This document identifies six major water-related challenges facing the United States and offers explicit recommendations for the new administration and Congress to pursue, domestically and internationally. It recommends strategies to pursue in each area of concern and suggests that water policy offers an opportunity for bipartisan agreement.
Effective water management can provide a multitude of benefits, such as ensuring sustainable water supplies, reducing flood risk, and improving water quality. In addition, many water management strategies can provide additional benefits to the environment, economy, and society, including providing wildlife habitat, capturing greenhouse gases, and enhancing community livability.
The IG 2.0 could take a variety of forms, from merely tweaking the numbers (e.g., elevation tiers, shortage levels, etc.) in the existing reservoir operations framework to more fundamental (and controversial) changes in how water (and risk) is allocated and managed. What ideas have merit?
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