Bureau of Reclamation awards $7.5 million to 13 drought resiliency projects in California

  • by Heather Engel
  • Jun 27, 2018
  • Water News

Washington – U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman recently announced that the Bureau has awarded $7.5 million to 13 projects in California for the preparation and response to drought. Projects in Utah and New Mexico also received funding.

The types of projects selected increase water management flexibility and water supply reliability, reducing the need for drought emergency response actions.

“Helping western states prepare and build resiliency for future drought is an essential part of Reclamation’s 116-year history,” Burman stated in a news release. “By proactively planning for drought, communities are able to reduce its impact and improve their ability to recover once the rain and snow start to fall.”

The Bureau listed the following California communities as funding recipients:

  • The City of Anaheim will receive $750,000 for its Urban Model for Storm Water Detention and Infiltration Project
  • The City of Santa Ana will receive $750,000 to help fund a well rehabilitation project
  • Eastern Municipal Water District will receive $750,000 for its San Jacinto Valley Raw Water Conveyance Facilities Project
  • Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District will receive $300,000 for a well replacement project
  • The Inland Empire Utilities Agency will receive $750,000 to help fund improvements and expansion of existing groundwater recharge basins
  • Mojave Water Agency will receive $300,000 toward a new pipeline project
  • North Kern Water Storage District will receive $750,000 to help fund expansion of the recovery and return capacity of groundwater recharge facilities
  • The San Juan Water District and Sacramento County Water Authority in California will receive $300,000 to help fund two intertie projects
  • Semitropic Water Storage District will receive $750,000 to help fund installation of new permanent pumping facilities
  • Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District will receive $300,000 to help fund construction of two recovery wells and a conveyance pipeline
  • United Water Conservation District will receive $300,000 to help fund construction a filtration system for deep wells
  • Westlands Water District will receive $750,000 to help fund its Pasajero Groundwater Replenishment Project
  • Yuba City will receive $750,000 to help fund construction of a new groundwater well

To learn more about the projects, visit the Bureau’s drought website at https://www.usbr.gov/drought. The funding provided is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART initiative.

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