- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - Watershed restoration work will be getting a $3.5 million boost thanks to the capital spending legislation recently signed by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Martinez visited Rio Rancho on Monday to announce the additional funding.

She mentioned the one-two punch of wildfires and post-fire flooding, saying the work being done in vulnerable watersheds around the state will help make the areas more resilient and protect community water supplies.

The spending in this year’s capital outlay bill adds to the $6.2 million secured as part of last year’s legislation.

The money is going toward work on more than 12 square miles of high-priority watersheds on public lands. The areas have been identified in the state forest action plan.

The governor’s office says six projects are under way and seven more are being planned.

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