WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow)
The American West faces serious water challenges. Wide-spread drought, increased populations, aging infrastructure, and environmental requirements all strain existing water and hydropower resources. Adequate and safe water supplies are fundamental to the health, economy, and security of the country. Through WaterSMART, Reclamation will continue to work cooperatively with states, tribes, and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts.
The Bureau of Reclamation will provide $2.1 million for 11 collaborative watershed management projects through the WaterSMART program. These projects have been developed by groups of stakeholders working together to address critical water supply needs and water quality concerns. They help water users meet competing demands and avoid conflicts over water. Read More →
Reclamation Publishes Two Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act Funding Opportunities
The Bureau of Reclamation has published two funding opportunities open to projects eligible under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. Applications under both funding opportunities are due on April 23, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. MDT.
Projects throughout the Western United States receive $42.4 million in grants from Reclamation to conserve and use water more efficiently
The Bureau of Reclamation is awarding $42.4 million in grants to 55 projects throughout 13 states. These projects will improve the water reliability for these communities by using water more efficiently and power efficiency improvements that water supply reliability and generate more hydropower. The projects are anticipated to conserve more than 98,000 acre-feet of water per year. Read More →
The Bureau of Reclamation has published a funding opportunity for the Fiscal Year 2021 WaterSMART Applied Science Grants, which supports for projects to develop hydrologic information and water management tools and improve modeling and forecasting capabilities. Applicants under this opportunity may request funding to develop hydrologic information and water management tools and improve modeling and forecasting capabilities to increase water supply reliability. Applicants may request up to $200,000 for projects to be completed within two years. A 50% non-federal cost share is required. Applications are due on April 21, 2021 at 4 p.m. MDT. Read the Funding Opportunity →