WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Family Farm Alliance will be represented at a Senate committee hearing scheduled for tomorrow to discuss three pieces of Western water legislation. Mr. Wade Noble, an attorney for Yuma (ARIZONA) area irrigation districts is also representing his clients and the National Water Resources Association before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Water and Power Subcommittee. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. (EDT) on Thursday, July 18 and will focus on three bills, including:
• Aquifer Recharge Flexibility Act (S. 1570);
• Drought Resiliency and Water Supply Infrastructure Act (S. 1932); and
• Water Supply Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Utilization Act (S. 2044)
The Family Farm Alliance is on record for supporting all three bills.
Joining Mr. Noble on the witness dais will be Brenda Burman (Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation), Marshall Brown (General Manager, Aurora Water WateReuse Association), Melinda Kassen (Senior Counsel,Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership) and Wesley Hipke (Recharge Program Manager, Idaho Department of Water Resources).
Mr. Noble’s testimony will focus primarily on the Water Supply Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Utilization Act (S. 2044). This bill includes provisions to deal with extraordinary maintenance challenges and is designed to amend the aging infrastructure section of a 2009 law (P.L. 111-11) that was created, in part, to help prevent future disasters of the type that occurred in 2008, when the Truckee Canal failed near Fernley, Nevada.
“This legislation is important to Western irrigated agriculture and our nation as a whole,” said Mr. Noble, who is a long-time member of the Family Farm Alliance Advisory Committee.
While not testifying on the Drought Resiliency and Water Supply Infrastructure Act (S. 1932), his written testimony expresses support for it.
“S. 1932 will be instrumental in the development of new, additional, much needed water infrastructure,” he said. “It is an integral part of addressing the country’s water infrastructure needs.”
Click here to download Mr. Noble’s written testimony.