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 has published a funding opportunity for the WaterSMART Drought Response Program which supports the development and update of drought contingency plans that will build long-term resiliency to drought. Applicants may request up to $200,000 for projects to be completed within two years. In general, a 50% non-federal cost share is required. The funding opportunity is available on grants.gov by searching for opportunity number BOR-DO-20-F003. Applications are due on Jan. 6, 2021 at 4 p.m. MST.
The Bureau of Reclamation has published a funding opportunity for the WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program Phase II. Established watershed management groups may apply to this funding opportunity to implement on-the-ground watershed management projects. Eligible projects may address critical water supply needs, water quality concerns, or restoration needs, helping water users meet competing demands and avoid conflicts over water. Applicants may request up to $300,000 for projects to be completed within two years. A 50% non-federal cost share is required. Applications are due on Nov. 17, 2020. Read the Funding Opportunity →
Reclamation invests $3.3 million for internal applied science projects to improve modeling, forecasting and data tools
The Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that Reclamation will invest $3.3 million in 21 projects for WaterSMART Internal Applied Science Tools that build technical capacity within Reclamation. Read More →