Stories & Media


  • California Water

    Public comment period open for critical Shasta Dam proposal to increase water storage for Californians and fish

    Shasta DamThe Bureau of Reclamation has proposed raising the Shasta Dam and is seeking public input on the Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. By raising the 600-foot-tall Shasta Dam by 3% or an additional 18.5 feet, the proposed project would increase water storage capacity in the Shasta Lake reservoir by 634,000 acre-feet or more than 200 billion gallons—enough water to support two million people a year. Read More →

  • Research

    Knowledge Stream: Improving Employee Safety, Noise Control in Powerplants

    The cover of the knowledge stream on noise control.Welcome! In this issue of the Knowledge Stream we are sharing about how we're addressing noise-related safety challenges in Reclamation's powerplants and other facilities. Reducing noise helps to protect employees from the impacts of noise-induced hearing loss, create a better working environment, and promote employee safety and health. Read More →

  • Recreation

    Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center increases recreational access

    Aerial view of Flaming Gorge Dam and Reservoir.Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities, the Bureau of Reclamation will increase access at Flaming Gorge Visitor Center beginning Monday, August 3. Reclamation is working across the 17 western states in close coordination with federal, state, and local public health authorities to actively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic while using a phased approach to increase public access on a case-by-case basis. Read More →

  • Employees

    Reclamation Commissioner selects Rob Manning as Chief of Public Affairs

    The sunset on Upper Klamath Lake.Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announces the selection of Rob Manning, former Pentagon spokesperson, as Reclamation's chief of Public Affairs. As chief of Public Affairs, Manning is responsible for overseeing a national communications strategy in support of the Bureau of Reclamation's focus on managing our nation's water and hydropower resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner. Read More →

  • Prize Competitions

    Reclamation launches prize competition seeking innovative sediment removal solutions for critical water infrastructure

    A river running through the desert.The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a new prize competition that is seeking crowdsourced ideas that will lead to innovative sediment removal solutions for water infrastructure. The "Guardians of the Reservoir" challenge seeks ideas to remove or transport the amount of sediment building up in the reservoirs, replacing available space for water storage, that provide critical water supplies for the country. There will be up to a total of $550,000 in cash prizes available for the three-phase the competition. Read More →

  • Bureau of Reclamation

    Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier in the United States, and the nation's second largest producer of hydroelectric power. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Read More  →


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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 →


Recreation.gov screen shot. Recreation.gov

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


RWIS Graphic Reclamation Water Information System

RWIS makes water and related data available for easy download and use. Visit the RWIS web site.


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 Update 8/7/20