Bureau of Reclamation to receive $1.4 billion in proposed budget

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March 10, 2023 – The Biden-Harris administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 will give the Bureau of Reclamation $1.4 billion.  The allocation to Reclamation prioritizes climate resiliency and drought mitigation.

The proposal includes:

  • $49 million for the Lower Colorado River Operations Program, including $16.8 million to implement drought contingency plans.
  • $2.7 million for the Upper Colorado River Operations Program to support Drought Response Operations.
  • $200.3 million is allocated to find long-term, comprehensive water supply solutions for farmers, families, and communities in California.
  • $62.9 million is for the WaterSMART Program to address emerging water demands and water shortage issues in the West.
  • $57.8 million advances the construction and continues the operations and maintenance of authorized rural water projects.
  • $35.5 million is provided for the Native American Affairs Program to provide technical support and assistance to tribal governments.
  • $210.2 million is allocated for the Dam Safety Program to manage risks to the downstream public, of which $182.6 million is for modification actions.
  • $105.3 million is requested for extraordinary maintenance activities across Reclamation.
  • $33 million is requested to implement the California Bay-Delta Program, and $48.5 million is for the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund.
  • $66.8 million is allocated for Policy and Administration.

Reclamation will also receive nearly $1.7 billion in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in FY 2024 to provide clean, reliable drinking water to rural and Tribal communities, protect the stability and sustainability of the Colorado River System, and increase water efficiency across the West.

More information:  Bureau of Reclamation news releaseOpens in a new tab..


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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