Sinema Continues Securing Arizona’s Water Future

Dec 18, 2019

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema requested an update from U.S. Interior Secretary Bernhardt on his Department’s work ensuring the long-term security of the Lower Colorado River Basin Development Fund.
“Arizona’s economic wellbeing depends on the future success of the Basin Fund. Ensuring the administration has a long-term plan for securing the Basin Fund is critical to securing Arizona’s water future,” said Sinema. 
The Lower Colorado River Basin Development Fund is managed by the Department of Interior and covers some of the cost of water delivery to Arizona tribes and helps pay for infrastructure projects around tribal water settlements. 
During her time in the U.S. Senate, Sinema has worked to advance commonsense solutions to secure Arizona’s water future. Last month, Sinema introduced the DRIP Act, which equips communities in Arizona, and across the country, to address drought conditions and strengthen water supplies. Earlier this year, Sinema helped get the Drought Contingency Plan across the finish line in the Senate. Sinema also cosponsored the bipartisan Drought Resiliency and Water Supply Infrastructure Act, which allows Arizona cities, tribes, and water providers access to critical funding to secure the state’s water future.
Read the full text of the letter HERE.