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Bureau of Reclamation Invests $9.2 Million in Water and Power Research

Research focuses on providing innovative solutions for Reclamation water and power managers including its customers and stakeholders

Following a year of record drought, water managers throughout the west are searching for information and ideas to ensure a reliable and sustainable water supply. To meet this growing need for information, Bureau of Reclamation Principal Deputy Commissioner Estevan López announced today that Reclamation has awarded $9.2 million for 131 research projects.

"Reclamation and its partners in the West are confronting an ever widening imbalance between supply and demand," López said. "By investing in research to develop innovative solutions we can provide tools to guide a sustainable water and power future for the West."

Read more: News Release | Awards List | S&T Funding Fact Sheet


Fall 2014 R&D Newsletter The Knowledge Stream: Ecohydraulics and River Restoration Issue

The Fall 2014 issue of The Knowledge Stream (PDF, 3.3 MB)focuses on Ecohydraulics and River Restoration Research. Reclamation's projects exist within an ecosystem and have impacts on that ecosystem. Our mission is to manage water resources in an environmentally soundmanner. River restoration is central to that management. Ecohydraulics combines many disciplines, including biology and engineering. Research in ecohydraulics focuses on developing tools for managers, such as computer models, designs for habitat restoration, and fish passage.


Durable Foul-Release Coatings to Control Invasive Mussel Attachment

This Science and Technology Research Report summarizes six years of testing coatings to control the attachment of quagga and zebra mussels to water and power facilities. Since the study began in 2008, Reclamation has tested more than 100 coatings and materials. "Controlling attachment of invasive quagga and zebra mussels on Bureau of Reclamation facilities is important to ensure water delivery and hydropower generation," principal researcher Allen Skaja said. "Though we have tested many different coatings, three durable foul-release coatings are showing promise in managing mussels." Press release / Report pdf

Summer Issue of The Knowledge Stream: Hydropower and Renewable Energy

This edition of The Knowledge Stream, Reclamation's Research Office newsletter, highlights research aimed at helping Reclamation meet the Nation's changing energy needs by improving the safety, efficiency, and capacity of our hydroelectric plants.

COMET Videos

Reclamation, in cooperation with the COMET Program, has published a set of video interviews with Frank Leitz, Senior Chemical Engineer at Reclamation. In these three short video interviews, Frank shares stories and lessons learned from his work on water purification and desalination projects.

In the first video, "Lessons-learned: Cost-modeling for Desalination Projects", Frank shares some historical lessons from his experience estimating the cost of desalination projects.

In the second video, "The Pioneering Role of the Yuma Desalting Plant in Large-Scale Membrane Desalination", Frank provides some interesting background to the story of the creation of this historic and innovative project."

In the final video of this set, "What was a major success of the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program (DWPR)?", Frank describes some of the key achievements of this very successful program.

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Nine Desalination and Water Purification Research Projects and Pilot Studies Receive $1.4 million

Reclamation Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley announced that nine research projects and pilot studies will receive $1.4 million to address desalination and water purification needs. The Desalination and Water Purification Research Program will provide the funding for four research laboratory-scale projects and three pilot testing projects. Two previously announced pilot-scale projects will receive second-year funding. See the news release.


Reclamation and Partners Release New Hydrologic Projections for Contiguous United States

Reclamation has released new hydrologic projections that will help local water managers answer questions about future climate, stream flow and water resources. This new scientific data uses the updated World Climate Research Program climate projections that have been scaled to a finer resolution (downscaled) for water management decision support systems. "Reclamation is helping water managers prepare for the impacts of climate change with the release of this information, supporting the President's Climate Action Plan," Acting Reclamation Commissioner Lowell Pimley said. "Researchers and planners can use these future climate and hydrology projections to assess societal impacts and explore adaptation options." The new hydrology projections are available here. See the news release.

  

This information was last updated on December 3, 2014
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