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Tipton Announces Huge Victory for Arkansas Valley Conduit

February 10, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) announced a huge victory for the Arkansas Valley Conduit and communities in Southeastern Colorado.

“For years, the Arkansas Valley Conduit has been left out of the president’s annual budget proposal, but after several calls, letters and in-person meetings with the Bureau of Reclamation, the Arkansas Valley Conduit is back in the president’s budget request,” Tipton said.

President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget request includes an $8 million line item for the Arkansas Valley Conduit, which is the last phase of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, a water delivery system that will provide clean drinking water to communities in Southeastern Colorado.

“I commend the Trump Administration, and especially Commissioner Burman, for recognizing the importance of the Arkansas Valley Conduit and for working with me to make sure it is included in this year’s budget request,” Tipton added.

Background:

  • February 4, 2020 – The Bureau of Reclamation announced a $28M investment in the Arkansas-Valley Conduit, following calls from Reps. Tipton and Buck and Sen. Gardner for allocations in the Bureau’s Fiscal Year 2020 spend plan.
  • 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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