|In the last several Congresses we have supported “The Western Water Security Act,” a bill focused on protecting private water rights and uphold state water law. We were happy to see freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) carry the legislation in the new Congress, and Dan Keppen released this statement on the bill:
|“Our farmers and ranchers rely on their vested water rights to secure operating loans, as well as irrigate crops and water livestock. Federal agencies should not be able to leverage those water rights against farming and ranching families who have long depended upon federal permits and leases to support actions like grazing.”
See the full press release from Rep. Boebert’s office at this link.
Supporters of Congresswoman Boebert’s bill include: American Farm Bureau Federation, National Water Resources Association, Archuleta County Commissioners, Arizona Farm Bureau, Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, California Agricultural Irrigation Association, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Water Congress, Dolores Water Conservancy District, Family Farm Alliance, Garfield County Commissioners, Mesa County Commissioners, Montrose County Commissioners, Nevada Farm Bureau, Truckee-Carson Irrigation District, United Water Conservation District, Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District.
14 Members of Congress joined Representative Boebert in introducing her bill including: Mark Amodei (NV-02), Andy Biggs (AZ-05), Ken Buck (CO-04), Ron Estes (KS-04), Russ Fulcher (ID-01), Paul Gosar (AZ-O4), Yvette Herrell (NM-02), Doug LaMalfa (CA-1), Doug Lamborn (CO-5), Tom McClintock (CA-04), Blake Moore (UT-01), Dan Newhouse (WA-4), Mike Simpson (ID-02), Chris Stewart (UT-02).