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Water Rights Protection Act March 13, 2014
Scott Tipton, R-CO
"Colorado River Water Conservation District, Colorado Water Congress, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and Family Farm Alliance support this bill."
Resolutions Submitted Today May 16, 2012
Mark Udall, D-CO
"It is the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Rio Grande Reservoir, 90th anniversary of the Colorado River Compact of 1922, 75th anniversary of the creation of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, 75th anniversary of the creation of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, 75th anniversary of the creation of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, 50th anniversary of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, 10th anniversary of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and 10th anniversary of the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District."
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions February 14, 2012
Jon Kyl, R-AZ
"Mr. President, on behalf of Senator McCain and myself, I am pleased to introduce the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012. This is S. 2109."
Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 2584, Department Of The Interior, Environment, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 July 25, 2011
Louise Slaughter, D-NY
"Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in June issued a six-month moratorium on new uranium mining claims on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon. The ban provides time for the government to complete a study of the effects of uranium mining in the area. A final report is due this fall, and Salazar said the department is considering banning new mining claims in the area for the next 20 years. The issue is important. Uranium mining threatens not only the beauty and ecosystem of the Grand Canyon, but it also poses a threat to the Colorado River, which is a key source of water for about 26 million people in Arizona, Nevada and California. The Colorado River, which forms Lake Mead, provides 90 percent of the water used in Southern Nevada. Salazar cited a concern for water quality in announcing the moratorium extension because the 1 million acres are in the Colorado River watershed. Water officials worry that more uranium mines could result in radioactive material streaming into the river. The Grand Canyon and the Colorado River need to be protected. The moratorium on new claims was put in place because of an incredible spike in mining interest in the area under the George W. Bush administration. The Grand Canyon doesn’t need to see any more mining around it. Environmental groups and Colorado River water users cheered Salazar’s decision, but in Congress, Salazar’s announcement was targeted by some Republicans who claimed it was a bad policy. In a news release issued this month, Rep. Jeff Flake, R- Ariz., boasted about inserting a provision to block the administration from enforcing the moratorium in the spending bill that covers the Interior Department. The bill passed the House Appropriations Committee this month. Flake claimed that mining “can create jobs and stimulate the economy in Northern Arizona.” But Flake’s argument is shameless. He is using the nation’s poor economy as an excuse to force a dangerous policy on the country. Flake’s argument is part of the larger Republican attempt to roll back any sort of regulation. In passing the interior spending bill from his committee, Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers complained about what he called the administration’s “widespread regulatory overreach” and pledged to cut it. But when it comes to clean water, Congress shouldn’t be cutting back. People need to be confident their water supply is protected, and if the Republican plan moves forward, there will be serious doubt. As it is, the Colorado River is already endangered by uranium mines and tailing piles that sit in the watershed, some perilously close to the water. The moratorium also doesn’t prevent existing mining claims from being developed. The Interior Department says there are about 3,500 hard-rock mining claims in the area. Adding the potential for more uranium to enter the water doesn’t make sense. Republicans in Congress should quit trying to repeal the moratorium and should instead work to protect the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. It makes no sense to put millions of people’s drinking water at risk."
Honoring John M. Williams, Jr., On His Distinguished Career April 20, 2010
Ed Pastor, D-AZ
"John is a member of the Groundwater Users’ Advisory Council, the American Public Power Association, the National Water Resources Association, the Colorado River Water Users’ Association and the Cowman’s Club. In addition, President George W. Bush appointed him to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council in 2008."

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