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Update on Western States Water Council Initiatives Dave Mitamura February 24, 2011 Fort Worth, Texas. Westcas 2011 Winter Conference. Outline. Overview of the Western States Water Council (WSWC) Brief summary of “Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future” and Next Steps

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Westcas 2011 winter conference

Update on Western States Water Council Initiatives

Dave Mitamura

February 24, 2011

Fort Worth, Texas

Westcas2011 Winter Conference


Outline
Outline

  • Overview of the Western States Water Council (WSWC)

  • Brief summary of “Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future” and Next Steps

  • Summary of Current Efforts

  • Overview of Chairman’s Initiatives


Overview of wswc
Overview of WSWC

  • Resource and advisor to 18 Western governors on water policy issues

  • Committee structure

    • Executive

    • Management

    • Water Resources

    • Water Quality

    • Legal


Overview of wswc1
Overview of WSWC

  • Leadership

    • Weir Labatt, Chairman (Texas)

    • Phil Ward, Vice Chairman (Oregon)

    • Pat Tyrrell, Secy/Treasurer (Wyoming)

    • Tony Willardson, Executive Director

  • Chairman Weir Labatt

    • Chairmanship July 2010 – July 2012

    • Long and storied career in public service

    • Former board member, Edwards Aquifer Authority

    • TWDB board member since 2002


2006 report
2006 Report

  • Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future

    • Water Policy & Growth

    • Water to Meet Future Demands

    • Water Infrastructure Needs & Strategies for Meeting Them

    • Resolution of Indian Water Rights

    • Climate Change Impacts

    • Protecting Aquatic Species under ESA


2008 report
2008 Report

  • Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps

  • 3 Priorities:

    • Western States Federal Agency Support Team

    • Incorporate Integrated Water Resources Planning and Assistance as a federal mission

    • Require federal agencies to use state water plans to help determine policy and priorities


Current efforts
Current Efforts

  • Western States Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST)

  • Energy-Water Nexus

  • Continued congressional advocacy on policy and funding

  • Outreach to federal agencies on data needs, planning, and rulemaking


New emerging initiatives
New/Emerging Initiatives

  • Shared Vision

    • Response to federal government creating a national water vision

    • Avoid a unilateral “national” or “federal” vision

    • Need for balance and deference to state primacy

  • Water Supply

    • Why is water supply neglected in the public debate?

    • Who speaks up for water supply issues?


More info on wswc
More info on WSWC

Western States Water Council

Tony Willardson, Executive Director

(801) 685-2555

twillardson@wswc.utah.gov

http://www.westgov.org/wswc

Texas Water Development Board

Dave Mitamura

(512) 463-7965

dave.mitamura@twdb.state.tx.us

http://www.twdb.state.tx.us