(FixThisNation.com) – On Wednesday the Biden administration reached an agreement with western states to conserve water supplies. After months the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the states reached an agreement for the development of water conservation plans.
Following the agreement the DOI released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) in which it outlined two possible solutions. The first one is a no-action alternative while the second one is a solution that would reduce the water supply in the next few years. The proposal aims to help conserve the Colorado River System and two dams after it was noted that water levels have dropped significantly.
Ali Zaidi, the White House National Climate Advisor stated that the Biden-Harris administration was taking another step to ensure that the Basin States would continue to have water resilience. He added that this was part of President Biden’s agenda to ensure that Western states would benefit from an “equitable future.”
Camille Calimlim Touton, the DOI Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner also released a statement noting the historically low levels of waters in the Colorado River Basin’s reservoirs, including Lake Mead and Lake Powell. She added that the new plan was going to help protect the system in the long run and would allow them to have more sustainability in order to fight the “climate-driven realities” in the Basin.
On Wednesday, the new draft SEIS was released which replaces the previous proposals released by the DOI in April. It also rescinds a previous agreement that had been reached in May.
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