Western States Federal Agency
Support Team (WestFAST)
A 12 Agency Collaboration Platform since 2008
What We Do
WestFAST supports a continued commitment on the part of Federal and State organizations to work with local, Tribal, and other stakeholders to improve the effectiveness of collaboration and seek solutions to water issues across Western States.
The Western States Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST) was formally organized in 2008 in response to the Western Governors’ Association’s recommendation to facilitate correlation of federal activities and to develop and enhance collaborative partnerships among state and federal agencies working on priority water-resource issues. Today, WestFAST is a collaboration of twelve Federal agencies with water management responsibilities in the West.
WestFAST works closely with the Western States Water Council striving to accomplish effective cooperation among western states, and their partners, in the understanding, conservation, development and management of water resources. The twelve WestFAST federal agencies form a dynamic, flexible team that provides the opportunity for interaction initiated by WSWC, individual states, or the federal government.
Upcoming Special Topic & Webinars
Water Data Science in 2021: Where the USGS Water Data Science Branch is headed in 2021, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Conduct Stakeholder Sessions on WRDA 2020 Implementation Guidance, and more....
This report is a primer on Federal/State positions on collaboration for use by those interacting in the issues of water resources in the West. You can download the report here: Review of Policies, Perspectives, and Expectations for Federal/State Collaboration in...
The Western States Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST) will host a series of webinars in lieu of the Federal presentations originally scheduled as part of the WSWC Spring 2020 (192nd) Meetings and Washington, D.C. Roundtable, which were cancelled due to the...
Many water managers recognize the value of NASA capabilities for decision support, but they find it challenging to use the data operationally. Water managers sometimes may also lack the technical resources needed to access, process, or analyze the information for...
Building and maintaining water infrastructure across the United States is a complex undertaking requiring state, federal, tribal, local, and private resources. The Federal Government has a vast array of programs that provide water infrastructure technical and funding...
WestFAST has been a great success and the concept of WestFAST has made the Western States Water Council a greater success.
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WestFAST is part of the Western States Water Council. If you have questions, please contact the WestFAST Liaison or Chair
Western States Water Council Office
682 East Vine Street, Suite 7
Murray, UT 84107-5501
WSWC Administrative Assistant