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Letter

 

From: The Honorable David B. McKinley
Sent By:
gabriel.maletta@mail.house.gov

Date: 12/15/2016

Dear Colleagues,

The recent debates over the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act highlight the need for bold actions to address the drought in the Western United States. This historic drought threatens
the economic and agricultural growth of one of America’s most vibrant regions. Without intervention, traditional sources such as the Colorado River and local aquifers are beginning to run dry.

This letter calls on President-Elect Trump to consider water infrastructure to alleviate drought conditions, with an emphasis on exploring piping excess water from the Missouri or Mississippi Rivers to
the Colorado Front Range and Northern New Mexico. Building such extensive water infrastructure would not only help to resupply the Colorado River, but also create good paying jobs in construction and maintenance.

Included with this letter is a study, conducted by the

Bureau of Reclamation
, further exploring the feasibility of this project. To sign onto this letter, please contact Gabriel Maletta (gabriel.maletta@mail.house.gov) at (202) 225-4172.

 

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December XX, 2016

President-Elect Donald Trump                            

725 Fifth Avenue, 26th Floor

New York, New York 10022

 

Dear President-Elect Trump,

During the course of the 2016 Presidential campaign, you made infrastructure growth and improvement a central pillar of your agenda. Throughout America’s history grand projects, from the Hoover Dam to
the Interstate Highway System, played a role in shaping our nation. Today, we ask that as you develop your infrastructure plan, you include proposals that would alleviate drought conditions and water shortages in the American West.

The West is the fastest growing region in our nation, with five of the ten fastest growing states within its borders. Rapidly expanding metropolitan areas are driving economic growth and innovation, attracting
businesses and employees. However, concurrent with this growth is an unprecedented historic drought throughout the region. Agricultural land such as California’s Imperial Valley, which produces 2/3 of America’s winter produce, is increasingly threatened by
this drought, which has the potential to disrupt produce availability and economic growth. In fact, the situation is so dire, the Governor of California announced a state of emergency due to the drastic water shortage.

There are multiple existing proposals that address this crisis. One in particular, by the Bureau of Reclamation, calls for exploring piping excess waters from the Mississippi or Missouri Rivers. This
would both eliminate drought conditions in the Southwest and also lessen the effects of floods along the Mississippi and Missouri as both these rivers experience seasonal flooding which have devastating impacts on local populations. Piping excess water to
the Colorado Front Range and specific areas of New Mexico has the potential to augment water volume on the Colorado River, improving downriver flow into Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and California, and refilling natural aquifers while reducing the cost
of flooding along the Mississippi and Missouri.

Not only would this plan eliminate drought conditions and reduce flooding but it would also have a considerable economic impact, creating thousands of construction and maintenance jobs throughout the
region. Additionally, there is a market for water in the West, guaranteeing a funding stream. However, no one has taken the audacious step to push this project to the next level. Every grand public work project started out as a simple idea. Only through bold
actions and committed efforts were these projects fulfilled.

Should you have any questions regarding this proposal, please contact Mr. Blake Deeley (blake.deeley@mail.house.gov) at (202) 225-4172. We appreciate your
review of this issue and look forward to a response.

Sincerely,

Signatures