Over $4 billion in drought relief to be funded under IRA

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The Inflation Reduction ActOpens in a new tab. that was passed by the Senate this weekend and expected to soon become law accounts for drought relief to be awarded to the Bureau of Reclamation and tribes.  The bill, which is 755 pages long, is expected to pass the House this weekOpens in a new tab. without changes and to be signed by President Biden.

Water WorldOpens in a new tab. reports that the legislation earmarks significant funding for water-related priorities, including:

  • $4 billion to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for drought relief programs;
  • $550 million for domestic water programs in disadvantaged communities; and
  • $12.5 million for emergency drought funding for Tribes.

The Bureau of Reclamation manages numerous federal water projects, including Lake Mead and Lake Powell, which have experience significant drops in volume due to the ongoing drought.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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