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President Donald Trump proposed a $1.049 billion Fiscal Year 2019 budget for the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation. The budget supports the Department's goals of ensuring the provision of secure and reliable water supplies, the efficient generation of American energy, celebration of America's resources and recreational opportunities, and fulfilling commitments to tribal nations. Learn More →
Spring-run Chinook salmon have successfully spawned in the San Joaquin River for the first time in over 60 years due to a multiagency effort by the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. The San Joaquin is a heavily altered river. An assortment of canals, diversion dams and other structures funnel water from the river to farms, cities and industry. While it was once home to the largest population of spring-run Chinook in the state, with the construction of Friant Dam in 1942, the prime spawning habitat for the spring-run was cutoff. The result, in combination with other factors, was the species disappearing from the river. Learn More →
Reclamation Holds Public Negotiations for Green River and Lake Powell Pipeline Water Exchange Contracts
After years of discussions between Reclamation and the State of Utah on the state’s use of a specific Green River water right, the two parties began public negotiations on October 30, 2017 and December 4, 2017 for two water exchange contracts. In both negotiations, Reclamation is partnering with the state to help facilitate its use of its Colorado River apportionment. Learn More →
The nation’s 90,000 dams and reservoirs constitute a critical component of the country’s infrastructure ensuring the stability of water and energy supplies and flood risk management. This extensive system of hydrologic stability and control structures ensures water supplies for municipal, agricultural, and industrial use and for hydropower, flood risk management, navigation, and recreation. However, the reservoir storage capacity, essential to meeting these purposes, has been filling with sediment (clay, silt, sand, gravel, and cobble).