McSally Chairs first Water and Power Subcommittee Hearing

U.S. SENATE – Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally chaired her first hearing as a U.S. Senator on the critical Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan (DCP).

During today’s U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power hearing, U.S. Senator Martha McSally underscored the bipartisan, multi-year effort to bring the DCP across the finish line to continue to improve water security for years to come.  

Arizona Department of Water Resources Director Mr. Tom Buschatzke testified to the committee: “The immediate implementation of the DCP provides immediate benefits to the Colorado River system. Delaying the implementation of the DCPs greatly reduces the sustainability of the Colorado River system. Given the urgent need for action, I am asking your support to adopt federal legislation, so that the agreements can be executed and implemented.”

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman, Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager Mr. John Entsminger, and State of Wyoming State Engineer Mr. Patrick Tyrrell testified alongside Buschatzke.

On March 19, McSally congratulated Arizona and the six other Colorado River Basin states on finalizing the DCP. She has been working closely with Commissioner Burman and state stakeholders including the tribes and county water leaders to have the DCP signed into law.

Download a video of McSally’s opening remarks HERE.