Please note: The Water Smart Washington Online Forum ended on October 12, 2010. Thank you to all that participated. All comments received during this forum will be included in a report supplement to the Legislature and Governor. When completed, a link to the supplement will be posted on the Water Smart Washington – Washington State Water Management Reform web page.
The Washington Department of Ecology is working to reform its water management practices to meet increasing demands for water in a time of limited new water supplies.
Ecology has put its recommendations for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Water Resources Program in a report to the Legislature and the Governor: “Water Resources Program Functions and Funding Structure-Recommendations for a Sustainable and Efficient Program.”
The Water Resources Program’s ongoing mission is to work with Washington communities in support of sustainable water resources management to meet the present and future water needs of people and the natural environment.
Efforts to fulfill the mission have been handicapped in recent years by inconsistent funding resulting from dependence on the State General Fund and the need to update 19th century-based water laws which are inadequate to meet 21st Century challenges.
The report makes recommendations to the Legislature for improving the funding of water resources management and making the Water Resources Program more efficient in the delivery of ten basic services.
- Department of Ecology News Release – September 17, 2010 New Ecology report recommends active water management to reduce reliance on taxpayer funding; ensure adequate water
Comments and Feedback
Ecology distributed this report to stakeholders and interested parties in order to receive comments and feedback to further inform and guide our program as we prepare for the upcoming legislative session.
Ecology will continue to accept comments on the report through the end of the year, to further inform and guide our program as we prepare for the upcoming legislative session.
We encourage you to provide us with comments and feedback within this timeframe.
Please provide any comments and feedback that you have on the Report.
> > Tell us what you think by leaving a new response at the bottom of this page. If you want to reply to a posted response use the Reply at the end of each response. You can also:
- Provide your comments with attachements via e-mail to Barbara.Anderson@ecy.wa.gov