Federal Water Policy

Federal Water Policy

While many of the decisions about our water future lie in the hands of state and local decision makers, there are also ways that we work with the federal government to promote smart water policies.

Streamlining Federal Water Programs through Federal Drought Planning

Throughout 2016 we have supported increased cooperation between the USDA and the U.S. Interior Department to streamline water conservation funding. Read our press statement here.

Funding for WaterSMART and other Federal Water Programs

We have actively supported federal investment in projects like WaterSMART and NRCS which not only benefit agriculture and municipal water supply interests, but also keep water in our rivers for fish, wildlife and recreation, and keep our water supplies more resilient. This is a win for businesses, farmers, ranchers, and cities and towns as they continue to face a 16 year drought. On March 3, 2017 we sent this letter to incoming Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke urging him to support WaterSMART and the program’s funding level of $30 million in the FY2018 budget.

Recent Media

Close Call: Feds See 2018 Shortage in Lake Mead Water Supply, Associated Press, 8/17/16

In Meeting Western Water Challenges, Collaboration is Key, The Hill, co-authored by GE Water and PTF, 6/2/16


Former Interior Assistant Secretary of Water and Science speaking at the Business of Water 2014 in Las Vegas

Corporate Voices

Print“There is nothing more important in the West than water,” said Xanterra Parks & Resorts Vice President of Sustainability Catherine Greener, who is a Change the Course sponsor. “From our operations at the Colorado River’s headwaters at Rocky Mountain National Park through our concessions at the Grand Canyon South Rim, we understand the importance of conserving what has shaped our land and our experiences. It will take much more than our conservation and efficiency efforts. Today’s executive action is an important step toward addressing the drought in the West and protecting limited water resources.” Read more here.