Bureau of Reclamation

The Bureau of Reclamation is the largest wholesale supplier of water and the second largest producer of hydropower in the United States.

Each week, we select a cool #historic photo that tells the #story of Reclamation. Today's photo is from the #Orland Project in #California , c. August, 1916 at the Banes Almond Orchard. The people are seen using a huller to remove the outer shell of almonds. The water we deliver benefits a diverse group of stakeholders, including many California farms like the ones pictured here. https://go.usa.gov/xUBdG #tbt #water #history
Let's highlight a project and its contributors from the Great Plains' Dakotas Area Office staff as they view the finishing touches ‚Äčto the Shadehill Dam Stilling Basin Overlay project in South Dakota. Concrete and energy dissipaters within the stilling basin were removed and overlayed with high strength silica fume concrete. Learn more about the work of the Dakotas Area Office here: https://go.usa.gov/xUBpg #Wednesday #Work #Shadehill #SouthDakota #Water
Let's see who's wearing their thinking caps today. What is the total storage capacity at elevation of Island Park Reservoir? #Tuesday #Water #IslandPark
Let's introduce a new Dam of the Week: Island Park Dam! The dam was built between 1937-39, and is located on Henrys Fork River in Idaho. Learn more here: https://go.usa.gov/xUBEp #IslandPark #HenrysFork #Idaho #Water #PhotoOfTheDay
With Independence Day behind us, let's reflect on some of last week's fun moments on the water. This photo was captured by Reclamation's Kirsten Strough at sunset on Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho. Boaters anchored in the water to check out the Fourth of July fireworks. Check out our recreation sites here to find a lake or reservoir near you: https://www.usbr.gov/recreation/ #Summer #Water #Fun #Boating #Idaho
What are you up to this weekend? If you're looking for a beautiful place to visit, check out the Colorado River (seen in this photo). This photo was taken in Utah, in Reclamation's Upper Colorado Region. The Upper Colorado Region became headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah and initially included southwest Wyoming, Colorado west of the Continental Divide, the state of Utah, and small portions of Arizona and New Mexico. In 1988, with the closure of the regional office in Amarillo, Texas (formerly Region 5), the Upper Colorado Region then expanded to include New Mexico and Texas west of the Pecos River. Learn more: https://www.usbr.gov/uc/aboutus/index.html #Saturday #Weekend #Water #ColoradoRiver #Utah
Another summer weekend is just about here. With all the fun recreation options available at our facilities, how will you choose which one to do? Pictured here is a beautiful campsite near Jordanelle Dam, in Jordanelle State Park. The park is located in Utah. Visit our website to learn about recreation sites near you! https://www.usbr.gov/recreation/ #Friday #Water #Fun #Weekend #Utah
This week's trip back in time takes us to the construction of Flaming Gorge Dam, which originally occurred between 1958-64. Flaming Gorge Dam is on the Green River in northeastern Utah about 32 miles downstream from the Utah-Wyoming border. Flaming Gorge Dam is one of the four units of the CRSP, which provides vital water storage and hydropower generation as well as many recreation benefits. Learn more here: https://go.usa.gov/xUWQh #Utah #Water #History #FlamingGorge #GreenRiver
Today we're highlighting the work of the Lower Colorado Region's diving and marine operations as they perform an inspection at Fontenelle Dam in Wyoming. Learn all about the LC Dive Team here: https://go.usa.gov/xUWnY #Wednesday #Water #Work #Wyoming
It's trivia time!! True or false: The Little Wood River Dam in Idaho has a powerplant. Good luck! #Trivia #Tuesday #Summer #Water #Fun
We're reflecting on some of the awesome #fireworks displayed throughout the country in honor of #4thOfJuly Seen in this photo is a fireworks display captured by Reclamation's Kirsten Strough at #PayetteLake in McCall, #Idaho
This week, we're highlighting the Little Wood River Dam located in Idaho. The beautiful setting was selected in the early 1930s with construction of the dam occurring between 1936-39. Thanks to Reclamation's Kirsten Strough for the awesome photo. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xU2c5 #Idaho #Water #dams #Monday #Summer
How did you spend the holiday weekend? To close out the 4th of July week, we're sharing this beautiful sunset photo taken at Stampede Reservoir on the Little Truckee River in California. https://go.usa.gov/xU4HA #Weekend #Sun #Fun #Water #Outdoors
If you're looking for a scenic spot to visit for some fun and relaxation this weekend, consider visiting Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado. The reservoir sits within the Curecanti National Recreation Area and allows for auto touring, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hiking and swimming. Visit the recreation site to learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xU4As #Weekend #water #fun #boating #swimming
While some people enjoy boating, fishing and/or hiking, others prefer to visit Reclamation sites with their horses for a stroll around the reservoir. This pair and their horses are seen enjoying Lake Cle Elum in Washington. This weekend, make time to do what you love. Thanks to Reclamation's Kirsten Strough for today's photo. Learn where to go here: https://www.usbr.gov/recreation/ #horses #water #mountains #summer #fun
Let's take a look back at the The Milk River Project in 1921. An excavator is seen working on a canal. The Project is located in north-central #Montana and furnishes #water for the irrigation of about 121,000 acres of land. Project features are Lake Sherburne; Nelson and Fresno Storage Dams; Dodson, Vandalia, St. Mary, Paradise, and Swift Current Diversion Dams; Dodson Pumping Plant; 200 miles of canals; 219 miles of laterals; and 295 miles of drains. A water supply is furnished to project lands which are divided into the Chinook, Malta, and Glasgow Divisions and the Dodson Pumping Unit. The lands extend about 165 miles along the river from near Havre to a point 6 miles below Nashua, Montana. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xUrKE #construction #history
Happy 4th of July, everyone! We are wishing everyone a fun, sunny and safe holiday! If you're out at one of our facilities, share your photos with us! Don't forget: Fireworks are not allowed at Reclamation facilities. #4thOfJuly #IndependenceDay #Fireworks #Family #Summer
Today we're taking the opportunity to highlight the work of one of Reclamation's awesome Civil Engineers, Adam Northrup, out of the Eastern Colorado Area Office. Read his full story here: https://go.usa.gov/xUrbm #CivilEngineering #Engineering #Water #Science #Colorado
Let's see who's dam savvy out there. What is the spillway capacity (at elevation) of Owyhee Dam?
Independence Day is just around the corner. When making plans, keep in mind that fireworks are prohibited at ALL Reclamation facilities. Stay safe out there! #BeSafe #SafetyFirst #IndependenceDay #4thOfJuly
If you've never seen #Owyhee Dam, can you believe that it's even more beautiful in person? At the time of its construction (1928), Owyhee ranked as the world's highest dam. The total capacity of Lake Owyhee is 1,120,000 acre-feet (active 715,000 acre-feet). Owyhee Dam became a proving ground for theories being developed to assist with the design and construction of Hoover Dam, whose unprecedented size - it would tower more than 300 feet higher than Owyhee - required totally new construction methods. The trial load method of design, developed first for Pathfinder and Buffalo Bill Dams, was refined in the design of Owyhee Dam and, later, Hoover Dam. Cooling methods, necessary to remove excess heat of cement hydration from mass concrete and bring a dam to stable temperatures, were carefully studied. A 28-foot-square section extending through the dam was cooled artificially by circulating river water through 1-inch pipes spaced at 4-foot intervals. Water for irrigation is diverted through a horseshoe-type tunnel 16 feet 7 inches in diameter and 3.5 miles long. This tunnel heads in the reservoir 80 feet below normal maximum water surface. https://go.usa.gov/xUrgg #DamOfTheWeek #Oregon #Water #PhotoOfTheDay
Weekends are meant for relaxation and reflection of the past week. We hope this beautiful #sunset on the Sun River Project in #Montana , captured by Reclamation's Shane Little, will help put you in a relaxed frame of mind. https://go.usa.gov/xUCTz #Summer
This weekend, make sure you find time to explore the outdoors. Today's beautiful scenic photo shows the diversion lake below Gibson Dam in Montana. https://go.usa.gov/xUaDN #Weekend #Saturday #Montana #Water #Fun
#Friday is finally here! Consider checking out one of Reclamation's awesome recreation areas for all of your water adventures! In today's photo, boaters are soaking up the sunshine at Cascade Reservoir in #Idaho . Visit www.usbr.gov/recreation to find a site near you! #Water #Fun
On this day in 1976, Nambe Falls Dam -- part of the San Juan-Chama Project in New Mexico was completed. The storage reservoir provides supplemental irrigation for the Pojoaque Valley Irrigation District and the Pueblos of San Ildefonso, Nambe and Pojoaque. Learn more here: https://www.usbr.gov/projects/index.php?id=309 #water #history #newmexico #nambefalls
We're traveling back in time to check out the Deschutes Project in Oregon. The Deschutes Project lands are in the vicinity of Madras, Oregon. Principal features include Wickiup Dam and Reservoir, Crane Prairie Dam and Reservoir, Haystack Dam and Reservoir, North Unit Main Canal and lateral system, and the Crooked River Pumping Plant. The project furnishes a full supply of irrigation water for about 50,000 acres of land within the North Unit Irrigation District, and a supplemental supply for more than 48,000 acres in the Central Oregon Irrigation District and Crook County Improvement District No. 1. In today's photo, workers are seen piling logs during the Wickiup Reservoir clearing - Deschutes Project, Oregon. Oct. 22, 1940. Learn more about the Deschutes Project here: https://go.usa.gov/xUxZa #Oregon #Water #History #Photography #Thursday
It's National Safety Month, and Reclamation wishes to encourage everyone to be safe on the job. We have strict safety standards to ensure that workers at our facilities are safe at all times. https://go.usa.gov/xQsjx #No1GetsHurt #NationalSafetyMonth
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