Interior Secretary Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack in Colorado to Announce Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership

Partnership will invest in critical water resources that are susceptible to wildfires; Pilot project in Colorado to serve as model for other Western states


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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, July 19, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senator Mark Udall will host an event at Horsetooth Reservoir in 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the U.S. Department of the 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.

Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Mark Udall, Senator

Announcement of a federal, local and private collaboration to reduce the risks of wildfire to America’s water supply

Media availability to immediately follow

Friday, July 19, 2013, 9:00 a.m. MDT

Horsetooth Reservoir Park: Outdoor ‘Sunrise Day’ grounds
591 North Country Road 23
Fort Collins, Colo.