The federal Bureau of Reclamation is restricting the amount of water Arizona and Nevada, as well as Mexico, extract from the Colorado River because the Lake Mead reservoir is alarmingly low.
Butte County – and specifically the Paradise community, where wildfires last year killed more than 80 residents – has received more than $3 million in federal funding to help improve and rebuild sewage and wastewater facilities.
After the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, last year, scientists found that burned plastics in some water lines had released high levels of cancer-causing benzenes. Those toxic agents are still in Paradise’s water, they now say.
Rural working class Americans have had a hard time making ends meet in recent decades, but some sections of the country are doing better than others, including around the American West, Montana and New Mexico among them.
The legislation would also create a Department of the Treasury account specifically for disaster relief, and also requires that no less than 70 percent of funds benefit low- and moderate-income people.