US senators introduce bipartisan Headwaters Protection Act aimed at strengthening two US Forest Service programs to ensure health of forests, watersheds and drinking water

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WASHINGTON , October 5, 2023 (press release) –

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Source: United States Senator Kyrsten Sinema ( Arizona ) Bipartisan Headwaters Protection Act strengthens two U.S. Forest Service programs to ensure forest, watershed, and drinking water health

Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema cosponsored the bipartisan Headwaters Protection Act – legislation strengthening two U.S. Forest Service programs authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill, the Water Source Protection Program (WSPP), and the Water Condition Framework (WCF). The Sinema-backed bill invests in these programs to improve the health and safety of forests, watersheds, and drinking water across Arizona . Sinema’s support comes as Arizonans increasingly worry about access to clean water, especially during record drought conditions. Last year, Sinema and a bipartisan group of Western senators sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies requesting full funding for the WSPP.  “The future of Arizona – and all of the American West – depends on a healthy, resilient water supply. Our bipartisan bill offers a commonsense step towards a strong water future so Arizona can continue to thrive,” said Sinema.  The Sinema-backed Headwaters Protection Act reauthorizes the WSPP and increases funding opportunities from $10 million per year to $30 million per year over the next ten years, as well as authorizes $30 million in new funding opportunities for the WCF over the next five years. The WSPP is designed to help prevent pollution of surface and ground water used as a primary source of drinking water. The WCF establishes a new consistent, comparable, and credible process for improving the health of watersheds on national forests and grasslands. The Forest Service reports that in Fiscal Year 2022, 54% of watersheds were in functioning condition, 44% were functioning at risk, and 3% had impaired function. A 2020 map of National Forest System lands reveals that large portions of the Salt and Verde watersheds – which are critical to supplying the Valley with clean, reliable water – were functioning at risk. The Headwaters Protection Act would fund reliable data and meaningful watershed health improvement projects and provide constituents with more plentiful, clean water.


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