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CLINTON SIGNS COLORADO RIVER SALINITY-CONTROL LAW

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President Clinton has signed into law a bill by Rep. Jim Hansen and Sen. Bob Bennett, both R-Utah, to reauthorize programs designed to reduce salinity in the Colorado River.

The bill authorizes spending up to $75 million for the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program created by Congress in 1974 and gives the Bureau of Reclamation more flexibility in contracting or giving grants for salt-reducing measures."This is an issue of great environmental significance," Hansen said after Clinton signed the bill. "As the level of salinity increases, water becomes unusable for agriculture and human consumption."

Bennett said earlier that the bill means the "24 million citizens living in the Colorado River Basin will continue to have safer, cleaner water now at a lower cost. By streamlining this process, we make it more efficient and more cost effective."