Commissioner's Offce News Releases http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom News Releases from Reclamation's Commissioner's Office https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66943 Reclamation awards $5.1 million in research for new ways to desalinate and treat water
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation announced that 30 projects will receive $5.1 million from the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program to develop improved and inexpensive ways to desalinate and treat impaired water. <P> “We are awarding grants to a diverse group of projects to reduce the cost, energy consumption and environmental impacts of treating impaired or otherwise unusable water for local communities across the country,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “This funding is a direct result of the Trump Administration’s commitment to increase water supply and delivery through improved technology.” Twenty-five awards are for laboratory-scale projects, which are typically bench scale studies involving small flow rates. They are used to determine the viability of a novel process, new materials or process modifications. Awards are limited to $150,000. <P> Five projects are selected as pilot-scale proposals, which test a novel process at a sufficiently large-scale to determine the technical, practical and economic viability of the process. Awards are limited to $400,000 and no more than $200,000 per year. <P> Types of projects funded include modeling, testing new materials such as nanomaterials, and improvements on known technologies such as distillation and electrodialysis. Projects are funded in the following states: <P> <table width="100%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <P> <tr> <td width="25%">Alabama</td> <td width="25%">Florida</td> <td width="25%">Massachusetts</td> <td width="25%">Oklahoma</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="25%">Arizona</td> <td width="25%">Georgia</td> <td width="25%">New Jersey</td> <td width="25%">Texas</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="25%">California</td> <td width="25%">Hawaii</td> <td width="25%">New Mexico</td> <td width="25%">Pennsylvania</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="25%">Colorado</td> <td width="25%">Illinois</td> <td width="25%">New York</td> <td width="25%">Virginia</td> </tr> <P> </table> <P> More detail on each project is available at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/dwpr">www.usbr.gov/research/dwpr</a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66803 Janet White named Engineering & Laboratory Services Division Chief
DENVER — The Bureau of Reclamation announced the selection of Janet White, P.E., as chief of Engineering and Laboratory Services Division for the Technical Service Center, which operates a world-class materials and hydraulic engineering laboratory in Denver, Colorado. White will start her new position on July 7, 2019. <P> “Ms. White has more than 27 years of experience as a concrete engineer and is considered a technical expert in the concrete industry, said Tom Luebke, director of the Technical Service Center. “She approaches her work, regardless of the role, by rolling up her sleeves, collaborating with others, and doing whatever it takes to ensure a task is done correctly.” <P> White joined Reclamation in 2011 as a civil engineer and has served as the manager of the Concrete, Geotechnical and Structural Laboratory for the past four years. During her tenure, she successfully led the multidisciplinary group that provides structural testing, concrete repair and specialized material testing for concrete, soils, and rock used for Reclamation structures. <P> As engineering and laboratory services division chief, White will lead the following groups: the Materials & Corrosion Laboratory, which provides expertise in engineering materials selection; the Hydraulic Investigations & Laboratory Services, which applies hydraulic modeling, analysis and field-testing expertise; and the Concrete, Geotechnical and Structural Laboratory, which provides expertise on engineering materials. <P> White has 19 years of private industry experience, including management positions in a ready-mixed concrete business and as president of a consulting business specializing in concrete. Professional achievements include becoming the first woman president of the Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association in 2002. <P> White earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado and has been a registered professional engineer in Colorado since 1998. She is an endurance athlete and has competed in ultra-marathons and a full Ironman triathlon. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66783 Reclamation announces $29.1 million in WaterSMART grants to use water more efficiently
WASHINGTON —The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation announced that 13 states will utilize $29.1 million in grants from the WaterSMART Program to help communities conserve water. <P> “Existing water and hydropower resources are being strained as our infrastructure ages and population grows. The WaterSMART program provides critical support to western communities, helping to best conserve limited water resources,” said <strong>Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt</strong>. <P> Forty-five projects will be funded based on two categories. In the first category, 28 projects from 11 states were selected to share $7.5 million with each project receiving up to $300,000 in federal funding and having a completion timeframe of less than two years. The second category consists of 17 projects from seven states, sharing $21.5 million. These projects are receiving up to $1.5 million in federal funding and will be completed within three years. <P> “These water and energy efficiency grants help increase hydropower production and contribute to water supply reliability in the western United States,” said <strong>Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman</strong>. "WaterSMART is an opportunity for communities to use water more effectively and reduce risk for future water conflict.” <P> Projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming were selected to receive grants. Examples of projects that are receiving funding include replacing unlined canals with pipe or a lining, installing flow measurement for real-time monitoring of water deliveries, advanced meters for residences that will help inform them about water use, or improving irrigation scheduling by installing moisture probes and irrigation system monitoring. <P> The Colorado River Indian Tribes in southwest Arizona will use $250,000 of federal funding with $250,000 of its own funding to modernize its Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system to enable enhanced irrigation water control and management. The project is expected to result in annual water savings of 10,000 acre-feet that is currently lost to operational spills and evaporation. <P> The Grand Valley Water Users Association, near Grand Junction, Colorado, will combine $178,884 in federal funding with $220,000 of its own funding to implement several improvements at Roller Dam to collect more accurate and reliable diversion and measurement information. The project is expected to save 4,000 acre-feet of water every year and will result in reduced diversions from the Colorado River, benefitting a critical stretch of river known as the 15 Mile Reach, which is designated a critical habitat for many fish species. <P> The Mission Springs Water District, located in southern California, will combine $300,000 in federal funding with $3.4 million of its own funding to upgrade 12,967 residential water meters to advanced meters that help inform about leaks, breaks and other unusual use patterns. The project is expected to result in annual water savings of 549 acre-feet, which will reduce the amount of water pumped from the Coachella Valley Groundwater Basin. <P> Some projects complement on-farm improvements that can be carried out with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to accomplish coordinated water conservation improvements. A number of the projects selected today are expected to help make additional on-farm improvements possible in the future, including the West Cache Irrigation Company located in northern Utah. They will combine $400,000 in federal funding with $520,000 of their own funding to convert 2.25 miles of the earthen South Fields Canal to a pressurized pipeline. The project is expected to result in water savings of 1,222 acre-feet annually. Once completed, irrigators will be able to take advantage of the newly pressurized system to complete on-farm improvements, potentially funded by the NRCS through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program, such as converting from flood irrigation to more efficient sprinkler irrigation. <P> Learn more about all of the selected projects at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg">www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg</a>. <P> Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with states, tribes, and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply reliability through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a> to learn more. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66763 Reclamation makes funding available for applied science grant projects to inform water management decisions
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation is releasing an applied science grant funding opportunity for non-federal entities to cost-share on projects to develop hydrologic information and water management tools and improve modeling and forecasting capabilities. <P> Project results must be readily applicable by water managers and include tools and information that can be used to support water supply reliability, management of water deliveries, water marketing activities, drought management activities, conjunctive use of ground and surface water, water rights administration, ability to meet endangered species requirements, watershed health, conservation and efficiency and other water management objectives. <P> "Improving the information and tools for water managers is important for Reclamation as it supports water supply reliability efforts throughout the western United States," said Reclamation Program Coordinator Avra Morgan. <P> Federal funding will not exceed 50-percent of the total project cost. Funding is available in two categories. <P> <ul> <li>Funding Group I: Up to $150,000 in federal funds per agreement provided through this funding opportunity for projects that generally should be completed in two years.</li> <li>Funding Group II: Up to $300,000 in federal funds per agreement provided through this funding opportunity for projects that generally should be completed in three years.</li> </ul> <P> Those eligible to apply for this funding opportunity are states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the western United States, U.S. Territories, Alaska or Hawaii. Universities, non-profit research organizations and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply but must partner with an organization as outlined in the funding opportunity. <P> This funding opportunity has two submittal periods. Proposals received before October 30, 2019, 4:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. This funding opportunity will be updated to provide a second application deadline in fiscal year 2020 for proposals to be considered for fiscal year 2020 funding, contingent on appropriations. The funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F012. <P> To learn more about Applied Science Grants, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/appliedscience. <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 reliability while helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. To find out more information about Reclamation's WaterSMART program, visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart. <P> This funding opportunity also supports the President's memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66743 Bureau of Reclamation releases funding opportunity for water reclamation and reuse research studies
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation is releasing a funding opportunity for entities to submit research proposals that address water supply challenges by establishing or expanding the use of water reclamation and reuse, improving existing water reuse facilities, and/or streamlining the implementation of state-of-the-art technology for new facilities. <P> "Helping communities study how they can implement water reclamation and reuse into their water management portfolio will enable a broader use of recycled water," said Reclamation’s Title XVI Program Coordinator Amanda Erath. <P> Funding is available in three categories. <P> <ul> <li><strong>Funding Group I</strong>: Desktop research studies to develop science and decision-support tools to assist communities in decision-making related to implementing or expanding water reclamation projects. Up to $150,000 in federal funding is available per project.</li> <li><strong>Funding Group II</strong>: Research studies focused on improvements to existing facilities that could be implemented at the research study sponsor’s location but that also may include broad benefits for the industry. Up to $300,000 in federal funding is available per project.</li> <li><strong>Funding Group III</strong>: Research studies that focus on state-of-the-art technology verification at a new proposed location or community that may also result in broader benefits for the industry. Up to $750,000 in federal funding is available per project.</li> </ul> <P> Those eligible to apply for this funding opportunity are state, regional or local authorities; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; or entities such as a water district, wastewater district or rural water district. Applicants must be located in the western United States, a United States Territory or Hawaii. Applicants must be willing to provide at least 75-percent or more of the total project cost. <P> The funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F009. It will close on September 23, 2019. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66723 Reclamation launches forecast prize competition
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a new prize competition, Sub-seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo II. It builds upon an earlier prize competition to advance temperature and precipitation forecasts for the three-to-four and five-to-six-week periods. Skillful sub-seasonal forecasting 15 to 45 days in the future has proven difficult because it bridges short-term forecasting, where initial conditions primarily determine upcoming weather, and long-term forecasting, where slowly varying factors such as sea surface temperatures and soil moisture become more important. <P> "While we learned a lot and saw an improvement in these sub-seasonal climate forecast in the first competition, more can be done," said Reclamation Science Advisor David Raff, PhD. "Advancements in forecasts will allow Reclamation and its partners make more informed water management decisions." <P> The contest consists of two parts, a marathon match beginning in July with solvers submitting a hindcast for a set period of historical temperature and precipitation data followed by a year-long series of data science sprints with solvers submitting forecasts every two weeks and scored against real-time forecasts. <P> Reclamation is continuing its partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Integrated Drought Information System for this competition. The competition is being managed by TopCoder and HeroX. You can learn more at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/forecastrodeo.html">www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/forecastrodeo.html</a> <P> This prize competition supports the President's Memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West through improving forecasts of water availability. <P> Since 2015, Reclamation has been conducting prize competitions to spur innovation by engaging a non-traditional, national solver community while also complementing traditional research in their design to target the most persistent science and technology challenges. It has awarded more than $1,000,000 in prizes and has launched 20 competitions. Please visit Reclamation's <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/index.html">Water Prize Competition Center</a> to learn more. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66703 Commissioner Burman takes action to improve Central Valley Project hydropower
WASHINGTON — Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman established new policy to improve the long-term viability of Central Valley Project hydropower. The policy direction – focused on cost stability, lost production opportunities, improving the value of the resources and customer service – is a result of a customer initiative started last year. <P> “CVP hydropower provides value to California with emissions free, cost-competitive electricity that allows savings to be passed onto retail customers in local communities,” said Reclamation Commissioner Burman. “Today we are signaling our commitment to improving the value of hydropower.” <P> In October 2018, Reclamation kicked off its CVP Power Initiative to provide power customers with certainty for future costs, while looking for new opportunities to generate power when it is most-valuable to customers. Like many Reclamation projects, the CVP relies on hydropower energy to move water supplies. Surplus energy sales fund project construction and operating costs, including tens of millions of dollars per year for habitat restoration activities. <P> “We have a long history of providing power to California’s not-for-profit, community-owned power utilities. We want to ensure that our hydropower continues to be a cost-competitive, value-adding resource into the future,” said Reclamation’s Mid Pacific Region Director Ernest Conant. <P> Reclamation has been delivering reliable, low-cost hydropower throughout the West for more than a century. Today, Reclamation owns 76 hydropower facilities that generate electricity to power farms and communities throughout the West. Reclamation continues its long history of managing the West’s water and power supplies in an environmentally and economically sound manner. As energy markets continue to evolve, it will be critical for Reclamation to work with customers and stakeholders to define the role of hydropower for the next century. <P> A copy of Commissioner Burman’s memorandum can be found at: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/mp/docs/hydro-memo.pdf">https://www.usbr.gov/mp/docs/hydro-memo.pdf</a> <P> For more information on Reclamation’s hydropower program: <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/power/ ">https://www.usbr.gov/power/</a> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66603 Bureau of Reclamation selects 18 projects to receive $9 million in WaterSMART grants to prepare and build resilience to drought
WASHINGTON — Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that 18 projects will receive a total of $9 million to prepare for drought. These projects will provide more flexibility and reliability for communities while reducing the need for emergency actions during a drought. The funding provided is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program. <P> "While the water supply in the western United States improved this year, it’s important for communities to remain proactive in building long-term resiliency to drought," Commissioner Burman said. "These projects help communities protect themselves from the next drought by increasing water supply reliability and improving operational flexibility." There were 18 drought resiliency projects selected in California, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon and Texas to receive funding. They will be leveraged with local cost-share to fund $166.2 million in projects. <P> The A&B Irrigation District in Idaho will receive $250,000 to implement, in coordination with the Twin Falls Canal Company, the Mid-Snake Recharge Injection Wells Project near the cities of Paul and Murtaugh, Idaho. They will construct six deep injection wells to recharge the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. The project will protect against drought for groundwater and surface water users and enhance the storage availability in Reclamation's Minidoka and Palisades projects. <P> The Pueblo of Zia located in Sandoval County, New Mexico, will receive $750,000 to modernize the Zia Flume over the Jemez River and install associated buried PVC pipe. The Zia Flume brings irrigation water from Zia Lake to the Pueblo's agricultural lands. It is critical infrastructure for the Pueblo and has experienced damage in the past that was exacerbated by an extreme flood event in 2016. This project is also supported by the Pueblo's Drought Contingency Plan. <P> The Santa Margarita Water District in Orange County, California, will receive $749,999 to install pipe in residential streets and easements, upgrade an existing pump station, repurpose an existing force main, and upgrade 35 existing water meters. This project will allow recycled water to be used instead of potable water for irrigation. It is supported in the district's 2015 Urban Water Management Plan and an adaptation strategy identified in Reclamation's Santa Ana Watershed Basin Study. <P> The other projects selected are: <P> California <ul> <li>Cachuma Operation and Maintenance Board, Santa Barbara ($750,000)</li> <li>City of Fullerton, Orange County ($300,000)</li> <li>Long Beach Water Department, Los Angeles County ($750,000)</li> <li>Pala Band of Mission Indians, San Diego County ($298,380)</li> <li>Rancho California Water District, Riverside County ($750,000)</li> <li>San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, San Bernardino ($750,000)</li> <li>Stanislaus Regional Water Authority, Ceres and Turlock ($750,000)</li> </ul> <P> Colorado <ul> <li>Tri-County Water Conservancy District, Ouray County ($106,000)</li> </ul> <P> Idaho <ul> <li>Snake River Valley Irrigation District, Basalt ($299,910)</li> </ul> <P> Nebraska <ul> <li>Lower Loup Natural Resources District, Eastern Nebraska ($750,000)</li> </ul> <P> New Mexico <ul> <li>City of Las Cruces ($262,453)</li> <li>Santa Fe County ($291,520)</li> </ul> <P> Oregon <ul> <li>North Unit Irrigation District, Jefferson County ($122,485)</li> </ul> <P> Texas <ul> <li>City of Celina ($750,000)</li> <li>Texas Water Development Board, Austin ($360,631)</li> </ul> <P> To learn more about the projects selected, please visit Reclamation's drought website at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/drought">https://www.usbr.gov/drought</a>. <P> Reclamation’s drought resiliency projects are a component of the WaterSMART Program. <P> Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with States, Tribes, and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply reliability through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart">https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart</a> for additional information about WaterSMART. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66503 Meet the teams who won the Sub-seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo — beating benchmark forecasts
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Weather and Air Quality are hosting a symposium with the winners of Reclamation's Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo I on June 17, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT in Silver Spring, Maryland. The year-long real-time forecasting competition Rodeo I ended this past winter with three teams successfully meeting award criteria focused on predicting western United States temperature and precipitation for weeks 3 & 4 and weeks 5 & 6. <P> This symposium is open to the public. You may join in person or via a webinar. To learn more and register, please visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/SCFRS-2019.html">https://www.usbr.gov/research/challenges/SCFRS-2019.html</a>. <P> Improved sub-seasonal forecasts of temperature and precipitation would enable water managers to better prepare for shifts in hydrologic regimes, such as the onset of drought or occurrence of wet weather extremes. The challenge of sub-seasonal forecasting is that it encompasses the time frame where initial state information becomes less important and slowly varying long term states become more important to prediction skill. <P> The representatives from the three winning teams will be present to share and discuss their forecast models. The three winning teams are: <P> <blockquote> Team Salient - Ray Schmitt, Stephen Schmitt, and Eric Schmitt<br /> Team StillLearning - Lester Mackey, Judah Cohen, Jessica Hwang, Ernest Fraenkel, Paulo Orenstein<br /> Team lupoa13 - Anthony Lupo, Joseph Renken, Joshua Herman<br /> </blockquote> <P> Reclamation collaborated with the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, and California Department of Water Resources to design and judge this challenge. In addition, the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contributed subject matter experts to review and assist with competition design. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=66103 Interior and states sign historic drought agreements to protect Colorado River
BOULDER CITY, NEV. – The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation and representatives from all seven Colorado River Basin states gathered today and signed completed drought contingency plans for the Upper and Lower Colorado River basins. These completed plans are designed to reduce risks from ongoing drought and protect the single most important water resource in the western United States. <P> “This is an historic accomplishment for the Colorado River Basin. Adopting consensus-based drought contingency plans represents the best path toward safeguarding the single most important water resource in the western United States,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “These agreements represent tremendous collaboration, coordination and compromise from each basin state, American Indian tribes, and even the nation of Mexico.” <P> In addition to the voluntary reductions and other measures to which the basin states agreed, Mexico has also agreed to participate in additional measures to protect the Colorado River Basin. Under a 2017 agreement, Minute 323 to the 1944 U.S. – Mexico Water Treaty, Mexico agreed to implement a Binational Water Scarcity Contingency Plan but only after the United States adopted the DCP. <P> The Colorado River, with its system of reservoirs and water conveyance infrastructure, supplies water for more than 40 million people and nearly 5.5 million acres of farmland across the western United States and Mexico. The reservoirs along the river have performed well—ensuring reliable and consistent water deliveries through even the driest years. But, after 20 years of drought, those reservoirs are showing increasing strain; Lake Powell and Lake Mead, the two largest reservoirs on the system and in the United States, are only 39% and 41% full respectively. And, while the basin experienced above-average snowpack in 2019, the total system storage across the basin began the water year at just 47% full. <P> “The urgency for action in the basin is real, and I applaud all of the parties across the seven states and Mexico for coming together and reaching agreement to protect the Colorado River,” said Burman. “I’m glad to finally say that ‘done’ is done.” <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65952 Bureau of Reclamation makes up to $3 million available for 2019 Water Marketing Strategy Grants funding opportunity
WASHINGTON — The 2019 Water Marketing Strategy Grants funding opportunity is now available from the Bureau of Reclamation. This funding opportunity is available to water entities to establish or expand water markets or water marketing activities. Reclamation will make available up to $200,000 for simple projects that can be completed within two years and up to $400,000 for more complex projects that can be completed in three years. Up to $3 million is available for this funding opportunity. <P> "The water marketing strategy grants provide entities an opportunity to leverage their money and resources with Reclamation to develop a water marketing strategy to increase water supply reliability," program coordinator Avra Morgan said. <P> The funding opportunity is available at <a href="https://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for BOR-DO-19-F006. Applications will be due on July 31, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. MDT. <P> Those eligible to apply for these grants are states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the western United States or United States territories. This includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands. <P> Water markets support the President's memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West. They are between willing buyers and sellers and can be used to help water managers meet demands efficiently in times of shortage, helping prevent water conflicts. These planning efforts proactively address water supply reliability and increase water management flexibility. Learn more about water marketing at https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/watermarketing. <P> The funding is part of WaterSMART. WaterSMART is a Department of the Interior 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. For more information on the WaterSMART program, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">https://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65909 Reclamation launches funding opportunity for desalination and water purification pilot projects
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a novel "pitch to pilot" funding opportunity seeking new innovative technologies or processes for desalination and water purification. Top applicants will pitch their ideas to reviewers for the chance to test through a pilot demonstration. <P> "We are addressing a critical need to reduce the costs, energy requirements and environmental impacts for treating unusable water. Our approach is unique. We are streamlining the funding process by asking the strongest applicants to pitch their concept," said Desalination Water Purification Research Program Administrator Yuliana Porras-Mendoza said. "This is an opportunity to take a new approach from the lab to a real-world demonstration, providing products that serve the water treatment community and attract commercial interest." <P> Specifically, Reclamation is seeking: <P> <ul> <li>a less energy-intensive way than current processes and technologies to treat brackish groundwater at the pilot scale.</li> <li>to reduce the high cost, energy usage and/or environmental impacts of concentrate management for inland desalination at the pilot scale.</li> <li>to improve efficiency of treatment without increasing the total cost and energy usage of current systems for desalination pretreatment.</li> <li>to address costs, energy usage and/or environmental impacts of seawater desalination, including intakes and/or outfalls.</li> </ul> <P> Reclamation anticipates awarding four to six agreements with up to $150,000 available per agreement through its Desalination and Water Purification Research Program. Applications are due June 25, 2019, at 4 p.m. MDT. Reclamation will invite the finalists to present their proposal at Reclamation's Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on August 28-29, 2019. <P> The funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching funding opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F017. Though not required, applicants are encouraged to provide a non-federal cost share. Individuals/entrepreneurs, institutions of higher education, commercial or industrial organizations, private entities, state and local governmental entities, federally-funded research and development centers, tribal governments and organizations, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. <P> Learn more about Reclamation's Desalination and Water Purification Research Program at <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/research/dwpr">https://www.usbr.gov/research/dwpr</a>. <P> <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65883 Bureau of Reclamation makes $32 million in funding opportunities available for Desalination Construction Projects and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects under the WIIN Act
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation has released two funding opportunities under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, Desalination Construction Projects and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects. Applications for both of the funding opportunities are due by June 28, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. MDT. <P> "These types of projects provide flexibility for communities to stretch the limited water supplies in the western United States by developing and supplementing municipal and irrigation water supplies," Program Coordinator Amanda Erath said. <P> The Desalination Construction Projects funding opportunity is for sponsors of ocean and brackish water desalination projects to request cost-shared funding for the planning, design, and/or construction of those projects. The recipient must provide at least 75% of the total project costs. Eligible applicants include states, departments of a state, subdivisions of a state, or a public agency organized pursuant to state law. To be eligible, sponsors must have completed a feasibility study and submitted it to Reclamation for review. Approximately two to six awards are expected to be made with up to $12 million available. This funding opportunity is available at <a href="https://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F008. <P> Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects under WIIN is for sponsors of projects eligible under section 4009(c) of the WIIN Act to request cost-shared funding for the planning, design, and/or construction of those projects. To be eligible, sponsors must have completed a Title XVI Feasibility Study that Reclamation has reviewed and found to meet all of the requirements of Reclamation Manual Release WTR 11-01. The recipient must provide at least 75% of the total project cost. Approximately four to eight awards are expected to be made with up to $20 million available. This funding opportunity is available at <a href="https://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F018. <P> The funding for these projects supports President Trump's memorandum on promoting the reliable supply and delivery of water in the West. Specifically, these projects are investments in technology that enables broader scale use of recycled water. <P> The funding is part of WaterSMART. WaterSMART is a Department of the Interior 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. For more information on the WaterSMART program, visit <a href="https://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART">www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART</a>. <P> <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65663 Statement by Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman on the President signing law authorizing Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plans
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, President Trump took a historic step to reduce risk on the Colorado River by signing bipartisan legislation authorizing the Department of the Interior to implement Drought Contingency Plans in the Upper and Lower Basins of the Colorado River. This action supports agriculture and protects the water supplies for 40 million people. <P> The Colorado River is the single most important water resource in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. All levels of government stepped up to address the Basin’s worst drought in recorded history. We’ve seen collaborative efforts among the seven Basin states, local water agencies, Tribes, Mexico and the Department of the Interior. Congress took prompt action on implementing legislation for the Drought Contingency Plans, and the President acted swiftly to sign that legislation into law. Adopting consensus-based DCPs is the best path toward safeguarding this critical water supply. <P>
https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=65543 Statement by Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman on historic legislation to implement Drought Contingency Plans
WASHINGTON, D.C. — I’m pleased that collaborative efforts among the seven Colorado River Basin states, local water agencies, Tribes, non-governmental organizations, Mexico and the Department of the Interior to reduce risk on the Colorado River are succeeding. I applaud Congress for taking prompt action on implementing legislation for the Drought Contingency Plans. This brings us one step closer to supporting agriculture and protecting the water supplies for 40 million people in the United States and Mexico. Working together remains the best approach for all those who rely on the Colorado River. <P> <br /> <br /> <br /> <P> <P>