News & Highlights

  • News Release – October 2, 2019

    Reclamation completes safety modifications at Steinaker Dam and resumes normal operations

    VERNAL, UTAH – Dam safety modifications at Steinaker Dam are substantially complete and the Bureau of Reclamation has returned to full normal operations at the reservoir. In July 2018, Reclamation began modification work to repair a slope failure on the upstream face of the right abutment by flattening the abutment slope. Other modifications included extending the outlet works intake to accommodate the flattened embankment, re-coating the outlet work gates and installing a new hydraulic system for gate operation. Read More 

  • News Release – September 17, 2019

    Commissioner Burman at PBRWS ROD ceremony Pojoaque Basin regional water system moves toward construction

    The Bureau of Reclamation is one step closer to constructing a water system to bring safe, reliable drinking water to four Pueblos and parts of Santa Fe County under the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Agreement. Today, Reclamation’s Commissioner Brenda Burman joined settlement parties to sign an agreement that renegotiated cost shares and cost savings measures in the project. Read More 

  • News Release – September 12, 2019

    Secretary Bernhardt Announces $83.7 Million Construction Award to Continue Work on Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

    U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced an $83.7 million construction contract for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project to bring clean and reliable water to tribal and rural communities in northwestern New Mexico. As part of the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Reclamation’s water supply project is the cornerstone of the Navajo Nation San Juan River in New Mexico Water Rights Settlement Agreement. Read More 

  • News Release – September 5, 2019

    A canal flowing through a valley with agricultural fields around it. Reclamation selects 63 projects to receive $4.1 million to improve water efficiency and reliability

    WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation has selected 63 projects to receive a total of $4.1 million for small-scale water efficiency grants. The grants will help the water entities use water more efficiently and improve water supply reliability in the western United States. Read More 

  • News Advisory – August 27, 2019

    Finalists compete in Reclamation contest to identify and develop water treatment technology

    ALAMOGORDO, NM – The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting a Pitch-to-Pilot event to fund innovative water treatment technologies for enhancing freshwater supplies in the United States. This event is designed to identify and fund development of desalination and water treatment technologies and processes. Reclamation invites the public to attend and vote for one of ten finalists. The public portion of the competition will take place at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on August 29. Read More 

  • News Release – August 15, 2019

    Reclamation Announces 2020 Colorado River Operating Conditions

    BOULDER CITY, NEV. – The Bureau of Reclamation today released its Colorado River Basin August 2019 24-Month Study, which sets the annual operations for Lake Mead and Lake Powell in 2020. Based on projections in the 24-Month Study, Lake Mead will operate in the Normal or ICS Surplus Condition in Calendar Year 2020 and Lake Powell will operate in the Upper Elevation Balancing Tier in Water Year 2020 (October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020). Read More 

  • BUREAU OF RECLAMATION – August 8, 2019

    Reclamation announces grant funding opportunity for drought resiliency projects in 2020 and 2021

    WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation announced that it is making grant funding available to assist communities build long-term resilience for future droughts. Part of the WaterSMART Drought Response Program, this funding opportunity is for projects in 2020 and 2021. Read More 

  • WATERSMART – August 8, 2019

    Reclamation announces funding opportunity grants to improve water reliability and energy efficiency

    WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation has announced that it is making grant funding available as part of the WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Program. Through water and energy efficiency grants, Reclamation provides funding to undertake projects that result in quantifiable and sustained water savings, increase the production of hydropower and support broader water reliability benefits. This funding opportunity is for projects in 2020 and 2021. 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 


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Last Updated: 10/15/19