Water Conservation Field Services (WCFS)

The goal of the Water Conservation Field Services Program (WCFSP) is to proactively encourage water conservation in the operations of recipients of water from Federal water projects, to assist agricultural and urban water districts in preparing and implementing water conservation plans in accordance

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with the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (RRA), and to complement and support State and other conservation programs.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: In FY 2016, the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District in Utah received $25,000 to develop a water conservation plan.

In FY 2016, the Village of Los Lunas in New Mexico received $23,400 to develop a water conservation plan.

Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available.

Fiscal Year 2019: Information not available.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Regional contact information may be found at https://www.usbr.gov/waterconservation.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Mid-dakota Rural Water System Inc $ 6,736   2020-09-162026-09-30
Central Arizona Irrigation & Drainage District $ 100,000   2022-07-012024-09-30
Maricopa Stanfield Irrigation And Drainage District $ 100,000   2022-05-202024-09-30
Global Water Resources, Inc. $ 25,331   2022-09-022024-06-30
Southern Nevada Water Authority $ 50,000   2022-07-012024-06-30
Minidoka Irrigation District $ 25,000   2022-08-242024-05-01
Enterprize Canal $ 18,900   2022-08-302024-03-30
Enterprize Canal $ 15,750   2022-08-302024-03-30
Paloma Irrigaton & Drainage District $ 100,000   2022-06-012023-12-31
Weber Basin Water Conservancy District $ 36,170   2021-08-172023-12-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Regional assistance to districts towards development of water conservation plans, assistance with identifying efficiency improvement measures, demonstrations of new technology, and leveraging of resources through collaboration between water districts and other entities by encouraging and developing partnerships. Additional information on accomplishments is available from area and regional offices. Contact your regional coordinator for information. Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2019: Information not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding is made available for the development of water management conservation plans and design of water management improvements, identifying water management improvements through System Optimization Reviews, and improving the understanding of water conservation technologies through Demonstration activities.

Financial assistance is limited to $100,000 or less, per year.

For further information, please contact the regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants include any State, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority.

Applicants must also be located in the western U.S.

or Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended and supplemented; specifically, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands.

Each funding announcement may include additional eligibility requirements.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The general public and irrigation or water districts located in the 17 western States identified in the Act of June 17, 1902, as amended; specifically, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


Environmental compliance for this program may be required depending on the scope of the specific project funded.

This may result in the need for an environmental impact assessment or environmental impact statement prior to the commencement of project activities.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding opportunity announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by a proposal evaluation panel comprised of qualified experts in the program area. Applications will be reviewed against the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. Final selection will be determined by regional officials, as applicable to the project. The number of awards and maximum funding amount per award are determined on an annual basis and are dependent upon the amount of available funding in each Region. Contact your regional coordinator for additional program information.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Section 9504(a) of the Omnibus Lands Management Act of 2009, P.L. 111-11.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation personnel listed as the point of contact in the funding announcement. http://www.usbr.gov/waterconservation/wtrctrs.html.


None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.


Generally, applicants should propose projects that can be completed within 24 months from the project start date.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: The Federal share of the cost of a project or activity carried out under the WCFSP shall not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the project or activity. Costs of operation, maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of facilities funded under the authority of this program shall be nonfederal responsibilities. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects typically are awarded for up to 24 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.

Post Assistance Requirements


Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit annually Program Performance Reports.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final Program Performance Report, and other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit annually the SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $4,179,000; FY 18 est $4,038,000; and FY 19 est $1,750,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range $6,938 - $100,000 Average $50,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200 UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS, COST PRINCIPLES, AND AUDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL AWARDS and the applicable OMB Circulars. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Regional contact information may be found at https://www.usbr.gov/waterconservation.

Headquarters Office

NA NA, NA, District of Columbia NA Phone: NA

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria for the Water Management and Conservation Planning, System Optimization Review, Designing Water Management Improvements, and Demonstrating Conservation Project Technologies announcements will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov.

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