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Energy, Water, and Wildlife: Balancing our Future.
WAFWA Plenary 2009

Climate change and the push for alternative energy will bring a whole new set of opportunities as well as potential conflicts to our responsibilities to protect resources for the public trust. Even though each state, federal, and provincial agency has specific mandates, authorities, and missions, we will all be faced with similar challenges in managing natural resources for uncertain future conditions. In light of this, collaborative efforts across state lines will be imperative to managing natural resources across the west. The 2009 plenary session of the WAFWA Annual meeting will highlight issues that are arising with respect to energy, water, and wildlife, and will provide an opportunity to focus on what we can do as Western states to address these challenges collaboratively.