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.

Announcements


Current Status

Funding Opportunity Announcements for 2017 will be posted in the next couple of months. Please see the calendar below for anticipated dates.


Evaluation Criteria

Phase I: Cooperative Watershed Management Program Evaluation Criteria


Proposed Calendar

September 2016

  • Sept. 27, 2016: Phase II Draft Eligible Project Types and Evaluation Criteria Posted for Public Review and Comment

October 2016

  • Oct. 28, 2016: Phase II Draft Eligible Project Types and Evaluation Criteria Public Comments Due

December 2016

  • Phase II Grants for Watershed Management Projects Funding Opportunity Announcement Posted

February 2017

  • Phase II Grants for Watershed Management Projects applications due

June 2017

  • Phase II Grants for Watershed Management Projects Selections Announced

September 2017

  • Phase II Grants Awarded

News Releases

Sept 27, 2016
Reclamation Seeks Comments on Draft Criteria for Three WaterSMART Funding Opportunities

June 27, 2016
Eleven Organizations to Establish or Further Develop Cooperative Watershed Management Groups in the West

March 1, 2016
Funding Opportunity Available to Establish or Further Develop Watershed Groups from Bureau of Reclamation

August 21, 2014
Six Organizations to Establish or Expand Watershed Activities Using Key Funding Assistance from Reclamation

May 7, 2014
WaterSMART Funding Opportunity Available to Establish or Expand Watershed Groups

August 21, 2013
Reclamation Selects Five Entities to Receive $485,423 to Establish or Expand Existing Watershed Groups

May 1, 2013
Cooperative Watershed Management Program Seeking Applicants to Establish or Expand Watershed Groups through WaterSMART

Last Updated: 10/28/16