Secretary Salazar Announces $11.1 Million in Grants through the Colorado River Basinwide Salinity Control Program

Outlet: U.S. Department of the Interior

August 19, 2009

Washington, DC – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced today that the Bureau of Reclamation will award grants totaling more than $11.1 million to irrigation companies in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming to fund salinity control projects within the Upper Colorado River Basin under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
These Recovery Act grants will leverage an additional $4.8 million cost-share from the Upper and Lower Colorado River Basin Funds (funds from area water district’s revenues from sale of water and power), to help control nearly 12,000 tons of salt loading from occurring that would otherwise enter the Colorado River system.