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NMMA Applauds Executive Order on Modernizing Water Management and Infrastructure

The order includes a Great Lakes restoration initiative. Flowerpot Island in Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay, photo by the Great Lakes Commission.

The order includes a Great Lakes restoration initiative. Flowerpot Island in Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay, photo by the Great Lakes Commission.

The White House released an executive order this week to improve water resource management, modernize the country’s water infrastructure, and prioritize the availability of clean, safe, and reliable water supplies.

The order would create a new Water Policy Committee, also known as the Water Subcabinet, to be co-chaired by the Interior and Environmental Protection Agency chiefs,

The National Marine Manufacturers Association, which applauded the move, said in a statement that the committee will develop several recommendations to address issues specifically pertaining to the recreational boating industry.

Those include:

• Actions to increase water storage and supply reliability;

• Actions to improve water quality, source water protection, and to promote restoration activities;

• Implementing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action plan III;

• Increasing coordination between agencies and members of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration;

• Task Force, and implementing and completing the activities included in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan;

• Coordinating with the Federal Interagency Floodplain Management Task Force on Federal flood risk management policies and programs to better support community needs; and

• Actions to improve water data management, research, modeling, and forecasting.

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