Reclamation Peer Review

Information Quality – Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) Peer Review Agenda

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directive, Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review, dated December 16, 2004 (263 KB PDF), requires that there be a "systematic process of peer review planning" and public access to a list of information products for that will be peer reviewed as either influential scientific information or highly influential scientific assessments.

Below are the documents for which Reclamation is undertaking peer review in accordance with the OMB directive. 

Questions and comments regarding the Reclamation Peer Review Agenda may be directed to:
David Raff
Science Advisor

Peer Review Plan Entries
The Reclamation peer review plan entries below will be updated as necessary. Each describes the peer review process for the document in question, including whether and how public comment is sought.  Once peer review is complete, summary material related to the peer review that was conducted will also be posted. A link to or information about availability of the final product will be included in the Summary document.

Highly Influential Scientific Assessments

Draft Report Peer Review Plan Final Report
Peer Review of Three Lakes Water Quality and Hydrologic Models in its application to spatially and temporally represent the Three Lakes System and predict impacts of the alternatives to improvement of Grand Lake Clarity View Plan (PDF - 37 KB) View Report (PDF - 7.5 MB)
Application of the Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment model (EDT) to quantify the benefits to the Salmon Fishery as proposed within the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation View Plan (PDF - 20 KB) View Report (PDF - 2 MB)

Influential Scientific Information

Draft Report Peer Review Plan Final Report
The Thermal Regime of the Columbia River at Lake Roosevelt (PDF - 425 KB) View Plan (PDF - 37 KB) View Report (PDF - 7 MB)
Literature Review and Scientific Synthesis on the Efficacy of Winter Orographic Cloud Seeding (PDF - 5.8 MB) View Plan (PDF - 15 KB) View Report
Lower Yellowstone Project - Intake Diversion Dam Fish Passage Project VIew Plan (PDF - 20 KB) View Report (PDF - 3 MB)
Independent Scientific Peer Review of the Criteria for Protecting Adult Salmon in the Lower Klamath River VIew Plan (PDF - 27 KB) View Report (PDF - 9 MB)
Truckee Canal Risk Analysis and Proposed Risk Reduction – Advisory Review - Scope of Work VIew Plan (PDF - 24 KB) View Report (PDF- 39 KB)

Discretionary Peer Review

Under the OMB Guidelines, agencies may choose to obtain peer review for scientific information that is not judged influential or highly influential.
Draft Report Peer Review Plan Final Report
Research Priorities for Mechanical Components of Hydropower Units (PDF - 649 KB) View Plan (PDF - 16 KB) View Report (PDF - 645 KB)
View Comments Disposition (PDF - 44 KB)
Peer Review of Environmental Issues for Water Delivery and Management Research Roadmap (PDF - 3.5 MB) View Plan (PDF - 209 KB)
Scientific Peer Review of the Methow River Subbasin Effectiveness Monitoring Program Report View Plan (PDF - 22 KB)
Research Priorities to Enhance Pipeline Infrastructure Sustainability (PDF - 741 KB) View Plan (PDF -116 KB) View Report
Research Priorities to Enhance Pumping Plant Infrastructure Sustainability (PDF - 422 KB) View Plan (PDF - 120 KB) View Comments Disposition (PDF - 69 KB)
Research Priorities to Enhance Dam Infrastructure Sustainability (PDF - 382 KB) View Plan (PDF - 119 KB) View Comments Disposition (PDF - 69 KB)
Independent Assessment of August 5 Gold King Mine Incident View Plan (PDF - 10 KB) View Report (PDF - 11 MB)
Research Priorities to Enhance Canal Infrastructure Sustainability View Plan (PDF - 114 KB) View Comments Disposition (PDF - 70 KB)
West-Wide Climate Risk Assessments: Hydroclimate Projections View Plan (PDF - 84 KB) View Report (PDF - 11 MB)
Fundamental Considerations Associated with Placing Solar Generation Structures at Central Arizona Project Canal (PDF - 905 KB) View Plan (PDF - 39 KB) View Comments Disposition (PDF - 70 KB)
Independent Scientific Peer Review of the Hydrologic Evaluation of Reeder Reservoir to Increase January and February Flows to Ashland Creek (PDF - 23 KB) View Plan (PDF - 563 KB) View Report (PDF - 577 KB)

Additional information

For more on information quality, refer to:

Reclamation Information Quality Guidelines Information

Reclamation Information Quality Guidelines - Reclamation Manual (554 KB PDF)

Department of the Interior Information Quality Guidelines (159 KB PDF)


Last Update 11/30/18