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  • Photo of helicopter with large hexagonal frame. Photo courtesy of of SkyTEM. Bureau of Reclamation Begins Low-Level Helicopter Research Flights Over Yuma Area

    Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office (YAO), in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, is announcing an upcoming research project involving low-level helicopter flights in the Yuma area. The helicopter will be towing a large hexagonal frame over the Yuma agricultural production areas and the Colorado River over the next few weeks to survey and capture groundwater imagery. The flights will begin the last week of August and continue for up to 3 weeks. Read More →

  • Photo of Cle Elum Dam.

    Cle Elum Fish Passage Facilities and Fish Reintroduction Project

    The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $12.8 million contract to Condon-Johnson & Associates, Inc., based in Kent, Washington. The construction work involves building a secant or concrete shaft adjacent to the Cle Elum Dam, located 75 miles northwest of Yakima, Washington. The secant shaft is an underground vault that will eventually house the juvenile fish passage structure, allowing young salmon to safely bypass the dam to the river below. The Fish Passage Facility is a component of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan, which focuses on water conservation, irrigation needs, fisheries and watershed health. Read More →

  • Photo of Glen Canyon Dam penstocks and energy transmission towers.

    Colorado River More Important Than Ever

    Ongoing attention to the Colorado River emphasizes its crucial role as the “lifeblood” that sustains millions of Americans across dozens of cities and countless farms in the American West. For the seven states that comprise the Colorado River Basin—Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming—the Colorado River has stimulated growth and opportunity for generations. Today it is as important as ever for leaders, residents and visitors to this beautiful and dynamic region of the country. Read More →

  • Photo of Rodent Burrows In Earthen Embankments

    Preventing Rodent Burrows In Earthen Embankments

    Rodent burrows can fill with water when the water levels change, creating seepage paths, which can lead to internal erosion in embankments resulting in the potential for catastrophic failure. Embankment failures can cause property damage, loss of life, and interrupt crucial deliveries of water in the West and across the nation. In the latest Reclamation Prize Competition, solvers are asked to “dig deeper” than the rodents and offer creative, cost effective, long-term solutions to this real and serious problem. Watch the Video and Read More →

  • Photo of All American Canal

    Reclamation is Seeking Non-Federal Partners to Help Launch Prize Competitions

    The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking non-federal partners to join with Reclamation and other federal agencies on prize competitions to solve critical water and water-related issues. Several prize competitions may involve solving issues related to water availability, aquatic ecosystem protection and restoration, and sustaining water and water-related infrastructure. Read More →

  • Drought in the Western United States

    Many areas in the Western U.S. are currently experiencing unprecedented drought conditions. While droughts in the Western U.S. are common, there is growing evidence that climate change is causing longer and more frequent droughts in some areas. Drought directly impacts Reclamation’s ability to deliver water and power which is central to Reclamation’s mission. As the Nation's largest wholesale water supplier, Reclamation is working with our customers, stakeholders, and partners in developing resiliency to drought. Reclamation's Drought Response Program supports a proactive approach to drought. It will provide assistance to water users for drought contingency planning, including consideration of climate change information and to take actions that will build long-term resiliency to drought. Learn more at: www.usbr.gov/drought

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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 →


Reclamation Recreation Map Recreation.gov

Recreation.gov helps you discover and book trips at Reclamation facilities and at all of America's public places. Read More →


New Web Template New Web Design Conversion in Progess

Reclamation is still in the implementation phase of a new web design for it's external internet websites. The new design utilizes a responsive layout to make the Bureau's web pages more user friendly on mobile devices. The thousands of existing Reclamation web pages will be converted over the coming months. During the interim period, you may find pages in the previous format. We appreciate your patience as we complete this process.


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 Updated: 8/25/16