Western Colorado Area Office

The Western Colorado Area Office consists of two offices, located in Grand Junction and Durango, and several field offices with projects encompassing western Colorado, northwestern New Mexico, and northeastern Arizona. The office is responsible for Reclamation projects and program activities in the Upper Colorado, Gunnison, Yampa, White, Dolores, Uncompahgre, Animas, and San Juan river basins and works with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Nation, and Navajo Nation, as well as numerous water user organizations.


News and Highlights

  • News Release – September 9, 2019

    Reclamation advances water delivery project for Navajo and Jicarilla Apache Nations

    DURANGO, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation invites members of the press and public to a meeting to continue negotiations with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. The purpose of these negotiations is to agree to terms for an operations, maintenance and replacement contract for the federally-owned Cutter Lateral features of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, located near Bloomfield, New Mexico. Read More 

  • News Release – July 17, 2019

    Brent C Esplin named director for Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region

    WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman today named Brent C Esplin director of the Upper Colorado Region. Esplin has more than 20 years of Reclamation experience. He will officially assume his duties as regional director on July 21, 2019. 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 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 

Last Updated: 10/15/19