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Wed March 12, 2014
Local and State News

Feds Funnel $28M To New Mexico Water Projects

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several water projects in New Mexico will be getting a funding boost.

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation say the Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to fund eight projects that will bring more than $28 million to the state.

Lawmakers say the projects will help prevent potentially dangerous and costly flooding.

The projects include work along the Middle Rio Grande Valley and in Alamogordo and San Miguel County.

Money is also earmarked to study the flood risks and other environmental and recreational issues in the Espanola Valley.

Another study aimed at reducing the salinity along the Rio Grande and Pecos River is planned.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says last year's flooding was a reminder of how important it is to shore up dams and levees and maintain river habitat.