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Congressman Scott Tipton

Representing the 3rd District of Colorado

Reps. Tipton, Buck Praise BoR Announcement on $28 Million in Funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit Project Funding

February 4, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Bureau of Reclamation (BoR) announced its additional funding distribution for the remainder of the fiscal year, which included $28 million for the Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC) Project. Representatives Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Ken Buck (CO-04) have been longtime supporters of AVC and praised the announcement.

“Access to clean and reliable water is critical to Coloradan families, and for years, the Colorado delegation has worked to secure funding for the AVC Project,” said Tipton. “Completion of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project has been a top priority during my time in Congress and I am grateful the BoR has made good on its word to prioritize the needs of economically distressed regions, especially those in Colorado. I am proud to have worked with the local water conservation districts, my colleagues in the House and Senate, and the members of the Trump Administration to get this project closer to the finish line.”

“Colorado is known for its crystal-clear streams, but for nearly 50,000 people in Southeastern Colorado, access to fresh drinking water has been a challenge,” said Buck. “That’s why I’m extremely grateful to announce that after years of fighting for clean drinking water in the Lower Arkansas Valley, we have secured $28 million in funding to start construction on the Arkansas Valley Conduit. Thank you to Interior Secretary Bernhardt and the Bureau of Reclamation for working with us to secure funding for this important project.”

Background:

  • October 11, 2019 – Reps. Tipton and Buck and Sens. Gardner and Bennet send letter to OMB asking the department to secure the funding necessary for AVC completion.
  • April 1, 2019 – Reps. Tipton, Buck and DeGette send letter to House Appropriations Committee requesting the prioritization of the completed AVC Project
  • April 12, 2018 – Tipton and Buck send letter to Sec. of Interior regarding the lack of funding to the project during FY 2019
  • March 8, 2017 – Tipton testifies before the House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee on behalf of the AVC
  • July 11, 2015 – House passes Tipton-Gardner amendment to ensure completion of the AVC
  • April 30, 2015 – Buck spoke in support of the Tipton amendment on the House floor
  • August 9, 2013 – Tipton joins letter to Assistant Secretary of Interior requesting adequate funding for AVC in future budget proposals

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