02.04.20

Gardner Secures $28 Million for the Arkansas Valley Conduit

Funds will be used to begin construction of critical drinking water infrastructure project in Southeastern Colorado

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced he secured $28 million of funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC) project, which will be provided by the Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation’s Fiscal Year 2020 work plan.

AVC Announcement

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“Today I am proud to announce that I have secured significant funding to start construction on the Arkansas Valley Conduit for the first time since Congress authorized the project and President Kennedy promised completion nearly six decades ago,” said Senator Gardner. “The communities of the Lower Arkansas Valley deserve clean drinking water, which the Arkansas Valley Conduit will supply for generations to come. This is the first time robust federal funding of $28 million has been dedicated to the project which will help finish final design, pre-construction costs, and begin construction to get to the first community in need. I’m grateful to President Trump, Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Vought, Department of the Interior Secretary Bernhardt, and the leadership of the Bureau of Reclamation for working with me to deliver such a strong federal funding commitment.”

Currently there are approximately 50,000 individuals in Southeast Colorado who have contaminated groundwater. The Arkansas Valley Conduit project, which was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1962, will deliver clean drinking water to local communities across the region upon completion.

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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 is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.