Lower Colorado Dams Office
Area Manager: Len Schilling
The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Dams Office manages, operates and maintains Hoover, Davis and Parker Dams and their associated powerplants and facilities on the lower Colorado River.
Constructed in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, these facilities have been essential to the growth and sustainability of the American Southwest. Through coordinated operations, they reliably deliver an annual average of 9 million acre-feet of Colorado River to urban and agricultural water users, including Indian Tribes, in Arizona, Nevada, and California. They also annually deliver 1.5 million acre-feet of water to customers in Mexico. And, they protect downstream communities from floods, and annually generate more than 6.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity that is distributed throughout the West.
Reservoirs developed by these projects provide year-round recreational areas that are enjoyed by millions, and fish, wildlife and birds thrive in the wetlands, backwaters, and habitats that are sustained by the constant water supply and river flows these projects deliver and maintain.
As one of America’s engineering wonders, Hoover Dam is open to the public and is host to nearly 1 million visitors each year through the Bureau of Reclamation’s guided tour program. For more information on touring the dam, visit our “Hoover Dam Visitor Center expanded site.” This site also provides informational materials, articles, and educational resources about the history of the dam and its powerplant.
Parker and Davis Dams are not open to the public; however, interpretive panels have been installed at these sites to allow visitors to learn about the facilities, their operations, and the benefits they bring to the Southwest.
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