The Department of the Interior's WaterSMART program is saving water, finding better ways to stretch existing supplies and helping partners plan to meet future water demands, according to a three-year progress report on the program released Oct. 11.
Combining new initiatives with existing programs as part of a comprehensive strategy for sustainable management of water supplies in the United States, Water
SMART projects, along with other conservation activities, are expected to save an estimated 587,839 acre-feet of water a year — enough water for more than 2.3 million people.
These water conservation results put the Interior Department well on the way toward achieving its high priority goal of saving 730,000 acre-feet per year by the end of 2013.
According to Dixie Luke, Fire Mountain Canal in the North Fork has utilized a Water SMART grant to automate some of its gates at a reservoir, and plan to do more if there are more opportunities.
The water savings and other accomplishments are detailed in the report, WaterSMART: A Three-Year Progress Report. "SMART" stands for "Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow."
The report is available online at www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART.blog comments powered by Disqus