Western Governors’ Association Policy Resolution 2017-04: States have jurisdiction over water resource allocation decisions and are responsible for balancing state water resource needs within the objectives of the federal Clean Water Act. Western Governors recognize the importance of the Safe Drinking Water Act, its standards for drinking water contaminants, and adequate federal support for states’ missions to meet federal drinking water system requirements. Western Governors also urge adequate federal funding and support of states’ efforts to address water quality.
Western Governors’ Association Policy Resolution 2015-08: States are the preeminent authority on water management within their boundaries, with the right to develop, use and distribute the surface water and groundwater located within their boundaries. Infrastructure investments are essential to our continued economic prosperity and environmental protection. Effective solutions to water resource challenges require an integrated approach among states and with federal, tribal and local partners.