By Bureau of ReclamationIn an awards ceremony on April 30, high school students and faculty from the Academy of Building Industries in Fort Mohave, Ariz., received President’s Volunteer Service Awards for their work on service projects for the Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park and Trails. The park and trails project, located along the Colorado River in Laughlin, Nev., is a partnership among the National Park Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, Clark County, the Laughlin Trails Partnership, and other federal, state and local groups.Over a two-year period, the students completed work in...
  • Jason Kirby of the Bureau of Reclamation addresses ceremony attendees.
  • Val Simon from the Bureau of Reclamation presents a letter of appreciation to Academy of Building Industries Principal Jean Thomas.
  • Amanda Rowland of the National Park Service and Bill Martin of the Bureau of Reclamation display logos designed by Academy of Building Industries students.
  • Amanda Rowland and Candace Rambow of the National Park Service recognize student leader and point of contact Gabriel Ortega for his achievement.
  • Students and faculty from the Academy of Building Industries pose with their awards.
By Donna Potter, Bureau of Reclamation On April 26, 2014, the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lahontan Basin Area Office Natural Resources Specialists Julia Long and Selena Werdon and Public Affairs Specialist Donna Potter participated in the annual Spring Wings Bird Festival in Fallon, Nev., with an educational booth that attracted the attention of many participants. Children and adults alike were very interested in learning about zebra and quagga mussels and the impacts they can cause to our environment and facilities. Children were especially thrilled to participate in an interactive “game” and...
  • LBAO Natural Resources Specialist Julia Long describes zebra and quagga mussels and their impacts.
  • Mussel-encrusted items in a display case provide an informative view.
The Bureau of Reclamation is launching multiple efforts to support the employment, education and engagement of young people to empower their future and to meet Reclamation’s workforce goals. Reclamation’s science and engineering expertise is known throughout the world and provides a unique opportunity for youth seeking careers in those fields of study. With a great percentage of its workforce eligible for retirement in the next 3 to 5 years, Reclamation could soon find itself with a shortage of qualified professionals with key technical skills or knowledge. The agency is taking aggressive...
Excitement and laughter spread throughout the hallways of C. Melvin Sharpe Health School on April 2. Representatives from the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Secretary and Bureau of Reclamation were guest readers as part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America initiative. NEA’s Read Across America is a nationwide celebration that takes place annually on March 2, which happens to be the birthday of children’s author Theodore Geisel, known as the great Dr. Seuss. DOI decided to extend this celebration into the month of April. “Reading is fundamental. It is the...
By Bureau of Reclamation  Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Reclamation Public Affairs Specialist Lauren Lambert may have asked herself this question while on her way to visit fifth graders at the Washington International School in the D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown on March 21.Reclamation had the opportunity to go to the Washington International School and sit down with four students to discuss one of the most important topics of our time - water scarcity in the southwest. The students began their six week water scarcity study in February, collecting data, interviewing subject...
Live near Lake Berryessa? Reclamation’s Central California Area Office announces spring 2014 park events and Park Ranger interpretive programs at Lake Berryessa in Napa County, Calif. All activities will be held rain or shine and are free of charge. Some programs have group-size limitations, so please contact the Park Ranger office regarding availability. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather and bring water and sunscreen for daytime activities. Children are welcome, but those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.Read more here: http...
By Bureau of Reclamation  Did you ever use your skill, ingenuity, craftsmanship and a meticulous attention to detail to build something special – just so someone else could destroy it in a matter of seconds?On March 1, students from more than 61 local elementary, junior and senior high schools enthusiastically submitted their wooden model bridges for load testing to the point of destruction to do just that. At the 25th Annual Southern Nevada Regional Student Model Bridge Building Contest, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, and held at the University of Nevada-Las...
By Bureau of Reclamation Early Saturday morning on March 8, hundreds of Girl Scouts and their adult supervisors converged on the top of Hoover Dam for their annual “Rock the Dam” event to celebrate Girl Scouting.During the event, scouts and their leaders exchanged souvenirs, conducted sing-a-longs, participate in hands-on activities, and as a “sea of green” took their ceremonial walk across Hoover Dam.“We had close to 700 [Girl Scouts] registered, but I saw many family members who were not registered,” said Emily Smith, chief operating officer, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. “I’d...
By Bureau of Reclamation February is a month of various observances. Among them is National Job Shadow Day, which strives to give students a new perspective on their studies through hands-on learning and a one-day mentoring experience. This year 30 students from East Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas visited Reclamation's Lower Colorado Regional Office to participate in this observance, "shadow" Regional employees and learn about some aspects of their jobs.The event provided an opportunity for potential job applicants to learn about the region, its work, and how employees, with...
By Bureau of Reclamation   On a hot summer's day in northeast Oregon's Catherine Creek, a survey crew is working the creek bed. "I'm in a beautiful place, somewhere I've never been" says Megan Venetianer, a Philadelphia native and survey crew leader for the Columbia Habitat Monitoring Program (CHaMP). Megan aims a digital transit while two rod men trudge through underbrush, crawl up side channels, and trip over river rocks to align their laser sights. Over the last two months, they've spent eight to ten hours a day mapping hundreds of river reaches in Oregon's Grande Ronde River Basin. She...