WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow)
Water is our most precious natural resource and is increasingly stressed by the demands our society places on it. Adequate water supplies are an essential element in human survival, ecosystem health, energy production, and economic sustainability. Significant climate change-related impacts on water supplies are well documented in the scientific literature and scientists are forecasting changes in hydrologic cycles. More on WaterSMART...
Lower Rio Grande Basin Study Shows Shortfall in Future Water Supply (Dec. 17, 2013) - Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor released the Lower Rio Grande Basin Study that evaluated the impacts of climate change on water demand and supply imbalances along the Rio Grande along the United States/Mexico border from Fort Quitman, Tex., to the Gulf of Mexico. More... | Report
Bureau of Reclamation and Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority Complete Santa Ana Watershed Basin Study (Dec. 12, 2013) - Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor released the Santa Ana River Watershed Basin Study, which addresses water supply and demand projections for the next 50 years and identifies potential climate change impacts to Southern California's Santa Ana River Watershed. This study is a first of its kind for the predominately urban basin. It encompasses approximately 2,600 square miles in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and is home to more than 6 million residents. More... Report
Upper Rio Grande Impact Assessment Reveals Potential Growing Gap in Water Supply and Demand (Dec. 11, 2013) - Increasing temperatures and changes in the timing of snowmelt runoff could impact the amount of water available on the upper Rio Grande in the future. These are some of the results of the Upper Rio Grande Impact Assessment released by Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle. Report | Climate Risk Assessments
Funding Opportunity Available to Increase Water Conservation or Improve Water Supply Sustainability (Nov. 14, 2013) - Reclamation is making funding available through its WaterSMART program to support new Water and Energy Efficiency Grant projects. Proposals are being sought from states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to partner with Reclamation on projects that increase water conservation or result in other improvements that address water supply sustainability in the West. More...
WaterSMART Funding Available for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects - (Nov. 13, 2013) The Bureau of Reclamation is inviting sponsors of congressionally authorized Title XVI projects to request cost-shared funding for planning, design or construction through the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program funding opportunity posted today. More...
Climate Change Literature Synthesis Third Edition Now Available (Oct 31, 2013) - The third edition of the Literature Synthesis on Climate Change Implications for Water and Environmental Resources from the Bureau of Reclamation is now available. The report offers a summary of recent literature on the current and projected effects of climate change on hydrology and water resources. More... | Report
Reclamation Announces $1.4 million for Applied Science Projects to Support Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives - (August 22, 2013) Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor announced 12 projects will receive a total of $1.4 million to develop applied science tools in support of the Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. Through cost-share agreements, this funding will be used to support $3.13 million for the development of resource management tools to assist LCC stakeholders. More...
Reclamation Selects Five Entities to Receive $485,423 to Establish or Expand Existing Watershed Groups (Aug 21, 2013) - Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor announced today that five entities in Colorado, Idaho and Oregon will receive $485,423 to establish or expand its watershed group. More...
Last updated: 12/18/13
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WaterSMART - A Three Year Progress Report
The Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program Issued a Three-Year Progress Report in 2012. The Program is saving water, finding better ways to stretch water supplies and helping partners plan to meet future water demands. More... | Report
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