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This year, Washington State and much of the western United States faced severe drought conditions, water shortages, and rationing, which have had serious impacts on our agriculture, energy, and manufacturing sectors, as well as the many families and small businesses that rely on an adequate and stable supply of water.  Many residents are confronting the worst drought they’ve seen in many years, and a growing number of communities across the West have been acutely impacted by these arid conditions. While this crisis has been caused by the drought, burdensome environmental laws, as well as misguided and outdated regulatory restrictions, have exacerbated the situation. As a third-generation farmer, I understand from personal experience that access to water is vital to the livelihoods and economic prosperity of Washingtonians, which is why one of my first actions in Congress was to introduce legislation aimed at developing new surface water storage projects in the west.  

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Newhouse Applauds Kennewick Irrigation District Title Transfer

Sep 17 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) announced the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has transmitted official congressional notification of the proposed conveyance of title to the Kennewick Irrigation District (KID). He released the following statement in support of the title transfer:

Newhouse Announces Water Conservation Project Funding for Central Washington Irrigation Districts

Sep 2 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) applauded the announcement by the Bureau of Reclamation of three Central Washington irrigation district projects that have been selected to receive federal Small Scale Water Efficiency Grants. These grants, which are part of the U.S.

Newhouse Joins Call for Answers on Puget Sound Salmon Recovery

Aug 12 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps.

Newhouse Announces Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District Title Transfer

Aug 5 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA-04) announced the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has transmitted official congressional notification of the proposed conveyance of title to the Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District (GWID). He released the following statement in support of the title transfer:

Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers React to Oregon Lawsuit on Columbia River System Operations

Jul 20 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following joint statement in reaction to a filing by the state of Oregon and other environmental groups that calls for injunctive relief, including 24-hour maximum spillovers at all eight Columbia and Snake River dams:

Ensuring Water Supply for Generations to Come

Jul 13 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

As a farmer, former state Director of Agriculture, Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, and Congressman representing one of the most flourishing agricultural regions in America, I fully understand the extent to which water is truly the lifeblood of Central Washington and our economy.

Newhouse Welcomes $4.3 Million Investment in Rural Water Infrastructure

Jul 7 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) announced that the Town of Naches will be receiving $4,357,000 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Waste and Water Disposal Loan and Grant Program to revitalize its Wastewater Treatment Plant. Funding for this program was provided under the Trump Administration through H.R.

Return to WOTUS Will Hurt Central Washington Farmers

Jun 22 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

President Biden is stretching the limits of his executive authority – and this time, the livelihoods of farmers and rural communities across the nation are at stake.

Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers Applaud Improving Salmon Runs for Snake River

Jun 21 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement in response to recent data showing an increased rate of return for Spring Chinook salmon on the Snake River. Data shows that the Snake River Spring Chinook returns increased by 27%, with more than 29,634 salmon passing the Lower Granite Dam.