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...
Reclamation’s Proposed Drought Response Program Evaluation Criteria is Open for Public Comment (Feb. 10, 2015) - Reclamation is seeking public comment on its draft Drought Response Program evaluation criteria. This new program, based on its existing drought authorities, will provide funding for drought contingency planning, implementation of projects to build long-term resiliency to drought, and Implementation of emergency response actions. More...
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...
Reclamation Extends Water and Energy Efficiency FOA Grant Deadline (Dec. 15, 2014) - The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the application deadline for the fiscal year 2015 WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funding opportunity announcement from January 14, 2015 to January 23, 2015 at 4 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. In addition, a clarifying note has been added to Subcriterion E.2: Expediting Future On-Farm Irrigation Improvements (p.48). Additional information can be found online at grants.gov. Please contact Josh German at 303-445-2839 with any questions. FOA
WaterSMART Grants Available from Reclamation to Conserve Water and Improve Energy Efficiency (Oct. 30, 2014) - Reclamation is inviting States, Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts and other organizations with water or power delivery to apply for a funding opportunity to cost-share on projects that conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency. The projects should support water sustainability in the west. More... | FOA
Authorized Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects WaterSMART Funding Opportunity Now Available (Oct. 30, 2014) - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking applications from congressionally authorized sponsors of Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse projects for cost-shared funding to plan, design or construct their projects. The funding opportunity is part of Reclamation's activity under the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART initiative, which focuses on improving water conservation, sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. More... | Funding Opportunity Announcement
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
Last updated: 2/11/15
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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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