The Bureau of Reclamation selected 20 projects to share $3.1 million in applied science grants to develop tools and information to support water management decisions. These projects in 11 western states include improved water data, modeling and forecasting capabilities.
"Water managers today need more accurate and reliable information to make the best water management decisions in a changing climate," said Chief Engineer David Raff. "Applied Science Grants are an important tool to assist water managers getting the information they need so they can make those informed decisions."
Projects selected range from $48,000 for the Big Bend Conservation Alliance in Texas to develop a common data management platform for shared aquifers to several receiving the maximum of $200,000. Texas A&M University-Kingsville is receiving $107,497 to develop a web-based tool to simulate post-wildfire hydrologic changes in Northwest Montana.
To view a complete description of all the selected projects, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/appliedscience.
Applied Science Grants are for non-federal entities to develop tools and information to support water management for multiple uses. Selected projects must provide at least a 50% non-federal cost-share. Project types include:
- Enhancing modeling capabilities to improve water supply reliability and increase flexibility in water operations.
- Improving or adapting forecasting tools and technologies to enhance management of water supplies and reservoir operations.
- Improving access to and use of water resources data or developing new data types to inform water management decisions.
For more than 100 years, Reclamation and its partners have developed sustainable water and power future for the West. This program is part of the Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program, which focuses on improving water conservation and reliability while helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. To find out more information about Reclamation's WaterSMART program, visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart.