U.S. Bureau of Reclamation & the Central Valley Project
The Bureau of Reclamation’s mission is to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources.
Established in 1902, the Bureau of Reclamation has constructed dams, powerplants, and canals in the 17 western states. These water projects led to homesteading and promoted the economic development of the West. Reclamation has constructed more than 600 dams and reservoirs, among those is Shasta Dam, built between 1938 and 1945. Originally a state project picked up by the federal government during the great depression. The head of the federal Central Valley Project (CVP), Shasta holds 4.55 million acre-feet of water and is 602 feet high. The CVP has 22 lakes/reservoirs, 11 million acre-feet total storage, 500 miles of canals/pipelines and provides water to 3 million acres of farmland.
- Central Valley Project Information: https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/
- Central Valley Project Water Allocations: https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/allocations.html
- Central Valley Flood Protection Plan 2022: https://water.ca.gov/News/News-Releases/2022/April-22/Central-Valley-Flood-Protection-Plan-Update-Released