About the Committee
UPDATE: On March 3, 2004, Governor Camacho signed Executive Order 2004-04 "Establishing the Watershed Planning Committee and Requiring the Implementation of a Comprehensive Watershed Planning Process." This Order significantly restructures the Committee and its goals. The full text of the Executive Order will be available on this site soon.
In mid-1998, Guam Environmental Protection Agency (GEPA) established the interagency Water Planning Committee (WPC) to promote collaborative partnerships to help our island identify our water resource problems and priorities, and collectively develop and implement effective resource protection and restoration activities.
Guam' s Water Planning Commitee was created as a result of former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore's blueprint for fulfilling the original goal of the 1972 Clean Water Act. Guam's WPC meets on a regular basis and has two subcommittees working on restoration of the Northern Guam Lens and Ugum Watershed. The third subcommittee, Environmental Education, was established in early 2000 and assisted in Earth Week celebrations.
The Water Planning Committee has defined its mission as follows:
"To provide timely counsel to the Governor of Guam, government agencies, Guam Legislature, and private groups and citizens, on matters relevant to the management of Island resources. It serves the community by providing a forum to encourage representatives of all entities involved in water resources to meet on a monthly basis to exchange ideas, and to review and encourage the implementation of local and federal initiatives, policies and agendas that are relevant to Guam's water needs."
The WPC is made up of representatives from 14 federal and local organizations and agencies, including Guam EPA, USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service, Guam Waterworks Authority, Guam Department of Commerce, Guam Department of Agriculture, Guam Bureau of Planning, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Guam, Water and Environmental Research Institute, Guam Department of Land Management, the U.S. Navy PWC, ComNavMar, U.S. Air Force, Southern Soil and Water Conservation District.
Key components of the WPC's innovative approach for addressing the Island's water resource issues include:
The sites and reports below contain additional information on Guam's Clean Water Action Plan and on the federal initiative to restore our waters (pages will open in a new window).
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