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Bureau of Reclamation to fund drought resiliency projects for western states

The Department of Interior announced that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes more than $200 million for drought resilience projects.

That includes $5 million to study sedimentation and storage in Verde River reservoirs, which make up a large percentage of the Valley’s water supply.

It also includes funding for projects in upper and lower basin states that use the Colorado River.

The Bureau of Reclamation will launch similar projects over the next five years.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.