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Bureau of Reclamation (BuRec)
Denver Federal Center
6th & Kipling, Bldg 67
P.O. Box 25007
Denver, CO 80225-0007
303.445.2785 (phone)

Bureau of Reclamation

Background/History of the Laboratory

Established in 1902, the Bureau of Reclamation within the U.S. Department of the Interior is best known for the dams, power plants, and canals it constructed in the 17 western states. The Bureau brings water to more than 31 million people, and provides 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. Reclamation is also the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Its 58 power plants annually provide more than 40 billion kilowatt hours generating nearly a billion dollars in power revenues and produce enough electricity to serve six million homes. Its Denver office consists of 329 engineers, 105 scientists, 98 technical support staff, and 34 administrative staff.

Mission of the Laboratory

The Colorado Lab is the only Bureau of Reclamation research facility outside Washington, DC. Its mission is to assist in meeting the increasing water demands of the West while protecting the environment and the public's investment in these structures. The Bureau of Reclamation places great emphasis on fulfilling its water delivery obligations, water conservation, water recycling and reuse, and developing partnerships with our customers, states, and Indian Tribes, and in finding ways to bring together the variety of interests to address the competing needs for our limited water resources.

The Lab is comprised of four divisions:

  •     Civil Engineering Division
  •     Water and Environmental Resources Division
  •     Geotechnical Division
  •     Infrastructure Services Division

The Technical Services Center was created in 1994 as the research arm of the Bureau. Providing world-class engineering, science, research, and support services for projects related to water resources. Its scientists also consult in the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Compliance Analyses, such as NEPA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Hazardous Waste Remediation under CERCLA, and invasive species inventories.

  •     Technology Areas of Expertise
  •     Biology and Ecology
  •     Chemical Engineering
  •     Civil Engineering
  •     Construction and Design
  •     Dam Safety
  •     Electrical Engineering
  •     Engineering
  •     Environmental Compliance Analyses
  •     Flood Hydrology
  •     Geotechnical Engineering
  •     Geotechnical Engineering
  •     Hazardous Waste and Remediation
  •     Hydroelectric Research
  •     Hydrology
  •     Hydropower
  •     Inspections and Emergency Management
  •     Invasive Species
  •     Maps and GIS Analyses
  •     Material Sciences - Construction and Repair
  •     Mechanical Engineering
  •     Operations and Maintenance
  •     Power Plants
  •     Reservoir and River Operations Decision Support
  •     Sedimentation and River Hydraulics
  •     Seismotectonics and Geophysics
  •     Structural Behavior and Instrumentation
  •     Value Engineering
  •     Water and Power Infrastructure Reliability and Safety
  •     Water Conservation
  •     Water Delivery Reliability
  •     Water Quality
  •     Water Reclamation
  •     Water Resources Engineering
  •     Water Storage and Delivery
  •     Water Supply and Demand Forecasting