Bureau of Reclamation

A wanderer’s guide to Western public lands
A wanderer’s guide to Western public lands
Cow patties, extraterrestrials and binoculars can help you figure out where you are.
Should the Bureau of Reclamation be abolished?
Should the Bureau of Reclamation be abolished?
Former Reclamation Commissioner Daniel Beard tells how defunct water policy, and the bureau itself, contribute to drought.
The Latest: Rio Grande water
The Latest: Rio Grande water
A shortfall in water deliveries may lead to more fighting.
Cities look to farms for help in Colorado River drought
Cities look to farms for help in Colorado River drought
West’s biggest water agencies finalize a major agreement to boost Lake Mead levels.
New Mexico commission votes to divert Gila River
New Mexico commission votes to divert Gila River
Decision greenlights contentious multi-million dollar diversion project.
Las Vegas needs to let the market decide where the water goes
Las Vegas needs to let the market decide where the water goes
The only reason Las Vegas has managed to thrive in the scorching desert is that its water is subsidized and its use is disconnected from the real cost.
Sedimentation is a building problem in the West's reservoirs
Sedimentation is a building problem in the West's reservoirs
The West's reservoirs are waging a constant battle against rising levels of sediment.
A federal agency tries to hold on to what it's built
A federal agency tries to hold on to what it's built
As climate change and water shortages bring an end to the era of dams, the federal Bureau of Reclamation seeks to reinvent itself.
The cost of progress
Five extraordinary women tested for seventy-five peculiar toxins.
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Return of the Teton Dam?
Idaho may rebuild the reservoir that once drowned four towns
When dams were young and gardenias a nickel apiece
Tom Wolf talks to his 90-year-old mother about the Great Depression and the big dams that were built in the West in the 1930s.
Dam removal considered for Klamath
Farmers, environmentalists, fishermen and tribes are talking with PacifiCorp officials about the possible removal of four dams on the Klamath River
The Latest Bounce
Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John Keys resigns; Phoenix finally gets some rain, but drought continues; Bonneville Power Administration must keep the Fish Passage Center open; Forest Service looks to outsource more jobs
Glen Canyon Dam will stand
The Bureau of Reclamation refuses to dismantle Glen Canyon Dam or drain Lake Powell
'Water bank' drags river basin deeper into debt
The Klamath Basin water bank was intended to end a tug-of-war over scarce water, but with some farmers selling off water while other wells go dry, tensions in the Oregon valley are only getting worse
Super-sized dam could be a cash register for California farmers
The Bureau of Reclamation has agreed to deliver more water to California’s Central Valley Project than it actually has, and is considering raising Shasta Dam to provide it
Follow-up
Army Corps of Engineers will have to release water from Columbia and Snake river dams to help salmon; Montana mining ban is not a property "taking"; kinks in plan to drill for natural gas at Colorado nuclear site.
So-called 'peace treaty' won't save the Rio Grande
Environmentalists made a mistake when they settled with the city of Albuquerque over water use on the Middle Rio Grande in New Mexico
Who owns Klamath water — farmers or the public?
A judge rules that Pacific Coast fishermen can intervene as a third party in a lawsuit between Klamath River Basin farmers and the federal government
What's worse than the worst-case scenario? Real life
Ten years ago, Ben Harding created a worst-case drought scenario for a U.S. Geological Survey study, but the current drought on the Colorado River may be even worse than he imagined
Arizona returns to the desert
Rampant growth in the Phoenix area and a severe drought on the Colorado River challenge Arizona's water sustainability.
A crisis brews on the Colorado
As the Colorado River Basin enters a sixth year of drought, the Interior Department orders seven states to start coordinating their management of the dwindling water supply.