WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants provide cost-shared funding for projects that save water; increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in water management; support environmental benefits (i.e., make conserved water available instream or otherwise address endangered species issues);mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply sustainability in the western United States. Read More →
AnnouncementsReclamation is currently working on several revisions and updates to the WaterSMART Program for fiscal year 2017, including the following:
- A new grant category under WaterSMART Grants, which will provide a new dedicated source of funding to fund small on the ground implementation projects. Reclamation anticipates making at least $2 million in Federal funding available for this new grant category. There will be an opportunity for public comment on the draft framework for the new category for WaterSMART Grants.
- A new grant category under WaterSMART Grants specifically for projects related to water marketing. Reclamation anticipates making at $3 million in Federal funding available for this new grant category. There will be an opportunity for public comment on the draft framework for the new category for WaterSMART Grants.
- As part of ongoing efforts to improve the program, Reclamation will be making revisions to the WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funding opportunity announcement (FOA). There will be an opportunity for public comment on the draft framework for the revised FOA.
(September 27, 2016) - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking comments on draft evaluation criteria for three grant categories within the WaterSMART Program, including two within WaterSMART Grants and one within the Cooperative Watershed Management Program. Under WaterSMART Grants, Reclamation is proposing to update the Water and Energy Efficiency Grants evaluation criteria and launch a new funding opportunity for Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects. It is also seeking comments on evaluation criteria and eligible project types for Phase II of the Cooperative Watershed Management Program. Read More →
Interior, USDA Announce More Than $47 Million in Investments for Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Drought Response & Agriculture Operations Across the West
(June 23, 2016) – The U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture today announced more than $47 million in investments to help water districts and producers on private working lands better conserve water resources. The funds include $15 million in USDA funds and $32.6 million from the Bureau of Reclamation for local projects to improve water and energy efficiency and provide a strengthened federal response to ongoing and potential drought across 13 states in the West. Read More →
(May 20, 2015) - 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. Read More →