Wed July 17, 2013

Vilsack, Jewell To Highlight Wildfire Risks To Water Supply In Fort Collins

An announcement regarding “a federal, local and private partnership to reduce the risks of wildfire to Colorado’s water supply” is expected Friday in Fort Collins.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Agriculture Chief Tom Vilsack and U.S. Senator Mark Udall are expected to make that announcement.

A press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the Friday event will kick off the Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership. The initiative is part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan outlining a comprehensive approach to better prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change.

The press release continues:

Through the initiative, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and the U.S. 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.

The event will take place at 9 a.m. Friday, July 19 at the Outdoor Sunrise Day grounds in Horsetooth Reservoir Park, 591 North Country Road 23, Fort Collins, Colo.