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Those who have traveled through the western United States can attest to the scale of the massive earth-moving projects that dominate aspects of the landscape. Massive dams and expansive irrigation systems are part of the work of the Bureau of Reclamation, the nation's largest supplier of water and second largest producer of hydroelectric power. This remarkable tour of some of these sites is part of an initiative started by the National Park Service. Visitors will find six areas to explore on the site, including Essays, List of Sites, Maps, and an Introduction. The Essays area offers some nice meditations on the work of the Bureau and its many achievements, while the List of Sites includes information about dozens of locales, including Shasta Dam, Hoover Dam, and the Hungry Horse Dam in Montana. Finally, the Maps area is a great way to figure out your own plan for exploring these magnificent structures.
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