NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES  Columbia River Basin  https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/694084.pdf  United States Governm...

NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES  Columbia River Basin  https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/694084.pdf ; United States Government Accountability Office, COLUMBIA RIVER BASIN, Additional Federal Actions Would Benefit Restoration Efforts , Report to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, GAO-18-561, August 2018.   The Basin is one of the nation’s largest watersheds and extends mainly through four Western states and into Canada. Activities such as power generation and agricultural practices have impaired water quality in some areas, so that human health is at risk and certain species, such as salmon, are threatened or extinct. In December 2016, Congress amended the Clean Water Act by adding Section 123, which requires EPA and OMB to take actions related to restoration efforts in the Basin.  GAO is making three recommendations, including that EPA develop a program management plan for implementing the Columbia River Basin Restoration Program and that OMB compile and submit an interagency crosscut budget. EPA agreed with its recommendation. OMB did not comment, and GAO maintains its recommendations are valid.  This study will also be linked on the 2018 Reports Page 02 of the Sustainable Water Resources Site at https://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/ ">https://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/ ; Tim SmithSustainable Water Resources CoordinatorGovernment Web Site, https://acwi.gov/Sustainable Water Resources Site, https://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/ ">https://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/ ;