The White House released an executive order to “to improve our country’s water resource management, modernize our water infrastructure, and prioritize the availability of clean, safe, and reliable water supplies,” according to www.whitehouse.gov. The order would create a new Water Policy Committee, also known as the Water Subcabinet, to be co-chaired by the Interior and EPA chiefs.
According to the order, abundant, safe, and reliable supplies of water are critical to quality of life for all Americans, including recreational opportunities. The order will ensure that agencies do that more efficiently and effectively to improve our country’s water resource management, modernize our water infrastructure, and prioritize the availability of clean, safe, and reliable water supplies.
Specifically pertaining to the recreation boating industry, the Subcabinet will develop recommendations to address the following:
- Actions to increase water storage and supply reliability;
- Actions to improve water quality, source water protection, and to promote restoration activities;
- Implementing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action plan III;
- Increasing coordination between agencies and members of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration;
- Task Force, and implementing and completing the activities included in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan;
- Coordinating with the Federal Interagency Floodplain Management Task Force on Federal flood risk management policies and programs to better support community needs; and
- Actions to improve water data management, research, modeling, and forecasting.
Read the executive order here.