July 25, 2019

Neguse Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Wildlife to be Considered at Natural Resources Hearing Today

Washington, D.C.— Today, Congressman Neguse’s legislation to extend authorization of the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (PRRIP) will be considered at the Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Water Oceans and Wildlife Legislative Hearing. The bipartisan bicameral Platte River Recovery Implementation Program Extension Act would fund the program for the next 13 years with support from the Bureau of Reclamation. The hearing began at Thursday, July 25th at 10:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. MT. 

“Colorado’s public lands and natural areas are fundamental to the identity of our state and it is integral that we as a Congress preserve it for many years to come” said Congressman Neguse “The Platte River Recovery Implementation Program fulfills a necessary role of conservation not just in Colorado, but also in parts of our neighboring states, Wyoming and Nebraska. The program’s success for the past thirteen years in fulfilling the Endangered Species Act serves as a testament to the broader success the program will have in the future as it supports water management and habitat conservation.”

“I am proud of the work that has gone into creating this legislation. In my time in Congress, I have made protecting Colorado’s vast public lands one of my top priorities, and I am excited to see this bill move forward in the legislative process,” Neguse continued.

The PRRIP Extension Act has the full bipartisan support of the Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska delegations. The program is collaborative and involves the work of organizations such as the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Wyoming Development Commission, the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, Northern Water, Denver Water, Pathfinder Irrigation District, Rowe Sanctuary, and TNC Nebraska

This is the third hearing Congressman Neguse has been able to secure for his legislation in the Natural Resources Committee in his first seven months since taking office. In April, the Committee held a hearing on the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, which later passed the Committee following a markup on the bill. In May, his legislation to install a monument to commemorate the women’s suffrage movement in Washington D.C. also had a hearing before the Committee.