Stories & Media


  • Photo of Rio Grande River

    Efforts to Protect Endangered Species in the Middle Rio Grande Continue with Renewed Commitments from Key Water Management Agencies

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed and provided a new biological opinion to the Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District and the State of New Mexico, providing Endangered Species Act coverage for water-related activities in the Upper and Middle Rio Grande. The parties have been formally consulting for nearly four years to address the needs of species protected under the act. The Service’s biological opinion concludes that the proposed water-related activities, including almost 90 species conservation commitments from the entities, will not jeopardize the survival of the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow, southwestern willow flycatcher and the threatened yellow-billed cuckoo. Read More →

  • Photo of An aerial view of the Lower Yellowstone original diversion works adjacent to the dam and the new fish screens and diversion upstream.

    Record of Decision Signed for Lower Yellowstone Fish Passage Project

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Bureau of Reclamation have signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam Fish Passage Project selecting the Bypass Channel Alternative and associated Adaptive Management and Monitoring Plan (AMP) for implementation. Reclamation and the Corps selected the Bypass Channel Alternative because it best meets the purpose and need of improving pallid sturgeon fish passage and ecosystem restoration while continuing viable and effective operations of the Lower Yellowstone Project. Read More →

  • Bureau of Reclamation Releases Water Markets Report

    Cover of  Water Markets Report document

    The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation have released a report reviewing the role of Reclamation in water markets. For decades, water users in the West have used many different approaches to address water needs particular to their location. In some instances, these approaches have created market conditions in which buyers and sellers voluntarily trade water rights. Such water market transactions can often involve Reclamation facilities. This new report, “Water marketing activities within the Bureau of Reclamation,” highlights the ways Reclamation has partnered with water users to enable such transactions. The report reviews a series of case studies which illustrate a tremendous amount of locally-led innovation. Read More →

  • Reclamation Releases Progress Report on Meeting Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

    Cover of Progress Report on Meeting Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

    Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López has released a report that provides a status update on the actions Reclamation is undertaking to meet the challenges of climate change on Western water supplies. This includes meeting the four goals established in the strategy, increasing water management flexibility, enhancing climate adaptation planning, improving infrastructure resiliency, and expanding information sharing. "Climate change poses clear risks to our ability to deliver water and power," Commissioner López said. "In light of those risks, Reclamation and our partners will take key steps that line up with the goals of this strategy, helping to ensure a sustainable water supply across the West." Read More →

  • Knowledge Stream Magazine – Fall 2016, Advanced Water Treatment

    Cover of Knowledge Stream Fall 2016 Issue

    This edition addresses Research and Development Office (R&D) work in the field of Advanced Water Treatment (AWT). AWT supports the goals and objectives stated in “Water Resource Challenges and Opportunities for Water Technology Innovation,” published in December 2015, which supports the White House Initiative on clean water technologies.  Activities highlighted include R&D’s Desalination and Water Purification Research (DWPR) and Science and Technology (S&T) Programs, which together fund a wide range of research, development, and demonstration activities in such areas as pre-treatment, water treatment, and concentrate management technologies, as well as innovation to reduce the costs, energy requirements, and environmental impacts of these various technologies. Read More →

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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: 12/9/16