It's Friday Funday, and while summer is on its way out, we can still look back fondly on the great time we spent outdoors. In this photo, Kyle from Medford, Oregon plays with his dog Nola at Emigrant Dam. #Friday#Funday#Dam#Oregon#emigrantdam#fridayfunday
It's #ThrowbackThursday, with two gentlemen of what used to be called the "US Reclamation Service" (now Bureau of Reclamation) reading in a tent by a worksite.
Read "A Very Brief History" of the Bureau of Reclamation on our website, here: https://www.usbr.gov/history
Happy Tuesday, Trivia fans! Today's #TuesdayTrivia will be easy for our Reclamation fishing enthusiasts - what kind of fish is this? [answer after the break]
And as a bonus, here's a joke to go along with it:
Why is a fish easy to weigh? ……. Because it comes with its own scales!
Ha! Today's post was a bit of a bait and switch!
The answer to our Trivia: this is an adult Razorback Sucker; an endangered, native fish of the Colorado River.
Find lots of great public places to explore at https://www.recreation.gov/
Good morning, and Happy Monday! Today's Dam of the Week is the Pathfinder Dam, in Wyoming.
Pathfinder Dam is one of the first constructed by the Reclamation Service. It is an arch dam with a gravity-type section, and has a structural height of 214 feet; and a storage capacity of 1,016,000 acre-feet of water.
Learn more about Pathfinder Dam at https://on.doi.gov/2xbjBq9 and www.usbr.gov
It's almost time to begin enjoying the weekend! Reclamation has some great recreation sites available if you're looking for some fun water activities. Folks in this morning's photo can be seen kayaking on the Carson River, which is part of Reclamation's Newlands Project in Nevada. #fridayfunday#river#kayaking#carsonriver#weekend
Today is Wildlife Wednesday at Reclamation! Staff at our facilities seen an array of wildlife throughout the year. In the Mid-Pacific region, osprey like the one pictured here are sometimes observed by staff. Last year, staff from Reclamation and New Melones Lake's Natural Resources Department rescued a young osprey that had fallen from its nest. #AWW#Reclamation#Wildlife#animals#cute
Welcome to a new week with Reclamation! Our Dam of the Week is the Derby Diversion Dam, located on the Truckee River between Reno and Fernley Nevada. The dam diverts water that would otherwise feed Pyramid Lake into the Carson River watershed for irrigation use.
The dam was named after the Derby Southern Pacific Railroad station. The project was authorized by Ethan A. Hitchcock and built in 1903, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 as the "Derby Diversion". #dam#damoftheweek#history#nationalregisterofhistoricplaces#truckeeriver#nevada
This photo shows a sunset as it casts a golden glow over a pond nestled at the foot of the Grand Tetons Mountains. Mount Moran can be seen framed between two pine trees. #SunsetSunday
It’s #FridayFunday and another work week is almost over. We're ready for the long weekend, and thinking about all the great ways to enjoy Reclamation's facilities. Like this gentleman from 1960, displaying his impressive 23 pound Mackinaw Trout; captured while fishing at Jackson Lake, WY.
Find out about Reclamation's many recreation opportunities at https://www.usbr.gov/recreation/index.html
It's time to learn a little #TuesdayTrivia! These Reclamation workers in 1987 are shown in the process of assembling Deep Soil Mixing equipment, also known as Soil Mixing Wall (SMW), at Jackson Dam.
What is Deep Soil Mixing?
Deep Soil Mixing is used to combine soft local soils with cement, creating a material strong enough to build embankments. Jackson Lake Dam is the first construction project in the United States to use the SMW method, originally developed in Japan.
Learn more about Jackson Lake Dam at https://on.doi.gov/2mQq9FS
Happy Monday, Everyone! We hope your week is off to a fabulous start. Today's Dam of the Week is the Fontenelle Dam, located on the Green River, 24 miles southeast of La Barge, Wyoming.
Fontenelle Dam is an earthfill structure. It is 139 feet high with a crest length of 5,421 feet, and a volume of 5,265,000 cubic yards of material. The spillway consists of an uncontrolled crest, open chute, and stilling basin with a design capacity of 20,200 cubic feet per second.
The Fontenelle Dam Power Plant is located adjacent to the toe of the dam, with the power penstock branching from the river outlet works. The power plant consists of a 10,000-kilowatt generator and one 16,000-horsepower hydraulic turbine.
The reservoir has an active capacity of 150,500 acre-feet and a total capacity of 345,360 acre-feet, with a surface area of 8,058 acres. The lake is 20 miles in length when full, and has a shoreline of approximately 56 miles.
Learn all about Fontenelle at https://on.doi.gov/2rQKNov or www.usbr.gov
As the weekend winds down, let’s close out the week with a beautiful Sunrise Sunday photo taken by Reclamation’s Shane Little at the Yellowtail Afterbay Dam in Montana.
The afterbay pool is formed by Yellowtail Afterbay Dam, constructed on the Bighorn River 2.2 miles downstream from Yellowtail Dam. #sunrise#weekend#yellowtaildam#labordayweekend
When the Spanish settled in the #pecosriver Basin in 1600, they began #irrigating the land where the #carlsbad Project now resides. #irrigation in the early 19th century flourished under the Spanish land grant colonization system and was continued after 1850 by the #american settlers.
Private operation of the project ended in 1904 when a Pecos River flood destroyed the central canal and much of the irrigation system and swept away #avalondam Without #water for the land, the project settlers faced complete ruin.
Upon their request, in 1905 the #Reclamation Service was authorized to purchase the system. Reclamation eventually rehabilitated the project to become what it is today.
Learn more about the Carlsbad Project at usbr.gov!
Our next #WildlifeWednesday photo is of a Greater Roadrunner. These birds are quite remarkable! They can live in desert habitats from sea level, all the way up to 10,000 ft.! Roadrunners can outrun humans, survive in harsh, arid environments, and can even kill rattlesnakes.
This photo was captured in Reclamation's Upper Colorado region.
To learn about the birds within Reclamation's Multi-Species Conservation Program, visit: https://www.lcrmscp.gov/species/birds.html
The People of Reclamation: Meet Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region Dive Team
The Bureau of Reclamation is best known for managing dams, powerplants, and canals throughout the 17 western states. What people may not realize about Reclamation is that it houses a unique variety of career opportunities that are atypical to government career stereotypes. In today’s People of Reclamation Story, we’re highlighting the work of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region Dive Team.
The LCR Dive Team operates on an as-needed basis. Currently, two Reclamation employees serve on the dive team full time and the rest through auxiliary duty assignments. Members range in areas of expertise. The current team roster includes engineers, biologists, security staff, hydrologists, mechanics, an audio visual production specialist, and maintenance staff.
Dives are scheduled for a number of reasons, such as conducting safety inspections, aquatic studies, and providing minor repairs to stream gauging stations. Seth Ostrowski, Supervisory Engineer and LCR’s Dive Team Manager, explains, “We do a number of inspections throughout the year which are critical to ensuring [Reclamation’s] structures are safe for operation.”
Reclamation currently houses two separate dive teams: the LCR team which covers parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California and New Mexico, and the Pacific Northwest Region’s team which covers parts of Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
The experience of being a part of the LCR dive team is quite unique, and though it’s challenging work, it’s also rewarding. Dives are dictated by the mission, and team members must remain flexible for the various demands involved with each operation.
Being a member of a Reclamation dive team requires dedication, commitment, strong communication skills, and an ability to work effectively in a team setting. The work is challenging at times, but the team dynamic and intrinsic rewards earned from each experience make it all worthwhile.
Learn more about the work we do at Reclamation here: www.usbr.gov