Reclamation News Releases News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation Reclamation, TCID begin contract negotiations for Newlands Project operations and maintenance
2019-09-18 17:09:00.0 FALLON, Nev. - The Bureau of Reclamation and the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District will enter into contract negotiations October 2 for the transfer of operation, maintenance and replacement activities in the Newlands Project, located in western Nevada. <P> The project provides irrigation water for about 57,000 acres of cropland in the Lahontan Valley near Fallon and bench lands near Fernley in western Nevada. <P> “These negotiations help ensure that our infrastructure of canals and dams remains a reliable system for delivering water for drinking, irrigation, wildlife habitat and power production,” said Terri Edwards, area manager, Lahontan Basin Area Office. <P> The Newlands Project has major water delivery features in both the Carson River and Truckee River basins, such as Derby Diversion Dam, Truckee Canal, Lahontan Dam, Carson River Diversion Dam, Lahontan Power Plant, and hundreds of miles of delivery and drainage canals. <P> The district has been the operations and maintenance contractor for the Newlands Project since 1926; its current contract expires on December 31, 2021. The first two negotiation sessions for a new contract will be held on October 2 and 3, 2019, at 9 a.m. at the Fallon Convention Center in the Rawhide Wonder Room on 100 Campus Way, Fallon, NV 89406. <P> Reclamation will update the Lahontan Basin Area Office website with information for additional negotiation sessions when scheduled at <a href=""></a>. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the draft contract, contact Deborah Page at <a href=""></a> or 775-884-8392 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P> Pojoaque Basin regional water system moves toward construction
2019-09-17 11:52:00.0 SANTA FE, NM - The Bureau of Reclamation is one step closer to constructing a water system to bring safe, reliable drinking water to four Pueblos and parts of Santa Fe County under the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Agreement. Today, Reclamation’s Commissioner Brenda Burman joined settlement parties to sign an agreement that renegotiated cost shares and cost savings measures in the project. She also delivered the signed decision document completing the final environmental impact statement process for the construction. <P> The Pojoaque Basin regional water system will divert water from the Rio Grande in northern New Mexico. The system will include water treatment facilities on the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, along with storage tanks and transmission and distribution pipelines to supply up to 4,000 acre-feet (about 1.3 billion gallons) of drinking water annually to the Pueblos of Nambé, Tesuque, San Ildefonso and Pojoaque, and other Santa Fe County customers in the Pojoaque Basin. <P> “I commend the Pueblos, the county and all the settlement parties for reaching an agreement on revising the cost share arrangements and on making changes to allow for cost savings on this complicated project. This is a great accomplishment,” said Commissioner Brenda Burman “This agreement, along with our signed record of decision completing the environmental process for this project allow us to move forward to break ground on construction early next year.” <P> Section 611(g) of the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act allows the settlement parties to renegotiate the existing cost-share of the project should the real costs exceed the original estimated costs. After nearly a year of negotiations, settlement parties reached an agreement that contains approximately $15 million in cost-savings measures and additional financial commitments from the partners. <P> With the 611(g) agreement negotiated, the Department of the Interior was able to finalize the environmental compliance process with a decision to construct the Pojoaque Basin regional water system. The preferred alternative selected will result in the least ground disturbance and the lowest cost for both construction and operation. The Pojoaque Basin regional water system is part of the Aamodt Settlement Agreement and was authorized by Congress under the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act of 2010 to settle Indian water rights disputes in the Pojoaque Basin. <P> A total of five design alternatives for constructing the regional water system were considered in the environmental impact statement. The record of decision also approves two connected actions analyzed in the EIS. Reclamation prepared the record of decision in cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the four settlement Pueblos, New Mexico Department of Transportation, Santa Fe County and the City of Santa Fe. The decision made in the ROD is based on how this alternative helps offset the effects of groundwater pumping and in consideration of how the components of this alternative avoid or minimize potential environmental impacts, while providing a reliable, firm and safe supply of treated drinking water for distribution in the Pojoaque Basin in compliance with the Settlement Act. <P> <P> Reclamation announces grant funding available to develop local water management solutions
2019-09-13 14:30:00.0 WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation released a grant funding opportunity for communities to establish a new watershed group, expand an existing group and complete restoration planning efforts. The Cooperative Watershed Management Program encourages diverse stakeholders to form local solutions to address their water management needs. <P> A watershed group is a self-sustaining, non-regulatory, consensus-based group that is composed of a diverse array of stakeholders. Membership in a watershed group may include, but is not limited to, private property owners, non-profit organizations, federal, state, or local agencies, and tribes. <P> "This program brings local stakeholders together to collaborate on improving water reliability and management in their community. The intention of this is to facilitate locally driven and consensus-based solutions to complex water issues,” said Reclamation’s Program Manager Robin Graber. <P> Eligible applicants for this grant opportunity must be located in the western United States or a U.S. Territory. Entities in Hawaii and Alaska are also eligible to apply. States, tribes, local and special districts, local government entities, interstate organizations and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply to establish a new group. To expand a watershed management group, an existing watershed group or a participant in an existing watershed group is eligible to apply. <P> Up to $100,000 in federal funding will be available, with no more $50,000 available in each year of the two-year grant. A non-federal cost share is not required. <P> The funding opportunity is available at by searching for opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F010. The application deadline for 2019 funding is Nov. 13, 2019. <P> The Cooperative Watershed Management Program is part of the WaterSMART Program. Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with states, tribes, and local entities as they plan and implement actions to increase water supply reliability through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit <a href=""></a> to learn more. <P> <P> Reclamation joins Aamodt Settlement parties to sign agreement and present Record of Decision
2019-09-13 07:15:00.0 Reclamation joins Aamodt Settlement parties to sign agreement and present Record of Decision <P> SANTA FE, NM - The Bureau of Reclamation’s Commissioner Brenda Burman will join officials from the State of New Mexico, Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso and Tesuque and Santa Fe County to sign an agreement to move toward construction of a water system to bring safe drinking water to the Pueblos and part of Santa Fe County. In addition to signing the agreement that renegotiated cost shares and cost savings measures in the project under the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act, Commissioner Burman will deliver the signed decision document completing the final environmental impact statement process for construction. <P> Who: Reclamation’s Commissioner Burman and partners in the Aamodt Indian Water Rights Settlement. <P> What: Formal signing of the 611(g) agreement under the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act and presentation of the Record of Decision on the final environmental impact statement process for the construction of the Pojoaque regional water system. <P> When: Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 10 a.m. <P> Where: Buffalo Thunder Resort, 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87506 <P> Why: To learn more about the latest developments in the process to construct the Pojoaque regional water system under the Aamodt Indian Water Rights Settlement. Which include components that will avoid or minimize potential environmental impacts, and provide reliable, firm and safe supply of treated drinking water for distribution in the Pojoaque Basin in compliance with the Settlement Act. <P> <P> Reclamation authorizes Swan Lake land use for transmission line project near Klamath Falls
2019-09-12 16:58:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation issued a Right-of-Use authorization Thursday that allows for the construction of a transmission line project on two remote 40-acre parcels east of Klamath Falls, Oregon. The 19-acre Swan Lake North Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project site, adjacent to the Lost River, will be used to construct and maintain an electrical transmission line, associated right-of-way, four mono-poles that support the transmission line and temporary access roads. The authorization permits Swan Lake North Hydro LLC to develop a 393.3-megawatt hydropower generating facility through a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for private development. Reclamation adopted and re-circulated the FERC’s Final Environmental Impact Statement on July 19, 2019 and signed a Record of Decision Thursday authorizing public land use. <P> Reclamation worked with FERC on the development of the Final EIS beginning in 2016. <P> The Final EIS is available here: <a href=""></a>; view the ROD here: <a href=""></a>. <P> For more information about the ROD, contact Laura Williams at 541-880-2581 or <a href=""></a>. <P> Reclamation notifies public of Folsom Dam training exercise
2019-09-12 12:19:00.0 FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in cooperation with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department/Folsom Dam Security Bureau, City of Folsom Police and Fire Departments, and California State Parks will conduct a full-scale training exercise at Folsom Dam on September 18. <P> The public may see emergency response vehicles and personnel throughout the day participating in the exercise at the dam or on the surrounding federal property. <P> Folsom-Auburn Road and the Folsom Lake Crossing bridge will remain open throughout the exercise which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., some areas of Beals Point will be roped off, but the park will remain open. <P> Reclamation regularly conducts exercises at its facilities in coordination with local emergency response agencies to practice plans and operating procedures, develop expertise and build good working relationships and communication with local responders. Reclamation’s top priority is the safety of the public, employees, property and facilities. Practicing these emergency response plans is essential to being prepared in the event of a real emergency. <P> For additional information, contact Brionna Ruff at <a href=""></a>or 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> Reclamation crews work to improve Rio Grande flows to Elephant Butte Reservoir
2019-09-12 08:52:00.0 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Bureau of Reclamation construction crews are working to realign a portion of the Rio Grande around a sediment plug that has formed within the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. This construction work will ensure that water is effectively delivered to Elephant Butte Reservoir. <P> Large equipment will be working in the area for about two months as crews excavate a channel that formed naturally this year during high flows. While water levels were high, water continued to flow around the plugged area with minimal reductions in flow reaching Elephant Butte. The Bosque del Apache stretch of the river began to naturally dry last week due to reduced flows on the mainstem of the Rio Grande and continued high temperatures, allowing Reclamation construction crews improved access to the area. <P> “The Rio Grande used to migrate back and forth across the valley, choosing its own path,” said Albuquerque Area Manager Jennifer Faler. “Whenever we have a lot of water like we had this summer, the river channel at this location fills with sediment and starts to seek a better flow path. This year, we had already completed the analysis and environmental compliance and were ready to start the work needed to allow the river to move to the lower, eastern side of the floodplain.” <P> The Rio Grande is being rerouted in an area that has historically plugged with sediment during high flow years. Sediment plugs occur at this location because the river channel is perched above the adjacent floodplain. Most of the sediment in the river moves along the bottom of the channel. As water levels rise above the river banks during high flows, water leaves the main channel and inundates the overbank area. The water remaining in the channel becomes concentrated with sediment, which deposits rapidly and fills the main channel with sand. Channel plugging most recently occurred in 2017. <P> The realignment project aims to reduce plugging, improve downstream water delivery and direct water away from important riverside infrastructure. This pilot project within Reclamation’s River Maintenance Program will provide data and could lead to additional realignment work in the area. <P> Reclamation hydrologists continue to monitor and model river flows. Reclamation will also coordinate with the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission to remove a separate sediment plug that has developed directly above the Elephant Butte Reservoir pool. <P> <P> Groundbreaking begins on Truckee River to improve cutthroat trout passage at Derby Dam
2019-09-11 12:53:00.0 SPARKS, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation joined its partners today at Derby Dam to celebrate the start of a $23.3-million infrastructure project that promises to greatly improve passage for Lahontan cutthroat trout journeying to upstream rearing and spawning habitat for the first time in a century. <P> Officials from Reclamation, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service broke ground to begin installing an 80-ft-wide by 390-ft-long horizontal fish screen at Derby Dam. The 110-year-old dam is the first irrigation structure designed by Reclamation and part of a system that provides water to 57,000 acres of cropland in the Lahontan Valley near Fallon and bench lands near Fernley in western Nevada. <P> "For more than a century, Reclamation has provided reliable water to the West. Since Derby Dam's construction, our mission has evolved with new technology and diverse conservation and water management strategies so that we carefully balance the needs of farmers and families with natural resource protection," said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. "This fish passage project is a critical investment in modernizing our infrastructure to provide reliable water supplies in an environmentally sound manner." <P> Two decades of focused efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex and Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe have helped the Lahontan cutthroat trout's passage from Pyramid Lake, past Derby Dam, to the lower Truckee River for spawning. Installation of the screen will substantially improve fish access and significantly aid in the recovery of the cutthroat trout. <P> "The Derby Dam fish screen groundbreaking marks the culmination of a long-standing partnership between the Service, Reclamation and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, to conserve Nevada's precious terminal lake ecosystem and recover a federally threatened sportfish - the Lahontan cutthroat trout. The fish screen will allow this iconic species to travel beyond Derby Dam, from Pyramid Lake to their spawning grounds, for the first time in more than a century," said Jody Holzworth, Deputy Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. <P> "Over the years, the Service and our partners have made significant progress in supporting the Lahontan cutthroat trout, including through the creation of the Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex, the reestablishment of a fish population in Pyramid Lake, and now with the investment of a fish screen at Derby Dam. These efforts will enhance recreation and angling opportunities in northern Nevada and the ability of this species to recover," she added. <P> The fishway project has three components: the fish passage on river left of the Derby Dam structure, modification to automate two Derby Dam river gates to maintain the required pool to allow the correct water flow through the fish passage and a fish screen to allow for fish entrained in the Truckee Canal to return to the Truckee River. <P> In 2001, Reclamation and the Service designed and completed a fish bypass around Derby Dam; the fish passage structure was not yet able to be used for fish migration because there was no fish screen on the dam to prevent fish from being diverted to the Carson River. <P> At that stage, the two agencies began reviewing different fish screen designs to implement the fish protection portion of the Derby Dam fish passage improvements. Reclamation selected the horizontal fish screen technology and entered into a cooperative agreement with Farmers Conservation Alliance for its design, construction and commissioning. <P> The screen is designed to work with the diverted flow of water, providing fish protection by allowing fish and debris to move above and over the surface of the screen. <P> Construction of the screen is expected to be completed in fall 2020. <P> The construction of Derby Dam, completed in 1905, was the first project designed by the newly formed U.S. Reclamation Service, now Bureau of Reclamation, organized under the Reclamation Act of 1902. Today, Reclamation oversees infrastructure that delivers water to more than 31 million people and provides one out of five western farmers with irrigation water for 10 million acres of farmland. <P> <P> Reclamation and DWR to restore floodplain habitat for endangered salmon in the Yolo Bypass
2019-09-10 14:24:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with the California Department of Water Resources, today announced its decision to move forward with a restoration project to improve fish passage and increase floodplain fisheries-rearing habitat in the Yolo Bypass. <P> “This is a major milestone for habitat restoration in the Central Valley and an important part of working toward improving conditions for salmon and sturgeon and water supply reliability in California,” said Reclamation Mid-Pacific Regional Director Ernest Conant. “We appreciate the work of our local and state partners as we’ve moved toward this crucial goal. We look forward to coordination with landowners in the bypass.” <P> The project will reconnect the floodplain for fish during the winter season and improve connectivity within the bypass and to the Sacramento River by allowing up to 6,000 cubic feet of water per second to flow through new east side gates on the Fremont Weir. The project seeks to benefit juvenile salmon on their way out to the ocean and adults moving upstream to their spawning grounds. Juvenile salmon will be able to feed on the food-rich floodplains and grow. Improvements will also reduce stranding and migratory delays of adult salmon and sturgeon due to passage barriers. <P> The ROD was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act after completing thorough environmental review, public outreach and required permitting. The documents are available at <a href=""></a>. <P> To request a copy of the documents, contact Ben Nelson at 916-414-2424 (TTY 800-877-8339) or <a href=""></a>. Hard copies of the documents can be reviewed at the Bureau of Reclamation, Bay-Delta Office, 801 I Street, Suite 140, Sacramento, CA. Call to make an appointment (916-414-2400). <P> For additional information on the Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project, visit <a href=""></a>. <P> Joyce Harris named senior advisor for information assurance, industrial control systems
2019-09-10 11:00:00.0 WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation announced it has selected Joyce Harris as the senior advisor for information assurance, industrial control systems. Harris will serve as the lead on intergovernmental initiatives and requirements associated with cybersecurity of facilities and systems related to hydropower delivery. <P> "Attacks against critical infrastructure systems are on the rise, increasing the risks to Reclamation's water and power systems throughout the West," said Director of Information Resources Karla Smiley. "Joyce has the necessary experience and background to lead this new office dedicated to protecting these critical networks." <P> Harris is currently Reclamation's chief information security officer where she leads Reclamation's information technology and industrial control system cybersecurity program including personnel, budget, policy enforcement, incident response and security awareness. She also leads a staff of highly technical cybersecurity specialists. <P> After several years in the private sector, she began her federal career with the Bureau of Land Management in 2007 as an information technology security specialist before joining Reclamation in 2010 to perform a similar role and serve as the North American Electric Reliability Council Critical Infrastructure Program compliance manager. In this position, she led internal security assessments, advised senior management on security issues, performed incident response activities, and led external audit activities. <P> Harris graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Systems/Political Science/Public Administration. <P> <P> Reclamation advances water delivery project for Navajo and Jicarilla Apache Nations
2019-09-09 10:10:00.0 DURANGO, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation invites members of the press and public to a meeting to continue negotiations with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. The purpose of these negotiations is to agree to terms for an operations, maintenance and replacement contract for the federally-owned Cutter Lateral features of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, located near Bloomfield, New Mexico. <P> This operations, maintenance and replacement contract for Cutter Lateral will facilitate water delivery to the Navajo and Jicarilla Apache Nations. The negotiations and subsequent contract provide the legal mechanism for delivery of the Navajo Nation’s Settlement Water in the state of New Mexico. WHAT: Public meeting to negotiate the Cutter Lateral operations, maintenance and replacement contract. <P> WHEN: Friday, September 13, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. <P> WHERE: Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, Walter F. Wolf Conference Room 2nd Floor GM Suite, Indian Navajo Route 12, Fort Defiance, AZ 86504 <P> WHY: The contract to be negotiated will provide terms and conditions for the operation, maintenance and replacement of specific project features. All negotiations are open to the public as observers and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments pertaining to the contract during a thirty-minute comment period following the negotiation session. <P> The proposed contract and other pertinent documents will be available at the negotiation meeting. They can also be obtained on our website at:, under Current Focus or by contacting Marc Miller at 185 Suttle Street, Suite 2, Durango, Colorado, 81303, 970-385-6541, <P> <P> Reclamation selects 63 projects to receive $4.1 million to improve water efficiency and reliability
2019-09-05 10:58:00.0 WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation has selected 63 projects to receive a total of $4.1 million for small-scale water efficiency grants. The grants will help the water entities use water more efficiently and improve water supply reliability in the western United States. <P> "This WaterSMART program improves water conservation and reliability for communities throughout the West," said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. "This cost-shared funding is providing an opportunity for these water providers and tribes to invest in using their water more efficiently." <P> Projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington will receive funding. For example, <ul> <li>The Central Colorado Water Conservancy District in Greeley, Colorado, will receive $75,000 to install supervisory control and data acquisition devices on 120 irrigation wells in northeast Colorado.</li> <li>The Pueblo of Zia in northern New Mexico will receive $70,320 to install 40 radio-read water meters at currently unmetered homes to access accurate water usage data.</li> <li>The Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District in Quincy, Washington, will receive $23,130 to upgrade a turnout gate to an automated gate that will enable automatic adjustments to flows for more reliable water deliveries to farms.</li> </ul> <P> Under this funding opportunity, applicants can request up to $75,000 in Reclamation funding and must contribute a non-federal cost-share of at least 50% of total project costs. Learn more at <a href=""></a>. <P> Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects are part of the WaterSMART Program. Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with states, tribes, and local entities as they plan and implement actions to increase water supply reliability through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit <a href=""></a> to learn more. <P> <P> <P> <P> Reclamation lowers Lake Mohave water level to aid with annual razorback sucker harvest
2019-09-04 12:39:00.0 Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation is currently lowering water levels in Lake Mohave to aid in harvesting razorback suckers from lakeside rearing ponds. The fish is an endangered species native to the Colorado River. The drawdown is part of annual river operations which are timed to coincide with conservation activities for the fish. Lake Mohave will steadily lower from its current elevation of 642 feet above mean sea level (msl) to an elevation of about 637 feet msl by the week of September 30 and remain at approximately the same elevation for the following few weeks. The lake level will begin to rise in late-October. Boaters may experience decreased access to ramps and should use caution when navigating the lake, as areas, especially downstream of Hoover Dam, will be shallower than normal. <P> Each year, Reclamation’s Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (LCR MSCP) gathers tens of thousands of newly hatched razorback sucker larvae from Lake Mohave and transfers the larvae to state and federal hatcheries throughout the Southwest. After an initial growth period in these hatcheries, many of the fish are placed in lakeside rearing ponds around Lake Mohave, where they continue to grow and learn how to forage for food. In the fall, these fish are harvested from the lakeside ponds, tagged with microchips, and released back into Lake Mohave. <P> The project is part of Reclamation’s continuing collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona State University, and the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The LCR MSCP is a multi-agency effort to accommodate water and power needs while conserving species and their habitats along the river. More information about conservation efforts for razorback suckers is available at <P> Lake Mohave is located above Davis Dam on the Colorado River near Laughlin, Nevada. Updated information on water levels at Lake Mohave and other Lower Colorado River reservoirs is located at under Current Conditions. For current recreational information, visit the National Park Service website at <P> Reclamation notifies public of changing water levels at Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs due to end-of-season drawdown
2019-09-03 15:01:00.0 MILLS, Wyoming -- The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation in Mills, Wyoming, will be lowering the water level in Guernsey Reservoir as the 2019 irrigation season draws to a close. <P> Guernsey Reservoir levels are expected to remain at the normal summer reservoir level through September 8. Reclamation will begin drawing down Guernsey Reservoir on the morning of Monday, September 9. It is anticipated that the reservoir will drop 12 feet to reach elevation 4400.00 feet by September 17. After September 17, the drawdown of Guernsey reservoir will vary based on timing and downstream demand. Users should be aware of declining water levels. <P> Glendo Reservoir levels are expected to continue gradually declining and reach a water surface elevation near 4597.30 feet (approximately 165,000 acre-feet) around September 30. <P> The planned reservoir elevations may change in response to changing water demands. <P> Boaters, recreationists, and irrigators should take proper precautions regarding changing river flows between Glendo and Guernsey Reservoirs and the lowering of Guernsey Reservoir. <P> For more information on water levels at Guernsey or Glendo Reservoir, contact Shane Hayden at 307-261-5647 or <a href=""></a> <P> Reclamation to begin maintenance activities on the Bypass Canal
2019-09-03 14:38:00.0 Yuma, Ariz. – Reclamation announced today that repairs to the U.S. Bypass Drain, which carries irrigation drainage water from farming operations in the Wellton and South Gila valleys to the Yuma Desalting Plant and on to the Ciénega de Santa Clara, will begin on September 5. <P> Targeted as a high-priority project for completion this year, Reclamation has hired a contractor to begin work along the Bypass Canal in the United States. Work will include the removal of existing sediment and debris inside the canal, replacement of damaged concrete panels, patching of headwalls and replacement of damaged safety ladders. <P> This work has been coordinated with Mexico through the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, and will include monitoring of water flows, wildlife and vegetation in both countries. <P> During construction, Reclamation will temporarily divert canal flows around the construction site into the Limitrophe below Morelos Dam at the Main Outlet Drain Extension (MODE) 3 diversion structure for a period of approximately 120 days (through the end of 2019). The public is encouraged to avoid construction areas to ensure safety. The water to be discharged is composed entirely of return flows from irrigated agriculture. Therefore, the water is not potable. The public should not drink the water, nor should it be used for swimming. Signs to alert the public to avoid contact with the irrigation return flows for the remainder of 2019 will be installed along the Colorado River. <P> Any questions about the upcoming project should be addressed to Mr. Christopher Wallis, Resource Management Chief, Bureau of Reclamation, 7301 Calle Agua Salada, Yuma, AZ 85364. Questions can also be submitted by e-mail to: <P> <P>