The Water Protection Network advocates for federal water policies, projects, and permits that are environmentally and economically sound. Our policy priorities focus on increasing protection for our nation’s waters to improve fish and wildlife habitat, protect communities from storms and floods, increase resiliency to climate change, and reduce wasteful government spending.
Read Highlights of WRDA 2018: A fact sheet that highlights WRDA’s progress on Water Protection Network priorities, along with a summary of provisions that are both helpful and harmful for sound water resources planning.
The Water Protection Network works to:
The Network and member groups led successful efforts to ensure that the new Water Resources Planning Principles, Requirements and Guidelines (PR&G) focus on protecting the environment. The PR&G require planners to recognize the importance of: healthy and resilient ecosystems; protecting and restoring floodplains; analyzing and accounting for climate change; and utilizing environmentally protective nonstructural solutions. The PR&G apply to both new projects and project operations, and for the first time direct agencies to account for ecological damage as a project cost. Unfortunately, Congress has prohibited the Corps from using the PR&G through an appropriations bill rider. The Network is working to remove that prohibition.
The Network is leading efforts to modernize the Water Resources Planning Guidelines.
- 100 Organizations Comment on Interagency Guidelines, June 23, 2013
- 105 Organizations Nationwide Comment to CEQ, April 5, 2010
- National Conservation Organizations Comment, April 5, 2010
- 4-Page Fact Sheet on White House Proposal
- 2-Page Fact Sheet on White House Proposal
- Federal Register Notice
- White House CEQ Releases New Draft Principles on Dec. 3, 2009
- Nov. 17, 2009 Letter from Congress Urging Non-Structural Requirement
- CRN Fact Sheet: From Poor Planning to Sustainability
- 43 Organizations Nation-Wide Comment to CEQ, July 31, 2009
- Conservation Group Comments from Oct. 22, 2008
- CRN Sign-On Comments from June 5, 2008
- P&G Statutory Language in WRDA 2007 (PL 110-114)