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.
#458 – Outlining Actions Federal Agencies Should Take to Expedite State General Stream Adjudications
Position #458 – October 15, 2020 WHEREAS, the western states use general stream adjudications to determine and document relative water rights within basins, including rights to waters claimed by the United States under either state or federal law; and WHEREAS, general...
Position #457 - October 15, 2020 WHEREAS, the Dividing the Waters Program of the National Judicial College has served western judges overseeing complex water litigation for more than 20 years, providing information and training resources on water law and water...
Position #456 – October 15, 2020 WHEREAS, ground water is a critically important natural resource, especially in the mostly arid West; and WHEREAS, ground water management – the protection of its quality and its orderly, rational allocation and withdrawal for...
On December 5, 2020, the WSWC, Native American Rights Fund (NARF), and National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), sent a letter to House and Senate leadership expressing strong support for an extension of the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund (RWSF), created by Section 10501 of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (43 U.S.C. 407).
On August 16, 2018, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on S. 3303, the Water Quality Certification Improvement Act of 2018. Chair John Barrasso introduced the bill on July 31, in response to perceived abuses by some States of their...
We were shocked and saddened by the untimely passing of Julie's teenage son Chaz due to an auto accident on the afternoon of Dec. 31. He was the driver and sole occupant of his car and the only casualty. Services were held on Jan. 13th. ...
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WIDS Spring Meeting – February 2018 WIDS Spring Mtg – February 2018 – Meeting Agenda WIDS Spring Mtg – February 2018 – Meeting Minutes Meeting Summary: The WIDS group discussed the cloud survey results and report. The recent WIMS workshop was reviewed. A WaDE status...
NARF Registration Page (Link to Event) The Western States Water Council and Native American Rights Fund held their sixteenth biennial Symposium on the Settlement of Indian Reserved Water Rights Claims on August 13-15, 2019. The meetings were held at the Harrah’s...
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)