More drought aid for region
Rural states that used to receive water from a large amount of federal groundwater have found a niche as the world’s water scarcity reaches its highest levels.
They are now seeing “increasing demand” for water, said Richard Stokes, a senior water specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“At this point, we’ve got to say that states that have been cut off are going to be struggling,” Stokes said in an interview.
“There are a number of projects that would need to be built, as much as 1.5 billion gallons a year. For example, we just built a water treatment plant in North Dakota. So this is very significant to say that these are states that are actually competing for federal funds, as much as a year ago, under the drought assistance program.”
As of Friday afternoon, some 26 states — almost all the South and Southeast — had received more than 7 million gallons of the federally appropriated water the federal government has distributed for their irrigation projects. North Dakota and Iowa are the only states without any federal assistance.
In North Dakota, the drought-relief aid includes a $60 million loan guarantee that federal officials are paying off as they continue to deal with the drought. Federal funding will be offered for the next four years for projects to irrigate about 3,400,000 acres, a move that is expected to help irrigate some 2.3 million acres from 2010-2014, said Chris Zablocki, director of the state’s Department of Environmental Management.
The program has also offered an $11 million loan guarantee for up to $50 million for projects to manage and control salinity and stormwater runoff, along with $40 million from the federal government for water recycling and conservation.
Zablocki and North Dakota’s director of water projects told state officials on Friday that about a half-dozen projects are in line for some $13.6 million in federal aid.
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