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  • Photo of Commissioner Estevan López speaking at event on June 23, 2016.

    Interior, USDA Announce More Than $47 Million in Investments for Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Drought Response & Agriculture Operations Across the West

    The U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture have announced more than $47 million in investments to help water districts and producers on private working lands better conserve water resources. The funds include $15 million in USDA funds and $32.6 million from the Bureau of Reclamation for local projects to improve water and energy efficiency and provide a strengthened federal response to ongoing and potential drought across 13 states in the West. Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the funding in Brighton, Colo. Reclamation funding will support 76 local projects through the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART program, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) funding will support on-farm water delivery system improvements in association with the Interior-funded projects through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Read More →

  • Photo of Rope Access Team Training.

    Going the ‘Extended Distance’

    On May 27, members of the Hoover Dam Police Department, Hoover Dam Fire Brigade and Rope Access Team participated in an activity that is not recommended for persons who are faint of heart, less than physically fit and perhaps, fearful of heights. Demonstrating proficiency in high-angle technical training, which includes properly donning safety equipment, setting anchors, managing ropes and rappelling extended distances, is an integral part of duties for the nine employees who participated. The 600-foot face of Hoover Dam is a perfect venue to challenge the employees and provide an opportunity to educate the public about the significance of the Bureau of Reclamation and Hoover Dam. Read More →

  • Photo of Grand Coulee Dam Laser Light Show

    Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center Laser Light Show

    On May 28, Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center began its extended summer season hours, along with its Laser Light Show which plays nightly through the end of September. Visitor Center hours are from 8:30 a.m. until one hour past the start of the Laser Light Show. Through the end of July, the show will begin at 10 p.m. For August, the show begins at 9:30 p.m. and for September, 8:30 p.m. There is also an increase in the number of public tours into the John W. Keys III Pump-Generating Plant. These one hour tours occur daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors will ride a shuttle bus to the pumping plant to view gigantic pumps lifting water from Lake Roosevelt to Banks Lake, which then delivers water throughout the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. The shuttle will then take visitors across the top of Grand Coulee Dam for spectacular views of Lake Roosevelt and the Columbia River. Tours are on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are taken and space is limited. Read More →

  • Interior Department Announces $30 Million for Water Reuse and Reclamation Projects in California

    Photo of All-american Canal

    Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor has announced more than $30 million in funding through the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI program for seven projects that will provide clean water to California communities and promote water and energy efficiency. “With California in its fifth year of drought, these investments will build resilience for local communities struggling with limited water supplies – an effort that is more important than ever as the dangers of drought escalate in the face of climate change,” Deputy Secretary Connor said. Read More →

  • Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Innovative Water Treatment Prototypes and Pilot Scale Projects

    Photo of Research Project

    A new funding opportunity is now available from the Bureau of Reclamation seeking innovative water treatment prototypes and pilot-scale projects that are ready to test with real water. Through this funding opportunity Reclamation is supporting President Obama’s vision for promoting and investing in breakthrough technologies for water resources, building on the White House Roundtable on Water Innovation in December 2015. Through these projects, Reclamation is seeking to to reduce the costs, energy requirements, and environmental impacts of treating impaired and unusable waters, in order to build new water supplies and support the drought stricken West. Read More →

  • Reclamation Announces Summer 2016 Park Events and Park Ranger Interpretive Programs at Lake Berryessa

    Photo of Fourth Graders Participate in Every Kid in a Park Activities at Lake BerryessaThe Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office has announced summer 2016 park events and Park Ranger interpretive programs at Lake Berryessa in Napa County. All activities will be held rain or shine and are free of charge. Some programs have group-size limitations, so please contact the Park Ranger office regarding availability. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather and bring water and sunscreen. Children are welcome, but those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 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: 6/23/16