Congress Passes Major Water Bill: Omnibus natural resources bill contains provision by Rep. Napolitano to hold down consumers' utility bills
(Washington D.C.) - Congress passed S. 2739 today, a bill that includes Rep. Grace F. Napolitano’s (D-Norwalk) dam site security bill, H.R. 1662. This bill caps how much water and power customers pay for the cost of security guards at Bureau of Reclamation dams. The Bureau has maintained heightened security at dams since September 11, 2001 and the measure would cap how much customers have to pay for such security at $18.9 million. The legislation will help to protect water and power ratepayers from paying more than their fair share of security cost’s at Bureau of Reclamation dams across the Western United States.