“I applaud the committee for advancing our legislation to provide water to both the Navajo Nation and the people of Utah in a way that is good for everyone,” Senator Romney said. “There is no reason to wait any longer to resolve this longstanding issue. Let’s bring this important legislation up for a vote in the Senate without delay.”
The Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2019 would:
- Settle all current and future claims by the Navajo Nation for water rights within Utah, thus precluding costly future litigation for all parties;
- Provide the Navajo Nation with the right to deplete 81,500 acre-feet of water per year from Utah’s Colorado River Basin apportionment;
- Authorize $210 million in funding for water infrastructure on Utah portion of Navajo Nation to access the water, which will help provide clean drinking water; and
- Require the State of Utah to contribute $8 million in funding towards the settlement, which has been approved.