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
UPCOMING TECHNICAL SEMINARS
Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams International Technical Seminar and Study Tour [REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR 2023 SEED SEMINAR AND STUDY TOUR]
August 7 through 17, 2023
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.