The Knowledge Stream published by the Bureau of Reclamation’s Research and Development Office, is a seasonal 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. Sign Up to Receive the Knowledge Stream →
Welcome to the Spring 2018 edition focusing on better detection, monitoring, and control of invasive quagga and zebra mussels. This research category is one of the Science and Technology Program’s priorities and supports the Department of the Interior's initiative to protect Western U.S. ecosystems and hydroelectric facilities from the effects of invasive mussels.
Over the last ten years since the discovery of quagga mussels in Lake Mead on the Colorado River in January 2007, Reclamation has implemented a coordinated response through a Reclamation-wide Mussels Task Force. The Research and Development Office, through its Science and Technology Program, played a key role in this response and continues to do so by supporting research efforts. Read Issue →
In this issue, you will learn about the Research and Development Office’s (R&D) work in the field of power and energy highlighting research aimed at helping Reclamation meet the Nation’s energy needs by improving the safety, efficiency, and capacity of our hydroelectric plants.
Hydropower was the first form of renewable energy and was commercially available in Niagra Falls in 1879. Simply stated, hydropower is clean, renewable, and reliable. Reclamation is the second largest producer of hydropower in the United States (U.S.) operating 53 hydroelectric plants generating more than 40 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually. This is enough to power 3.5 million U.S. homes and produce nearly $1 billion in power revenues. Read Issue →
The theme for this issue is “From the Regions,” showcasing research activities led by engineers and scientists in Region and Area Offices.
While many of the projects funded by the Research and Development Office (R&D) are led by Reclamation's Technical Service Center staff focused on mission-critical field objectives, there are many high-priority projects led by engineers, scientists, and specialists within all of Reclamation’s 17 Western States of the Pacific Northwest, Mid-Pacific, Lower Colorado, Upper Colorado, and Great Plains Regions. Read Issue →
Spring 2017 - Open Water Data
Winter 2017 - Year in Review
Fall 2016 - Advanced Water Treatment
Summer 2016 - Climate Variability and Extremes
Spring 2016 - Reservoir Sedimentation and Sustainability
Winter 2016 - Water Technology Prize Competitions
Fall 2015 - Invasive Mussels
Summer 2015 - Sustainable Water Infrastructure and Safety
Spring 2015 - Year in Review, Preview, and Research
Fall 2014 - Ecohydraulics and River Restoration
Summer 2014 - Hydropower and Renewable Energy
Spring 2014 - Call for Proposals, Post-Jam, and Technology Challenges
Winter 2014 - Year in Review, Research Awards, and Research Jam
For 2013 and before, visit the Knowledge Stream archive.