Sinema Statement on Updated Projections of Colorado River System Conditions

Sep 23, 2021

WASHINGTON – Arizona’s senior U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema released the following statement on the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s updated modeling projections of major reservoir levels within the Colorado River system over the next five years:

“Today’s announcement from the Bureau of Reclamation on the 5-year projections for Lakes Mead and Powell underscores the need for swift passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which would invest $8.3 billion in western water infrastructure. The Senate must also work swiftly to confirm the next Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation to ensure active leadership to address the crisis. I look forward to working with federal, state, and local officials to identify and implement strong responses to this unprecedented situation to secure Arizona’s water future.”
Sinema’s Senate-passed bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act makes the strongest investment ever in clean drinking water—with more than $8 billion to strengthen water systems throughout the American West, including creating or conservating 100,000 acre feet of water yearly at Lake Mead.