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Released On: March 16, 2010

WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants Funding Opportunity Now Available
The Bureau of Reclamation announces the availability of the Water and Energy Efficiency Grants funding opportunity, the first funding opportunity in 2010 under the WaterSMART program. The funding opportunity is available online at www.grants.gov.

Reclamation is seeking proposals for projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy in water management, protect endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, and carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict.

Eligible applicants that may submit proposals for funding are State or Territory agencies or departments with water or power delivery authority, Federally recognized Indian Tribes with water or power delivery authority, irrigation and water districts, entities created under State or Territorial law with water management authority, municipal water or power delivery authorities, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority. Applicants must also be located in the Western United States or an authorized Territory. Projects will be selected for funding through a competitive process.

Proposals must be submitted as indicated on www.grants.gov by May 4, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. MDT. It is anticipated that awards will be made this summer.

The WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow) program is intended to address the most significant challenges facing our water supplies in the 21st century, including population growth, climate change, rising energy demands, environmental needs, and aging infrastructure.

For more information on the WaterSMART program visit www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/.

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