Environmental Water Resources Projects

WaterSMART Environmental Water Resources Projects is a new category of funding to support projects focused on environmental benefits and that have been developed as part of a collaborative process to help carry out an established strategy to increase the reliability of water resources.

Applicants are invited to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on Environmental Water Resources Projects, including water conservation and efficiency projects that result in quantifiable and sustained water savings and benefit ecological values; water management or infrastructure improvements to mitigate drought-related impacts to ecological values; and watershed management or restoration projects benefitting ecological values that have a nexus to water resources or water resources management.


For additional information on WaterSMART Environmental Water Resources Projects, please contact Mr. Josh German at 303-445-2839 or jgerman@usbr.gov; or contact Ms. Robin Graber at 303-445-2764 or rgraber@usbr.gov.


  • Webinar on WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants Drought Resiliency Projects, and Environmental Water Resources Projects

    The Bureau of Reclamation hosted a webinar on Friday, August 27, 2021, at 1 pm MDT to discuss eligible applicants and project types, program requirements, and the evaluation criteria for three recently announced Funding Opportunities: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants (WEEG), Drought Resiliency Projects (DRP), and Environmental Water Resources Projects (EWRP). Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

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  • Reclamation invests in grants to increase water sustainability in the West

    A river running through the forest.Drought and the impacts of climate change are having a significant effect on the Western United States. These impacts include reductions to water resource needs of agriculture, cities and the environment. The three WaterSMART grant opportunities — Drought Resiliency Projects, Water and Energy Efficiency Grants and the new Environmental Water Resources Projects — will help communities throughout the West by increasing water supply sustainability and drought resiliency. Read More →.

  • Reclamation seeks comments on updated eligibility and evaluation criteria for three WaterSMART funding opportunities

    Reclamation is proposing several changes to the WaterSMART program for 2022. Reclamation is seeking public comment on draft eligibility and evaluation criteria for three funding opportunities within the WaterSMART Program to assist with these changes.

    Reclamation proposes updates to the eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria for the Drought Resiliency Projects and Water and Energy Efficiency Grants funding opportunities. Reclamation is also launching a new funding opportunity for Environmental Water Resources Projects. This new funding opportunity will focus on projects that have environmental benefits, are developed as part of a collaborative process, and may be eligible for up to 75% federal funding.

    The changes were developed to incorporate recent amendments to the SECURE Water Act (Title IX, Subtitle F of P.L. 111-11), implement priorities identified in Presidential Executive Order 14008: Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad and Executive Order 13985: Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, and support the goals of the Interagency Drought Relief Working Group established in March 2021.

    The comment period has closed. Comments received by June 18, 2021, along with Reclamation's responses, are available below.

Current Status

The FY 2022 Environmental Water Resources Projects funding opportunity closed December 9, 2021.


Have questions regarding applicant and project eligibility, program requirements, or the evaluation criteria? Click here to schedule a time to talk with the program coordinators.


August 2021

December 2021

  • Dec. 9: Fiscal year 2022 Funding Opportunity Announcement Closed

News Releases

August 5, 2021
Reclamation invests in grants to increase water sustainability in the West


Last Updated: 1/21/22