Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69503 Jason Wagner selected as Reclamation's 2020 Engineer of the Year
2020-02-12 12:18:00.0 WASHINGTON - Jason Wagner, P.E., a civil engineer, is the Bureau of Reclamation's 2020 Engineer of the Year for his work on designing fish passage structures around the West. He will be recognized by the National Society of Professional Engineers at an awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C., on February 14, 2020. <P> “Jason’s work has been important to Reclamation, its partners and the American public,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “His cutting-edge work as an engineer has led to projects that protect fish while ensuring water delivery commitments.” <P> Wagner is recognized for his work on fish passage design. For the past five years, he has served as the technical design lead for the novel Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage Facility in Washington, a project that involves more than 200 engineers, scientists, architects, and hydraulic modelers. The project united federal, state, city, tribal, agricultural, and environmental organizations to support the restoration of sockeye salmon in the Yakima River basin. The total project cost is estimated at about $200 million. <P> He has also led or played a significant role in the designs of the Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project, Coleman National Fish Hatchery facility improvements, Link River Dam fish ladder and Nimbus Dam Fish Hatchery fish ladder. Additionally, he has served on various senior level planning reviews related to the San Joaquin River Restoration and Klamath Basin Fish Screening and Passage. <P> Wagner is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and is registered as a project management professional. <P> Reclamation would also like to recognize the 2020 Regional Engineer of the Year, Jay Bytheway. He made great contributions to Reclamation through value engineering. Value engineering studies show significant ways to improve performance, reliability, quality, safety and life-cycle costs of projects within Reclamation. On projects Bytheway has participated in, the value engineering studies have shown a maximum projected savings of $74 million. He works for Reclamation in Interior Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin in Salt Lake City, Utah. <P> To learn more about the state-of-the-art helix design at the Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage Facility, watch the video at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj3OVV8jXPU">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj3OVV8jXPU</a>. <P> <img src="https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2020/02/wagnerfield.jpg" alt="Wagner standing in front of the construction of the Cle Elum project." width="75%"><br /> <small>Jason Wagner is standing at the construction project for the Cle Elum Fish Passage.</small> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69483 Reclamation awards $3.5 million for 19 projects that will inform water management decisions
2020-02-11 14:00:00.0 WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation selected 19 projects to receive $3.5 million in WaterSMART Applied Science Grants to develop tools and information that will inform and support water management decisions. These projects will be matched by more than $4.5 million, non-federal cost-match, supporting a total project cost of $8 million. <P> “Water managers need the most updated information to ensure they are making the best water management decisions," said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. "Applied Science Grants fund tool development and studies that help make western water more reliable." <P> The projects selected are as follows: <P> <ul> <li>City of Sierra Vista (Arizona), Web-based Hydrologic Information Portal for the Upper San Pedro Basin, $99,000</li> <li>Mojave Water Agency (California), Integrated Model Development and Alternatives Evaluation, $150,000</li> <li>Pala Band of Mission Indians (California), Pala Tribe Innovative Practices in Hydrologic Data Acquisition and Use for Water Management, $55,120</li> <li>Point Blue Conservation Science (California), California Central Valley Wetlands Water Budget Tool Development, $150,000</li> <li>Rancho California Water District (California), Groundwater Modeling Enhancement for the Murrietta-Temecula Groundwater Basin, $195,000</li> <li>University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (California), A California Crop Coefficient Database to Enhance Agricultural Water Demand Estimations and Irrigation Scheduling, $299,627</li> <li>University of California, Merced (California), Defining the Rain-Snow Transition Zone in the Northern Sierra Nevada, $299,976</li> <li>Colorado Water Conservation Board (Colorado), Arkansas River Colors of Water and Forecasting Tool, $150,000</li> <li>The Henry's Fork Foundation (Idaho), Predictive Hydrologic Modeling and Real-Time Data Access to Support Water Resources Management, $273,211</li> <li>Idaho Power Company (Idaho), Precipitation Modeling Tools to Improve Water Supply Reliability, $300,000</li> <li>Desert Research Institute (Nevada), Quantifying Environmental Water Requirements for Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems, $296,740</li> <li>New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico Water Data Initiative and Regional Pilot Project for Improved Data Management and Decision Support Tool in the Lower Pecos Valley, $300,000</li> <li>Office of the State Engineer/Interstate Stream Commission (New Mexico), Developing a Projection Tool for Rio Grande Compact Compliance, $141,272</li> <li>Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma), Improving Seasonal Streamflow Forecasts for Irrigation Districts by Incorporating Soil Moisture Information Derived from Remote Sensing, $88,476</li> <li>Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma), Applying Unmanned Systems for Water Quality Monitoring, $150,000</li> <li>Texas Water Trade (Texas), Modeling Aquifer Properties in the Contributing Zone of Comanche Springs, $150,000</li> <li>Gulf Coast Water Authority (Texas), Enhancement of Water Availability Models of the Lower Brazos Basin $30,000</li> <li>Utah State University (Utah), A Platform Toward an Early Warning System for Shortages in Colorado River Water Supply, $91,078</li> <li>Washington State University (Washington), Quantifying the State of Groundwater in the Columbia Basin with Stakeholder-Driven Monitoring, $299,940</li> </ul> <P> Learn more about all of the selected projects at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/appliedscience/">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/appliedscience/</a>. <P> Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with states, tribes and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply reliability through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a> to learn more. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69463 President Proposes $1.1 billion in Fiscal Year 2021 for Bureau of Reclamation
2020-02-10 12:00:00.0 WASHINGTON - President Trump today proposed a $1.1 billion Fiscal Year 2021 budget for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. The budget builds on recent accomplishments and supports the Administration’s goals of ensuring reliable and environmentally responsible delivery of water and power for farms, families, communities and industry, while providing tools to confront widening imbalances between supply and demand throughout the West. <P> “President Trump’s 2021 budget request for the Department is about investing in our people and public lands and waters," <strong>said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt</strong>. "He is committed to the mission of conservation and creating more public access for Americans to fully enjoy our national treasures and landscapes. This budget is a critical step in the right direction and provides a path to restore commonsense in our budgeting process.” <P> "This budget reaffirms the administration’s commitment to water and power reliability in the West," said Commissioner Brenda Burman. “A significant portion of this request is dedicated to improving existing infrastructure—including dams and reservoirs; creating better water and power certainty for farmers, families and communities; and meeting our environmental stewardship responsibilities.” <P> The proposed FY 2021 budget includes $979 million for Reclamation’s principal operating account (Water and Related Resources), which will fund operation, maintenance and rehabilitation activities—including dam safety—at Reclamation facilities. This account will also fund planning, construction, water conservation, management of Reclamation lands and efforts to address fish and wildlife habitat needs. It builds on the 2019 Biological Opinion and upcoming record of decision for the Central Valley Project in California by providing $33.0 million to implement the California Bay-Delta Program to help address California’s current water supply and ecological challenges and $55.9 million for the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund to protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and associated habitats in the Central Valley and Trinity River Basins. It also provides $60.0 million to develop, evaluate, and directly implement Reclamation-wide policy, rules and regulation as well as other administrative functions. <P> Specific funding within the Water and Related Resources operating account will also build on 2020 spending to continue work on the Arkansas Valley Conduit project, which will provide an alternate clean drinking water supply to rural communities grappling with groundwater contamination issues. <P> The proposed budget includes $103.2 million in appropriations for extraordinary maintenance (XM) activities across Reclamation—part of a strategy to improve asset management and deal with aging infrastructure to ensure continued reliable delivery of water and power. Examples of XM expenditures include spillway repairs, modifying fish screens, hydroelectric generator maintenance and rewinds, and pumping plant gate maintenance and replacements. 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 2021 budget request includes a total of $112.1 million for Indian water rights settlements. This includes $43.6 million for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project to continue important construction work; $12.8 million for the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement; $4.0 million for the Aamodt Litigation Settlement; and $25.9 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 ($3.4 million). <P> The FY 2021 budget, through programs such as the Lower Colorado River Operations Program ($37.6 million) and the Central Valley Project ($141.5 million), will continue efforts in both areas to find long-term, comprehensive water supply solutions for farmers, families and communities in the Colorado River Basin and California. It builds on the incredible work of Colorado River partners and stakeholders to implement drought contingency plans in 2019 and funds federal government obligations under those DCPs. <P> Other highlights of Reclamation’s FY 2021 budget proposal include: <P> <ul> <li>$107.1 million for the <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/ssle/damsafety/index.html">Dam Safety Program</a> to effectively manage risks to the downstream public, property, project and natural resources and provide for risk management activities at Reclamation’s high and significant hazard dams.</li> <li>$30.3 million for ongoing authorized rural water projects to deliver water supplies to defined rural communities. This includes projects that benefit tribal nations such as the Mni Wiconi Project in South Dakota, the Pick Sloan-Missouri Basin Program – Garrison Diversion Unit in North Dakota, the Fort Peck Reservation/Dry Prairie Rural Water System in Montana, and the Rocky Boy’s/North Central Rural Water System in Montana.</li> <li>$2.9 million for the <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/dwpr/">Desalination and Water Purification Research Program</a> 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 <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/st/index.html">Science and Technology Program</a> to support continued science and technology projects; water and power technology prize competitions; technology transfer; and outreach activities that address critical water and power management issues.</li> <li>$27.3 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>$18.2 million for the <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/index.html">WaterSMART Program</a> 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> Additional details about Reclamation’s budget request are available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/budget">www.usbr.gov/budget</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69423 Reclamation to host Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group meeting
2020-02-10 07:07:00.0 TEMPE, Ariz. – The Bureau of Reclamation will host the winter meeting of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group Federal Advisory Committee on February 12 and 13 in Tempe, Arizona. The AMWG brings together diverse partners and stakeholders along the Colorado River to provide recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior regarding the operation of Glen Canyon Dam and related scientific research and management actions. <P> These meetings are open to the public. <P> What: AMWG Federal Advisory Committee Meeting <P> When: February 12, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (MST) and February 13, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (MST) <P> Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 7200 South Price Road, Tempe, Arizona 85283 <P> Discussion topics at this meeting include updates on current basin hydrology and projected reservoir operations; non-native fish issues; tribal and cultural resources; science results from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center; fiscal year 2020 budget and work plans; and other resource and administrative issues. AMWG members are appointed by the Secretary and include representatives from federal agencies, Native American tribes, Colorado River Basin states, environmental groups, recreation interests, and contractors for federal hydropower. <P> Visit the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program Adaptive Management Work Group website for more information, including webinar access, at https://www.usbr.gov/uc/progact/amp/amwg.html. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69443 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
2020-02-07 08:39:00.0 BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's February forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn River Basin is as follows: <P> • Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast to be approximately 1,216,400 acre-feet (af), which is 97% of the 30-year average of 1,256,400 af. <P> • Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 700,000 af, which is 94% of the 30-year average of 742,600 af. <P> • Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 645,000 af, which is 104% of the 30-year average of 617,400 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% of the 30-year average of 143,800 af. <P> • Wind River – April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 415,000 af, which is 95% of the 30-year average of 437,900 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> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69406 Statement from Commissioner Brenda Burman on President Donald J. Trump's State of the Union Address
2020-02-05 14:32:00.0 WASHINGTON – Commissioner of Reclamation Brenda Burman released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump's State of the Union Address. <P> "In 2018, President Trump directed Reclamation to further improve the reliability of water supplies for Americans in the West and we’re doing just that. At Reclamation, we worked with our partners to bring more water certainty in light of drought in important basins like the Colorado River; coordinated with regulatory agencies to improve operational flexibility of our water projects; worked to bring clean drinking water to rural and tribal communities; and have pushed to expand and improve much needed water infrastructure throughout the West. As directed by the President, we will continue to fight for more reliable water supplies for farms, communities, and fish and wildlife." <P> -- <b>Commissioner of Reclamation Brenda Burman </b> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69404 Reclamation welcomes Talmadge Oxford as area manager for Columbia-Cascades Area Office
2020-02-05 13:23:00.0 BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation announces Talmadge Oxford as area manager for the Columbia-Cascades Area Office in Interior Region 9: Columbia Pacific Northwest. Headquartered in Yakima, Wash., Oxford will oversee major field offices in Yakima and Ephrata, Wash., and Bend and Hermiston, Ore. He will manage Reclamation projects in Washington State, northern Idaho and western Montana, as well as central and western Oregon. <P> “Talmadge’s diverse background will bring new perspectives as we continue to make progress in water and power management and delivery in this basin,” said Regional Director Lorri Gray. <P> Prior to his new assignment, Oxford served as Interior Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin Power Area Office Manager. While there, he oversaw the operation and maintenance of four field offices associated with Colorado River Storage Project hydroelectric facilities: the Glen Canyon Field Division, Page, Ariz.; the Curecanti Field Division, Montrose, Colo.; the Flaming Gorge Field Division, Dutch John, Utah; and Elephant Butte Field Division in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. <P> A native of Dallas, Texas, Oxford began his Reclamation career in 2006 and has served in Boulder City, Nev.; Denver, Colo., and Salt Lake City, Utah. His previous assignments included Hoover Dam Operations Director, Program Manager, and Deputy Power Manager. <P> “The Columbia-Cascades Area Office is doing great things to help fulfill Reclamation’s mission as water managers in the West,” Oxford said. “I look forward to working with our stakeholders to plan for future water needs through the most efficient uses of water resources,” he added. <P> Oxford brings over 36 years of experience to the Columbia–Pacific Northwest Region. He will begin serving in his new role in March. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69403 Reclamation allocates $120 million to tribal water projects
2020-02-05 10:22:00.0 WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman initiated the first annual allocation of $120 million from the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund for Indian water rights settlements. The allocation will provide important funding for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in northern New Mexico and water projects on the Blackfeet Reservation in northwestern Montana. <P> “This funding represents an investment in vital water infrastructure for tribal communities,” said Commissioner Burman. “Reclamation remains focused on meeting our Indian water rights settlement commitments and helping to fulfill the Department of the Interior’s Indian trust responsibilities.” <P> Specific amounts under this allocation include: <P> <u>Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project - $100 million</u>. The Navajo Gallup Water Supply project is a key element of the Navajo Nation Water Rights Settlement on the San Juan River in New Mexico. Construction of the project is well underway, with the first project water deliveries anticipated before the end of 2020. When fully complete, the project will provide reliable municipal, industrial, and domestic water supplies from the San Juan River to 43 Chapters of the Navajo Nation; the city of Gallup, New Mexico; the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry; and the southwest portion of the Jicarilla Apache Nation Reservation. <P> <u>Blackfeet Settlement - $20 million</u>. The “Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act” authorizes Reclamation to plan, design and construct facilities to supply domestic water and support irrigation—including developing new water infrastructure on the Blackfeet Reservation, located in northwestern Montana. Under the Settlement Act, Reclamation will plan, design and construct the Blackfeet Regional Water System, which at full buildout will serve an estimated 25,000 reservation residents in the communities of Browning, Heart Butte, Babb, East Glacier, and Blackfoot, as well as rural farms and ranches. <P> Today’s allocation is in accordance with the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-11), which established the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund, detailed how funding is to be deposited into the fund, and described the way the fund is to be expended. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69363 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation: A Joint Commitment to the Nation’s Water Infrastructure
2020-02-03 10:00:00.0 WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation recently released <em>The State of the Infrastructure: A Joint Report by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers</em>. The two agencies have a long history of collaboration to construct, operate and maintain the nation’s crucial water-related infrastructure. <P> National water-related infrastructure provides water supply, hydroelectric power generation, navigation, flood control, recreation and other benefits. Combined, the Army Corps and Reclamation oversee and manage more than 1,200 dams, 153 hydroelectric power plants, over 5,000 recreation areas, 25,000 miles of navigable waterways and tens of thousands of miles of canals and other water conveyance infrastructure. Those facilities provide enough water for 130 million people and irrigation for 10 million acres of farmland. And, combined hydroelectric power plants generate renewable electricity for 10 million homes. <P> “Millions of people rely on this infrastructure for their water, their food, and their electricity,” said Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tim Petty, Ph.D. "This partnership is important; it helps us coordinate attention and resources to ensure that infrastructure is robust and well-maintained. I appreciate the partnership between Reclamation and the Army Corps and look forward to continued success moving forward.” <P> The partnership between the Army Corps and Reclamation brings together a wide array of resources that serve to enrich public services as well as water resource management and environmental protection. The agencies regularly assess the health, safety and sufficiency of existing infrastructure and continually work to upgrade aging infrastructure and construct new projects to meet the needs of families, farms and communities. <P> "This report provides visibility to the public on the vast and diverse federal portfolio of water-related infrastructure our agencies maintain and their value to the safety and economic prosperity of the nation" said Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) R.D. James. "This is a great example of how the Army Corps' partners and collaborates with other agencies on water-related infrastructure by sharing challenges, best practices and strategies to utilize resources to most efficiently and effectively maintain this critical infrastructure". <P> Affordable power production, reliable water supply, navigation, flood risk reduction, and recreation have a positive impact on the Nation’s economy and are a daily way of life for countless Americans. The rigorous and systematic maintenance programs both agencies use ensure these precious water-related resources will be available for years to come. <P> Ongoing attention to the Nation’s water-related infrastructure will provide maximum value to the American people. The Army Corps and Reclamation are jointly committed to the management and maintenance of this critical infrastructure both today and in the future. <P> The report is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/infrastructure">www.usbr.gov/infrastructure</a>. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69343 Reclamation extends comment period on alternatives to reduce salinity and improve water quality in the Colorado River
2020-01-31 09:32:00.0 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation is extending the public comment period on a draft Environmental Impact Statement that analyzes alternatives to reduce salinity in the Colorado River from sources in the Paradox Valley in western Colorado. The public comment period now closes February 19, 2020. <P> Currently, the Paradox Valley Unit in Montrose County, Colorado, is intercepting naturally occurring brine and injecting it 16,000 feet underground via a deep injection well. The PVU began operating in 1996 and is nearing the end of its useful life. The United States has a water quality obligation to control salt in the Colorado River, in compliance with the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Act and a 1944 treaty with Mexico. <P> Reclamation is preparing an EIS and has released a draft for public review and comment. Alternatives analyzed in the draft EIS include a new injection well; evaporation ponds; zero liquid discharge technology; and no action, which would result in no salinity control in the Paradox Valley. <P> The draft Environmental Impact Statement is available online at www.usbr.gov/uc/progact/paradox/index.html or a copy can be requested by contacting Reclamation. <P> Reclamation will consider all comments received by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on February 19, 2020. Those interested may submit comments by email to paradoxeis@usbr.gov or to Ed Warner, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Avenue, Suite 221, Grand Junction, CO 81501. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69323 Reclamation announces 60-day public comment period for Stony Creek Water District’s draft repayment contract
2020-01-29 16:15:00.0 REDDING, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announced a 60-day public comment period for the Stony Creek Water District draft repayment contract. This draft contract provides project water service and facilities’ repayment pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). <P> Section 4011 of the WIIN Act directs Reclamation to convert water service and existing repayment contracts for construction cost prepayments upon the contractor’s request. <P> The contract is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html</a>. <P> Written comments must be received by the close of business on March 30, 2020, and sent to Jacob Berens, Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 1140 W. Wood Street, Willows, CA 95988, or faxed to 530-934-7679, or emailed to <a href="mailto:jberens@usbr.gov">jberens@usbr.gov</a>. <P> For more information or to request a copy of the draft contract, call 530-892-6203 (TTY 800-877-8339). Other WIIN Act information may be viewed at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69305 Reclamation Announces 60-Day Public Comment Period for the Draft Repayment Contract for the Bella Vista Water District
2020-01-28 16:47:00.0 REDDING, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announces a 60-day public comment period for the Bella Vista Water District draft repayment contract. This draft contract provides project water service and facilities repayment pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). <P> Section 4011 of the WIIN Act directs Reclamation to convert water service and existing repayment contracts for construction cost prepayments upon the contractor’s request. <P> The contract is available at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html</a>. <P> Written comments must be received by the close of business on March 30, 2020, and sent to Jacob Berens, Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 1140 W. Wood St., Willows, CA 95988, or faxed to 530-934-7679, or emailed to jberens@usbr.gov. <P> For more information or to request a copy of the draft contract, call 530-892-6203 (TTY 800-877-8339). Other WIIN Act information may be viewed at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69304 Reclamation announces 60-day public comment period for Shasta community services district’s draft repayment contract
2020-01-28 16:31:00.0 REDDING, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announces a 60-day public comment period for the Shasta Community Services District draft repayment contract. This draft contract provides project water service and facilities repayment pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). <P> Section 4011 of the WIIN Act directs Reclamation to convert water service and existing repayment contracts for construction cost prepayments upon the contractor’s request. <P> <p>The contract is available at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html</a>.</p> <P> Written comments must be received by the close of business on March 30, 2020, and sent to Jacob Berens, Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 1140 W. Wood Street, Willows, CA 95988, or faxed to 530-934-7679, or emailed to jberens@usbr.gov. <P> For more information or to request a copy of the draft contract, call 530-892-6203 (TTY 800-877-8339). Other WIIN Act information may be viewed at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69303 Reclamation announces City of West Sacramento’s water service contract negotiations
2020-01-28 16:12:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announces negotiation sessions for the City of West Sacramento’s water service contract. The dates and times of the negotiations are as follows: <P> February 3, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. City of West Sacramento Building 1110 West Capitol Avenue West Sacramento, CA 95691 <P> February 4, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. City of West Sacramento Building 1110 West Capitol Avenue West Sacramento, CA 95691 <P> February 5, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. City of West Sacramento Building 1110 West Capitol Avenue West Sacramento, CA 95691 <P> Contact Natalie Wolder for more information or assistance at nwolder@usbr.gov or 530-892-6275 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=69283 Reclamation welcomes Roland Springer as deputy regional director in Interior Region 9, Columbia–Pacific Northwest Region
2020-01-27 14:31:00.0 BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation announces Roland Springer as the deputy regional director for natural resources in its Columbia–Pacific Northwest Region. As deputy regional director, Springer will oversee programs related to basin-wide water management and operations, natural resources, and environmental services and related programs. <P> “Roland’s proactive approach to water management challenges will help us continue to promote reliable water supply and delivery in the West,” said Regional Director Lorri Gray. “I look forward to the wealth of experience he will bring to our regional leadership team.” <P> Prior to his new assignment, Springer served as Reclamation’s Snake River area manager, where he oversaw Reclamation facilities and activities throughout the Snake River basin, from eastern Oregon through western Wyoming. While in the Snake River Area Office, Springer oversaw completion of the new Minidoka Dam Spillway, served as the team lead on agency-wide safety efforts, and led feasibility efforts for new storage in the Boise River basin. <P> A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, he began his Reclamation career in 1999 and has served in Idaho; Salt Lake City; Boulder City, Nevada; and Washington, D.C. His previous assignments included water supply forecaster, Lower Colorado Region liaison in the Commissioner’s office, Congressional staffer, and field manager. Springer also established multi-state Colorado River water management agreements during his tenure in the LC Region. Additionally, he spent time as a consulting water resources engineer and a management consultant to federal agency leaders. <P> “The Columbia–Pacific Northwest Region plays a vital role in managing water in the West, and I’m excited to join regional efforts to help fulfill this important mission,” said Springer. <P> Springer holds civil engineering and MBA degrees from MIT and Cornell University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Utah as well as a Project Management Professional. Roland and his family make their home in Boise, Idaho. He will begin serving in his new role in February. <P>