In letters to the president and congressional leaders earlier this week, 150 water and agricultural organizations from across the West pleaded for investments in water infrastructure through the economic stimulus package currently in the works.
“For farmers and ranchers to survive, and for food to continue to be produced here in the American West, a stable water supply is a necessary part of any conversation about our national food security,” the coalition argues.
The letters request funding to address aging infrastructure, add surface and groundwater storage and boost recycling and conservation efforts. Some of those projects were approved through a 2016 water infrastructure bill known as the WIIN Act, but need more funding. The groups are also asking to streamline permitting and regulatory processes.
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