Western Colorado Area Office

The Western Colorado Area Office (WCAO) consists of two offices, one located in Grand Junction and one located in Durango, and several field offices with projects encompassing western Colorado, northwestern New Mexico, and northeastern Arizona. The office is responsible for Reclamation projects and program activities in the Upper Colorado, Gunnison, Yampa, White, Dolores, Uncompahgre, Animas, and San Juan river basins and works with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Nation, and Navajo Nation, as well as numerous water user organizations.

News and Highlights


  • Lake NighthorseThe Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft environmental assessment for the Lake Nighthorse Recreation Plan. The draft environmental assessment includes a no action alternative and three alternative recreation plans. The three proposed plans provide different scenarios for recreation at Lake Nighthorse while protecting water quality and sensitive natural, cultural, and other resources and ensure compatibility with the primary purpose of the Animas-La Plata Project for municipal and industrial water supply. Read More >>

  • Features

    Western Colorado Area Office Participates in Water Festivals

    VolunteersIn May 2016, employees and retirees of the Western Colorado Area Office participated in two water festivals. The first festival was the Children’s Water Festival in Durango, Colo., at Fort Lewis College on Wednesday, May 4. Over 700 fifth grade students attended the festival and the Western Colorado Area Office taught the “Colorado River Journey” where students learn about the Colorado River water diversions, water sources and water quality. Read More →

  • Features

    Students Today Leaders Forever Volunteer for a Service Project at Grand Junction Wildlife Area

    Student Group PhotoOn March 23, 2016, approximately 45 University of Wisconsin students from “Students Today Leaders Forever” volunteered at Reclamation’s Grand Junction Wildlife Area in Grand Junction, Colorado. The student volunteers pruned trees and cut and removed weed barrier material from around cottonwood trees at the wildlife area. The project ensured the health and growth of trees planted in the wildlife area 17 years ago. Read More →

  • In The News

    Reclamation Awards $8.6 Million Contract for Construction of Orchard Mesa Irrigation District’s Regulating Reservoir

    The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded an $8.6 million contract for construction of the Orchard Mesa Irrigation District’s regulating reservoir on behalf of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. The contract was awarded to Kissner General Contractors, Inc. from Cedaredge, Colorado. Construction of the 74 acre-foot regulating reservoir on Orchard Mesa, Colorado, is the next feature to be built on the OMID’s Canal System’s Improvement Project. Read More →

Last Updated: 6/15/16