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...
Study Reveals Climate Change Impacts on Irrigation Demand and Reservoir Evaporation in the West (Feb. 6, 2015) - Reflecting current climate projections for the western United States, a new report issued by the Bureau of Reclamation reveals a projected shift in demand for crop irrigation across eight major river basins. The study evaluated irrigation water requirements for the second half of the 20th century and, as compared to projected demand for the second half of the 21st century, found that net irrigation water requirements in the West may be six percent higher. Another area of study revealed in the report - based on a projected temperature increase of approximately 5 degrees Fahrenheit in the region - estimates that annual evaporation at most of the 12 reservoirs modeled by the study could increase 2 to 6 inches by 2080. More...
Reclamation Seeks Applicants fro 2015 WaterSMART Basin Studies (Jan. 28, 2015) - Reclamation is seeking applications for the Basin Studies Program in 2015. Interested non-federal entities wishing to participate in the selection process should submit a short letter of interest to their respective Reclamation regional office by Feb. 24, 2015. More...
Bureau of Reclamation Releases Funding Opportunity for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Feasibility Studies (Jan. 13, 2015) - Reclamation is providing a funding opportunity for communities in the West which may be seeking new sources of water supplies using water recycling and reuse technologies. Funding made available will assist communities in determining whether water recycling and reuse projects are feasible. More...
New Report Predicts Climate Change Will Significantly Impact California’s Central Valley (Sept. 22, 2014) - A new report released today by the Department of the Interior's Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor finds that projected changes in temperature and precipitation, combined with a growing population, will have significant impacts on water supplies, water quality, fish and wildlife habitats, ecosystems, hydropower, recreation and flood control, in California's Central Valley this century. News Release | Report
Six Organizations to Establish or Expand Watershed Activities Using Key Funding Assistance from Reclamation (Aug. 21, 2014) - Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley announced that $496,337 in WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program funding will be made available for six groups to establish or expand a watershed group. Those groups are located in California, Colorado, Montana and New Mexico. More... | Project Descriptions
Applied Science Projects Receive $448,400 — Projects Will Inform Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (July 31, 2014) - Reclamation Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley announced that six applied science projects will receive $448,400 to deliver new capabilities for the Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. These projects will address priority resource needs identified by Reclamation and partners involved in both Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. More... | List of Selected Projects
Last updated: 3/3/15
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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