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About the Council.

The Western States Water Council is an organization consisting of representatives appointed by the governors of eighteen western states. Since its creation, through adoption of a resolution at the Western Governors’ Conference in 1965, the Council has striven to fulfill its chartered purposes. While the emphasis and focus of the Council has changed over the years, that essential principles remain: to foster cooperation among it member states, and provide a forum for discussion of a broad spectrum of water resource challenges facing the West. The purposes of the Council are to:

  • Accomplish effective cooperation among western states in the conservation, development and management of water resources;
  • Maintain vital state prerogatives, while identifying ways to accommodate legitimate federal interests
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of views, perspectives, and experiences among member states; and
  • Provide analysis of federal and state developments in order to assist member states in evaluating impacts of federal laws and programs and the effectiveness of state laws and policies.

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Without this forum we would all be reinventing every wheel. We would also miss out on the opportunity to refine and improve our own successes with ideas we garner from our sister states. There are a lot of great ways to do things out across the states of the West, but they wouldn’t be half as great if they stood in isolation and weren’t being shared and refined in the collegial forum of the Council.
Jack Stults, Montana Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
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.
Tom Stiles, Kansas Dept. of Health & Environment
Participation in the Western States Water Council reaps rewards far surpassing the resources invested in the organization. Since water resource and water quality agency heads, as well as water attorneys for the states, participate personally at the Council meetings, water policy issues important to all of us in the West can be debated and positions taken. Coming from a state with a single Representative in the Congress, the ability to join forces with the other western states on water issues is critical to our success.
Sue Lowry, Wyoming State Engineer's Office
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Recent News.

Nevada Division of Water Resources, Office of the State Engineer – Deputy Administrator

Under direction of the State Engineer, this position administers the activities and programs of major sections within the Division of Water Resources. The position will assist the State Engineer on a nearly daily basis with

Oregon Water Resources Department – Program Analyst 4 (Water Resources Policy Analyst)

The Oregon Water Resources Department is performing an external recruitment to fill a Program Analyst 4 position located in Salem.  This position is in the Director’s Office.  Recruitment closes December 1, 2017.  For further information

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Symposium on the Settlement of Indian Reserved Water Rights Claims

The Western States Water Council and Native American Rights Fund will cosponsor a Symposium on the settlement of Indian reserved water rights claims on August 8-10, 2017.  The meetings will be held at the Best

Improved S2S Precipitation Forecasting for Water Management – Recap of 2015/2016 Workshop Series

During 2015 and 2016, the Western States Water Council (WSWC), the California Department of Water Resources (CDWR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have cosponsored a series of workshops on advancing seasonal prediction

Workshop on Agricultural Weather Station Networks

The Western States Water Council and the California Department of Water Resources are cosponsoring a workshop on agricultural weather station networks, to be held in San Diego on August 25-26, 2016. The workshop will begin

NOAA/WSWC Workshop on Advancing Sub-Seasonal to Seasonal Precipitation Forecasting for Western Water Management

The Western States Water Council, California Department of Water Resources and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are holding a workshop on April 29, 2016 in College Park, Maryland.  The purpose of the workshop is