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    This page contains Congressional resolutions. Resolutions indicate the topics that legislators care about, but cannot legislate about.

01-WGA16 on Aug 14, 2001

Resolution: the Western Governors' Association resolution:
Source: WGA Policy Resolution 01 - 16: Clean Water Act
  1. The states should retain primary jurisdiction over water quantity issues -- specifically water resource allocation and the determination of beneficial uses.
  2. Control of pollutants from stormwater needs to be addressed with application of Best Management Practices. The Clean Water Act (CWA) should allow flexibility in both water quality criteria and beneficial use designations for receiving waters. Stormwater discharges to dry streams in arid regions pose substantially lower environmental risks than do the same discharges to perennial surface waters.
  3. CWA reauthorization must take into account the environment in the arid West. Specifically, the CWA should recognize and Congress should provide adequate resources for the development of water quality criteria for non-perennial and effluent dependent streams.
  4. The CWA reauthorization should include two new statements of purpose:
    (A) To recognize the need to establish water quality criteria for the wide variety of ecosystems that exist in the U.S.
    (B) To allow states to encourage the reuse of treated wastewater, as a component of water quality control.
  5. The CWA should allow states flexibility in the designation of beneficial uses and establishment of criteria for certain waters, such as non-perennial and effluent dependent streams and man made water transportation canals.
  6. Non-point source funding should enable states to balance program elements and focus, as needed, on technology development and transfer, monitoring, assessment, etc. Federal agency activities should also be required to comply with state non-point source management plans.
  7. The Governors endorse the authorization of a regional water quality research project to design and develop water quality standards appropriate to unique conditions in the western states.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: Human needs over animal rights Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: State primacy over water quantity & quality issues (Score: 1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: State primacy over water quantity & quality issues (Answer: B)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
    • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
    • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
    • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
    • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
    • E: Unsure


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  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 01-WGA16

Ben Cayetano s1sHI Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002) 
Gray Davis s1sCA Former Democratic 
John Kitzhaber s1sOR Democratic Governor 
Gary Locke s1sWA Former Democratic Governor (1997-2004); Cabinet (Commerce) 
Tauese Sunia s1sAS00 Former Democratic Governor 



Republicans participating in 01-WGA16

Jim Geringer s1sWY Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Bill Graves s1sKS Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Kenny Guinn s1sNV Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
John Hoeven s1sND Former Republican Governor (2000-2010) 
Jane Dee Hull s1oAZ Former Republican Governor (1997-2002) 
Bill Janklow s1sSD00 Former Republican Governor (1979=1986 & 1995-2002) 
Mike Johanns s1sNE Former Republican Governor (2005-2007); elected Senator 2008 
Judy Martz s1sMT Former Republican Governor (2001-2005) 
William Owens s1sCO Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
Rick Perry s1sTX Republican Governor 



Independents participating in 01-WGA16

Carl Gutierrez s1sGU00 Former Guam Governor 
Gary Johnson s1sNM Libertarian Gubernatorial Challenger 
Dirk Kempthorne s1sID Former GOP Governor (1999-2006); and Cabinet Sec'y. 
Tony Knowles s1sAK Former 2008 Senate Dem. primary challenger 
Mike Leavitt s1sUS Cabinet-2008 
Pedro Tenorio s1sIT00 Former Marianas Governor (1982-1990) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 5
Republicans: 10
Independents: 6


















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