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


    Current Happenings

Celebrating 30 Years - Reclamation Hosts Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams International Technical Seminar and Study Tour

The Bureau of Reclamation hosted its annual Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams International Technical Seminar and Study Tour from June 3 – June 12, 2019. This international technical seminar is designed for managers, administrators, engineers and geologists who are frequently responsible for the safety of dams and their design, construction, operation or maintenance. Now celebrating its 30th year hosting this seminar, Reclamation welcomed 44 participants from 11 countries, which include Albania, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Taiwan and South Africa. Reclamation’s International Affairs Program routinely assists water resource agencies of other countries by providing reimbursable technical training and technical visitors programs for their staff. Reclamation’s unique training programs often combines office assignments, field visits or study tours that cover Reclamation’s Denver, regional and area offices. For attendees, the seminar begins at the Denver Federal Center and includes a tour Reclamation’s research laboratories as well as classroom presentations and discussions. In nearby Pueblo, Colorado, attendees will participate in a simulated examination of a dam led by Reclamation’s staff. On their last day in Colorado, attendees will visit Rocky Mountain National Park. Next, after traveling to the Southwest, attendees will visit the New Waddell Dam and Theodore Roosevelt Dam in Arizona, which are part of Reclamation’s Central Arizona Project and Salt River Project. On its final day, the seminar will conclude with a unique tour of Hoover Dam. Reclamation values this opportunity to host an international dialogue and facilitate technical knowledge-sharing, which helps us all enhance dam safety policies and procedures that warrant public confidence.

Group Photo of Attendees

Above participants during classroom training held at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel.

Below are participants touring Reclamation's Technical Service Center's Hydraulic Laboratory.

The second week of the seminar, the participants traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, visiting two dams. New Waddell Dam Theodore Roosevelt Dam

The participants ended the seminar in Boulder City, Nevada, at Hoover Dam.

Hoover Dam

Reclamation hosts the 7th International Junior Researcher and Engineer Workshop on Hydraulic Structures (IJREWHS) on June 25-27, 2019

Hydraulic engineering holds many challenges and is of increasing importance in the fields of civil and environmental engineering. Flow interactions with structures are of major interest and yet are still not fully understood. The IAHR International Junior Researcher and Engineer Workshop on Hydraulic Structures (IJREWHS) bring together young scientists and engineers to discuss hydraulic structure designs, new research investigations, and practical solutions. This workshop is the 7th in a successful series organized by the IAHR Hydraulic Structures Committee. Previous workshops were held in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal (2006), Pisa, Italy (2008), Edinburgh, Scotland (2010), Logan, Utah USA (2012), Spa, Belgium (2014), and Lübeck, Germany (2016).

The 2019 workshop was held at the Bureau of Reclamation’s Technical Service Center in Denver, Colorado.

The objective of the IJREWHS is to provide an opportunity for young researchers and engineers (typically graduate students & entry-level engineers) to present and discuss their research and work.

Upcoming Technical Seminars

June 2020 - Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams International Technical Seminar and Study Tour - Details Forthcoming

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.




Reclamation Laboratories: Working with Worldwide Customers

Last Updated: 7/22/19