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Return of the Salmon Festival 2014 - The annual Return of the Salmon festival was held at Coleman National Fish Hatchery on Saturday, October 17th! Hundreds of people came out to enjoy the sight of the returning salmon and spend quality time at the booths, which ranged in subject from the educational to the entertaining. Every year, the festival gives the public a chance to see how the hatchery operates and the benefits it provides.

On Saturday, October 18th, 2014, a Reclamation Park Ranger guided visitors on a hike along the Smittle Creek Trail as part of the federally sponsored America’s Great Outdoors program. Hikers explored a Blue oak woodland ecosystem.The human story of Berryessa was also examined; from the native Wintun people through to the creation of the reservoir by Reclamation in the 1950’s.

On October 11 in in 1933, the first refrigerated water was circulated through embedded pipes in concrete to dissipate the heat of curing at Hoover Dam.This photo is of an Evaporation Tower for the dam precooling system located on the downstream cofferdam. If you look closely you can see a man in the background on the left side of the tower. This gives you an idea of the size of this huge piece of equipment.

On October 10, 2014, the final concrete was placed on the Minidoka Spillway Replacement Project in eastern Idaho.  The Bureau of Reclamation and contractor RSCI encased a time capsule within a concrete monument near the dam.

Canal safety has gone to the dogs in Boise, ID. “I want my fellow furry friends to know about canal safety,” said Reclamation’s mascot, Otto the Otter. Otto shared his safety tips at the See Spot Walk event on October 4, 2014, in Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Region.

Public Lands Day 2014

Reclamation’s Northern California Area Office joined the Shasta-Trinity National Forest again to participated in the 21st National Public Lands Day.Over 130 native plants and trees were planted by 32 volunteers at the at the Shasta Lake Fisherman’s Point Day Use Area, in northern California. 

The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office, in celebration of the 21st anniversary of National Public Lands Day, waived day use fees at New Melones Lakeon Saturday, Sept. 27. Reclamation hosted an invasive plant removal and native plant beautification event at the New Melones Lake Recreation Areas.

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