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.


For more information regarding the Basin Study Program, please contact Avra Morgan at 303-445-2906. Or, you may contact the Basin Study Program contact in your Region, as follows:

  • Interior Region 5: Missouri Basin & Interior Region 6: Arkansas-Rio Grande-Texas Gulf - Dennis Kelsch, (406) 247-7754
  • Interior Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin - Nathan Clifton, (801) 524-3613
  • Interior Region 8: Lower Colorado Basin - Kaylee Nelson, (702) 293-8073
  • Interior Region 9: Columbia-Pacific Northwest - Ryan Alcorn, (208) 378-5106
  • Interior Region 10: California-Great Basin - Michael Dietl, (916) 978-5070

If you are unclear what Region you are located in, please see Reclamation’s regional map, available at: https://www.usbr.gov/main/offices.html.

You may complete this form to receive WaterSMART program notification from the Bureau of Reclamation.


Current Status

Funding is expected to be made available for new Basin Studies and new Water Management Options Pilots in fiscal year 2022.


Nothing at this time.

News Releases

August 31, 2022
American River Basin Study finds that increasing temperatures and changing precipitation will impact basin through rest of 21st century

October 12, 2021
Reclamation released the Pecos River Basin Study

August 26, 2021
Reclamation released the Missouri River Headwaters Basin Study

June 1, 2021
Reclamation provides funding for two water management pilots in central Oregon

Irrigation Demands Projection Tool

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Last Updated: 8/31/22