Reclamation Resumes Boca Dam Construction

By on April 21, 2020

The Bureau of Reclamation announced that Boca Dam’s seismic safety modification project has resumed following its seasonal closure in November 2019.

The construction project corrects seismic risks and includes the addition of a stability berm, a 25-feet wider crest and a reinforced concrete road. The spillway had been updated for seismic safety in October 2019.

Construction is expected to conclude November 1, 2020. Social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other COVID-19 precautions will be followed during construction.

Operations at the Boca Reservoir continue without construction interruptions.

The original construction of Boca Dam was completed in 1939; the dam is 116-feet high and 1,630 feet long. The dam creates Boca Reservoir with a capacity of about 40,000 acre-feet. The reservoir regulates the Little Truckee River and provides water for irrigation, recreation, fish and wildlife benefits, and municipal and industrial uses in Truckee Meadows. The dam is owned by Reclamation and operated by the Washoe County Water Conservation District.

More information can be found on the project website at