Technical service center bureau of reclamation

The Water, Environmental, & Ecosystems Division has approximately 100 staff that provide integrated technical expertise in: 1) Water Resources Engineering & Management Support including Flood Hydrology & Meteorology, 2) Sedimentation & River Hydraulics, 3) Geographic Applications & Analysis, 4) Economics & Technical Communications, and 5) Fisheries & Wildlife Resources.

The Water Resources Engineering & Management Support Group manages three water resources portfolios that include (1) hydroclimate data analysis, (2) hydrologic modeling, (3) operations modeling, and (4) flood hydrology and meteorology. This group provides hydrologic engineering technical services to decisionmakers on water resources planning and management including reservoir and river system operations, climate change impacts on water supply and demand, surface water and groundwater modeling, crop irrigation water requirements, watershed hydrology, and water conservation planning.


The group provides technical investigations, designs, reviews, and related work in flood hydrology, hydrometeorology, and meteorology. The professional staff includes civil engineers (hydrologic and hydraulic) with technical expertise in:

The Sedimentation & River Hydraulics Group is composed of about 20 hydraulic engineers and scientists who conduct studies of how rivers and reservoirs have or will respond to changes in river flow, sediment supply, or channel modification. The group prepares studies for a variety of purposes including stream habitat restoration, protection of streamside infrastructure, and reservoir sediment management and long-term sustainability. Many studies focus on Reclamation facilities; their physical impact on river channels and endangered species habitat, recreation, wetlands, and cultural resources. Professional work experience includes field data collection, geomorphic analysis, numerical modeling, and river engineering problem solving. Sediment studies of rivers and reservoirs link changes in stream flow and sediment supply to processes controlling changes in river channel shape, alignment, lateral migration and bank erosion. A wide range of modeling and analysis software tools are developed in house and applied to simulate a wide variety of river and reservoir scenarios and provide an integrated view of river hydraulic and morphological processes. Specific areas of technical expertise include:

This multidisciplinary group accomplishes varied technical investigations, reviews, and related operational and developmental work and services in the areas of: 1) modeling, automation, and analysis focused on geospatial and remote sensing applications including the design and development of geoprocessing workflows and GIS databases, analysis and display of spatial relationships, and the acquisition, and quality assurance for geospatial, LiDAR, remote sensing, and ground survey data, and 2) development and analysis of hazard classifications, population at risk and loss of life estimations, and modeling and mapping of flood inundation. Specific focus areas include:

The Economics staff provides expertise to evaluate the economic, financial, social, and cultural aspects of a wide range of water resource-related activities, including plan formulation and evaluation, compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and altering project operations to achieve new or additional project goals. Areas of expertise include:

The Technical Communications staff includes technical writers, editors, visual information specialists, and editorial assistants with extensive publications experience, varied technical backgrounds, and a broad knowledge of Reclamation policies, procedures, and projects. Staff have expertise based on experience and knowledge in areas such as water and related issues, dam safety, engineering, geology, environmental compliance (NEPA), hydrology, operations and maintenance, public outreach, and scientific research. Specific areas of expertise include:

The Fisheries & Wildlife Resources Group conducts investigations to understand and develop technologies to reduce impacts, sustain, and improve aquatic and terrestrial wildlife communities associated with Reclamation’s water development facilities and operations. The group has technical specialists in fisheries and wildlife biology and NEPA specialists which provide information for Reclamation to maintain water and power deliveries in an environmentally sound manner. Areas of technical expertise include: