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Water Conservation Field
Services Program

The Bureau of Reclamation was created by the Reclamation Act of 1902, to reclaim the arid Western United States. Reclamation accomplished this through the construction of water projects that allowed for settlement and economic development of the 17 Western states. Over the last century, Reclamation's responsibilities have evolved from constructing water projects and operating and maintaining facilities, into the broader aspects of contemporary water management issues and related resource management and protection.

photo: mud cracks

Today, Reclamation's new mission as a manager, developer, and protector of water and related resources requires a new management approach to provide an adequate water supply for a growing population and a variety competing needs. More efficient use of water is a necessary element of the balance that must exist in order to supply water for residential, industrial, agricultural, environmental, recreational, and Native American
needs while achieving flood control and drought management objectives.

In 1997, the Bureau of Reclamation initiated the Water Conservation Field Services Program (WCFSP) to encourage water conservation and efficient use of water supplies on federal Reclamation projects, as well as foster improved water management on a watershed basis throughout the Western states.The WCFSP was designed to implement the Preferred Alternative in Reclamation's March 1996 Final Environmental Impact Statement on Implementation of the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (RRA).

photo: wheelpivot irrigation of farmland

While the program emphasis under the RRA is to work with Reclamation projects, the WCFSP is also designed to contribute to watershed partnerships outside of Reclamation projects to promote more efficient use of water by all segments of the water-using community. Ultimately, efficient water use will benefit agriculture, urban communities, water-related recreation, and natural ecosystems.

There are four areas of emphasis under the Water Conservation Field Services Program.
1) Water Management Planning
2) Conservation Education
3) Demonstration of Innovative Technologies
4) Implementation of Conservation Measures

In this web site you will find information about activities and accomplishments within the Upper Colorado Region under each of these headings.


Last updated: December 6, 2006