Clinton and Trump on Western Water Policy

trump-fresno-2 Donald Trump speaking in Fresno, California, May 2016

Clinton on Western Water Trump on Western Water
“Recognizes that the current long-term drought across much of the West poses a dire risk to the health and prosperity of Western communities and believes the federal government can and should be a better partner in supporting state and locally-led efforts to improve water security.” “There is no drought. They turn the water out into the ocean.”
Explicit policy proposals:

Increase federal investment in water conservation through a coordinated, multi-agency Western Water Partnership.

“We’re going to solve your water problem. You have a water problem that is so insane. It is so ridiculous. Where they’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea.”
Unlock new resources for local water infrastructure as part of her $275 billion infrastructure plan. “You know my environmental standard is very simple and I’ve said it to everybody: I want clean air and I want clean water. That’s what I want. Clean air, clean water.”
Expand water reuse. Increase investments in water reuse through additional grants and loans, with a goal of doubling public-private partnership investments in water reuse and reclamation in the first term. “And you know I should say this, I’ve received many, many environmental rewards. You know, really. Rewards and awards. I have done really well environmentally and I’m all for it.”
Establish a new Water Innovation Lab to develop cutting edge efficiency, treatment and reuse solutions that can be deployed by local water utilities, agricultural and industrial water users, and environmental restoration projects across the country. “If I win, believe me, we’re going to start opening up the water so that you can have your farmers survive.”

Source: Clinton Campaign/Policy Factsheets

Source: Transcript from Trump speech in Fresno, California, May 28, 2016

[As of 9/19/2016 there were no water or environment policy papers or statements on the official Donald Trump campaign website.]

[Update 10am (Pacific), 9/20/2016: All four Presidential candidates have now responded to a set of science questions, including one on water (Question #10 at Here are their answers:]



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