[env-trinity] Commissioner of Bureau of Reclamation Resigns

Dan Bacher danielbacher at fishsniffer.com
Sat Mar 25 17:51:26 PST 2006


Hey Jay!

I think they're referring to the worst manmade, politically  
engineered "drought" in five centuries.

Yes, your absolutely right that the western U.S. is in a relatively  
wet period. For example, around 1300 there was a severe drought in  
the Sierra Nevada where many natural lakes, such as Fallen Leaf Lake,  
got close to becoming puddles. There are trees in Fallen Leaf that  
you can see on your fish finder in deep water when boating the lake.  
The lake was so low that the trees were growing at what is now the  
bottom on the lake.

Dan


On Mar 24, 2006, at 8:59 AM, Jay_Glase at nps.gov wrote:

> Can anyone tell me what this really means?   "the worst five years of
> drought in the past five centuries"
>
> Are they referring to the entire western U.S., a specific location  
> that saw
> some particularly dry years, or did the folks that estimate  
> climatology
> from tree rings find that in the last 500 years the 5 worst  
> precipitation
> years occurred within the last 40 years?  I thought I had seen some  
> tree
> ring information from the mid 1800's that looked much worse than  
> the recent
> droughts.  And some of the fire ecology presentations I saw in the mid
> 1990's suggested that, depending on the overall period of time  
> observed,
> the western U.S. was actually in a fairly wet period when compared  
> to tree
> ring climate estimates dating back several hundred years.
> thanks in advance for any insight
> jay
>
>
> Jay Glase
> Great Lakes Area Fishery Biologist
> National Park Service
> (906)487-9080 x27
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> Norton Lauds Service of John Keys as Commissioner of Bureau of  
> Reclamation
> News Release, the Department of the Interior – 3/17/06
> Contact: Tina Kreisher/Shane Wolfe (DOI), 202-208-6416, Kip White  
> (Bureau
> of Reclamation), 202-513-0684
>
> WASHINGTON-Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton today announced the
> resignation of John W. Keys III, from his position as Commissioner  
> of the
> Bureau of Reclamation. Norton lauded Keys’ service to the nation  
> and his
> success in handling water issues associated with the worst five  
> years of
> drought in the past five centuries. After serving nearly 40 years  
> with the
> Bureau, Keys intends to spend time with his family. His resignation is
> effective April 15.
>
> “As Commissioner, John led the way in developing the Water 2025  
> Initiative
> that is helping to avoid future water crises in the West,”  
> Secretary Norton
> said. “He and the rest of the Interior water team were crucial in  
> resolving
> a nearly 75-year dispute when California water users reached  
> agreement with
> the federal government and six other states on a multi-decade  
> agreement for
> sharing and using water in the Colorado River.
>
> “He is a consensus builder who spent a long career with the Bureau of
> Reclamation and then agreed to join my team to lead the Bureau as
> Commissioner,” Norton said. “He will be missed.”
>
> Among Keys’ accomplishments is development of the Lower Colorado River
> Multi-Species Conservation Program (MSCP), a coordinated,  
> comprehensive,
> long-term multi-agency effort to conserve and work toward the  
> recovery of
> endangered species and protect and maintain wildlife habitat on the  
> Lower
> Colorado River.
>
> “I love the Bureau of Reclamation,” Keys said. “I believe in what  
> we do. I
> am proud of our part in the water development and management that  
> has made
> it possible for us to live in the arid West. I believe that the  
> Bureau and
> our Department are ready for the water challenges of the 21st  
> century. It
> is a bittersweet time to leave Reclamation again.”
>
> In addition, in his letter to Secretary Norton, Keys thanked her  
> for the
> privilege of serving in the job and wrote: “Secretary Norton, I  
> leave the
> Bureau of Reclamation in good hands and with a strong course.  
> Reclamation
> employees are among the best, with a pervasive can-do attitude and  
> true
> commitment to Reclamation’s purpose and mission.”
>
> Keys spent 34 years as a career employee with the Bureau, first as  
> a civil
> and hydraulic engineer and later as the Pacific Northwest Regional  
> Director
>
>
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