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House Passes Gardner, Tipton Effort to Ensure Delivery of Clean Drinking Water to Southern Colorado

July 11, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON—The House passed the 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Act (H.R. 4923) which includes an amendment by Reps. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Scott Tipton (R-CO) to ensure the completion of vital projects to deliver clean drinking water. The amendment directs $3 million in the Bureau of Reclamation budget to be made available for ongoing projects, including the Arkansas Valley Conduit, the final piece of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project which once completed, will ensure the delivery of clean drinking water to Southern Colorado. The amendment was adopted by voice vote and passed with the final bill out of the House.

Watch Gardner and Tipton speak on the House floor in support of their amendment HERE

“The Arkansas Valley Conduit will supply Southeastern Colorado with a constant, safe water supply for families, farmers, and businesses, which is critical for healthy communities and economic growth,” said Gardner. “Increasing funding for the Water Conservation and Delivery fund will provide projects, such as the Arkansas Valley Conduit, with the resources they need to serve the surrounding communities. In Colorado, water is a driving force. We need to do all we can to ensure that the people of Colorado have access to the water for both municipal and agricultural uses.”

“This Amendment provides the Bureau of Reclamation the flexibility it needs to allocate funds to advance and complete ongoing work that will provide efficient delivery of water from an existing multi-purpose reclamation project as authorized by Congress in 1962,” said Tipton. “Among the eligible projects within the Water Conservation and Delivery fund, the Arkansas Valley Conduit is the final component of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project - a water diversion and storage project in the lower Arkansas Valley.  Once constructed, the Conduit will deliver clean drinking water to families, producers and municipalities throughout Southeastern Colorado. It is our hope that Reclamation prioritizes projects that resolve water shortage issues in the West while enhancing regional development and promoting job growth.”