Reclamation Commissioner John Keys to Present Water 2025 Challenge Grant Awards to Yuma Water Districts

Media Contact: Jack Simes, (928) 343-8334

For Release: September 01, 2004

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John Keys will be in Yuma, Ariz., on Friday, September 3, to participate in an event recognizing the award of Water 2025 Challenge Grants to the Gila Gravity Main Canal Board and the Yuma County Water Users' Association.

Who: Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John Keys Yuma County Water Users' Association Manager Don Pope Gila Gravity Main Canal Board Member Bill Plummer

What: Commissioner Keys will recognize the Gila Gravity Main Canal Board and the Yuma County Water Users' Association for receipt of a Water 2025 Challenge Grant.

When: Friday, September 3, 9:20 a.m. Media availability at 9:50 a.m.

Where: Yuma County Water Users' Association complex board room, 3800 W. County 15th Street. A 60-minute tour of Association field sites will follow the media availability.

Why: The grants will help the two entities implement water conservation and efficiency improvement projects on their water delivery systems. The Gila Gravity Main Canal Board received a $284,000 grant, and the Yuma County Water Users' Association received a $246,221 grant. Together, the two projects will save up to 65,000 acre-feet of Colorado River water a year.

The Water 2025 Challenge Grants -- administered by the Bureau of Reclamation -- provide local irrigation districts throughout the West with matching funds to support a variety of projects to make more efficient use of existing water supplies through water conservation, efficiency, and water market projects.

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