President’s FY 2017 Budget Request is $106.2 Million for Water Rights Settlements in Indian Country

San Juan River in New Mexico near the Navajo Dam

San Juan River in New Mexico near the Navajo Dam

Published February 10, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget request for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation continues President Obama’s commitment to provide robust investments in the safety, reliability and efficiency of America’s water infrastructure and in conservation, reuse and applied science to address the nation’s water supply challenges, especially among tribal nations in Indian Country.

To meet trust and treaty obligations, Reclamation’s budget request lists Indian water rights settlements among the highest priorities. The FY 2017 budget proposes $106.2 million for a new account entitled Indian Water Rights Settlements to ensure continuity in the construction of the authorized projects and to provide transparency in handling these funds.

This includes $87.0 million for the ongoing Navajo-Gallop Water Supply Project, as well as $12.8 million to continue implementation of the Aamodt settlement, and $6.4 million to continue the Crow Tribe settlement in Montana. These settlements will deliver clean water to the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, the Taos Pueblo of New Mexico, the Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonsi & Tesuque in New Mexico named in the Aamodt case and the Crow Tribe of Montana

“This is a smart, innovative and forward-looking budget that invests in Interior’s key missions – now and in the future – so we can continue to serve the American people,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.

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