From the Deseret News (Amy Joi O’Donoghue):
“The federal government’s existing water policies and programs simply aren’t built for 21st century pressures on water supplies,” he said. “Population growth. Climate change. Rising energy demands. Environmental needs. Aging infrastructure. Risks to drinking water supplies. Those are just some of the challenges,” he said in a press release. To fund the initiative, the 2011 budget proposed by President Barack Obama includes an additional $36.4 million for water programs. Salazar, as part of his order, wants his department to increase the available water supply in the West for agricultural, municipal, industrial and environmental uses by 350,000 acre feet by 2012.