From: The Honorable Paul A. Gosar
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Date: 4/4/2017

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Dear Colleague,

In recent years,
special-interest groups throughout the country have increased efforts to dismantle and remove federal dams
. These efforts fly in the face of commonsense. The dams in question provide crucial water storage, flood control, irrigation, hydroelectricity generation,
and recreational opportunities. Given all of the benefits of federally-owned and operated dams, as well as the large costs associated with demolition, removing dams to appease extremist groups would be terribly imprudent.

This same language was included in fiscal year (FY) 2017 base text and passed as an amendment in FY 2016.  For these reasons and more, I ask that you join me in once again seeking to prevent misguided attempts to removal federally-owned and operated dams
in FY 2018.

The text of the letter is below. Instructions will be sent along with the final signed letter for submitting this request. Contact Jeff Small at to sign on.


Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.
Member of Congress


April___, 2017

The Honorable Mike Simpson                                    The Honorable Marcy Kaptur
Chairman                                                                     Ranking Member
Committee on Appropriations                                    Committee on Appropriations
Subcommittee on Energy and                                     Subcommittee on Energy and
Water Development, and Related                              Water Development, and Related
Agencies                                                                     Agencies
U.S. House of Representatives                                   U.S. House of Representatives
2362-B Rayburn HOB                                                1016 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515                                              Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Kaptur:

As you begin work on the fiscal year (FY) 2018 the Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, we urge you to include language that would prohibit federal agencies from utilizing federal funds for the removal of federally-owned
and operated dams.

In recent years, special-interest groups have increased efforts to dismantle and remove federal dams. These efforts defy commonsense, particularly at a time of major water challenges across the West and with an increasing need for clean, renewable hydropower.
Electricity generated from Army Corps and Bureau of Reclamation operated dams is utilized by millions of Americans every day.

Fringe efforts to remove these dams are not only misguided, but extremely dangerous.

Many of these dams are essential components for flood control, strategic water storage, and life-sustaining irrigation for millions of acres of agriculture. Tens of millions of Americans rely on these dams to supply their drinking water and support their
livelihoods. The vital water, energy, economic, and ecological benefits provided by federally-owned and operated dams must be protected.

Terry Flores, of Northwest RiverPartners, opposes efforts to remove four federal dams in Washington stating, “The four dams produce enough electricity to power a city the size of Seattle.”

We applaud the Committee for recognizing the shortsightedness of these misguided efforts and including language in the FY 2017 base text to prevent the removal of federally-owned and operated dams last fiscal year.

Accordingly, we ask that you retain this important language by including the following in the Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY 2018:

Sec. ___. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used for the removal of
any federally-owned or operated dam. 

Dams are crucial for power generation, flood prevention, and water storage. Removing dams for political reasons will only exacerbate water challenges facing the country. We thank you for your consideration of this request, for your leadership on the committee
and for your efforts to ensure abundant water supplies for future generations.