The Bureau of Reclamation commits $413,000 for a study of the Republican River Basin

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Here’s and excerpt from the release from the Bureau of Reclamation (Adam Fetcher/Dan DuBray):

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation is providing $2.4 million in funding for comprehensive water studies in California, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico and Oklahoma…

Republican River Basin Study (Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska) Federal Funding: $413,000; Non-Federal Funding: $435,000

The Republican River flows from its headwaters in Colorado into northwest Kansas, through southern Nebraska and back into north-central Kansas. It drains approximately 23,300 square miles of these three states and supplies water for municipalities, industries, surface and ground water irrigation, recreation and wildlife. The basin is subject to an interstate compact that was ratified in 1943. The three states have proposed a collaborative basin study that will cover the entire basin down to the Clay Center stream-gauging station in northeast Kansas. The study will identify mitigation and adaptation strategies that address the impacts of climate change on water resources in the basin.

Thanks to the Lincoln Journal Star for the heads up.

More coverage from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:

In recent years, irrigation in the Colorado portion of the basin has been curtailed to meet conditions of the 1943 Republican River interstate compact. Among other measures, Bonny Reservoir north of Burlington had to be drained to provide water to downstream states. The study will identify mitigation and adaptation strategies that address the impacts of climate change on water resources in the basin.

More Republican River basin coverage here and here.

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