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...
Nine Projects Receive $1.29 Million from Reclamation for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Feasibility Studies - (June 26, 2014) Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley announced that Reclamation will provide $1.29 million to nine projects for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Feasibility Studies. These nine projects are located in California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. More... | List of Projects
Interior Announces Nearly $20 Million in WaterSMART Funding for Water and Energy Efficiency Projects and River Basin Studies at Western Governors’ Annual Meeting - (June 9, 2014) Addressing the Western Governors’ Association today, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Bureau of Reclamation will make $17.8 million in water and energy efficiency grants available to 36 projects in the western United States and will provide $1.8 million for three river basin studies—for a total of $19.6 million in Federal funding. More... | Water and Energy Efficiency Grants | Basin Studies
Secretary Jewell Announces $20 Million in WaterSMART Funding for Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects in Drought Stricken California - (May 15, 2014) As part of the Obama Administration’s continued effort to bring relief to California communities suffering from the historic drought, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Bureau of Reclamation will invest $20 million in nine water reclamation and reuse projects. More... | Projects
WaterSMART Funding Opportunity Available to Establish or Expand Watershed Groups (May 7, 2014) - Reclamation's Cooperative Watershed Management Program is accepting applications from entities seeking to establish or expand watershed management groups. The funding opportunity announcement is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity R14AS00038. More... | FOA on Grants.gov
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...
Last updated: 6/26/14
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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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