After working tirelessly to help Colorado communities affected by wildfires, Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-4) was able to secure a commitment from Chairman Hal Rogers (KY-5), head of the powerful Appropriations Committee, to support funding for Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) in future legislation.
Last week, Gardner also offered an amendment to add additional funding to the EWP program for states that suffered from designated natural disasters, like Colorado. The EWP program allows for watershed and infrastructure restoration and would help areas affected by the High Park and Wald Canyon fires protect their drinking supply from debris runoff.
"The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy is extraordinary, but it's also important that disaster assistance be available to other areas that experience natural disasters especially when it comes to federal lands," Gardner said.
Rogers agreed with Gardner's assessment and assured him that they could work together to address this funding issue in future legislation.
Congressman Gardner is a member in the U.S. House of Representatives serving Colorado's 4th Congressional District. He sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of the following Subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Energy and Power, and Oversight and Investigations.