WaterSMART Basin Studies Program
Basin Studies are collaborative studies, cost-shared with non-Federal partners, to evaluate the impacts of climate change and help ensure sustainable water supplies by identifying strategies to address imbalances in water supply and demand. Each study includes four key segments:
- State-of-the-art projections of future supply and demand by river basin, including the impacts of climate change.
- 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 adaptation and mitigation strategies to meet current and future water demands.
- A trade-off analysis of the adaptation and mitigation strategies identified.
Bureau of Reclamation Provides $1.5 Million for River Basin Studies about How to Meet Future Water Demands
(July 2, 2015) - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López announced today that Reclamation will use $1.5 million to partner with water managers in Arizona, California and New Mexico to conduct comprehensive water studies. This funding will help complete two basin studies and develop plans of study for two more. Read More →
(June 12, 2015) - The latest in a series of river basin studies, Henrys Fork, that examine the growing imbalance between available supply, increasing needs and projected demand due to climate change in the western United States is available. Read More →
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. Read More →