Small Storage Program

The Bureau of Reclamation’s Small Storage Program is a newly established grant program authorized by sections 40901(1) and 40903 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to promote Federal assistance to enhance water storage opportunities for future generations in support of the Department of the Interior's priorities.

In August 2022, the Bureau of Reclamation plans to publish the first funding opportunity for the Small Storage Program. The upcoming funding opportunity supports the implementation of small surface storage, groundwater storage, and conveyance projects that will enhance water storage opportunities. Through this funding opportunity, Reclamation will provide financial assistance for projects that, when implemented, will increase water supply reliability, improve operational flexibility, and enhance climate resiliency of water and related infrastructure throughout the 17 western states, Alaska, and Hawaii.

The Bureau of Reclamation will host webinars in the Spring of 2022 to share information about how projects can become eligible to compete for funding and the feasibility study requirements. An additional webinar will be scheduled in the Summer of 2022 to share information about the upcoming funding opportunity.

Small Storage Program Eligibility Overview

An eligible project must have a completed feasibility study that has been submitted to Reclamation for review, and for which the study is found to meet all of the requirements of Temporary Reclamation Manual Release TRMR CMP-127, Small Surface Water and Groundwater Storage Projects Feasibility Review Process.

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Contact

For more information regarding the Small Storage Program, please contact the Small Storage Program Coordinator, Carrie Diroll at 303-445-2835 or cdiroll@usbr.gov.

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Announcements


  • Webinar - Bureau of Reclamation's New Small Water Storage Grant Program

    The Bureau of Reclamation hosted a webinar on June 2, 2022 regarding feasibility studies for the new Small Water Storage Grant Program as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Click here to watch a recording of the event. The feasibility standards published in January 2022 following the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, are available on Reclamation's website. To be eligible to receive a grant from this program, project sponsors must submit a fasibility study for Reclamation's review and approval.

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    The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law authorized this new program and provides funding for surface and groundwater storage projects between 2,000 and 30,000 acre-feet. It must also increase the storage or move water to or from the storage project.

    The project is available for non-Federal water storage projects in Alaska, Hawaii or one of the other 17 Western States. Federal funding is available for up to 25 percent of eligible project costs. No more than $30 million is available per project. Up to $100 million will be available for the next 5 years.

    The funding opportunity for this Program will be published later in 2022.

    To learn more about this program, visit Reclamation's Small Small Storage Grant Program site.

    To learn more about how Reclamation implements the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, please visit Reclamation's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law site.

 

Current Status

The Fiscal Year 2023 Small Storage Program funding opportunity is under development and is projected to open in August 2022.


Calendar

August 2022

  • Fiscal Year 2023 Small Storage Program funding opportunity opens.

October 2022

  • Deadline to submit feasibility studies to Reclamation for review to determine eligibility to compete for funding under the Fiscal Year 2023 funding opportunity announcement.

November 2022

  • Fiscal Year 2023 Small Storage Program funding opportunity closes.

Spring 2023

  • Fiscal Year 2023 Small Storage Program funding opportunity recipients announced.

News Releases

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Last Updated: June 16, 2022