Bill Richardson Wants A Department Of Water

Bill Richardson comes from an area where water is important, so it is no surprise that he would recommend the creation of a new cabinet, the Department of Water. “I would hold a national water summit,” Richardson said. “All states have a stake when it comes to future water needs.” He said it is usually the rural areas that get the short end on the water issue, and his policies would look to correct that. Currently water issues are handled by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. Elevating water to a cabinet level would give it the attention it needs according to Richardson. “Everybody thinks water is only a western issue, but it’s not,” said Richardson. He said he would direct his water secretary to build consensus among all 50 states. They could buy and sell water to different states with conservation as a goal.
Alan Cosgrove

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