• Dan Keppen

January 2016 Monthly Briefing


White House Advances Drought Symposium Discussions Alliance Advocates for New Infrastructure, Agency Coordination

As the White House follows up on discussions sparked in July 2015 at its Drought Symposium, the Family Farm Alliance continues to advance for new water infrastructure and improved coordination between federal agencies as key components to improving drought resiliency in the Western United States.

Alliance President Pat O’Toole and Executive Director Dan Keppen on January 14 participated in a White House Drought Symposium follow-up conference call hosted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Several dozen stakeholder interests participated in the call, as well as Obama Administration appointees from the Departments of Interior, Agriculture, Commerce and Defense, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Participants discussed possible strategies to build long term drought resilience through watershed community drought planning and leveraging public and private innovation and investment.

Click here to read the January 2016 "Monthly Briefing" and learn more about these issues and other recent developments in the Western water world:

  • Governor Otter Urges “Innovative Process” at Idaho Workshop to Improve ESA

  • Mid-Pacific Water Users Conference Features Strong Family Farm Alliance Presence

  • President Obama Vetoes Anti-WOTUS Measure

  • Polls find 80% of Westerners are Concerned About Drought

  • On the Road Again….Alliance Reps Spread the Word in the West

  • Western Drought Legislation Talks Still Underway

  • Reclamation Extends Comment Period for Excess Capacity Directives and Standards

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