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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Dan Newhouse (4th District of Washington)

Headline: Newhouse Applauds Executive Order to Support Reliable, Modernized Water Infrastructure

Newhouse Applauds Executive Order to Support Reliable, Modernized Water Infrastructure

October 13, 2020

Press Release

Water Subcabinet will streamline federal water policy, management

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order on “Modernizing America’s Water Resource Management and Water Infrastructure.” The Executive Order establishes a Water Subcabinet of senior federal agency officials to ensure federal coordination on water policy and facilitate efficient, effective management and modernization of water supplies and systems.  Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement, applauding the action:

“One of my highest priorities since coming to Congress has been strengthening and modernizing the federal water infrastructure that makes our way of life possible in Central Washington and across the West,” said Rep. Newhouse. “The establishment of the Water Subcabinet by President Trump is a monumental step toward meeting the water supply, storage, and infrastructure needs of rural communities across the United States. From continuing to build upon the incredibly collaborative efforts in the Yakima River Basin to fulfilling the federal government’s commitment to the completion of the Columbia Basin Project, I will continue to work with federal agencies to secure this vital resource for Central Washington. President Trump’s Executive Order will go a long way in successfully doing so.”

Under the Executive Order, the Water Subcabinet will: 

·       Promote effective and efficient water resources management by reducing duplication between Federal agencies developing water policy; 

·       Develop a national water strategy to ensure the reliability of our water supplies, water quality, water systems, and water forecasting; 

·       Protect taxpayer investments and improve water infrastructure planning by promoting integrated planning and coordination for drinking water, wastewater, water reuse, water storage and delivery, and water resource management; and

·       Support and enhance workforce development to recruit, train, and retain water sector professionals.

Click here to read the text of the Executive Order and click here for a fact sheet.

The Water Subcabinet will be co-chaired by U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler. It will include senior officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, and the Department of the Army; and it will work in close coordination with senior officials from the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and other federal agencies as appropriate.