President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate Mr. Estevan López to Serve as the Next Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation - DOI Secretary Jewell said "Estevan’s professional experience and collaborative approach make him a strong choice for the position. He has my enthusiastic support as the U.S. Senate considers his nomination". Estevan currently serves as the Director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, supervising all activities of the legislatively chartered body with broad authority to protect, conserve, and develop New Mexico’s waters, including interstate and intrastate stream systems. The Commission ensures compliance with the State’s eight interstate stream compacts and is responsible for regional and State water planning. Estevan also serves concurrently as the Deputy State Engineer for New Mexico. More...
Lowell Pimley Named Acting Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner - Newly confirmed Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor has praised Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s decision to appoint Lowell Pimley to serve as acting Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation until a new Commissioner is selected by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate. “Lowell has the depth of knowledge and breadth of experience to manage through the complex issues facing Reclamation,” said Connor. “The collaborative relationships he has built during his tenure as Deputy Commissioner have prepared him to step into the responsibilities of this position.” More....
President’s $1 Billion Reclamation Budget for FY 2015 Underscores Water & Power as Economic Drivers in the West - President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget request released today identifies a total of $1 billion for the Bureau of Reclamation, continuing the President's commitment to be prudent with taxpayer dollars while setting consistent spending priorities for Reclamation. As the nation's largest wholesale water supplier and second-largest producer of hydroelectric power, Reclamation's projects and programs are critical to driving and maintaining economic growth in the western states. More...
Improved Efficiency Maximizes Hydropower Generation - The Bureau of Reclamation is the second largest provider of hydroelectric power in the United States, operating 53 hydroelectric powerplants across the West that produce, on average, 40 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year – enough to serve approximately 3.5 million homes. In an effort to maximize available hydropower generation regardless of hydrologic conditions, Reclamation is working to improve the efficiency of its power facilities through optimization. Optimization is a mathematical tool that helps hydroelectric project operators achieve the most power output for a given amount of water. It provides excellent benefits and a fast return on taxpayer and ratepayer investment. More...
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