Research and Development Office

The Research and Development Office advances Reclamation's mission to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public.

Current Happenings


  • News

    Groundwater Recharge in Upper Colorado River Basin May Hold Steady Under Climate Change

    (Aug. 15, 2016) Future increases in precipitation in the Upper Colorado River Basin may increase groundwater recharge, offsetting reductions that would result from increased temperatures, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation. Read More →

  • News

    Bureau of Reclamation Selects Winners of Prize Competition Seeking Methods to Quantify Drift Invertebrates in River and Estuary Systems

    (Jul. 15, 2016) Quantifying the vital food supply for threatened and endangered fish has been complicated for scientists. But that may be changing. Through a Bureau of Reclamation prize competition, five ideas were selected that have merit and may lead to breakthroughs quantifying the drift invertebrates in river and estuary systems. Read More →

  • Magazine

    Knowledge Stream - Climate Variability and Extremes Issue

    (Summer 2016) This issue focuses on climate variability and extremes. From research for better ways of estimating heavy precipitation to improved tools for forecasting of floods and droughts, highlights include efforts to better understand the increasing challenges in managing water resources in an era of changing climate, and to develop more effective decision-support tools to help navigate those challenges.

    Other areas of interest feature articles connecting to Reclamation reservoir operations, including pilot studies located in Reclamation’s five regions, which focus on identifying how improving forecast skills or improving ways of using forecasting information can provide opportunities for increases in water management flexibility. Read Issue →

  • News

    Bureau of Reclamation Selects Twenty-one Projects to Receive $2.93 Million to Study Water Treatment Technologies

    (Jun. 30, 2016) Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López today announced $2.93 million in funding for water treatment technologies research. This funding is being provided through the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program for the development of new water treatment technologies and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for research into the deployment of new technologies that supports the expansion of water technologies in new locations. Read More →

  • News

    Pitch to Pilot: Bridging Reclamation's Clean Water Technologies for Today and Tomorrow

    (June 10, 2016) Reclamation developed a new cooperative agreement competition called Pitch to Pilot to call for innovative pilot scale water treatment technologies and processes for inland desalination. Featuring a unique competition approach designed to accelerate proposal review and selection, chosen applicants will be invited to interact with the application review committee in-person and make a "pitch" on their proposal. Read More →

  • News

    Technical Manual to Help Inform River and Stream Professionals in Management of Wood Projects Throughout the United States Now Available from Bureau of Reclamation

    (April 15, 2016) The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have developed and released a manual to establish consistent methods to assess, design and manage wood projects for river and stream restoration throughout the United States. The National Large Wood Manual provides a basic understanding of the role of wood in fluvial aquatic and riparian ecosystems and information on how wood should be maintained, reintroduced and managed by resource managers and restoration practitioners. Read More →

  • Newsletter

    The Knowledge Stream - Reservoir Sedimentation and Sustainability Issue

    (Spring 2016) In this issue, we focus on reservoir sedimentation and sustainability. As we move into the future, the growing number of water users in the West will continue to use aging reservoirs to manage surface water supplies. All rivers transport sediments ranging from fine clays and silts to coarse gravels and cobbles.

    When our existing reservoirs were originally designed, the accumulation of sediment in reservoirs was anticipated, and reservoirs were often estimated to have a “sediment-design life”. This prompts interest in strategies to better manage accumulating sediments in reservoirs.

    Solutions to manage reservoir sedimentation other than simply storing sediment in reservoirs have been proposed and applied internationally. Reclamation is evaluating opportunities to potentially use some of these solutions, or develop new ones. Read Issue →

  • News

    Reclamation Selects Six Fish Tracking Ideas in Inaugural Prize Competition

    (Jan. 7, 2016) The Bureau of Reclamation has selected six ideas out of 22 submitted for its "New Concepts for Remote Fish Detection" prize competition. Four out of the six submissions fully qualified under the prize competition guidelines and will receive a shared total of $20,000. Read More →

Last Updated: 8/3/16