Funding to help maintain the Yuma East Wetlands has been secured to protect the area for the next half century. A partnership between the Quechan Indian tribe, the City of Yuma, the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area and the Arizona Game and Fish Commission began the groundwork of bringing life back to part of the area surrounding the Colorado River. Yuma City Administrator Greg Wilkinson says the recent partnership has completely revamped the area. With the funding, the area’s restoration projects can continue. The Yuma Heritage Area, the Quechan Tribe and the City of Yuma will continue to partner to provide water to expand the project, helping to support birds and other wildlife in the area.