Water conservation - Dripping water faucetNEEDLES-A water conservation grant aimed at relieving some of the water mandates placed on residents by the State of California was recently approved by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, according to a report by ZachNews, a news outlet based in the river community.

The grant will reportedly help reduce the city’s cost for maintenance at the River’s Edge Golf Course as well as help with the recent water mandate placed on residents by the State of California in regards to water usage.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels reportedly wrote in an email to ZachNews that he was pleased with the decision made in a joint effort by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Water Authority, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Central Arizona Project, IMPERIAL Irrigation District, and Metropolitan Water District.

“They have jointly decided to fund our request of approximately $500,000 to remove 40 percent of the turf at the golf course and replace it with desert landscaping. This will greatly upgrade the golf course as well as dramatically reduce water usage,” Daniels wrote.

The city of Needles is tentatively looking at a July/August start date for work to being on the golf course.