Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small, alongside U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján and Congresswoman Deb Haaland, introduced the Western Water Security Act of 2019, legislation to improve water management in the West through investments in water infrastructure, a focus on conservation, efficiency, and environmental restoration, and tailored funding for local communities. Here is a statement from the office of Rep. Torres Small:
The forward-looking legislation will arm communities with the federal funding and research necessary to grapple with the potential of a long-term drying trend in the West and changes in water availability exacerbated by climate change.
“Water is life, and few places have felt the impact of its scarcity like New Mexico. The future of our state and the rest of the West depends on communities and industries’ ability to adapt in the face of a dwindling water supply. Smart investments in water management will ensure that our way of life, economy, and environment are preserved for generations to come,” said Torres Small.