New Mexico will receive $84.5 million after the passage of the 2022 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA); the funds will be used for its critical water infrastructure projects.
The Paper further reported:
“Water is ground zero for climate change, and communities across New Mexico and the West are facing rapid hydrologic change,” said Stansbury. “Today, I was proud to secure $84.5 million to invest in programs to support New Mexico with sustainable water projects and programs that will help our rural and Tribal communities in navigating our biggest water challenges to build a more resilient future.”
In addition to the investments, the omnibus legislation includes a provision championed by Senator Ben Ray Luján in the Senate to increase funding for the Western Rural Water Program by $365 million to provide communities across New Mexico and the West with funds for critical drinking, waste, and storm water projects.
The 2022 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) will also support New Mexicans’ water infrastructure and management needs through funding and project authorizations that include:
• $22 million for water and wastewater infrastructure in Española
• $15.5 million for water infrastructure in Farmington
• $2.9 million for wastewater infrastructure in Mora County
• $21 million for water and wastewater infrastructure in Santa Fe
• A project authorization for water supply in the Lake Farmington Dam
• A project authorization for dam supply improvements in the McClure Dam
• Harmful algal bloom activities in the Rio Grande