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Frequently Asked Questions



What is the Bureau of Reclamation?

Reclamation manages, develops, and protects water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public. Find more information on our About Us page.


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What is the Projects and Facilities Database?

The Projects and Facilities Database provides the most current information on Reclamation’s projects, facilities, and programs. It is a one-stop information center for a vast variety of people (from Reclamation's staff, partners, and stakeholders to Congress to students to international water resource agencies) on the web.

The Projects and Facilities Database provides basic information about Reclamation's actions, facilities, and operations and is a jumping off place for further, more specific information. Having the information in a central location also helps Reclamation manage, gather and disseminate our institutional knowledge.

The Projects and Facilities Database shows what Reclamation is doing and how our projects help solve water and related resources problems and benefit the American people.

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How can I find what I need in the Database?

If you know the name, you can search by  project, powerplant, or dam.  You can also look at the interactive maps, which will display Reclamation's facilities by state or region.  The search page can help if you don't know the name, or you are looking for any projects that have a certain term in common (e.g., gravity dams). On the search page, type in a word that might be relevant to the pages you want.  Be as specific as possible.

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Who visits the Projects and Facilities Database?

The Bureau of Reclamation Web site is accessed almost 10 million times a year and the Projects and Facilities Database is one of the top sites. This includes visitors from all over the world and a wide range of audiences, who access different information for different reasons:

  • Reclamation staff obtain background information on projects, monitor information such as daily reservoir storage, and get contact information (including area offices and irrigation and water districts).
  • Congressional staff use the Database as a quick source of background information for briefings and to show the benefits (e.g., municipal and industrial, recreation, flood control as well as irrigation) for their districts.
  • Media can get information and contacts to ask more informed questions.
  • Irrigation districts use the Database to keep up with new actions and to get information about water availability
  • Organizations can get information and links to show how Reclamation's facilities are part of the solution.
  • Families use the Database to plan vacations.

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Will the Projects and Facilities Database add any information?

The Projects and Facilities Database is the new and greatly expanded version of the former Dataweb and the 1979 Project Databook. We have updated the Project Databook 1979 information, where applicable, for each project online. The project narratives provide basic facility information, with links to reservoir data, engineering data, and other more specific information. Many of the projects have online histories. We will continually update each project description by consulting a variety of sources. The Projects and Facilities Database will continue to evolve and grow. 

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How can I contact the Projects and Facilities Database?

We would like to hear from you. Please let us know what you think about the Projects and Facilities Database:  What else would you like to see? Are things easy to find? Contact the Reclamation Web Manager at webmaster@usbr.gov

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Where can I find Bureau of Reclamation construction cost trends?

Construction cost trends are located on Reclamation's Estimating, Specifications, and Value Program Group's website at http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/estimate/cost_trend.html.

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Last updated: 2009-06-28 12:52:25.0