Unlocking WaterSMART Funding

Insights and Success Stories from Colorado Communities
May 29, 202412:00 pm PST
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With the once in a generational influx of funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Program has provided critical funds to western states to implement climate and drought resilient water infrastructure projects. Since 2021 in Colorado alone, WaterSMART has funded 47 projects and 6 plans with over $35.8 million in federal funds, totaling over $72 million in total project cost. As part of WaterNow’s WaterSMART Grant Application Support & Help Desk initiative, this 1-hour virtual webinar will be a panel style discussion featuring community representatives from Colorado water utilities who have successfully received WaterSMART funds. Join us and gain valuable insights into available WaterSMART grant opportunities and project examples, lessons learned, application tips, and the array of resources from WaterNow and others available to help you get your application over the finish line.


  • Cassandra McCuen, Program Manager, Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project
  • Rob Gregor, Utilities Management Analyst, City of Aspen
  • Andrew Rice, Director of Parks, Recreation, & Library, City of Alamosa
  • Victoria Arling, Senior Colorado Basin Program Manager, WaterNow Alliance
  • Becky Anderson, Program Manager, WaterNow Alliance (Moderator)