The American West faces serious water challenges. Wide-spread drought, increased populations, aging infrastructure, and environmental requirements all strain existing water and hydropower resources. Adequate and safe water supplies are fundamental to the health, economy, and security of the country. Through WaterSMART, Reclamation will continue to work 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.

2021 WaterSMART Project Selections Update

As of September 2, 2021, Reclamation has selected 227 projects to be funded with $73.2 million in WaterSMART funding across the western states:

  • February 11, 2021, Drought Resiliency Projects selected, $15.4 million for 18 projects in 7 western states.
  • March 17, 2021: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants selected, $42.4 million for 55 projects in 13 western states.
  • March 25, 2021: Cooperative Watershed Management Program – Phase II Grants selected, $2.1 million for 11 projects in 7 western states.
  • April 21, 2021: Drought Response Program – Drought Contingency Planning Grants selected, $809,000 for 5 contingency plans in 3 western states.
  • June 1, 2021: Basin Study Program - Water Management Options Pilots selected, $219,496 for 2 projects in central Oregon.
  • June 15, 2021: Cooperative Watershed Management Program – Phase I Grants selected, $2.6 million for 27 projects in 12 western states.
  • July 1, 2021: Water Marketing Strategy Grants selected, $1.14 million for 7 projects in 4 western states.
  • August 31, 2021: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects selected, $5.5 million for 82 projects in 16 western states.
  • September 2, 2021: Applied Science Grants selected, $3.1 million for 20 projects in 11 western states.

See program specific links, at left, for more details.


Open Funding Opportunities

The FY 2022 Environmental Water Resources Projects funding opportunity closes on December 9, 2021.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

None at this time.

Reclamation partnered with grants.gov to bring you this webinar to help familiarize yourself with the site and to provide an overview of how to submit a grant application. View the Powerpoint

WaterSMART Data Visualization

A screenshot of map showing WaterSMART projects in the Western United States
Data Visualization

WaterSMART Progress Report 2010 - 2016

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Progress Report Fact Sheet

Weather- and Soil Moisture-Based Landscape Irrigation Scheduling Devices

WaterSMART Progress Report 2010-2016 Cover
Weather- and Soil Moisture-Based Landscape Irrigation Scheduling - Review Report
Weather-Based Devices - Summary
Soil Moisture-Based Devices - Summary

Last Updated: 11/8/21