Biden administration funds Colorado River basin drought resilience

The Biden administration is dedicating $11.1 million to improve drought resilience in the Colorado River basin through a partnership with the Foundation for America's Public Lands.

Sharon Udasin reports for The Hill.


In short:

  • The Bureau of Land Management and its partner will use Inflation Reduction Act funds for drought-related projects over five years.
  • The projects aim to restore and protect water resources critical to 40 million people across multiple states.
  • The Foundation for America's Public Lands will collaborate with local communities on these initiatives.

Key quote:

“Westerners rely on clean, cold water for everything from drinking to fishing to running businesses.”

— Tracy Stone-Manning, Director of the Bureau of Land Management

Why this matters:

The Colorado River basin, a lifeline for millions across the southwestern United States, has been severely impacted by prolonged droughts, driven in part by climate change. These funds are intended to support a variety of initiatives, including modernizing irrigation systems, restoring ecosystems, and enhancing groundwater recharge techniques. By implementing these measures, the administration hopes to ensure the long-term sustainability of water resources in the region.

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