Reservoir Surveys


  • Reservoir Survey Cost Estimating - Version 2, Technical Report No. ENV-2023-086, August 2023 (1.4 MB PDF)
  • User's Guide for Reservoir Surface Development from Reconnaissance Surveys, February 2022 (1.5 MB PDF)
  • Guidelines for Developing Reservoir Sedimentation Monitoring Plans, September 2021 (2.4 MB PDF)
  • Best Practices in Hydrographic Surveying, Living Quick Users Guide, Version 1.0, September 2019 (17.7 MB PDF)
  • Reconnaissance Technique for Reservoir Surveys, April 2006 (5.6 MB PDF)
  • Area-Capacity Computation Program, User Manual, 1985 (3.9 MB PDF)
  • Computing Degradation and Local Scour: Technical Guideline for Bureau of Reclamation, January 1984 (7.8 MB PDF)
  • Reservoir Sedimentation: Technical Guideline for Bureau of Reclamation, October 1982 (5.7 MB PDF)


Each completed survey below has a link to a survey report that contains the results and methodology used to measure reservoir topography and sediment deposition. Some surveys in the list will also have a link to a zipped ESRI File Geodatabase (minimum version 10.x) that contains feature classes that represent collected bathymetric survey points and derived contours. Please be aware that most surveys make use of non-standard local vertical datums. Details about each survey’s vertical datum can be found in the companion metadata and the survey report.

Last Updated: 2/9/24