WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program
About The Program
The Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants provide cost-shared funding for projects that save water; increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in water management; support environmental benefits (i.e., make conserved water available instream or otherwise address endangered species issues); mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply sustainability in the western United States.
The Cooperative Watershed Management Program (CWMP) contributes to the WaterSMART strategy by providing funding to watershed groups to develop and implement local solutions to improve water quality and the ecological resilience of rivers, streams, and riparian areas; conserve water for multiple uses, and reduce conflicts over water through collaborative conservation efforts in the management of local watersheds. Phase I projects provide support to establish or further develop a watershed group and Phase II funding supports local watershed groups in implementing collaborative solutions to water management issues. For Phase I projects, Reclamation will award a successful applicant up to $50,000 per year for a period of up to two years with no non-Federal cost-share required. Reclamation will award up to $100,000 per project over a two-year period. For Phase II projects, applicants must contribute at least 50% of the total project costs.
Avra Morgan Program Coordinator
Bill Cole Great Plains Region