News & Highlights

  • News Release – May 30, 2019

    Reclamation announces increased Green River flows from Flaming Gorge Dam and urges caution to those below

    SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – The Bureau of Reclamation will increase flows from Flaming Gorge Dam on the Green River in Northern Utah beginning Monday, June 3. The Green River is a major tributary to the Colorado River. Higher release flows are based on current reservoir and river conditions, snowmelt projections, recent storm activity and current weather forecasts, as well as input from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Western Area Power Administration and Flaming Gorge Working Group. Reclamation urges rafters, fishermen and anybody recreating or working along the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam to exercise increased caution as the river will run high, swift and cold—conditions that can quickly overcome even the strongest swimmer. Read More 

  • News Release – May 28, 2019

    Reclamation to host public meetings to discuss plans for El Vado Dam and Spillway repairs

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public input on the impacts related to proposed repairs at El Vado Dam in northern New Mexico. El Vado Dam is undergoing a Corrective Action Study through Reclamation’s Safety of Dams Program and will require modifications and repairs of the dam and spillway in the coming years. Some of the potential action alternatives include a geomembrane liner, concrete liner and replacement or repairs to the spillway. Prior to initiating formal scoping for the project as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, Reclamation is holding two public meetings to identify interested parties and potential issues to consider during the process. Read More 

  • News Release – May 20, 2019

    Interior and states sign historic drought agreements to protect Colorado River

    BOULDER CITY, NEV. – The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation and representatives from all seven Colorado River Basin states gathered today and signed completed drought contingency plans for the Upper and Lower Colorado River basins. These completed plans are designed to reduce risks from ongoing drought and protect the single most important water resource in the western United States. Read More 

  • News Story – May 15, 2019

    Inspiring the next generation of the STEM workforce

    On May 15, federal agency partners teamed up for a day of fun and learning at the 2nd annual "Flaming Gorge Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Day" at Flaming Gorge Dam, in Dutch John, Utah. Over 100 Utah students from Terra Academy and Manila High School participated, along with their teachers and even Smokey Bear! Specialists from the Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service engaged the youth in various hands-on STEM activities that emphasized natural resources education and career paths. Read More 

  • News Release – May 16, 2019

    Reclamation will use innovative methods to control non-native plants at sites in southwest Colorado

    DURANGO, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation, in collaboration with the Palisade Insectary and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, will apply an innovative and environmentally conscious method to control weeds this spring in wetland areas at Navajo State Park in Colorado and Simon Draw Wildlife Area in Montezuma County, Colorado. The agencies will release Russian knapweed stem gall wasps as part of an effort to control the spread and vigor of Russian knapweed, a noxious weed in Colorado harmful to native plants and wildlife. The gall wasps will only impact Russian knapweed and will not affect humans, livestock or other plant species. Read More 

  • News Release – April 30, 2019

    Second Bug Flow experiment to be conducted under the Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan

    SALT LAKE CITY—The Department of the Interior will conduct a second Macroinvertebrate Production Flow this summer at Glen Canyon Dam under its Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan. This experiment, also known as a Bug Flow, aims to improve egg-laying conditions for aquatic insects that are the primary food source for fish in the Colorado River. The experiment will begin on May 1 and continue through August 31, 2019. Read More 

  • News Release – April 29, 2019

    Bureau of Reclamation makes $32 million in funding opportunities available for Desalination Construction Projects and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects under the WIIN Act

    WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation has released two funding opportunities under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, Desalination Construction Projects and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects. Applications for both of the funding opportunities are due by June 28, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. MDT. Read More 

  • News Release – April 08, 2019

    Reclamation releases final Environmental Assessment for project to improve efficiency of the Aspen Canal

    GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation has released a final Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment for the Aspen Canal Piping Project located in Delta County, Colorado. The project will replace approximately 5.6 miles of open irrigation ditch in the Aspen Canal with buried pipe and install a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system at Crawford Reservoir. Read More 

  • News Release – March 15, 2019

    Reclamation’s Colorado River Basin inflow projections reflect improved hydrological conditions in 2019

    BOULDER CITY, NEV. – The Bureau of Reclamation today updated its monthly 24-month study projections, indicating improved hydrological conditions throughout the Colorado River Basin. Current snowpack in the Upper Basin is nearly 140 percent of average, with a forecasted inflow to Lake Powell of 92 percent of average for water year 2019. Read More 

  • News Release – February 19, 2019

    Bureau of Reclamation allocates an additional $1.4 million for 13 science and technology projects to support water management research

    Science and technology research in water management is important for the Bureau of Reclamation to assist its water and power facility managers, customers and stakeholders. Building on the previous announcement of $3.9 million for 49 projects, Reclamation is funding an additional 13 projects with $1.4 million to support water management research. Read More 

  • News Release – February 6, 2019

    WaterSMART Program Updates: Data Tools for Water Managers

    Through WaterSMART, the Bureau of Reclamation works with states, Tribes, water managers, and other entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply reliability. In addition to cost-shared grants for water management improvements, Reclamation provides shared information and tools with water managers through WaterSMART to support water supply reliability. Read More 


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