WaterSMART Basin Studies

Basin Studies are collaborative studies, cost-shared with non-Federal partners, to evaluate water supply and demand and help ensure reliable water supplies by identifying strategies to address imbalances in water supply and demand. Each study includes four key elements:

  • State-of-the-art projections of future supply and demand by river basin.
  • An analysis of how the basin’s existing water and power operations and infrastructure will perform in the face of changing water realities.
  • Development of strategies to meet current and future water demands.
  • A trade-off analysis of strategies identified.


No announcements at this time.

Current Status

Selections were made in September 2019 for Fiscal Year 2019.

Proposed Calendar

Information about upcoming opportunities coming soon.

News Releases

March 13, 2019
Bureau of Reclamation initiates a new funding for water operation pilots

August 30, 2017
Bureau of Reclamation Launches New Basin Studies in New Mexico and Arizona

December 20, 2016
Bureau of Reclamation Initiates Basin Study Selection Process

November 17, 2016
Stormwater Management Importance Underscored in Los Angeles Basin Study Released by Bureau of Reclamation

NEW Irrigation Demands Projection Tool

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Last Updated: 2/17/21