SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Senator Mitt Romney and Senator Mike Lee joined together with their colleagues on Tuesday to introduce the Colorado River Contingency Plan Authorization Act. 

The plan will ensure the wide-reaching drought contingency plan forged between the seven Colorado River Basin states and Indian tribes can be implemented without delay. 

The legislation is co-sponsored by all 14 senators from the Colorado River Basin. 

The Colorado River Basin drains more than 246,00 square miles across seven states and Mexico. 

More than 40 million in Utah, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming depend on the river for drinking water, farming irrigation, and hydropower.