Discussing Solutions to Ongoing Drought and Low Water Access at Lake Powell, Sinema Hosts Call with Glen Canyon Superintendent

Jul 29, 2022

Senator secured a historic $8.3 billion to address drought and Western water infrastructure in her bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Superintendent William Shott spoke about the ongoing drought and low water access at Lake Powell, how investments from Sinema’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law will help secure Arizona’s water future, and the continued work that needs to be done to ensure continue water certainty for Arizona.
“Like all Arizonans, I’m very concerned about the severe drought and its impacts at Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. We’re working with local experts like Superintendent Shott to implement the historic investments from our infrastructure law and further efforts as we continue addressing drought, mitigating low water access at the Lake, and ensuring a secure water future for all Arizonans,” said Sinema, co-author and lead negotiator of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law. 
The lack of access to Lake Powell has had significant negative impacts on the City of Page’s economy – which relies heavily on tourists and aquatic recreational activities. Sinema has previously worked with the National Park Service, the City of Page, and the Army Corps to expedite construction on ramp extensions and other infrastructure needs as the Lake’s levels decline.
Earlier this year, Sinema announced that a $82.8 million investment from her law was coming to Arizona specifically to strengthen water systems and environmental infrastructure. Additionally, Sinema announced that over $50.5 million will be invested in Arizona in 2022 for critical drought relief measures from her bipartisan infrastructure law. 
Click HERE to learn more about how Sinema’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law impacts water systems and drought resilience.