WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, delivered remarks today at the North Dakota Water Convention, a joint meeting with North Dakota’s Water Users Association, Water Resource District Association, and Irrigation Association.
“When it comes to water policy, the federal bureaucracy has no business imposing its mediocrity on North Dakota’s excellence,” said Senator Cramer. “I am grateful for the opportunity to discuss what we’ve been able to accomplish, what the road ahead looks like, and the importance of prioritizing cooperative federalism in water policy.”
As Chairman of the EPW Subcommittee on Water, Senator Cramer has used his seat to advance workable water policies and ensure the federal bureaucracy does not impose its heavy hand on local governments and landowners. The senator worked with the Trump Administration to craft the Navigable Waters Protection Rule – the replacement for the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule – with significant input from North Dakotans. Senator Cramer’s work with the Trump Administration also includes successful efforts to withdraw the Water Supply Rule, finalize the Oakes Test Area transfer, and rescind improper guidance on surplus water agreements.
In May, the EPW Committee passed bipartisan water infrastructure legislation Senator Cramer helped write that contains several North Dakota priorities. The House passed similar legislation this week which the Senate is expected to consider soon.