Wyden Wants Natural Infrastructure in Reclamation Bureau Mission

March 24, 2021, 8:38 PM

Sen. Ron Wyden is proposing to turn the Bureau of Reclamation’s attention to forests, groundwater and other “natural” water infrastructure—not just giant pipelines, canals and dams.

The bureau could help reduce the West’s ongoing drought-driven water shortage by expanding its focus on ways nature can help ensure water is available for cities and farmers, Wyden (D-Ore.) said at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee hearing Wednesday.

He introduced a bill, the Water for Conservation and Farming Act, that would add natural infrastructure to the bureau’s mission, including habitat restoration and watershed health projects.

It would expand a bureau ...

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