Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility

Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility The Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility (BGNDRF) is a focal point for developing technologies for the desalination of brackish and impaired groundwater found in the inland states.

Located in Alamogordo, New Mexico, the facility opened on August 16, 2007. BGNDRF brings together researchers from other Federal government agencies, universities, the private sector, research organizations, and state and local agencies to work collaboratively and in partnership.

Facility Address: 500 La Velle Road, Alamogordo, NM 88310

Contact: Randall Shaw, Facility Manager, rshaw@usbr.gov, 575.443.6553



  • Events

    BGNDRF Announces 1st Annual WIN - Water treatment Innovation Networking - Workshop

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    (June 29, 2018) The Bureau of Reclamation's Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility is pleased to announce the 1st Annual WIN (Water treatment Innovation Networking) Workshop on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

    Various companies and organizations with projects or upcoming projects at the Bureau of Reclamation's Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility (BGNDRF) will be invited to give a 20 minute presentation with 5 minutes of Q&A.
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  • News

    Bureau of Reclamation announces Desalination and Water Purification Research Program funding opportunity

    (February 27, 2018) The Bureau of Reclamation has released a funding opportunity through its Desalination and Water Purification Research Program for fiscal year 2018. This funding opportunity invites private industry, universities, water utilities, and other research sponsors to submit proposals to cost share laboratory scale and pilot scale projects that address DWPR program goals and objectives.

    Individuals, institutions of higher education, commercial and industrial organizations, private entities, State and local governments, federally funded research and development centers, Tribal governments and organizations, United States-Mexico binational research foundations and inter-university research programs, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

    Applicants for desalination and water purification research projects funding must submit their proposals by 4:00 p.m. MDT on Tuesday May 1, 2018. Read More →

    View Grant Opportunity at Grants.gov →

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    A 10 Year History of the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility

    The Bureau of Reclamation is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on Sept. 12 and 13, 2017. The BGNDRF opened on Aug. 16, 2007, and serves as a focal point for developing technologies for the desalination of brackish and impaired groundwater. The BGNDRF sits on 43-acres in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The research facility brings together researchers from federal government agencies, universities, the private sector, research organizations, and state and local agencies to work collaboratively and in partnership on cost-effective advancements of desalination technologies.

  • Newsletter

    BGNDRF Celebrates 10 Years of Operations with DESAL-A-BRATION

    Image of BGNDRF 10th Anniversary with water drop.

    September 2017 marks the 10th year of operations at Reclamation's Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility (BGNDRF) in the Tularosa Basin of New Mexico. This facility anniversary will be commemorated with a two-day community DESAL-A-BRATION!

    Day One on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, includes an evening with Government representatives, former and current Research Clients, as well as the public to reflect on significant accomplishments made over the past decade at BGNDRF.

    Day Two on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, highlights BGNDRF's successful focus on educational outreach by hosting a FIRST Lego League and Robotics water information fair. This collaborative event with FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, the Bureau of Reclamation, NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will showcase the importance of water to each respective organization and their mission.

  • News

    Pitch to Pilot: Bridging Reclamation's Clean Water Technologies for Today and Tomorrow

    Pitch to Pilot logo with Hoover Dam in background, swirling water wave, and One Water, One West at topReclamation developed a new cooperative agreement competition called Pitch to Pilot to call for innovative pilot scale water treatment technologies and processes for inland desalination.

    This Science and Technology funded opportunity will feature a unique competition approach designed to accelerate proposal review and selection.  Chosen applicants will be invited to interact with the application review committee in-person and make a "pitch" on their proposal.

    Reclamation will provide up to $100,000 per project and anticipates selecting one to three awards to fund the design, pilot unit construction, installation, and testing at Reclamation's premiere Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility (BGNDRF) in Alamagordo, NM. Read More →

  • Newsletter

    BGNDRF Newsletter, October 13, 2016

    In this issue we discuss our inaugural Pitch to Pilot event on October 19-20, 2016. This event is a call for innovative pilot-scale water treatment technologies and processes for inland desalination. The event will feature a unique competition approach designed to accelerate proposal review and selection.

    Six finalists were selected from applications for the funding. Each will pitch their innovation to the public on the evening of October 19th. The public will select a crowd favorite at the end of the evening. The second day of the event, consists of private sessions in which the finalists will pitch their innovation to a panel of technical and business experts. This panel will determine which finalists will receive $100,000 grants. There will likely be more than one winner. Read Issue →



  • Video

    Water for Our Future: Reclamation's Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility

Last Updated: 6/29/18