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AWRA Policy Statements


Leveraging Integrated Water Resources Management Lessons and Fostering a National Water Resources Strategy:
Position Statement: A set of well documented strategies will provide a blueprint for more effective, coordinated management across sectors and levels of government. Read more…

Approved by the Board of Directors of the American Water Resources Association at their August 5, 2015 meeting, as proposed by the IWRM Technical Committee of AWRA.

Integrated Water Resources Management in the US
Position Statement: The American Water Resources Association recommends that water management goals, policies, programs, and plans be organized around the concept of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), the coordinated planning, development, protection, and management of water, land and related resources in a manner that fosters sustainable economic activity, improves or sustains environmental quality, ensures public health and safety, and provides for the sustainability of communities and ecosystems. Read more...

Approved by The Board of Directors of the American Water Resources Association at their January 21-22, 2011 meeting, as proposed by the Policy Technical Committee of AWRA

Organizing and Managing Water Resources in a Hydrologic Context 
Policy Statement: The American Water Resources Association recommends that water resources management goals, policies and rules be integrated at hydrologic scales using physical hydrologic features (i.e., basins, watersheds, or aquifer systems). By following the boundaries that hydrology sets before us and engaging multiple disciplines and water management sectors, policymakers can encourage policies and collaborations at all levels of government. Promoting hydrologic system-based planning and management is the surest way to achieve water resource sustainability. Read more...

Approved by The Board of Directors of the American Water Resources Association at their January 22-23, 2010 meeting, as proposed by the Policy Technical Committee of AWRA; Revised by the Policy Committee of AWRA for The Board of Directors of the American Water Resources Association review for their April 6, 2016 meeting.

Ensuring Sustainable Funding for Water-Resource Infrastructure
Position Statement: The American Water Resources Association recommends that policy makers at national, tribal, state, and local levels develop sustainable investment strategies for the construction, maintenance, and long-term resilience of water resources infrastructure to protect public health and safety, community quality of life, diverse economies, and the environment. Read more...

Approved by The Board of Directors of the American Water Resources Association at their January 22-23, 2010 meeting, as proposed by the Policy Technical Committee of AWRA; Revised by the Policy Committee of AWRA for The Board of Directors of the American Water Resources Association review for their April 6, 2016 meeting. 

If you have questions about any of the above policy statements, please feel free to contact AWRA.