Technical corrections to water settlement act receives bipartisan support

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Navajo Nation Washington Office
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For Immediate Release

Technical corrections to water settlement act receives bipartisan support

WASHINGTON—On Thursday, June 25, Navajo Nation Washington Office executive director Jackson Brossy provided testimony on behalf of the Navajo Nation in support HR 1406, the New Mexico Navajo Water Settlement Technical Corrections Act before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) has broad bipartisan support and makes technical corrections to the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, which was authorized as part of Congress’ approval of the water rights Settlement Agreement between the Navajo Nation, the United States and the State of New Mexico.

The technical corrections range from misspellings, grammatical errors and incorrect citations to clarifying that the 10-year waiver of payments on operation, maintenance, and replacement costs runs from the date of first delivery of ‘Project’ water as a opposed to delivery of water from any source and that the Court presiding over the stream adjudication can nullify the Agreement between the State of New Mexico, the Navajo Nation and the United States, but not the Contract between the United States and the Navajo Nation supplying water to the parties.

“The Navajo Nation strongly supports this bill and appreciates all of the hard work that went into developing the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project. These technical corrections are critical improvements that clarify an important piece of legislation that will help to build the Navajo Nation’s water infrastructure,” said Brossy.

The Begaye-Nez Administration is committed to improving the Navajo People’s access to water, which is essential for economic growth.

“There are more than 4,000 homes on the Navajo Nation without water. Current water systems are not sized to accommodate long-term growth and economic development,” said Brossy.

These technical amendments will provide a long-term renewable water supply, reduce the number of homes without water, and provide a water supply for economic growth in northwestern New Mexico.

Brossy asked lawmakers to help resolve the Nation’s outstanding water rights claims in Utah and Arizona in order to ensure access to water resources, and to protect the Navajo Nation’s water rights.