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Water Challenges




Population growth, development, and climate change are creating growing challenges for the water supplies on which America’s families, businesses, farms, industry and natural heritage rely. In many areas of the country, including the arid West, dwindling water supplies, lengthening droughts, and rising demand for water are forcing communities, stakeholders, and governments to explore new ideas and find new solutions that will help ensure stable, secure water supplies for future generations.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is tackling America’s water challenges by providing leadership and assistance to states, tribes and local communities to address these competing demands for water. We are helping communities improve conservation and increase water availability, restore watersheds and resolve longstanding water conflicts. Learn more about how we are:

Learn more about Interior's ocean and coastal role.

The WaterSMART Program is helping those working in the water resource planning and management to tackle America's water challenges. Use this clearinghouse to find and share Web sites providing water conservation and sustainability.

To help our nation balance these and other growing demands for water resources, we at Interior rely on the complex and varied work of our bureaus:

  • The Bureau of Reclamation, the largest wholesaler of water in the country, is working to stretch our nation’s limited water resources, reduce conflict and facilitate solutions to complex water problems.
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  • The U.S. Geological Survey is helping our nation adjust its management of water by providing scientific publications, data, maps and application software on water resources.
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  • The National Park Service is managing the water resources and water-dependent environments that occur within our national parks to preserve their natural and cultural values.
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  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is engaged in water-resource planning, management and research that conserves, protects and enhances our nation’s fish, wildlife and plants.
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  • The Bureau of Land Management is managing water resources and water-dependent environments on public lands to promote healthy, productive ecosystems that support its multiple-use mission.
    Learn more.
  • The Bureau of Indian Affairs is supporting the development, management and restoration of water and related natural resources on tribal lands.
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  • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement is developing ocean science and technological information related to ocean stewardship to help our nation more safely explore and develop energy resources on the Federal Outer Continental Shelf.
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