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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 Wednesday, 30-Jun-2021 12:36:13 EDT

2021 WUDR Program Announcement

Grant Application Process Webinars

  • Thursday, March 4, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | Recording
  • Reminders and budgets webinar - Apr. 21, 2021 2:00-3:00 pm ET | Register

Proposal due date: May 13, 2021 at 4 pm ET

Completed State workplans

WUDR completed projects information sheet (updated Oct 22, 2020)

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

Upcoming Forum Webinar:

USGS Domestic Well Metering Projects  

Presenter: Jen Shourds, USGS

August 25 at  2 pm (ET), 1 pm (CT), 12 pm (MT), 11 am (PT), 9 am (HI) 


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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