Water Availability and Use Science Program

Prior Budget Justifications

A summary of the budget process for the Water Availability and Use Science Program (WAUSP) is provided below for the three most recent fiscal years. Supplementing each summary, a more detailed reference document for the Water Resources Mission Area (WMA) showing the reports released with each congressional mark, links to the USGS and WMA President’s Budget Request, and associated details is also provided.

 

Fiscal Year 2019

Final Enacted Bill

On February 15, 2019, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Public Law 116-6) was enacted. The bill funded the WMA at $226.3 million, including $45.5 million for the WAUSP. Within this amount, the bill included a $1.0 million increase to Cooperative Matching Funds for Integrated Water Availability Assessments. In addition, a $1.6 million reduction was accepted for Focus Area Studies.

A table summarizing the 2018 Enacted, 2019 President’s Budget Request, and 2019 changes proposed in House and Senate Marks, then enacted in the final bill, is provided below.

  2017 2018 2019
Mission Area / Program / Activity
(dollars in thousands)
Enacted
[Base Funding]
Enacted
[Base Funding]
President's Budget
(PB) Request
Budget Changes from
2018 Enacted
Proposed House Mark Changes from 2018 Enacted Proposed Senate Mark Changes from 2018 Enacted Enacted Changes from 2018 Enacted
Water Resources: Water Availability and Use Science Program
– Fixed Costs, Administrative Savings, and Other Adjustments [0] [0] [-368] -368 0 0 0
– Mississippi River Alluvial Plain (MAP) Aquifer Assessment [3,000] [4,000] [0] -4,000 0 0 0
– U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Aquifer Assessment (TAAP)  [1,000] [1,000] [0] -1,000 -1,000 0 0
– Water Use Data and Research (WUDR) [1,500] [1,500] [0] -1,500 0 0 0
– Focus Area Studies [1,600] [1,600] [0] -1,600 0 0 -1,600
– Regional Groundwater Evaluations [2,272] [2,272] [1,483] -789 0 0 0
– Water Use Unconventional Oil and Gas [250] [250] [0] -250 0 0 0
– Groundwater Model Development, Maintenance, and Sustainability [1,095] [1,095] [226] -869 0 0 0
– Research and Development to Advance Water Science (formerly National Research Program) [6,886] [6,886] [2,561] -4,325 0 0 0
Cooperative Matching Funds (CMF) [12,397] [12,397] [11,397] -1,000 +1,250 0 +1,000
– Integrated Water Availability Assessments (IWAAs) (includes CMF and Non-CMF activities)* [0] [0] [0] 0 +1,250 0 +1,035
- Water Use Research (CMF) [2,000] [2,000] [1,000] -1,000 0 0 0
Total Water Availability and Use Science Program 45,052 46,052 30,351 -15,701 +250 0 -565
Total Water Resources (includes all Water Resources programs) 214,754 217,554 179,922 -46,386 +13,569 +2,500 +8,754
USGS TOTAL (includes all USGS programs) 1,085,167 1,148,457 983,467 -177,129 +24,633 0 +12,139

*$35K of IWAAs increase in the 2019 Enacted is Non-CMF funding.

For more information on the entire 2019 budget process for the WMA, please use this reference document.

 

Fiscal Year 2018

Final Enacted Bill

On March 23, 2018, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141) was enacted. The bill funded the WMA at $217.6 million, including  $46.1 million for the WAUSP. Within this amount, the bill included a $1.0 million increase for groundwater resource studies in the Mississippi River Alluvial Plain.

A table summarizing the 2017 Enacted, the 2018 President’s Budget Request, and the 2018 changes proposed in House and Senate Marks, then enacted in the final bill, is provided below.

Water Availability and Use Science Program: 2017 and 2018 budget

For more information on the entire 2018 budget process for the WMA, please use this reference document.

 

Fiscal Year 2017

Final Enacted Bill

On May 5, 2017, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31) was enacted. The bill funded the WMA at $214.8 million, including $45.1 million for the WAUSP. Within this amount, the bill included an additional $2.0 million for groundwater resource studies in the Mississippi River Alluvial Plain and $1.0 million for cooperative work with State, local, and tribal partners to conduct water use research.

A table summarizing the 2016 Enacted, the 2017 President’s Budget Request, and the 2017 changes proposed in House and Senate Marks, then enacted in the final bill, is provided below.

Water Availability and Use Science Program: 2016 and 2017 budget

For more information on the entire 2017 budget process for the WMA, please use this reference document.

 

Funding History

Below, a five-year funding history has been provided for the major WAUSP activities:

  • National Water Availability and Use (includes groundwater and surface water model development and research supporting estimates and measurement of water availability and use)
  • Regional Water Availability and Use (includes groundwater availability studies, and the Mississippi Alluvial Plain and U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Aquifer assessments)
  • National Water Census

For more information on these WAUSP activities, please use the links provided above.

WASUP Funding (dollars in millions) 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
TOTAL WAUSP Funding 40.9 42.1 45.1 46.1 45.5
National Water Availability and Use 18.6 17.5 17.5 17.5 17.5
Regional Water Availability and Use 10.6 12.6 14.6 15.6 16.6
National Water Census 11.7 12.0 13.0 13.0 11.4