The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is providing $2.4 million for water studies in five western river basins, including the Republican River basin in Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado.
The federal funding comes through the WaterSMART Basin Study Program, which provides leadership and tools to states and local communities to address current and potential imbalances between water supply and demand and to work toward sustainable solutions.
"Rivers are the lifeblood of our communities," U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a news release. "As we work together to study these complex river basins, we can explore options to help guide water management and administration for the future and ensure the health of our vital ecosystems for coming generations."
In addition to the federal funds, $3.9 million will be provided by non-federal partners for a total of $6.3 million for five studies. Other states receiving funds include New Mexico, California and Oklahoma.
The Republican River basin study will receive $413,000 in federal funding and $435,000 in non-federal funding from state agencies in Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas.
The Republican River flows from its headwaters in Colorado into northwest Kansas, through southern Nebraska and back into north-central Kansas. It drains about 23,300 square miles and supplies water for municipalities, industries, irrigation, recreation and wildlife.
The study will identify mitigation and adaptation strategies that address the effects of climate change on water resources in the basin.
For more information on the studies, visit www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/bsp.