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Rep. Tipton Applauds Federal and State Collaboration on Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

April 8, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted in support of H.R. 2030, the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act. Tipton cosponsored the bill and gave a speech on the House floor before it was passed.

In part, Tipton’s remarks read:

“Following a historic, two-decade long drought in the Southwest, I am glad to see an effective strategy produced after years of collaboration between the seven states involved and the federal government.

Demand for water has drastically increased over the years due to population growth, but prolonged drought has diminished water supplies. As the location of the headwaters for the river that supplies water to roughly 40 million people, Colorado plays an especially crucial role in the management of our most precious resource. This past winter brought much needed snowpack to the region, but there is no certainty this trend will continue in the coming years and it is important to have a contingency plan in place. Ensuring the Colorado River can meet the demands of all water users who rely on it is a shared responsibility among all Upper and Lower Basin states.”

All seven basin states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming) agreed on a plan that would allow extra water to be stored in Lakes Mead and Powell at no additional cost during a drought. Each individual state would create its own plan for how it is going to fill these storage banks, and H.R. 2030 gives the Bureau of Land Management the authority to allow this plan to be carried out.

Tipton’s full floor speech can be found here.

The text of the bill can be found here.