Western States Water Council
A Voice for Water in the West since 1965
What We Do
Our mission is to ensure that the West has an adequate, secure, and sustainable supply of water of suitable quality to meet its diverse economic and environmental needs now and in the future.
Support authorization and funding of negotiated settlements between tribes, states, and federal agencies to resolved unquantified tribal and non-tribal water claims.
Recognize and promote active asset management, including consistent funding to address aging infrastructure challenges, future water supply, and water and wastewater treatment needs.
Serve as a forum for Interstate and State/Federal dialogue and action on emerging and ongoing water issues with our Western States Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST).
Recognize and promote efforts to better manage and balance the interrelationships between the development and allocation of water resources, wastewater treatment, and water quality.
Support the maintenance and expansion of critical observing systems and promote innovation related to the monitoring and reporting of water-related parameters.
Position #485 – Supports Water Research and Development Programs at the Department of Energy National Laboratories
Position #485 - Supports Water Research and Development Programs at the Department of Energy National Laboratories WHEREAS, the Western States Water Council (the Council) has long recognized that water and energy resources are interdependent – using one requires the...
#484 - Hydraulic Fracturing WHEREAS, hydraulic fracturing is a process that injects sand, water, and other fluids, including various chemical compounds, underground to aid in the extraction of oil and natural gas; and WHEREAS, hydraulic fracturing has been used for...
#483 - Strengthening the Resiliency of Our Nation to the Impacts of Extreme Weather Events (August 5, 2022) WHEREAS, the West and the Nation continue to suffer the effects of increasingly extreme weather events, including tornadoes, hurricanes, extreme precipitation,...
On August 8, 2022, the Council of State Governments-West (CSG-West) and the Western States Water Council (WSWC) submitted comments in the form of a letter to EPA Administrator Regan regarding EPA’s proposed rule to improve the Clean Water Act Section 401 state...
On June 14, 2022, the Western States Water Council provided written testimony to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on the drought afflicting the West, highlighting some of the tools and programs that are increasingly important as we address the short...
The Wyoming State Engineer’s Office is looking for Hydrologic Modeling Program Manager to manage the Hydrologic Modeling Program for multiple river basins in Wyoming. New models will be developed, and/or existing models will be manipulated to measure specific criteria...
How should water data be structured and published to inform a wide range of decision-making activities for so many purposes? Here are a few stakeholder engagement reports from the leading states on this topic: California, Texas, and New Mexico. Informing the...
On September 14, 2021, the Western States Water Council and WestFAST jointly hosted a Wild & Scenic Rivers Workshop. The Non-Tribal Federal Water Rights Workgroup, comprised of WSWC and WestFAST members, has as its primary purpose to facilitate state-federal...
The Western States Water Council is the preeminent water policy organization in the western U.S. representing as it does 18 western states. From influential positions on federal rules and legislation to support of Landsat missions intended to acquire important water use information, the Council serves it member states like no other entity. My 18-year membership with the Council is one of the most memorable experiences of my service as Wyoming State Engineer.
I find the Council to be a provocative forum to discuss how State water supply and water quality program should interact. Western perspectives highlight the unique and confounding aspects of managing water quality in ways that defy uniform application of the Clean Water Act. And there may be no greater champion of the importance of water data programs of the USGS and NRCS than the WSWC.
The Western States Water Council is recognized as a national leader in developing and influencing national and western water policy, while serving as the water arm for the Western Governors’ Association. The Council provides an excellent forum for states and federal agencies to discuss water issues of mutual interest. I know that my time on the Council certainly enhanced my ability as a leader on state water issues.
Western States Water Council Office
682 East Vine Street, Suite 7
Murray, UT 84107-5501
(801) 685-2559 (fax)