Bureau of Reclamation, Office of Security, Safety, and Law Enforcement
The Bureau of Reclamation gained new responsibilities in the post-September 11, 2001, concerns over terrorism. The century-old agency—which had long been concerned with constructing dams, irrigation canals, reservoirs, and hydroelectric plants—was charged with bolstering protection of these sites. Prior to September 11, 2001, the bureau lacked authority to enforce federal laws at its sites and facilities, except at Hoover Dam in Nevada. Its entire police force consisted of 13 uniformed officers. The bureau, sometimes abbreviated BOR and usually referred to as Reclamation, was created with passage of the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, when Congress addressed demands from settlers in western states and territories for assistance in the transportation and storage of water. Originally knows as the Reclamation Service, it was part of the U.S. Geological Survey and was charged with reviewing potential water development projects in each western state with federal lands. (Texas, which had no federal lands, ...