Tribal Participation in State Water Planning

In July 2009, the Tribal P2 Monthly Conference Call featured Atta Stevenson, member of Laytonville Rancheria and President of Inter Tribal Council of California. Atta has been deeply involved in the California state water planning process as a tribal participant. She discussed the importance of tribal involvement, how the state process works, and water planning tools for tribes. View notes from this conference call.

All States are recognizing the importance of planning to ensure clean and abundant water supplies for their people and their environment. States are in various stages of this planning process and Tribes must ensure that their voices are heard.

CA Tribal Water Summit Planning Team

“Water is the sacred source of life. Yet in California our watersheds and fisheries continue to be degraded while water is being privatized and allocated to cities, suburbs, and farms at rates many times higher than what is available. Meanwhile, the state is in a drought and many local water agencies are implementing widespread water rationing. We are in a time of unprecedented crisis, yet tribal water rights and practices continue to be dishonored and disregarded. The time is long overdue for California’s Native American Tribes to raise their voices, weigh in on the California Water Plan, and help shape California’s water policy.”

The desired outcome of this planning process is a “roadmap” with strategies for preserving Native water rights and providing for the sustainable management of California’s sacred waters.

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The Tribal Communication Plan

The Tribal Communication Plan is intended to help everyone involved in the California Water Plan — including the Department of Water Resources and all other State and federal agencies — to communicate appropriately and effectively with all California Native American Tribes about water-related issues that may affect them in their territories and ancestral homelands.

More specifically, it aims to promote and increase the quality of all California Native American
Tribes’ participation in the California Water Plan Update 2009 (CWP) and all future Water Plan
Update processes, in order to ensure the description and inclusion, protection, and advancement of Tribal water and culturally-related needs and rights.

For more information, read The Tribal Communicaton Plan (pdf).

Arizona Tribal Approaches to Water Management

Developing research and analysis to support tribal water resources management. For more information, read Arizona Tribal Approaches to Water Management.

Jemez y Sangre Water Regional Water Plan

The area has reached the point where the demand for water may exceed available supply during years of average precipitation. During drought years the demand does exceed the supply, particularly for systems that rely on surface water. The cumulative pressure of domestic wells and high-capacity public wells is causing water tables throughout the region to decline.

The Jemez y Sangre Water Planning Region is one of the most diverse in New Mexico, covering all or parts of 3 counties, 2 incorporated municipalities, all or part of 8 Pueblos, a multitude of historic and traditional villages, and some of the fastest growing areas of the state. The Jemez y Sangre Water Planning Council (JySWPC), formed in 1998, consists of representatives from 24 diverse entities, including all the local governments, several state and federal government agencies, water and soil conservation districts, ac�quia associations, and interested environmental, business, and technical groups. Representatives of the Pueblos within the region participate as observers.

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The National Tribal Water Council

The National Tribal Water Council established to advocate for the best interests of federally-recognized Indian and Alaska Native Tribes, and Tribally-authorized organizations, in matters pertaining to water.

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