WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury offered testimony on May 3, 2017, on behalf of Western Governors before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies.
The testimony shared Western Governors' views on the appropriations and activities of the federal agencies under the Subcommittee’s jurisdiction. The testimony, in part, advocated for:
- Support for updating and building new infrastructure for existing water, wastewater and hydropower facilities;
- Continued federal data collection, monitoring, and drought information programs;
- Funding for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Transportation Safety Program.
The testimony also included a reminder that states have exclusive authority over groundwater located within their borders, so the Subcommittee should not to permit the use of appropriated funds for any activity that would, or has the potential to, usurp states’ authority over groundwater resources.