WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández voted in favor of the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022. She championed significant water infrastructure investments for New Mexico that have now been included in WRDA. WRDA 2022 will support the economies of our rural and urban areas alike and keep New Mexico competitive while recognizing the needs of our communities and environment.
“Agua es Vida and New Mexico’s precious water resources are a lifeline for our communities. For some of our communities, water is more precious than gold. I voted to authorize multiple projects that will protect and ensure the sustainability of our waters for future generations,” Leger Fernández said. “WRDA 2022 is an investment in our rural and indigenous communities across New Mexico. I urge the Senate to pass this legislation to protect our water resources and build more resilient communities.”
Leger Fernández fought for several key provisions to invest in New Mexico’s water resources infrastructure and protect local communities.
These include authorizations for:
- Over $60 million for water, wastewater, water supply, and water reclamation infrastructure in Mora, Española, Farmington, and Santa Fe
- Mora County wastewater infrastructure – $2,874,000
- City of Española water and wastewater infrastructure – $21,995,000
- City of Farmington water infrastructure, including water supply – $15,500,000
- City of Santa Fe water and wastewater infrastructure, including water reclamation – $20,700,000
- Access to environmental infrastructure funding for localities in Colfax County
- Increased funding for the Tribal Partnership Program that carries out water-related planning activities and activities related to the study, design, and construction of water resources development projects that substantially benefit tribes
- Feasibility studies on projects to rehabilitate the Santa Fe McClure Dam and bolster water supply at the Lake Farmington Dam