Mid-Pacific Region Organization
Bureau of Reclamation
President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Reclamation Act in 1902, creating the agency that would become the Bureau of Reclamation. The agency’s initial mission: Develop and provide water for the 17 semi-arid western states. Reclamation has built 475 major structures, including Hoover Dam on the Colorado River and Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River.
The Mid-Pacific Region, one of five Reclamation regions, covers the northern two-thirds of California, most of western Nevada and part of southern Oregon. The Region places great importance on fulfilling its obligations for water delivery, water conservation, water recycling and reuse, power generation, and protecting natural and cultural resources. The Region develops partnerships with customers, states, and Native American Tribes; and brings together a variety of interests to address competing needs for limited water resources.
Mid-Pacific Region Headquarters Office
The Regional Director’s Office in Sacramento is the lead office for the Mid-Pacific Region. The office includes the Regional Director and Deputy Regional Director, as well as the Assistant Regional Director for Business Services and the Assistant Regional Director of Technical Services.
Mid-Pacific Region Areas and Offices
Mid-Pacific Region Areas and Offices
Klamath Basin Area Office
The office, in Klamath Falls, Oregon, operates the Klamath Project on the Oregon-California border in Oregon’s Klamath County and California’s Siskiyou and Modoc counties. The Klamath Project provides irrigation for more than 200,000 acres of cropland and nearly 35,000 acres of wetlands. Two main sources supply water for the project: The Upper Klamath Lake and Klamath River; and Clear Lake Reservoir, Gerber Reservoir, and Lost River, which are in a closed basin.
Northern California Area Office
The office, at Shasta Dam, north of Redding, administers Reclamation lands, water service, and water contracts from north of Sacramento to near the California-Oregon border. The office manages the Central Valley Project’s Shasta-Trinity and Sacramento River divisions, which include Shasta Dam, powerplant and reservoir.
Central California Area Office
The office, at Folsom Dam, about 25 miles east of Sacramento, manages water and land resources in 12 counties, including facilities of the CVP’s American River and East Side divisions, the Auburn Folsom South Unit and the Solano Project’s Lake Berryessa. The office’s area of responsibility encompasses Folsom Lake and New Melones Reservoir.
South-Central California Area Office
The office, headquartered in Fresno, manages Reclamation activities from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, south to the Tehachapi Mountains and the southern coastal counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura, including the CVP’s Delta, San Felipe and Friant divisions and the San Luis Unit. The office has jurisdiction over 2.5 million acres of irrigated land, accounting for 25 percent of Reclamation’s total irrigated acreage.
Lahontan Basin Area Office
The office, in Carson City, Nevada, is responsible for the western Great Basin, with a focus on about 80,000 square miles in northern Nevada and eastern California. The area extends from the Truckee, Carson, and Walker River drainages on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and covers much of northern and central Nevada. The office operates the Newlands, Washoe, Humboldt and Truckee River Storage projects.
More information on Area Offices and accomplishments: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/area_offices.html
Central Valley Operations Office
The office, together with the California Department of Water Resources, manages the daily operations of the CVP and the State Water Project from a joint operations center in Sacramento. The center coordinates releases and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta exports to ensure that each project achieves its share of benefit from shared water supplies and bears its share of joint obligations to protect beneficial uses.
Mid-Pacific Construction Office
The office in Willows, California, manages construction programs and performs preconstruction work, onsite construction management, and construction contract administration throughout the Mid-Pacific Region.
The office, created in 2010, focuses on the many issues associated with the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Bay-Delta Office centralizes program management and staff expertise to help ensure that Reclamation effectively responds to the emerging needs of the Bay-Delta (see pages 36-37).
More information on Specialized Offices: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/area_offices.html
The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is a key element in California’s water supply.
Employee Photo Contest
Each year, the Region conducts an employee photo contest that draws numerous entries. Photos are submitted in four categories: Facilities, landscape, people and wildlife. Winning photos are shown on this page.
April 20, 2012