Bloomberg Law
June 25, 2021, 10:01 AM

Halting the Megadrought: The Bureau of Reclamation Explained

Tripp Baltz
Tripp Baltz
Staff Correspondent
Bobby Magill
Bobby Magill

The Biden administration recently announced its choice to lead the Bureau of Reclamation, the largest wholesaler of water in the U.S., during a time when Western states are struggling with drought, climate change, growth, and competing uses for an ever-dwindling supply of water.

The bureau must figure out how to balance municipal, agricultural, industrial, recreational, and environmental demands for water in the rapidly-growing region, which is locked in a 20-year megadrought that ranks among the worst in recorded history.

Here’s an explanation of the agency and what’s at stake:

1. What does the bureau do?

The Interior Department agency sells ...

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