Newhouse applauds transfer of title to Kennewick Irrigation District

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WASHINGTON DC – Today, Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) announced that the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has given Congress official notification of the proposed surrender of title to the Kennewick Irrigation District (KID). He issued the following statement in support of the title transfer:

“Communities in central Washington and the western United States too often face the adverse effects of droughts and water shortages. By transferring the work of BOR to a local entity like KID, water suppliers can better manage critical water resources and enable water managers to be as responsive, efficient and innovative as possible in the service of their community. “, said Representative Newhouse. “In addition to the transfer of works, the transfer of title will reduce federal responsibilities, and with KID prepayment of works, there is an additional benefit in terms of savings for the federal government. This action is a win-win for local water providers, downtown Washington communities and taxpayers.

“Title transfer is a critical part of KID’s future and of our ability to best manage precious water resources for our taxpayers in an era of climate variability. We are grateful to Congressman Newhouse for his unwavering support of this endeavor, and we look forward to reaping the benefits that the title transfer will bring to the Tri-Cities and the Lower Yakima River Basin through increased flexibility and efficiency. in water management ”, said Gene Huffman, Chairman of the Board of KID.

Background:

  • Representative Newhouse introduced legislation authorizing the transfer of title of the Kennewick Irrigation District (KID), which conveys title to facilities managed and operated by KID. It does not privatize federal water projects or properties within the US Bureau of Reclamation (BOR).
  • Earlier this year, Representative Newhouse visited KID’s facilities to find out how the upcoming transfer of title would impact local communities. Read more here.
  • The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act, promulgated by President Trump in 2019, created a process for transfers of securities to be administratively completed.
  • The law requires the Administration to provide Congress with notice of the proposed transport. Congress has 90 days to pass a joint resolution disapproving of the transfer.
  • After 90 days, by virtue of this transfer of ownership, BOR will transfer all rights, title and interest, including mining interests, of the United States in and to KID subject to the terms and conditions included in the transfer agreement of property.
  • Upon transfer of title, KID will take possession and manage these assets to meet current needs in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.

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