September 4, 2013
Honorable Michael L. Connor
Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240-0001
Dear Commissioner Connor:
We write to ask for a prompt issuance of the Bureau of Reclamation's Record of Decision pertaining to the environmental analysis for the Arkansas Valley Conduit in Colorado. We were pleased by the recent timely issuance of the final draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project.
As you know, the Arkansas Valley Conduit is critical to our state. We have long awaited the construction of this project in light of the urgent need to meet federal water quality standards, and deliver a safe and healthy water supply to Coloradans in the Lower Arkansas River Valley. The conduit, once completed, will help meet that vital need.
Following the required comment period on the final draft EIS, we encourage a prompt issuance of a Record of Decision (ROD). Ensuring that the project continues without further administrative delays is critical in order to keep the project on schedule. The issuance of a ROD by the Bureau soon after the 30 day comment period expires will signal that the project is ready to proceed, and that the requisite funding should be included in the Administration's FY 2015 budget. An ROD will also further demonstrate the Bureau's continued commitment to the project.
Both we, and the Southeastern Coloradans we represent, greatly appreciate the many years of hard work and close collaboration between the Bureau and local planners as we move forward with the design and construction of this historic conduit. Thank you for your consideration,
Michael F. Bennet Mark Udall
United States Senator United States Senator
Cory Gardner Scott Tipton
Member of Congress Member of Congress