Reclamation Awards $3.5 Million for 19 Projects That Will Inform Water Management Decisions

By on February 15, 2020

The Bureau of Reclamation announced that 19 projects have been selected to receive $3.5 million in WaterSMART Applied Science Grants to develop tools and information that will inform and support water management decisions.

WaterSMART Applied Science Grants provide funding to non-Federal entities for the development of tools and information to support water management for multiple uses.

“Water managers need the most updated information to ensure they are making the best water management decisions,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “Applied Science Grants fund tool development and studies that help make western water more reliable.”

Six of the 19 projects selected are in California and will receive more than $1 million in funding. The California projects are:

  • Mojave Water Agency, Integrated Model Development and Alternatives Evaluation, $150,000
  • Pala Band of Mission Indians, Pala Tribe Innovative Practices in Hydrologic Data Acquisition and Use for Water Management, $55,120
  • Point Blue Conservation Science, California Central Valley Wetlands Water Budget Tool Development, $150,000
  • Rancho California Water District, Groundwater Modeling Enhancement for the Murrietta-Temecula Groundwater Basin, $195,000
  • University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, A California Crop Coefficient Database to Enhance Agricultural Water Demand Estimations and Irrigation Scheduling, $299,627
  • University of California, Merced, Defining the Rain-Snow Transition Zone in the Northern Sierra Nevada, $299,976

More information about Applied Science Grants and the selected projects can be found at https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/appliedscience/.