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Recommendation 5: Form a federal interagency working group

Problem

Water is currently managed by multiple, unequal jurisdictions (city, state, regional, and federal), based on political boundaries that fail to recognize how ecological boundaries extend beyond the visible surface waters. This situation often creates conflicting agendas among management groups and inhibits water conservation practices. Although many federal agencies have responsibilities for water management, the federal government currently lacks the ability to coordinate agency actions or interface efficiently with states and local interests. The collective knowledge, resources, and influence that could be marshaled by a coordinated interagency group could address water sustainability issues more effectively than could these same agencies working independently.

Goals

Recommendation

Establish a federal interagency group to work with states and local interests to address pressing water management and sustainability issues.