Udall: Ute pipeline bill clears natural resourses committee unanimously

WASHINGTON – The House Committee on Natural Resources has unanimously approved the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Projects Act, a bill introduced by U.S. Representative Tom Udall, D-N.M., to help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs. Introduced on April 3, 2008, the legislation would authorize the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties.

“We need to pass this legislation to help mitigate the serious water challenges the Eastside will encounter in the future,” said Udall. “I am proud the Natural Resources Committee showed such broad, bipartisan support for meeting eastern New Mexico’s needs. The strong support for this bill reflects the hard work that I, New Mexico’s Senators and eastern New Mexico leaders put into crafting a commonsense solution to the area’s water challenge.”

Udall’s legislation would authorize the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to spend up to $327 million over a ten year period to assist the ENMRWA in the construction of the pipeline.