- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah will receive nearly $30 million in funding for from the US Department of Agriculture to pursue 19 projects.

The USDA announced Thursday that has allocated $73 million to projects in 23 states to improve dams across the nation. Utah has the second-highest number funded projects, behind Texas.

In a statement, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he hopes these projects will expand water supply in regions affected by drought.

Changes made last year allow USDA to use Watershed Rehabilitation Program funds for such projects.

One Utah project would rehabilitate the Tibble Fork Dam in Utah County, increasing the region’s water supply.

It is expected to provide average annual benefits of $535,000 and provide flood protection for American Fork Canyon and the communities of Cedar Hills, American Fork, Highland and Pleasant Grove.

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