Speaking before the Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas, the former chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), explained how the upcoming Farm Bill can advance collaborations that protect source water.
David White, speaking on behalf of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), detailed how water providers and farmers can form partnerships that are supported by NRCS and other USDA programs. He provided examples of past successes that benefited both farmers and downstream communities.
“Every year, voluntary, private land conservation programs spend about $6B and make incredible advances in natural resource protection,” White said. “The American Water Works Association is seeking to ensure that at least 10 percent of those funds – some $600M a year – is spent on protecting the drinking water that Americans use every day.”
AWWA is urging U.S. Congress to reauthorize the Farm Bill to:
“Cooperative activities represent the best path forward to achieve water quality improvements,” White said.
About American Water Works Association
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.
SOURCE: American Water Works Association