Washington – Congresswoman Liz Cheney supported passage of the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan on the House floor Monday evening. The bill was adopted unanimously by the House of Representatives. The Congresswoman released the following statement congratulating the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office for their hard work on this multi-state plan:

“Today, I proudly supported passage of the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act, a bill that implements the plan spearheaded by the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office to combat the historic drought in the West. This bill will execute a state-based solution that protects the supply of water for 40 million people and over 5 million acres of irrigated land. I applaud Pat Tyrell and the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office for their hard work to accomplish this interstate agreement that protects one of the West’s most critical water resources.”

Background:

  • The Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan is a historic agreement between the seven upper and lower Colorado River Basin states on voluntary water allocation reductions in the event the two major reservoirs on the system, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, dip below specific water elevation levels. On March 19, 2019, Colorado River Basin States transmitted legislative language to Congress to allow the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation to implement the plan.
  • Congresswoman Cheney, an original cosponsor of the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act, introduced Wyoming native Pat Tyrell from the State Engineer’s office as a key witness during a Natural Resources Committee Hearing on the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan. Tyrell’s years of experience and dedication to protecting Wyoming’s water rights made him a compelling witness whose testimony made a real impact on the committee.