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EQIP WaterSMART Initiative Priority Areas

Learn more about the funding status of WaterSMART Initiative (WSI) projects.

Priority Area Projects

Active across the West are 15 new and 25 ongoing areas targeted for $21 million of FY'22 Environmental Quality Initiative Program (EQIP) WaterSMART Initiative (WSI) funds available for complementing Bureau of Reclamation (BoR) WaterSMART projects. Six areas selected last year completed the funding phase of program delivery and technical assistance is being provided to contract participants.

About Multi-Year Funding Projects

The descriptions below include the following key information in bold followed by a narrative about the collaborative effort: name of the NRCS EQIP priority funding area, the funding timeline, the target for new contracts in the area, what BOR WaterSMART Program funded, the project being complemented, the year it was funded, the amount of EQIP funds being offered in FY’22, how large the EQIP priority area is, how many acres of private working lands is targeted for conservation, and the type of project completed by the local irrigation district or other water management organization receiving the BOR WaterSMART grant.

Missouri Basin Region 5: 75% of Montana east of the Idaho border, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas Arkansas-Rio Grande-Texas Gulf Region 6: Oklahoma, Texas Upper Colorado Basin Region 7: Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico Lower Colorado Basin Region 8: Arizona, lower 1/3 California, 10% of Nevada Columbia-Pacific Northwest Region 9: Washington, Idaho, 25% of western Montana, 80% of Oregon California-Great Basin Region 10: upper 2/3 of California, part of lower SW Oregon, upper 90% of Nevada

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Additional Information

Arizona

3 ongoing areas for $1,750,000

Name: Grover Hills Irrigation District
Project Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 5 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2019
EQIP FY'22 Funding : $500,000
Priority Area Extent: 1,807 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 200 acres
Type: Canal Replacement Project

The Grover Hills Irrigation District in the St. John's area of Apache county, AZ, used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to replace their main earthen canals delivering irrigation water from Lyman Lake with a pressurized pipeline and install flow meters to monitor water use. These improvements expect to save 1,705 acre-feet of water annually. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers and ranchers in the priority area will be able to replace their lateral canals and convert from flood irrigation to sprinkler systems conserving additional water for use during droughts. In addition to the water saving benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce irrigation induced soil erosion and improve the health of crops and pastures.

Name: Upper Verde Watershed and Prescott Area
Project Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 5 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: CWMP, 2012
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $500,000
Priority Area Extent: 170,000 acres
Priority Land Treatment: 5,000 acres
Type: Watershed Restoration Project

The Town of Prescott Valley in Yavapai county, AZ developed a Watershed Restoration and Management Project Plan with Reclamation WaterSMART funds to protect base flows in the Upper Verde River sustained by groundwater from the Prescott Active Management Area. The watershed is home to the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and numerous other endangered and species of special significance. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers and ranchers in the priority area will be able to manage vegetation on their arid rangeland to allow precipitation to reach mineral soil and infiltrate into high recharge areas through newly installed erosion control structures, micro-topography land structures. In addition to protecting base flows in the river, EQIP funding will help them convert juniper and live oak trees to desirable bunch and short grass communities, make more moisture available to grow forage on range and other agricultural lands, and reduce sediment, nutrient, and pathogen loss and transport in overland water flow.

Name: Roosevelt Irrigation Water Supply District
Project Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 5 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: SWEP 2017
EQIP FY22: Funding: $750,000
Priority Area Extent: 29,500 acres
Priority Land Treatment: 2,500 acres
Type: Water Delivery Automation Project

The Roosevelt Irrigation District in Maricopa county, AZ, used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to automate water delivery and reduce spills in their main canal providing water to one of the few remaining concentrated farming areas near Phoenix. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers and ranchers in the priority area will be able to implement water saving activities such as lining or replacing ditches, installing irrigation reservoirs or irrigation pipelines, and/or implementing irrigation water management practices to use irrigation water more efficiently. In addition to the water saving benefits, EQIP funding will help them prevent salt concentration in soils, reduce plant pest pressure, and control dust emissions on crop and pasture lands.

California

2 new areas in FY'22 for $1,160,000

Name: Eastern Municipal Water District Area
Project Length: 1st of 1st of 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 5 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: Title XVI, 2008 & 2015
EQIP FY21 Funding: $160,000
Priority Area Extent: 18,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 250 acres
Type: Infrastructure

The Eastern Municipal Water District (EWMD) in Riverside county, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to prepare a Recycled Water Strategic and Master Plan for reducing reliance on imported water by increasing the amount of recycled water delivered to agricultural, municipal, and residential customers. Agricultural production in the San Jacinto Watershed is mostly irrigated acres used for alfalfa, citrus, nursery, turf, and dairies. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers and ranchers in the priority area will be able to improve irrigation system efficiency, address variable water pressure from the District’s delivery system, and manage irrigation water applications based on soil moisture monitoring technology. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP assistance will also help them improve water quality by reducing salts transported to ground water and improve crop productivity and health.

Name: McMullen Area
Project Length: 1st of 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 5 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: SWEP, 2020
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $1,000,000
Priority Area Extent: 118,300 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 1000 acres
Type: Automation and metering

The McMullen Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency (MAGSA) in Fresno county, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to implement a data collection system to monitor groundwater use and saltwater intrusion in 23 wells for metering flow rates in accordance with Sustainable Groundwater Management Act rules. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers in the priority area will be able to improve soil moisture management through cover cropping, reduce evapotranspiration losses by converting from flood irrigation to low pressure sprinkler systems, and reduce groundwater withdrawals allowing for conserved water to be available for use during droughts. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will also help them improve crop productivity and health.

8 ongoing areas for $3,035,000

Name: Buena Vista Water Storage District
Project Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 3 in 2nd
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2016
EQIP FY21 Funding: $135,000
Priority Area Extent: 40,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 80 acres
Type: Pipeline Extension Project

The Buena Vista Water Storage District in Kern county, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to convert unlined canals and ditches to plastic pipelines to reduce loss from seepage. The improvements are expected to save 5,390 acre-feet of water withdrawals from the Kern River or groundwater sources when it is unavailable. With the additional NRCS assistance, field and tree crop farmers in the priority area will be able to improve efficiency of their irrigation systems conserving 500 acre-feet annually through reduced groundwater withdrawal allowing for the banked water to be distributed to other local water stockholders and more farm acreage staying in production throughout drought cycles. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve use efficiency of equipment and facilities saving energy and reducing production costs.

Name: Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District
Project Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 8 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2010
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $400,000
Priority Area Extent: 56,500 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 400 acres
Type: Groundwater Banking

The Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District in southern Tulare and northern Kern counties, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to expand the existing Turnipseed Groundwater Bank to capture and store floodwaters from the San Joaquin river. The improvements facilitate groundwater recharge of up to 11,520 acre-feet of water resulting in an expected 4,300 acre-feet of water savings annually for grape and tree fruit growers to use during droughts or share with other water users in the area during normal rains. With the additional NRCS assistance, fruit growers in the priority area will be able to improve efficiency of their irrigation systems conserving 450 acre-feet annually through reduced groundwater withdrawal allowing for the banked water to be distributed to other local water stockholders and more farm acreage staying in production throughout drought cycles. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve use efficiency of equipment and facilities saving energy and reducing production costs.

Name: Ivanhoe Irrigation District
Project Length: 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 7 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2011
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $300,000
Priority Area Extent: 11,000
Proposed Land Treatment: 280 acres in 2nd year
Type: Water Flow Automation

The Ivanhoe Irrigation District in Tulare county, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to automate control valves in two of its main irrigation water lines to reduce spills, improve efficiency of water delivery, and reduce groundwater pumping in an area withdrawing more than is being recharged. The improvements are expected to save 413 acre-feet of water annually. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers in the priority area will be able to improve efficiency of their irrigation systems conserving 300 acre-feet annually through reduced groundwater withdrawal allowing for the banked water to be distributed to other local water stockholders and more farm acreage staying in production throughout drought cycles. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve use efficiency of equipment and facilities saving energy and reducing production costs.

Name: Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District
Project Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 35 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2012
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $1,200,000
Priority Area Extent: 340,000
Proposed Land Treatment: 1200 acres
Type: Water Flow Automation

The Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District in Tulare and Kings county, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to install automated check structures in Packwood Creek, a tributary to the Kaweah River. The improvements enable better management of 29,360 acre-feet of water annually allowing for increased delivery of storm and floodwaters to storage basins for ground water recharge and restoration of Valley Oak riparian forest habitat that is home to several endangered species. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers in the priority area will be able to improve efficiency of their irrigation systems conserving 3,000 acre-feet annually through reduced groundwater withdrawal allowing for the banked water to be distributed to other local water stockholders and more farm acreage staying in production throughout drought cycles. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve use efficiency of equipment and facilities saving energy and reducing production costs.

Name: North Kern Water Storage District
Project Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 2 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2017
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $100,000
Priority Area Extent: 52,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 50 acres
Type: Canal Lining Project

The North Kern Water Storage District in Kern county, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to line the Calloway canal with reinforced concrete to eliminate water loss due to seepage. The improvements are expected to save 758 acre-feet of water. Additionally, flowmeters and well water sensors were installed to better control groundwater pumping which is expected to save an additional 818 acre-feet from being withdrawn. With the additional NRCS assistance, grape and tree fruit growers in the priority area will be able to improve efficiency of their irrigation systems conserving 250 acre-feet annually through reduced groundwater withdrawal allowing for the banked water to be distributed to other local water stockholders and more farm acreage staying in production throughout drought cycles. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve use efficiency of equipment and facilities saving energy and reducing production costs.

Name: Pixley Irrigation District
Project Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 8 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2012 & 2017
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $400,000
Priority Area Extent: 60,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 400 acres
Type: Canal Replacement, Automation

The Pixley Irrigation District in Tulare county, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to repair and increase the capacity of an existing canal and construct a new 7.5 mile one to reduce seepage losses and increase delivery of surplus water during floods. Additionally, a water flow automation system was installed to minimize seepage and avoid spillage allowing for efficient water delivery. These improvements expect to save 9,850 acre-feet of water annually allowing avoidance of groundwater withdrawals. With the additional NRCS assistance, crop farmers in the priority area will be able to improve efficiency of their irrigation systems conserving 900 acre-feet annually through reduced groundwater withdrawal allowing for the banked water to be distributed to other local water stockholders and more farm acreage staying in production throughout drought cycles. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve use efficiency of equipment and facilities saving energy and reducing production costs.

Name: Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District
Project Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 2 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2016
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $100,000
Priority Area Extent: 28,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 50 acres
Type: Groundwater Banking Project

The Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District in Kern county, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to construct ponds for capturing stormwater and pumps to manage these groundwater recharge structures. The improvements are expected to save 5,700 acre-feet of stormwater annually from flowing unused to the ocean, reduce groundwater withdrawals and pumping costs, and supply water during prolonged drought or to other users in the district. With the additional NRCS assistance, field, forage, and tree crop farmers in the priority area will be able to improve efficiency of their irrigation systems conserving 300 acre-feet annually through reduced groundwater withdrawal allowing for the banked water to be distributed to other local water stockholders and more farm acreage staying in production throughout drought cycles. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve use efficiency of equipment and facilities saving energy and reducing production costs.

Name: Tulare Irrigation District
Project Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 8 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, Title XVI
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $400,000
Priority Area Extent: 77,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 400 acres
Type: Water Storage, New Pipe

The Tulare Irrigation District in Tulare county, CA used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to construct two water storage reservoirs able to hold 491 acre-feet of water and increase the groundwater banking capabilities of the Plum groundwater basin by capturing and storing 2,270 acre-feet annually of flood waters that would otherwise be unavailable. Additionally, a new pipeline system was constructed to deliver treated wastewater to the district's groundwater recharge facilities for the districts 230 farms for reuse which results in 11,600 acre-feet of water savings annually. With the additional NRCS assistance, crop farmers in the priority area will be able to improve efficiency of their irrigation systems conserving 1,200 acre-feet annually through reduced groundwater withdrawal allowing for the banked water to be distributed to other local water stockholders and more farm acreage staying in production throughout drought cycles. In addition to the water savings and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve use efficiency of equipment and facilities saving energy and reducing production costs.

Colorado

1 ongoing area for $350,000

Name: Florida Ditch Company
Project Length: Year 2 of 3
Proposed New Contracts: 6 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2011
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $350,000
Priority Area Extent: 1,520 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 550 acres
Type: Canal Lining Project

The Florida Ditch Company in La Plata county, CO, used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to line the Hess Lateral open canal with concrete to reduce seepage losses during delivery of water from the Lemon Reservoir to water users on the Florida Mesa. The improvements are expected to save 2,020 acre-feet of water annually. With additional NRCS assistance, both off and on farm improvements to irrigation systems are planned. Sections of the main and side lateral open ditches will be replaced with pipe along with improved irrigation systems for crops and pasture. Simply replacing the main lateral is expected to conserve up to 405 acre-feet of water annually extending irrigation water availability during drought. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding is expected to reduce up to 136.8 tons of salt loading to the Animas and Colorado rivers.

Idaho

4 new areas in FY'22 for $3,417,000

Name: King Hill irrigation District
Project Length: 1st in 5 years
Proposed New Contract: 4 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2014
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $1,000,000
Priority Area Extent: 5,997 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 610 acres
Type: Water metering

The King Hill Irrigation District in Elmore county, ID participated in the Idaho Water Resource Board’s project funded by Reclamation WaterSMART program by installing four flow meters for measuring irrigation water diversions according to their water rights and found a 35 percent loss of water delivered from actual amounts pumped. With additional NRCS assistance, pumping plants will be installed along the Snake River to facilitate the installation of conveyance pipeline needed to eliminate current dirt ditches. An estimated 18,733 acre-feet/year of conserved water will remain in the Snake River channel, benefitting up and downstream users as well as sustaining critical habitat for the endangered salmonid fish species in the Snake and Columbia river basins. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding is also expected to save energy and costs from reduced pumping, reduce sediment loads, and lower maintenance costs.

Name: Preston East Lateral Area
Project Length: 1st of 2nd year
Proposed New Contract: 10 in 1st Year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2012
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $887,000
Priority Area Extent: 980 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 979 acres
Type: Canal piping

The Consolidated Irrigation Company in Franklin county, ID used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to address seepage and evaporation losses by converting 6 miles of unlined earthen canal to 3.5 miles of high-pressure pipe and improve irrigation efficiencies in the Preston East Lateral Project area. The improvements are expected to save 9,484 acre-feet of water annually for use by water users in the area during periods of shortage or meet the growing demands of the city of Preston. With additional NRCS assistance, farmers and ranchers in the area will be able to better manage soil moisture, improve the efficiencies of irrigation systems, and reduce surface water consumption by another 250 acre-feet annually. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding is also expected to reduce nutrients transported to surface and groundwater through improved nutrient management, improve crop productivity and health, and reduce annual maintenance and repair costs.

Name: St. John East Lateral Area
Project Length: 1st of 2 years
Proposed New Contract: 11
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2015
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $530,000
Priority Area Extent: 550 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 550 acres
Type: Canal piping

The St. John East Lateral project in Oneida county, ID used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to pipe a 6-mile open ditch canal from Daniels Reservoir on the Little Malad River, pipe a one-mile section of laterals, construct an inlet/screening structure, and place an outlet structure and meter on all laterals along the new pipeline. Improvements reduced seepage losses and resulted in annual water savings of 1,454 acre-feet for meeting existing irrigation water demands. With additional NRCS assistance, farmers and ranchers in the area will improve irrigation water use efficiency, protect their water source from depletion, and be better prepared for worsening drought conditions.

Name: Twin Falls Service Area
Project Length: 1st of 5 years
Proposed New Contract: 6 in 1st Year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2013; 2019
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $1,000,000
Priority Area Extent: 3,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 850 acres
Type: Canal lining & piping

The Twin Falls Canal Company in Twin Falls county, ID used two Reclamation WaterSMART grants to manage water demands in its service area through construction of an irrigation pond and lining 4,200 linear feet of earthen canal with prefabricated geomembrane liner. These projects respectively saved 13,500 and 9,420 acre-feet annually of the water diverted from the Snake River at Milner Dam for other irrigation water users in the area by reducing seepage loss and improving delivery efficiency. With additional NRCS assistance, other water management entities, including pump companies lifting water into the improved canal, as well as farmers and ranchers in the area will be able to further reduce seepage loss in the delivery system and improve irrigation water use efficiencies on crop fields and pastures. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding is also expected to improve water quality by reducing nutrient transport through improved nutrient management, improve crop productivity and health, and reduce erosion in the canals.

Kansas

2 ongoing areas for $300,000

Name: Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District
Project Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contract: 2 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2018
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $150,000
Priority Area Extent: 5,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 400 acres
Type: Canal Lining

The Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District in Republic and Jewel counties, KS used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to replace 4 miles of open canal with 3.3 miles of buried pipe to reduce losses to seepage, spills, and evaporation. The improvements are expected to save 724 acre-feet of water annually reducing groundwater withdrawals and protecting base flows in the Republican River basin. With additional NRCS assistance, crop farmers in the area will be able to better manage soil moisture and improve the efficiencies of irrigation systems by 5 percent. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, the EQIP funding is also expected to improve nutrient management.

Name: Kirwin Irrigation District #1
Project Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contract: 2 in 2nd Year
BoR WaterSMART: Small-Scale WEP, 2018
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $150,000
Priority Area Extent: 5,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 400 acres
Type: Canal Lining

The Kirwin Irrigation District #1 in Phillips and Smith counties, KS used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to convert open ditches to a buried pipe system to reduce losses to seepage, spills, and evaporation. The improvements are expected to save 168 acre-feet of water annually reducing withdrawals from the Kirwin Reservoir. With additional NRCS assistance, crop farmers in the area will be able to better manage soil moisture, improve the efficiencies of irrigation systems by 10 to 45 percent, and save up to 45 additional acre-feet of water annually. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding is expected to improve nutrient management and reduce the need for weed control in the ditch.

Nebraska

2 ongoing areas for $774,000

Name: Middle Republican NRD
Proposed Length: Year 2 of 2
Proposed New Contracts: 35 in 2nd Year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2019
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $524,000
Priority Area Extent: 86,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 4,170 acres
Type: Remote Water Metering

The Middle Republican Natural Resources District in Red Willow, Hitchcock, Hayes, Frontier, and Lincoln counties, NE used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to install telemetry water flow monitoring meters, weather stations, and soil moisture probes in the quick response area within the southwest Nebraska portion of the Republican River Valley. The improvements are expected to save over 5,000 acre-feet of water annually in the aquifer fed surface water base flows to comply with compact requirements by Kansas users of the water. With additional NRCS assistance, crop farmers in the area will be able to convert irrigated land to dry crop rotations, improve irrigation system infrastructure and monitor water use to better manage soil moisture and save even more water in the area annually.

Name: Upper Republican NRD
Proposed Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 8 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2018
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $250,000
Priority Area Extent: 35,155 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 6,000 acres
Type: Remote Water Metering

The Upper Republican NRD in Dundy, Chase, and Perkins counties, NE used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to install a remote water metering system to reduce groundwater withdrawals for irrigation by providing real-time data on water use and evaporation-transpiration losses. The improvements are expected to reduce irrigation applications on average by 15 percent. With additional NRCS assistance, crop farmers in the area will be able to further improve irrigation system water use efficiency. In addition to water conservation and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding is expected to reduce nutrient loss and groundwater pollution and improve crop health and productivity.

Nevada

1 new area in FY'22 for $500,000

Name: Truckee-Carson Irrigation District
Project Length: 1st of 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 15 in year one
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2021
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $500,000
Priority Area Extent: 52,290 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 600 acres
Type: Automation

The Truckee-Carson Irrigation District in Churchill county, NV used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to automate six check structures within the V-Line Canal to enable level and flow control for more efficient water conveyance and increased public safety. The project resulted in water savings of 3,445 acre-feet annually allowing for reduced diversions from the Truckee River. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers and ranchers in the area will be able to line dirt ditches with concrete, install water control structures, and level irrigated fields to improve water use efficiency. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding is also expected to reduce nutrients transported to surface water and improve crop productivity and health.

1 area completed for the funding phase in FY'21

Name: Walker River Irrigation District
Project Length: Completed FY'21
Proposed New Contracts: 4
BoR WaterSMART: SWEP, 2017
EQIP FY'21 Funding: $627,442
Priority Area Extent: 4,000 acres
Land Treated: 434.8 acres
Type: Canal Piping Project

The Walker River Irrigation District in Lyon county, NV used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to install pipeline in the open channel of the Lower Plymouth canal to decrease water loss in the system with potential benefits to Walker River and Walker Lake. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers and ranchers in the area will be able to replace dirt lined ditches with pipeline, convert flooded fields to sprinkler irrigation systems, and install measuring devices to improve irrigation systems, protect crop health and productivity, and reduce sediment transport off-farm. These improvements are expected to increase irrigation efficiency by 5 to 10 percent. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, these improvements help farmers control weeds, save labor, and reduce maintenance costs.

New Mexico

2 new areas in FY'22 for $470,000

Name: Bloomfield Irrigation District
Project Length: 1st of 4 years
Proposed New Contracts: 2 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: SWEP, 2017
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $20,000
Priority Area Extent: 300 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 80 acres
Type: Flume

The Bloomfield Irrigation District in San Juan county, NM used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to replace a flume with new, updated structure and resin system to help with water conservation and efficiency. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers in the area will be able to increase water use efficiency and reduce water loss due to seepage and evaporation. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding is expected to improve soil health, crop productivity and health.

Name: Fort Summer Irrigation District
Funding Timeline: 1st of 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 8 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: SWEP, 2019
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $450,000
Priority Area Extent: 6,700 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 200 acres
Type: Automation, canal lining

The Fort Sumner Irrigation District in De Baca county, NM used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to install telemetry equipment to monitor real-time flow data, install an automatic head gate controller, and provide more consistent water deliveries. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers in the area will be able to improve soil moisture, use irrigation water more efficiently, and monitor water diversions from the Pecos River potentially saving 340 acre-feet per season. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding is expected to reduce organic matter depletion and improve crop productivity and health.

7 ongoing areas for $3,970,000

Name: Animas Watershed
Project Length: Year 2 of 4
Proposed New Contracts: 5 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: CWMP, 2017
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $100,000
Priority Area Extent: 350 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 350 acres
Type: Stream Restoration Project

The Animas Watershed Partnership in San Juan county, NM used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to install a stream diversion structure to increase the consistency of water deliveries to irrigators and allow for fish passage; stabilize stream banks and replace Russian olive to prevent erosion impacting the stream channel and the irrigation ditch; and improve riparian pastures to improve water quality. With the additional NRCS funds, farmers in the area will be able to upgrade all existing open dirt ditch water conveyances to underground pipeline and use more efficient surface pipe or sprinkler systems. Additionally, these improvements will enable farmers to improve soil health, protect crop health and productivity, and reduce nutrient loss.

Name: Arch Hurley Conservancy District
Project Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 10 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2010
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $1,000,000
Priority Area Extent: 36,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 2,600 acres
Type: Canal Lining Project

The Arch Hurley Conservancy District in Quay county, NM used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to line earthen ditches with sodium bentonite to save 13,000 acre‐feet of water withdrawal from Conchas Lake. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers and ranchers will be able to improve their irrigation systems and are expected to double irrigation water use efficiency, save 200 to 300 acre‐feet of water, extend water supply during drought, and benefit downstream water users. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will help them improve soil health to reduce erosion and improve the amount and quality of crops produced.

Name: Carlsbad Irrigation District
Project Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 5 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: SWEP, 2018
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $500,000
Priority Area Extent: 25,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 500 acres
Type: Automation, Canal Lining

The Carlsbad Irrigation District in Eddy county, NM used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to automate water delivery to reduce spills and line the main canal with concrete to reduce seepage losses. These improvements are expected to save 4,000 acre-feet of water annually extending water availability during prolonged drought, meeting requirements to fulfill a compact with the state of Texas and contributing to base flows in the Black River where the endangered Texas Horn Mussel species resides. EQIP funds have been targeted to this area since FY18 to assist farmers install newer irrigation systems on private ditches. With the additional funding, more farmers will be able to improve their irrigation systems and reduce depletion of surface water. Records monitoring of irritation water management by farmers and water flows to Texas by water masters will be used to evaluate success of the project.

Name: Elephant Butte Irrigation District
Project Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 15 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2018
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $1,000,000
Priority Area Extent: 75,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 2,250 acres
Type: Canal Lining Project

The Elephant Butte Irrigation District in Sierra and Dona Ana counties, NM used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to convert two open channel laterals to pipe, install water meters on them, and add three new high-flow lift pumps to the system. The project is expected to conserve 2,362-acre feet of water per year formerly lost to seepage and evaporation during transport from the Elephant Butte Reservoir on the Rio Grande river to local farmers. Conserved water will be used to improve water delivery reliability for irrigators in the area and will also reduce groundwater withdrawals. EQIP funds have been targeted to the area over the last two years and will continue to help farmers convert open ditches to lined ditches or pipelines and install micro-irrigation systems on arid lands. These improvements are expected to double irrigation efficiency and make more water available to others. Additionally, EQIP funds help farmers improve soil health, reduce nutrient loss to groundwater, protect crop health, improve the availability of crops, and reduce farm labor and water purchase costs.

Name: Guadalupe Soil and Water Cons. District
Project Length: 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 10 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: SWEP, 2017
EQIP FY21 Funding: $350,000
Priority Area Extent: 6,225 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 200 acres
Type: Acequia Restoration Project

The Guadalupe Soil and Water Conservation District in Guadalupe county, NM used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to improve at least three historic community earthen canal systems known as "acequias," replace open dirt ditches with pipes to control water losses from seepage and evaporation, decrease contamination from silt and trash, and reduce maintenance costs. Improvements to the gravity flow canal water collection system will also reduce particulate delivery to the Pecos River, an impaired water body designated on the 303D list. EQIP funds have been targeted to the area since FY19 and will continue to be used to help farmers improve irrigation water use efficiency, crop health and productivity. These improvements are expected to increase irrigation water use efficiency by 12 percent up making 500 acre-feet of water available annually to use during droughts or by downstream users.

Name: Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District
Project Length: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 10 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: DRP, 2016
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $500,000
Priority Area Extent: 30,000 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 300 acres
Type: Drought Contingency Project

The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District in Socorro county, NM used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to install a dedicated pumping facility to better manage water delivery to over 10,000 irrigators, extend water supply during severe to exceptional drought conditions during summer months, and increase flows in the Rio Grande River to benefit the endangered silvery minnow species. EQIP funds have been targeted to the area since 2018 to help farmers improve irrigation systems and establish conservation cover for providing critical habitat to the southwestern willow flycatcher, another endangered species in the area. Improved systems are expected to achieve up to 80 percent irrigation water use efficiency while conservation cover allows increase groundwater recharge.

Name: Navajo Ag Products Industry
Project Length: 3 years
Proposed New Contracts: 1 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2019
EQIP FY21 Funding: $500,000
Priority Area Extent: 1,500 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 1,500 acres
Type: Water Flow Automation Project

The Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI), a tribal entity owned and operated by the Navajo Nation and located in San Juan county, NM, used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to install moisture probes and a monitoring system on 130 center pivots to automate water delivery and reduce spills. These combined improvements expect to save over 3,000 acre-feet of water annually reducing impacts from drought on crops as well as on stream flows. EQIP funds have been targeted to this area since FY16. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers will be able to continue improving their irrigation systems. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, the EQIP funding will also help them improve soil health and the amount and quality of crops produced.

Oklahoma

1 new area in FY'22 for $100,000

Name: Blue River Watershed
Project Length: 1st of 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 10 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART: CWMP, 2019
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $100,000
Priority Area Extent: 411,650 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 5,000 acres
Type: Watershed Restoration

The Blue River Foundation of Oklahoma in Johnston county, OK used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to carry out the Blue River Watershed restoration planning activities including the identification of priority areas and development of conservation plans suitable for voluntary implementation by landowners. The Blue River is the only free-flowing river in Oklahoma receiving water from four aquifers, supports public fishing and recreation in the Blue River Wildlife Management Area, and is the primary drinking water source for the city of Durant. Restoration partners include municipalities, the Chickasaw Nation and Chocktaw Nation, state and federal agencies, producer groups, and non-profits. With additional NRCS assistance, farmers and ranchers will be able to improve critical conservation areas on their range, pasture, and woodland by improving soil health, reducing sediment and nutrient runoff, restoring riparian functions, and controlling invasive species. In addition to the watershed restoration, aquifer protection, and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding is expected to improve crop productivity and health and reduce pest pressure.

Texas

1 ongoing area for $500,000

Name: Hidalgo, Cameron County Irrigation Districts
Project Length: Year 2 of 3
Proposed New Contracts: 10 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 18 grants
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $500,000
Priority Area Extent: 15,025 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 1,200 acres
Type: Canal Lining Project

The International Boundary and Water Commission (via Federal Reservoirs) provides water to the 23 irrigation districts in the Lower Rio Grande Valley Region of Texas. Since 2015, Reclamation has provided funding to the Bayview Irrigation District No. 11, Cameron County Irrigation District No.2, Cameron County Irrigation District No. 6, Delta Lake Irrigation District, Hidalgo County Irrigation Districts # 2, Harlingen Irrigation District/Cameron County No. 1, and Santa Cruz Irrigation District #15 to carry out 18 water conservation projects funded by Water and Energy Efficiency Grants (WEEG). Utilizing these grants, the irrigation districts have converted 90,000 linear feet of open canal into pipe, lined 35,000 liner feet of open canals, and installed SCADA and gate automation. This improvement is expected to save 13,700 acre-feet of water from being withdrawn from the Lower Rio Grande River. A new service lateral allows conserved water to be shared between district users and the Lower Rio Grande National Wildlife Refuge. With the additional NRCS assistance, field, vegetable, and citrus crop growers in the area will be able to improve their irrigation systems for the benefit of the entire community. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funds help farmers improve soil health, control weeds, and reduce field sediment, nutrient, and pathogen losses.

Utah

1 new area in FY'22 for $1,500,000

Name: North & South Litz Lateral
Project Length: One year
Proposed New Contracts: 28
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2021
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $1,500,000
Priority Area Extent: 875 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 875 acres
Type: Canal lining, Piping Project

The West Cache Irrigation Company in Cache county, UT will use Reclamation WaterSMART funds to convert 2.5 miles of earthen canal and 0.5 miles of concrete lined canal to pressurized polyvinyl chloride pipe and construct one centralized pump station to improve water delivery from the Bear River. This North & South Litz Lateral Piping Project is expected to result in annual water savings of 1,083 acre-feet. With the additional NRCS assistance, farmers in the area will be able to use irrigation water more efficiently by converting from flood irrigation to pressurized sprinkler systems and potentially save another estimated 875 acre-feet of water annually. In addition to the water saving and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding is expected to reduce nutrients transported to groundwater and improve crop productivity and health.

5 areas completed for funding phase in FY'21

Name: West Cache Canal Company, Hansen and Ezola
Project Length: Completed FY'21
Proposed New Contracts: 3
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2019
EQIP Obligations: $149,056,87
Priority Area Extent: 664 acres
Acres Under Contract: 972.1 acres
Type: Lateral Piping Project

The West Cache Canal Company in Cache county, UT used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to convert 5.3 miles of earthen canal to a pressurized pipe. This improvement is expected to save 1,200 acre-feet of water a year. EQIP funds have been targeted to this priority area since FY19 and will continue to be used to help producers there connect sprinkler systems to the new pressurized pipe or convert flood farms to sprinkler systems. With the additional NRCS assistance, another 1,200 acre-feet of water is expected to be saved. In addition to the water conservation and drought resilience benefits, these improvements help farmers reduce drought stress on crops, protect crop health and productivity, and reduce nutrients loss to groundwater.

Name: West Cache Canal Company, South Fields
Project Length: Completed FY'21
Proposed New Contracts: 16
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2019
EQIP Obligations: $225,620.50
Priority Area Extent: 1,035 acres
Acres Under Contract: 377.2 acres
Type: Lateral Piping Project

The West Cache Canal Company in Cache county, UT used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to convert 2.25 miles of earthen canal to a pressurized PVC pipe and reduce water losses to seepage and evaporation. This improvement is expected to save 1,222 acre-feet of water a year. EQIP funds were first targeted to this priority area in FY20 and will continue to help farmers there to connect their sprinkler systems to the new pressurized pipe or convert flood farms to sprinkler systems. With the additional NRCS assistance, another 1,200 acre-feet of water is expected to be saved. In addition to the water conservation and drought resilience benefits, these improvements help farmers reduce drought stress on crops, protect crop health and productivity, and reduce nutrients loss to groundwater.

Name: West Porterville
Project Length: Completed FY'21
Proposed New Contracts: 0
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2017
EQIP Obligations: 0
Priority Area Extent: 16,500 acres
Acres Under Contract: 0 acres
Type: Asbestos Pipe Replacement

The West Porterville Irrigation Company in Morgan county, UT used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to replace a hazardous asbestos pipe by abandoning it and replacing it with a new HDPE pipe in a different route. The old pipe was too hazardous to repair, and leaks reduced the reliability of water delivery to agricultural producers. EQIP funds are being used to help farmers connect to the new pipeline supply of water to help them through the next drought. Water use will be monitored, and water savings data collected to help inform decisions related to the high suburban growth in the community. In addition to the water conservation and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funds will help farmers grow healthy crops and reduce nutrient loss and ground water pollution.

2021 Outcomes Report: In 2020 NRCS led a strong outreach effort in this area and funded several projects. This priority area was established to reach the remaining four potential clients in 2021 to help them treat an estimated 30 acres of land need to complete water conservation and drought resilience actions. No request for funding was received. Local stakeholders report that everyone is now connected to the new pipeline.

Name: West Cache Canal, Newton
Funding Timeline: Completed FY'21
Proposed New Contracts: 6
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2018
EQIP Obligations: $428,844.33
Priority Area Extent: 1,810 acres
Acres Under Contract: 842 acres
Type: Lateral Piping Project

The West Cache Canal Company in Cache county, UT used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to convert 5.3 miles of earthen canal to a pressurized PVC pipe and reduce water losses to seepage and evaporation. This improvement is expected to save 2,352 acre-feet of water a year from withdrawal from the Bear River and increase reliable delivery of water to crop producers in the Newton area. EQIP funds were first targeted to this priority area in FY18 and will continue to help farmers there connect sprinkler systems to the new pressurized pipe or convert flood farms to sprinkler systems. With the additional NRCS assistance, another 2,000 acre-feet of water is expected to be saved. In addition to the water conservation and drought resilience benefits, these improvements help farmers reduce drought stress on crops, protect crop health and productivity, and reduce nutrients loss to groundwater.

Name: Peoa South Bench Irrigation Company
Funding Timeline: Completed FY'21
Contracts Obligated: 4
BoR WaterSMART: WEEG, 2018
EQIP Obligations: $238,319.53
Priority Area Extent: 16,500 acres
Acres Under Contract: 273.7 acres
Type: South Bench Canal Piping

The Pea South Bench Irrigation Company in Summit county, UT used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to convert open canal to gravity pressurized pipe. This improvement is expected to save 2,629 acre-feet of water a year. EQIP funds were first targeted to this priority area in FY20 and will continue to help farmers there connect sprinkler systems to the new pressurized pipe or convert flood farms to sprinkler systems. Water use will be monitored, and water savings data collected to help inform decisions related to the high suburban growth in the community. In addition to the water conservation and drought resilience benefits, these improvements help farmers reduce drought stress on crops and pasture, protect crop health and productivity, reduce nutrients loss to groundwater, and sediment loss from bank erosion.

Washington

2 new areas in FY'22 for $1,9000,000

Name: Kittitas Reclamation District
Funding Timeline: 1st of 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 8 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART Program: WEEG, SWEP
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $1,000,000
Priority Area Extent: 57,397 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 900 acres
Type: Canal lining

The Kittitas Reclamation District in Kittitas county, WA used five Reclamation WaterSMART grants to seal sections of concrete lined canals, line earthen sections with geomembrane and concrete, or replace earthen sections with steel reinforced polyethylene and other types of pipe. These projects save 934 acre-feet of water per year for supplementing instream flows in designated critical habitat areas of the Upper Yakima River headwaters used by Bullhead and Steelhead trout. With additional NRCS assistance, water management entities will be able to convert high priority smaller laterals and sub laterals within the 330 miles of conveyance system to pipelines saving an additional 1,204 acre/feet of water/year and farmers and ranchers will be able to convert from rill irrigation to sprinkler systems conserving another 1,230 acre/feet of water/year and improving drought resiliency for the community. In addition to these water saving and drought resilience benefits, EQIP funding will reduce irrigation-induced soil erosion preventing transport of sediment and nutrients to local tributaries and improve the health of crops and pastures.

Name: Whitestone Reclamation District
Funding Timeline: 1st of 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 8 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART Program: WEEG, SWEP
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $900,000
Priority Area Extent: 3,050 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 225 acres
Type: Piping, pivots, power

The Whitestone Reclamation District (WRD) in Okanogan county, WA used two Reclamation WaterSMART grants to reduce water loss from seepage and evaporation by lining canals or replacing them with pipe which further allowed increased efficiency from pressurizing the system. The improvements resulted in saving at least 331 acre-feet of water per year from needing to be withdrawn from Toats Coulee Creek. The Okanogan Conservation District will work with the WRD using NRCS tools to measure and help monitor flow rates before and after the upgrades and estimate benefits to the fish, wildlife, and wetlands in the area. Outreach activities include efforts to reach Hispanic owners and or operators in the area. With additional NRCS assistance, more sections of the aging canal and other infrastructure may be lined, piped, or upgraded and farmers will be able to improve irrigation water management for fruit trees, hay, and pasture. In addition to the water savings and drought resiliency benefits, EQIP funds will help improve energy use efficiency and crop productivity and health.

Wyoming

2 new areas in FY'22 for $780,000

Name: Heart Mountain Irrigation District
Funding Timeline: 1st of 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 6 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART Program: WEEG, 2018
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $480,000
Priority Area Extent: 36,600 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 480 acres
Type: Infrastructure

The Heart Mountain Irrigation District in Park county, WY used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to replace 637 feet of existing, aging liner along the Rattlesnake Canal. The project is expected to conserve 211 acre-feet of water supplied from the Shoshone River and is currently lost to seepage and breaches. With additional NRCS assistance, crop and livestock farmers will be able to improve irrigation water management systems by converting flood irrigation to sprinklers, installing new pumps, flow meters, replacing dirt ditches with buried pipe, and other surface and subsurface irrigation components. An estimate of 2,000 to 6,000 acre-feet of additional water may be saved. In addition to the water savings and drought resiliency benefits, EQIP funds help reduce concentrated flow erosion, improve soil health, and reduce sediment, nutrient, and pathogen losses loads.

Name: Lovell Irrigation District
Funding Timeline: 1st of 5 years
Proposed New Contracts: 4 in 1st year
BoR WaterSMART Program: WEEG, 2019
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $300,000
Priority Area Extent: 2,400 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 600 acres
Type: Canal piping

The Lovell Irrigation District in Big Horn county, WY is using Reclamation WaterSMART funds to convert 8,750 feet of the earthen Moncur Lateral to buried polyvinyl chloride pipeline, to address seepage and evaporation losses. The project is expected to result in an annual water savings of 1,554 acre-feet, which will be used primarily to increase the reliability of water supply from the Shoshone River and to reduce curtailments for downstream users during shortage periods. With additional NRCS assistance, crop and livestock producers will be able to improve irrigation water management and monitoring systems, reduce seepage loss, sediment transport, and gully or bank erosion in canals. In addition to the water savings and drought resiliency benefits, EQIP funds help improve crop productivity and health.

1 ongoing area for $500,000

Name: Hanover Irrigation District Area
Funding Timeline: Year 2 of 5
Proposed New Contracts: 8 in 2nd year
BoR WaterSMART Program: WEEG, 2018
EQIP FY'22 Funding: $500,000
Priority Area Extent: 13,700 acres
Proposed Land Treatment: 1000 acres
Type: Structure Replacement Project

The Hanover Irrigation District in Washakie county, WY used Reclamation WaterSMART funds to replace the aging Cottonwood Check and Spill structure and install data meters. The structure delivers water from the Boyson Reservoir through the Big Horn River to the Hanover Canal which supplies water to over 13,700 acres of farmland and 513 users who depend on the water and crops produced for their livelihood The improvements are expected to save 1,165 acre-feet per year. With additional NRCS assistance, additional structures in the canal may be replaced and crop and livestock farmers will be able to improve soil moisture management, convert dirt ditches with buried pipe, and improve irrigation water management systems. Water savings by these additional improvements are expected to be significant and will vary across the diversity of irrigated crops including sugar beets, corn, beans, small grains, and alfalfa. In addition to the water savings and drought resiliency benefits, EQIP funds help improve soil health, protect crop health, and reduce sediment, nutrient, and pathogen loads to the Big Horn River, an impaired stream on the 303d list.

Acronyms for Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Programs

CWMP = Cooperative Watershed Management Program
DRP = Drought Response Program
SWEP = Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects
Title XVI = Water Reclamation and Reuse
WCFSP = Water Conservation Field Services Program
WEEG = Water and Energy Efficiency Grants
WMSG = Water Marketing Strategy Grants

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