Members of the Northwest YouthCorps thin out trees and shrubs on Reclamation land near Lake Cascade in Idaho, improving habitat and reducing the risk of wildfires. Branches, foliage, and other woody material will be burned or chipped to reduce wildfire fuel loading while large logs will be donated to local families needing assistance with winter heating.
A Spillway Rises - Reclamation is in the third season of a four year effort to replace the century-old Minidoka Dam. The original dam, completed in 1909, had suffered from concrete deterioration on the spillway and both irrigation headworks structures. The new dam will feature a shorter overflow spillway and a series of large gates to accommodate irrigation deliveries and flood control operations. http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/minidokadam/index.html