Gardner Introduces Bill to Expedite Arkansas Valley Conduit Project

Washington, DC: Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced legislation that directs revenue collected from existing Fryingpan-Arkansas project facilities to the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District for Arkansas Valley Conduit construction costs. 


“The Arkansas Valley Conduit will supply Southeastern Colorado with a safe water supply benefiting families, farmers, and small businesses,” said Gardner. “Without a clear source of funding, however, the project will be stalled. My legislation directs money collected by Fry-Ark projects to assist with the cost of constructing the Arkansas Valley Conduit, providing a clear path forward for the project and bringing us a step closer to establishing a reliable water supply that will serve the region for decades to come.


“During a recent Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, I questioned Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Deputy Secretary Michael Connor on their commitment to the Arkansas Valley Conduit project. They pledged continued support for the Conduit and my legislation that helps to finally get construction of the project underway.” 


Authorized in the 1960s, the Arkansas Valley Conduit project in Southeast Colorado will deliver clean drinking water to local communities across the region upon completion. This bill extends greater flexibility to the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District by allowing the maximum use of miscellaneous revenue collected from the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project to be immediately reinvested into the Arkansas Valley Conduit once construction begins.  




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.