Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture launched the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, a new effort that will expand partnerships and boost investments in clean water, soil and wildlife conservation projects.
The concept behind the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is simple: To feed a growing global population in the face of climate change, we must ask a lot of our land and water resources. Here in the Colorado River Basin, we are faced with historic drought conditions and water supply pressures — 33 million people across the region, including farms, ranches and local communities share water from the Colorado River. These challenges also place considerable pressure on the health of rivers, streams and aquifers throughout the basin.
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