Interior secretary: Drought demands investment, conservation
DENVER (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland says confronting the historic drought that has a firm grip on the American West requires a heavy federal infrastructure investment to protect existing water supplies.
But she says it also depends on efforts at all levels of government to reduce demand by promoting water efficiency and recycling.
Western states are gripped by the worst drought in modern history, including most of western Colorado.
Haaland spoke at the start of a three-day visit to Colorado that includes a visit to the Bureau of Land Management’s new headquarters in Grand Junction, which was established by the Trump administration in 2019.