Reclamation's Biweekly Newsletter
Novemeber 20, 2018
Cooperative Watershed Management Program
WaterSMART's Cooperative Watershed Management Program is a collaborative program that encourages watershed groups to encourage diverse stakeholders to develop local solutions for their water management needs. Funding is provided in two areas:
- for watershed management group development, watershed restoration planning and watershed management project design
- for cost-shared financial assistance to watershed management groups to implement on-the-ground watershed management projects
The funding provided through the Cooperative Watershed Management Program helps local stakeholders develop local solutions that will improve water reliability while reducing conflict, addressing complex water issues and stretching limited water supplies.
On October 10, 2018, the Bureau of Reclamation published a funding opportunity for watershed groups to seek funding to implement on-the-ground watershed management projects for their communities. Reclamation anticipates awarding between six and 10 projects through this funding opportunity. Each project may receive up to $300,000 in federal funding. The recipient must provide a minimum of 50-percent of the total project costs. Applications are due on January 30, 2019.
To be eligible for this funding, the applicant must be a watershed group. A watershed group is defined as a grassroots, non-regulatory entity that addresses water availability and quality issues with the relevant watershed, is capable of promoting the sustainable use of water resources in the watershed, makes decisions on a consensus basis, and represents a diverse group of stakeholders, including irrigated agriculture, the environment, municipal water suppliers, hydroelectric producers, livestock grazing, timber production, land development, recreation or tourism, private property owners, federal, state and local governments, and tribes.
Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with States, Tribes, and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart for additional information about the program.
To learn more about the Cooperative Watershed Management Program and this funding opportunity, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/cwmp/.