Arkansas Valley Conduit: $3 million shows up in President Obama’s budget

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From The Fort Morgan Times (Aaron Burnett):

U.S. Representatives Betsy Markey and John Salazar announced that the 2011 federal budget released Monday includes $3 million for the Arkansas Valley Conduit, a proposed 130-mile water delivery system from Pueblo Dam to communities throughout the Arkansas River Valley. The Conduit was originally authorized in 1962 as part of the Fryingpan-Arkansas project. It is intended to provide high quality, clean water to more than 40 municipalities and water districts serving approximately 50,000 people. “Water sustains our farms, our families and our communities in southeast Colorado,” said Markey. “This project has been a long time coming, and I’m happy to see this funding in the budget. Construction of the conduit will not only help ensure clean, reliable water in the future, but it will put Coloradans to work today.”

Bill Long, a Bent County commissioner and a Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District board member, said the inclusion in the federal budget by the president is a first for the project. “This is the first time that any administration has included funding for the conduit for their budget. We had $5 million in the budget last year, initially it was not part of the budget, but we got it added through John Salazar and Betsy Markey and the two senators.”

More Arkansas Valley Conduit coverage here and here.

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