News, Stories & Media

  • Colorado River Drought Contingency Plans

    Interior and states sign historic drought agreements to protect Colorado River

    ASWS Petty and Commissioner Burman and principles from each of the Colorado River Basin States signing the DCP at Hoover Dam.

    The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation and representatives from all seven Colorado River Basin states gathered today and signed completed drought contingency plans for the Upper and Lower Colorado River basins. These completed plans are designed to reduce risks from ongoing drought and protect the single most important water resource in the western United States. Read More →

  • Title Transfer

    Interior Department Finalizes First Ever Categorical Exclusion as Part of Improved Title Transfer Process

    Alfred Merritt Smith Water Treatment Plant, part of the Robert B. Griffith Water Project, located on the west side of Saddle Island at Lake Mead.

    U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced two actions that will expedite the transfer of eligible Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) facilities into local ownership and management: a new Categorical Exclusion and an update of Reclamation’s operating manual procedures to streamline the title transfer process. Read More →

  • Infrastructure

    A bigger, ‘beefier’ Boca Dam

    Bureau of Reclamation construction crews this month began modifying Boca Dam to better resist potential earthquakes, 6 miles northeast of Truckee, California. After temporarily closing the road over the dam and decreasing reservoir storage to facilitate construction, crews began stripping away the dam’s rocky surface to eventually increase its width by 25 feet. A large berm will then be constructed at its base to fortify the structure against potential earthquake damage, with project completion expected around October 2020, weather permitting. Read More →

  • Recreation

    Life jackets and safe boating can help save lives

    National Safe Boating Week is May 18–24, 2019. The Bureau of Reclamation Pacific Northwest Regional Office is recognizing the importance of safe boating through several activities aimed at reminding watercraft users to practice boating and life jacket safety while working or enjoying activities on the lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. Read More →

  • Youth

    Inspiring the next generation of the STEM workforce

    On May 15, federal agency partners teamed up for a day of fun and learning at the 2nd annual "Flaming Gorge Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Day" at Flaming Gorge Dam, in Dutch John, Utah. Over 100 Utah students from Terra Academy and Manila High School participated, along with their teachers and even Smokey Bear! Specialists from the Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service engaged the youth in various hands-on STEM activities that emphasized natural resources education and career paths. 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: 5/24/19