International Affairs

Reclamation's International Program consists of a variety of activities, including technology exchange, training, and technical assistance. Reclamation's objectives are to:

  • Further U.S. foreign policy
  • Enhance public health or promote sustainable development in developing countries
  • Support U.S. private sector participation in the international marketplace
  • Obtain improved technology for the benefit of Reclamation water users and the United States.

Current Happenings

  • Technical Seminars
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    International Reservoir Sedimentation and Sustainability Workshop - April 16-22, 2018

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    The workshop goal is to provide international participants with important information about reservoir sediment management for long-term sustainability. Students 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. Students will learn how to develop plans to actively manage reservoir sediment to maintain sustainable storage. Case studies will be detailed and there will be two site visits to reservoirs in Colorado with active reservoir sediment management projects.

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    Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams International Technical Seminar and Study Tour

    June 4-12, 2018

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    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.


  • International Junior Researcher and Engineer Workshop on Hydraulic Structures (IJREWHS) - June 25-27, 2018

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    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 L├╝beck, Germany (2016).

    The 2018 workshop will be held at the Bureau of Reclamation’s Technical Service Center in Denver, Colorado USA. The Local Organizing Committee is delighted to invite you to participate in the 7th IAHR International Researcher and Engineer Workshop on Hydraulic Structures from June 25-27, 2018.

    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.


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Last Updated: 2/8/18