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Rep. Buck Announces Arkansas Valley Conduit Project Groundbreaking 

October 3, 2020
Press Release

On Saturday, October 3, Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) announced the commencement of the Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC) Project at Pueblo Dam. The AVC will transport clean water from the Pueblo Reservoir’s 230 miles of pipeline to a projected 50,000 people in southeast Colorado. 

 

Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) said: 

 

“Fighting to secure access to clean and safe drinking water in the Lower Arkansas Valley has been a top priority of mine since I entered Congress. In the last fiscal year, we have secured nearly $30 million in funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit. I am proud to announce that we are finally breaking ground on this project, which will help nearly 50,000 people across 40 rural communities in southeast Colorado.”

 

Secretary of the Department of Interior David Bernhardt:

 

“For nearly 60 years, Colorado’s leaders of both political parties have been working to move the Arkansas Valley Conduit forward. Over the last three years, the forceful advocacy of Senator Gardner working with the Trump Administration has led to today’s significant milestone. This project will provide reliable clean water for 50,000 people living in 40 rural communities across southern Colorado.”

 

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman said:

“The Arkansas Valley Conduit will provide a reliable long-term water supply to communities relying on groundwater contaminated by naturally occurring toxins. Reclamation is proud to provide a source of safe and clean water to promote health, welfare, and economic opportunity for these Americans.”

 

Background:

  • February 10, 2020 — Rep. Buck announces additional $8 million in additional funding for the AVC in the president’s proposed FY2021 budget
  • February 4, 2020 — Rep. Buck announces $28 million in funding to start construction on the Arkansas Valley Conduit
  • October 11, 2019 — Reps. Buck and Tipton and Sens. Gardner and Bennet send letter to OMB asking the department to secure the funding necessary for AVC completion
  • April 1, 2019 — Reps. Buck, Tipton and DeGette send letter to House Appropriations Committee requesting the prioritization of the completed AVC Project
  • April 12, 2018 —Reps. Buck and Tipton and Sens. Gardner and Bennet send letter to Secretary of Interior regarding the lack of funding to the project during FY 2019
  • April 30, 2015 — Rep. Buck speaks in support of the Arkansas Valley Conduit on the House floor
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