For your Sunset Sunday enjoyment, we're sharing this lovely sunset photo captured near Alamogordo, New Mexico. Reclamation's Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility is located in Alamogordo and is a focal point for developing technologies for the desalination of brackish and impaired groundwater found in the inland states. The facility opened on August 16, 2007. BGNDRF brings together researchers from other Federal government agencies, universities, the private sector, research organizations and state and local agencies to work collaboratively and in partnership. Learn more here: https://go.usa.gov/xnbda #SunsetSunday#Sunday#Sunset#Sun#Weekend#November#Autumn#Fall#BGNDRF#NewMexico#PhotoOfTheDay#BureauOfReclamation
Secretary Zinke welcomes the confirmation of Brenda Burman as Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, the first woman to ever lead the Bureau. “I am deeply honored for the opportunity to lead this organization,” said Brenda Burman. “The employees of Reclamation are dedicated to working through the most difficult water issues and managing water in the West. I look forward to working with Secretary Zinke, the Administration, and our many partners, contractors and customers to solve our most pressing water issues.” #bureauofreclamation#water#reclamation#west#western
Today's Throwback Thursday photos show early construction of the American Falls Dam in Idaho. The dam was originally constructed between 1925-27, and was later re-constructed between 1976-78. The dam is a 94-foot-high composite concrete and earth structure on the Snake River near American Falls, Idaho. Project storage was increased by 1,700,000 acre-feet in 1927 with the completion of the dam. The new dam, completed in 1978, replaced the concrete portion of the original structure and was built immediately downstream from the old dam. During reconstruction, the reservoir area was surveyed and the total storage capacity is now 1,672,600 acre-feet (active 1,672,600 acre-feet). Learn more about the history of the American Falls Dam here: https://go.usa.gov/xnbyP #ThrowbackThursday#Throwback#Thursday#TBT#AmericanFalls#Idaho#IDwater#History#Archives#BlackAndWhitePhotography#Water#November#Autumn#Fall#PhotoOfTheDay#BureauOfReclamation
Welcome to a new week with Reclamation! Our Dam of the Week is the Trinity Dam, located in California.
Trinity Dam is part of the Central Valley Project and was constructed between 1957-62. Its water course is the Trinity River. Trinity Dam has a structural height of 538 ft., and generates approximately 384,002,000 kWh of energy each year. #trinitydam#trinityriver#cawater#damoftheweek
Reclamation would like to thank those that have protected our country. Did you know that the military protected Hoover Dam during World War II? This bunker was recently restored at Hoover Dam by Reclamation and the National Park Service. https://go.usa.gov/xnDcX #veteransday#hooverdam#miltary
Happy Monday! Today we are highlighting the #MindokaDam in #Idaho as our #DamoftheWeek! Minidoka is a combined diversion, storage and power structure located just south of Minidoka, Idaho. A key structure in the initial development of the project, the zoned earthfill dam is 86 feet high. The reservoir, #LakeWalcott, has a total storage capacity of 95,200 acre-feet. During the irrigation season, water is diverted at the dam into a canal on each side of the river. Learn more at https://go.usa.gov/xn27T #Reclamation#reservoir#recreation#water
This Friday Funday, why not take your four-legged friends out to one of Reclamation's recreation sites for some fun and fishing?
In this photo, Reclamation's Dmitri Vidergar and his buddy Oliver are excited about the whitefish they caught on the Snake River.
Learn more about Reclamation's recreation opportunities here: https://www.usbr.gov/recreation/ #recreation#fridayfunday#goldenretriever#trout#angling#fishing
We’re stepping back in time for Throwback Thursday to the early 1900s to visit the Strawberry Project. Excavation of the Strawberry Tunnel was started in 1906 and completed in 1912.
Construction of the Spanish Fork Diversion Dam, Strawberry Power Canal, and Upper Spanish Fork Powerplant was completed in 1908. Electric power from these facilities was used at the Strawberry Tunnel and Dam during construction.
Construction of Indian Creek Dike and Feeder Canal was completed in September 1912 and Strawberry Dam was finished in 1913. The High Line Canal and distribution system of approximately 77 miles, of which about 62 miles are concrete lined, was completed in 1916 and the Springville-Mapleton Lateral was completed in 1918. The entire project was completed by June 30, 1922.
Learn more about the history of the Strawberry Project at usbr.gov! #throwbackthursday#throwback#thursday#tbt#History#archives#blackandwhitephotography#october#autumn#fall#strawberryproject#bureauofreclamation
We're proud of the people who work for Reclamation! In today's Working Wednesday post, employees from Reclamation's Technical Service Center can be seen pulling and processing sediment samples from the Paonia Reservoir on Muddy Creek in Gunnison County, CO.
Learn more about the work we're doing to address sedimentation here: https://www.usbr.gov #wednesday#workingwednesday#sedimentation#dams#reservoir
In light of Bat Week, today's Trivia Tuesday is going to involve some bat trivia! See if you can figure out which of the below answers is correct.
The large ears of a California Leaf-Nosed Bat range in size from... A) 2.95-3.2 inches
B) 2.2-2.5 inches
C) 1.1-1.5 inches
Is it A, B, or C? Good luck! #batweek#bat#triviatuesday
Introducing this week's Dam of the Week: Taylor Park Dam! Taylor Park Dam is on the Taylor River, a tributary of the Gunnison River. The dam is a zoned earthfill structure 206 feet high, with a crest length of 675 feet and a volume of 1,115,000 cubic yards.
It creates a reservoir with a storage capacity of 106,200 acre-feet. The spillway is an overflow-type weir crest 180 feet long with a capacity of 10,000 cubic feet per second. The outlet works is a horseshoe tunnel with a diameter of 10 feet, and a capacity of 1,500 cubic feet per second. #damoftheweek#dam#colorado#cowater#gunnison#gunnisonriver#coloradoriver#coriver#monday#october#autumn#fall#bureauofreclamation
This Friday Funday, get outside and enjoy some fly fishing out at Lees Ferry, near Reclamation's Glen Canyon Dam. Lees Ferry is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which was established in 1972.
To learn about all of the recreation opportunities available at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, visit: https://www.usbr.gov. #coloradoriver#coriver#glencanyon#fishing#angling#fall#friday#fridayfunday
It’s Throwback Thursday at Reclamation, and this week we’re checking out the Horse Mesa Dam in Arizona; part of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado region. Located on the Salt River 65 miles northeast of Phoenix, Horse Mesa Dam is a concrete thin-arch structure 305 feet high.
Constructed by the Salt River Valley Water Users’ Association between 1924-1927, the dam contains 162,000 cubic yards of concrete, and forms a 245,138 acre-foot reservoir.
The spillway, as modified in 1936-1937 by the Bureau of Reclamation, includes a 50,000 cubic foot per second, concrete-lined auxiliary tunnel, 30 feet in diameter and 400 feet long; a regulating gate, gatehouse, and operating mechanism for controlling the tunnel; and a concrete discharge apron below the existing spillway.
The piers on the radial-gate spillways were thickened, individual motor-driven gate hoists were installed, and two 15-kilovolt-ampere gasoline-engine driven generators were installed for emergency operation of the hoist motors.
Learn more about the history of Horse Mesa Dam at USBR.gov! #throwbackthursday#throwback#thursday#History#archives#blackandwhitephotography#horsemesadam#saltriver#saltrivervalley#srp#bureauofreclamation
This Working Wednesday, we’re highlighting the efforts of our Reclamation employees in the Mid-Pacific region’s Northern California Area Office, as eight members of the Reclamation Rope Access Team rapelled down the Shasta Dam spillway in late August of 2017.
The climbers started at the top of the spillway and worked their way down, “pinging” the structure’s concrete to listen for weakness in the surface. A boat waited in the tailrace at the bottom of the dam so the climbers could then be transported back to the top where they repeated the process until the entire spillway had been tested. Repairs will then be made based upon the Rope Access Team’s findings.
Thanks to Reclamation’s Carlene Polk for today’s awesome photos and video! Learn more about the projects taking place at the NCAO on our website at USBR.gov! #WorkingWednesday#working#wednesday#workers#work#geology#science#october#fall#autumn#shastadam#water#photooftheday