Science and Technology Program



About S&T Program

    The Science and Technology Program (S&T) is a Reclamation-wide competitive, merit-based applied research and development program. The program focuses on innovative solutions for water and power challenges in the Western United States for Reclamation water and facility managers and the stakeholders they serve. The program has contributed many of the tools and capabilities Reclamation and western water managers use today.

    Research authorization is conducted under the Reclamation Act of 1902 (PDF, 5.6 MB) and the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 (PDF, 2.7 MB).


    Stories & Media
    • News - Science and Technology Program

      Reclamation's Science and Technology project of the year control's invasive mussel biofouling in hydropower cooling systems using hydro-optic UV light

      (April 17, 2019) The Bureau of Reclamation's Science and Technology Program focuses on providing innovative solutions for water and power challenges in the western United States. One research project stood out in 2018 and was recently selected as the Project of the Year. The award was presented to Sherri Pucherelli for the project entitled, "Control of biofouling in hydropower cooling systems using hydro-optic ultraviolet light." The award was selected for its positive impact to Reclamation, other federal and non-federal partners, its efforts to address the current Department of the Interior priorities, the involvement of partners, and its level of innovation. Read More →

    • Research Magazine

      River Restoration

      (April 2019) This issue focuses on work in the field of river restoration aimed at helping Reclamation ensure adequate environmental compliance aligned with Reclamation projects.

      Reclamation conducts river restoration and enhancements on many of its water projects located throughout the West, often motivated by the goal of recovering threatened or endangered species located within these river systems. Activities may include species monitoring, habitat improvement, stream channel reconstruction, threat reduction, ecosystem health assessment, and more. Read Issue →

    • News - Science and Technology Program

      FY 2020 Science and Technology Call for Proposals

      (April 9, 2019) The Research and Development (R&D) Office is seeking your expertise and experience to address the Bureau of Reclamation’s many challenges associated with managing water and generating power in the West. If you know of a problem our agency faces that can be solved through applied research and the development of new tools, methods, or practices, we strongly encourage you to submit a research proposal under the Science and Technology (S&T) Program by June 4, 2019. Detailed instructions for submitting a proposal are available at the Google site (for Reclamation employees only): FY20 S&T Call

    • Research Magazine

      FY 2017 Research Results

      (October 2018) In this issue, the Research and Development (R&D) Office is pleased to highlight 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 (S&T) and Desalination and Water Purification Research Advanced Water Treatment (DWPR)), and through the many project-level collaborations involving Reclamation Regional and Denver Offices, other Federal agencies, and non-Federal organizations. Read Issue →

Last Updated: 5/6/19