- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico has more than $2 million to spend on river restoration projects around the state and Gov. Susana Martinez is soliciting proposals.

It’s all part of the state’s River Stewardship Program. It’s aimed at protecting the health of rivers and watersheds through projects that would include lowering riverbanks, replanting native vegetation, clearing out invasive plants and restoring wetlands.

Martinez says it’s more important than ever to secure New Mexico’s water supplies in the face of drought and unprecedented wildfires.

The Legislature approved $2.3 million in capital outlay funds during the last session. Municipalities, counties, irrigation districts and community groups can apply for the funds.

State officials say the winning applicants will be announced in September and the funding will be made available by November.

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