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Sen. Michael Bennet talks Inflation Reduction Act, drought and more during stop in Glenwood

Garfield County Democrats hosted U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) in Glenwood Springs yesterday. KDNK spoke with Bennet in downtown Glenwood after the event to ask how the recently passed $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act might impact the Roaring Fork Valley.

"The Inflation Reduction Act is going to be incredibly important to the Roaring Fork Valley," said Bennet. "We have $10 billion coming to do forestry work to protect our watersheds to make sure that our National Forests are in much better shape. It's got $20 million for farmers in America and on the West Slope of Colorado to make sure they can participate in measures to create greater soil health, (and) there's $4 billion for the Colorado Basin—the Upper and Lower Basin—to begin to start dealing with the drought that we've got to face."

Bennet is just one of the high-profile dems who have been making stops on the Western Slope this week. Gov. Jared Polis came through the Roaring Fork Valley over the weekend, and dropped by a lettuce farm in Silt on Tuesday to tout the water-saving benefits of a hydroponic agriculture bill he recently signed. Polis and Bennet are running for reelection in November's midterms.

For KDNK News, I'm Hattison Rensberry.

Hattison Rensberry grew up in Rifle, CO and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Drawing at the University of Northern Colorado. She comes to KDNK as reporter and host after working on the design-side of news for the past three years. Hattie does theater locally, photography, needlecrafts, and also provides Editorial Design for the Sopris Sun. Tea>Coffee