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    President signs executive order on modernizing America’s water resource management and water infrastructure

    On October 13, President Trump signed an Executive Order (E.O.) titled “Modernizing America’s Water Resource Management and Water Infrastructure.” The E.O. establishes an interagency Water Subcabinet of senior federal agency officials to facilitate efficient and effective management and modernization of the Nation’s water supplies and systems while also eliminating duplication between agencies. Click here to view a White House fact sheet of the E.O.

    The E.O. includes three primary objectives: 1.) modernize America’s water infrastructure; 2.) improve the Nation’s water resource management; and 3.) create opportunities for America’s water workers. A new, interagency Water Subcabinet is charged with identifying solutions to meet these objects. Specifically, 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 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

    Counties play an essential role in building and maintaining the country’s water resources and water infrastructure. Many counties also have the responsibility to provide water services and have the authority to own and operate drinking water systems. When it comes to the Clean Water Act, counties play a dual role as both co-regulators and regulated entities in protecting the environment and providing public water services for our residents and businesses. As regulators, counties are often responsible for controlling water pollution at the local level. We can enact rules on illicit discharges, remove septic tanks and adopt setbacks as part of land use plans. Counties are often responsible for water recharge areas, green infrastructure, water conservation programs and pesticide use for mosquito abatement. Counties also provide extensive outreach and education to residents and businesses on protecting water quality and reducing water pollution to prevent exposure from toxic chemicals.

    On October 13, President Trump signed an Executive Order (E.O.) titled “Modernizing America’s Water Resource Management
    2020-10-20
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    2020-10-20
President Trump sign an Executive Order titled “Modernizing America’s Water Resource Management and Water Infrastructure” The Executive Order establishes an interagency Water Subcabinet of senior federal agency officials to facilitate efficient & effective management & modernization of the nation’s water supplies & systems while also eliminating duplication between agencies Counties play an essential role in building and maintaining water resources, including the responsibility to provide water services and owning and operate drinking water systems

On October 13, President Trump signed an Executive Order (E.O.) titled “Modernizing America’s Water Resource Management and Water Infrastructure.” The E.O. establishes an interagency Water Subcabinet of senior federal agency officials to facilitate efficient and effective management and modernization of the Nation’s water supplies and systems while also eliminating duplication between agencies. Click here to view a White House fact sheet of the E.O.

The E.O. includes three primary objectives: 1.) modernize America’s water infrastructure; 2.) improve the Nation’s water resource management; and 3.) create opportunities for America’s water workers. A new, interagency Water Subcabinet is charged with identifying solutions to meet these objects. Specifically, 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 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

Counties play an essential role in building and maintaining the country’s water resources and water infrastructure. Many counties also have the responsibility to provide water services and have the authority to own and operate drinking water systems. When it comes to the Clean Water Act, counties play a dual role as both co-regulators and regulated entities in protecting the environment and providing public water services for our residents and businesses. As regulators, counties are often responsible for controlling water pollution at the local level. We can enact rules on illicit discharges, remove septic tanks and adopt setbacks as part of land use plans. Counties are often responsible for water recharge areas, green infrastructure, water conservation programs and pesticide use for mosquito abatement. Counties also provide extensive outreach and education to residents and businesses on protecting water quality and reducing water pollution to prevent exposure from toxic chemicals.

About Zach George (Full Bio)

Legislative Assistant

Zach George joined NACo in March 2016 and serves as a Legislative Assistant. He is responsible for writing and editing blog articles, conducting legislative research and providing legislative support for Environment, Energy and Land Use; Transportation; Telecommunications and Technology; and the Gulf Coast Counties and Parishes Coalition.

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