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Sen. Crapo pushes for western states water rights

“I’m concerned that possibly the President won’t support it and his party won’t support it.”
Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 9:43 AM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Amid the western united stated being in a drought, Idaho lawmakers among others fighting for improved water rights.

In March Senators Crapo and Risch, among other lawmakers introduced The Water Rights Protection Act. The act aims to protect privately owned waters in Wyoming, and other states in the west, from being seized by the federal government.

It forbids The Departments of the Interior and Agriculture from mandating water users, to transfer their water rights to the federal government, or, for the government to purchase water rights as a condition of a permit, lease, or any other agreement.

It also prevents unlawful seizures of groundwater, and it requires coordination with states.

Senator Crapo, tells KMVT he hopes to get the legislation thru the united states senate, before the August recess.

“I’m concerned that possibly the President won’t support it and his party won’t support it, because they have been primarily behind the efforts over the past years, federal control over state water law,” said Crapo.

He adds, there will be a pretty intense legal batter over this type of legislation, but he and his colleagues are pushing very hard to get this up for a vote.

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