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Ken Buck calls for reform of water project approval process

July 15, 2016
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kyle Huwa, 202-225-4676

ashington, D.C. – Congressman Ken Buck published an op-ed in the Colorado Statesman and released a video today to highlight the ways in which federal laws have exacerbated the water shortage issues experienced in northern Colorado. He specifically highlights the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP), an effort to increase water storage in northern Colorado through the creation of a new reservoir.

“In Northern Colorado, water is life for farmers and everyone else who lives in the region. I’ve watched firsthand as water shortages in Colorado drive farmers and their families to desperation,” Congressman Ken Buck stated. “We need to reform federal regulations so that water projects can be completed more quickly and more efficiently.”

Read Congressman Buck’s op-ed on the issue here:

Watch Harry Strohauer, a farmer from LaSalle, tell his personal story:

The NISP effort has experienced numerous delays due largely to the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA. This federal law is meant to protect the environment during major infrastructure projects, but it ultimately drowns the project in red tape and often causes years of delays as project management conducts study after study to determine the environmental impact.

Congressman Buck seeks to reform the approval process for water projects by improving the efficiency of the impact studies, encouraging various agencies to coordinate studies, and overhauling the National Environmental Policy Act. 

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Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04) is the Freshman Class President. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  He serves on the OGR Subcommittees on Government Operations and the Interior and is a member of the Judiciary Subcommittees on Immigration and Border Security and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

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