Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López released plans on February 8 to spend an additional $23 million this year to support water reuse and efficiency, including $9 million for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program, $9 million for WaterSMART Grants and $5 million to support water recycling as part of California’s Central Valley Project. Reclamation also plans to invest $2 million in research and development.
Under the fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations legislation, Reclamation received an additional $100 million to address the ongoing western drought. The WateReuse Association joined National Association Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), American Public Works Association (APWA), National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), Water Environment Federation (WEF), Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), American Water Works Association (AWWA), and Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) last month in urging the Bureau of Reclamation to use a portion of newly received drought response funds to invest in water reuse activities.
The $100 million provided for western drought response will address a number of projects affected by drought:
— Central Valley Project, which includes funding for the American River Division, Delta Division, Friant Division, Shasta Division and other programs, California ($37.9 million);
— WaterSMART Grants, Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program, Drought Response and Comprehensive Drought Planning, and Cooperative Watershed Management Program ($22.6 million);
— Lower Colorado River Basin Drought Response Action Plan, California, Arizona and Nevada ($11.5 million);
— Native American Technical Assistance Program ($6 million);
— Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, Washington ($9 million);
— Lewiston Orchards Project, Idaho ($1 million);
— Research and Development Program ($2 million);
— Rogue River Basin Project, Oregon ($2 million);
— Salton Sea Research Project, California ($3 million);
— Colorado River Basin System Conservation Pilot Program in the upper and lower basins, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming ($5 million).