Natural Resources panel takes up Western water bills

By Jennifer Yachnin | 05/20/2024 06:44 AM EDT

A subcommittee hearing will process dam-related legislation this week.

Rep. Susie Lee (D-Nev.).

Rep. Susie Lee (D-Nev.) is sponsoring legislation to provide new funding for the Hoover Dam. Andrew Harnik/AP

A House Natural Resources subcommittee will consider how to shore up operations of major Western waterways, including the Colorado and Klamath river basins.

The Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries will meet Wednesday to review four bills targeting infrastructure and hydropower.

Lawmakers will discuss Nevada Democratic Rep. Susie Lee’s H.R. 7776, the “Help Hoover Dam Act,” which would provide an additional $45 million in operating funds for the nation’s second tallest dam.


The funds would come from a “stranded” account intended to cover shortfalls in funding for some post-retirement benefits of Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) and Bureau of Reclamation employees.