Indian Affairs | Division of Water and Power

Division of Water and Power

It is the mission of the Division of Water and Power (DWP) to promote self-determination, economic opportunities, and public safety through the sound management of irrigation, dam, and power facilities owned by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). In support of this mission, DWP is committed to the following:

  • Hiring, training, and retaining highly qualified personnel to manage, operate, maintain, construct, and rehabilitate DWP infrastructure (and to conduct financial matters that support these activities). 
  • Providing our stakeholders with quality services and improved accountability, including protecting and preserving life, property, and trust resources.
  • Assisting tribes in the management of water resources through measurement, analysis, and modeling.
  • Promoting the transfer of management, administration, operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of irrigation, dam, and power facilities to tribes, irrigators, and water user associations.
  • Fostering communication, cooperation, and consultation among Federal, State, tribal, and local organizations related to water resources, irrigation, power, dam safety, security, and emergency management activities.
  • Promoting state-of-the-art technologies to improve the management and conservation of water resources in a sustainable manner, while maximizing the economic benefits to our stakeholders.
  • Encouraging modern business practices and innovative business techniques to meet the ever-changing needs of our stakeholders.

The DWP is responsible for the management, operation, maintenance, and asset management of BIA-owned Irrigation and Power projects, and under the Safety of Dams (SOD) program, for maintenance and rehabilitation of dams on Indian lands. DWP also includes the recent addition of Water Resources Management.

The Central Office staff provide policy, oversight, advisory, and technical support to regions and agencies on Water Resources, Irrigation and Power, and SOD. Central Office staff are at the following locations:

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Office of Trust Services
Division of Water and Power
1849 C St., NW
Washington, DC 20240
Phone: 202.208.5480
Fax: 202.219.0006

BIA Central Office
Office of Trust Services
Division of Water and Power
13922 Denver West Pkwy., Bldg. 54, Ste. 300
Lakewood, CO 80401
Phone: 303.231.5224 or 303.231.5225
Fax: 303.231.5229

Northwest Regional Office
911 NE 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 503.231.2278
Fax: 503.231.6791

Rocky Mountain Regional Office
2021 4th Ave. North, Room 415
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: 406.657.5987
Fax: 406.657.5988

Western Regional Office
2600 North Central Ave.
PO Box 10
Phoenix, AZ 85001
Phone: 602.379.6789
Fax: 602.379.3168

Overnight (Western Regional Office):
Two Arizona Center
400 N. 5th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004



For more information on the BIA's Regional Offices, refer to the Regional Offices web page.