Cooperative Watershed Management Program
Through the Cooperative Watershed Management Program (CWMP), Reclamation provides financial assistance to locally led watershed groups to encourage diverse stakeholders to form local solutions to water management needs. By providing this funding, Reclamation aims to promote the sustainable use of water resources and improve the condition of rivers and streams through water conservation, improved water quality and ecological resilience, and reduced conflicts over water through collaborative conservation efforts.
Through the CWMP, Reclamation currently provides funding for Phase I projects to establish or further develop a watershed group. Eligible applicants include States, Tribes, local governments, non-profit organizations, and other entities capable of supporting the sustainable use of water resources within the watershed. For Phase I projects Reclamation may award up to $100,000 over a two-year period and no non-Federal cost-share is required.
Reclamation plans to begin funding Phase II watershed management projects in 2017. Reclamation is in the process of developing program requirements and evaluation criteria for evaluating CWMP Phase II projects. Phase II criteria will be available for public comment in the summer of 2016.
New Funding Opportunity Coming
As part of the Cooperative Watershed Management Program (CWMP), Reclamation will make funding available for on-the-ground watershed management projects. There will be an opportunity for public comment on draft eligible project types and evaluation criteria for the new FOA (tentatively scheduled for August 2016).
Eleven Organizations to Establish or Further Develop Cooperative Watershed Management Groups in the West
(June 27, 2016) - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López announced $876,565 in funding through the WaterSMART Program for eleven projects that will establish or further develop watershed management groups. Those groups are located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Oregon. Read More →
Funding Opportunity Available to Establish or Further Develop Watershed Groups from Bureau of Reclamation
The Bureau of Reclamation has released a funding opportunity for entities seeking to establish or further develop watershed management groups through the Cooperative Watershed Management Program. Up to $750,000 is available under this funding opportunity.
The funding opportunity announcement is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity R16-FOA-DO-008.Read More →
Six Organizations to Establish or Expand Watershed Activities Using Key Funding Assistance from Reclamation
(August 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. Read More →