The Bureau of Reclamation Awards $680,000 in Grants to Seven Applied Science Projects for Water Resource Managers

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Reclamation Acting Commissioner Alan Mikkelsen announced that seven applied science projects will support resource managers in addressing management issues that cross jurisdictions and political boundaries.

The headwaters of the Colorado River as it flows west out of Rocky Mountain National Park.

The headwaters of the Colorado River as it flows west out of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Through these tools funded with this announcement, water managers will have information to help them assure a sustainable water supply into the future.

Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Alan Mikkelsen announced that seven applied science projects will receive $680,000 to support resource managers in addressing management issues that cross jurisdictions and political boundaries. The applied science projects, including research to identify how drought impacts natural or cultural resources, projects to develop information and tools that inform watershed management, and projects to improve access and use of water resources data by resource managers within the boundaries of the Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.

"For more than 100 years, Reclamation and its partners have collaboratively developed the tools to guide a sustainable water future for the West," Mikkelsen said. "Through these tools funded with this announcement, water managers will have information to help them assure a sustainable water supply into the future."

A full description of the selected projects is located at https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/lcc/. The selected projects are:

Mountain Studies Institute (Colorado)
Reclamation Funding: $99,939    Total Project Cost: $217,531

Museum of Northern Arizona, Inc. (Arizona)
Reclamation Funding: $100,000    Total Project Cost: $200,066

Sky Island Alliance (Arizona)
Reclamation Funding: $95,255    Total Project Cost: $249,215

Southern Nevada Water Authority (Nevada)
Reclamation Funding: $88,599    Total Project Cost: $224,814

The Nature Conservancy (Colorado)
Reclamation Funding: $98,058    Total Project Cost: $226,053

Utah State University (Utah)
Reclamation Funding: $99,998    Total Project Cost: $199,995

Weber Basin Water Conservancy District (Utah)
Reclamation Funding: $100,000    Total Project Cost: $206,467
 
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives include working with partners across landscapes to develop the science capacity necessary to successfully address 21st century conservation challenges. They are true cooperatives formed and directed by land, water, wildlife and cultural resources managers and interested public and private organizations.
 
The Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative encompasses portions of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas as well as a substantial portion of Northern Mexico. The Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative includes portions of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
 
To learn more and see maps of the two landscape conservation cooperatives, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/lcc/.

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