Cooperative Watershed Management Program

The Cooperative Watershed Management Program (CWMP) contributes to the WaterSMART strategy by providing funding to watershed groups to encourage diverse stakeholders to form local solutions to address their water management needs. Funding is provided on a competitive basis for:

Watershed Group Development and Watershed Restoration Planning: In 2012, Reclamation began providing funding for watershed group development, watershed restoration planning, and watershed management project design (Phase I). A watershed group is a self-sustaining, non-regulatory, consensus-based group that is composed of a diverse array of stakeholders, which may include, but is not limited to, private property owners, non-profit organizations, Federal, state, or local agencies, and tribes. As part of Phase I activities, applicants may use funding to develop bylaws, a mission statement, complete stakeholder outreach, develop a watershed restoration plan, and watershed management project design. For Phase I projects, Reclamation will award a successful applicant up to $100,000 per year for a period of up to three years with no non-Federal cost-share required.

Implementation of Watershed Management Projects: In 2017, Reclamation started to provide cost-shared financial assistance to watershed groups to implement watershed management projects. These on-the-ground projects, collaboratively developed by members of a watershed group, address critical water supply needs and water quality concerns, helping water users meet competing demands and avoid conflicts over water. Reclamation currently provides funding to watershed groups for the implementation of watershed management projects through the Environmental Water Resources Projects funding opportunity.



For more information regarding the CWMP, please contact the Program Coordinator, Robin Graber, at 303-445-2764 or Or, you may reach out to your regional CWMP contact, as follows:

  • Interior Region 5: Missouri Basin & Interior Region 6: Arkansas-Rio Grande-Texas Gulf - Marlena Lanini, (406) 247-7743
  • Interior Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin - Gary Mcrae, (801) 524-3656
  • Interior Region 8: Lower Colorado Basin - Ken Isakson, (702) 293-8537
  • Interior Region 9: Columbia-Pacific Northwest - Jessica Peters, (208) 270-1462
  • Interior Region 10: California-Great Basin - Anna Sutton, 916-978-5214

If you are unclear what Region you are located in, please see Reclamation’s regional map, available at:

You may complete this form to receive WaterSMART program notification from the Bureau of Reclamation.


Last Updated: 2/7/24