The Knowledge Stream published by the Bureau of Reclamation’s Research and Development Office, is a quarterly magazine bringing mission-critical news about the agency's research and science, as well as the many challenges associated with managing water and generating power in the West, including: projects, tools, methods, practices, results, innovation, prize competitions, publications, and more.
Welcome to the Spring 2023 issue of the Knowledge Stream! In this issue we highlight the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the Bureau of Reclamation. GIS is a powerful data management platform used to organize and manipulate spatial information for research and operational aspects of Reclamation’s mission. GIS capabilities allow scientists, engineers, technicians, and managers to collect, analyze, interpret, and communicate data on a host of topics ranging from species surveys to infrastructure assets to hydrologic conditions. Robust data management practices and geospatial capabilities are cornerstones of the Geospatial Data Act of 2018, the Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act of 2018, and the Modernizing Access to our Public Lands (MAPLand) Act of 2022. Read Issue →
Welcome to the Fall 2022 issue of the Knowledge Stream! In this issue, we highlight research and innovation activities related to sustainable reservoir sediment management. Reservoirs provide a buffer to hydrologic variability both within a given year and across years, helping to reliably meet downstream demands. However, as decades go by, reservoirs are steadily losing water storage capacity, with sediment filling space once reserved for water. This presents significant challenges for reservoir operation and maintenance in addition to supply reliability impacts associated with lost storage capacity. Read Issue →
Welcome to the Spring 2022 issue of the Knowledge Stream! In this issue, we provide an overview of Research and Development (R&D) Office and Programs. As the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) carries out its mission, a variety of scientific and technical challenges are encountered that benefit from innovation activities. The R&D Office invests in such innovation through the Desalination and Water Purification Research (DWPR) Program and the Science and Technology (S&T) Program, both of which help to advance Reclamation’s technical abilities to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner. Additionally, the R&D Office houses several other programs: the Reclamation Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Program, the recently authorized Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program, the S&T Prize Competition Program, and the Open Water Data Program. Read Issue >>
Welcome to the Winter 2021 issue of the Knowledge Stream! In this issue we highlight Research and Development (R&D) Office efforts in materials research to address the various challenges in our infrastructure. R&D has been funding research on materials to be able to meet the needs of our aging infrastructure and at the same time innovate and create the infrastructure for the next century. Read Issue >>
Welcome to the Fall 2021 issue of the Knowledge Stream! In this issue we highlight Research and Development (R&D) Office efforts to address the challenges posed by invasive zebra and quagga mussels on Western U.S. water management.
Identifying better ways to detect mussel settlement, predict spread, combat impacts on facilities, and control populations in lakes and reservoirs is a key component of Reclamation’s efforts to control and mitigate mussels impacts on Reclamation’s water infrastructure and in managed waterways. Read Issue >>
Welcome to the Summer 2021 issue of the Knowledge Stream! In this issue, we highlight research related to water treatment. Research and Development Office (R&D) programs support research, development, and demonstration of desalination and advanced water treatment technologies for the purpose of converting unusable water resources into climate-resilient water supplies. Expanding water supplies through advanced water treatment is a key component to a strong portfolio of water supply options that water managers can use to address water scarcity in a changing climate.
Expanding water supplies through advanced water treatment is a key component to a strong portfolio of water supply options that water managers can use to address water scarcity in a changing climate. Read Issue >>
Welcome to the Spring 2021 issue of the Knowledge Stream. In this issue, we highlight research related to forecasting water availability. For many Reclamation Projects, springtime means rivers swollen with snowmelt. During this time, operators rely heavily on forecasts of water availability–from sub-daily streamflow forecasts to seasonal water supply forecasts.
Reclamation staff and partners are working on a range water availability monitoring, forecasting, and long-term projection activities spanning from research to applications. Read Issue >>
In this issue we spotlight Reclamation’s efforts to rapidly and reliably assess the conditions of its built infrastructure and natural assets to support management decisions. As technologies are rapidly advancing to support retrieval of large amounts of condition information, Reclamation is challenged to find better ways to efficiently collect, analyze and manage these large volumes of data – often coined “big data.”
Reclamation innovators are striving to make progress in various related areas, aiming to yield new tools and best practices. Read Issue >>
Welcome to this issue of the Knowledge Stream. In this issue we spotlight Reclamation’s new platform – the Reclamation Information Sharing Environment (RISE) – for modernized sharing of mission data that benefits the public, the private sector, and the U.S. economy. RISE includes troves of data generated by Reclamation as it carries out its water and power mission, including data on water operations, water quality, infrastructure, hydropower, and environmental resources.
Development of RISE responds to federal policy and legislative mandates to make federal data assets more “open” – that is, more easily found, shared and used by public and private sectors.
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Welcome! In this issue of the Knowledge Stream we are sharing about how we’re addressing noise-related safety challenges in Reclamation’s powerplants and other facilities. Reducing noise helps to protect employees from the impacts of noise-induced hearing loss, create a better working environment, and promote employee safety and health.
We’re excited to highlight collaborations involving R&D Office’s Science and Technology Program, Reclamation offices and facilities, and outside organizations. These efforts involved demonstrations and facilitated adoption – an important act of transitioning maturing technologies into broader use. Read Issue >>
R&D is excited to share research progress on canal health in the latest issue of the Knowledge Stream magazine. This issue highlights better ways to identify and quantify canal seepage to prioritize canal improvements, enhance sustainability, and support water delivery reliability.
Canal sustainability is a priority issue for Reclamation and the western U.S. water management community. Reclamation and partners have constructed over 8,000 miles of canal to service water deliveries. As canals age, water managers seek efficient and affordable ways to inspect frequently, identify seepage areas, and analyze areas of interest to inform response. Read Issue >>
This issue highlights the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program’s operational funding of the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility (BGNDRF) in Alamogordo, New Mexico. In addition to supporting clients and fostering technology development, BGNDRF also hosts more than 1000 visitors per year and offers special events bringing together private sector, academic, government organizations, and the public to discuss water technologies. Read Issue >>
The spotlight is on the Science and Technology (S&T) Program’s prize competition activities that address some of Reclamation’s most difficult technical challenges in water availability, infrastructure, and environmental issues in water and power management. Topics include: Federal prize competition authorities; when to implement prize competitions and the general process; topic identification and selection; government and private sector partnerships; maturing competition solutions from concept to use; lessons learned after five years of prize administration; and more! Read Issue >>
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Welcome to the Summer 2022 issue of the Knowledge Stream! In this issue, we highlight research and innovation activities related to drought in the West. As the Nation’s largest wholesaler of water and second largest producer of hydropower, drought strikes at the core of the Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) mission. Read Issue →