News Stories

  • Research and Development

    Aug 21, 2019
    Growing food for Delta smelt

    For the endangered Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta smelt, finding enough to eat can be tough going.
    From contaminants to introduced species competition, a lack of organisms for the endemic fish to feed on is a big concern for aquatic scientists who study Delta smelt.

    So, what ... (

  • Facilities

    Jul 26, 2019
    Inspecting Hoover Dam Following an Earthquake

    The recent earthquakes that rattled Southern California and parts of Nevada didn’t damage Hoover Dam. Following the 6.4 and 7.1 magnitude earthquakes that first struck near Ridgecrest, California, on July 4th and 5th respectively, Reclamation staff immediately inspected the dam and found no ... (Read More →)

  • Bureau of Reclamation

    Jul 15, 2019
    Lower Colorado Region Hosts Festive Hawaiian Ohana Celebration

    On Thursday, May 30, the Lower Colorado Region (LCR) hosted a high-energy performance by the Hawaiian Ohana group to commemorate Asian American Pacific Islander Month – observed nationally by the federal government during May.

    Hawaiian Ohana is made up of Gavin and Cirony Brown G... (Read More →)

  • Facilities

    Jul 15, 2019
    Reclamation tests Friant Dam spillway

    FRESNO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation allowed Millerton Lake to spill over the top of Friant Dam July 9, 2019, during a spillway gates test. The reservoir’s capacity is 520,000 acre-feet and is at full capacity for the first time since 2017.

    Reclamation designed Friant's spillway ... (

  • Research and Development

    Jul 11, 2019
    Reclamation selects winners of competition to develop solutions for removing sediment from reservoirs

    Reclamation launched a prize competition seeking new and improved techniques for the removal of sediment and transport of that sediment in a cost-effective manner. Of the 40 potential solutions received, six winners will share $75,000. Sedimentation is a significant problem for aging reservoirs as ... (Read More →)

  • Research and Development

    Jun 24, 2019
    Making better early-season water management decisions begins with enhanced streamflow forecasts

    While spring turns to summer in the West and snowmelt fills the streams and rivers, the Bureau of Reclamation and the National Center for Atmospheric Research have been collaborating on research that could improve the seasonal streamflow forecasts that form the basis of Reclamation’s early-season ... (Read More →)