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Bureau of Reclamation

Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240



The Bureau of Reclamation was established pursuant to the Reclamation Act of 1902 (43 U.S.C. 371 et seq.). The Bureau is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its operations and facilities also support recreation and flood control and benefit fish and wildlife.

Sources of Information

Business Opportunities

The Bureau of Reclamation purchases a wide range of products and services and supports various Federal socioeconomic development programs by reaching out to and assisting businesses. The Bureau also provides financial assistance for programs related to conservation, Endangered Species Act mitigation, rural water, and water management and reclamation and reuse.

The Acquisition and Assistance Management Division is responsible for the Bureau's acquisition and financial assistance policy, acquisition and financial assistance operations, and property programs. Phone, 303-445-2431.

Career Opportunities

The Bureau relies on professionals with expertise in administration, engineering and design, environmental protection, research, wildlife management, and other disciplines to carry out its mission. Career-related information is available from the nearest regional office or the Diversity and Human Resources Office, Denver, CO. Phone, 303-445-2684.


The Bureau maintains a list of links to online resources that provide environmental information.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Contact information for the Bureau's regional FOIA coordinators is available online.

The Bureau maintains an electronic reading room that contains frequently requested records and documents that are currently of special interest.


Definitions for terms commonly used by the Bureau are accessible in its online glossary.

The Bureau maintains a separate online glossary of recreation-related terms.


The Bureau posts news releases and stories on its Web site, which also features congressional testimony, factsheets, photos, and speeches.


Publications for sale are available through the National Technical Information Service. Phone, 800-553-6847.

Reclamation Manual

The Bureau's Web site has an online tool that allows users to search for keywords and terms in the "Reclamation Manual." The manual comprises a series of policy and directives and standards, which collectively assign program responsibility and establish and document agencywide methods of doing business.

Recreation provides information on all recreation facilities on Federal lands, including those owned and managed by the Bureau of Reclamation or one of its partners. Internet visitors can use to make reservations at facilities that require them.

The Bureau's Web site features a list of publications on recreation-related topics.

Regional Offices

Contact information for the Washington, DC, and Denver, CO, based offices and Upper Colorado, Great Plains, Lower Colorado, Mid-Pacific, and Pacific Northwest regional offices is available on the "Addresses and Contacts" Web page.

Water Conservation

The WaterSMART program allows all Department of the Interior bureaus to work with States, tribes, local governments, and nongovernmental organizations to pursue a sustainable water supply for the Nation by establishing a framework that provides Federal leadership and assistance on the efficient use of water, that integrates water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and that coordinates the water conservation activities of the various Department offices.

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