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Oregon Projects

While Oregon has abundant rainfall to its west, most Reclamation projects were built to bring irrigated agriculture to the much drier, eastern Oregon where many pioneers settled in the 1800s. Today, most Reclamation efforts are focused on improving the safety of existing dams and reservoirs, enhancing stream flow and fish passage, and working with partners on watershed restoration efforts.

Activities in the Snake River basin of eastern Oregon are administered through the Snake River Area Office. Activities in other areas of Oregon, excluding the Klamath Basin, are administered through the Columbia-Cascades Area Office. Klamath Basin is administered by the Mid-Pacific Region.
 
History
Early Oregon settlers learned to divert rivers and streams through primitive ditches and canals in order to sustain their crops and livestock. With the continuously increasing number of new settlers to Oregon during the mid and late 1800s, rudimentary irrigation techniques could not keep pace with the demand for water.

Warm Springs Dam, OregonThe creation of the Reclamation Service in 1902 provided Oregon with the planning, design, and construction expertise necessary to develop large scale water projects. The first Reclamation project in Oregon was the Klamath Project, consisting of three storage dams and four diversion dams that provided irrigation water to southwest Oregon and northern California.

In addition to constructing many large and small water projects which are operated and maintained by local irrigation districts, Reclamation has rehabilitated many deteriorating, privately constructed structures under the Safety of Dams program.

Today, Oregon depends on Reclamation facilities to supply water not only for irrigation, but for municipal and industrial use, hydropower, flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife purposes.
 
Project Dam Powerplant
Arnold Project    
Baker Project Mason Dam  
  Thief Valley Dam  
Burnt River Project Unity Dam  
Crooked River Project Arthur R. Bowman Dam  
  Ochoco Dam  
Deschutes Project Crane Prairie Dam  
  Haystack Dam  
  Wickiup Dam  
Grants Pass Project    
Owyhee Project Owyhee Dam  
Rogue River Basin Project Agate Dam  
  Emigrant Dam  
  Howard Prairie Dam  
  Hyatt Dam  
  Keene Creek Dam Green Springs Powerplant
Tualatin Project Scoggins Dam  
Umatillia Basin Project Cold Springs Dam  
  McKay Dam  
Vale Project Agency Valley Dam  
  Bully Creek Dam  
  Warm Springs Dam  
Wapinitia Project Wasco Dam  
 
Contacts    
Columbia-Cascades Area Office
Acting
Area Manager
(509) 575-5848 ext. 202


Columbia-Cascades Area Office
1917 Marsh Road
Yakima, WA 98901-2058
Dawn Wiedmeier
Deputy Area Manager
(509) 575-5848 ext. 213
dwiedmeier@usbr.gov

Yakima Field Office
1910 Marsh Road
Yakima, WA 98901-3058

Doug DeFlitch
Field Office Manager
(541) 389-6541 ext. 226
ddeflitch@usbr.gov

Bend Field Office
1375 SE Wilson Ave, Suite 100
Bend, OR 97702-1435

     
Boris Belchoff
Field Office Manager
(541) 564-8616
bbelchoff@usbr.gov

Umatilla Field Office
32871 Diagonal Road
Hermiston, OR 97838-6307
   
 
Projects in Eastern Oregon are managed by the Snake River Area Office
Jerrold D. Gregg
Area Manager
(208) 383-2248
jgregg@usbr.gov

Snake River Area Office

230 Collins Road
Boise, ID 83702-4520
Chris Beardsley
Deputy Area Manager
(208) 383-2248
cbeardsley@usbr.gov

Middle Snake Field Office

230 Collins Road
Boise, ID 83702-4520
 
 
Klamath Basin Area Office
Acting
Area Manager
(541) 883-6935

Klamath Basin Area Office

6600 Washburn Way
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
 
Related Links
Oregon Projects and Facilities
Southeastern Oregon Boat Ramps
Southeastern Oregon Water Operations
Oregon Recreation
Klamath Basin Area Office
Burnt River Water Temperature Study Steering Committee Final Report
Deschutes Resources Conservancy
Henry Hagg Lake Resource Management Plan
Prineville Reservoir Resource Management Plan
Snake River Resources Review
 

Last Update: July 15, 2014 12:33 PM