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  • Colorado River

    Reclamation Announces 2020 Colorado River Operating Conditions

    Looking at Lake Mead from atop Hoover Dam.

    The Bureau of Reclamation today released its Colorado River Basin August 2019 24-Month Study, which sets the annual operations for Lake Mead and Lake Powell in 2020. Based on projections in the 24-Month Study, Lake Mead will operate in the Normal or ICS Surplus Condition in Calendar Year 2020 and Lake Powell will operate in the Upper Elevation Balancing Tier in Water Year 2020 (October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020). Read More →

  • Facilities

    Reclamation seeks public comment on potential changes to water storage in the Boise River system

    Anderson Ranch Dam on the Boise River.

    Planning for future water needs in the Boise River basin is essential to ensure a secure water supply for future generations. The Bureau of Reclamation and the Idaho Water Resource Board have been studying options for increasing water storage capacity within the Boise River system via an ongoing feasibility study. Read More →

  • Drought

    Federal Officials Announce Priority Actions Supporting Long-Term Drought Resilience

    Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tim Petty, Ph.D. (fourth from left) and Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman (far right) and other senior administration officials participate in a panel discussion at the Second National Drought Forum.

    Today, senior administration officials participated in the Second National Drought Forum where they announced Priority Actions Supporting Long-Term Drought Resilience. This document outlines key ways in which federal agencies support state, tribal and local efforts to protect the security of our food supply, the integrity of critical infrastructure, the resilience of our economy, and the health and safety of our people and ecosystems. Read More →

  • Water Supply

    Reclamation announces slight improvement to Yakima basin water supply - August forecast

    The Bureau of Reclamation’s August 2019 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima basin indicates the water supply will fully satisfy senior water rights. Junior water rights will receive an estimated 69% of their entitlements for the period June 3–September 30. This prediction denotes an increase of two percent from the previous month’s forecast. Read More →

  • Recreation

    Lake Berryessa begins fee program to improve facilities

    Lake Berryessa from the air.

    The Bureau of Reclamation will implement day use and boat launching fee changes at Lake Berryessa beginning August 12 to help improve Lake Berryessa’s local facilities, provide increased visitor services and protect natural resources. An open house about the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act program will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on July 26 at Lake Berryessa’s Oak Shores entrance station. Read More →

  • Video

    McKay Dam High Flows 2019

    Unprecedented flows at McKay Dam near Pendleton, Oregon. Reclamation and local officials are working together to manage the volume of water rushing through the system. Learn more...

Recreation & Public Use

New Melones Launches Every Kid in a Park Pass Every Kid Outdoors

Our country is full of dazzling landscapes where you can play and learn. They protect our wildlife and resources. They let us look into the past and protect our history. Keeping them public supports a healthy planet. Learn More →



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Last Updated: 8/16/19