Research and Development Office

The Research and Development Office advances Reclamation's mission to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public.

Current Happenings


  • News

    Technical Manual to Help Inform River and Stream Professionals in Management of Wood Projects Throughout the United States Now Available from Bureau of Reclamation

    (April 15, 2016) The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have developed and released a manual to establish consistent methods to assess, design and manage wood projects for river and stream restoration throughout the United States. The National Large Wood Manual provides a basic understanding of the role of wood in fluvial aquatic and riparian ecosystems and information on how wood should be maintained, reintroduced and managed by resource managers and restoration practitioners. Read More →

  • Newsletter

    The Knowledge Stream - Reservoir Sedimentation and Sustainability Issue

    (Spring 2016) In this issue, we focus on reservoir sedimentation and sustainability. As we move into the future, the growing number of water users in the West will continue to use aging reservoirs to manage surface water supplies. All rivers transport sediments ranging from fine clays and silts to coarse gravels and cobbles.

    When our existing reservoirs were originally designed, the accumulation of sediment in reservoirs was anticipated, and reservoirs were often estimated to have a “sediment-design life”. This prompts interest in strategies to better manage accumulating sediments in reservoirs.

    Solutions to manage reservoir sedimentation other than simply storing sediment in reservoirs have been proposed and applied internationally. Reclamation is evaluating opportunities to potentially use some of these solutions, or develop new ones. Read Issue →

  • News

    Reclamation Selects Six Fish Tracking Ideas in Inaugural Prize Competition

    (Jan. 7, 2016) The Bureau of Reclamation has selected six ideas out of 22 submitted for its "New Concepts for Remote Fish Detection" prize competition. Four out of the six submissions fully qualified under the prize competition guidelines and will receive a shared total of $20,000. Read More →

Last Updated: 5/11/16