Reclamation began a project to research a basic history of each Reclamation project in 1993. Using student historians during the summers, we expect to develop a brief history narrative about each of the Reclamation projects in the American West. Samples of these essays are included here.

The essays are intended to provide basic history background about project location, construction history, major features, and economic effects in the area. Reclamation uses these essays for such activities as environmental statement preparation, summaries for publications, briefing presentations, etc.


Histories of Reclamation "Projects"

Acronyms used:

CAP—Central Arizona Project
CUP—Central Utah Project
CVP—Central Valley Project

CRBPA—Colorado River Basin Project Act
CRSP—Colorado River Storage Project
P-SMBP—Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program

Index for Reclamation Projects

Reclamation Projects
Ainsworth Unit, P-SMBP, Nebraska All-American Canal, Boulder Canyon Project, California Almena Unit, P-SMPB, Kansas Angostura Unit, P-SMPB, South Dakota
Animas-La Plata Project, See also Colorado River Basin Project Arbuckle Project Armel Unit, P-SMBP, Colorado Arnold Project
Avondale Project Baker Project Balmorhea Project Belle Fourche Project
Bitter Root Project Blackfeet Indian Irrigation Project, Montana Boise Project, Idaho Bonneville Unit, Central Utah Project, Utah
Bostwick Division, P-SMBP, Kansas and Nebraska Bostwick Park Project, CRSP, Colorado Boysen Unit, P-SMBP, Wyoming Buffalo Rapids Project
Buford-Trenton Project Burnt River Project, Oregon Cachuma Project, California Canadian River Project, Texas
Canyon Ferry Unit, P-SMBP, Montana Carlsbad Project, New Mexico Cedar Bluff Unit, P-SMPB, Kansas Central Arizona Project
Central Utah Project, Unbuilt Units, Utah Central Utah Project, Vernal Unit, Utah Central Valley Project Overview, California Central Valley Project, Auburn-Folsom Unit South, California
Central Valley Project, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Integrated Units Central Valley Project, Folsom and Sly Park Unit, California Central Valley Project, New Melones Unit, California Central Valley Project, Sacramento River Division, Sacramento Canals Unit, California
Chief Joseph Dam Project, Washington Collbran Project, Colorado Colorado-Big Thompson Project, Colorado Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Project, Multiple States
Colorado River Front Work and Levee System, Arizona, California, Nevada Colorado River Project, Texas Colorado River Storage Project, Flaming Gorge Unit, Utah and Wyoming Columbia Basin Project, Washington
Crescent Lake Dam Project, Oregon Crooked River Project, Oregon Crow Creek Pump Unit, P-SMBP, Montana Crow Indian Irrigation Project, Montana
Dallas Creek Project, Colorado, Colorado River Basin Project Dalton Gardens Project, Washington Delta Division, CVP, California Deschutes Project, Oregon
Dickinson Unit, P-SMBP, North Dakota Dolores Project, CRBPA East Bench Unit, P-SMBP, Montana Eden Project, Wyoming
Emery County Project, Wyoming Farwell Unit, P-SMBP, Nebraska Flaming Gorge Unit, CRSP Flathead Indian Irrigation Project, Montana
Florida Project, CRSP, Colorado Fort Clark Unit, P-SMBP, North Dakota Fort Peck Indian Irrigation Project, Montana Fort Sumner Project, New Mexico
Frenchman-Cambridge Division, P-SMBP, Nebraska Frenchtown Project, Montana Friant Division, CVP, California Fruitgrowers Project, Colorado
Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, Colorado Garden City Project, Kansas Garrison Diversion Unit, P-SMBP, North Dakota -- See Jamestown Dam and Reservoir Gila Project, Arizona
Glen Canyon Unit, CRSP, Arizona and Utah Glen Elder Unit, P-SMBP, Kansas Glendo Unit, P-SMBP, Wyoming and Nebraska Grand Valley Project, Colorado
Grants Pass Project, Oregon Hammond Project, New Mexico Hanover Bluff Unit, P-SMBP, Wyoming Heart Butte Unit, P-SMBP, North Dakota
Helena Valley Unit, P-SMBP, Montana High Plains States Groundwater Recharge Demonstration Program, Multiple States Hondo Project, New Mexico Hoover Dam, Boulder Canyon Project, Arizona and Nevada
Humboldt Project, Nevada Hungry Horse Project, Montana Huntley Project, Montana Hyrum Project, Utah
Indian Irrigation Project, Blackfeet Project, Montana Indian Irrigation Project, Crow Project, Montana Indian Irrigation Project, Flathead Project, Montana Indian Irrigation Project, Fort Peck, Montana
Indian Irrigation Projects Overview Intake Project, Montana James Diversion Dam P-SMBP, North Dakota Jamestown Dam and Reservoir Project, P-SMBP, Noth Dakota
Jensen Unit, Central Utah Project, Utah Kendrick Project, Wyoming Keyhole Unit, P-SMBP, Wyoming and Nebraska King Hill Project, Idaho
Kirwin Unit, P-SMBP, Kansas Klamath Project, Oregon, California Kortes Unit P-SMBP, Wyoming Lewiston Orchards Project, Idaho
Little Wood River Project, Idaho Lower Marias Unit, P-SMBP, Montana Lower Rio Grande Rehabilitation Project, New Mexico Lower Yellowstone Project, Montana and North Dakota
Lyman Project, Wyoming Mancos Project, Colorado Mann Creek Project, Idaho Marshall Ford Dam --See Colorado River Project
McGee Creek Project, Texas McMillan Delta Project, New Mexico -- See Carlsbad Project Michaud Flats Project, Idaho Middle Rio Grande Project, New Mexico
Milk River Project, Montana Minidoka Project, Idaho, Wyoming Minot Extension, P-SMBP, North Dakota Mirage Flats Project, Nebraska
Missoula Valley Project, Montana Moon Lake Project, Utah Mountain Park Project, Oklahoma Narrow Dam
Navajo Unit, CRSP, New Mexico and Colorado Navajo Indian Irrigation Project, New Mexico New Melones Unit, CVP, California Newlands Project, California and Nevada
Newton Project, Utah Norman Project, Oklahoma North Loup Division, P-SMBP, Nebraska North Platte Project, Wyoming and Nevraska
Nueces River Project, Texas Oahe Unit, P-SMBP, South Dakota Ogden River Project, Utah Okanogan Project, Washington
Orland Project, California Owl Creek Unit, P-SMBP, Wyoming Owyhee Project, Oregon Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie Project
Palisades Project, Idaho Palmetto Bend Project, Texas Palo Verde Diversion Project, California and Arizona Paonia Project, Colorado
Parker-Davis Project, Arizona and California Pecos River Water Salvage Project, New Mexico and Texas Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program Overview Pine River Project, Colorado
Preston Bench Project, Idaho Project Skywater Provo River Project, Utah R. B. Griffith Water Project, Nevada
Rapid Valley Project, South Dakota Rapid Valley Unit, P-SMBP, South Dakota Rathdrum Prairie Project, Idaho Rio Grande Project, New Mexico and Texas
Ririe Project, Idaho Riverton Unit, P-SMBP, Wyoming Rogue River Basin Project, Oregon Rural Water Supply Projects
Salt River Project, Arizona San Angelo Project, Texas San Diego Project, California San Felipe Project, CVP, California
San Juan-Chama Project, CRSP New Mexico San Luis Unit, CVP, California San Luis Valley Project, Colorado Sanpete Project, Utah
Santa Maria Project, California Sargent Unit, P-SMBP, Nebraska Savage Unit, P-SMBP, Montana Scofield Project, Utah
Seedskadee Project, Colorado River Storage Project, Utah Shadehill Unit, P-SMBP, South Dakota Shasta Division, CVP, California Shoshone Project, Wyoming
Silt Project, Colorado Smith Fork Project, CRSP, Colorado Solano Project, California Strawberry Valley Project, Utah
Sun River Project, Montana
P-SMBP, Transmission Division, Wyoming Trinity Division, CVP, California Truckee Storage Project, California and Nevada Tualatin Project, Oregon
Tucumcari Project, New Mexico Umatilla Basin Project, Oregon Uncompahgre Project, Colorado Vale Project, Oregon
Ventura River Project, California Vermejo Project, New Mexico Vernal Unit, Central Utah Project, Utah W. C. Austin Project, Oklahoma
Wapinitia Project, Oregon Washita Basin Project, Oklahoma Washoe Project, California and Nevada Wayne Aspinall Unit, CRSP, Colorado
Weber Basin Project Weber River Project, Utah Webster Unit, P-SMBP, Kansas Wichita Project, Kansas
Williston Project, North Dakota Wind Electric Power Project Yakima Project, Washington Yellowtail Unit, P-SMBP, Montana
Yuma Auxiliary Project, Arizona and California -- See Yuma Project Yuma Project, Arizona and CaliforniaYuma Desalting Plant, Arizona


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