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WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program Phase I for Fiscal Year 2023

Open Date:


Close Date:


Eligible Recipients:

  • Local Government
  • Native/Tribal Entity
  • Non-profit
  • State Government

Program Purpose:

  • Other Infrastructure

Reserved for Energy


Upcoming Milestones:


Bureau of Reclamation

Funded by:

U.S. Department of the Interior


The objective of this NOFO is to invite states, Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, local governmental entities, non-profit organizations, Existing Watershed Groups, and local and special districts (e.g., irrigation and water districts, conservation districts, natural resource districts) to submit proposals for Phase I activities to develop a watershed group, complete watershed restoration planning activities, and design watershed management projects. See Section C.4. Eligible Projects for a more comprehensive description of eligible activities. A “watershed group,” as defined in Section 6001(6) of the Cooperative Watershed Management Act (see Section A.1. Authority for full citation) is a grassroots, non-regulatory entity that addresses water availability and quality issues within the relevant watershed, is capable of promoting the sustainable use of water resources in the watershed, makes decisions on a consensus basis, and represents a diverse group of stakeholders, including hydroelectric producers, livestock grazing, timber production, land development, recreation or tourism, irrigated agriculture, the environment, municipal water supplies, private property owners, Federal, state and local governments, Tribes, and disadvantaged communities. 

Related Resources

Additional information is available on the Resources page.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Grant - no match
Total Amount Available:
Limit per Applicant:
Estimated Awards:

Applicant Guidance

Applicants can apply for funding for activities within one or more of the following three Task Areas:

  • Task A: Watershed Group Development
  • Task B: Watershed Restoration Planning
  • Task C: Watershed Management Project Design

More information is available here.

Contact Information

Robin Graber

Email: rgraber@usbr.gov

Phone: 303-445-2764

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