Stories & Media

  • California Water

    Updated Folsom Dam Water Control Manual signed

    The auxiliary spillway at Folsom Dam with the dam in the background.

    Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives signed a revised Folsom Dam Water Control Manual at the dam on June 12, 2019, replacing a previous version last updated in 1987. Read More →

  • Facility Operation

    Reclamation announces increased Green River flows from Flaming Gorge Dam and urges caution to those below

    Flaming Gorge bypass tube releases

    The Bureau of Reclamation will increase flows from Flaming Gorge Dam on the Green River in Northern Utah beginning Monday, June 3. The Green River is a major tributary to the Colorado River. Higher release flows are based on current reservoir and river conditions, snowmelt projections, recent storm activity and current weather forecasts, as well as input from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Western Area Power Administration and Flaming Gorge Working Group. Reclamation urges rafters, fishermen and anybody recreating or working along the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam to exercise increased caution as the river will run high, swift and cold—conditions that can quickly overcome even the strongest swimmer. Read More →

  • Invasive Species

    Joint research project studies genetic structure of Quagga Mussel population in southwestern United States

    Invasive mussels colonizing on various items.

    Quagga mussels have infested the southwestern United States after being first identified in Lake Mead in 2007. Since then the species has spread throughout the Colorado River, from Lake Powell to Imperial Dam. To help inform control and management strategies, Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently published a scientific paper "Patterns of Genetic Structure Among Invasive Southwestern United States Quagga Mussel (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) Populations" in The Southwestern Naturalist. Read More →

  • Title Transfer

    Interior Department Finalizes First Ever Categorical Exclusion as Part of Improved Title Transfer Process

    Alfred Merritt Smith Water Treatment Plant, part of the Robert B. Griffith Water Project, located on the west side of Saddle Island at Lake Mead.

    U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced two actions that will expedite the transfer of eligible Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) facilities into local ownership and management: a new Categorical Exclusion and an update of Reclamation’s operating manual procedures to streamline the title transfer process. Read More →

  • WaterSMART

    Bureau of Reclamation makes up to $3 million available for 2019 Water Marketing Strategy Grants funding opportunity

    The 2019 Water Marketing Strategy Grants funding opportunity is now available from the Bureau of Reclamation. This funding opportunity is available to water entities to establish or expand water markets or water marketing activities. Reclamation will make available up to $200,000 for simple projects that can be completed within two years and up to $400,000 for more complex projects that can be completed in three years. Up to $3 million is available for this funding opportunity. Read More →

  • International Affairs

    Advancing dam safety globally, Reclamation hosts 11 countries for its International dam safety technical seminar and tour

    The Bureau of Reclamation hosts its annual Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams International Technical Seminar and Study Tour from June 3 – June 12, 2019. This international technical seminar is designed for managers, administrators, engineers and geologists who are frequently responsible for the safety of dams and their design, construction, operation or maintenance. Read More →

  • Recreation

    Life jackets and safe boating can help save lives

    National Safe Boating Week is May 18–24, 2019. The Bureau of Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Regional Office is recognizing the importance of safe boating through several activities aimed at reminding watercraft users to practice boating and life jacket safety while working or enjoying activities on the lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. Read More →

  • Research

    Bureau of Reclamation explores new ways to increase impact of water treatment technologies

    The Bureau of Reclamation has several patented and patent pending water treatment technologies to treat and purify water, wastewater and seawater. To help bring these solutions to market, Reclamation participated in FedTech's Spring 2019 Startup Studio Pitch Day on June 6 where diverse teams will present their findings on potential customers and markets. Read More →

  • Bureau of Reclamation

    Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier in the United States, and the nation's second largest producer of hydroelectric power. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Read More  →


Projects & Places

Recreation & Public Use

Reclamation Recreation Map Reclamation Land Use

The public may apply to use Reclamation land, facilities, and waterbodies, and may engage in the use only after proper authorization is received from Reclamation. Use authorizations are not required for permitted public recreational use of recreation areas and facilities open to the public. Read More →

Reclamation Recreation Map Reclamation Recreation Website

Reclamation projects have created a variety of recreation opportunities on the rivers downstream from the dams, including world class whitewater rafting and fishing opportunities. Read More → screen shot. helps you discover and book trips at Reclamation facilities and at all of America's public places. Read More →

RWIS Graphic Reclamation Water Information System

RWIS makes water and related data available for easy download and use. Visit the RWIS web site.

Statement of Project Construction Cost and Repayment Statements Are Available from Reclamation

Reclamation has been accumulating construction cost and repayment data since the first reimbursable project began and created the Statement of Project Construction Cost and Repayment (SPCCR) to capture cost and repayment data by project, for internal use only. However, these are now available by request. Read More →

Last Update 6/17/19