Sinema Statement on Drought Contingency Plan

Jan 31, 2019

Senator will support Congressional action following state’s approval

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema released the following statement on the Drought Contingency Plan approved by the Arizona Legislature today:

“This next step helps ensure Arizona has the clean, reliable water supply we need to thrive. Now I’ll work in the Senate to get this done for Arizona.” 

The Bureau of Reclamation is a water management agency that plays a key role in water distribution at Lake Mead and throughout the country. To prepare for a water shortage declaration, Arizonans from across the state negotiated a new Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) that makes voluntary reductions in water use in exchange for a more sustainable water future.

Now that the Legislature passed the DCP, Congress must act to ensure the Bureau of Reclamation can enter into the agreement with Arizona and the six other Colorado River Basin States: Nevada, California, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming.