Introduction

The Bureau of Reclamation, the nation's largest supplier of water and second-largest producer of hydroelectric power, controlled the wild rivers of the American West with its historic dams and water control projects--great engineering feats constructed by many workers. These works have provided water, transforming sagebrush to lush farmland and delivering water to create towns and great cities, allowing the "desert to bloom." Explore the history of water in the West!

Twilight view of Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Dam

Theodore Roosevelt Dam was the first major structure constructed by the BOR. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Reclamation

Hungry Horse Dam. Bureau of Reclamation

Hungry Horse Dam. Bureau of Reclamation

Hungry Horse Dam, on the South Fork of the Flathead River. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Reclamation

Historic black and white photo of Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

March 1st 2016 marks the 80th anniversary of Hoover Dam. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Reclamation

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