Stories & Media

  • Drought in the Western United States

    Many areas in the Western U.S. are currently experiencing unprecedented drought conditions. While droughts in the Western U.S. are common, there is growing evidence that climate change is causing longer and more frequent droughts in some areas. Drought directly impacts Reclamation’s ability to deliver water and power which is central to Reclamation’s mission. As the Nation's largest wholesale water supplier, Reclamation is working with our customers, stakeholders, and partners in developing resiliency to drought. Reclamation's Drought Response Program supports a proactive approach to drought. It will provide assistance to water users for drought contingency planning, including consideration of climate change information and to take actions that will build long-term resiliency to drought. Learn more at:

  • Cover and Chapter Title Page images from SECURE Water Act Section 9593c  - Reclamation CLimate Change and Water 2016 Report

    Interior Department Releases Report Underscoring Impacts of Climate Change on Western Water Resources

    Putting the national spotlight on the importance of water sustainability, the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation released a basin-by-basin report that characterizes the impacts of climate change and details adaptation strategies to better protect major river basins in the West that are fundamental to the health, economy, security and ecology of 17 Western states.The SECURE Water Act Report, produced by Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation and its state and local partners, was released following the first White House Summit on Water in observance of World Water Day. The report identifies climate change as a growing risk to Western water management and cites warmer temperatures, changes to precipitation, snowpack and the timing and quality of streamflow runoff across major river basins as threats to water sustainability. Water supply, quality and operations; hydropower; groundwater resources; flood control; recreation; and fish, wildlife and other ecological resources in the Western states remain at risk. Read More →

  • Bureau of Reclamation Launches Two Prize Competitions to Solve Issues About Downstream Fish Passage and Detecting Soil Movement within Earthen Dams, Canals and Levees

    Screenshot of opening frame of fish passage video.

    The Bureau of Reclamation has launched two prize competitions to seek new ideas and better methods for fish to move downstream past large dams and to detect the movement of soils within earthen dams, canals and levees. Through these prize competitions, Reclamation and its partners are seeking solutions from beyond the usual sources of experts that work in these fields. These competitions are open through May 10, 2016. Read More →

  • The Knowledge Stream - Reservoir Sedimentation and Sustainability Issue

    Cover of Knowledge Stream - Spring 2016 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. Read Issue →

  • Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams International Technical Seminar and Study Tour

    Photo of Cle Elum Dam, one of the dams on the tour.

    In most countries throughout the world, interest in the safety of dams has risen significantly in recent years. Aging dams, new hydrologic information, and population growth in floodplain areas downstream from dams has resulted in an increased emphasis on dam safety evaluation as well as operation and maintenance related to the safety of dams. This seminar will provide professional personnel with a comprehensive guide to establishing or enhancing a visual inspection/evaluation program and increase the technical capabilities of those responsible for safety evaluations. Registration, agenda, and study tour information is provided online. Read More →


Projects & Places

Recreation & Public Use

Reclamation Recreation Map Reclamation Land Use

The public may apply to use Reclamation land, facilities, and waterbodies, and may engage in the use only after proper authorization is received from Reclamation. Use authorizations are not required for permitted public recreational use of recreation areas and facilities open to the public. Read More →

Reclamation Recreation Map Reclamation Recreation Website

Reclamation projects have created a variety of recreation opportunities on the rivers downstream from the dams, including world class whitewater rafting and fishing opportunities. Read More →

Reclamation Recreation Map helps you discover and book trips at Reclamation facilities and at all of America's public places. Read More →

New Web Template New Web Design Conversion in Progess

Reclamation is still in the implementation phase of a new web design for it's external internet websites. The new design utilizes a responsive layout to make the Bureau's web pages more user friendly on mobile devices. The thousands of existing Reclamation web pages will be converted over the coming months. During the interim period, you may find pages in the previous format. We appreciate your patience as we complete this process.

Statement of Project Construction Cost and Repayment Statements Are Available from Reclamation

Reclamation has been accumulating construction cost and repayment data since the first reimbursable project began and created the Statement of Project Construction Cost and Repayment (SPCCR) to capture cost and repayment data by project, for internal use only. However, these are now available by request. Read More →

Last Updated: 5/4/16