Policy Resolutions

Formally-adopted positions of the Western States Water Council


#470 – Endangered Species and State Water Rights

Position #470 - June 25, 2021 WHEREAS, Section 2(c)(2) of the Endangered Species Act declares it is the policy of Congress that Federal agencies shall cooperate with State and local agencies to resolve water resource issues in concert with conservation of endangered...

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#468 – Rural Water Supply Project / Infrastructure Needs

Position #468 - June 25, 2021 WHEREAS, in the West, water is indeed our “life blood,” a vital and scarce resource the availability of which has and continues to circumscribe growth, development, our economic and environmental well-being and quality of life; and WHEREAS,...

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#467 – The “Dividing the Waters” Program

Position #467 - March 25, 2021 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 conflicts...

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#466 – State Primacy over Groundwater

Position #466 - March 25, 2021 WHEREAS, groundwater is a critically important natural resource that is vital to the economy and environment of the arid West; WHEREAS, the Desert Land Act of 1877 and the United States Supreme Court in California Oregon Power Co. v....

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#464 – Federal Research on Climate Adaptation

Position #464 - March 25, 2021 WHEREAS, climate variability has serious potential consequences for water supply availability, water resources planning and management, water rights administration, flood management, and water quality management; and WHEREAS, much of the...

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#463 – Integrating Water and Energy Planning and Policy

Position #463 - March 25, 2021 WHEREAS, the West enjoys diverse and abundant energy resources, including renewable and non-renewable resources, but water is scarce in much of the region and may or may not be sufficient for all proposed uses; and WHEREAS, power plant...

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#462 – Water Infrastructure Funding

Position #462 - March 25, 2021 WHEREAS, maintaining and delivering sufficient water supplies of suitable quality is key to the West’s economic prosperity, environmental needs, and our quality of life, both now and in the future; and WHEREAS, appropriate water-related...

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