Water Research and Development Act Passes House

House approves legislation to improve water research.

The U.S. House has passed H.R. 1145, the "National Water Research and Development Act of 2009." The legislation is designed to improve the federal government's role in implementing federal water research, development, demonstration, data collection and dissemination to address changes in U.S. water use, supply and demand. This initiative calls for an interagency committee led by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The bill now heads to the Senate.

Irrigation Association Federal Affairs Director John Farner says this legislation is a definite step in the right direction in coordinating our federal resources to ensure our nation addresses water research in a responsible manner. According to Farner continued dialogue surrounding water use, supply and demand and how water-use efficiency can play a key role in our nation's water management debate is necessary.

The Irrigation Association is the leading membership organization for irrigation equipment and system manufacturers, dealers, distributors, designers, consultants, contractors and end users. Originally founded in 1949, IA is dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation.

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