WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow)

Water is our most precious natural resource and is increasingly stressed by the demands our society places on it. Adequate water supplies are an essential element in human survival, ecosystem health, energy production, and economic sustainability. Significant climate change-related impacts on water supplies are well documented in the scientific literature and scientists are forecasting changes in hydrologic cycles. Read More →


  • Reservoir Operation Alternatives - Calculating Economic Effects Funding Opportunity

    An aerial photo of a reservoir in the western United States.

    The Bureau of Reclamation has a released a funding opportunity: Reservoir Operations Alternatives - Calculating Economic Effects, through the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART program. This funding opportunity is for projects that develop both (i) technical study that creates a methodology for analyzing the economic effects of reservoir operating alternatives and potential improvements and (ii) a transferable tool for reservoir operators to use to estimate the benefits of specific reservoir operating alternatives and potential improvements.

    Applicants for this funding opportunity must submit their proposals by 4:00 p.m. MST on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. To view this funding opportunity, please visit www.grants.gov and search for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-18-F004.

  • Bureau of Reclamation Announces WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program Funding Opportunity for 2018

    (Nov. 15, 2017) - The Bureau of Reclamation has announced its 2018 funding opportunity for Phase I of the Cooperative Watershed Management Program. This funding opportunity is seeking proposals for activities to develop a watershed group, complete watershed restoration planning activities, and to design watershed management projects. Read More →

  • The Bureau of Reclamation Awards $680,000 in Grants to Seven Applied Science Projects for Water Resource Managers

    (September 6, 2017) - Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Alan Mikkelsen announced that seven applied science projects will receive $680,000 to support resource managers in addressing management issues that cross jurisdictions and political boundaries. The applied science projects, including research to identify how drought impacts natural or cultural resources, projects to develop information and tools that inform watershed management, and projects to improve access and use of water resources data by resource managers within the boundaries of the Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. Read More →

  • WaterSMART Overview

    In February, Reclamation's WaterSMART staff presented an overview of the program.

WaterSMART Progress Report 2010 - 2016

WaterSMART Progress Report 2010-2016 Cover

Progress Report Fact Sheet

Data Visualization


FY 2017 Calendar

Last Updated: 12/19/17