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DES-6332 Specialist Systems Administrator VxRail Appliance

Certification Overview
Successfully obtaining this certification enables and validates the candidates ability to apply the knowledge and skills required to effectively administer a VxRail appliance in order to efficiently leverage the platform to solve business problems. The certification supports the skills needed to successfully work within environments undergoing digital and IT Transformations

Certification Requirements
To complete the requirements for this certification you must:
1. Achieve one of the following Associate level certifications
• Associate – Converged Systems and Hybrid Cloud Version 1.0
• Associate – Converged Systems and Hybrid Cloud Version 2.0

This test is a qualifying test for the Specialist – Systems Administrator, VxRail Appliance (DCS-SA) track.
This test focuses on the overall product, hardware, and software components within a VxRail appliance. This includes a CI/HCI benefits, components, appliance management, provisioning, monitoring, REST API, and maintaining with standard activities and troubleshooting.
Dell Technologies provides free practice exams to assess your knowledge in preparation for the exam. practice exams allow you to become familiar with the subjects and question types you will find on the proctored exam. Your results on a practice test offer one indication of how prepared you are for the proctored test and can highlight subjects on which you need to study and train further. A passing score on the practice test does not guarantee a passing score on the certification exam.

Exam Topics
Topics likely to be covered on this test include:
VxRail System Architecture (18%)
• Describe the VxRail hardware components
• Describe the VxRail software components
• Identify VxRail network requirements

VxRail Availability and Management (29%)
• Describe VxRail availability features including stretched clusters
• Explain nature and use of VxRail management interfaces
• Describe VxRail configuration after the initial setup has been completed
• Use the VxRail Plug-in to monitor and perform administrative tasks
• Describe VxRail Roles and Permissions

VxRail Expansion and Maintenance (18%)
• Describe how a VxRail Appliance can be expanded - Drive Expansion and Cluster Expansion
• Perform Software Upgrade and Log Collection
• Identify the supported VxRail maintenance procedures and troubleshooting resources

vSAN Management (24%)
• Describe how to monitor vSAN components and mange a vSAN cluster
• Describe vSAN availability considerations and how to increases space efficiency
• Describe how vSAN policies are configured

Virtualization Management (6%)
• Describe vSphere concepts and options for managing VMs and Virtual Networks
• Describe the Dell EMC OMNI plug-in for VMware vCenter and its use cases

VxRail Appliance REST API (6%) • Identify REST API functionality available in the VxRail and use VxRail API to perform tasks.
Specialist Systems Administrator VxRail Appliance
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Killexams : FEMA administrator outlines federal response to Hurricane Ian

Deanne Criswell:

Yes, Amna, with storms like this, these types of catastrophic impacts, we always see power outages. And, in some parts, it does take days, because not — it's not always the generation side, but it's getting that transmission in that distribution side back connected to homes, so we can restore power.

We have staged a lot of resources, generators to come in and support primarily critical facilities, especially hospitals. We know that Florida has a really robust capability. And many of the hospitals, if not all of them, have a strong generator capability. But we want to make sure that we have redundant capacity to support any of those types of critical infrastructure needs as they may arise.

But we have also brought in the Army Corps of Engineers, and they have got personnel ready to go to do emergency power assessments, so we can prioritize where we need to restore power, as well as where we might need to use these types of generators to keep these critical facilities running.

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Killexams : Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 review: Spacious laptop, oversized tablet
At a glance

Expert's Rating


  • Roomy 16-inch 16:10 display
  • Long battery life
  • Competitive application performance
  • Comfortable keyboard and huge touchpad
  • Quad speakers pump up the jams


  • Lone GPU upgrade is lackluster
  • Can’t go bigger than 512GB SSD
  • Large screen can feel awkward in tablet mode

Our Verdict

A better laptop than tablet, the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 boasts a functional and attractive design based on a 16-inch 16:10 display and all-day-and-most-of-the-night battery life. 

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The Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 is a roomy convertible laptop based on a 16-inch, 16:10 display. The display offers a spacious workspace in laptop mode, but it feels too big in tablet mode unless you are a content creator using it as a large canvas. And, if you are a creative pro looking for a spacious convertible, you may be disappointed by the limited upgrades Dell offers for it. While you have your choice of two 12th-gen Intel Core processors and can opt for a UHD+ OLED display, the only GPU upgrade available is an entry-level mobile GeForce MX part. And you can’t upgrade the 512GB SSD.

For basic use, our Inspiron 16 2-in-1 as configured with its 12th-gen Core i7 CPU and 16GB of RAM offers strong application performance and a display big enough to multitask without feeling squeezed. The keyboard and huge touchpad are comfortable, and the overall design of the aluminum chassis is clean and compact. We also like the 1080p webcam with its physical privacy shutter and the legendary battery life. The Inspiron 16 2-in-1 is a smart pick if you want a big-screen convertible that will be used primarily as a laptop and pressed only occasionally into tablet duty.

Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 specifications

Our Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 is currently selling for $1,249.99 and features the following specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-1260P
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Display: 16.0 inch,16:10, 1980 x 1200 resolution
  • Webcam: 1080p with privacy shutter
  • Connectivity: 2 x USB-C (with Thunderbolt 4), 2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, HDMI 1.4, SD card reader, combo audio jack.
  • Networking: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
  • Biometrics: Fingerprint reader
  • Battery capacity: 87 Watt-hours
  • Dimensions: 14.1 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Measured weight: 4.7 pounds (laptop), 0.8 pounds (AC adapter)
  • Price: $1,249.99

The Inspiron 16 2-in-1 starts at $799.99 for a system with a Core i5-1235U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Our $1049.99 test system features a CPU upgrade to the Core i7-1260U and doubles the memory to 16GB. For another $300, you can upgrade the baseline 1920×1200, 300-nit display to an OLED panel with a 3840×2400 resolution that’s rated at 400 nits of brightness. The display upgrade also swaps out the integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics for the GeForce MX550, an entry-level mobile GPU with 2GB of dedicated VRAM. And for some reason, the OLED upgrade comes not with a silver chassis but a dark green body. 

Some premium 2-in-1s include a pen for the touch display, but Dell does not include one with the mainstream Inspiron 16 2-in-1. Dell’s active pen is sold separately; it usually costs $50 but can often be found for $40 from the manufacturer.

A large display fit for a laptop

Our Inspiron 16 2-in-1 test system is based on a 16-inch 16:10 display with a 1920×1200 resolution. This FHD+ resolution is enough to produce a sharp picture across the 16-inch panel. The reason to upgrade to the UHD+ OLED display is more for the OLED panel and the incredible contrast you get with it rather than the increased resolution. The baseline display we received offers a dynamic image with bright whites and inky blacks, even if it falls short of absolute black. It’s rated for 300 nits, and my measurements put its peak brightness closer to 400 nits. It’s bright enough for indoor environments, even in an office that receives lots of natural light.

The 16-inch display with its 16:10 aspect ratio provides ample room to navigate Windows and multitask. The added vertical space compared with a 16:9 display results in less scrolling through long Word docs, expansive Excel sheets, and web pages. It’s really a fantastic size for a work computer where you are juggling multiple windows, and its spaciousness is also useful for home use for watching shows or movies. 

Dell Inspiron tablet

IDG / Matthew Elliott

The big screen is less useful when you flip the display around and use the Inspiron 16 2-in-1 as a tablet. It feels oversized and awkward, especially when holding it in one hand and using the other hand to swipe or tap on the touch display. Creative types, however, might enjoy the large canvas of the roomy screen for sketching and drawing.

The Inspiron 16 2-in-1 weighs 4.7 pounds, which might be a bit heavy for a daily commute. It weighs a bit more than other 16-inch 16:10 laptops and convertibles, including the 4.3-pound Asus VivoBook Pro 16X OLED, the 4.35-pound MSI Summit E-16, and the 4.45-pound HP Spectre x360 16.

Dell Inspiron lid

IDG / Matthew Elliott

With its understated design, the Inspiron 16 2-in-1 will look the part at home or in the office. It features a thin, all-metal chassis in minimal adornment. In fact, there is nothing that would let you know it’s a Dell machine when you are seated in front of it. There is nary a company logo on the keyboard deck or thin display bezels. A simple Dell logo is centered on the lid, and the bottom panel has an Inspiron insignia.

Big keyboard, touchpad, and audio output

A 16-inch laptop is a tweener in terms of including a number pad — some models include a numpad and others do not. The Inspiron 16 2-in-1 omits the numpad, and I applaud the move. Even if there’s room to squeeze in a numpad without shortening keys on the main keyboard, I’d much prefer to have the keyboard centered below the display. And that’s what you get with the Inspiron 16 2-in-1. The keys are dark gray with white symbols, and there is enough contrast between the two colors that the key symbols are legible in a variety of lighting conditions. And you get two-level backlighting for when you are working in the dark.

The keys offer shallow travel but a springy feel and make typing fast and comfortable. Without a numpad, the Tab, Caps Lock, and Shift keys on the left and the Backspace, Enter, and Shift keys on the right are luxuriously wide. The power button in the top-right corner doubles as a fingerprint reader. 

Dell Inspiron keyboard

IDG / Matthew Elliott

The touchpad is enormous. And it has a cool design in that it has only three borders, with the top edge blending seamlessly into the rest of the laptop. The touchpad offers smooth gliding and responsive, accurate recording of mouse gestures. 

The webcam is another check in the “plus” column for the Inspiron 16 2-in-1. It’s a 1080p camera that produces a crisp, well-balanced image that’s clearly superior to that of a 720p webcam. It also has a physical privacy shutter so you can be sure no one is spying on you when the webcam isn’t in use. It’s not an IR camera, but you do get that and facial recognition capabilities if you upgrade to the OLED display. As it is, the only biometrics on our test system was the fingerprint scanner built into the power button.

The Inspiron 16 2-in-1 serves up not two but four speakers. It produces eight-watt audio from a quartet of two-watt speakers that fire upward from speaker grills flanking the keyboard. The sound has enough oomph to fill a small room and is more dynamic than typical laptop audio. Some separation can be heard between high and mid-tones, and there even is a hint of bass response. Music playback is more enjoyable on the Inspiron 16 2-in-1 than most laptops.

Dell Inspiron right ports

IDG / Matthew Elliott

Dell Inspiron left ports

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Connectivity covers the bases with a pair of USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports and a pair of USB-A ports, an HDMI port, headphone jack, and SD card reader. Having both USB Type-C and Type-A ports means that you won’t need to carry an adaptor for your USB devices, but I would have liked the pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports to be split across the left and right sides of the laptop rather than both being located on the left side. You’ll need to use one of the ports to charge the laptop, and I like having the flexibility of plugging into either side of the laptop.


Our Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 features an Intel Core i7-1260P, 16GB of RAM, integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, and a 512GB SSD. The Core i7-1260P is a member of Intel’s Alder Lake P series of 28-watt mobile chips. It features Intel’s new hybrid architecture with performance and efficiency cores; it has four performance cores, eight efficiency cores, and a total of 16 processing threads.

To see how the Inspiron 16 2-in-1 stacks up, we compared its performance to that of other laptops with the Core i7-1260P processor as well as one with a 12th-gen Core i5, a couple model with previous 11th-gen Core i7 chips, and one with a previous-gen AMD Ryzen 7. Most of the comparison systems rely on integrated Intel graphics like the Inspiron 16 2-in-1, but two feature GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics.

Our first benchmark is PCMark 10, which measures performance on everyday computing work including office productivity tasks, web browsing, and video chats. The Inspiron 16 2-in-1 got off to a strong start, easily topping the 5,000 mark and finishing behind only the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 that features the same CPU and the pair of laptops that have the added benefit of RTX 3050 Ti graphics.

Dell Inspiron PCMark 10

IDG / Matthew Elliott

Our HandBrake benchmark tests how a laptop is able to handle crushing CPU loads over a lengthy period—in this case, transcoding a 30GB MKV file to a format suitable for Android tablets using HandBrake, the free video encoding utility. The Inspiron 16 2-in-1 again turned in a positive result, finishing the test faster than all of the other systems except the RTX 3050 Ti pair.

Dell Inspiron HandBrake

IDG / Matthew Elliott

Next up is Cinebench, another CPU-intensive test but one that renders a complex 2D scene over a short period of time. The Inspiron 16 2-in-1 was competitive on Cinebench, finishing among the other systems that feature the Core i7-1260P CPU and integrated graphics. It is certainly up to the task of media editing and creation.

Dell Inspiron Cinebench

IDG / Matthew Elliott

As its poor 3DMark result indicates, the Inspiron 16 2-in-1 is not built for playing 3D games. As with any laptop with integrated graphics, it’s better suited for 2D graphics tasks such as photo and video editing rather than running AAA titles.

Dell Inspiron 3D Mark

IDG / Matthew Elliott

Battery life

To test a laptop’s battery life, we loop a 4K video using Windows 11’s Movies & TV app, with the laptop set to Airplane mode and earbuds plugged in. We set the screen brightness at a relatively bright 250 nits to 260 nits, which is a good brightness for watching a movie in an office with the lights on. The Inspiron 16 2-in-1 ran for more than 16.5 hours on the test, a truly outstanding feat. That would be a great result for a small, efficient ultraportable, so it’s downright incredible for a big, 16-inch laptop powered by a mainstream, 28-watt Intel Core P-series processor and not a more efficient, 15-watt U-series chip. With this laptop, Dell seems to understand that a large display requires a large battery and outfits the Inspiron 16 2-in-1 with a 6 Cell, 87 Wh battery.  


As a mainstream laptop for home or work, the Inspiron 16 2-in-1 has a lot to offer, from its roomy touch display powered by a modern CPU to its sleek, all-metal enclosure and affordable price. We also liked the roomy keyboard sans numpad, huge touchpad, and impressive audio output. The star of the show, however, is its exceptional battery life that provides a runtime that’s hours longer than the competition. We strongly recommend the Inspiron 16 2-in-1 to mainstream buyers looking for a big-screen laptop. Our only hesitation would be for buyers who want a 2-in-1 convertible that will spend as much time in tablet mode as laptop mode. For such a usage scenario, we’d steer you toward a smaller 2-in-1 that’s easier to handle in tablet mode. And we’d also steer content creators looking for a large convertible to a model that offers a better graphics and storage upgrades.

Sun, 25 Sep 2022 19:26:00 -0500 Author: Matt Elliott en text/html
Killexams : Man found dead in Dell Holmes Park in St. Petersburg died by suicide, police say

Published Oct. 12|Updated Oct. 12

ST. PETERSBURG — A body found in a St. Petersburg park last week was that of a man who died by suicide and had been reported missing, police said.

The man’s decomposing body was discovered Oct. 6 in thick brush at Dell Holmes Park, 2741 22nd St. S, according to information previously released by the St. Petersburg Police Department. Investigators were not immediately able to determine the man’s identity and launched a suspicious-death investigation.

In a news release Tuesday, police said the body was that of a 19-year-old man whose family reported him missing on Oct. 5. A gun was found near the man’s body and investigators determined the man died by suicide.

The man’s family last saw him on Sept. 27, according to police. His last known address was in St. Petersburg.

The Tampa Bay Times is not publishing the man’s name due to the circumstances of his death.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call or text 988 to reach the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or chat with someone online at

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Killexams : Biden Administration Outlines Measures to End HIV by 2030

AIDS Ribbon

Earlier this afternoon, the Biden administration outlined its plan for fighting HIV infection and promoting access to life-saving preventative medications. In a time when experts warn that social advancements in the fight against HIV are backsliding, the National HIV and AIDS Strategy Implementation Plan (NHAS) seeks to make the United States a place where new HIV infections are prevented, all people are aware of their HIV status, and all people with HIV receive high-quality care and treatment without stigma or discrimination.

The plan, which examines a whole government approach to addressing issues such as access and equity, prioritizes efforts to reduce disparities and Excellerate HIV outcomes among LGBTQ+ people and other marginalized communities. Specifically, the government targets gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, particularly Black, Latino, American Indian, and Alaska Native men.

This plan also targets Black women, transgender women, and young people between 13 and 24 years old. In addition, intravenous drug users are also targeted.

"Focusing efforts on these five priority populations will reduce the HIV-related disparities they experience, which is essential if the nation is to succeed on the path toward ending the HIV epidemic by 2030," the plan states.

The document warns that these actions are not exhaustive, as federal agencies will take various steps to support the NHAS over the next four years. However, administration officials believe these actions will best utilize resources, capacity, and expertise to achieve significant and immediate results for HIV-positive populations.

In an interview with The Advocate (a sister publication of Plus), Harold Phillips, director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), explained that the administration will take 380 actions across 10 departments to implement strategies to reach the 2030 target. Education and outreach are among the actions, as are self-testing and PrEP access.

As an out gay Black man who has lived with HIV since 2005, Phillips was appointed to his role by President Biden last year. He has more than 20 years of experience in this field.

Across hundreds of speakers and presentations at the International AIDS Conference 2022 in Montreal, which took place the last weekend in July and the first week in August, one message was clear: the world is backsliding in its HIV fight.

People are less likely to access HIV testing, PrEP, antiretrovirals, and other breakthroughs due to stigma, a lack of information, and health care barriers.

As Phillips acknowledged, the conference sent a clear message to the international community, but the administration knew the extent of the decline in HIV-related services even before COVID-19 muted resource distribution.

"Last World AIDS day, President Biden released a new national HIV [and] AIDS strategy, which was a framework and a direction for the administration's policy, research, and planning through 2025, and as part of that plan, he called for us to accelerate our efforts," Phillips said.

When the first round of new funding for fighting the HIV epidemic was being distributed to communities, the COVID epidemic hit.

Phillips also acknowledged that the administration is keeping close tabs on the Texas lawsuit, Braidwood Management Inc., v. Becerra, that The Advocate discovered in July.

Attorney Jonathan Mitchell represents clients that, he argues, should not have to pay for preventative services, particularly medications for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. According to the lawsuit, their religious beliefs are violated when they have to pay for insurance that includes coverage for PrEP, which "encourages homosexual behavior" and drug use.

He added that this lawsuit covers much more than PrEP and HIV medications, and the administration is paying close attention.

"We are hoping for a good outcome," Phillips said, "but we are also standing ready to continue the president's work and pledge to do whatever we can to pull the levers of government to Excellerate the health and well-being of all Americans, and that includes access to preventative services such as PrEP."

Dr. Patrick Sullivan is a public health researcher at Emory University in Atlanta. His team recently launched AIDSVu, a first-ever publicly available PrEP use data repository with maps of demographic and state-level breakdowns.

"We need to be speaking out against any kind of steps that would restrict access to medications for PrEP," Sullivan said. "When we contract the opportunities for PrEP when we make it harder for people to find these services, the groups that are going to be negatively impacted first are those with more challenges to transportation, more challenges to payment mechanisms, and less access to health insurance."

"What our data really show is that some of the barriers aren't being experienced equally by different groups," Sullivan said.

"Ideally, we'd like for PrEP to benefit the communities that have the most risk for HIV. That might mean areas in the South, where I live, but also Black people, Hispanic people, and younger people who have substantial risk."

He says in 2021, 14 percent of PrEP users nationally were Black, but 42 percent of new HIV infections were among Black people.

"If four in 10 new diagnoses are in Black people, then we'd like to see four in 10 Black people who are taking PrEP," Sullivan explained. "We have that gap, and it exists for Black people, Hispanic people, women relative to men. And this is an issue of equity that just kind of speaks to those barriers differentially impacting folks' access."

COVID disrupted HIV testing and clinical prevention and care in the United States throughout 2020, 2021, and even 2022 in some regions.

As society navigates the COVID pandemic, the plan emphasizes HIV prevention, care, and treatment for affected populations and communities.

Keeping the 2030 target in mind, the administration outlines a set of progress indicators it hopes to achieve by 2025. Among the eight measured targets are increasing HIV status knowledge from 85 percent to 95 percent and PrEP coverage to 50 percent from the shockingly low baseline of 13 percent in 2017.

Additionally, the plan includes five indicators to enhance the quality of life of HIV-positive people, including increasing the number of people with HIV who report good or better health and decreasing the number of people living with HIV with unmet mental health professional needs, hunger, unemployment, and homelessness.

"Building on lessons learned and progress made during the past decades, the United States now has the opportunity to end the HIV epidemic. The federal actions detailed in this Implementation Plan outline how we get there," the report boasts.

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Killexams : Wolf administration outlines winter preparations for the upcoming cold

Officials also say there are some simple steps you can take to be as safe as possible on winter roads.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As winter continues to creep closer, PennDOT and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission officials outlined Tuesday what they're doing to prepare. 

Every year the Pa. Turnpike Commission prepares to confront winter snow and sleet by checking and performing necessary maintenance on its entire fleet of trucks, plows and salt spreaders. 

Officials also say there are some simple steps you can take to be as safe as possible on winter roads. 

"We need your help to keep this season a safe one. We urge drivers to allow plenty of space for snow plow operators so they can perform their jobs effectively and safely," said Mike Keiser with PennDOT's Highway Administration.

PennDOT will have about 4,700 road workers on standby throughout the winter season ready to plow roads and spread salt. 

"It's really important to make sure that you are prepared. If you have clothes necessary, and medication with you, you have prepared, your vehicle is prepared to be out in the snow," said Craig Shuey the chief operating officer with the Pa. Turnpike Commission. 

Motorists should prepare for potential wintry weather by ensuring they have supplies in their cars before heading out: food, water, blankets, extra gloves and hats, cell phone charger, hand or foot warmers, windshield brush and scraper, and any specialized items like medications or baby and pet supplies.

If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. 

Additonally, PennDOT is still looking to hire around 700 more temporary equipment operators for the winter season. 

For more information on available jobs and pay rates, click here

For more information on PennDOT's winter preparations and additional winter-driving resources for motorists, visit the department's winter website. 

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting

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Killexams : Youngkin administration outlines plan to withdraw Virginia from carbon market by regulation

Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration announced their latest plans for how they intend to withdraw Virginia from a regional carbon market Wednesday, a move critics say is not allowed by law, would drain important state programs of funding, and would hurt the fight against climate change.

Acting Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources Travis Voyles said at a State Air Pollution Control Board meeting that the administration plans to withdraw Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative through changes to the regulations that govern the state’s participation in the market.

The regulatory process typically takes 18 to 24 months from start to finish, after which the air board will vote on repealing the regulation.

The move is a pivot from the approach outlined in an executive order Youngkin issued at the start of his term. That plan called for a two-track approach that would first repeal the regulation through an emergency provision and then eliminate it permanently through the normal regulatory process.


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Killexams : Biden administration outlines plan to pay Colorado River water users to make cuts as crisis looms

By Ella Nilsen | CNN

As concerns grow over the future of the drought-plagued Colorado River system, the Biden administration has announced how it intends to pay farmers, cities and Native American tribes in the Southwest for significant, voluntary water cuts.

The money is coming from $4 billion in drought relief funds in the Inflation Reduction Act, Democrats’ latest climate law, and is primarily focused on encouraging water cuts in the three lower Colorado River Basin states — California, Arizona and Nevada.

The Interior Department said the new program will pay applicants a fixed amount of money per acre-foot of water they can leave in drought-stricken Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir. An acre-foot is around 326,000 gallons of water, or half of an Olympic-size swimming pool.

And the longer they can agree to cut their water usage, the more money they will receive: A one-year agreement gets $330 per acre-foot, two years gets $365 per acre-foot, and three years gets $400 per acre-foot, according to the department.

Some stakeholders have already announced they are considering cutting hundreds of thousands of acre-feet per year. The department said the payout will be contingent on a confirmation those cuts were made.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement that the West’s drought is “one of the most significant challenges facing our country” and that the department “is committed to using every resource available to conserve water and ensure that irrigators, Tribes and adjoining communities receive adequate assistance and support to build resilient communities and protect our water supplies.”

The question now is whether states and stakeholders will use that money to make the kind of drastic cuts needed to save the river and avoid a full-blown water crisis in the West.

In June, US Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton said that Colorado River states must negotiate a way to slash 2-4 million acre-feet of water usage per year — which is as much as 30% of their total usage. As those difficult negotiations continue, some hope the federal money will provide a financial cushion for communities, farmers, and Native American tribes make cuts and leave more in the country’s largest reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell.

Arizona Department of Water Resources director Tom Buschatzke, one of the main state negotiators, said he is thinking too much priority will be given to compensating stakeholders for short-term cuts, instead of demanding long-term water conservation and systemic change.

“I am a proponent of not being in a place where the $4 billion of IRA money is gone and we haven’t created any long-term benefit,” Buschatzke said. “That would be the worst outcome of all. The money will be gone.”

Interior noted in its Wednesday announcement that it will accept long-term proposals to fix water infrastructure in the West and promote sustained conservation.

Some states have already floated how much water they’d be willing to give up in exchange for federal money. Last week, four major California water agencies proposed cutting their annual allotment of river water by 400,000 acre-feet, or around 130 billion gallons. In order to make the cut, the agencies said they “would need to utilize funding opportunities” from the climate law.

But Buschatzke thinks the situation on the Colorado River is so “dire,” that voluntary cuts won’t be enough to save the river — or its water users. He believes mandatory cuts from the federal government should be part of the equation.

“I don’t think we can get there purely voluntarily,” Buschatzke told CNN. “We can’t pay people forever to do this. It’s not a sustainable process to pay people forever for reductions.”

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