Water & Climate
Water is the lifeblood of Arizona's economy. We have to plan for a hotter, drier future now.
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Today, Rep. Greg Stanton urged House appropriators to consider funding critical water infrastructure projects in Arizona during a hearing before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies.
Stanton spoke to the unique challenges Arizona faces from climate change: extreme heat, prolonged drought, wildfires, and dangerous flash flooding. He outlined several infrastructure projects that need federal investment through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation.
Rep. Greg Stanton, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, and Rep. Marc Veasey of Texas introduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize and increase funding for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG).
The bipartisan effort provides grants to state, local and tribal governments to support initiatives that will reduce fossil fuel emissions and conserve energy. The bill reauthorizes the program and provides it with $3.5 billion annually for the next five years.