President’s Proposed $1.0 Billion FY2019 Budget for Bureau of Reclamation Includes Invasive Mussel Prevention

Today, President Donald Trump proposed a $1.049 billion Fiscal Year 2019 budget for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. The budget supports the Department’s goals of ensuring the provision of secure and reliable water supplies, the efficient generation of American energy, celebration of America’s resources and recreational opportunities, and fulfilling commitments to tribal nations.

Reclamation is the nation’s largest wholesale water supplier and second-largest producer of hydroelectric power; its projects and programs are an important driver of economic growth in the Western states. Reclamation manages water for agricultural, municipal and industrial uses, and provides flood risk reduction and recreation for millions of people.  Click on the following paragraph to access the full story.

The FY 2019 budget request supports and emphasizes activities designed to prevent and combat the infestation of quagga and zebra mussels across Reclamation states. These invasive species are rapidly reproducing and have infested multiple operational areas of Reclamation facilities. Research is continuing to find ways to impede the mussels’ populations, and funding will support, in cooperation with the Western Governors Association, Reclamation activities established in the Quagga-Zebra Mussel Action Plan. This includes working with states and tribes to keep mussels from infesting the Columbia River Basin in the Pacific Northwest.

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