Provo Area Office
302 East 1860 South
Provo, Utah 84606-7317
Reclamation's Provo Area office is located 44 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah on the southern end of the City of Provo. The Provo Area Office's boundary of responsibility includes the State of Utah, southwestern Wyoming, and small sections of Idaho and Nevada. Within these states, the Provo Area Office is responsible for 17 separate water projects that have authorized the construction of 27 major and 34 minor dams, approximately 419 miles of canals, 613 miles of laterals, 57 miles of tunnels, 132 miles of pipelines, six powerplants, and 14 pumping stations. As part of these projects the Provo Area Office also oversees 1,063,666 acres of acquired fee title, withdrawn, and easement lands.
These projects provide irrigation water to over 400,000 acres of crop land each year and provide culinary water to nearly 1,500,000 people. The projects also provide significant flood control and power generation benefits, 50 miles of "class 1" stream fisheries (75 percent of the total in the state of Utah), and over two million visitor days of recreation each year.
News Release – November 9, 2023
PROVO, Utah – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Basin Region has announced Rick Baxter as the new area manager for the Provo Area Office. In his new position, Baxter will oversee water projects throughout Utah, southwestern Wyoming and a very small portion of southeast Idaho.
The Provo Area Office is responsible for 16 water projects that include 50 high hazard dams, 419 miles of canals, 613 miles of laterals, 57 miles of tunnels, 132 miles of pipelines, six powerplants, 14 pumping stations and 1,064,000 acres of acquired fee title, withdrawn, and easement lands.Read More
Public Comment – April 5, 2023
Hyrum Spillway Replacement Project Draft Environmental Assessment
The Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Colorado Basin is preparing an added Environmental Assessment for the Hyrum Dam Spillway Replacement Project. After a Finding of No Significant Impact was signed in August 2016 during field explorations for the final design of the preferred alternative, it was discovered that further information on slope stability and sedimentary foundation in the stilling basin was needed. Based on these investigations and reviews, changes have been made to the design which calls for further review of the new Proposed Action and modification of the original Environmental Assessment.
Hyrum Reservoir is in Cache County, Utah. Operation and maintenance of the Hyrum Project are the responsibility of the South Cache Water Users Association. It was built to provide a reliable water supply to that area in Cache County.
The purpose of the Project is to minimize risk of dam failure by constructing a new spillway. Repairs or new construction would occur on a combination of Fee Title Land owned by Reclamation, and private land bought by Reclamation, or private land on which Reclamation would acquire a temporary easement. The reservoir and dam are operated by the Association.
- Hyrum Spillway Replacement Draft Environmental Assessment Link is to a PDF file
- Appendix A - Construction Noise Test Results for Hyrum Dam Spillway Replacement Project Link is to a PDF file
- Appendix B - Memorandum of Agreement among the Bureau of Reclamation, the Utah State Historic Preservation Office, and the South Cache Water Users Association regarding the Hyrum Reservoir Spillway Replacement Project, Cache County, Utah Link is to a PDF file
- Appendix C - Amendment to Memorandum of Agreement among The Bureau of Reclamation, the Utah State Historic Preservation Officer, and the South Cache Water Users Association regarding the Hyrum Reservoir Spillway Replacement Project, Cache County, Utah Link is to a PDF file
Public Comment Period
Reclamation is seeking public comment on the draft EA. The public comment period provides an opportunity for the public to review the EA and identify any additional issues or concerns related to the project. All timely comments received will be considered in the preparation of the EA.
Reclamation will consider all comments received by April 20. Submit written comments to:
Bureau of Reclamation
Re: Hyrum Spillway Replacement Project
c/o Brittany White
302 East Lakeview Parkway
Provo, UT 84606
or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
News Release – July 15, 2021
OGDEN, Utah - The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that Highway 158 over Pineview Dam will be periodically closed during the summer and fall of 2021 to complete necessary repairs and maintenance work at the dam. The maintenance will involve repairs to the spillway radial gates, which is vital in keeping the dam in good working order. Water releases and reservoir levels will not be impacted by the maintenance. Read More
News Release – June 16, 2020
WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of the Interior announced steps to improve water management by finalizing the transfer of ownership of two federal water projects in Utah to local water user organizations. The Emery County Project in east-central Utah and the Uintah Basin Replacement Project in northeastern Utah will be the first water facilities to be transferred from federal to local ownership under the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act that was signed by President Trump last year. This new law expedites the title transfer process for eligible projects, such as diversion dams, canals, laterals and other water-related facilities. Read More
The draft title transfer agreement can be viewed here Link is to a PDF file
News Release – June 11, 2020
After over a decade of planning and coordination, the first scoop of dirt was taken to break ground on the system of braided waterways and wetlands into which the last mile and a half of lower Provo River will be diverted as part of the Provo River Delta Restoration Project. This constructed delta will provide the environs for Utah Lake and Provo River flows to meet and mingle and will provide essential habitat for survival of June sucker in an effort to recover the endangered fish. Read More