Reclamation began a project to research a basic history of each Reclamation project in 1993. Using student historians during the summers, we expect to develop a brief history narrative about each of the Reclamation projects in the American West. Samples of these essays are included here.

The essays are intended to provide basic history background about project location, construction history, major features, and economic effects in the area. Reclamation uses these essays for such activities as environmental statement preparation, summaries for publications, briefing presentations, etc.


Histories of Reclamation "Projects"

Acronyms used:

CAP—Central Arizona Project
CUP—Central Utah Project
CVP—Central Valley Project

CRBPA—Colorado River Basin Project Act
CRSP—Colorado River Storage Project
P-SMBP—Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program

Index for Reclamation Projects

Reclamation Projects
Ainsworth Unit, P-SMBP, Nebraska All-American Canal, Boulder Canyon Project, California Almena Unit, P-SMPB, Kansas Angostura Unit, P-SMPB, South Dakota
Animas-La Plata Project, See also Colorado River Basin Project Arbuckle Project Armel Unit, P-SMBP, Colorado Arnold Project
Avondale Project Baker Project Balmorhea Project Belle Fourche Project
Bitter Root Project Blackfeet Indian Irrigation Project, Montana Boise Project, Idaho Bonneville Unit, Central Utah Project, Utah
Bostwick Division, P-SMBP, Kansas and Nebraska Bostwick Park Project, CRSP, Colorado Boulder Canyon Project, All American Canal Boulder Canyon Project, Hoover Dam, Arizona and Nevada
Boysen Unit, P-SMBP, Wyoming Brantley Project (See Carlsbad Project) Buffalo Rapids Project Buford-Trenton Project
Burnt River Project, Oregon Cachuma Project, California Canadian River Project, Texas Canyon Ferry Unit, P-SMBP, Montana
Carlsbad Project, New Mexico Cedar Bluff Unit, P-SMPB, Kansas Central Arizona Project Central Utah Project, Bonneville Unit, Utah
Central Utah Project, Jensen Unit, Utah Central Utah Project, Unbuilt Units, Utah Central Utah Project, Vernal Unit, Utah Central Valley Project Overview, California
Central Valley Project, Auburn-Folsom Unit South, California Central Valley Project, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Integrated Units Central Valley Project, Delta Division, California Central Valley Project, Folsom and Sly Park Unit, California
Central Valley Project, Friant Division, California Central Valley Project, New Melones Unit, California Central Valley Project, Sacramento River Division, Sacramento Canals Unit, California Central Valley Project, San Luis Unit, California
Central Valley Project,Shasta Division, California Central Valley Project, Trinity River Division, California Chief Joseph Dam Project, Washington Collbran Project, Colorado
Colorado-Big Thompson Project, Colorado Colorado River Basin Project, Central Arizona Project, Arizona Colorado River Basin Project, Dallas Creek, Colorado Colorado River Basin Project, Dolores Project, Colorado
Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Project, Multiple States Colorado River Front Work and Levee System, Arizona, California, Nevada Colorado River Project, Texas Colorado River Storage Project, Flaming Gorge Unit, Utah and Wyoming
Colorado River Storage Project, Glen Canyon Unit, Arizona and Utah Colorado River Storage Project, Navajo Unit, Colorado and New Mexico Colorado River Storage Project, San Juan-Chama Project, New Mexico Colorado River Storage Project, Seedskadee Project, Utah
Colorado River Storage Project, Smith Fork Project, Colorado Colorado River Storage Project, Wayne Aspinall Unit, Colorado Columbia Basin Project, Washington Crescent Lake Dam Project, Oregon
Crooked River Project, Oregon Crow Creek Pump Unit, P-SMBP, Montana Crow Indian Irrigation Project, Montana Dallas Creek Project, Colorado, Colorado River Basin Project
Dalton Gardens Project, Washington Delta Division, CVP, California Deschutes Project, Oregon Dickinson Unit, P-SMBP, North Dakota
Dolores Project, CRBPA East Bench Unit, P-SMBP, Montana Eden Project, Wyoming Emery County Project, Wyoming
Farwell Unit, P-SMBP, Nebraska Flaming Gorge Unit, CRSP Flathead Indian Irrigation Project, Montana Florida Project, CRSP, Colorado
Fort Clark Unit, P-SMBP, North Dakota Fort Peck Indian Irrigation Project, Montana Fort Sumner Project, New Mexico Frenchman-Cambridge Division, P-SMBP, Nebraska
Frenchtown Project, Montana Friant Division, CVP, California Fruitgrowers Project, Colorado Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, Colorado
Garden City Project, Kansas Garrison Diversion Unit, P-SMBP, North Dakota -- See Jamestown Dam and Reservoir Gila Project, Arizona Glen Canyon Unit, CRSP, Arizona and Utah
Glen Elder Unit, P-SMBP, Kansas Glendo Unit, P-SMBP, Wyoming and Nebraska Grand Valley Project, Colorado Grants Pass Project, Oregon
Hammond Project, New Mexico Hanover Bluff Unit, P-SMBP, Wyoming Heart Butte Unit, P-SMBP, North Dakota Helena Valley Unit, P-SMBP, Montana
High Plains States Groundwater Recharge Demonstration Program, Multiple States Hondo Project, New Mexico Hoover Dam, Boulder Canyon Project, Arizona and Nevada Humboldt Project, Nevada
Hungry Horse Project, Montana Huntley Project, Montana Hyrum Project, Utah Indian Irrigation Project, Blackfeet Project, Montana
Indian Irrigation Project, Crow Project, Montana Indian Irrigation Project, Flathead Project, Montana Indian Irrigation Project, Fort Peck, Montana Indian Irrigation Projects Overview
Intake Project, Montana James Diversion Dam P-SMBP, North Dakota Jamestown Dam and Reservoir Project, P-SMBP, Noth Dakota Jensen Unit, Central Utah Project, Utah
Kendrick Project, Wyoming Keyhole Unit, P-SMBP, Wyoming and Nebraska King Hill Project, Idaho Kirwin Unit, P-SMBP, Kansas
Klamath Project, Oregon, California Kortes Unit P-SMBP, Wyoming Lewiston Orchards Project, Idaho Little Wood River Project, Idaho
Lower Marias Unit, P-SMBP, Montana Lower Rio Grande Rehabilitation Project, New Mexico Lower Yellowstone Project, Montana and North Dakota Lyman Project, Wyoming
Mancos Project, Colorado Mann Creek Project, Idaho Marshall Ford Dam --See Colorado River Project McGee Creek Project, Texas
McMillan Delta Project, New Mexico -- See Carlsbad Project Michaud Flats Project, Idaho Middle Rio Grande Project, New Mexico Milk River Project, Montana
Minidoka Project, Idaho, Wyoming Minot Extension, P-SMBP, North Dakota Mirage Flats Project, Nebraska Missoula Valley Project, Montana
Moon Lake Project, Utah Mountain Park Project, Oklahoma Narrow Dam Navajo Unit, CRSP, New Mexico and Colorado
Navajo Indian Irrigation Project, New Mexico New Melones Unit, CVP, California Newlands Project, California and Nevada Newton Project, Utah
Norman Project, Oklahoma North Loup Division, P-SMBP, Nebraska North Platte Project, Wyoming and Nevraska Nueces River Project, Texas
Oahe Unit, P-SMBP, South Dakota Ogden River Project, Utah Okanogan Project, Washington Orland Project, California
Owl Creek Unit, P-SMBP, Wyoming Owyhee Project, Oregon Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project Palisades Project, Idaho
Palmetto Bend Project, Texas Palo Verde Diversion Project, California and Arizona Paonia Project, Colorado Parker-Davis Project, Arizona and California
Pecos River Water Salvage Project, New Mexico and Texas Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program Overview Pine River Project, Colorado Preston Bench Project, Idaho
Project Skywater Provo River Project, Utah R. B. Griffith Water Project, Nevada Rapid Valley Project, South Dakota
Rapid Valley Unit, P-SMBP, South Dakota Rathdrum Prairie Project, Idaho Rio Grande Project, New Mexico and Texas Ririe Project, Idaho
Riverton Unit, P-SMBP, Wyoming Rogue River Basin Project, Oregon Rural Water Supply Projects Salt River Project, Arizona
San Angelo Project, Texas San Diego Project, California San Felipe Project, CVP, California San Juan-Chama Project, CRSP New Mexico
San Luis Unit, CVP, California San Luis Valley Project, Colorado Sanpete Project, Utah Santa Maria Project, California
Sargent Unit, P-SMBP, Nebraska Savage Unit, P-SMBP, Montana Scofield Project, Utah Seedskadee Project, Colorado River Storage Project, Utah
Shadehill Unit, P-SMBP, South Dakota Shasta Division, CVP, California Shoshone Project, Wyoming Silt Project, Colorado
Smith Fork Project, CRSP, Colorado Solano Project, California Southern Nevada Water Project -- See R. B. Griffith Water Project Strawberry Valley Project, Utah
Sun River Project, Montana Sweetwater Project, Wyoming and Nebraska -- See North Platte Project Trinity Division, CVP, California Truckee Storage Project, California and Nevada
Tualatin Project, Oregon Tucumcari Project, New Mexico Umatilla Basin Project, Oregon Uncompahgre Project, Colorado
Vale Project, Oregon Ventura River Project, California Vermejo Project, New Mexico Vernal Unit, Central Utah Project, Utah
W. C. Austin Project, Oklahoma Wapinitia Project, Oregon Washita Basin Project, Oklahoma Washoe Project, California and Nevada
Wayne Aspinall Unit, CRSP, Colorado Weber River Project, Utah Webster Unit, P-SMBP, Kansas Wichita Project, Kansas
Williston Project, North Dakota Wind Electric Power Project Yakima Project, Washington Yellowtail Unit, P-SMBP, Montana
Yuma Auxiliary Project, Arizona and California -- See Yuma Project Yuma Project, Arizona and California


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