Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future

This report, along with the 2008 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps," include consensus recommendations and action items to both encourage and assist local, state and federal planners and managers and private sector partners to coordinate effectively to prepare for and address challenges of over-appropriated watersheds, population growth, land use changes, water needs for in-stream uses, and water supply and water management strategies in Western states.

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.

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, state governors, and state and local governments, making this a plan for future WGA and WSWC actions.

There is also a follow-up report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: 2010 Progress Report," with successful actions to implement recommendations from the 2006 and 2008 plans. 



Publication Date: June 2006

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