Bureau of Reclamation

Stories & Media

  • Photo of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman holds a fire-salvaged Reclamation seal, here with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, at Whiskeytown Lake on Aug. 12, 2018.

    Secretary Zinke, Commissioner Burman tour Carr Fire

    Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was in Redding, California, to see impacts of the Carr Fire, including impacts to DOI public lands and facilities. Reclamation facilities, including Shasta Dam and Keswick, Carr and Spring Creek power plants,were in the thick of the fire earlier this month. Facilities were evacuated, and half of the Northern California Area Office's employees were personally evacuated from their homes. Five Reclamation employees lost their homes in the fire. Read More  →

  • Photo of filters in a desalination plant.

    Bureau of Reclamation selects 16 projects to receive $3.5 million for desalination and water purification research

    Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that 16 entities will receive $3.5 million for laboratory and pilot-scale research projects as part of the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program. The DWPR Program works with Reclamation researchers and partners to develop more innovative, cost-effective and technologically efficient ways to desalinate water. Read More  →

  • Photo of the Rio Grande flowing through the Colorado town of Del Norte.

    Reclamation awards $1.9 million to fourteen tribes

    Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that fourteen tribes were selected to receive $1.9 million for technical assistance through the Native American Affairs Technical Assistance to Tribes Program. "Reclamation is committed to working with tribes on water management issues," Commissioner Burman said. "This funding will help establish cooperative working relationships with Indian tribes and tribal organizations and ensure they can be fully engaged as they develop, manage and protect their water resources." Read More  →

  • Photo of the Rio Grande.

    Bureau of Reclamation provides 27 projects $2.6 million in WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program grants

    Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that 27 entities were selected to receive a total of $2.6 million to establish or further develop watershed groups in order to address water quantity or quality through Cooperative Watershed Management Program Grants. Of the 27 entities selected, 19 are existing watershed groups, including one from the Virgin Islands, and 8 are establishing a new watershed group. Read More  →

  • Photo of drought in the southwest United States..

    Bureau of Reclamation awards $8.3 Million to 15 drought resiliency projects

    Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that Reclamation has awarded $8.3 million to 15 projects in California, New Mexico and Utah for the preparation and response to drought. The types of projects selected increase water management flexibility and water supply reliability. These projects also reduce the need for drought emergency response actions. The funding provided is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior's WaterSMART initiative. Read More  →

  • Photo of Connie Svoboda.

    People of Reclamation: Meet Connie Svoboda, hydraulic engineer

    Connie Svoboda is one of Reclamation’s go-to subject matter experts when it comes to hydraulic engineering. She has been a hydraulic engineer with Reclamation’s Technical Service Center in the Hydraulic Investigations and Laboratory Services Group for more than 17 years. Hydraulic engineers apply principles of water movement to the development of structures, projects, and systems involving water resources. 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 →

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 8/16/18