|The American West is facing a serious crisis. In the
long run, we will not have enough water to meet the fast-growing needs
of city residents, farmers, ranchers, Native Americans, and wildlife.
The demand is increasing; the supply is not. It is time for Americans to
become proactive in our efforts to resolve the problem. Crisis
management is not a long-term solution.
To accomplish our goal, the Department of the Interior launched Water
2025 - a problem-solving initiative that will help manage scarce water
resources, and develop partnerships to nourish a healthy environment and
sustain a vibrant economy. Water 2025 will encourage voluntary water
banks and other market-based measures, improve technology for water
conservation and efficiency, and remove institutional barriers to
increase cooperation and collaboration among federal, state, tribal, and
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