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September 14, 2021

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September 14, 2021

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

The undersigned state and local chambers of commerce urge your support for the bipartisan infrastructure package.

Companies and communities are facing growing challenges regarding available water to meet public health, economic growth, and food and energy security needs. The water crisis in the American West is reaching unprecedented levels in its duration and impact. This megadrought, in addition to the already crumbling drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure across the United States, requires expeditious action.

We commend you for including the following provisions on Western water infrastructure and drought resilience in the agreement:

  • Providing incentives for water reuse and recycling.
  • Supporting the Department of the Interior’s WaterSmart program to promote water conservation, including nature-based projects.
  • Implementing the consensus-based Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan.
  • Developing solutions for water storage, groundwater recharge, and watershed protection.
  • Identifying additional sources of local water, including desalination projects.

There is also $1.5 billion in funding for predisaster mitigation programs through FEMA and more than $3.3 billion to reduce risks from wildfires that will assist companies and communities to prepare ahead of the next crisis.

Building smart, modern, resilient infrastructure will ensure that the business community, employees, and customers have access to needed water resources and can prepare for the next crisis. This bipartisan legislation is an important step toward making this happen. The undersigned state and local chambers urge you to take up the Senate bipartisan package as soon as possible and do not connect passage to reconciliation.

We stand ready to assist you as this proposal moves forward.

Sincerely,

Alaska

Seward Chamber of Commerce

Arizona

Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce

Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce

Chandler Chamber of Commerce

Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

Glendale Chamber of Commerce

Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce

Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce

Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce

Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce

Peoria Chamber of Commerce

Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce

Springerville-Eager Regional Chamber of Commerce

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce

Tempe Chamber of Commerce

Tucson Metro Chamber

West Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance

Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce

Yuma County Chamber of Commerce

California

CalChamber

Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce

Coalition of California Chambers Orange County

Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce

Dana Point Chamber of Commerce

El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce

Encinitas Chamber of Commerce

Fresno Chamber of Commerce

Gateway Chambers Alliance

Greater Bakersfield Chamber

Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce

Greater Escondido Chamber of Commerce

Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce

Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce

Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce

Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

Hueneme Chamber of Commerce

Inland Empire Economic Partnership

Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce

Mountain View Chamber of Commerce

Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce

Neighborhood Market Association

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

North San Diego Business Chamber

Orange County Business Council

Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce

Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce

Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce

Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce

Sacramento Metro Chamber

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce

San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce

San Pedro Chamber of Commerce

Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce

Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce

Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce

South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

The Silicon Valley Organization

Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce

West Ventura County Business Alliance

Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce

Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce

Colorado

Aurora Chamber of Commerce

Colorado Competitive Council

Denver Metro Chamber

Fort Collins Area Chamber

Grand Junction Chamber

Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce

Vail Valley Partnership

Westminster Chamber of Commerce

Hawaii

Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

Maui Chamber of Commerce

Idaho

Boise Metro Chamber

Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry

Post Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

Montana

Helena Area Chamber of Commerce

Montana Chamber of Commerce

Nebraska

North Platte Area Chamber of Commerce

Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership

Nevada

Boulder City Chamber of Commerce

Carson City Chamber of Commerce

Henderson Chamber of Commerce

Laughlin Chamber of Commerce

Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce

Vegas Chamber of Commerce

White Pine Chamber of Commerce

Oregon

Albany Area Chamber of Commerce

Heppner Chamber of Commerce

Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce

North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce

Oregon Business and Industry

Portland Business Alliance

Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce

Washington County Chamber of Commerce

Texas

El Paso Chamber of Commerce

Lubbock Chamber of Commerce

Utah

Cache Valley Chamber of Commerce

Davis Chamber of Commerce

Payson Santaquin Area Chamber of Commerce

Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce

South Valley Chamber of Commerce

Washington

Association of Washington Business

Blaine Community Chamber of Commerce

Coupeville and Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce

Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Enumclaw Area Chamber of Commerce

Greater Grays Harbor, Inc.

Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce

Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce

Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce

Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce (WA/ID)

Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce

Pullman Chamber of Commerce

Silverdale Chamber

Wyoming

Cody Country Chamber of Commerce

Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce