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President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Help Safeguard Water Supplies in 12 States and Puerto Rico

Investments will restore aquatic habitats and watersheds and support disaster recovery efforts

Media Contact: Peter Soeth 303.445.3615
For Release: Jul 5, 2022

WASHINGTON -- The Department of the Interior today announced a $36.1 million investment, including $26.7 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds, to safeguard local water supplies in the wake of record drought across the West.

Twenty-seven projects in 12 states and the first-ever in Puerto Rico will be awarded funding to advance quantifiable and sustained water savings by protecting watersheds impacted by wildland fire, restoring aquatic habitats and stream beds, and advancing other environmental restoration projects to mitigate drought-related impacts. These investments will be leveraged through partnerships with local communities to address regional water challenges, including projects to address damage left by the Caldor Fire in California and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. These funds follow a $25.5 million investment announced last month allocated for 14 water efficiency projects across eight western states.

"President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is advancing locally-led initiatives to address severe and historic western drought," said Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tanya Trujillo. "Through the Water Smart program funded under this law, we are addressing a variety of regional challenges to increase water reliability and accessibility for families, farmers and Tribes. Today’s investment will conserve water, restore riparian habitat and stream function, and improve watershed health to benefit local supplies and the surrounding environment."

"Adequate and safe water supplies are fundamental to the health, economy and security of the country. By restoring ecosystems and improving the health of rivers and watersheds, we can provide more local communities reliable access to water," said Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton. "These grants invest in water management projects that will directly benefit plant and animal species, fish and wildlife habitat and ecosystems."

Overall, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests $8.3 billion to address water and drought challenges for the nation’s western water and power infrastructure by repairing aging water delivery systems, securing dams, completing rural water projects, protecting aquatic ecosystems and fulfilling Indian Water Rights Settlements.

The funding announced today is part of the $160 million in WaterSMART grants provided by the Law in 2022. Local governments in states set to receive funding must complete their project within three years. Through a 25 percent cost-share, a total of $56.2 million in federal and non-federal investments will be leveraged to support selected projects.

For more than 100 years, Reclamation and its partners have developed sustainable water and power solutions for the West. This Department's WaterSMART Program focuses on collaborative efforts to plan and implement actions to increase water supply sustainability, including investments to modernize infrastructure.

More information about the Environmental Water Restoration Projects is available on Reclamation’s website




Federal Funding

Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District


Roosevelt Watershed Protection and Forest Thinning Project


Marin Municipal Water District


Lagunitas Creek Stream Channel Restoration Project


San Bernadino Valley Municipal Water District


Anza Creek Aquatic and Riparian Habitat Restoration Project


Resource Conservation District of Monterey County


Salinas River Arundo Eradication Project Phase V


El Dorado County Water Agency


Post Caldor Fire Watershed Restoration for Securing Water Supply for the Grizzly Flats Community


The Nature Conservancy


Modernization of the Maybell Irrigation District's Diversion from the Yampa River in Colorado


Trout Unlimited


Pagosa Gateway Project


State of Hawai'i DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife


Protecting Forests for Water Supply Sustainability in Kohala Hawaii Phase 1


State of Hawai'i DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife


Protecting Forests for Water Supply Sustainability in Kohala Hawaii Phase 2


Friends of the Teton River, Inc.


Reconnecting Canyon Creek


Board of Control for Triangle Irrigation and Wood River


Board of Control Diversion 45 Stabilization and Fish Passage Remediation


The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation


Battle Creek Ecological Restoration at Sowo Gahni


Sun River Watershed


Muddy Creek Restoration and Resilience Project Phase I


Southern Nevada Water Authority


Las Vegas Wash Riparian Restoration Project


Rogue Valley Council of Governments


Bear Creek Fish Passage Barriers Removal


East Fork Irrigation District


Oanna & Yasui Sublateral Efficiency Project


Curry Watersheds Nonprofit


Sixes Riverbank Restoration and Estuary Enhancement


Protectores de Cuencas Inc


Accelerating Recovery and Increasing Resiliency of Coastal Wetlands in Punta Tuna Natural Reserve in Maunabo Puerto Rico


Cameron County Water Improvement District No. 10


Pipeline Improvements and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge Water Management Improvements


Cache Water District


Lower Logan River Trapper Park River Restoration Project


Trout Unlimited


Weber River Ecological Resiliency Project


Trout Unlimited


Paris Creek Hydropower Decommissioning and Instream Flow Restoration


Kittitas Reclamation District


South Branch Piping


Clallam Conservation District


Irrigation Efficiency and Improvement Project


Clallam County


Dungeness Reservoir Irrigation Conveyance Improvement Project


Wyoming Game and Fish Department


New Fork River Gas Wells River Restoration and Fish Habitat Improvement


Deaver Irrigation District


D52 Lateral Piping and Shoshone River Sediment Reduction Project


More information, including details about other current opportunities to apply for funding available under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, is available on Reclamation's WaterSMART program webpage.

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