May 2, 2022 In the News

In the News: Mark Kelly for Senate Holds Water Infrastructure Roundtable

On Thursday, State Representative Brian Fernandez and Yuma County Supervisor Martín Porchas hosted a roundtable event with local Yuma leaders to hear their challenges with water infrastructure in Yuma and why they believe Senator Kelly is the representative they need in the U.S. Senate.


Since taking office, Senator Kelly has been focused on addressing the most pressing needs facing Arizonans, which is why he has led efforts in Congress to address drought conditions in Arizona and secure investments toward critical water infrastructure projects. Senator Kelly also called for and chaired a congressional hearing to address western drought conditions after the Colorado river declared its first ever water shortage.


Check out the event’s coverage below:


KYMA: Meeting held to discuss local water infrastructure issues

  • As the drought continues to put a strain on local resources, local leaders gathered Thursday to discuss the issue, a roundtable was held by U.S Senator Mark Kelly’s team.
  • “[Kelly] brought a lot of money for improving aging infrastructure here whether it be canals or pumps, many things along those lines,” Fernandez said.
  • Those involved with the agriculture community also came out, expressing just how much water they have to conserve because of the drought.


Yuma Sun: Community expresses concerns around water rights

  • [Senator Kelly] was a key member of the bipartisan group of senators who wrote and negotiated the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which was signed into law in December 2021.
  • Kelly also requested and then chaired a Senate hearing on western drought after the Bureau of Reclamation issued new water level projections for Lake Mead and Lake Powell that triggered the first-ever drought restrictions on the Colorado River.
  • Through these efforts Kelly has secured funding for repairing aging Bureau of Reclamation projects across Arizona; improving water efficiency in agriculture irrigation districts; funding desalination and water recycling projects for state, tribal and local governments; and enacting the Lower Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plan to implement water conservation measures in Arizona.


KAWC: Yuma County Democrats in Somerton: Sen. Kelly will lead on water infrastructure

  • Arizona state Rep. Brian Fernandez and Yuma County Supervisor Martin Porchas said Senator Kelly supports legislation moving through Congress to address drought and water shortages and he is focused on helping the state address its water needs.
  • “Senator Kelly and I are very concerned with water both in Yuma County as well as throughout the state,” Fernandez told KAWC. “We’re in an over 20 year drought and more and more we’re going to start seeing cutbacks in water in a lot of cities. We want to make sure Yuma County has their water and they maintain their water.”