Plan To Charge For Water From Federal Reservoirs Put On Hold


The Trump administration has delayed an Obama-era proposal to allow the federal government to charge for water drawn from reservoirs it manages.

Army Assistant Secretary for Civil Works R.D. James says in a memo that the Army Corps of Engineers will delay the Water Supply Rule “for a minimum of six months to better integrate input from stakeholders.”

Attorneys general from a dozen western states, including Wyoming and South Dakota, sent a letter to the Trump administration last month asking that the proposal be withdrawn.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who headed the effort, says the rule usurps the authority of states over their own water.