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Released On: July 21, 2008

Reclamation Makes Available its Proposed Implementation Plan for Water for America Initiative
The Bureau of Reclamation has made available its portion of the proposed Water for America Initiative Implementation Plan for review and comment. Beginning in October, Reclamation will partner with the United States Geological Survey to implement the Water for America Initiative.

"This initiative is aimed at addressing 21st century water challenges and ensuring secure water supplies for the future," said Commissioner Robert Johnson. "We encourage our stakeholders and the public to review the plan and provide any comments they may have."

The Water for America Initiative is a multi-agency, U.S. Department of the Interior initiative that will help communities meet increasing demands on limited water supplies through collaborative projects, water conservation technologies, and expanded information sharing.

Reclamation will focus its efforts on two of the three strategies: (1) Plan for Our Nation's Water Future, and (2) Expand, Protect, and Conserve Our Nation's Water Resources. The third strategy, Enhance our Nation's Water Knowledge, will be undertaken by the USGS.

The strategy to Plan for Our Nation's Water Future includes Reclamation's long-standing Investigations Program and a new Basin Studies Program which will focus on comprehensive water supply and demand studies to assess the impact of increased water demands.

The second strategy, Expand, Protect, and Conserve our Nation's Water Resources, will include two existing programs, the Challenge Grant Program (formerly part of Water 2025) and the Water Conservation Field Services Program. Through another component of this strategy, Reclamation will accelerate Endangered Species Act compliance activities to maintain and improve existing populations of listed or proposed species and critical habitat affected by Reclamation's projects and programs.

To learn more about the Water for America Initiative or to provide a comment on the Initiative, please visit the Water for America website at www.usbr.gov/wfa. You may also mail your comments to Bureau of Reclamation; Policy and Program Services; Attn: Avra Morgan; PO Box 25007; Denver, CO, 80225-0007. To make your comments most useful and effective for Reclamation, please submit them by August 18.

If you have any questions about Water for America, please contact Avra Morgan at 303-445-2906 or wfa@do.usbr.gov.

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