Bureau of Reclamation

Who is the Bureau of Reclamation?

At the beginning of the 20th Century the country was still being settled and the public outlook was one of expansion and development.

As the century progressed, public consensus emerged on the need to exploit and manipulate water for economic gain.

To meet the needs of an expanding nation Congress created the Reclamation Service in 1902 with the purpose to “reclaim wasted water” and put it to a good use for agricultural/irrigation purposes.

Today, the Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) is the largest wholesaler of water in the country. They bring water to more than 31 million people, and provide one out of five Western farmers (140,000) with irrigation water for 10 million acres of farmland that produce 60% of the nation's vegetables and 25% of its fruits and nuts.