About half of the people living on the Navajo Nation lack access to running water. We experienced this first-hand as we toured Piute Mesa where crews were working to get a well operational again. Senate Bill 1207 will grant water rights and funding for the Navajo Nation to develop water resources in South Eastern Utah.
Guests this week:
• Willie Grayeyes, San Juan County Commissioner & Member of the Navajo Nation
• Kaitlin Harris, an Engineer with DigDeep.org
• Senator Mitt Romney, U.S. Senator for UTAH
The Bill provides water rights to 81,500 acre feet of water to the Navajo Nation in Utah and funding for infrastructure for water.
S. 1207 the “Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2019” will settle a negotiation over water rights between the federal government and the Navajo Nation that has been in the works for decades. The bill has passed the Senate but has not been taken up by the House. On the ground, people of the Navajo Nation are without water while the bill sits in limbo waiting on the House of Representatives.