Commissioner's Offce News Releases News Releases from Reclamation's Commissioner's Office Jason Wagner selected as Reclamation's 2020 Engineer of the Year
WASHINGTON - Jason Wagner, P.E., a civil engineer, is the Bureau of Reclamation's 2020 Engineer of the Year for his work on designing fish passage structures around the West. He will be recognized by the National Society of Professional Engineers at an awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C., on February 14, 2020. <P> “Jason’s work has been important to Reclamation, its partners and the American public,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “His cutting-edge work as an engineer has led to projects that protect fish while ensuring water delivery commitments.” <P> Wagner is recognized for his work on fish passage design. For the past five years, he has served as the technical design lead for the novel Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage Facility in Washington, a project that involves more than 200 engineers, scientists, architects, and hydraulic modelers. The project united federal, state, city, tribal, agricultural, and environmental organizations to support the restoration of sockeye salmon in the Yakima River basin. The total project cost is estimated at about $200 million. <P> He has also led or played a significant role in the designs of the Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project, Coleman National Fish Hatchery facility improvements, Link River Dam fish ladder and Nimbus Dam Fish Hatchery fish ladder. Additionally, he has served on various senior level planning reviews related to the San Joaquin River Restoration and Klamath Basin Fish Screening and Passage. <P> Wagner is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and is registered as a project management professional. <P> Reclamation would also like to recognize the 2020 Regional Engineer of the Year, Jay Bytheway. He made great contributions to Reclamation through value engineering. Value engineering studies show significant ways to improve performance, reliability, quality, safety and life-cycle costs of projects within Reclamation. On projects Bytheway has participated in, the value engineering studies have shown a maximum projected savings of $74 million. He works for Reclamation in Interior Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin in Salt Lake City, Utah. <P> To learn more about the state-of-the-art helix design at the Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage Facility, watch the video at <a href=""></a>. <P> <img src="" alt="Wagner standing in front of the construction of the Cle Elum project." width="75%"><br /> <small>Jason Wagner is standing at the construction project for the Cle Elum Fish Passage.</small> <P> <P> Reclamation awards $3.5 million for 19 projects that will inform water management decisions
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation selected 19 projects to receive $3.5 million in WaterSMART Applied Science Grants to develop tools and information that will inform and support water management decisions. These projects will be matched by more than $4.5 million, non-federal cost-match, supporting a total project cost of $8 million. <P> “Water managers need the most updated information to ensure they are making the best water management decisions," said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. "Applied Science Grants fund tool development and studies that help make western water more reliable." <P> The projects selected are as follows: <P> <ul> <li>City of Sierra Vista (Arizona), Web-based Hydrologic Information Portal for the Upper San Pedro Basin, $99,000</li> <li>Mojave Water Agency (California), Integrated Model Development and Alternatives Evaluation, $150,000</li> <li>Pala Band of Mission Indians (California), Pala Tribe Innovative Practices in Hydrologic Data Acquisition and Use for Water Management, $55,120</li> <li>Point Blue Conservation Science (California), California Central Valley Wetlands Water Budget Tool Development, $150,000</li> <li>Rancho California Water District (California), Groundwater Modeling Enhancement for the Murrietta-Temecula Groundwater Basin, $195,000</li> <li>University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (California), A California Crop Coefficient Database to Enhance Agricultural Water Demand Estimations and Irrigation Scheduling, $299,627</li> <li>University of California, Merced (California), Defining the Rain-Snow Transition Zone in the Northern Sierra Nevada, $299,976</li> <li>Colorado Water Conservation Board (Colorado), Arkansas River Colors of Water and Forecasting Tool, $150,000</li> <li>The Henry's Fork Foundation (Idaho), Predictive Hydrologic Modeling and Real-Time Data Access to Support Water Resources Management, $273,211</li> <li>Idaho Power Company (Idaho), Precipitation Modeling Tools to Improve Water Supply Reliability, $300,000</li> <li>Desert Research Institute (Nevada), Quantifying Environmental Water Requirements for Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems, $296,740</li> <li>New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico Water Data Initiative and Regional Pilot Project for Improved Data Management and Decision Support Tool in the Lower Pecos Valley, $300,000</li> <li>Office of the State Engineer/Interstate Stream Commission (New Mexico), Developing a Projection Tool for Rio Grande Compact Compliance, $141,272</li> <li>Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma), Improving Seasonal Streamflow Forecasts for Irrigation Districts by Incorporating Soil Moisture Information Derived from Remote Sensing, $88,476</li> <li>Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma), Applying Unmanned Systems for Water Quality Monitoring, $150,000</li> <li>Texas Water Trade (Texas), Modeling Aquifer Properties in the Contributing Zone of Comanche Springs, $150,000</li> <li>Gulf Coast Water Authority (Texas), Enhancement of Water Availability Models of the Lower Brazos Basin $30,000</li> <li>Utah State University (Utah), A Platform Toward an Early Warning System for Shortages in Colorado River Water Supply, $91,078</li> <li>Washington State University (Washington), Quantifying the State of Groundwater in the Columbia Basin with Stakeholder-Driven Monitoring, $299,940</li> </ul> <P> Learn more about all of the selected projects at <a href=""></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=""></a> to learn more. <P> <P> President Proposes $1.1 billion in Fiscal Year 2021 for Bureau of Reclamation
WASHINGTON - President Trump today proposed a $1.1 billion Fiscal Year 2021 budget for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. The budget builds on recent accomplishments and supports the Administration’s goals of ensuring reliable and environmentally responsible delivery of water and power for farms, families, communities and industry, while providing tools to confront widening imbalances between supply and demand throughout the West. <P> “President Trump’s 2021 budget request for the Department is about investing in our people and public lands and waters," <strong>said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt</strong>. "He is committed to the mission of conservation and creating more public access for Americans to fully enjoy our national treasures and landscapes. This budget is a critical step in the right direction and provides a path to restore commonsense in our budgeting process.” <P> "This budget reaffirms the administration’s commitment to water and power reliability in the West," said Commissioner Brenda Burman. “A significant portion of this request is dedicated to improving existing infrastructure—including dams and reservoirs; creating better water and power certainty for farmers, families and communities; and meeting our environmental stewardship responsibilities.” <P> The proposed FY 2021 budget includes $979 million for Reclamation’s principal operating account (Water and Related Resources), which will fund operation, maintenance and rehabilitation activities—including dam safety—at Reclamation facilities. This account will also fund planning, construction, water conservation, management of Reclamation lands and efforts to address fish and wildlife habitat needs. It builds on the 2019 Biological Opinion and upcoming record of decision for the Central Valley Project in California by providing $33.0 million to implement the California Bay-Delta Program to help address California’s current water supply and ecological challenges and $55.9 million for the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund to protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and associated habitats in the Central Valley and Trinity River Basins. It also provides $60.0 million to develop, evaluate, and directly implement Reclamation-wide policy, rules and regulation as well as other administrative functions. <P> Specific funding within the Water and Related Resources operating account will also build on 2020 spending to continue work on the Arkansas Valley Conduit project, which will provide an alternate clean drinking water supply to rural communities grappling with groundwater contamination issues. <P> The proposed budget includes $103.2 million in appropriations for extraordinary maintenance (XM) activities across Reclamation—part of a strategy to improve asset management and deal with aging infrastructure to ensure continued reliable delivery of water and power. Examples of XM expenditures include spillway repairs, modifying fish screens, hydroelectric generator maintenance and rewinds, and pumping plant gate maintenance and replacements. Additional XM items are directly funded by revenues, water and power customers, or other federal agencies (e.g., Bonneville Power Administration). <P> Reclamation provides services through many of its projects and programs to fulfill its trust responsibilities to tribes. The FY 2021 budget request includes a total of $112.1 million for Indian water rights settlements. This includes $43.6 million for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project to continue important construction work; $12.8 million for the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement; $4.0 million for the Aamodt Litigation Settlement; and $25.9 million for the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement. Other settlements include the Nez Perce Settlement within Columbia and Snake Rivers Salmon Recovery Project ($5.6 million), the San Carlos Apache Tribe Water Settlement Act ($1.6 million), the Ak-Chin Indian Water Rights Settlement Act ($15.3 million) and the Colorado Ute Settlement Act within the Animas La Plata Project ($3.4 million). <P> The FY 2021 budget, through programs such as the Lower Colorado River Operations Program ($37.6 million) and the Central Valley Project ($141.5 million), will continue efforts in both areas to find long-term, comprehensive water supply solutions for farmers, families and communities in the Colorado River Basin and California. It builds on the incredible work of Colorado River partners and stakeholders to implement drought contingency plans in 2019 and funds federal government obligations under those DCPs. <P> Other highlights of Reclamation’s FY 2021 budget proposal include: <P> <ul> <li>$107.1 million for the <a href="">Dam Safety Program</a> to effectively manage risks to the downstream public, property, project and natural resources and provide for risk management activities at Reclamation’s high and significant hazard dams.</li> <li>$30.3 million for ongoing authorized rural water projects to deliver water supplies to defined rural communities. This includes projects that benefit tribal nations such as the Mni Wiconi Project in South Dakota, the Pick Sloan-Missouri Basin Program – Garrison Diversion Unit in North Dakota, the Fort Peck Reservation/Dry Prairie Rural Water System in Montana, and the Rocky Boy’s/North Central Rural Water System in Montana.</li> <li>$2.9 million for the <a href="">Desalination and Water Purification Research Program</a> to support new and continued projects in three funding areas -- laboratory scale research studies, pilot-scale testing projects and full-scale testing projects.</li> <li>$11.0 million for the <a href="">Science and Technology Program</a> to support continued science and technology projects; water and power technology prize competitions; technology transfer; and outreach activities that address critical water and power management issues.</li> <li>$27.3 million for the Site Security Program which includes physical security upgrades at key facilities, guards and patrols, anti-terrorism program activities and security risk assessments.</li> <li>$18.2 million for the <a href="">WaterSMART Program</a> to support Reclamation’s collaboration with non-federal partners in efforts to address emerging water demands and water shortage issues in the West, as well as promote water conservation and improved water management.</li> </ul> <P> Additional details about Reclamation’s budget request are available at <a href=""></a>. <P> <P> Statement from Commissioner Brenda Burman on President Donald J. Trump's State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON – Commissioner of Reclamation Brenda Burman released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump's State of the Union Address. <P> "In 2018, President Trump directed Reclamation to further improve the reliability of water supplies for Americans in the West and we’re doing just that. At Reclamation, we worked with our partners to bring more water certainty in light of drought in important basins like the Colorado River; coordinated with regulatory agencies to improve operational flexibility of our water projects; worked to bring clean drinking water to rural and tribal communities; and have pushed to expand and improve much needed water infrastructure throughout the West. As directed by the President, we will continue to fight for more reliable water supplies for farms, communities, and fish and wildlife." <P> -- <b>Commissioner of Reclamation Brenda Burman </b> <P> <P> Reclamation allocates $120 million to tribal water projects
WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman initiated the first annual allocation of $120 million from the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund for Indian water rights settlements. The allocation will provide important funding for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in northern New Mexico and water projects on the Blackfeet Reservation in northwestern Montana. <P> “This funding represents an investment in vital water infrastructure for tribal communities,” said Commissioner Burman. “Reclamation remains focused on meeting our Indian water rights settlement commitments and helping to fulfill the Department of the Interior’s Indian trust responsibilities.” <P> Specific amounts under this allocation include: <P> <u>Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project - $100 million</u>. The Navajo Gallup Water Supply project is a key element of the Navajo Nation Water Rights Settlement on the San Juan River in New Mexico. Construction of the project is well underway, with the first project water deliveries anticipated before the end of 2020. When fully complete, the project will provide reliable municipal, industrial, and domestic water supplies from the San Juan River to 43 Chapters of the Navajo Nation; the city of Gallup, New Mexico; the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry; and the southwest portion of the Jicarilla Apache Nation Reservation. <P> <u>Blackfeet Settlement - $20 million</u>. The “Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act” authorizes Reclamation to plan, design and construct facilities to supply domestic water and support irrigation—including developing new water infrastructure on the Blackfeet Reservation, located in northwestern Montana. Under the Settlement Act, Reclamation will plan, design and construct the Blackfeet Regional Water System, which at full buildout will serve an estimated 25,000 reservation residents in the communities of Browning, Heart Butte, Babb, East Glacier, and Blackfoot, as well as rural farms and ranches. <P> Today’s allocation is in accordance with the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-11), which established the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund, detailed how funding is to be deposited into the fund, and described the way the fund is to be expended. <P> <P> U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation: A Joint Commitment to the Nation’s Water Infrastructure
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation recently released <em>The State of the Infrastructure: A Joint Report by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers</em>. The two agencies have a long history of collaboration to construct, operate and maintain the nation’s crucial water-related infrastructure. <P> National water-related infrastructure provides water supply, hydroelectric power generation, navigation, flood control, recreation and other benefits. Combined, the Army Corps and Reclamation oversee and manage more than 1,200 dams, 153 hydroelectric power plants, over 5,000 recreation areas, 25,000 miles of navigable waterways and tens of thousands of miles of canals and other water conveyance infrastructure. Those facilities provide enough water for 130 million people and irrigation for 10 million acres of farmland. And, combined hydroelectric power plants generate renewable electricity for 10 million homes. <P> “Millions of people rely on this infrastructure for their water, their food, and their electricity,” said Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tim Petty, Ph.D. "This partnership is important; it helps us coordinate attention and resources to ensure that infrastructure is robust and well-maintained. I appreciate the partnership between Reclamation and the Army Corps and look forward to continued success moving forward.” <P> The partnership between the Army Corps and Reclamation brings together a wide array of resources that serve to enrich public services as well as water resource management and environmental protection. The agencies regularly assess the health, safety and sufficiency of existing infrastructure and continually work to upgrade aging infrastructure and construct new projects to meet the needs of families, farms and communities. <P> "This report provides visibility to the public on the vast and diverse federal portfolio of water-related infrastructure our agencies maintain and their value to the safety and economic prosperity of the nation" said Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) R.D. James. "This is a great example of how the Army Corps' partners and collaborates with other agencies on water-related infrastructure by sharing challenges, best practices and strategies to utilize resources to most efficiently and effectively maintain this critical infrastructure". <P> Affordable power production, reliable water supply, navigation, flood risk reduction, and recreation have a positive impact on the Nation’s economy and are a daily way of life for countless Americans. The rigorous and systematic maintenance programs both agencies use ensure these precious water-related resources will be available for years to come. <P> Ongoing attention to the Nation’s water-related infrastructure will provide maximum value to the American people. The Army Corps and Reclamation are jointly committed to the management and maintenance of this critical infrastructure both today and in the future. <P> The report is available at <a href=""></a>. <P> <P> <P> Bureau of Reclamation awards $1.6 million to four water reclamation and reuse research studies
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation today announced awards totaling $1.6 million for four Title XVI water reclamation and reuse research studies. The resulting research will lead to increased water management flexibility and more reliable western water supplies. When non-federal cost-share contributions are included, these studies will accomplish more than $7.6 million in water reclamation and reuse research. <P> “Water treatment and wastewater recycling are essential tools for stretching limited water supplies in the western United States,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “These Title XVI research studies will enable better use of recycled water to provide growing communities with new sources of clean water.” <P> Title XVI research projects are selected to receive funding through a competitive process. The four projects selected for funding are: <P> • City of San Diego (California) <P> Demonstrating Innovative Control Strategies for Reverse Osmosis Membrane Degradation and Preserving Water Quality in Potable Reuse Application with Optimized Chloramination Strategies <P> Reclamation funding: $155,113; Non-federal funding: $465,338 <P> • The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (California) <P> Demonstration of Pathogen Removal through an Alternative Treatment Technology to Treat Non-Nitrified Secondary Effluent for Potable Reuse <P> Reclamation funding: $750,000; Non-federal funding: $3,237,785 <P> • Padre Dam Municipal Water District (California) <P> East County Advanced Water Purification Facilities Preformed Chloramines Research to Ensure California Toxics Rule Compliance <P> Reclamation funding: $45,150; Non-federal funding: $135,453 <P> • City of Norman (Oklahoma) <P> Lake Thunderbird Water Reuse - Field Research Project for Inland Indirect Potable Reuse <P> Reclamation funding: $700,109; Non-federal funding: $2,100,326 <P> The Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program supports the President's memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West. Reclamation provides funding through the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for projects that reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic or agricultural wastewater and impaired ground or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes, such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife, groundwater recharge, municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation or recreation. Learn more at <P> Title XVI is part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program. 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 reduce local water conflicts. Visit for additional information about the program. <P> A complete description of the selected projects is available at: <P> Bureau of Reclamation makes funding available for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation has published a new funding opportunity for sponsors of congressionally authorized Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse projects to request cost-shared funding for the planning, design, and/or construction of those projects. <P> “Reclamation is pleased to announce this funding opportunity to increase water recycling and reuse,” said Program Coordinator Amanda Erath. “As part of these Title XVI projects, Reclamation will partner with local entities to take significant steps to ensure water supply reliability in their communities.” <P> Reclamation expects to select approximately six to ten projects for funding. Applicants must provide a 75% non-federal cost share for the funding requested. The funding opportunity is available at by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-20-F008. Applications are due on Feb. 19, 2020 at 4 p.m. MST. <P> This funding opportunity is only open to sponsors of the 53 congressionally authorized Title XVI projects, provided that the Title XVI project has not reached its federal funding ceiling as specified in the Title XVI Act. A separate funding opportunity for Title XVI projects eligible under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act will be released later in the fiscal year. <P> To learn more about the Title XVI Program, please visit <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 <P> Reclamation Announces Funding Opportunity for Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a funding opportunity for small-scale water efficiency projects as part of the WaterSMART Program. The projects funded with these grants include installation of flow measurement devices and automation technology, canal lining or piping to address seepage, municipal meter upgrades, and other projects to conserve water. This funding announcement supports small-scale water efficiency projects that have been prioritized through planning efforts led by the applicant. <P> These cost-shared projects conserve and use water more efficiently, help water resource managers make sound decisions about water use, and accomplish other benefits that contribute to a reliable water supply in the West. To learn more about small-scale water efficiency projects or learn more about projects that have been previously funded, please visit <a href=""></a>. <P> "With this funding opportunity, Reclamation will cost share with partners to accomplish meaningful small-scale on-the-ground projects that seek to conserve, better manage or otherwise make more efficient use of water supplies," said Robin Graber, program coordinator. <P> The funding opportunity is available at <a href=""></a> by searching for opportunity number BOR-DO-20-F006. Applications are due by Mar. 04, 2020, 4 p.m. MST. <P> Funding of up to $75,000 is available per project and total project costs should generally be $200,000 or less. Recipients must also provide at least a 50% non-federal cost share. Those eligible to apply for funding include 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 as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended. Alaska and Hawaii are also eligible to apply. <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 <a href=""></a>. <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> Tim Brown named Chief of Civil Engineering Services
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation announced the selection of Tim Brown, P.E., as chief of one of the two civil engineering services divisions at the Technical Service Center in Denver, Colorado. Brown will start his new position on December 9, 2019. <P> "The Technical Service Center is a critical part of Reclamation's mission to deliver reliable water and power supplies to the West," said David Palumbo, deputy commissioner for operations. "Mr. Brown's technical expertise and leadership will ensure the continued success of the Technical Service Center and position Reclamation to effectively address the technical needs of our infrastructure." <P> "Mr. Brown brings more than 30 years of civil engineering design experience to his new position," said Tom Luebke, director of the Technical Service Center. "He consistently combines his passion for the work with his broad knowledge base to bring novel solutions to complex problems." <P> Brown joined Reclamation in 1989 as a civil engineer and has served for the last 8 years as the manager for two of the groups that make up the division—Water Conveyance and Civil Structures. As chief of the Civil Engineering Services Division 1, Brown will lead the following four groups: <P> Plant Structures – which provides project management, planning, structural analysis and design, architectural design, and construction support services for pumping plants, powerplants, and service buildings. <P> Water Conveyance – which produces final designs, appraisal studies, and feasibility studies for pipelines and canals. <P> Civil Structures – which provides analysis and designs for heavy civil structures including tunnels, roads, bridges, canal appurtenant structures, and in-river structures. <P> Water Treatment – which provides engineering and research services for the treatment of contaminated water supplies, wastewater, hazardous and industrial waste streams, and agricultural drainage. <P> Previously, Brown spent 12 years working in Reclamation’s Building Seismic Safety Program, first as a team member and then as the program manager. Notably, during his tenure the program provided design and construction support to improve the seismic performance for several Reclamation-owned buildings including the Provo Area Office Building, Yuma Area Office Building, and Lower Colorado’s Regional Administration and Annex Buildings. <P> In addition, Brown has 6 years of private industry experience, including a position designing residential and commercial buildings and a position managing a group that specialized in structural forensic investigations and repairs. <P> Brown grew up in Leadville, Colorado and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Arizona. He has been a registered professional engineer since 1994. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves playing and coaching team sports. <P> # # # <P> The Bureau of Reclamation is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of the Interior and is the nation's largest wholesale water supplier and second largest producer of hydroelectric power. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation opportunities, and environmental benefits. Visit our website at and follow us on Twitter @USBR. <P> <P> In Case You Missed It: Reclamation remains focused on improving California’s water supply
Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman penned an editorial for the Sunday edition of the Fresno Bee where she reiterated the strong case for additional water storage in Northern California—specifically, for the reasonable enlargement of Shasta Dam by 18 ½ feet. <P> “Our administration stands ready to partner with Western States in advancing new and improved water storage projects that would deliver water and power in an efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally sound manner. Improving California’s infrastructure is key to increasing both water supply and environmental benefits.” – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman <P> “California simply does not have enough carry-over storage. Growing demands for California’s shared water resources over the last century, combined with insufficient water storage capacity, limit our ability to meet all those demands. This is why, working with partners, we are looking for new storage opportunities in Northern California. Projects like raising Shasta Dam would allow California to add capacity to an existing reservoir—like adding an addition to your house, rather than clearing land for a new home.” <P> “Every year in California we have unmet water needs. We hear it from our constituents, we read it in the news—we know it. In California, we know that more storage would help us meet those needs. Shasta Dam already stands over 600 feet tall—adding another 18 ½ feet would enhance the infrastructure we have already built, providing new water supplies for farms, for fish, and for cities.” <P> ICYMI… <P> The Fresno Bee: It’s time to secure California’s water supply by raising Shasta Dam <P> California is in critical need of additional water storage. It seems that every other year we see fields fallowed, rivers running low, and water rationing in cities and towns across the state. Reliable water is critical to every aspect of the economy as more than 40 percent of the nation’s fruits, nuts and vegetables are grown in the Central Valley, much of that using water from the Central Valley Project (CVP) and its largest reservoir—Shasta Lake. <P> Full Article at Link Below <P> <P> Bureau of Reclamation awards $2 million to ten projects to develop water marketing strategies
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation today announced awards totaling $2 million to ten projects to establish or expand water markets or water marketing activities. When non-federal cost-share contributions are included, these projects will accomplish more than $4.6 million in water marketing planning activities. <P> The awards will go to projects from a diverse range of entities, including irrigation and water districts, states, tribes, cities and counties, and other districts with water delivery authority. The entities are located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Oregon, and Utah. <P> "It is always a good day when Reclamation can combine funding and resources with those of local water partners to achieve a common goal," said Avra Morgan, Program Coordinator for Water Marketing. "Water marketing strategies empower communities by helping water managers meet demands efficiently in times of shortage, which ultimately helps prevent water conflicts." <P> Water markets support the President's memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West. Water marketing refers to water rights transactions and includes the lease, sale or exchange of water rights undertaken in accordance with state and federal laws between willing buyers and sellers. Learn more at: <P> 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 for additional information about the program. <P> A complete description of the selected projects is available at: <P> The selected projects are: <P> Central Arizona Water Clearinghouse (Arizona) -- Reclamation funding: $200,000; Non-federal funding: $442,680 <P> Voluntary Seasonal Fallowing Water Conservation Project (Arizona) -- Reclamation funding: $54,089; Non-federal funding: $54,089 <P> Water Marketing Strategy for the Colorado River Indian Reservation (Arizona) -- Reclamation funding: $184,250; Non-federal funding: $210,890 <P> Kaweah Sub-basin Water Marketing Strategy (California) -- Reclamation funding: $400,000; Non-federal funding: $432,000 <P> Mojave Water Agency Long-Term Water Management/Water Banking Program (California) -- Reclamation funding: $200,000; Non-federal funding: $400,000 <P> Western Slope Demand Management Water Marketing Strategy Evaluation (Colorado) -- Reclamation funding: $315,721; Non-federal funding: $361,344 <P> Water Marketing Strategy for Garden City and Finney County (Kansas) -- Reclamation funding: $139,900; Non-federal funding: $139,900 <P> Harney Basin Groundwater Marketing Development Evaluation (Oregon) -- Reclamation funding: $50,000; Non-federal funding: $55,000 <P> McLennan County Water Marketing Strategy Groundwater Replenishment Credits and Groundwater Augmentation Rate (Texas) -- Reclamation funding: $75,000; Non-federal funding: $82,500 <P> Utah Statewide Water Marketing Development Strategy (Utah) -- Reclamation funding: $400,000; Non-federal funding: $438,252 <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> Reclamation announces Fiscal Year 2020 grant funding opportunity for drought planning
WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation today announced that it is making grant funding available under the WaterSMART Drought Response Program to develop and update drought contingency plans that will build long-term resiliency to drought. <P> "The drought planning that emerges from this program is a big win for both Reclamation and its partners. When implemented, it will increase water supply reliability, improve water management and provide benefits for fish, wildlife, and the environment. That’s impactful," said Reclamation's Drought Response Program Manager Darion Mayhorn. <P> Eligible applicants for funding include states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the 17 Western United States and Hawaii. <P> This funding opportunity will provide up to $200,000 per agreement to develop new drought plans or update existing plans. In general, recipients must match the funding with at least 50% funding from a non-federal source. In exceptional circumstances, a reduction or waiver of the non-federal cost-share may be considered. Work must be completed within two years of the funding award. <P> Applications for fiscal year 2020 funding are due Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. MST. Learn more at by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-20-F003. <P> Visit Reclamation's WaterSMART program at and the Drought Response Program at <P> Reclamation announces water management funding opportunity for Indian tribes in the 17 Western states
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Reclamation today issued a funding opportunity announcement for technical assistance to federally recognized Indian tribes to assist them in developing, managing and protecting their water and related resources. Reclamation anticipates distributing a total of $1 million for up to 15 different projects to assist tribes in the 17 Western states. The maximum award per proposal is $200,000; projects must be completed within two fiscal years. <P> "Reclamation supports the Department of the Interior’s effort to fulfill the federal government’s unique responsibilities to Indian tribes," said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. "Through this funding opportunity we hope to strengthen cooperative and collaborative partnerships to meet tribal water needs in the west." <P> More information is available online at by searching for funding opportunity "BOR-DO-20-F013." Interested applicants may submit proposals until 4:00 PM MST on January 8, 2020. <P> This funding opportunity is available through Reclamation’s Native American Affairs Technical Assistance Program, which provides technical assistance through cooperative partnerships with Indian tribes and tribal organizations. <P> <P> Reclamation awards nearly $1 million for water purification and desalination pilot projects
DENVER – The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded nearly $1 million for projects under an innovative pilot-scale water treatment technologies and desalination program. The selected projects will receive funding through cooperative agreements and will include a period of pilot testing at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico, and other sites across the country. <P> On April 30, 2019, Reclamation announced that it was seeking applicants looking for innovative technologies for reducing the cost, energy requirements and environmental impacts for water purification and desalination technologies. Innovative and promising technologies would be supported to move from the theoretical stage towards a practical application. <P> “In June, we received 29 eligible applications for review that included $4 million in requests for federal funding. Top applicants were invited to pitch their pilot studies in August,” said Yuliana Porras-Mendoza, advanced water treatment research coordinator. “We awarded grants to seven projects focused on innovative and disruptive water treatment technologies ready for pilot testing to accelerate knowledge transfer and provide new products that serve the water treatment community and attract commercial interest.” <P> <b>Funded Pilot Studies</b> <P> <b>Garver, LLC: Innovative electro-coagulation membrane pretreatment with vacuum-assisted electro-distillation concentrate management for cooling tower blowdown recovery</b><br /> Project goal: improve water quality, reduce chemical consumption, reduce the potable water demand of a water treatment system and eliminate dissolved solids loading to the local sewershed.<br /> State: Colorado <P> <b>AdEdge Water Technologies: Innovative high recovery flow-reversal RO desalination process for potable reuse providing essential physical barrier with higher recovery rate & reduction in concentrate flow</b><br /> Project goal: test a flow-reversal reverse osmosis technology with the purpose to introduce this technology to the US market. <br /> State: Georgia <P> <b>WIST, Inc: The first affordable, easy-to-use silica pretreatment solution: Pilot scale validation of SiSorb-Nano</b><br /> Project goal: scale up and test a new resin for silica removal from water that is less expensive, more efficient, and environmentally friendly.<br /> State: New York <P> <b>Eastern Shore Microbes: H.E.A.T A biologically, sustainable solar powered system to eliminate RO concentrate in order to improve the water supply for inland communities</b><br /> Project goal: test the ability for a selected group of microbes to enhance evaporation of reverse osmosis concentrate, potentially reducing the size of current evaporation ponds and increasing the rate of evaporation. <br /> State: Virginia <P> <b>University of Arizona: Electrochemically enhanced high efficiency reverse osmosis (EE-HERO) for brackish water treatment</b><br /> Project goal: test an electrochemically enhanced high efficiency reverse osmosis process for treating brackish groundwater for potable use. <br /> State: Arizona <P> <b>University of Utah: Disruptive transport/sand filtration pretreatment system for uninterrupted desalination water supply during harmful algal blooms</b><br /> Project goal: test an innovative system as a last defense during a harmful algal bloom (HAB) before it reaches water treatment systems that are severely impacted and, in some cases, not able to operate during a HAB event. <br /> State: Utah <P> <b>EcoVAP: Enhanced evaporation using biomimicry for brine concentrate disposal</b><br /> Project goal: minimize the cost and environmental impact of inland desalination.<br /> State: Utah <P> The funding provided supports the Presidential Memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West, including the goal of improving use of technology to increase water reliability and enabling broader scale deployment of desalination and recycled water technologies. <P> Project descriptions are available at <a href=""></a>. <P> <P>