Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that the North Unit Irrigation District will receive $122,485 to prepare for drought.
NUID will install a variable frequency drive on one of nine pumps that divert water from the Crooked River into the district's main canal. This project will provide more flexibility and reliability while reducing the need for emergency actions during a drought. The funding provided is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior's WaterSMART Program.
"While the water supply in the western United States improved this year, it's important for communities to remain proactive in building long-term resiliency to drought," Burman said. "These projects help communities protect themselves from the next drought by increasing water supply reliability and improving operational flexibility."
Adding the variable frequency drive on one of its nine pumps will allow for the better management and capture of district supplies by improving the operational flexibility of the district by matching the pump intake rate with the flow rate of the Crooked River. The district will now be able to access an additional 3,500 acre-feet per year in a manner consistent with state water law.
There were 18 drought resiliency projects selected in California, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon and Texas to receive funding. They will be leveraged with local cost-share to fund $166.2 million in projects.
To learn more about the projects selected, visit Reclamation's drought website at www.usbr.gov/drought.
Reclamation's drought resiliency projects are a component of the WaterSMART Program.
Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with states, tribes, and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply reliability through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit www.usbr.gov/watersmart for additional information about WaterSMART.
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