and Fort Cobb Reservoirs are located in central Oklahoma and are responsible for 90 percent of the surface water supply in the area, providing municipal water for about 40,000 people. Although Reclamation maintains ownership of the dam and conveyance facilities, operations and maintenance responsibilities have been transferred to the Foss and Fort Cobb Reservoir Master Conservancy Districts. <P> This study was conducted as part of Reclamation's Reservoir Operations Pilot Initiative, which aims to identify innovative approaches to improve water management strategies in the Western United States. This program assists stakeholders to develop guidance for identifying and implementing changes that increase flexibility in reservoir operations in response to future variability in water supplies, floods and droughts. The full report may be viewed at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/pilots/">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/pilots/</a>. <P> It is part of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Program. 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 the program. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63544 Reclamation releases final environmental document for Natomas Central Mutual Water Company water management project
2018-11-13 16:12:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Finding of No Significant Impact for a Natomas Central Mutual Water Company supervisory control and data acquisition (or SCADA) project intended to improve water management and reduce water demand within the Natomas Basin. <P> The proposed project includes installing water level sensors, pump runtime meters, monitoring equipment, remote terminal units and radio masts at various sites. <P> The FONSI and its associated environmental assessment were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and may be viewed at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=34881">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=34881</a>. For additional information on the project or to receive a copy of the documents, please contact Doug Kleinsmith at <a href="mailto:dkleinsmith@usbr.gov">dkleinsmith@usbr.gov</a> or 916-978-5034 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63543 Reclamation to host Lake Berryessa community forum meeting Nov. 14
2018-11-13 14:21:00.0 NAPA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will hold the next Lake Berryessa community forum meeting at 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Lake Berryessa Senior Center, 4380 Spanish Flat Loop Road. <P> Reclamation will provide a summary of the recreation season, completed improvement projects, and plans for upcoming off-season projects. This meeting includes an opportunity for input on Lake Berryessa’s recreational opportunities and services. <P> Lake Berryessa is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the state with 165 miles of shoreline and 20,700 surface acres. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63528 Bureau of Reclamation selects 58 projects to receive $3.7 million for WaterSMART small-scale water efficiency projects in 16 western states
2018-11-08 13:00:00.0 WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced today that Reclamation has selected 58 projects to receive $3.7 million for small-scale water efficiency projects in 16 western states. The funding from Reclamation is being leveraged to support more than $8.2 million in improvements throughout the West. The projects funded with these grants include installation of flow measurement devices and automation technology, canal lining or piping to address seepage, municipal meter upgrades, and other projects to conserve water. <P> Funding of up to $75,000 is provided to projects on a 50-percent cost-share. A complete list of the projects selected is available at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/swep/">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/swep/</a>. <P> The City of Avondale in Arizona is receiving $75,000 to update two water treatment/booster station wells within their system. They will connect them to their current supervisory control and data acquisition system which will help them better manage their water supplies. <P> The North Kern Water Storage District in Bakersfield, California, is receiving $75,000 to install SCADA software to interface with previously installed SCADA equipment and two evapotranspiration measurement stations in the service area. <P> The City of Gallup in northwest New Mexico is receiving $60,000 to upgrade old mechanical meters with modern solid-state meters for industrial, commercial and institutional users. This project will allow for allow for more accurate measurement of water consumption and is supported by its 2013 water conservation plan. <P> Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects are part of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Program. The program aims to improve water conservation and reliability, helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. Learn more at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/swep/">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/swep/</a>. <P> Visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a> for additional information about the WaterSMART program. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63527 Reclamation awards grants to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for management, operation and maintenance and aquatic nuisance species prevention at seven parks in Western Colorado
2018-11-08 08:00:00.0 GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded two grants to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for seven state parks in Western Colorado owned by Reclamation. The first is a $3.065 million management, operation and maintenance grant and the second is a $776,182 aquatic nuisance species prevention grant. The grants will be used at Rifle Gap, Vega, Crawford, Paonia, Ridgway, Mancos/Jackson Gulch and Navajo. <P> The grants are part of a 50/50 cost share that will provide for continued management, operation and maintenance and aquatic nuisance species prevention from October 2018 to September 2023. Activities covered by these grants include: park administration, public safety, law enforcement, park operations, custodial services, grounds maintenance, aquatic nuisance and invasive species inspections, boat inspections and vessel decontaminations. <P> “Since 1994 Colorado Parks and Wildlife has done an impressive job of managing the seven state parks, creating a place where people enjoy visiting and recreating. The grant for aquatic nuisance species, in particular quagga and zebra mussels, will go a long way to prevent the spread of mussels in Western Colorado.” said Ed Warner, Area Manager for the Western Colorado Area Office. “Local communities also benefit economically from the associated recreation opportunities provided at each reservoir”. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63526 Bureau of Reclamation to Hold Public Meeting to Discuss Vegetation Removal Along High Line Canal
2018-11-07 15:31:00.0 SALEM, UT – On November 8, 2018 the Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public meeting to discuss plans for the removal of woody vegetation (trees and shrubs) from government-owned land adjacent to the High Line Canal. The canal is located in Utah County near the cities of Salem and Payson. <P> If not properly managed, woody vegetation near urbanized canals can present safety risks. Woody vegetation grows roots that penetrate earthen canal banks and creates habitat which encourages rodent infestations. Rodents burrow into canal banks and create leaks that threaten facility integrity. In addition, vegetation makes it more difficult for canal operators to discover and address developing safety issues. Without a clear view of the banks of a canal, a minor seepage problem can rapidly develop into a full-scale emergency. <P> Reclamation’s Provo Area Office is committed to working with neighboring landowners and would appreciate the opportunity to discuss any issues related to the project. The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Salem Community Center at 151 West 300 South in Salem, Utah. Comments may also be sent to highlinewoodyvegetation@usbr.gov. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63503 Interior Initiates High-Flow Experiment at Glen Canyon Dam
2018-11-06 06:37:00.0 PAGE, Ariz. – The Department of the Interior initiated a high-flow release of water on November 5 from Glen Canyon Dam. This is the first high-flow release under the Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan, which was approved in December 2016. This experiment will help rebuild beaches, sandbars and other environmental resources in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Grand Canyon National Park. It continues important scientific research and monitoring along the Colorado River while preserving crucial water and power deliveries for the nearly 40 million people who rely on the river. <P> “This high-flow experiment is an important opportunity to learn more about the Grand Canyon’s resources,” said Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “I applaud the partnership and collaboration among the Department agencies and bureaus, all seven basin states and other stakeholders to continue our successful adaptive approach to managing Glen Canyon Dam.” <P> During this 60-hour high-flow release, the increased river flow will carry sediment deposited on the bed of the Colorado River from tributaries below Glen Canyon Dam in recent months through the Grand Canyon. Scientists and other researchers will also use this high flow experiment to gather important information which will help inform future operational and management decisions at the dam and along the Colorado River. In fact, this high flow experiment continues and supports more than 20 years of extensive scientific research, experimentation and analysis conducted through the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program. The Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan is a 20-year plan that updates protocols for continued experiments and provides a framework for adaptive management of Glen Canyon Dam. <P> The decision to conduct this experiment was based on input from a collaborative team, including Department of the Interior agencies—Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs—the Department of Energy’s Western Area Power Administration, and representatives from all seven Colorado River Basin States. Before proceeding with the experiment, experts determined there would be no unacceptable adverse impacts on other resource conditions. Technical experts with the Department of the Interior have coordinated the experiment’s design to optimize benefits to sediment resources throughout the Grand Canyon while meeting all water delivery requirements and minimizing negative impacts to hydropower production. <P> This high flow experiment will not change or impact the total annual amount of water released from Lake Powell to Lake Mead. Releases from Glen Canyon Dam, both before and after the experiment and through the remainder of the year, will be adjusted to compensate for the high volume released during this high-flow experiment. <P> Additional information about this high-flow experiment will be posted and updated online at: https://www.usbr.gov/uc/rm/gcdHFE/index.html. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63483 Reclamation announces the closure of Stony Gorge and East Park Reservoir for the 2018 recreation year
2018-11-05 16:27:00.0 WILLOWS, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation announces the closure of Stony Gorge and East Park Reservoirs for the 2018 recreation year. All campsites will be closed until spring 2019. <P> For more information on Stony Gorge visit <a href="https://www.recreation.gov/camping/gateways/46" target="_blank">https://www.recreation.gov/camping/gateways/46</a>. For more information on East Park Reservoir visit <a href="https://visitcolusacounty.com/reservations/" target="_blank">https://visitcolusacounty.com/reservations/</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63456 Delta Cross Channel gates to close weekdays starting November 5.
2018-11-02 15:10:00.0 WALNUT GROVE, Calif. – Until further notice, the Bureau of Reclamation plans a cycle of closing the Delta Cross Channel gates during weekdays beginning 10 a.m. Monday, in order to meet the Sacramento River at Rio Vista flow standard. The gates are expected to reopen Fridays around 10 a.m. to facilitate weekend recreation. <P> Opening or closing gates can be made on short notice and boaters are advised to check the status of the gates, especially around holidays. 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 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>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63455 Reclamation releases final environmental documents for Weyand Canal Automation Project
2018-11-01 18:32:00.0 FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Solano Irrigation District Water Conservation Project. The EA details a proposed $1 million federal share of a total $2,038,618 Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grant to allow the Solano Irrigation District to automate the Weyand Canal in unincorporated Solano County, California. The proposed action will better manage the approximately 31,000 acre-feet typically diverted into the Weyand Canal distribution system each water season. <P> Once operating on a 1950’s vintage conveyance system, the Weyand Canal Automation Project proposes modernizing the conveyance system with efficient, industry-leading technology. Newly installed automated control structures will efficiently distribute irrigation water to adjacent agricultural lands. <P> The EA and FONSI 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=35941" target="_blank" > https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=35941 </a> <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Sarah Perrin at 916-537-7063 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63454 Reclamation releases draft environmental document for local interim renewal contracts
2018-11-01 17:51:00.0 FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft environmental document for public review to issue two-year Central Valley Project Interim Renewal Contracts for the City of Roseville, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Sacramento County Water Agency for contract years 2019-2021. Issuing the interim contracts allows continued delivery of Central Valley Project water and provides a temporary bridge between expiring and new long-term water service contracts. <P> Comments are due by Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Please email comments to <a href="mailto:sperrin@usbr.gov">sperrin@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Sarah Perrin, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630. <P> The draft Environmental Assessment was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=35961" > https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=35961 </a> <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Perrin at 916-537-7063 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies of the documents may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Central California Area Office at the above address. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63453 Flows reducing from Wickiup and Haystack dams
2018-11-01 11:46:00.0 PRINEVILLE, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and NOAA Fisheries, will reduce fish and wildlife winter flows from Wickiup and Haystack dams as appropriate for dive inspections of the dams on Saturday, November 3, 2018. <P> Flows from Wickiup Dam will be reduced to 25 cubic feet per second (cfs) for up to 8 hours during the inspection. Haystack Dam flows will be reduced to zero cfs for up to 4 hours during the inspection. Flows are being reduced to ensure diver safety during the inspections. This will have no impact to the public. <P> Wickiup Dam is part of the Deschutes Project, which provides 200,000 acre-feet of storage for irrigation to 50,000 acres within the North Unit Irrigation District near Madras, Ore. Haystack Dam is also part of the Deschutes Project, located about 10 miles south of Madras. Both dams are owned by Reclamation and operated by the North Unit Irrigation District, which supplies irrigation water to the area. <P> For real-time Crooked River flows at Reclamation facilities in the Pacific Northwest Region, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/destea.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/destea.html</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63448 Flows decreasing for inspection at Bowman Dam
2018-10-31 11:10:00.0 PRINEVILLE, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and NOAA Fisheries, will reduce fish and wildlife winter flows from Arthur R. Bowman Dam as appropriate for a dive inspection of the dam on Friday, November 2, 2018. Flows will be reduced to 25 cubic feet per second (cfs) for 8 to 10 hours during the inspection. Flows may be further reduced to 10 cfs for some period of time if diver safety becomes a concern. <P> Arthur R. Bowman Dam is located on the Crooked River about 20 miles southeast of Prineville. <P> For real-time Crooked River flows at Reclamation facilities in the Pacific Northwest Region, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/rtindex/crooked.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/rtindex/crooked.html</a>. <P>