• 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.


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

Today, Reclamation is the nation's largest wholesale water supplier, operating 348 reservoirs with a total storage capacity of 245 million acre-feet (an acre-foot, 325,851 gallons of water, supplies enough water for a family of four for one year). This water provides one out of five (or 140,000) western farmers with irrigation water for 10 million farmland acres that produce 60 percent of the nation's vegetables and one-quarter of its fresh fruit and nut crops.

This water is delivered to more than 31 million people each year and generates more than 40 billion kilowatt-hours for the last 10 years making Reclamation the second largest producer of hydropower in the United States.

Please visit our current water operations site to learn more about water operations at the Bureau of Reclamation.

Updated: June 25, 2012