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  • Photo of Razorback Sucker Fish

    Reclamation Lowers Lake Mohave Water Level as Annual Razorback Sucker Harvest Gets Underway

    The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region is lowering water levels in Lake Mohave to aid in harvesting razorback suckers, a species native to the Colorado River, from lakeside rearing ponds. The work is part of annual river operations which is timed to coincide with conservation activities for the endangered fish. Beginning today, Lake Mohave will steadily lower from its September 14 elevation of 642 feet above mean sea level (msl) to an elevation of about 635 feet msl by the week of October 24. Lake Mohave is located above Davis Dam on the Colorado River near Laughlin, Nevada. Read More →

  • Arrow Rock Dam Arrowrock Dam Recognized as Historic Civil Engineering Landmark

    On Aug. 25, the 100- year-old Arrowrock Dam was recognized as Idaho’s first National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at a ceremony held onsite. ASCE represent members of the civil engineering profession worldwide. It is the oldest national engineering society in the United States. ASCE recognizes historically significant civil engineering projects, structures, and sites all over the world. More than 200 projects have earned the title for the creativity and innovative spirit of civil engineers. Read More →

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    Bureau of Reclamation Launches American River Basin Study in Northern California

    Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López announced that Reclamation is launching a new basin study in the American River Basin in Northern California. This comprehensive water study will help inform water management in the Central Valley Project. The American River Basin Study will include the development of detailed hydrologic analysis and models for the basin, which will include consideration of the impacts of climate change. It will also leverage existing stakeholder groups to identify and evaluate adaptation strategies specific to the American River Basin. To complete this study, Reclamation is partnering with the Placer County Water Agency, El Dorado County Water Agency, City of Sacramento, City of Roseville, City of Folsom and Regional Water Authority. Read More →

  • Jeffrey Nettleton Selected as the New Area Manager for the Klamath Basin Area Office in Klamath Falls, Oregon

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    The Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region has announced that Jeffrey Nettleton has been selected as the Area Manager for the Klamath Basin Area Office. He will assume his new responsibilities in Klamath Falls on Wednesday, Sept. 21. For the past 17 years Nettleton has worked as the Rapid City Field Office Manager and Facilities and Engineering Division Chief, managing projects in North and South Dakota. Prior to that, he managed the San Juan Chama Project in Chama, New Mexico, for five years; was the project engineer on The Trinity River Restoration Program in Weaverville, California for four years; and worked on dam safety and engineering programs in Reclamation’s Technical Service Center in Denver, Colorado, for four years. Read More →

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    Reclamation Awards $8.9M Contract for Dike Modification at Altus Dam

    The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a contract for $8,906,175 to Meridian Contracting, Inc., for the dike modification work at Altus Dam. Altus Dikes are located approximately 20 miles north of Altus, Okla. in Kiowa and Greer Counties. The work is required to address the results of a Corrective Action Study (CAS), completed in May 2015, which identified various alternatives to reduce static and hydrologic risks associated with the Altus dikes, ensure continued structural integrity under all reasonable expected operating conditions, reduce potential flood overtopping risks, and fully maintain authorized project benefits at current levels. 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 →

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    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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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: 9/15/16