Arizona senator receives NGWA award

Sen. Mark Kelly was named the Groundwater Protector of the Year for his funding and conservation efforts advocating for Arizona’s groundwater and water infrastructure.
Senator Mark Kelly, D-Arizona, was named the Groundwater Protector of the Year by the National Ground Water Association.

Senator Mark Kelly, D-Arizona, was named the Groundwater Protector of the Year, an honor given by the National Ground Water Association, Westerville, Ohio, each year to one member of Congress who goes above and beyond in the protection of and advocacy for groundwater. Kelly is the first Arizona member of Congress to receive the award.

In the Senate, Kelly has worked to tackle Arizona’s water challenges and protect its water resources. Kelly secured funding for water infrastructure and conservation projects in the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2022. Kelly was also a key architect of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s drinking water and western water provisions, securing $109.4 million for groundwater decontamination and other Arizona water projects.

“As we face a historic drought, our work to secure Arizona’s water future is more important than ever,” Kelly says. “I’m grateful to National Ground Water Association for their shared commitment to this priority. I’ll keep working in the Senate to ensure Arizona communities have the water resources they need to grow and prosper.”

“Few leaders have done more to secure Arizona’s water future than Sen. Kelly,” says Terry Morse, CAE and CEO of NGWA and Groundwater Foundation. “He has been a tireless advocate in combating the PFAS contamination in groundwater and fighting for more investment in aquifer recharge projects. Sen. Kelly’s work this year to address water challenges is unparalleled and it’s a great honor to be naming him as our Groundwater Protector of The Year.”

Kelly serves on both the United States Committees on Energy and Natural Resources and Environment and Public Works.

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