Hope seen for Western water storage in infrastructure bill

The Gunnison River channel is exposed as it flows into Blue Mesa Reservoir in September. Drought, coupled with releases to bring up water levels in Lake Powell, has brought the reservoir low. (Katharhynn Heidelberg/Montrose Daily Press)

No amount of planning or legislation can make more water — but it can help the parched Western Slope make more use of the water it has.

The trillion-dollar Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act authorizes, as part of an overall $55 billion for water infrastructure, $8.3 billion under its Western Water Infrastructure title for the Bureau of Reclamation between Fiscal Years 2020 — 2026.



Katharhynn Heidelberg is the Montrose Daily Press assistant editor and senior writer. Follow her on Twitter, @kathMDP.

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