WaterSMART News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49329 Secretary Jewell Announces $50 Million to Help Conserve Water in Drought-Stricken West
<strong>LOS ANGELES, CA</strong> -- As part of the Obama Administration's continued effort to bring relief to western communities suffering from the historic drought, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that Interior's Bureau of Reclamation will invest nearly $50 million to improve water efficiency and conservation in California and 11 other western states. <P> "In a time of exceptional drought, it is absolutely critical that states and the federal government leverage our funding resources so that we can make each drop count," said Secretary Jewell. "Being 'water smart' means working together to fund sustainable water initiatives that use the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand." <P> Joined by Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the funding announcement was made today at the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys, CA, where millions of gallons of wastewater are purified each day. Secretary Jewell, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López and Sutley emphasized the importance of federal-state partnerships to help work toward a more sustainable and resilient water future. <P> "Through the WaterSMART Program, Reclamation is providing funding for water conservation improvements and water reuse projects across the West," Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López said. "We commend the state of California for all the steps they have already taken to alleviate the impacts of the drought. We hope this federal funding for water reuse and efficiency will help us leverage scarce resources between the state and federal governments to bring much-needed relief for the people and environment of California." <P> "The federal government's support for critical water efficiency and reuse projects is most valuable especially during this historic drought in California," said Sutley. "The investments will help cities like Los Angeles carry out our sustainability objectives, further build our local water supply and reduce our reliance on imported water. We look forward to all these important opportunities ahead of us." <P> "We are honored to host Secretary Jewell at our Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant and Japanese Garden today," said LA Sanitation Director Enrique C. Zaldivar, P.E. "We look forward to learning more about the environmental partnership opportunities she will announce during her visit." <P> Reclamation is investing more than $24 million in grants for 50 water and energy efficiency projects in 12 western states, more than $23 million for seven water reclamation and reuse projects in California, and nearly $2 million for seven water reclamation and reuse feasibility studies in California and Texas. <P> WaterSMART is the U.S. Department of the Interior's sustainable water initiative. Since it was established in 2010, WaterSMART has provided about $250 million in competitively-awarded funding to non-federal partners, including tribes, water districts, municipalities and universities. These investments have conserved enough water to meet the needs of more than 3.8 million people. Every acre-foot of conserved water delivered means that an equivalent amount of existing supplies is available for other uses. <P> WaterSMART water and energy efficiency grants can be used for projects that conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, carry out activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict. The 50 projects announced today will be leveraged with at least 50 percent non-federal funding for a total of $133 million in improvements over the next two to three years. For a complete description of the 50 projects, please visit the <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/weeg/" target="_blank">WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant website</a>. <P> Through Title XVI of the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act, Reclamation provides funding for projects that reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic or agricultural wastewater and naturally impaired ground or surface waters. Title XVI provides up to 25 percent of project costs. Project sponsors provide the remaining 75 percent of the funding necessary to carry out projects, thereby leveraging limited federal funding to implement as many water reuse projects as possible. Seven projects in California will receive $23.2 million. For a complete description of these seven water reuse projects, please visit the <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/title" target="_blank">WaterSMART Title XVI website</a>. <P> Also under the Title XVI Act, Reclamation is providing $1.6 million for communities to study whether water reuse projects would help them to meet their future water needs. Four feasibility studies in California and three studies in Texas were selected this year. Feasibility studies are funded jointly by Reclamation and project sponsors. A cost-share of at least 50 percent of study is required. For a complete description of the seven new studies selected for funding, please visit the <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/title" target="_blank">WaterSMART Title XVI website</a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49294 Reclamation Releases Collaborative Moving Forward Report Addressing Future Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Challenges
Boulder City, Nev. -- The Bureau of Reclamation and stakeholders throughout the Colorado River Basin (Basin) released a report today that documents opportunities and potential actions to address the future water supply and demand imbalances projected in the 2012 Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study. <P> The Moving Forward Phase 1 Report is part of the Colorado River Basin Study Moving Forward effort launched in May of 2013. The Moving Forward program is an effort by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and stakeholders throughout the Basin to respond in a coordinated and collaborative manner in identifying and implementing actions that address projected water supply and demand imbalances, have broad-based support, and provide a wide range of benefits. <P> In Moving Forward Phase 1, funded jointly by Reclamation and the seven Colorado River Basin States, over 100 stakeholders spanning all water use sectors engaged in three workgroups focused on water use efficiency (urban and agricultural) and environmental and recreational flows. The Phase 1 Report includes chapters contributed by each workgroup. <P> "The impacts of the ongoing drought are widespread and are currently being addressed at the local and regional levels. Looking ahead to the longer-term challenges facing the Basin documented in the 2012 Study, it is clear that these challenges must be tackled collaboratively involving all sectors of use," Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp said. "The Phase 1 Report is a critical first step towards this level of collaboration." <P> Twenty-five opportunities were identified by the workgroups. Similar components resulting from each workgroup's individual set of findings include opportunities related to funding and incentives, data and tools, outreach and partnerships, coordination and integration, infrastructure improvements, and flexible water management. <P> Building from the Phase 1 Report, Phase 2 of the Moving Forward effort will be underway later this year and includes the selection and implementation of several pilot projects. <P> The Moving Forward Phase 1 Report is publicly available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/programs/crbstudy/MovingForward/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/programs/crbstudy/MovingForward/index.html</a>. Comments are encouraged on the report during the next 90 days and will be summarized and posted to the website for consideration in Phase 2. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=49290 Bureau of Reclamation Releases Two Funding Opportunity Announcements to Promote Drought Contingency Planning and Resiliency Projects
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation released two funding opportunity announcements today under its new Drought Response Program, to help water users develop drought contingency plans and build long-term drought resiliency. Funding opportunities are allocated through a competitive process. <P> "Drought contingency plans help communities prepare for a drought before its onset and help mitigate drought risks," Commissioner Estevan López said. "This is why Reclamation provides assistance to water users. We want water users to consider drought contingency planning before an actual drought takes place. It is better to take a proactive approach to managing drought risk, instead of a reactive one." <P> Drought contingency plans help communities recognize drought in its early stages, identify the effects of drought and protect themselves in the future. Reclamation provides financial assistance to develop or update drought contingency plans through cooperative agreements on a 50/50 cost-share basis. Applicants may also request technical assistance from Reclamation to help develop this plan. Plans must include the input and participation of multiple stakeholders, consider climate change impacts to drought conditions and identify potential drought mitigation and response actions to build resilience to drought as exacerbated by climate change. To view this Funding Opportunity Announcement, please visit www.grants.gov and search for funding opportunity number R15AS00047. Applications are due on June 25, 2015. <P> Drought resiliency projects, also referred to as "mitigation actions," help communities prepare for and respond to drought. To be eligible, projects must be supported by an existing drought contingency plan. Reclamation will provide funding on a 50/50 cost-share basis. Projects identified must result in long-term benefits that will build resiliency in the future and meet one of the following goals: increase the reliability of water supply and sustainability; improve water management; implement systems to facilitate voluntary sale, transfer or exchange water; and provide benefits for fish, wildlife and the environment. To view this Funding Opportunity Announcement, please visit www.grants.gov and search for funding opportunity number R15AS00046. Applications are due on June 25, 2015. <P> For more than 100 years, Reclamation and its partners have worked to develop a sustainable water and power future for the West. This program is part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program, which focuses on improving water conservation and sustainability, while helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. <P> To find out more information about Reclamation's WaterSMART program, visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart" target="_blank">www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a>, or visit the Drought Response Program at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/drought" target="_blank">www.usbr.gov/drought</a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48746 Reclamation’s Proposed Drought Response Program Evaluation Criteria is Open for Public Comment
<b>WASHINGTON</b> - The Bureau of 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: <P> <blockquote> <b>Drought contingency planning</b>: Reclamation will provide financial assistance through cooperative agreements that include a 50/50 cost-share to develop or update drought contingency plans. Plans must include input and participation by multiple stakeholders and must consider climate change impacts to drought conditions and identify potential drought mitigation and response actions to build long-term resilience to drought. <P> <b>Implementation of projects to build long-term resiliency to drought</b>: Reclamation will provide financial assistance through a funding opportunity announcement on a 50/50 cost-share basis to implement projects that build long-term resiliency to drought. Proposed drought resiliency projects must be supported by an existing drought contingency plan to be eligible. <P> <b>Implementation of emergency response actions</b>: Reclamation will continue to fund emergency drought response actions to address ongoing drought emergencies contingent on available funding. To be eligible, the applicant needs an existing drought contingency plan on file or a state governor or tribal leader drought declaration. Assistance must be requested in writing. </blockquote> <P> Program funding is allocated through a competitive process. The evaluation criteria that Reclamation will use to implement each program element is available for review at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/drought">www.usbr.gov/drought</a>. Comments are due to Avra Morgan at aomorgan@usbr.gov by March 12, 2015. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48726 Study Reveals Climate Change Impacts on Irrigation Demand and Reservoir Evaporation in the West
<b>WASHINGTON</b> - Reflecting current climate projections for the western United States, a <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/wcra">new report</a> 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. <P> The report on irrigation demand and reservoir evaporation projections is the latest in a series of West-Wide Climate Risk Assessments - analyses of overall impacts from climate change on water resources in the West through the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program. <P> In announcing the report, Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López said the study was an important piece of information about climate change imposing stresses on water resources and will ultimately help inform water planners and stakeholders in confronting future climate-related supply and demand challenges. <P> "Reclamation and its partners are engaged in critical work to confront a future with increasing disparity between water supply and demand in basins throughout the West," Commissioner López said. "Understanding how climate change will impact crop irrigation demand and reservoir evaporation provides vital information for the development of alternatives and solutions to meet those challenges and support the nation's economy." <P> Projected future irrigation demands are only estimates and provide a starting point for further analyses and discussions with customers and stakeholders. The results do not account for changing crop patterns and other socioeconomic considerations that are best addressed with stakeholder input within a <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/bsp/index.html">basin study</a> or other process. <P> Using climate projections for temperature and precipitation, scientists considered projected irrigation demand in eight major river basins: Colorado, Rio Grande, Sacramento-San Joaquin, Truckee, Columbia, Missouri and Klamath. The water evaporation model was applied to 12 reservoirs in many of those major Reclamation river basins: Lake Powell, Lake Mead, American Falls Reservoir, Lake Roosevelt, Upper Klamath Lake, Canyon Ferry Reservoir, Boysen Reservoir, Elephant Butte Reservoir, Lake Shasta, Millerton Lake, Lake Tahoe and Lahontan Reservoir. This table provides one set of projections of irrigation demand by basin and potential changes in evaporation for the twelve reservoirs when compared to actual figures from 1950 to 1999: <P> <table border="0" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="600"> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"></td> <td width="174" colspan="3" valign="top" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Net Irrigation Water Demand </strong> <br /> <strong>(Change % vs. 1950-1999)</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Net Reservoir Evaporation </strong> <br /> <strong>(Change % vs. 1950-1999)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>2080</strong></p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><strong>2080</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Colorado River Basin </strong><em>(AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT, WY)</em><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p><strong>     Upper Colorado</strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p>22.86</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap"><p>                        Lake Powell</p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap"><p>7.1   (4.1 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p><strong>     Lower Colorado</strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p>8.31</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Lake Mead</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>10.1 (6.1 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p><strong>     Imperial Valley</strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p>1.39</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Columbia River Basin </strong><em>(ID, MT, OR, WA)</em><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p>6.34</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        American Falls Reservoir</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>6.0   (2.0 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Lake Roosevelt</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>5.4   (1.3 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Klamath River Basin </strong><em>(OR, CA)</em><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p>14</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Upper Klamath Lake</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>8.2   (2.4 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Missouri River Basin  </strong><br /> <em>(CO, IA, KS, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, SD, WY)</em><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="129" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p><strong>     Western Missouri </strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p>13.55</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Boysen Reservoir</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>4.3   (1.3 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p><strong>     Northern Missouri </strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p>3.61</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Canyon Ferry Reservoir </p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>6.9   (1.7 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p><strong>     Southeastern Missouri</strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p>-0.98</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#EAD7B5"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Rio Grande River Basin </strong><em>(CO, NM, TX)</em><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p>18.66</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Elephant Butte Reservoir</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>9.5   (4.2 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins </strong><em>(CA)</em><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p>6.81</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Lake Shasta</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>14.7 (2.5 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Millerton Lake</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>12.3 (5.0 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p><strong>Truckee and Carson River Basins </strong><em>(CA, NV)</em><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="90" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p>14.59</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" colspan="2" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap" bgcolor="#A3ABD2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Lake Tahoe</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>14.4 (1.9 inches)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="348" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p>                        Lahontan Reservoir</p></td> <td width="90" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="157" nowrap="nowrap" colspan="2" valign="top"><p>7.1   (3.2 inches)</p></td> </tr> </table> <P> Scientists utilized climate change data to project alterations in precipitation and temperature and to assess evaporation for 12 reservoirs within those river basins, when considering observed and projected climate change impacts. Precipitation projections are highly variable and basin dependent, and they can vary significantly within individual basins as well. <P> "Through these studies, Reclamation is highlighting climate change impacts and encouraging a collaborative dialogue on the effective management of our water and power resources," López said. "Facing the challenge in meeting future irrigation demands is one way we are working to underscore our commitment to a strong agricultural economy and national food security." <P> Reclamation's West-Wide Climate Risk Assessment is part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program, which focuses on improving water conservation and sustainability, while helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. The report may be found at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/wcra">http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/wcra</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48647 Reclamation Seeks Applicants for 2015 WaterSMART Basin Studies
<b>WASHINGTON</b> - The Bureau of 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. <P> Through basin studies, Reclamation works with state and local partners to conduct comprehensive water supply and demand studies of river basins in the western United States. Reclamation anticipates funding one to two studies in 2015. <P> Basin studies include four main elements: <P> <ul> <li>Projections of water supply and demand, including the risks of climate change.</li> <li>Analysis of how existing water and power infrastructure will perform in response to changing water realities.</li> <li>Development of adaptation and mitigation strategies to improve operations and infrastructure in order to supply adequate water in the future.</li> <li>Trade-off analysis of the strategies identified and findings.</li> </ul> <P> Entities must contribute at least half of the total cost as cash or in-kind services. This is not a financial assistance program and Reclamation's share of the study costs will only be used to support work done by Reclamation or its contractors. <P> Reclamation’s regional office staff will review all letters of interest. Those selected for consideration will then work with Reclamation to develop a joint study proposal for evaluation and prioritization by a Reclamation review committee. <P> The WaterSMART Program focuses on improving water conservation, sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. It identifies strategies to ensure that this and future generations will have sufficient supplies of clean water for drinking, economic activities, recreation and ecosystem health. The program also identifies adaptive measures to address climate change and its impact on future water demands. <P> To learn more about WaterSMART basin studies or obtain program contacts please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/bsp">www.usbr.gov/watersmart/bsp</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48506 Bureau of Reclamation Releases Funding Opportunity for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Feasibility Studies
<b>Washington, D.C.</b> – The Bureau of 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. This funding opportunity is part of 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. <P> The Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Feasibility Study Funding Opportunity Announcement is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for funding opportunity number R15AS00015. It is estimated that $1.3 million may be awarded this year. <P> Funding will be available in two funding groups. In the first funding group, up to $150,000 in federal funds will be available for smaller feasibility studies which can be completed in 18 months. For the second funding group – including larger feasibility studies which can be completed in 36 months – up to $450,000 in federal funds will be available. It is expected that most of the awards will be made in the first category. Feasibility studies are funded jointly by Reclamation and project sponsors. A cost-share of at least 50-percent of study costs is required. <P> The studies focus on examining municipal water reclamation and reuse, industrial domestic or agricultural wastewater, and naturally impaired groundwater and/or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife and groundwater recharge, including municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation or recreational use. Water reclamation and reuse is an essential tool in stretching the limited water supplies in the West. Since 1992, approximately $600 million in federal funding through the WaterSMART Title XVI Program has been leveraged with non-federal funding to implement more than $3 billion in water reuse improvements. <P> Funding applications are due on March 3, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. To learn more about the Title XVI Program, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/title">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/title</a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48266 Reclamation Announces Water Conservation Field Services Program Grant Funding Available
BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation has announced that a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Pacific Northwest Region's Water Conservation Field Services Program is now available. The grant opportunity is for cost-share funding for water conservation activities. <P> The funding opportunity announcement is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/home.html">www.grants.gov</a> using funding announcement number R15AS00001. <P> Reclamation established the Water Conservation Field Services Program in 1996 to encourage water conservation on Reclamation Projects, assist irrigation districts to develop and implement water conservation plans, and foster improved water management. <P> WCFSP grants will require a 50 percent or better cost-share, and will be evaluated based on criteria outlined in the announcement. Eligible activities include water management planning, such as development or updating a water conservation plan, or implementation of activities identified in a water conservation plan. Implementable activities include: water measurement, automation, and improved conveyance efficiency projects, such as canal piping and lining. <P> To be eligible, there must be a defined relationship to a Reclamation Project located within the boundaries of the Pacific Northwest Region. Reclamation expects to award about 12 grants of up to $25,000, depending on Reclamation's final fiscal year 2015 appropriations from Congress. <P> Proposals must be submitted as indicated on <a href="http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/home.html">www.grants.gov</a> by 4 p.m., Mountain Standard Time, February 15, 2015. It is anticipated that awards will be made this spring. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48092 Commitment to Address Climate Change Issues Highlighted in Reclamation Climate Adaptation Strategy
<b>Washington, D.C.</b> - Bureau of Reclamation's Principal Deputy Commissioner Estevan López has released the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Reclamation. In line with President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the strategy provides a framework in which Reclamation managers can develop and adopt innovative solutions that provide a more reliable water supply in a changing climate. <P> "This strategy represents our determination to directly face the challenges posed by climate change and to support our stakeholders and partners in addressing the related impacts to water supplies and power generation," López said. "Reclamation's work provides reliable and affordable water and power to agriculture, cities and the environment. With our stakeholders, we contribute some $64 billion and 403,241 jobs to the nation?s economy, so addressing these emerging challenges is vital." <P> The strategy identifies four primary goals to improve Reclamation's ability to consider climate change information in its decision making: <P> <ul> <li>Goal 1 - Increase Water Management Flexibility</li> <li>Goal 2 - Enhance Climate Adaptation Planning</li> <li>Goal 3 - Improve Infrastructure Resiliency</li> <li>Goal 4 - Expand Information Sharing</li> </ul> <P> Building on existing actions, the strategy identifies new activities to extend climate change adaptation efforts across Reclamation's mission responsibilities, including immediate and longer-term actions addressing each of the four goals. For each goal, a priority action is also identified to emphasize activities which will provide critical support for the goal. "Climate change adaptations must be developed collaboratively," López added. "Reclamation will engage water users, states, municipalities, tribes and non-governmental organizations to develop sustainable water supply solutions." <P> The report is available online at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/climate">http://www.usbr.gov/climate</a>. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48072 WaterSMART Grants Available from Reclamation to Conserve Water and Improve Energy Efficiency
<b>Washington, D.C.</b> - 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. <P> The funding opportunity announcement is available at <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> using funding opportunity number R15AS00002. <P> Applications may be submitted to one of two funding groups: <P> <ul> <li>Funding Group I: Up to $300,000 will be available for smaller projects that may take up to two years to complete.</li> <li>Funding Group II: Up to $1,000,000 will be available for larger, phased projects that will take up to three years to complete. No more than $500,000 in federal funds will be provided within a given fiscal year to complete each phase. This will provide an opportunity for larger, multiple-year projects to receive some funding in the first year without having to compete for funding in the second and third years.</li> </ul> <P> Proposals must seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, carry out activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict. To view examples of previous successful applications, including projects with a wide-range of eligible activities, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg">www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg</a>. <P> Reclamation awarded $17.8 million for 36 Water and Energy Efficiency Grants in 2014. These projects were estimated to save about 67,000 acre-feet of water per year — enough water to serve a population of more than 250,000 people. The President's FY 2015 budget request included a $19 million request for WaterSMART grants. <P> Since 2009, about $134 million in Federal funding for WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants has been leveraged with approximately $290 million in non-Federal cost share to implement more than $420 million in water management improvements across the West. <P> The WaterSMART Program focuses on improving water conservation, sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. It identifies strategies to ensure that this and future generations will have sufficient supplies of clean water for drinking, economic activities, recreation and ecosystem health. The program also identifies adaptive measures to address climate change and its impact on future water demands. <P> Proposals must be submitted as indicated on <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by 4 p.m., Mountain Standard Time, Jan. 14, 2015. It is anticipated that awards will be made this spring. <P> To learn more about WaterSMART please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=48071 Authorized Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects WaterSMART Funding Opportunity Now Available
<b>Washington, D.C.</b> - 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. <P> The funding opportunity is available on <a href="http://www.grants.gov">http://www.grants.gov</a> by searching funding opportunity number R15AS00009. <P> Reclamation provides funding through the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for projects that reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic or agricultural wastewater and naturally impaired ground or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes, such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife, groundwater recharge, municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation or recreation. Water reuse is an essential tool in stretching limited water supplies. <P> Title XVI projects provide communities with a new source of clean water while promoting water and energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Title XVI also is an important part of the Department of the Interior's implementation of the President’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan and the Nov. 1, 2013 Executive Order, Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change. <P> Since 1992, approximately $600 million in Federal funding through the Title XVI Program has been leveraged with non-Federal funding to implement more than $3 billion in water reuse improvements. This year, Reclamation anticipates providing funding for 5-10 projects. The President's FY 2015 budget request included a $21.5 million request for the Title XVI Program. <P> Proposals must be submitted as indicated on <a href="http://www.grants.gov">http://www.grants.gov</a> by 4 p.m., Mountain Standard Time, Dec. 15, 2014. It is anticipated that awards will be made this spring. <P> To learn more about WaterSMART, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47932 New Report Predicts Climate Change Will Significantly Impact California’s Central Valley
<b>WASHINGTON, D.C.</b> – 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. <P> "These projections by Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation show the importance of <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/president27sclimateactionplan.pdf">President Obama’s Climate Action Plan</a> to address challenges like those California's Central Valley will face to provide a sustainable water supply for its citizens and economy," Connor stated. "As President Obama will emphasize once again at the UN Summit this week, climate change is not a problem we can leave to future generations to solve. The challenges to our water supplies illustrated in this study provide graphic examples of how acting now is an economic imperative as well as an environmental necessity." <P> The <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/wcra/docs/ssjbia/ssjbia.pdf">Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Climate Impact Assessment</a> projects temperatures may increase as the distance grows from the Pacific Ocean. Although most of the Central Valley may warm by 1°C in the early 21st century, a 2°C increase is projected by mid-century. Precipitation patterns indicate that there is a clear north to south decreasing precipitation trend compared to historical trends. In the northern parts of the Sacramento Valley there may be an overall increase to average annual precipitation. <P> "This assessment is one of several that studies climate risks to water supplies and related resources in river basins in the western United Sates," said Deputy Secretary Connor. “Although it is quite sobering to see the projections, we will follow up these assessments by continuing our work with the State of California and interested stakeholders to implement climate adaptation strategies in the Bay-Delta and other regions of the State. I am confident this ongoing collaboration along with the Climate Action Plan and the state’s water action plan will help ensure that California has the necessary water supply to meet its future needs.” <P> The study released today presents an overview of the current climate and hydrology over the entire Central Valley including the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Tulare Lake basins. It also evaluates how projected climatic and hydrologic changes could impact water availability, management and demands while analyzing impacts of future urban growth and changes in land-use within the Central Valley. <P> Some findings of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Impact Assessment that show a potential for significant implications for water management, human infrastructure and ecosystems include the following: <P> <ul> <li>Due to the warming conditions, the runoff will increase in winter and decrease in spring as more precipitation falls as rain instead of snow. Reservoirs may fill earlier and excess runoff would have to be released earlier to ensure proper flood protection is maintained. This may lead to reduced storage in reservoirs when the summer irrigation season begins.</li> <li>Water demands are projected to increase. Urban water use is expected to increase due to population increases in the Central Valley while agricultural uses are projected to decrease because of a decline in irrigated acreage and to a lesser extent the effects of increasing carbon dioxide.</li> <li>Water quality may decline by the end of the century. Sea levels are predicted to rise up to 1.6 meters in that time frame which will lead to an increase in salinity in the Delta and a decline of habitat for fish and wildlife. River water temperatures may increase because cold water availability from reservoir storage would be reduced.</li> <li>The food web in the Delta is projected to decline. Projected lower flows through the Delta and reduced cold water due to lower reservoir levels will make less water available for species, including endangered species such as migrating salmon.</li> <li>Hydropower generation is projected to decline in Central Valley Project facilities due to decreased reservoir storage. However, net power usage is also expected to decline due to reductions in pumping water and conveyance.</li> </ul> <P> The climate projections utilized the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 3, CMIP3, climate projections with demographic and land use estimates based on the California Department of Water Resources Water Plan 2009. <P> This study supports the broader Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study, part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program. The basin study, which is expected to be completed in 2015, will provide additional analysis including the evaluation of adaptation strategies to mitigate impacts of climate change and meet future water demands. It will also update the climate projections using the recently-released Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5, CMIP5, climate projections and land use - demographic projections based on the recent California State Water Plan 2013 update, which were not available when the analysis was completed for this impact assessment. <P> "This study confirms that the current status quo for water supply in California is not sustainable," Deputy Secretary Connor said. "Reclamation and its partners in California are already developing solutions to meet the projected imbalances between future supply and demand within the Central Valley." <P> "The Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study will provide a roadmap forward for Reclamation and the State of California to ensure a sustainable water supply well into the future," Acting Reclamation Commissioner Lowell Pimley said. <P> The WaterSMART Program focuses on improving water conservation, sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. It identifies strategies to ensure that this and future generations will have sufficient supplies of clean water for drinking, economic activities, recreation and ecosystem health. The program also identifies adaptive measures to address climate change and its impact on future water supply and demand. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47769 Six Organizations to Establish or Expand Watershed Activities Using Key Funding Assistance from Reclamation
<b>WASHINGTON</b> - 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. <P> "Reclamation is working to reduce conflict in the effective management of the West's water and power resources," Acting Commissioner Pimley said. "Collaborating with locally-led watershed groups is the pathway to improved water quality and ecosystem resilience in these watersheds." <P> The Sierra Streams Institute received $99,925 to establish a watershed group for the Bear River in north-central California. They are located in Nevada City, California. <P> Five entities were selected to receive funding to expand a watershed group. Those entities are: <P> <ul> <li>The Flathead Basin Commission in western Montana will receive $95,000 to expand its existing watershed group through the formation of a Flathead Basin Advisory Council.</li> <li>The Clark Fork Coalition near Missoula, Montana, will receive $100,000 for expansion of its staffing and capacity to address water resource challenges in the Upper Clark Fork watershed.</li> <li>Rio Grande Restoration, Inc. will receive $50,000 to expand the existing advisory council to include the Rio Chama watershed in northern New Mexico.</li> <li>The Blackfoot Challenge will receive $52,488 to expand its activities, including the establishment of watershed conservation plans and the improvement of natural resource management within the Blackfoot watershed in western Montana.</li> <li>Middle Colorado Watershed Council in Western Colorado will receive $98,924 to expand the existing watershed group by adding a coordinator-scientist to oversee outreach, develop restoration plans and address water quality/quantity issues.</li> </ul> <P> Distributed over a two-year period, entities will receive no more than $50,000 of the award in the first year. After a 270 day review to ensure the entity is making significant progress in its agreement – and if appropriations are available – it will receive the remaining funding. <P> The WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program provides funding for watershed groups to encourage diverse stakeholders to form local groups to address their water management needs. Learn more about the program and read complete descriptions on how the selected groups will use the funding online at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/cwmp">www.usbr.gov/watersmart/cwmp</a>. <P> WaterSMART is the U.S. Department of the Interior's sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. Since its establishment in 2010, WaterSMART has provided about $200 million in competitively awarded funding to non-federal partners, including tribes, water districts, municipalities and universities through WaterSMART Grants and the Title XVI Program. Learn more at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47709 Nine Desalination and Water Purification Research Projects and Pilot Studies Receive $1.4 million from the Bureau of Reclamation
<div class="floatRight"><img src="http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/images/2014/BGNDRF.jpg" alt="Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo" /><br /><span class="caption">Some research and pilot projects will be tested at<br />the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility<br /> in Alamogordo, N.M.</span></div><b>WASHINGTON</b> - Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley announced that nine research projects and pilot studies will receive $1.4 million to address desalination and water purification needs. Reclamation's Desalination and Water Purification Research Program will provide the funding for four research laboratory-scale projects and three pilot testing projects. Two previously announced pilot-scale projects will receive second-year funding. <P> "New desalination and water purification technologies have the potential to assist Reclamation and its partners confront the widening imbalances between supply and demand in river basins throughout the West," Acting Commissioner Pimley said. "Fostering development of new technologies will help improve the options communities have to be resilient to climate change and meet future water demands." <P> Research laboratory projects are small-scale projects used to determine if a process is feasible. Funding is provided for one year and is capped at $150,000 per project. Projects selected for funding are: <P> <ul> <li>University of Houston (Texas); Advanced Pretreatment for Nanofiltration of Brackish Surface Water: Fouling Control and Water Quality Improvements; $150,000</li> <li>California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Development of Photovoltaic Electrodialysis Desalination System; $99,992</li> <li>University of Texas at San Antonio; Activated Sludge Aeration Waste Heat for Membrane Evaporation of Desalination Brine Concentrate; $85,587</li> <li>West Basin Municipal Water District (California); Subsurface Intake Study for Ocean-Water Desalination; $150,000</li> </ul> <P> Pilot-scale projects are preceded by research studies that demonstrate a technology works. The goal of a pilot study is to determine the physical viability and suitability of a process on a larger scale. Projects selected for funding are: <P> <ul> <li>Eastern Municipal Water District (California); Pilot Scale Groundwater Desalter Brine Concentrator Study; $131,057</li> <li>New Mexico State University; Demonstration of Monovalent Selective Ion Exchange Membranes for Desalination and Reuse Enhancement; $199,944</li> <li>San Diego County Water Authority (California); Pilot Testing Program for the Proposed Camp Pendleton Seawater Desalination Project; $200,000</li> </ul> <P> If the selected pilot projects complete a sufficient amount of work in the first year, they may receive additional funding for a second year. The Eastern Municipal Water District is a one-year project. <P> Also, two pilot studies announced in 2013 will receive funding for their second year of testing. Those pilot studies are: <P> <ul> <li>City of Corpus Christi (Texas); City of Corpus Christi Desalination Pilot Study; $200,000</li> <li>University of Arizona; Reverse Osmosis Concentrate Management through Halophyte Farming; $186,328</li> </ul> <P> A complete description of all the projects is available at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/awt">www.usbr.gov/awt</a>. <P> The Desalination and Water Purification Program is helping Reclamation and its partners confront widening imbalances between supply and demand in basins throughout the West through testing and development of new advanced water treatment technologies. It focuses on three main goals: (1) augment the supply of usable water in the United States; (2) understand the environmental impacts of desalination and develop approaches to minimize these impacts relative to other water supply alternatives; and (3) develop approaches to lower the financial costs of desalination so that it is an attractive option relative to other alternatives in locations where traditional sources of water are inadequate. <P> To learn more about Reclamation's Advanced Water Treatment activities, please visit: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/research/AWT/DWPR/">http://www.usbr.gov/research/AWT/DWPR/</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47586 Applied Science Projects Receive $448,400 — Projects Will Inform Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley announced that six applied science projects will receive $448,400 to deliver new capabilities for the Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. These projects will address priority resource needs identified by Reclamation and partners involved in both Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. <P> "Reclamation serves as a co-manager of the watersheds and ecosystems in the West," Pimley said. "Working with all the partners of the LCCs, Reclamation is fostering collaboration among interested parties within the landscapes to inform climate adaptation strategies." <P> The Desert LCC priority is to study wildfire impacts on riparian areas and study environmental flow impacts on the Colorado River Delta. The Desert LCC encompasses portions of five states: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. It includes several large river systems, including the lower Colorado, Gila, Rio Grande, San Pedro and Verde Rivers. The selected projects are: <P> <ul> <li>Texas A&M AgriLife Research - Fire-Smart Southwestern Riparian Landscape Management and Restoration of Native Biodiversity in View of Species of Conservation Concern and the Impacts of Tamarisk Beetles, Reclamation Funding: $98,868, Applicant Funding: $115,692</li> <li>Sonoran Institute - Sustainability and Vulnerability of Colorado River Delta Riparian Habitat Under Different Climate Change, Environmental Flow, and Agricultural Water Management Scenarios, Reclamation Funding: $50,000, Applicant Funding: $50,000</li> <li>Environmental Defense Fund - Water Delivery Data and Model Integration for Restoring Ecological Health to the Colorado River Delta, Reclamation Funding: $100,000, Applicant Funding: $159,607</li> </ul> <P> The Southern Rockies LCC targeted future water availability and quantity, projecting resiliency and vulnerability of natural or cultural resources, and assessing and evaluating natural or cultural resources management practices and adaptation opportunities. The Southern Rockies LCC encompasses large portions of four states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah as well as smaller parts of Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming. The three projects selected are: <P> <ul> <li>Museum of Northern Arizona - Developing a geodatabase and collaborative tools to support seeps and spring dependent species in the Southern Rockies LCC, Federal Funding: $99,997, Total Project Cost: $100,461</li> <li>Northern Arizona University - Linking Forest Landscape Management and Climate Change to the Conservation of Riparian Habitat in the Grand Canyon, Reclamation Funding: $96,535, Applicant Funding: $147,699</li> <li>Trout Unlimited - Adopt a Trout Program for the Henrys Fork of the Green River, Federal Funding: $3,000, Applicant Funding: $13,900</li> </ul> <P> A complete description of all the projects is available at <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/lcc">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/lcc</a>. LCCs are partnerships of governmental (federal, state, tribal and local) and non-governmental entities. The primary goal of the LCCs is to bring together science and resource management to inform climate adaptation strategies to address climate change and other stressors within an ecological region, or "landscape." There are 22 different LCCs across the United States, territories and other countries. To learn more about Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, visit www.lccnetwork.org. <P> To learn more about these funding opportunities visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/lcc">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/lcc</a>. To learn more about the Desert LCC, please visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/dlcc">www.usbr.gov/dlcc</a>. To learn more about the Southern Rockies LCC, please visit <a href="http://southernrockieslcc.org">southernrockieslcc.org</a>. <P> <P> <P>