The unprecedented funding made available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and subsequent Inflation Reduction Act has created new possibilities for the pace and scale at which agencies facilitate the implementation of valley floor restoration projects focused on building climate, drought, and wildfire resilience.
This webinar provided an overview of river-focused nature-based solutions and watershed restoration tactics, discuss the motivation for new initiatives and funding, highlight the environmental and management challenges faced, and explore how these projects intersect with western water management and water rights. The webinar also highlighted the challenges and opportunities faced by state and federal agencies in funding, regulating, and implementing these projects with the goal of developing shared language and understanding.
The event is intended to be the first in a series of informational webinars that will take place over the course of this summer and fall.
Presenters: Caroline Nash, CK Blueshift; Alden Shallcross, Bureau of Land Management; and Michelle Bushman, Western States Water Council