MoU with the US EPA encourages two-way flow of water expertise
Australia has renewed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on water cooperation with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), so both agencies can continue to benefit from collaboration and knowledge sharing on water issues.
Head of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Water Division, Tony Slatyer, said the MoU provided a platform for cooperation and collaboration on a range of water management and policy issues.
“Australia and the US face many of the same challenges when it comes to water management,” Mr Slatyer said.
“For example, we are both working to manage issues such as drought, a variable climate, governance of cross-border water systems, the need for new infrastructure to sustain economic and growth, and the need to use limited water resources in a way that achieves economic, social and environmental benefits.
“We have a lot to gain from sharing our collective knowledge, experiences and insights into water issues, and in recent years our two agencies have been building a collaborative relationship and engaging in a productive dialogue on policy and technical issues.
“This MoU will focus on sharing information and experiences on water systems governance, water management in drought, groundwater quality management, urban water management, servicing the needs of small and remote communities, as well as opportunities presented by new technologies for efficient water use for irrigation, desalination, storm water harvesting, water reuse and recycling.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the US EPA to share learnings and experiences on these important issues.”
The MOU will be implemented through an agreed work programme, being developed by the US EPA and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, in consultation with other government organisations including the Murray–Darling Basin Authority, Department of the Environment, the Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia and the CSIRO.