Representatives of seven Western states and the federal government signed a landmark deal on Monday laying out potential cuts in water deliveries through 2026 to reduce the risks of the river’s reservoirs hitting critically low levels. Yet even as they celebrated the deal’s completion on a terrace overlooking Hoover Dam and drought-stricken Lake Mead, state and federal
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 13-15, 2019. The meetings will be held at the Harrah’s Resort Southern California in Funner, California. A number of topics will be addressed by experts and participants regarding completed and
On April 3, a “Water Subcabinet,” addressed members of the Western States Water Council (WSWC), Interstate Council on Water Policy (ICWP), National Water Resources Association (NWRA) and National Water Supply Association (NWSA) at a Water Infrastructure Forum in Washington, D.C. The subcabinet officials included: Tim Petty, Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI)
On March 19, seven Colorado River Basin States Governors’ representatives and key water districts formally submitted Drought Contingency Plans (DCPs) to Congress for immediate consideration. Signing the letter requesting action were: Thomas Buschatzke, Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources; Peter Nelson, Chairman, Colorado River Board of California; L. James Eklund, Colorado Commissioner, Upper Colorado River
On February 26, WSWC Executive Director Tony Willardson testified on Water Supply Reliability in the 21st Century before the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water, Oceans & Wildlife (WOW), Chaired by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA). It was part of a month-long series of hearings examining climate change, including the projected impact of shrinking snowpack,
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The Western States Water Council held their Summer Meetings in Newport, Oregon on August 1-3rd. Meeting materials and presentations can be found on the meeting webpage here. Meeting minutes will be posted on the same webpage closer to the WSWC Fall Meetings in October.
The FLOW 2018 workshop was held at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Collins, Colorado April 24 to 26, 2018. It represented the 4th international instream flow and water level uses a workshop hosted by the Instream Flow Council (IFC) and coincided with its 20th anniversary. Approximately 200 water stakeholders participated. FLOW 2018 focused on problem-solving and proven practices used from around the
NOAA is soliciting comments on the annotated outline of NOAA's draft S2S report The report will serve as a guidepost for NOAA planning and execution, as well as to inform the public and NOAA’s stakeholders on its efforts on subseasonal and seasonal (S2S) forecasting. It will trace the continuum of effort for S2S, from products and
The Western Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST) and the WSWC are looking for someone who is interested in learning more and helping with coordination of environmental science and especially water issues in the Western United States. Please see here for more information about this very exciting and engaging position.