The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) recently announced that Nevada will face an 8% cut in its annual water allocation from the Colorado River for 2023. However, Nevada uses less water than it did 20 years ago as well as less than its current allotment from the Colorado River.
Therefore, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager John Entsminger sent a letter and called on the administration to take significantly stronger federal action to ensure all states are contributing to water conservation along the Colorado River. More specifically, Cortez Masto demanded the administration to deliver a detailed, timely plan within 90 days to disburse the $4 billion in drought funding from the Inflation Reduction Act.
“I’ve led efforts in Congress to get Nevada the resources it needs to combat drought, and we’re leading the way in water conservation,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “But this administration urgently needs to take a stronger role in ensuring that all states along the Colorado River take the actions that Nevada already has, so that all states along the Colorado River Basin are contributing their fair share to addressing this crisis.”