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Water-Use Data and Research program

Water-Use Data and Research Program

Water Tower, Fulton Co, GeorgiaWater managers across the United States require more complete, timely, and accurate water-availability information to support policy and decision-making, specifically, data associated with water withdrawals and consumptive use. Recognizing the limitations of current water-use data, the SECURE Water Act authorized a program that supports activities related to data collection and methods research and development at the State level. The USGS Water-Use Data and Research program (WUDR) will provide financial assistance through cooperative agreements with State water resource agencies to improve the availability, quality, compatibility, and delivery of water-use data that is collected or estimated by States. The Act requires that these State water use and availability datasets be integrated with appropriate datasets that are developed and/or maintained by the USGS.

Federal fiscal year 2015 (FY15) was the first year that funding was appropriated for this program. In FY15 funding was distributed to State Water-Resource Agencies non-competitively, in the amount of $26,000 per state. The funding was provided to allow each State to evaluate their current water-use data in relation to USGS baseline standards for each category of water user and to develop a workplan to improve it. In FY16 and subsequent years, funding is distributed under a competitive proposal process.


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Posted Monday, 05-Oct-2020 13:56:51 EDT

2020 WUDR Program Announcement - Round 2

Grant Application Process Webinars

  • 3 June  2020 (Round 2)
  • Session on 14 April 2020 - Slides (PDF) | Recording (.mp4)
  • Session on 8 January 2020 - Slides including sample budget tables for proposals (PDF) | Recording (.mp4)

Completed State workplans

WUDR completed projects information sheet

WUDR information sheet

Program Awards

USGS data-transfer guidance document (PDF) - New version June 10, 2019

Final technical reports are available upon request for select States. Please contact the WUDR Coordinator.

Water-Use Open Forum

The USGS is pleased to host a monthly water-use webinar series to provide the greater water-use community with an opportunity to share challenges, and solutions to water-use data issues such as data collection, data storage, quality assurance, analysis, and data dissemination.

More information, including the list of previous presentations

The next Open Forum talk will be:

October 28, 2 pm ET — Locating Private Water Well Systems in Vermont: Leveraging Digital Well Records, Parcel Data, and Property Information in GIS


Presenter:  Julia Boyles, Vermont Geological Survey

Please email the WUDR Coordinator to be added to the email list for announcements of future talks.


Important Links

USGS Data-Transfer Guidance (PDF)

2020 WUDR Program Announcement


Grant Application Information

Baseline Standards Table

ICWP Stakeholder meetings, 2015


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