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Aquarius: A Modeling System for River Basin Water Allocation

Aquarius is a software application developed by the Rocky Mountain Research Station of the U. S Forest Service and Colorado State University. The modeling system depicts the temporal and spatial allocation of water flows among competing traditional and nontraditional water uses in a river basin. The program can be used to determine economically efficient water destination strategies by systematically examining, using a nonlinear optimization technique, the feasibility of reallocating unused or marginally valuable water storage and releases in favor of alternative uses.

Related Organizations: Colorado State University, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station

Authors or Affiliated Users: Gustavo E. Diaz, Thomas C. Brown, Oli Sveinsson

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Spatial Tools for River Basins and Environment and Analysis of Management Options (STREAM)

STREAM is a spatial hydrological model that allows for assessing hydrological impacts due to changes in climate and socio-economic drivers. It is set up according to a policy analysis framework and ensures a structured approach for an entire river basin including the coastal zone. 

Related Organizations: Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

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U.S. Drought Portal

This website provides online access to basic information regarding drought in the U.S., including national and regional data sources, up-to-date reports of incidents and impacts, and links to upcoming events. The website is a product of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).

Related Organizations: National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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EPA Environmental Finance Center Grants

Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) are funded by grants from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide environmental-finance expertise and outreach to states, tribes, local governments, and the private sector. The EFCs work with these entities to help them fund, finance, and manage the growing costs of environmental protection and compliance. The EFCs provide finance-related training, education, and analytical studies to help state and communities develop solutions for paying for initiative and programs required to meet environmental standards set by federal laws such as the Clean Water Act.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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FEMA Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Risk MAP provides high quality flood maps and information, tools to better assess the risk from flooding and planning and outreach support to communities to help them take action to reduce flood risk. Each Risk MAP flood risk project is tailored to the needs of each community and may involve different products and services. 

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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USGS Surface-Water Data for the Nation

The U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Water Information System (NWIS) is a comprehensive and distributed application that supports the acquisition, processing, and long-term storage of water data. Water Data for the Nation serves as the publicly available portal to a geographically seamless set of much of the water data maintained within NWIS

Related Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

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HUD Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery

Congress often funds state and local recovery efforts by appropriating funds to the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG-DR) authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 and administered by HUD. CDBG funds are typically allocated by formula grants to support economic development activities of state and local governments.  Through supplemental appropriations, Congress allocates funds to HUD to distribute block grants to help communities support both short-term disaster relief as well as long-term recovery.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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FHWA Transportation Alternatives Program

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is administered by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and helps states fund a variety of activities related to improving transportation assets, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, environmental mitigation, and creating or improving recreational trails projects. 

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program, jointly administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), allocates federal funds for infrastructure projects that reduce congestion and improve air quality. CMAQ funding may be used for transportation projects that reduce emissions in areas that are not in compliance with federal air quality standards or areas that formerly were not in compliance, but are now meeting those standards.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

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NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program

NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports research that addresses complex climate-sensitive issues of concern to decision-makers and policy planners at a regional level. 

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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