September 17, 2018
The U.S. House and Senate have passed an appropriations bill that will restore full funding to environmental programs on the Colorado River for the next fiscal year. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, the programs were at risk of closing after the White House redirected their funding.
An amendment to the 2019 energy and water bill https://www.congress.gov/115/crpt/hrpt929/CRPT-115hrpt929.pdf
restores 21.4 million dollars to the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center in Flagstaff and to other programs related to river management and endangered species recovery. President Trump has yet to sign the bill into law.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation spokesperson Marlon Duke says he’s pleased by the decision. "For us, these programs are crucial along the river. In addition to the science that they provide, it helps us in Reclamation to make sure that we stay compliant with the operation of our facilities along the river."
Duke says Reclamation will continue to work with Congress and stakeholders to find funding for future years. For decades the scientific research programs have been supported by hydropower revenues. The White House Office of Management and Budget ordered that money to go to the U.S. Treasury instead.
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