Luján On Passage Of Southwest Drought Plan
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the passage of a comprehensive drought and water plan for the southwest:
“Today’s passage of a comprehensive drought plan is a critical step to address climate change and protect New Mexicans’ access to clean water. Millions of people across the Southwest depend on the Colorado River, even as the supply has continued to deplete due to prolonged drought. I am proud to be a co-sponsor for this legislation, and I will continue to be a champion for water and climate change legislation. Water is the lifeblood of our communities, and we must do everything possible to proactively address the effects of drought on our water supplies.”
The Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act, which Congressman Luján co-sponsors, is the result of bipartisan collaboration with seven states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. This legislation governs water use in the Colorado River Basin upon which 40 million people rely on.