Water-Use Data and Research (WUDR) program

Program Proposals and Awards

Program Proposals and Awards

Grant application information, State workplans, program awards

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Water Use Open Forum

Water Use Open Forum

Water-use webinar series for the greater water-use community to share challenges and solutions to water-use data issues

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Science Center Objects

The USGS Water-Use Data and Research (WUDR) program provides 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.



Water 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 Act requires that these State water use and availability datasets be integrated with appropriate datasets that are developed 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 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 was distributed under a competitive proposal process.

In 2015, the Interstate Council on Water Policy held three stakeholder meetings to further develop the technical priorities of the WUDR Cooperative Agreements and help develop the foundation for the competitive announcement in FY16.The stakeholder meetings provided the State water-resources agencies an opportunity to share the water-use data and research priorities for each of their respective States, and how their State priorities fit with USGS priorities.

ICWP stakeholder listening and input session notes


Information sheets


Water-Use Open Forum

The USGS is pleased to host a 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. To see information on upcoming and previous presentations visit the Water Use Open Forum page.

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


Program proposals and awards

The 2021 awards cycle is complete.

More information on grant applications and workplans.


Program awards