Family Farm Alliance: Indian Water Rights Settlement Legislation Introduced

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the vice-chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, introduced the Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension Act today to fund water infrastructure projects in tribal communities. Click here for the full Committee press release, which notes the Family Farm Alliance support for this legislation.

The Alliance earlier this year provided qualified supported for this legislation because we have members in Arizona, Colorado and Idaho, in particular, who have a long history and ongoing interactions in Indian water rights settlement efforts. The Alliance supports the intent of this legislation, since water rights settlements will continue to move forward, with or without the fund, and future settlements that are authorized by Congress will hit the Bureau of Reclamation’s budget even harder. However, many of our members also believe there are more direct needs for Reclamation projects, such as addressing and modernizing aging water structures. We will continue to work with Congress to advance the necessary suite of funding, demand management and supply enhancement actions that are required to fairly and effectively address water challenges in the Western U.S.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.