Gosar lauds passage of Water Allocation Lease for Colorado River Indian tribes￼
Representative Paul Gosar, DDS (AZ-04) issued the following statement in response to passage of S. 3308, the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Water Resiliency Act.
“I am very pleased to announce passage of important legislation that will allow CRIT, located in my district, to lease a part of its water allocation for use off the reservation to provide direct drought relief to surrounding Arizona communities.
CRIT is currently using part of its allocation to help the State of Arizona maintain water levels in Lake Mead. Passage of this legislation allows the Tribe to further assist other communities in Arizona and, because it would only authorize the Tribe to lease water it conserves on the reservation, guarantees that no additional strain is placed on the already over-taxed Colorado River.
Providing CRIT with leasing authority will finally give the Tribe control over its water and allow it to assist other communities suffering from water supply challenges,” concluded Congressman Gosar.