House Passes Bipartisan Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

April 9, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act. Speaking on the House floor earlier today, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01), a cosponsor of the bill, urged members of the House to support the important legislation that benefits communities throughout Arizona and the Southwest region. Watch the video here.

"During my time in the legislature, I worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to develop and implement Arizona’s first conservation, drought, and statewide water management plans. Earlier this year, the state took a decisive step when they passed the drought contingency plan, and today Congress did the same," O'Halleran said. "There is no resource more precious to the region than our water, and we must act to protect it for generations to come. I am pleased to see the bipartisan support this legislation received, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure these agreements are entered into in a timely manner."

The Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan is a water conservation agreement between seven Colorado River Basin states: Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, California and Wyoming. The legislation passed today directs the Secretary of the Interior to enter into drought contingency plan agreements with each state.