Reclamation News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from the Bureau of Reclamation https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64323 Traffic to be temporarily detoured on County 16th and Avenue C near Yuma to accommodate new sewer pipeline installation
2019-01-18 11:46:00.0 Yuma, Ariz. – The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that traffic will be detoured on County 16th and Avenue C beginning January 23 to accommodate the excavation and installation of a new sewer pipeline. The road is scheduled to reopen to traffic on January 25. <P> Questions or comments about the pipeline installation should be directed to Jeff Sanderson at (928) 343-8332 or via email at jsanderson@usbr.gov. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64303 Bureau of Reclamation names Ernest A. Conant Mid-Pacific Regional Director
2019-01-17 15:12:00.0 WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman today named Ernest A. Conant director of the Mid-Pacific Region. Conant has nearly 40 years of water law experience and previously served as senior partner of Young Wooldridge, LLP. <P> “Ernest has been at the forefront of California water for nearly four decades, advocating for water for both agriculture and municipalities,” said Commissioner Burman. “His experience with California water will serve our Mid-Pacific Region well as we continue to develop new, innovative strategies to meet the needs of water users.” <P> As director of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region, Conant will manage one of the nation's largest and most complex water projects, the Central Valley Project, as well as Oregon's Klamath Project; Nevada's Newlands, Humboldt, Washoe and Truckee Storage projects; and California's Cachuma, Orland, Santa Maria, Solano and Ventura River projects. <P> Most recently, Conant served as chair of the Water/Special Districts/Environmental Law Practice Group for Young Wooldridge where he was involved in negotiating major water agreements and has led water banking and other storage initiatives. <P> Conant, whose family has been farming in California for six generations, was born in the northern California city of Marysville. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he was named Outstanding Senior by the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In 1984-86, he participated in the Class XV California Agricultural Leadership Program. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University in 1979. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64203 New Melones Lake announces winter recreation operations
2019-01-11 12:50:00.0 SONORA, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation announced today revised recreation area winter operations at New Melones Lake beginning January 22. These seasonal changes allow Reclamation to perform facility maintenance and enable natural resource recovery.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <P> <ul> <li>Closed Tuttletown Recreation Area facilities: Acorn Campground and Fiddleneck Group Camp</li> <li>Closed Glory Hole Recreation Area facilities: Big Oak Campground and Osprey Point Day-Use Area</li> <li>Open Tuttletown Recreation Area facilities: All day-use areas, including the boat launch; Manzanita Campground, Chamise Campground and Oak Knoll Group Camp</li> <li>Open Glory Hole Recreation Area facilities: All day-use areas, including the two boat launches; Ironhorse Campground</li> </ul> <P> All Tuttletown and Glory Hole Recreation Areas’ campgrounds and day-use areas will open April 1. <P> The New Melones Lake Administration Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located at 6850 Studhorse Flat Road in Sonora. For additional information on activities, directions, pet restrictions, or other questions, please call 209-536-9094, ext. 0, or visit the New Melones Lake website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/newmelones/index.html</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64183 Reclamation Issues Snowmelt Forecast for Bighorn River Basin
2019-01-10 00:00:00.0 BILLINGS, Mont. -- Reclamation's January forecast of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn Basin is as follows: <P> • Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast at 810,100 acre-feet (af), which is 66 percent of the 30 year average of 1,221,100 af. <P> • Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Reservoir is forecast at 650,000 af, which is 88 percent of the 30 year average of 734,600 af. <P> • Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 400,000 af, which is 66 percent of the 30 year average of 603,300 af. <P> • Bull Lake Reservoir - April through July snowmelt runoff into Bull Lake Reservoir from Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 110,000 af, which is 77 percent of the 30 year average of 143,200 af. <P> • Wind River – April through July snowmelt runoff into the Wind River above Bull Lake Creek is expected to be 350,000 af, which is 80 percent of the 30 year average of 435,000 af. <P> For additional information on Buffalo Bill, Boysen, and Bull Lake Reservoirs, contact Wyoming Area Manager Carlie Ronca at 307-261-5671. For additional information on Yellowtail Reservoir, contact Montana Area Manager Steve Davies at 406-247-7298. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64143 Bureau of Reclamation releases Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment for Arizona Heritage Trail System
2019-01-09 10:23:00.0 Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation today released a Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment for the Arizona Heritage Trail System within Lake Mead National Recreation Area. <P> The Draft EA was released for public comment in April 2017. <P> The FONSI and EA were prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available on the Reclamation internet site at: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html. For questions on the project or to request a compact disk or paper copy of the FONSI and EA, please contact Ms. Faye Streier at 702-293-8132 or fstreier@usbr.gov. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64125 Robert Pike Named Bureau of Reclamation's Chief of Dam Safety
2019-01-07 14:45:00.0 WASHINGTON - Robert Pike, P.E., has been selected as the Bureau of Reclamation's Chief of Dam Safety. Pike will oversee the Dam Safety Program, which evaluates safety deficiencies and implements proactive solutions at dams across Reclamation. <P> "Reclamation and its partners work to ensure that its dams do not present unreasonable risks to people, property, or the environment," Security, Safety and Law Enforcement Director Karen Knight said. "Bob will use his extensive experience to work with our local, regional and national partners to manage risk at each of our facilities." <P> The Dam Safety Program is composed of two components, The Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams and Initiating Safety of Dams Corrective Actions Program. The Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams program is responsible for performing site evaluations and to identify dams that pose an increased risk to the public and to complete the related analyses needed to expedite corrective action decisions and safeguard the public and associated resources. The Initiating Safety of Dams Corrective Actions program focuses on evaluating and implementing actions to resolve safety concerns at Reclamation dams. <P> Pike joined Reclamation more than 30 years ago after graduating from Montana State University when he started as a rotation engineer working on a rehabilitation and betterment project in Riverton, Wyoming. He also served as an engineer in the Great Plains Regional Office Water Rights and Reservoir Operations as well as the Great Plains Region Dam Safety Coordinator before moving to Denver in 2011 where he served as the Great Plains Region Program Manager in the Dam Safety Office. <P> He was named the deputy chief of the Dam Safety Office in 2014. Pike is a Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado. He is a member of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, United States Society on Dams, and the Centre for Energy Advancement through Technology Innovation. <P> To learn more about Reclamation's Dam Safety Program, please visit: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/ssle/damsafety/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/ssle/damsafety/index.html</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64103 Reclamation finalizes Klamath Project Biological Assessment
2019-01-02 12:33:00.0 KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation completed the Final Biological Assessment on “The Effects of the Proposed Action to Operate the Klamath Project from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2029 on Federally-Listed Threatened and Endangered Species.” The document was submitted Dec. 21, 2018 to the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The 2018 BA was written as Reclamation’s portion of the reinitiation of consultation with the services. Reclamation believes all information necessary to continue and complete the formal consultation process with the services has been provided. However, exchange of information will continue during the development of the services’ coordinated biological opinion which is anticipated to be complete before the 2019 irrigation season. <P> The BA contains: (1) a detailed description of the Klamath Project and its operation; (2) a description of the specific area that may be affected by the action and the environmental baseline; (3) a description of Endangered Species Act-listed species and critical habitat; (4) a description of the effects of the proposed action on ESA-listed species and associated critical habitat; and (5) other relevant available information incorporated by reference and citation. The information in the BA represents the best scientific and commercial data available. <P> Reclamation’s proposed action analyzed in the BA proposes to continue to: store waters of Upper Klamath Lake (or UKL) and the Klamath and Lost rivers; operate the project for the delivery of water to meet authorized project purposes and contractual obligations inclusive of deliveries to national wildlife refuges; conduct routine maintenance activities on project facilities; and, implement conservation measures intended to minimize impacts of the proposed action. <P> The proposed action includes a water supply based operational strategy and consists of a water management approach for UKL and the Klamath and Lost rivers that mimic natural hydrologic conditions observed in the Upper Klamath Basin. This approach attempts to optimize the ecologic benefit of the available water supply, resulting in the ability to maximize the amount of remaining water available for the project while seeking to fill UKL during the fall/winter to increase the volumes available for the Environmental Water Account (including disease mitigation flows), UKL, and project irrigation supply during the spring/summer operational period. <P> Reclamation appreciates the contributions provided by tribes and key stakeholders during the development of the BA. <P> The 2018 BA and its appendices are available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao">www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao</a>. For additional information, contact Laura Williams at <a href="mailto:ljwilliams@usbr.gov">ljwilliams@usbr.gov</a or 541-880-2581 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64063 Reclamation accepting comments on Isabella Dam safety modification repayments
2019-01-02 11:25:00.0 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation is proposing a North Kern Water Storage District and Buena Vista Water Storage District repayment contract for Isabella Dam and facilities’ safety modifications. <P> The draft contract is available <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/warren-act/index.html" target="_blank">here</a> (see North Kern Water Storage District and Buena Vista Water Storage District, contract number 18-WC-20-5245). Comments are due by March 2, 2019. <P> Written comments on the draft contracts must be sent to Quentin Branch, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, MP-440, Sacramento, CA 95825-1898, faxed to 916-978-5292, or emailed to qbranch@usbr.gov. For additional information, please contact Branch at 916-978-5254 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64043 Reclamation releases draft Environmental Assessment for Clipper Center Lateral Pipeline Project
2018-12-21 07:58:00.0 GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment on the Clipper Center Lateral Pipeline Project located in Delta County, Colorado. The project would replace approximately 4.3 miles of open irrigation ditch with buried pipe. The purpose of the project is to prevent seepage and reduce salinity loading in the Colorado River Basin. <P> The draft FONSI and EA is available online at www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/index.html or a copy can be requested by contacting Reclamation. <P> Reclamation will consider all comments received by Monday, January 21, 2019. Submit comments by email to lmcwhirter@usbr.gov or to: Ed Warner, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave, Suite 221, Grand Junction, CO 81501. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=64003 Bureau of Reclamation releases Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment for WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant
2018-12-19 11:01:00.0 Boulder City, Nev. — The Bureau of Reclamation today released a Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment for a WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant to the Southern Nevada Water Authority. <P> Through the grant, Reclamation will provide a portion of the 2019-2020 funding for SNWA’s existing landscape rebate program; which provides a financial incentive for property owners to replace lawn with water-efficient landscaping. <P> The FONSI and EA were prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available on the Reclamation internet site at: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/envdocs.html. For questions on the project or to request a compact disk or paper copy of the FONSI and EA, please contact Ms. Faye Streier at 702-293-8132 or fstreier@usbr.gov. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63985 Traffic to be temporarily detoured on County 19th Street to accommodate new pipeline installation
2018-12-18 11:04:00.0 Yuma, AZ – Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office announced today that Quail Construction LLC., will begin detouring traffic on County 19th Street between Avenue C and Avenue D starting January 7. The detour will remain in effect through approximately January 22 to accommodate excavation and installation of a new groundwater pipeline. <P> Questions or comments about the pipeline installation should be directed to Ronnie Torres at (928) 343-8166 or via email at rjtorres@usbr.gov. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63984 Reclamation solicits proposals for hydropower development at Silver Jack Dam
2018-12-18 09:13:00.0 GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking proposals to lease the right to develop hydroelectric power at Silver Jack Dam, part of the Bostwick Park Project, located near Montrose, Colorado, under a Lease of Power Privilege (LOPP). <P> A LOPP is a contractual right given to a non-Federal entity to use a Reclamation facility for electric power generation consistent with Reclamation project purposes. The LOPP program promotes renewable hydropower energy development on Reclamation owned facilities and allows non-Federal entities to take advantage of existing infrastructure where there is potential to generate clean, renewable energy. Reclamation will collect a portion of the revenue generated by the hydropower project to be credited to the project to help cover current or future project expenses. LOPPs do not exceed 40 years. <P> Guidelines for submitting proposals must be followed and are available in a Federal Register Notice (83 FR 64871) located at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-18/pdf/2018-27299.pdf. No Federal funds will be available for this hydroelectric power development. <P> The potential lessee must submit a written proposal and seven copies on or before 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019. A proposal will only be considered if it is received at or before 4:00 p.m. on the designated date. Late proposals will not be considered. <P> Proposals can be sent or delivered to Ed Warner, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave, Suite 221, Grand Junction, CO 81501. <P> Technical data, including water release patterns, may be obtained by contacting Ryan Christianson at rchristianson@usbr.gov or 970-248-0652. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63964 Reclamation awards Boca Dam safety modification construction contract
2018-12-17 14:38:00.0 TRUCKEE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $19.7 million construction contract to NW Construction Inc. of Bozeman, Montana, for Boca Dam safety modifications. Boca Dam, 6 miles northeast of Truckee, will be modified to better resist seismic forces during an earthquake. <P> Construction may begin as early as April 2019 and continue until October 2020. During this time, Stampede Meadows Road will remain open with the use of traffic control, but the road over Boca Dam will be closed. Additionally, from June 2019 to November 2019 the reservoir will be operated 28 feet lower during construction. More information about the project can be found at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/boca">www.usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/boca</a> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63963 Reclamation announces availability of draft environmental assessment for Dutch Creek channel rehabilitation project
2018-12-17 14:19:00.0 WEAVERVILLE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, Trinity River Restoration Program, along with agency co-leads Bureau of Land Management and North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and cooperating agency Shasta-Trinity National Forest, announce the availability of a draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study for the proposed Dutch Creek channel rehabilitation project. <P> The Trinity River Restoration Program is a multi-agency program with eight partners forming the Trinity Management Council, as well as numerous other collaborators. The TRRP implements the 2000 Department of the Interior Record of Decision, which directs the Department to restore the Trinity River fisheries impacted by dam construction and related diversions of the Trinity River Division of the Central Valley Project. The TRRP proposes to construct the Dutch Creek channel rehabilitation project to increase salmon and steelhead habitat downstream of Lewiston Dam, and plans to implement within the next two years. The draft EA/IS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act and is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=36421">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=36421</a> or <a href="http://www.trrp.net/">http://www.trrp.net/</a>. The documents are also available for review at the TRRP office, 1313 Main Street, Weaverville, CA and the Trinity County Library, 351 Main Street, Weaverville, CA. <P> Comments will be accepted up to 30 days after the anticipated Dec. 19, 2018 publication of the legal notice in the Redding Record Searchlight, which would be on or around Jan. 18, 2019. Please email comments to <a href="mailto:fgutermuth@usbr.gov">fgutermuth@usbr.gov</a>. Written comments may also be mailed to Brandt Gutermuth, Bureau of Reclamation, Trinity River Restoration Program, P.O. Box 1300, Weaverville, CA 96093. <P> For additional information or to request a copy of the document, please contact Gutermuth at <a href="mailto:fgutermuth@usbr.gov">fgutermuth@usbr.gov</a>, 530-623-1806 or Kevin Held at <a href="mailto:kheld@usbr.gov">kheld@usbr.gov</a>, 530-623-1809 (TTY 800-877-8339). <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63945 Reclamation releases environmental documents for the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer wells project
2018-12-14 14:18:00.0 AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation issued the final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed construction and operation of three wells to pump water from the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer into Falls Irrigation District’s existing canal distribution system. <P> The selected action to construct and operate the three wells would provide a reliable source of late season irrigation water to the Falls Irrigation District patrons when American Falls Reservoir levels cannot supplement water delivery late in the season. The project area is located in southeast Idaho near American Falls, approximately 22 miles southwest of Pocatello, Idaho. <P> The final EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available online at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/fallsirrigation/index.html">https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/fallsirrigation/index.html</a>. For more information or to request a copy, please contact Mr. Rich Jackson, Natural Resource Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, 230 Collins Road, Boise, Idaho, 83702-4520 or by email at <a href="mailto:sra-nepa-comments@usbr.gov">sra-nepa-comments@usbr.gov</a>. <P>