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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch today praised the Bureau of Reclamation for announcing $1 million of funding to the Lewiston Orchards Project to aid in drought response in the Lewiston area. This funding is part of a larger package of $100 million provided for western drought response.

“The Bureau of Reclamation made the right decision in dedicating $1 million to the Lewiston Orchards Project,” said Risch. “Since its start in 2009, this project has been a truly collaborative effort between the Nez Perce Tribe, Lewiston Orchard Irrigation District (LOID) and the City of Lewiston, seeking a reliable, quality water supply with permanent resolution of ESA and tribal trust issues.  Through my many dealings with the Bureau and conversations with the Idaho stakeholders who are making this project possible, I know how much good this funding will do for Lewiston and the surrounding areas.”