WaterSMART Basin Studies Program

Basin Studies are collaborative studies, cost-shared with non-Federal partners, to evaluate the impacts of climate change and help ensure sustainable water supplies by identifying strategies to address imbalances in water supply and demand. Each study includes four key segments:

  • State-of-the-art projections of future supply and demand by river basin, including the impacts of climate change.
  • 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 adaptation and mitigation strategies to meet current and future water demands.
  • A trade-off analysis of the adaptation and mitigation strategies identified.

Announcements


  • Bureau of Reclamation Launches New Basin Studies in New Mexico and Arizona

    (August 30, 2017) - Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Alan Mikkelsen announced that Reclamation is launching two new basin studies. The Rio Grande Basin Study in New Mexico and Eloy and Maricopa-Stanfield Basin Study in Arizona will help inform water managers within their respective basins. The Rio Grande Basin Study in New Mexico is focused on the Middle Rio Grande from the Colorado-New Mexico border to Elephant Butte Reservoir. The Eloy and Maricopa-Stanfield groundwater basins in Southern Arizona encompass most of the corridor between Phoenix and Tucson. Read More →

Current Status

Reclamation announced the selection of the Rio Grande Basin and Eloy and Maricopa-Stanfield groundwater basins on August 30, 2017.


Proposed Calendar

December 2016

January 2017

  • Jan 20: Letters of Interest due to the respective regional office

August 2017


News Releases

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

Last Updated: 9/7/17