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Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership Announced

18 July 2013

US - On Friday, July 19, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Senator Mark Udall will host an event at Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins, Colo., to announce a federal, local and private partnership to reduce the risks of wildfire to Colorado’s water supply.

Friday’s announcement will serve as the kickoff for the Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership, which is part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan that outlines a comprehensive approach to better prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change.

Through the initiative, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and the US Department of Interior (Interior) Bureau of Reclamation will work together with water users to identify and mitigate risks of wildfire on Forest Service lands that threaten Bureau of Reclamation water supply, irrigation and hydroelectric facilities.

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