Policy Letters

Letters to Congress and the Administration on behalf of the

Western States Water Council


Corps Nationwide Permit Rulemaking

On November 16, 2020, comments were due to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) regarding their Proposal to Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits (NWPs). Western states commented both individually and through the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA). States that individually commented included Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.

Letter supporting extension of the Reclamation Water Settlement Fund

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).

Continuing Support for WestFAST

On April 21, 2020, the WSWC wrote to various federal agencies with water-related responsibilities to "express our strong continuing commitment to working together to address the serious water resources challenges facing the West and the Nation." Further, we would...

Support for Landsat data and USGS-NASA partnership

On April 21, 2020, the WSWC wrote a letter to Tim Petty, Assistant Secretary, Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior, expressing strong support for the current Sustainable Land Imaging (SLI) partnership between NASA and Interior’s USGS. "This involves a...