Sinema introduces bill supporting Rio Reimagined project

Rio Reimagined rendering courtesy of Dig Studio.

By AZ Business Magazine

Continuing the late Arizona Senator John McCain’s legacy, Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema introduced the Urban Waters Federal Partnership Act to support the Rio Reimagined Project by authorizing the Urban Waters Federal Partnership program. This legislation is also supported by fellow Arizona Senator Mark Kelly and Republican Senator John Cornyn (Texas).

“I’m proud to continue Senator McCain’s legacy in supporting the Rio Reimagined Project to restore and strengthen Arizona’s water future,” said Sinema.

“Our bipartisan legislation continues the leadership of the late Senator John McCain on this critical project that will help protect Arizona’s precious water resources and increase economic development. I’ll keep working with Republicans and Democrats to get it across the finish line,” said Kelly who serves on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. 

“The Gila River Indian Community applauds Senator Sinema for her leadership on the Urban Waters Federal Partnership Act.  This bill will support the ongoing efforts of Rio Reimagined in restoring and revitalizing the Salt River, and other urban river systems around the country, and we support Senator Sinema in this critical effort,” said Governor Stephen Roe Lewis, Gila River Indian Community.

“On behalf of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), I want to thank Senator Sinema and Senator Cornyn for recognizing the need to invest in urban watersheds,” said Martin Harvier, President of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. “Incorporating tribal and local voices into the revitalization of the Salt River will improve outcomes in our region and ensure collaboration on this important issue.”


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