Western Governors have commended the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for its leadership in advancing S. 2800, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, and asked Congress to address additional regional issues in the act.
The June 18, 2018 outreach to Chairman John Barrasso and Ranking Member Thomas Carper applauded Congress’s renewed commitment to develop and pass water resources development legislation on a regular schedule. The Governors also asked Congress to address issues such as providing federal agencies with the authorities necessary to combat aquatic invasive species and legislative codification of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Transfers Rule.
“Whether for purposes of drought mitigation, flood control or supply allocation, proper water management is essential,” wrote WGA Chair South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard and WGA Vice Chair Hawaii Gov. David Ige. “WGA believes that S. 2800 addresses several water management issues that are critical to western states and that its enactment would provide substantial benefits to western water management practices.”