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  • The image is a screen shot of the new side-by-side comparison map in the data visualization tool. The map on the right displays the 2018 WaterSMART projects, and the map on the left displays all previously funded WaterSMART projects.

    WaterSMART Program Updates: Data Tools for Water Managers

    Through WaterSMART, the Bureau of Reclamation works with states, Tribes, water managers, and other entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply reliability. In addition to cost-shared grants for water management improvements, Reclamation provides shared information and tools with water managers through WaterSMART to support water supply reliability. There have been recent updates to the WaterSMART Data Visualization webpage, and two new data platforms, including a Technical Review of Smartcontrollers and an Irrigation Demand Projections tool. Read More →

  • Photo of Colorado River Arizona

    Interior and Reclamation seek formal input from governors to protect Colorado River Basin

    The Department of the Interior, through the Bureau of Reclamation, has submitted a notice to the Federal Registe seeking recommendations from the governors of the seven Colorado River Basin states for protective actions Interior should take amid ongoing severe and prolonged drought. This notice recognizes the need for prompt action to enhance and ensure sustainability of Colorado River water supplies throughout the southwestern United States. Read More →

  • Membranes, like this in the photo, are used to filter and treat previously unusable water so it is available to local communities.

    Bureau of Reclamation awards $35.3 million to six water reclamation and reuse projects in California

    Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman has announced that Reclamation is awarding $35.3 million for six authorized Title XVI water reclamation and reuse projects in California. The funding will be used to improve flexibility during water shortages and diversify the water supply. Read More →

  • Bird Track Springs Fish Habitat Enhancement Project

    The Bird Track Springs Fish Habitat Enhancement Project is enhancing habitat on a 1.9-mile stretch of the Grande Ronde River near La Grande, Oregon. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, U.S. Forest Service, Bonneville Power Administration and Reclamation have partnered to design and implement a habitat enhancement project that will restore the river’s complexity by increasing mainstem and off-channel habitat, providing temperature benefits and helping to manage destructive ice buildup. Read More →

  • Cover of funding opportunity document for projects that build long-term resilience to drought.

    Bureau of Reclamation makes funding available for projects that build long-term resilience to drought

    The Bureau of Reclamation has made a funding opportunity available as part of its WaterSMART Drought Response Program for projects that build long-term resilience to drought and reduce the need for emergency response actions. Reclamation anticipates awarding between 10 and 15 drought resiliency projects this year. Read More  →

  • Photo of an example of a pipe that Reclamation is seeking innovative methods and technologies to detect leaks and flaws.

    Four winners to share $75,000 for ideas submitted in Bureau of Reclamation's Detecting Leaks and Flaws in Water Pipelines Prize Competition

    To find new, innovative ways to identify leaks and flaws in large diameter buried pipelines, Reclamation launched a prize competition in 2018. After an extensive review, four winners were selected to share $75,000 for their novel solutions. Read More →

  • Bureau of Reclamation launches funding opportunity for WaterSMART small-scale water efficiency projects

    The Bureau of Reclamation has released a funding opportunity for small-scale water efficiency projects as part of the WaterSMART Program. The projects funded with these grants include installation of flow measurement devices and automation technology, canal lining or piping to address seepage, municipal meter upgrades, and other projects to conserve water. These cost-shared projects conserve and use water more efficiently, mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict, and accomplish other benefits that contribute to a reliable water supply in the West. Read News Release, View FOA

  • Reclamation Releases Colorado River Basin Ten Tribes Partnership Tribal Water Study

    Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman has announced the release of the Colorado River Basin Ten Tribes Partnership Tribal Water Study that was conducted collaboratively with the member tribes of the Ten Tribes Partnership. The study documents how Partnership Tribes currently use their water, projects how future water development could occur and describes the potential effects of future tribal water development on the Colorado River System. 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  →


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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 →


Recreation.gov screen shot. Recreation.gov

Recreation.gov 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 2/11/19