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Commissioner Estevan López
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Q&A with Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley - Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley provides the second in a series of videos. In this question and answer session he discusses climate change and drought.

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Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley provides the first in a series of videos. In this question and answer session he answers the question - how has the mission of Reclamation changed over the years? Watch the video. Transcript (PDF - 39 KB)

California Drought Media Briefing - Comments by Commissioner Michael Connor, Bureau of Reclamation at the Federal Agencies and State of California Drought Media Briefing, Sacramento, California, February 5, 2014. Watch the video. Transcript (PDF - 42 KB) Read more at: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/drought/

Signing of the Agreement in Principle to Resolve Klamath Basin Resource Issues - Governor Kitzhaber, Senators Wyden and Merkley, and Reclamation Commissioner Mike Connor joined, on December 4, 2013, with members of the Klamath Basin Task Force and Upper Basin Water Group to announce the successful completion of work by the Task Force and an agreement in principle on Upper Basin water and economic issues. Watch the video. Transcript (PDF - 155 KB) Read more at: http://on.doi.gov/1bjAyM1.

International Commission on Large Dams Conference - "Challenges in Managing Water in the American West" was the subject of remarks delivered by Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor at the International Commission on Large Dams Conference on August 14, 2013. Watch the video. Transcript (PDF - 22 KB)

Reclamation Commissioner Mike Connor discusses the importance of agencies working together in combating the devastation of wildland fires. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack signed a memorandum of agreement in Colorado focusing on proactively restoring forest lands around important watersheds and preventing costly, destructive wildfires in these areas. Watch the video. Transcript (PDF - 17 KB)

Michael L. Connor, Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, delivered remarks to the Washington Environmental Youth Summit at the National Geographic Society, on June 27, 2013. This video is a short clip from the presentation. Watch the video. The transcript for the full presentation is available here. (PDF - 72 KB)

On Tuesday, May 28, Commissioner Connor and Interior Assistant Secretary Anne Castle convened key stakeholders representing basin states, the conservation community and Native American tribes to discuss the future of the Colorado River Basin. The Moving Forward event in San Diego, Calif. identified next steps to address identified actions in the Colorado River Supply and Demand Study, issued in December of 2012. This video captures the spirit of the representatives who participated in the event. Watch the video, Transcript (PDF - 72 KB)

Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Mike Connor discuss meeting upcpoming with stakeholders and other interested persons at the Moving Forward event in San Diego. The event is to announce what next steps are recommended for the Colorado River Basin and will include a discussion of the Colorado River Basins Study report released in December. Assistant Secretary Castle and Commissioner Connor provide an overview in this podcast. Watch the Video Transcript

Commissioner Michael Connor and the five regional directors of Reclamation discussed emerging and priority Western water issues, including updates on Water SMART, new directives and standards, and budgetary challenges at the 2013 Family Farm Alliance conference on 2/21/13. Video clip relates to the FBMSsystem which is basically an integrated software program that's going to replace 80 legacy business, accounting and financial systems that we have across the Department of the Interior Watch the Video Clip CompleteTranscript

Texas Water Day Conference 2013, Washington, DC, Presentation, by Commissioner Michael Connor, Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Commissioner Mike Connor speaking at the Texas Water Day conference in Washington DC on Capitol Hill. Texas Water Day is an effort to inform the Texas delegation, key members of Congress, members of committee staff and federal agency staff of the critical water, environmental and regulatory issues facing the state today.  A number of these issues relate to federal support or impairment in the implementation of Texas water infrastructure projects as identified in Texas or relate directly to their operations. Audio, Transcript (PDF - 35 KB)

Signing of MOU between the DOI and the HACU - The Department of the Interior has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities that provides a cooperative framework for Interior and HACU to develop programs that engage the Hispanic community and Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The Bureau of Reclamation will manage the MOU for the Department. October 23, 2012. Watch the video...

Statement of Michael L. Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior, Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate S. 3385, July 31, 2012. Watch the video...

Commissioner Connor discusses Reclamation's role in developing hydropower resources across the West, including work to maximize hydro resources at existing facilities, including canals and laterals. July 9, 2012. Watch the video...

Commissioner Connor outlines the promotion of key priorities, including the economic benefit of Reclamation's infrastructure, the WaterSMART program, ecosystem restoration, efforts to strengthen Indian communities, and renewable energy. June 20, 2012.. Watch the video...

Commissioner Connor with host Monica Trauzzi at the studios of E&E TV in Washington, D.C. to discuss hydropower and its role in President Obama's "All-of-the-Above" energy strategy. Transcript (PDF - 15KB), June 7, 2012. Watch the video...

On June 7, Commissioner Connor conducted a wide ranging interview on Native America Calling addressing multiple topics of interest to native communities. Native America Calling is a live weekly radio call-in program linking public radio stations, the Internet and listeners together in a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities. Native America Calling is heard on 52 stations in the United States and in Canada by approximately 500,000 listeners each week. June 7, 2012. Audio, Transcript (PDF - 70 KB)

Commissioner Connor led the groundbreaking for Reclamation’s largest construction project for the coming decade. Hundreds of workers will now begin construction on 280 miles of pipeline, two water treatment plants and a delivery system that will serve 43 Navajo chapters, the southwest portion of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the city of Gallup. The project, which will provide a long-term sustainable water supply to a population expected to reach approximately 250,000 people by the year 2040, will start providing water to some communities within 2-3 years and is expected to be fully built-out by 2024. June 2, 2012. Watch the video...

Commissioner Connor Speaks at Completion Ceremony for the Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie - The Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), celebrated the completion of the Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie Project, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Watch the video...

Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor discusses DOI and Reclamation’s aggressive efforts in hydropower, non-hydro renewable energy resources, Reclamation’s two-year progress report, and other issues at the NCPA Federal Policy Conference. April 23, 2012. Watch the video...

Oral Statement of Michael L. Connor Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Before the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and Power. The Commissioner Connor testified on Reclamation's Fiscal Year 2013 budget request. March 20, 2012. Watch the video...

Commissioner Mike Connor Commissioner Connor testified on Reclamation's role in negotiating and carrying out provisions of Indian water right settlements at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Hearing, March 15, 2012. Watch the video...

Commissioner Mike Connor speaks at the Texas Water Day, Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC on February 1, 2012. Watch the video...

Commissioner Mike Connor speaks to stakeholders, non-government organization representatives and others on Jan. 5, 2012, at the Education Center, Rio Grande Nature Center, Albuquerque, NM. Watch the video...

Commissioner Mike Connor delivered remarks at the Colorado River Water Users Association Meeting on December 16, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. Watch the video...

Commissioner Mike Connor was a keynote speaker at the National Water Resources Association annual meeting on November 17, 2011 in Tucson, AZ. Watch the video...

Sally Jewell, DOI Secretary

Sally Jewell, DOI Secretary
Remarks at the Colorado River Water Users Association Meeting
December 13, 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Transcript (PDF - 62 KB)

Last Update: 12/17/14