Washington, D.C. - In May of 2011, the Department of Energy released its , a comprehensive blueprint to guide the agency's core mission of ensuring America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.
our most precious natural resource and is increasingly stressed by the demands
our society places on it. Adequate water supplies are an essential element in
human survival, ecosystem health, energy production, and economic
sustainability. Significant climate change-related impacts on water supplies
are well documented in the scientific literature and scientists are forecasting
changes in hydrologic cycles.
To implement the SECURE Water Act, and ensure that the Department of the
Interior is positioned to meet these challenges, Secretary Salazar established
the WaterSMART program in February 2010. WaterSMART allows all bureaus of
the Department to work with States, Tribes, local governments, and
non-governmental organizations to pursue a sustainable water supply for the
Nation by establishing a framework to provide federal leadership and assistance
on the efficient use of water, integrating water and energy policies to support
the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinating the water
conservation activities of the various Interior offices.
Reclamation plays a key role in the WaterSMART program as the Department’s main water management agency. Focused on improving water conservation and helping water and resource managers make wise decisions about water use, Reclamation’s portion of the WaterSMART program is achieved through administration of grants, scientific studies, technical assistance, and scientific expertise.