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Arizona’s Salt, Gila Rivers Join EPA’s Urban Waters Partnership

Sept. 1, 2020, 7:37 PM

Parts of two rivers that run through the Phoenix area were added Tuesday to the EPA’s 20th Urban Waters Federal Partnership, which provides funding to restore and revitalize river waters.

The partnership will apply to the 58 miles of the Lower Salt and Gila Rivers as part of Rio Reimagined, a program that aims to improve surface water quality, revive riparian ecosystems and help eight communities along the rivers in Maricopa County, Ariz., use them as natural and cultural assets.

They are the first rivers to be included the partnership during the Trump administration.

The goal is to restore ...