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For Immediate Release
Contact: Kyle Huwa, 202-225-4676
Washington, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 519, the WATER Act, which Congressman Ken Buck introduced in 2017 to keep water affordable for rural Colorado. The WATER Act amends the tax code to allow mutual irrigation and ditch companies to reinvest revenue earned from non-member sources, ultimately making water resources more affordable for farmers and ranchers.
The Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s newly finalized rule on clean water unleashed a flood of criticism Wednesday from Colorado Republicans, who accused the Obama administration of engineering a federal power grab.
The agencyâ€™s hotly contested â€œWaters of the United Statesâ€ rule expands the list of waterways covered by the federal Clean Water Act, which EPA officials said would ensure that more Americans gain access to drinking water from streams, wetlands and rivers protected by the law.