Walton foun­da­tion’s funds to aid 2 rivers

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — Emma N. Hurt

The Walton Fam­ily Foun­da­tion will in­vest $35 mil­lion in restor­ing and sup­port­ing the Colorado River basin and the Mis­sis­sippi River Delta.

The Colorado River basin will re­ceive $20 mil­lion over the next two years. In a news re­lease, the foun­da­tion pointed out that the lower basin was named the most en­dan­gered river in the na­tion by the Amer­i­can Rivers con­ser­va­tion group.

The foun­da­tion also will ded­i­cate about $15 mil­lion over two years for projects to re­store the Mis­sis­sippi River Delta around the coast of Louisiana, which has been plagued with chal­lenges from storms and ris­ing sea levels.

“The Colorado and the Mis­sis­sippi are two of our great­est rivers, and they and the com­mu­ni­ties that de­pend on them are un­der se­ri­ous threats,” Rob Walton, board mem­ber and chair­man of the en­vi­ron­ment com­mit­tee for his fam­ily’s foun­da­tion, said in the news re­lease.

The Ben­tonville foun­da­tion awarded about $450 mil­lion in grants last year.

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