Steve Davies, Facilities Operations and Maintenance Division at the Montana Area Office or Reclamation just sent out this alert:Good afternoon to everyone:As you know, Reclamation has a contractor working at the Yellowtail Afterbay Dam to recoat all of the metal gates at the dam. The contractor has been utilizing a large barge platform and three support boats immediately upstream side of the dam to accomplish this work. Early this morning high winds and subsequent wave action capsized two of the boats and damaged the barge and the third boat. Efforts are underway, as onsite conditions allow, to stabilize and remove the damaged craft. No injuries or fluid spills have been reported. We have notified downstream emergency management officials as well as the Crow Tribe and BIA, and will keep you apprised of any changes or new developments.Please call me if you have any questions or concerns, thanks.Steve Davies, ManagerFacilities Operations and Maintenance DivisionU.S. Bureau of ReclamationMontana Area OfficeOffice: 406-247-7307Cell: firstname.lastname@example.orgWatch this site for additional updates.
The Afterbay parking lot project that was started in the spring of 2011 is scheduled to be completed next week (January 16 through January 20) according to Jerry Case, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area superintendent. According to Jerry, the contractor is going to install some small concrete blocks which are approximately 1 foot square by 5 inches thick , along the side of the existing concrete boat ramp. The blocks will be installed in an area roughly 9 feet wide and 68 feet long. These blocks will help prevent erosion from water that runs off of the parking lot. When the work is completed , vehicles and boat trailers will still be able to drive on the blocks and use the area alongside the existing boat ramp.The ramp and parking lot will both remain open for public use and boat launching during the construction. The contractor will place safety cones or flagging on part of the ramp and parking lot for their materials, equipment, and space needed for completing the work. This work could not be done during the summer when river flows were close to 15,000 cfs , but now that the flows have returned to a more normal rate, the work site is accessible. Also, the amount of river visitation and boat ramp usage is low and the work can be done with minimal visitor inconvenience. If weather conditions change or snowfall prevents work progress , the work schedule is subject to change. Watch this site for fruther updates.A special thanks to John Sindland for getting this information to us.