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Lower Colorado Region
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Released On: October 07, 2004

Reclamation Grant Contributes to City of Henderson Water Conservation Efforts
Related Grants Support Other Regional Water-Saving Projects
A $100,000 grant awarded to the City of Henderson recently by the Bureau of Reclamation will help the city meet water conservation goals by removing and converting to drought-tolerant landscaping at least 44,000 square-feet of turf in the City's parks and other public areas.

The grant was made through Reclamation's Water Conservation Field Services Program (WCFSP).

Reclamation actively supports local water conservation efforts and encourages efficient use of water supplies. The grant to the City of Henderson is one of many water conservation grant agreements awarded through the WCFSP to entities in southern Nevada and Arizona in 2004.

"Water conservation is crucial to the prudent and economic management of our water resources," said Regional Director Bob Johnson. "It is a management tool that can help make our water supplies stretch further, and Reclamation is proud to partner with these entities to help them with their water resource needs."

WCFSP assists in developing effective water management and conservation plans, promotes and supports water education and training, demonstrates conservation technologies, and encourages and promotes implementation of water efficiency measures, explained Tina Mullis, Lower Colorado Regional Water Resources Program Manager. Reclamation's Phoenix, Yuma, Arizona, and Temecula, California, Area Offices also have active water conservation assistance programs.

GRANT RECIPIENTS

Bullhead City, AZ, received a $25,000 grant to support continued implementation of its water conservation plan. The grant will help the City continue its plumbing repair program retrofitting the homes of 25 low-income local residents. These activities will help the City manage water resources more effectively and increase residential awareness on water conservation measures, and conserve an estimated total of 1.1 million gallons water annually.

Lake Havasu City, AZ, received a grant of $24, 684 to help with its water main leak detection and residential water conservation programs. The City estimates these activities will save 3.9 million gallons of water annually.

The Conservation District of Southern Nevada has received $50,000 in WCFSP grants since 2002, including $10,000 this year to help with the completion of its Acacia Park Demonstration Garden in Henderson, Nevada. The project is designed to increase community awareness of the importance of practicing backyard conservation, and encourage area residents and visitors to use best management practices relating to soil, air, wildlife, plants, water quality, and water conservation.

Henderson, NV, will initiate, using a $6,882 grant, a technical training series for Junior Water Watchers to encourage water conservation through interactive activities within various groups and programs, including the City's before and after-school, child-care Safe Key Program. Through the additional use of publications and other items, such as water efficiency tool kits, the City will provide facts about water conservation and drought to promote conservation awareness.

The Hualapai Tribe in Peach Springs, AZ received a $50,000 grant that will enable tribal members to install six one-quarter-acre-sized plastic water catchments on sloped areas of their farmland to feed storm-water runoff to storage tanks. The tanks, which include drinking troughs, will be placed in the driest sections of the reservation to provide about 30,000 gallons of storm-water runoff for use by livestock and wildlife, reducing the burden on the Tribe's potable water system.

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