Knowledge Stream

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 Recieve the Knowledge Stream →

  • Fall 2017 - Power and Energy

    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 →

  • Summer 2017 - From the Regions

    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

    Our theme this issue is “Open Water Data,” which adhere to goals of making Federal datasets related to water resources more accessible to citizens and the private sector in order to benefit the economy and provide better decision support.

    The Science and Technology (S&T) Program in the Research and Development Office (R&D) is supporting a variety of Open Water Data activities, such as: The Federal Open Water Data Initiative and other drivers; Bureau-wide teams, including the Reclamation Data Council and the Open Data Team; Foundational information systems consolidating and centrally publishing water and related datasets, including the Reclamation Water Information System (RWIS); and more! Read Issue →

  • Winter 2017 - Year in Review

    This issue highlights Research and Development Office (R&D) fiscal year (FY) 2016 accomplishments toward addressing the many technical challenges facing Reclamation as it manages, develops, and protects water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner.

    These accomplishments were the result of funding support from two R&D programs (Science and Technology Program and Desalination and Water Purification Research Program), and through the many project-level collaborations involving Reclamation’s Denver and Regional Offices, other Federal agencies, and non-Federal organizations. Read Issue →

  • Fall 2016 - Advanced Water Treatment

    This edition addresses Research and Development Office (R&D) work in the field of Advanced Water Treatment (AWT). AWT supports the goals and objectives stated in “Water Resource Challenges and Opportunities for Water Technology Innovation,” published in December 2015, which supports the White House Initiative on clean water technologies.

    Activities highlighted include R&D’s Desalination and Water Purification Research (DWPR) and Science and Technology (S&T) Programs, which together fund a wide range of research, development, and demonstration activities in such areas as pre-treatment, water treatment, and concentrate management technologies, as well as innovation to reduce the costs, energy requirements, and environmental impacts of these various technologies. Read Issue →


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.

Last Updated: 12/18/17