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.

Announcements


  • Webinar on Pecos River – New Mexico Basin Study Results

    TThe Bureau of Reclamation will host a webinar on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. MDT to share the results of the Pecos River – New Mexico Basin Study. Reclamation conducted the Basin Study in partnership with the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission. Click here to join the webinar.

  • Reclamation releases Pecos River - New Mexico Basin Study

    Lake Sumner and Sumner Dam flowing into the Pecos RiverThe Pecos River Basin in New Mexico is likely to experience growing water shortages as temperatures continue to rise through the next 100 years. These gaps between water supply and demand were identified in a new study funded through the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Basin Study Program. Read More →

  • Webinar on Missouri Headwaters Basin Study Results

    The Bureau of Reclamation will host a webinar on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 10:00 am MDT to share the results of the Missouri Headwaters Basin Study. Reclamation conducted the Basin Study in partnership with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Click here to to join the webinar.

  • Upper Missouri River Basin Study identifies strategies to meet future water demands and improve drought resiliency

    Canyon Ferry Reservoir, part of the Upper Missouri River BasinThe Bureau of Reclamation released the Missouri River Headwaters Basin Study that provides options to meet the increased water demand and a change in the timing of the snowmelt runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Fort Peck Reservoir. The basin covers about 50,000 square miles and is the primary water source for 320,000 people and about 1.1 million acres of irrigated lands. Read More →

  • Webinar on WaterSMART Basin Studies

    Reclamation hosted a webinar on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, to discuss information about WaterSMART Basin Studies, including eligible applicants, program requirements, and the selection process. Click here to view the webinar. If you have questions regarding applicant eligibility, program requirements, or the selection process, click here and select your appropriate Reclamation region to schedule time to talk with the program coordinators.

  • Reclamation provides funding for two water management pilots in central Oregon

    Riverside park in the western United States.The Bureau of Reclamation is allocating $219,496 for two pilot projects in Central Oregon. The Central Oregon Irrigation District and East Fork Irrigation District water management pilots will analyze improvements to conserve water for identified needs in their areas. The two districts are providing $232,480 in cost-sharing for the two pilot projects. Read More →.

Current Status

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


Proposed Calendar

Invitation letters are expected to go out to stakeholders this fall.


News Releases

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: 10/13/21