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Basin Studies

Basin Studies addresses basin-wide efforts to evaluate and address the impacts of climate change. Funding is available for comprehensive water studies that define options for meeting future water demands in river basins in the western United States where imbalances in water supply and demand exist or are projected. Each study includes four key segments:

  • State-of-the-art projections of future supply and demand by river basin.
  • An analysis of how the basin’s existing water and power operations and infrastructure will perform in the face of changing water realities.
  • Development of options to improve operations and infrastructure to supply adequate water in the future.
  • Recommendations on how to optimize operations and infrastructure in a basin to supply adequate water in the future.

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...


Fiscal Year 2014 Basin Study Project Descriptions - (June 9, 2014) Available here.


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... 


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

Last updated: 1/28/15