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Feds to pour $225 MILLION in water projects in the U.S.

FILE – In this May 1 2014 file photo, irrigation water runs along the dried-up ditch between the rice farms to provide water for the rice fields in Richvale, Calif. The federal government will be pouring nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in several dozen projects aimed at combating the consequences of the drought in the West and the recovery of watersheds that provide drinking water for the communities in the country. The head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Jason Weller, said Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in addition to the federal funds for the projects will leverage in the neighborhood of $500 million from state, local and private partners. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

(Associated Press)

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – The federal government will be pouring nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in several dozen projects aimed at combating the consequences of the drought in the West and the recovery of watersheds that provide drinking water for the communities in the country.

The $225 million in funding will be shared among the 88 projects, of the Central Valley in California to the ancient irrigation systems in northern New Mexico and thousands of square kilometres of fragmented streams in Maine.

The head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Jason Weller, said Wednesday that in addition to the federal funds for the projects will leverage in the neighborhood of $500 million from state, local and private partners.

Weller acknowledged there is much work to do given that the drought persists, and public and private forests in the U.S. under the stress.

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