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David Sparks Ph.d WaterSMART
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: May 28, 2019

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The goal of WaterSMART Grants is to increase future water supplies for farms, cities, people, and the environment across the West. WaterSMART Grants are administered by the Bureau of Reclamation and are designed to contribute to this goal by providing 50% cost shared funding for water and energy improvement projects that make more efficient use of existing water supplies. WaterSMART Grants provide cost-shared assistance on a competitive basis. Funding is used primarily to carry out water and energy efficiency improvements, including projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict. On-the-ground projects may also include implementation of climate adaptation strategies identified in a completed Basin Study. Other projects may result in water delivery system improvements that also facilitate future on-farm improvements that can be carried out with the assistance of the Natural Resources Conservation Service to accomplish coordinated water conservation improvements.

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