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    President Proposed $1.0 Billion Fiscal Year 2019 Budget for the Bureau of Reclamation

    President Donald Trump has proposed a $1.049 billion Fiscal Year 2019 budget for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. The budget supports the Department’s goals of ensuring the provision of secure and reliable water supplies, the efficient generation of American energy, celebration of America’s resources and recreational opportunities, and fulfilling commitments to tribal nations. Read More  →

  • Photo of the generators inside the Shasta Dam power plant.

    Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Public Comment on Project Use Power Draft Directive and Standard

    The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment on the draft directive and standard that defines the eligible uses and recipients of project use power and related cost recovery and rate setting methodology. The draft directive and standard is available at https://www.usbr.gov/recman. Read More  →

  • San Joaquin River Restoration Program staff check a rotary screw trap for newly emerged spring-run Chinook salmon - Photo by Josh Newcom.

    After 60 Years, Chinook Salmon Spawn in San Joaquin River

    Spring-run Chinook salmon have successfully spawned in the San Joaquin River for the first time in over 60 years due to a multiagency effort by the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. Implementing agencies responsible for management of the program are the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the California Department of Water Resources and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. Read More  →

  • Photo of lake in experiencing drought conditions.

    Reclamation Awards $4.9 Million Contract for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Modernization for the Colorado River Storage Project

    The Bureau of Reclamation took an important step in enhancing infrastructure control, monitoring, information security and knowledge sharing across Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) facilities by awarding a $4.9 million contract to Systems Integrated on January 2, 2018. The five-phase project will replace and modernize existing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems to further standardize Reclamation’s system architectures between its Upper and Lower Colorado Regions. Read More  →

  • Photo of  mussels competition poster

    Bureau of Reclamation Launches Prize Competition Looking to Eradicate Invasive Quagga and Zebra Mussels

    The Bureau of Reclamation has launched a new prize competition seeking innovative solutions for the 100-percent eradication of invasive quagga and zebra mussels from large reservoirs, lakes and rivers in a cost-effective and environmentally sound manner. Invasive mussel infestations pose significant logistical and economic challenges for local communities, recreationists, and water managers by potentially disrupting water deliveries, increasing facility maintenance cost, and impacting the local ecology. Read More  →

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    Reclamation Releases Updated Version of the Reclamation Water Information System

    The Bureau of Reclamation is releasing an updated version of the Reclamation Water Information System at https://water.usbr.gov. RWIS is designed to meet modern data standards allowing for anyone to view, access and download Reclamation's water data. RWIS Release 2.0.0 includes the addition of data for the full period of record for four out of five regions, adjustments to the layout and options on the query page, the addition of a visualization demo, and improvements to the behavior of links from the map page. Read More →

  • Bureau of Reclamation's Year in Review - 2017

    The Bureau of Reclamation concludes 2017 by highlighting a busy and productive year in the Western United States. We saw a high runoff in the Pacific Northwest and New Mexico, the end of the drought in California with full reservoirs, the end of construction of the new spillway at Folsom Dam in California, the construction of the helix fish passage at Cle Elum Dam in Washington, hosting people from around the world at the International SEED Seminar, new exhibits at the Glen Canyon Dam Visitor Center, and continued maintenance and inspections at facilities throughout the West. The year ended with Reclamation welcoming its new Commissioner, Brenda Burman.


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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 →


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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 2/12/18