The WestFAST Newsletter is published monthly and provides information on activities going on within WestFAST. The newsletter is typically published the first week of every month. To get added to the WestFAST Newsletter distribution list send an email to Deborah Lawler (

2020 Newsletters

  • November:  Higher Atmospheric Thirst from Climate Change to Increase Fire Danger and Drought in California and Nevada; Study Uses Novel Approach to Assess Extreme Event Impacts in Alaska; and more.
  • October:  2020-2021 Winter Outlook Leans Warm and Dry Across Southern United States.
  • September:  NASA Water Portal, NASA Funds Eight New Projects Exploring Connections Between the Environment and COVID-19, Transforming Water Management with NASA Data, New Collaboration Between NRCS and FEMA To Provide Disaster Recovery Assistance, New Soil Moisture Research Results, Reclamation launches online tool providing public access to water, power & environmental data, and more.
    August: New research identifies regions with worsening “snow droughts” around the world; Army Corps of Engineers announces proposal to renew and revise nationwide permits.
  • July: Reclamation launches prize competition seeking innovative sediment removal solutions for critical water infrastructure; NIDIS Highlights 2019 Achievements in First Ever Annual Report; EPA Announces First Update on National Water Reuse Action Plan Implementation; EPA Announces $6 Billion in New Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects.  Funding availability builds on 24 WIFIA loans issued under President Trump financing nearly $12 billion in water infrastructure and creating 25,000 jobs.
  • June: EPA Announces Dynamic New Water Data Transparency Tool.
  • May: Funding availability for: new water treatment technologies, drought resiliency, wetland mitigation banking, urban agriculture and innovative production, Tribes/tribal organizations water management technical assistance; the EPA Releases Draft Criteria to Help Protect Lakes and Reservoirs; and more.
  • April: EPA Takes Step Toward Granting Wyoming Primacy for Certain Underground Injection Wells; When It Comes to Water, You Have to Think Global; USDA Announces $15 Million for Conservation Innovation Grants.
  • March:  FWS:  Establishes Procedures on Wetland Easements; BLM:  Seeks comment on Red Devil Mine proposed cleanup plan, and Seeks comments on Pumpkin Creek management;  NOAA:  Launches new approach to accelerate innovation and new science in weather modeling; USDA: Seeks Proposals for On-Farm Conservation and Soil Health Test Projects, Stands Up New Team to Better Serve Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, Enhanced Funding Option Aims to Increase Flexibility and Delivery of Conservation Innovation, and Seeks Public Comment on More Revised Conservation Practice Standards.
  • February:  USDA Invites Input on Regional Conservation Partnership Program Rule; EPA Announces Funding for Infrastructure Projects to Protect Surface Water and Drinking Water in Four Region 7 States; Deadline to Apply for Natural Resources Conservation Funds Approaching – Nebraska; Montana NRCS Sets Conservation Program Funding Application Cutoff for March 13; Idaho NRCS Announces Application Deadline for EQIP and RCPP Sign-Ups; South Dakota NRCS Announces EQIP Signup Deadline is March 20, 2020; Washington USDA Offers Renewal Options for Active Conservation Stewardship Program Contracts; Utah NRCS Announces New EQIP Application Deadline; USDA Providing Funds to Protect and Restore Agricultural Working Lands, Grasslands and Wetlands across Nebraska; USDA NRCS in Kansas Establishes Dates for Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Application Deadlines; Wyoming NRCS Announces FY2020 Sign-Up Deadline for Select Voluntary Conservation Programs; New Mexico USDA Announces Application Deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program Renewal Contracts; North Dakota NRCS Announces Application Deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program; Funding Available from USDA to Protect Groundwater – Nebraska Attachments area.
  • January: USDA Invites Input on Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Rule; CEQ Issues Proposed Rule to Modernize its NEPA Regulations; EPA and Army Deliver on President Trump’s Promise to Issue the Navigable Waters Protection Rule – A New Definition of WOTUS; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation: A Joint Commitment to the Nation’s Water Infrastructure.


2019 Newsletters

  • December: EPA Moves Forward on Key Drinking Water Priority Under PFAS Action Plan; EPA Awards $4 Million to Protect America’s Estuaries and Coastal Waters; Reclamation Announces Funding Opportunity for Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects; Bureau of Reclamation makes funding available for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects.
  • November: NOAA releases new strategies to apply emerging science and technology; USDA Invites Input on Conservation Stewardship Program Rule; Can we clean up, stop, or end harmful algal blooms?; BLM seeks public input for Whitewater River Groundwater Replenishment Facility Project environmental analysis; EPA Announces Availability of $4.8 Million in Funding