• A stator in the third powerhouse at Grand Coulee.
  • The penstocks above the water at Hoover Dam
  • The top of Shasta Dam in California
  • An automated gate structure on a canal in Washington.
  • An aerial photo of the sunsetting at Ruedi Reservoir in Colorado.


In order to support Reclamation’s goal of securing America’s energy resources and manage water in a sustainable manner for the 21st century, we hold extensive river restoration activities on many of our projects throughout the West. The activities involve partnerships and cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies, tribes, nonprofit environmental conservation organizations, and our stakeholders.

Reclamation proudly supports these many activities, whose successful restoration often includes immense benefits to fish, wildlife, and their respective habitats.  

Some examples of river restoration activities include: river and stream-bank protection and enhancement, floodplain restoration, increase or improvement of water supply, construction of wetlands, propagation of fish, and the installation of water temperature control devices.

Reclamation’s river restoration work directly supports the President’s America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative, which asserts that lasting conservation solution should rise from the American people, and that the protection of our natural heritage is a non-partisan objective shared by all Americans.

Reclamation incorporates AGO into its goal of protecting and renewing rivers, enhancing recreational opportunities, conserving and restoring federal lands and waters, and engaging young people in conversation into all of its operations. Through sustained partnerships, coordinated activities, and public engagement, Reclamation’s river restoration work continues to produce significant and crucial results to water and environment in the West.

Learn more about River Restoration at the Bureau of Reclamation.

Updated: October 19, 2012