Government Funding Won’t Address Western Water Issues

PA Pundits - International

By Nicolas Loris ~

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Sometimes, members of Congress have the memories of goldfish. One such example is a taxpayer-backed subsidy program for water infrastructure projects.

The Bureau of Reclamation within the Department of Interior oversees water resource management in Western states for activities like water supply, storage, hydroelectric power, irrigation, and more.

The bureau manages 476 dams and 337 reservoirs. In January, members in the House introduced the New Water Available To Every Reclamation State Act, or the New WATER Act. The bill would provide government-backed financing to entities building water infrastructure projects in Western reclamation states.

The Bureau of Reclamation within the Department of Interior oversees water resource management in Western states. (Photo: Westend61/Newscom)

Eligible projects for WATER Act financing include nonfederal infrastructure projects for domestic, agricultural, environmental, municipal, or industrial use, improving energy efficiency…

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