Senators’ legislation fixes current federal cost-share shortfall to maintain the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Project
WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema, along with Western U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), introduced the bipartisan Colorado River Salinity Control Act – legislation increasing the federal cost-share for the Colorado River Salinity Control Project.
“Arizona and the American West’s prosperity depends on a secure water future. We’re fixing the current federal cost-sharing formula to protect the critical Colorado River Salinity Control Project,” said Sinema.
The Salinity Control Project is a cost-effective, proven method of controlling the salinity of the Colorado River and decreasing the salinity damage to water by reducing the salt load of the Colorado River by 1.2 million tons annually.
Sinema’s legislation helps ensure this critical program to the health and survival of the Colorado River continues, by ensuring the current federal cost-sharing formula provides the necessary funding to keep this program running and protect the Colorado River.