Platte River basin: Will the feds fund the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program this year?

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From the Kearney Hub (Lori Potter):

“There is a level of concern,” Executive Director Jerry Kenny of Kearney said Monday, because federal funds — annual appropriations — provide most of the dollars for [Platte River Recovery Implementation Program] projects in the first 13 years. “Will the federal government honor the promises it made in the authorizing legislation?” Kenny asked. “Or will other priorities force cuts? I think it’s a legitimate concern.”

During a visit to south-central Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin and Platte River Monday, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said, “I’m very concerned. At the end of the day, if we don’t invest in conservation, we take away the legacy (that’s been built). “Even though we’re in a time of crisis, this is not the time to go back on conservation,” he said, adding that Abraham Lincoln protected Yosemite from development during the Civil War.

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