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  • Bureau of Reclamation Outlines Water Year 2016 Central Valley Project Water Supply Conditions

    In preparation for the initial 2016 water supply allocation announcement later this winter, the Bureau of Reclamation is providing an update on water supply conditions for the federal Central Valley Project (CVP). The water year (WY) runs from October 1 to September 30; the contract year for most CVP contractors runs from March 1 to February 28. The CVP’s reservoir carryover storage from WY 2015 into WY 2016 (October 1, 2015) was 2.9 million acre-feet, which was 24 percent of capacity and 47 percent of the 15-year average for that date in six key CVP reservoirs (Shasta, New Melones, Trinity, Folsom, Millerton, and the federal portion of San Luis). Read More →

  • Photo of water at Hoover dam - past ansd present.

    Interior Launches New, Interactive Web Tool to Show Effects of 16-Year Drought in the Colorado River Basin

    On the heels of a White House Roundtable on Water Innovation, the U.S. Department of the Interior has launched a new, interactive website to show the dramatic effects of the 16-year drought in the Colorado River Basin. The specialized web tool, otherwise known as Drought in the Colorado River Basin – Insights Using Open Data, shows the interconnected results of a reduced water supply as reservoir levels have declined from nearly full to about 50 percent of capacity. Read More →

  • Reclamation Releases Truckee Basin Study, Providing Tools for Water Managers in California and Nevada to Help Meet Future Water Demands

    Cover of Truckee Basin Study doucment.

    The Bureau of Reclamation has released its study of the Truckee Basin in California and Nevada, projecting that climate change may impact water supplies in the 21st century. Now available online, this study provides water managers with information to better understand the basin’s water supply and demand from now until 2099, and also identifies potential options to help them meet future demands. Reclamation developed the study in partnership with the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Truckee River Flood Management Authority and Placer County Water Agency. Read More →

  • The Knowledge Stream - Water Technology Prize Competitions Issue

    In the Winter 2015-2016 edition of The Knowledge Stream quarterly issue, you can learn about Research and Development Office (Research Office) efforts to host technology prize competitions and enlist “citizen solvers” to help address some of the most difficult water and power management challenges facing Reclamation and its customers and stakeholders. You will also find articles covering a variety of program activities, including technology transfer and results from recently completed research and development projects. This edition spotlights the Research Office’s growing efforts to use technology prize competitions to spur innovation by engaging a non-traditional, national solver community. Read More →

  • Interior Proposes Adaptive Management Framework for Glen Canyon Dam

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has released a proposed framework for adaptively managing Glen Canyon Dam over the next 20 years with the goal of creating certainty and predictability for power and water users while protecting environmental and cultural resources in Grand Canyon National Park and the Colorado River ecosystem. The draft environmental impact statement (EIS) is available to the public for review and comment for 90 days. Read More →

  • Reclamation Selects 16 Entities for Youth Conservation and Youth Intern Partnership Programs

    More than two dozen Youth Conservation Corps crews aged 16-19 from Northwest Youth Corps spent five weeks clearing wood debris felled by a windstorm at Reclamation's Lake Cascade Reservoir north of Boise, Idaho, in 2011 and 2013.

    Reclamation selected 16 entities from throughout the United States to participate in its youth conservation and youth intern partnership programs. The master cooperative agreements cover five years and will speed up award funding for youth programs as projects become available. No funding is associated or guaranteed with these agreements. "Young people seeking a career that connects with America’s outdoors truly benefit from real-world experiences that provide on-the-job training in resource management issues," Commissioner Estevan López said. Read More →

  • Reclamation Seeks Proposals for Water Treatment Research, Laboratory Studies and Pilot-Scale Projects for Desalination and Water Purification

    Photo of deslination project.

    As part of an ongoing effort to further technological advances related to imbalances between water supply and demand, the Bureau of Reclamation has announced that it will seek proposals for research, laboratory studies and pilot-scale projects that target increasing the usable supply of water in the United States as part of its Desalination and Water Purification Research Program. Read More →

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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: 2/2/16