Believe it or not – Policy Platforms Rock
The Healthy Headwaters Alliance’s 2012 Federal Policy Platform helped inform the recently introduced bi-partisan Restoring America’s Watersheds Act co-sponsored by Senators Flake (R- Arizona) and Heinrich (D- New Mexico.)
This week we’ve released the updated Healthy Headwaters Policy Platform, along with a companion piece on the criteria we’ll use to assess proposed legislation or policies. While the Healthy Headwaters Alliance does not advocate for specific legislation, as opportunities arise we do use our criteria to provide thoughtful commentary to interested parties.
The updated Platform identifies three frameworks for new policies that could be enacted in a fairly short period of time by making:
- Long-term watershed health a priority
- Smarter choices on how state and federal fire suppression funds are spent
- Smart responses post-catastrophic flooding and fires (and avoiding them in the first place)
As always, your comments (or kudos or brickbats) are much appreciated. Please send a big round of applause to the Healthy Headwaters leadership team and the key members who did the heavy lift on this project.