Upper Colorado Region News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from Reclamation's Upper Colorado Region http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=63045 Bureau of Reclamation Begins Dam Modification Work at Steinaker Reservoir in Northeastern Utah
VERNAL, UTAH – In late July, the Bureau of Reclamation began modification work at Steinaker Dam, near Vernal, Utah to repair a slope failure on the upstream face of the right abutment and flatten the slope of the abutment. Reclamation and the Uintah Water Conservancy District slowly emptied Steinaker Reservoir during the summer recreation season to enable modification work. Restricted operations have been in place at the dam since 2014, when dam operators observed the slope failure. Once work is complete, Reclamation anticipates a return to full and normal operations. <P> The dam, which is owned by Reclamation and operated by the Uintah Water Conservancy District, provides off-stream water storage from Ashley Creek and is an important feature of the Central Utah Project. In addition to its primary water storage benefits, the reservoir also provides excellent fishing and recreational opportunities. While water levels will remain low throughout construction, Steinaker State Park will remain open with a variety of recreational opportunities. Visitors should check with Utah State Parks (https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/steinaker/) for available activities and park hours. <P> Work will result in a safer facility that will better serve water users and protect the surrounding community. Through a cost share under Reclamation’s Dam Safety Program, the federal government will cover 85 percent of modification costs and the Uintah Water Conservancy District will pay 15 percent. Reclamation previously awarded a contract for the majority of the work to Weeminuche Construction Authority, which is owned by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. Reclamation engineers will oversee and inspect all construction work, which will continue year-round and is expected to be complete in 2020. <P> “Safety is a top priority at each of our facilities,” said Reclamation’s Provo Area Office Manager Wayne Pullan. “This important infrastructure improvement project will ensure safe and efficient operations at Steinaker Dam for water users, visitors and the surrounding community for generations to come.” Reclamation’s Provo Area Office oversees all federally-owned water projects in Utah. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62970 C.A.S.T. for Kids Event at Strawberry Reservoir, Soldier Creek Recreation Area
HEBER CITY, Utah – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region will host its 22nd annual Catch a Special Thrill for Kids event at Strawberry Reservoir, Soldier Creek Recreation Area, on Saturday, August 11, from 6:30 am to 1:30 pm. <P> The C.A.S.T. for Kids program provides one-day fishing and boating events designed to accommodate children with a wide range of special needs. The children and their families or caretakers get to spend a day on the water with volunteer anglers learning to fish. Participating children will receive their own fishing rod and reel, t-shirt, hat and tackle box. Family members will join in shore-side activities and lunch at Bugler’s Knob Group Pavilion. <P> Directions from Salt Lake City: Take I-80 to Highway 40. Follow Highway 40 South to Strawberry Reservoir, take the second exit (Soldier Creek) and follow the road to the marina. “C.A.S.T. for Kids” signs will be posted. <P> Due to limited parking, there will be shuttle service between the marina and the group pavilion. There will be no parking at the pavilion this year due to safety issues but some exceptions apply. Please contact David Isleman for a parking permit at disleman@usbr.gov. <P> Partners include the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Reclamation, Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Strawberry Highline Canal Company, Strawberry Water Users Association, Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, and many local sponsors. <P> Participants and volunteers can register online at the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation website: http://castforkids.org/event/strawberryreservoir/. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62850 Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Assessment for Green River Canal Fish Screen Project
GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation released a final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) regarding construction of a fish screen on the Green River Canal located near Green River, Utah. Under the direction and legislative authority of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program, Reclamation will provide funding for construction of the fish screen facilities. <P> The purpose of the project is to prevent or reduce the mortality of endangered fish in the Green River Canal by screening them out of the canal and returning them to the Green River. The Green River near the Green River Canal is designated critical habitat for the Colorado pikeminnow and razorback sucker. <P> The final EA/FONSI was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available online at www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/index.html, or a copy can be requested by contacting Reclamation. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62617 Bureau of Reclamation awards $4.74 million canal piping contract to MD Nursery and Landscaping of Driggs, Idaho
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – On July 2, the Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $4.7 million contract to pipe 6,800 feet of the Farson Lateral canal near Farson, Wyoming, to MD Nursery and Landscaping of Driggs, Idaho. In its current state, the canal, operated by the Eden Valley Irrigation and Drainage District, is an unlined earthen ditch. Piping will considerably improve the efficiency of the canal by eliminating losses from evaporation and seepage. <P> "Ensuring that our water infrastructure is operating at maximum efficiency is one of the best ways to fight the droughts that threaten the West," said Commissioner Brenda Burman. "By providing funding for projects such as this, Reclamation can help our local partners provide reliable and economical water for years to come." <P> The bulk of the work to be completed under the contract includes the installation of high-density polyethylene pipe and valves. The contract also provides for the installation of water measurement instruments, data collection equipment, and rotating drum screens, as well as the associated electrical components required to operate these facilities. Reclamation’s Provo Area Office will provide technical advice and generally oversee the completion of the project. <P> This contract is the first phase of a multi-phase canal-piping project completed on behalf of the Eden Valley Irrigation and Drainage District. Funding for the project is provided by the power revenues of hydropower plants along the Colorado River. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62495 Reclamation Committed to Preserving Historic Damsite and Continuing Public Access
ELEPHANT BUTTE, NM – The Bureau of Reclamation is committed to ensuring that the historic damsite area at Elephant Butte Reservoir continues to be preserved and managed in a manner consistent with the public's historic preservation and public access priorities. Recent reports that Reclamation will destroy the buildings at the historic damsite area if the land is not transferred are false. <P> “Reclamation coordinates closely with the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Office and others to ensure that all of the historic buildings at the damsite area are preserved,” said Jennifer Faler, Reclamation’s Albuquerque Area Office Manager. “The area includes registered historic buildings that were used for housing and administration during the construction of Elephant Butte Dam in the early 1900s. Reclamation is committed to their continued maintenance in compliance with historic preservation law.” <P> Reclamation is currently working with partners to determine the best future for the damsite area, which is no longer needed by Reclamation for the operation of the dam. Reclamation has initiated a process with the U.S. General Services Administration, the government’s real estate management entity, to survey the property. This will allow Reclamation to have a full picture of the excess land and structures. Reclamation will then determine whether to continue with a process to transfer the land to another government entity or interested entity through a disposal process or title transfer legislation, if such legislation is proposed. The City of Elephant Butte has expressed an interest in taking over management of the damsite area. <P> “Regardless of the path forward, the buildings in that area are considered historic buildings and would have to be managed in coordination with the State Historic Preservation Office,” Faler said. “Reclamation is also looking for commitment from the future manager of the area that most of it, especially the historic area, access roads and land around the dam will be maintained for public access.” <P> Management of the recreation aspect of the damsite area was transferred back to Reclamation by New Mexico State Parks in 2015. State Parks continue to manage the recreation at the majority of Elephant Butte. Lago Rico Inc. has been managing the damsite area under agreement with Reclamation for the last couple of years. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62296 Bureau of Reclamation announces path forward for expanded operational capacity at Fontenelle Reservoir
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - On May 24, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman, together with Wyoming Governor Matthew H. Mead, Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi, and Representative Liz Cheney, announced collaborative plans to expand operational capacity at Fontenelle Reservoir. Governor Mead developed the Wyoming Water Strategy in 2015, which highlighted the Fontenelle Project. <P> For several years, Wyoming has sought to place riprap (rock or other material that protects against erosion) to expand the operating capacity of Fontenelle. The expansion will increase flexibility in operating the dam and reservoir – bolstering the region’s ability to resist frequent droughts in the arid West – all without increasing the footprint of the reservoir. Additional reservoir capacity will also make possible the creation of new water supplies which would be available for contracting and sale. <P> "Water is Wyoming’s most important natural resource," said Governor Mead. "It is critically important to not only Wyoming but to our country. We need to address water challenges using all the best tools – like conservation, planning and infrastructure. As a headwaters state we recognize the need to protect and develop our water." <P> "I applaud Commissioner Burman’s announcement that the Bureau of Reclamation will increase operational flexibility at Fontenelle Reservoir in southwest Wyoming," said Senator Barrasso. "For years, I’ve been working to expand storage at Fontenelle. This announcement brings us one step closer to that goal. In order to start construction on this project, we must pass the Fontenelle Reservoir legislation. As chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I included this bill in the bipartisan America’s Water Infrastructure Act. I’m confident we will pass this important water infrastructure legislation and make sure that communities in Wyoming have access to a reliable source of water." <P> "I am glad that the Bureau of Reclamation and Wyoming are working together to help expand capacity at the Fontenelle Reservoir," Senator Enzi said. "Water storage projects like this are vital to meet today’s water needs and keep water supplies secure and flexible into the future. I am also hopeful that Congress will act soon and Pass the Wyoming delegation’s legislation designed to help further along the Fontenelle project." <P> "I’m pleased the Bureau of Reclamation is moving forward to expand the operational capacity of the Fontenelle Reservoir to help protect one of Wyoming’s most important resources," Representative Cheney said. "The Fontenelle Reservoir expansion will help combat the effects of drought, help ensure our water infrastructure is properly developed and provide the potential for new commerce and recreation activity by creating new water supplies to be available for contracting and sale. This decision by the Bureau of Reclamation is an important and welcome step for Wyoming." <P> Under existing law, Wyoming can apply for project funding under the Colorado River Storage Project Basin Fund Memorandum of Agreement. On April 30, Reclamation concluded that it would consider funding the project under this authority, and invited Wyoming to submit a funding request. Under the MOA, many Western water storage projects have received funding from Reclamation for operation, maintenance, and replacement activities. This federal funding can only be used to improve Colorado River Storage Project facilities and operations. <P> As an alternative to expanding operational flexibility under MOA funding, Wyoming is seeking Congressional approval to create additional water supply for contracting. Two bills which would authorize this plan, Senate Bill 199 and House Resolution 648, have been introduced by the members of the Wyoming Congressional Delegation. <P> "Reclamation is pleased to be a partner in the state and the delegation’s efforts to upgrade crucial water infrastructure at the Fontenelle Project," said Commissioner Burman. "Improving access to reliable water supplies is a key priority for Reclamation and the Administration." <P> "This is a great project," said Governor Mead. "I am pleased to see it move forward." <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62194 Ceremony Marks Recreation Opening at Lake Nighthorse Near Durango, Colorado
DURANGO, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation and City of Durango held a dedication ceremony this morning at the Lake Nighthorse Recreation Area located near Durango, Colo. The ceremony celebrated the collaboration and hard work between numerous stakeholders and partners to make recreation a reality at the site, including: the Animas-La Plata Conservation District, Animas-La Plata Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement Association, City of Durango, La Plata County, Reclamation, Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe. <P> “We’ve looked forward to opening this reservoir to recreation for a long time,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman, “We’re here because of the strong collaboration and determination of all of our project partners.” Commissioner Burman continued, “This is sacred land; thanks to everyone involved for their hard work to develop a plan that balances recreation opportunity with important cultural resource protections.” <P> The City of Durango will manage the recreation area. “Reclamation appreciates the City stepping to the plate to manage recreation at Lake Nighthorse. We look forward to continuing the excellent working relationship we have established with the City and are excited about what the future holds”, said Ed Warner, Area Manager for Reclamation’s Western Colorado Area Office. <P> To protect cultural resources in the area, recreation is only allowed in developed areas and 25 feet above high-water level around the reservoir. Off limit lands around Lake Nighthorse are marked with no trespass signs and all visitors will receive information about appropriate recreating at the lake. Destruction or removal of cultural resources will be prosecuted. Reclamation will continue to work with all partners and stakeholders regarding recreation management at Lake Nighthorse. <P> Lake Nighthorse is part of the Animas-La Plata Project located near Durango, Colo. And provides important water storage for the region. Recreation opportunities at Lake Nighthorse include swimming, boating, fishing and picnicking. Motorized boats will be allowed from May 15 to November 15. All motorized boats will be inspected for invasive species and are subject to decontamination before entering the water. The City has designated Mondays and Wednesdays as “no wake” days, motorized boats must maintain wakeless speed on those days. <P> More information on Lake Nighthorse recreation is available at: durangogov.org/LakeNighthorse. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62176 Reclamation awards Cultural Resource contract for numerous projects including, the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project
DURANGO, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation recently awarded a contract for cultural resource work. The contract, valued up to $50 million, was awarded to Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc. of Montrose, Colo., Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultants, Inc. of Cortez, Colo., and Statistical Research, Inc. of Tucson, Ariz. This contract will allow the Western Colorado Area Office and Upper Colorado Region to obtain cultural resource-related services for various projects. <P> Services provided under this contract are expected to include identification, documentation and evaluation of cultural resources; archaeological testing and data recovery; Historic American Building Survey/Historic Architecture Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) documentation and evaluation; ethnohistorical and anthropological research; geographic information systems (GIS) development and support; geoarchaeological investigations; storm water pollution prevention and erosion mitigation for cultural resources; artifact analyses and curation preparation; technical reporting; public outreach; and staff support. <P> One of the projects being served by this contract will be the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, a project Reclamation is constructing in northwest New Mexico that will bring a reliable potable water supply to communities in the eastern portion of the Navajo Nation, the southwest portion of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the City of Gallup, NM. The contract will also be used for cultural resource services on other Reclamation projects in northern New Mexico, western Colorado, and across the Upper Colorado Region. <P> “This important contract ensures that Reclamation will continue to meet our cultural resource compliance obligations while maintaining our ability to manage, develop, and protect water and related infrastructure.” said Upper Colorado Regional Director Brent Rhees “Reclamation archaeologists will be able to draw on the additional expertise of private sector contractors in effectively managing and protecting resources that are of value to the American public.” <P> The contractors will closely coordinate activities with the Western Colorado Area Office archeologists who will conduct field inspections and review all documents under this contract. <P> The contractors will begin working on individual task orders in April 2018. It is anticipated that project specific cultural resource work will be awarded under this contract through 2023. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62147 East Portal Road Closed May 8 and 9 in Montrose, Colorado
MONTROSE, COLO. - Reclamation’s Curecanti Field Office announced today that the East Portal Road located east of Montrose will be closed Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9 for installation on of a cattle guard. The road will reopen on Thursday, May 10. The road, beginning at the junction with State Highway 347, provides access to the Gunnison River within the Curecanti National Recreation Area, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and Crystal Dam. <P> Reclamation plans to install an additional cattle guard later this summer that will require another two-day closure. Announcements will be made prior to that closure. <P> The East Portal Road will remain open throughout the summer and fall until snow, ice, or rockslides make it unsafe for travel. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62133 First Experiment to be Conducted under the Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan
SALT LAKE CITY—The Department of the Interior will conduct the first experimental flow at Glen Canyon Dam since implementing its Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan (LTEMP) in 2016. The goal is to provide enhanced habitat for the lifecycle of aquatic insects that are the primary food source for fish in the Colorado River. <P> Experiments under LTEMP consist of four flow regimes: high flows, bug flows, trout management flows, and low summer flows. Collaborative discussions among technical experts resulted in a decision to begin this first experiment on May 1 and continue through August 31, 2018. It will slightly modify the schedule and flow rates of water releases from Lake Powell through Glen Canyon Dam, Arizona. The normally scheduled monthly and weekly release volumes will not be affected. <P> Flows during the experiment will include steady weekend water releases with routine hydropower production flows on weekdays that include normal hourly changes in release rates. Those steady weekend flows are expected to provide favorable conditions for aquatic insects to lay and cement their eggs to rocks, vegetation, and other materials near the river’s edge. Steady weekend flows will be relatively low, within four inches of typical weekday low water levels. It is unlikely casual recreational river users will notice the changes in water levels. <P> “Experiments like these are an important tool as we continue to work collaboratively to balance the need to deliver water and power resources with our obligation to actively preserve and protect the river system through Glen, Marble, and Grand canyons,” said Dr. Timothy Petty, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science. “We expect this experiment will positively benefit crucial insect populations, which will benefit the entire ecosystem while limiting the impact on other resources and Colorado River users.” <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, six consulting American Indian Tribes, and all seven of the Colorado River Basin States. Before proceeding with these experiments, 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 the aquatic ecosystem throughout the Grand Canyon while meeting all water delivery requirements and minimizing negative impacts to hydropower production. <P> Insects expected to benefit from this experiment are an important food source for many species of fish, birds, and bats in the canyon. Beyond expected resource benefits, this experiment will also provide scientific information that will be used in future decision making. <P> For more information about flow volumes, please visit the following websites: <P> Hydrograph at Lees Ferry: <a href="https://www.gcmrc.gov/discharge_qw_sediment/station/GCDAMP/09380000">https://www.gcmrc.gov/discharge_qw_sediment/station/GCDAMP/09380000</a> <P> Lake Powell 40-day data (elevation, storage, inflows, and releases): <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/rsvrWater/rsv40Day.html?siteid=919&reservoirtype=Reservoir ">https://www.usbr.gov/rsvrWater/rsv40Day.html?siteid=919&reservoirtype=Reservoir</a> <P> The Bug Flow release pattern for May: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/studies/images/BugFlowExp-May2018.png">https://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/studies/images/BugFlowExp-May2018.png</a> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62131 Closure of unsanctioned gun range at Newton Dam and Reservoir
SMITHFIELD, UT - In consultation with the Town of Newton, Newton Water Users Association, Cache County Council, and Cache County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Reclamation has concluded that, due to ongoing safety risks and illegal dumping, the unsanctioned gun range at Newton Dam and Reservoir will be closed. The closure of the range will improve safety for both recreational visitors and the employees who maintain the dam, reservoir and associated facilities. It will also prevent illegal dumping in the area. <P> Beginning May 2, workers from Reclamation will place barriers and signage near former entrances to the range. Camping, boating, hiking and fishing at the reservoir will be unaffected and the public is invited and encouraged to make use of the facilities for these purposes. <P> Alternative shooting facilities are available. The Cache Valley Public Shooting Range, located approximately 15 miles south of Newton Dam and Reservoir, is staffed by a full-time range master and open to the public for all shooting activities. <P> The reservoir’s primary purpose is to provide irrigation water to lands surrounding the town of Newton. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62130 Bureau of Reclamation Awards $6.9 Million Dollar Heavy Equipment Rental Contract
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a contract on April 25, 2018, to Wheeler Machinery Company of Salt Lake City, UT. Under the terms of the contract, Wheeler will supply Reclamation’s Force Account with a variety of heavy construction equipment of the type typically used for large-scale construction projects. <P> Reclamation’s Force Account, which operates out of the Provo Area Office, engages in a variety of construction activities related to Reclamation’s mission as a manager of federal water projects. The equipment provided under this contract is expected to be used for environmental mitigation work, as well as for a variety of repairs and upgrades to the dams, canals and other water projects that Reclamation manages. In addition to providing construction services for Reclamation projects, Force Account also provides services to several other federal and state agencies located in the seventeen Western states. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62120 Reclamation seeks public comment regarding draft environmental assessment of proposed recreational facilities at Echo Reservoir
COALVILLE, Utah - On May 2, 2018, the Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public meeting regarding the environmental impacts of the design and construction of new state park facilities at Echo Reservoir. <P> This meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at North Summit High School, located at 111 E. 100 S., Coalville, UT 84017. Following a brief presentation, representatives from Reclamation and Utah State Parks will conduct an open house to answer questions and receive public comment. The meeting will conclude at 8 p.m. <P> Comments received by May 21 regarding the new State Park at Echo Reservoir will inform the analysis and development of a Final Environmental Assessment prepared by Reclamation. The Draft EA is currently available for public review at https://www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/index.html. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and provide comments. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62111 Pecos River to rise as irrigation release begins
FORT SUMNER, NM - Water levels on the Pecos River will rise in the coming days as the Bureau of Reclamation moves water downstream for the Carlsbad Irrigation District. <P> A block release from Sumner Reservoir will begin on Monday, April 23, 2018, at 8:00 am. The Carlsbad Irrigation District has called for approximately 10,000 acre-feet to be released from storage. The release rate is expected to be between 1,300 to 1,600 cubic feet per second, and it is expected to last three-and-a-half days. The block release is to reduce the storage volume of water in Lake Sumner to its permitted summer conservation storage. <P> The public is asked to use caution when working or playing in or near the Pecos anywhere between Santa Rosa Lake and Brantley Reservoir, which is located north of Carlsbad, through the summer as water levels could change significantly due to irrigation water movement, releases for endangered species or weather events. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=62010 Reclamation awards $6.6 million contract for photogrammetry to improve operations
Salt Lake City, Utah – The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $6.6 million contract to Geomatics Data Solutions, Inc. of Hillsboro, Oregon, for a 5-year agreement to provide agency-wide professional photogrammetry services, April 16, 2018. <P> Photogrammetry is the science of making measurements from photographs. Input is collected from photographs, such as aerial photographs, and used to create tools such as maps, drawings, measurements, or a 3-D models of real-world objects or scenes. <P> Geomatics Data Solutions, Inc. will provide high-resolution photogrammetry in support of technical evaluations conducted in all five Reclamation regions. These evaluations include historical analysis of aerial photography data, the creation of digital surface models and digital elevation models, thematic mapping of river planforms, bathymetric surveys, vegetation mapping, evaluations of land-use change, and the documentation of as-built site conditions for the monitoring of construction activities. <P> Initial photogrammetry work will be in support of Reclamation activities in the Upper Colorado Region, including sections of Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Geomatics Data Solutions, Inc. may also perform work in Reclamation areas of responsibility throughout all 17 contiguous states west of the Mississippi River, during the contracted dates, as additional photogrammetry services are needed outside of the Upper Colorado Region. However, emergency response support will be limited to the Upper Colorado Region. <P> This contract will help enable Reclamation to carry out its mission to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public. <P>