Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps

This report, along with the 2006 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future," and the 2010 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: 2010 Progress Report," include consensus recommendations for how the Western states can work with federal, local, and private sector partners to address the challenges of over-appropriated watersheds, population growth, land use changes, water needs for in-stream uses, and of water supply and water management strategies in general. These reports address six specific issues, including: examining water policies and population growth, providing water supply to meet future demands, maintaining water supply infrastructure, resolving Indian water rights, preparing for climate change, and conserving endangered species.

In each of the sections of this 2008 report, implementing activities associated with the respective recommendations of the WGA Water Report are described, followed by findings and "next steps" identified in the process.

Developed by the Western Governors' Association (WGA) and the Western States Water Council (WSWC), recommendations are directed at the WGA and the WSWC, in addition to federal agencies, and state and local governments, making this a plan for WGA and WSWC actions.




Publication Date: June 2008

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