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Three Arizona conservation projects awarded more than $36.5 million

Nov 12, 2023, 8:00 PM

Verde River. Photo Credit: © Magill Weber/TNC...

Verde River. Photo Credit: © Magill Weber/TNC

PHOENIX — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded three Arizona projects more than $36.5 million in funding as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

The program promotes conservation and climate-smart agriculture through public-private partnerships. Historic funding is made possible by both the Inflation Reduction Act and the Farm Bill.

The biggest of the three project awards is $22 million for the Gila River Indian Community to perform pipeline and blackwater lateral improvements.

The Nature Conservancy was awarded $12.4 million for aquifer protection and grassland conservation in the upper Verde River watershed.

The Mule Deer Foundation was awarded $1.2 million for wildlife and habitat improvements to the area north of the Colorado River known as the Arizona Strip.

The three Arizona projects are part of a $1 billion national investment to advance partner-driven solutions to the conservation of agricultural land through 81 projects.

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Three Arizona conservation projects awarded more than $36.5 million