Cooperative Federalism and State Implementation of EPA Programs

On January 12, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, sent a letter to the Committee members’ 20 states, asking for their perspective on EPA’s current regulatory framework.  The letter noted that “environmental statutes such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act are based on principles of

By |March 20th, 2016|Categories: Administrative|

WSWC/CDWR Advancing Sub-Seasonal to Seasonal Precipitation Forecasting Workshop

The Western States Water Council, California Department of Water Resources and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are holding a workshop on December 15 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The purpose of the workshop is to help water resources managers better understand current forecasting capabilities and the state of the science, as well as how to support

By |November 10th, 2015|Categories: Administrative|

State Comments on Clean Water Act – Proposed Reinterpretation of Tribal Treatment as States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to streamline how tribes apply for treatment as states under the Clean Water Act (CWA) water quality standards program and other CWA regulatory programs.  he proposed reinterpretation of CWA 518 would eliminate the need for applicant tribes to demonstrate inherent authority to regulate under the CWA, allowing

By |October 20th, 2015|Categories: Administrative|

WSWC Chairman’s Letter for 50th Anniversary Celebration

July 8, 2015 Council Members, Alternates, Associates, Federal Agency Representatives, and Attendees: It is with great pride that I welcome you to the 50th Anniversary Meetings of the Western States Water Council. It is appropriate that we gather on the shores of Lake Tahoe, where this organization found itself back in 1965, with its identity

By |July 8th, 2015|Categories: Administrative|

NASA’s Commitment to Landsat

"The Landsat series of satellites is a cornerstone of our Earth observing capability. The world relies on Landsat data to detect and measure land cover/land use change, the health of ecosystems, and water availability. The President's FY2016 request recognizes Landsat's critical importance and sets out a multi-decadal plan for an Earth-observing architecture that ensures data continuity