Idaho will receive $4.6 million in federal funding for water restoration projects

Idaho groups are set to receive more than $4.6 million in federal funding for a series of three water restoration projects in Idaho, U.S. Department of Health Bureau of Reclamation officials announced Tuesday. ‘Interior in a press release.

Idaho’s funding for water projects is part of a larger $36 million initiative, including $26.7 million from the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law in November 2021.

Idaho funding recipients include Friends of the Teton River, which is receiving $2 million to reconnect Canyon Creek, the Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation, which is receiving $1.9 million for ecological restoration of Battle Creek and the Board of Control for Triangle Irrigation and Wood River, which will receive $629,000 for diversion stabilization and fish passage remediation projects.

Including the three Idaho projects, there are 27 different projects in 12 states that will receive a share of the funding, Bureau of Reclamation officials said in the press release. The funding is intended to help protect watersheds affected by wildfires, restore aquatic habitats and streambeds, and reduce the effects of drought.

“Through the Water Smart program funded by this act, we are addressing a variety of regional challenges to increase water reliability and accessibility for families, farmers and tribes,” said the Deputy Water Secretary. and science, Tanya Trujillo, in a written statement. “Today’s investment will conserve water, restore riparian habitat and stream function, and improve watershed health to benefit local supplies and the environment.” neighboring.

Other projects will go to restoring or protecting areas damaged by the Caldor Fire in California and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Bureau of Reclamation officials said.

More information on all the projects is available on the Claims Office website.

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