Funding Available from Bureau of Reclamation for Watershed Groups

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Commissioner’s Office
Washington, DC

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, psoeth@usbr.gov, 303-445-3615

For Immediate Release:  March 1, 2016

Funding Opportunity Available to Establish or Further Develop Watershed Groups Available from Bureau of Reclamation

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a funding opportunity for entities seeking to establish or further develop watershed management groups through the Cooperative Watershed Management Program. Up to $750,000 is available under this funding opportunity.

The funding opportunity announcement is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity R16-FOA-DO-008.

Funding is available for states, Tribes, local and special districts like irrigation and water districts, local government entities, interstate organizations and non-profit organizations to establish a watershed group. Funding is also available for an existing watershed group to expand or further develop their watershed restoration plan, or develop project concepts. Applications are due on May 4, 2016 at 4 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

A non-federal cost-share is not required for entities applying for this funding opportunity. Up to $100,000 may be awarded to an applicant per award with no more than $50,000 awarded in each year, not to exceed two years.

WaterSMART is the Department of the Interior’s sustainable water initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. To learn more about WaterSMART, please visit www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART.

The Cooperative Watershed Management Program provides funding for watershed groups to encourage diverse stakeholders to form local groups to address their water management needs. To learn more about the Cooperative Watershed Management Program please visit www.usbr.gov/watersmart/cwmp.

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