Nov 20, 2014

Bureau of Reclamation Invests $9.2 million in Water Research

Research focuses on solutions for reclamation water and power managers, customers and stakeholders

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, funding for water and power research

Following a year of record drought, water managers throughout the west are searching for information and ideas to ensure a reliable and sustainable water supply. To meet this growing need for information, Bureau of Reclamation has awarded $9.2 million for 131 research projects.

Emphasis is given to addressing knowledge gaps in five research priority areas:

●    Increasing water supplies through advanced water treatment technologies 
●    Optimizing water availability under a changing and variable climate 
●    Controlling invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels that can interrupt water and power deliveries 
●    Optimizing Hydropower and other forms of renewable energy 
●    Improving water infrastructure reliability and safety

The identified knowledge gaps are filled by both competed and directed research.

Partnerships are key for completing these research projects. In addition to funding, partners also serve as subject matter experts and advisors for the research projects.

Research projects are identified using two different methodologies. 1. Reclamation hosts an internal competition where research is proposed by Reclamation employees. Once received the proposals are ranked, reviewed to ensure they are relevant to Reclamation's mission and checked to ensure they are technically valid. 2. The Research and Development Office facilitates forming and funding high performing research teams that can meet Reclamation's high priority needs that are not well or comprehensively addressed through the internal competitive process.

These teams are typically a mix of federal and non-federal experts and organizations.