March 23, 2018
The Bureau of Reclamation has played a big role in delivering water and generating power in the West in the last 115 years. On June 17, 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Reclamation Act creating the United States Reclamation Service.
Since then, Reclamation has built more than 600 dams, canals and reservoirs including Hoover Dam on the Colorado River and Grand Coulee on the Columbia River. These water projects led to homesteading and promoted the economic development of the West.
Reclamation is now the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydropower in the United States, its 53 power plants annually provide more than 40 billion kilowatt hours generating nearly a billion dollars in power revenues and produce enough electricity to serve 3.5 million homes.
Today Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency with numerous programs, initiatives and activities that will help the Western United States, Native American tribes and others meet new water needs and balance the multitude of competing uses of water in the West. These activities provide $48.05 billion in total economic contribution that supports more than 387,000 jobs.
We place great emphasis on fulfilling our water delivery obligations, water conservation, water recycling and reuse, and developing partnerships with our customers, states, and Native American tribes, and in finding ways to bring together the variety of interests to address the competing needs for limited water.
To learn more about Reclamation please visit www.usbr.gov.