Federal Funding Moves West To Fight Drought

By Dr. Mark LeChevallier – June 26, 2015 – 1 Comment

The water scarcity in California has been all over the news for quite a while now. Reports of suffering avocado crops, Starbucks moving their water bottling facility out of the state, and residents changing their front lawns from grass to rocks to conserve water have are major headlines. But while California is in the spotlight, several other western states, as well as Puerto Rico are also feeling the effects of the resource shortage. 

In a recent article by the Associated Press, it is reported that the federal government will be putting $50 million dollars into creating water-saving projects for twelve states. Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington will facilitate more than 60 new projects with the funding provided. 

California and Texas, the second and third largest states in the country, will receive the majority of funding. Both states are diverse hubs for residential, industrial, and agricultural water demands.  The development of recycled water pipelines and storage reservoirs will be some of the enhancements made. 

According to the article, “The money comes from the Interior Department’s WaterSMART sustainable water initiative, which has provided about $250 million in funding since 2010.” 

While these new advancements in water conservation are exciting and encouraging for a more sustainable future, there are still some low-tech solutions to the drought problem. Water conservation is an issue that affects us all, and we can all do our part to ensure that we are using our resources wisely

I’m happy that the government is investing in our future and the solution to a problem that has the potential to affect the entire nation. I look forward to following the developments of this story and sharing them with you.

1 Comment

  • Steve says:

    its nice that the federal government (aka all US taxpayers) should fund water saving projects in these two states. However, I hope there some stipulation that these states stop over drilling wells tapping into underground aquifers that have taken millions of years to develop, and that land development is properly zoned and planned for future generations. Just my two ounces. 🙂