Washington, D.C.– Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) hailed the Senate’s passage this morning of H.R. 2030, his bill implementing the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan, and urged President Trump to sign the bill into law as soon as possible. The House passed the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act yesterday afternoon, and the Senate agreed to approve Grijalva’s bill as part of a debate on similar language.
Grijalva’s bill will now go to the White House for President Trump’s expected signature.
“This bill is a bipartisan, multi-state solution to a multi-state problem, and nothing should stand in the way of it becoming law as soon as possible,” Grijalva said. “I urge the Senate to send my bill to the White House with due speed and encourage the president to quickly sign it. The 40 million Americans of the Colorado River Basin need and expect swift action.”
The Drought Contingency Plan – an agreement between Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, California, New Mexico and Nevada – establishes voluntary water conservation measures that will help manage prolonged drought conditions and regional climate change impacts throughout the Southwest. The alternative to the Plan would likely include dramatic water delivery cuts should reservoir levels fall below certain thresholds.
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