Wildfire Recovery Funds Get Green Light in the House
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) applauded the House of Representatives for approving $48 million of Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) funding to help states like Colorado rebuild its watershed infrastructure after a summer of devastating fires.
“While the High Park and Waldo Canyon fires were put out months ago, the lasting damage is far from being repaired.” Gardner said. “Every time there is heavy rain or snow the runoff contains debris from the fires that is polluting our rivers and reservoirs. These very same rivers and reservoirs provide the drinking water supply for northern Colorado and Colorado Springs. The EWP funds will enable these communities to mitigate the effects of debris runoff and protect against this threat to public health and safety.”
Gardner has been relentless in his efforts to secure this critically important EWP funding for Colorado and other affected states. He originally requested the inclusion of EWP funds in the Sandy Relief Bill (video) and was also able to secure a commitment from the Appropriations Committee that this funding issue would be addressed (video). Today, the EWP funding was approved as part of a Continuing Resolution that passed the House 267-151.
Last summer, the High Park Fire and Waldo Canyon Fire blazed a path of destruction that left hundreds of families across Colorado homeless. The damage also increased the risk of flooding and mudslides that threaten to pollute the water supply for communities in northern Colorado and Colorado Springs. The EWP funds will be used to restore watershed infrastructure and mitigate future contamination of local rivers and reservoirs.