July 29, 2020

Luján Highlights New Mexico Priorities in Water Resources Development Act, Secures Provision to Expand the Abiquiu Reservoir

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, applauded the House passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes funding for water infrastructure improvements across the country. Among other legislative wins, Congressman Luján secured the inclusion of a measure to expand the Abiquiu Reservoir and give New Mexico greater flexibility to manage water for its residents. 

“The health and wellbeing of New Mexico’s residents and economy depend on access to safe and clean water,” said Luján. “I’m proud of this bipartisan effort to provide critical investments in New Mexico’s water infrastructure, foster collaboration between the federal government and Tribes on water resource projects, and ensure New Mexicans have access to this invaluable natural resource for agriculture, recreation, and everyday use.”

WRDA includes the following provisions secured by Congressman Luján: 

  • A provision allowing for increased storage in the Abiquiu Reservoir. Water for storage can come from both San Juan-Chama River water as well as native Rio Grande water, which will provide greater flexibility to the Middle Rio Grande region.
  • An increase in the authorization of the Tribal Partnership program to $35 million. This program provides authority to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to work with Indian nations to study and carry out projects that benefit their communities. 
  • An increase in budget of the Remediation of Abandoned Mine Sites Program (RAM) to $30 million. Funding will support this nationwide program and its technical, planning, and design assistance to Federal, non-Federal, and Tribal entities that have water quality problems caused by drainage and related activities of abandoned mines. 
  • Language directing the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ use of natural infrastructure projects in the context of flood control and ecosystem restoration.

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