The Bureau of Reclamation turned 111 years old on June 17, 2013 - President Roosevelt signed the Reclamation Act on June 17, 1902. In July of 1902, Secretary of the Interior Ethan Allen Hitchcock established the United States Reclamation Service (USRS) within the USGS. In 1907, the USRS separated from the USGS to become an independent bureau within the Department of the Interior. The USRS was renamed the Bureau of Reclamation in 1923. Photo: Before the Hoover Dam could be built, the Colorado River had to be diverted through tunnels. This piece of equipment, named a Jumbo Rig, was designed to speed up the tunnel drilling process. Built on the back of a 10-ton truck, 24 to 30 drills could be operated at once. Learn more about Reclamation's history at the Reclamation History site.
Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam to Undergo Extensive Remodel - The Carl Hayden Visitor Center in Page, Ariz. is about to undergo a major face lift with all new displays now being designed for visitors to the Bureau of Reclamation's Glen Canyon Dam and the National Park Service's Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument. More...
Comments Sought By Reclamation on WaterSMART Grants Directive and Standard - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comments on the draft directive and standard for WaterSMART Grants. This directive and standard outlines the internal process used by Reclamation to review applications for funding under the program each year, including the responsibilities of each Reclamation office. More...
Return to the Yankee Fork - A new video has been produced on the steelhead in the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River - a sure sign of success for Idaho's PS3 Side Channel Project. Click the video above to play or go to the Yankee Fork Rehabilitation Project Project page for more videos.
Weekly Video from Interior - This Week at Interior for June 14, 2013. A new video will be posted each week from the Department of the Interior featuring activities of the Department and it's bureaus. Click the video above to play or go to the DOI YouTube Site
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