Legislative: Remote WOW Legislative Hearing – June 29, 2021

Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Time: 01:00 PM Presiding: The Honorable Jared Huffman, Chair

On Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. (EDT), the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife will hold a virtual, fully remote legislative hearing on the following bills:  

  • H.R. 1851 (Rep. Matthew Rosendale, R-MT), To establish a Federal cost share percentage for the Milk River Project in the State of Montana. St. Mary’s Reinvestment Act.
  • H.R. 1869 (Rep. Mark Amodei, R-NV), To amend the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 to make a technical correction to the water rights settlement for the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation, and for other purposes. Technical Correction to the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation Water Rights Settlement Act of 2021.
  • H.R. 3877 (Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-CA), To amend the Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992 to authorize additional projects related to the Salton Sea, and for other purposes. Salton Sea Projects Improvements Act.
  • H.R. 4099 (Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-CA), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish a grant program to provide grants on a competitive basis to eligible entities for large-scale water recycling and reuse projects, and for other purposes. Large Scale Water Recycling Project Investment Act.

Witness List

Panel I: Congressional Panel

Rep. Grace Napolitano (H.R. 4099)

California, 32nd Congressional District

Rep. Raul Ruiz (H.R. 3877)

California, 36th Congressional District

Rep. Mark Amodei (H.R. 1869)

Nevada, 2nd Congressional District

Rep. Matthew Rosendale (H.R. 1851)

Montana, At-Large


Panel II: Government Panel

Mr. David Raff (H.R. 1851, H.R. 3877, and H.R. 4099) (testimony)

Chief Engineer

Bureau of Reclamation

Chairman Brian Thomas (H.R. 1869) (testimony)


Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Business Council


Panel III: Expert Witnesses Panel

Mr. Deven Upadhyay (H.R. 4099) (testimony)

Assistant General Manager and Chief Operating Officer

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Mr. John Entsminger (H.R. 4099) (testimony)

General Manager

Southern Nevada Water Authority

Mr. Frank Ruiz (H.R. 3877 and H.R. 4099) (testimony)

Salton Sea Program Director

Audubon California

Ms. Jennifer Patrick (H.R. 1851) (testimony)

Project Manager

Milk River Irrigation Project Joint Board of Control