The Bureau of Reclamation’s International Visitor Program arranges appointments at Reclamation headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at our offices, facilities, and dams throughout the western United States. The Program is operated within the Native American and International Affairs Office (NAIAO) and arranges for over 700 visitors annually. Due to the large volume of international requests, Reclamation has the following requirements for arranging appointments and visits.
At least 3 weeks prior to the date of the proposed visit, a written request should be sent by fax, letter, or email to AMedina@usbr.gov and AVigil@usbr.gov. Requests received with less than 3-weeks-notice will be programmed at the discretion of Reclamation. The following information should be included in the request:
- Proposed date, time, and location of visit
- Name, title, and organizational affiliation of each visitor
- Topics of interest for discussion, professional learning goals, specific questions
- Contact information to include mailing address, phone number, fax number, and email address for the visitor and or the head of a delegation of multiple visitors
- Contact information for entities requesting meetings on behalf of international visitors. Include name, address, phone number, fax number, and email address. If there are multiple organizers, please list all.
Please note that appointments are scheduled for no more than one day. Visits of less than one day require no reimbursement to Reclamation; however, if services are provided above and beyond the one day requirement, Reclamation does require reimbursement for our staff time and associated expenses. Visits in excess of one day are considered a training activity, of which Reclamation is not provided funding by the US Congress to conduct. Should you wish a longer than a one-day-program, we will work with you to provide a proposal and cost estimate customized to the needs of your individual request.
Reclamation will give first priority to our international water resource counterparts or delegations belonging to entities similar to Reclamation. Requests on behalf of other individuals will be considered based on the relevance of their profession and trip objectives to Reclamation’s programs and mission.
If the visit is approved, all visitors are required to provide photo identification upon arrival at the office/facility/dam. Visits to certain Reclamation facilities require submission of a scanned copy of each visitor’s passport page which contains their photo. We recommend that international visitors bring their passports with them for the visit.