A History of Bureau of Reclamation Construction-Part I

by Harold G. Arthur, (F.ASCE), Director of Design and Construction; U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, Colo.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 1, Pg. 51-68

Document Type: Journal Paper


The Bureau of Reclamation and the construction industry have worked in partnership to develop water resources in the 17 western states before and during the years 1925 to 1975 which mark the first half century of the Journal of the Construction Division of ASCE. ThE construction accomplishments on Reclamation projects built prior to 1925 are summarized. Selected dams, spillways, outlet works, penstocks, canal, and canal structures built on Reclamation projects are described in this part as are the methods of constructing them. The designs of the structures and the methods and equipment used to build them have changed gradually. However, landmark structures and construction methods can be cited and are described.

Subject Headings: Drop structures | Construction methods | History | Bureau of Reclamation | Construction management | Water reclamation | Spillways | Water resources

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