International Affairs

International Affairs Program Mission Statement:

    The International Affairs Program mission is to coordinate international activities for the Bureau of Reclamation and manage training and technical assistance programs in support of U.S. foreign policy goals.

International Affairs Program Objectives:

  • Further U.S. foreign policy
  • Enhance public health and promote sustainable development in developing countries
  • Obtain improved technology for the benefit of Reclamation water users and the United States
  • Provide learning opportunities for Reclamation staff



2020 Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams International Technical Seminar and Study Tour - June 8-18, 2020


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. Those responsible for the safety of existing dams must implement policies and procedures that warrant public confidence. This demands professional practices that incorporate the lessons of the past and conform to the most advanced technical state-of-the-art. The need for trained personnel is essential. 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. Bureau of Reclamation officials will provide the training for the seminar. Reclamation is responsible for the proper operation, maintenance, and structural safety of more than 400 dams and distribution systems. Reclamation has conducted similar seminars for its own staff, as well as for more than 5,000 technical and administrative officials from other domestic and international agencies.



2020 International Reservoir Sedimentation and Sustainability Workshop - August 24-31, 2020


The Bureau of Reclamation is proud to host this important workshop. The primary goal is to provide participants with important information about reservoir sediment management for long-term sustainability. Participants at this workshop will gain an understanding about reservoir sedimentation processes and rates, as well as how to analyze and develop conceptual designs of reservoir sediment management systems. The course will cover the basic principles of sediment transport and reservoir sedimentation. Participants will learn how to compute sediment loads in rivers and the rate at which these sediments will accumulate in reservoirs and where they will accumulate. Practical examples will be given to participants using actual field data. More advanced numerical modeling will also be introduced that can be used to study alternatives for reservoir sediment management such as sluicing through low level outlets. The numerical models will be demonstrated on real reservoir sluicing studies. Several additional case studies will be detailed and there will be two site visits to reservoirs in Colorado with active reservoir sediment management projects.

The workshop is designed for water resource engineers and project managers involved in large scale water projects. All presentations, discussions, and printed materials will be in the English language.  Participants should have a good command of general and technical English usage.





Reclamation Laboratories: Working with Worldwide Customers

Last Updated: 11/18/19