President Signs Platte River Agreement
Laramie, Wy – President Bush has signed legislation that supplies the federal share of money for the Platte River recovery program.
The goal of the recovery plan is to increase flows along the Platte River in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska. That should create new habitat to benefit endangered birds, which have suffered because of the growing number of cities and farmers using the water. The president's signature ensures the program can go forward and it releases 157-million dollars. The program's executive director Jerry Kenny says the money will be used to buy 10,000 acres of land in critical habitat area. The three states negotiated for a decade to hammer out the details of the agreement. Wyoming committed to dumping 33-thousand acre feet of water back into the Platte River. Some irrigators say that will drastically affect their ability to farm.