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Colorado River: Critical Infrastructure Needs

June 1, 2017

Walton Family Foundation

As a way to help start much-needed conversation, the Walton Family Foundation developed this Colorado River Critical Infrastructure Needs white paper. Each of the projects highlighted in the white paper can create jobs and enhance local communities, prevent hazardous situations from developing as a result of aging infrastructure, and underscore the importance of using water efficiently for the benefit of multiple purposes.

The white paper summarizes 15 projects within the basin states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming that represent a variety of water use sectors. They range from a groundwater replenishment project in Arizona to a project that would increase stability and storage capacity at a reservoir in (the headwaters within) Wyoming. The infrastructure white paper is divided into lower basin projects, upper basin projects, basin-wide projects and options for funding water infrastructure under existing programs.
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