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  • Photo of participants at signing of Memorandum of Understanding.

    Interior Department and Navajo Nation to Develop Plan for Contingency Water Supplies for Navajo Farms

    U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López and senior Navajo Nation officials met at the Navajo Shiprock Chapter House and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) intended to evaluate emergency contingency water supplies for Navajo farms in northern New Mexico. This planning effort will identify critical system components and emergency water supplies in case the San Juan River is temporarily deemed unfit for irrigation in the future. Interior has committed Bureau of Reclamation Fiscal Year 2016 financial assistance to fund a study to identify alternative contingency water supplies and operations plans. This effort will include development of parameters for the scope of study, identification of issues and factors to be considered in the evaluation of alternatives, and evaluation of selected alternatives to determine the most practical and attainable solutions. Read More →

  • Photo of Bureau of Reclamation Employees Receiving 2016 Federal Customer Service Awards

    Bureau of Reclamation Employees and Customer Service Teams Received 2016 Federal Customer Service Awards from Interior

    Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López recognized two Bureau of Reclamation employees and two customer service teams on July 4, 2016, during the Federal Customer Service Awards ceremony at the Main Interior Building, Washington, District of Columbia. Jesus Reynoso and Rain Emerson, both from Reclamation offices in the Mid-Pacific Region, had received individual awards. Water Project Coordinators, a group of 18 employees within the Provo Area Office, Utah, and the Acquisition and Assistance Leadership Team, a group of 10 employees from various Reclamation offices, had received Customer Service Initiative Awards. Read More →

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    Reclamation is Seeking Non-Federal Partners to Help Launch Prize Competitions

    The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking non-federal partners to join with Reclamation and other federal agencies on prize competitions to solve critical water and water-related issues. Several prize competitions may involve solving issues related to water availability, aquatic ecosystem protection and restoration, and sustaining water and water-related infrastructure. Prize competitions bring many people together from diverse backgrounds to focus on solutions for difficult problems. Large competitions, also known as grand challenges, typically use online crowd sourcing platforms for conducting initial rounds of competition, but culminate with prototype demonstrations in laboratory or field based tests. Reclamation anticipates conducting multiple partnered competitions over the next several years and is looking for a mix of partners to work with on these competitions. Read More →

  • Photo of Commissioner Estevan López speaking at event on June 23, 2016.

    Interior, USDA Announce More Than $47 Million in Investments for Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Drought Response & Agriculture Operations Across the West

    The U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture have announced more than $47 million in investments to help water districts and producers on private working lands better conserve water resources. The funds include $15 million in USDA funds and $32.6 million from the Bureau of Reclamation for local projects to improve water and energy efficiency and provide a strengthened federal response to ongoing and potential drought across 13 states in the West. Read More →

  • Knowledge Stream Magazine – Summer, Climate Variability and Extremes

    Screenshot of cover of Summer 2016 edition of the Knowledge Stream quarterly.

    In the Summer 2016 edition of the Knowledge Stream quarterly, you will learn about climate variability and extremes. From research on better ways of estimating heavy precipitation to improving tools for predicting floods and droughts, this edition highlights the Research and Development Office’s (R&D) efforts to better understand the increasing challenges in managing water resources in an era of changing climate, and to develop more effective decision-support tools to help navigate those challenges. Read More →

  • 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: www.usbr.gov/drought

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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 Recreation.gov

Recreation.gov 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: 7/29/16