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March 16, 2004
Western Water Alliance Closes Its Doors
In an era when it seems the environmental movement has been able to raise and spend as much money as it pleases, a ray of hope has broken through.  The Western Water Alliance, an organization that sprang to life just two years ago and was funded and managed by Trout Unlimited, has folded up.  The Western Water Alliance failed to find broad support and could not raise enough funding to maintain its operation.  We always believed that The Western Water Alliance name was intended to create confusion with the Family Farm Alliance.  Steve Malloch, the Executive Director of the Western Water Alliance, once called the FFA the "most effective voice for Western irrigated agriculture".  He intended it as a criticism of our policies, but it will stand as one of the nicest compliments ever paid the Family Farm Alliance.
Enclosed below is a memo from Malloch to his mailing list explaining the fate of the organization.
Craig Smith
Executive Director
Family Farm Alliance

The Western Waterfront

Produced by Trout Unlimited.

March 10, 2004

1.      View from the Waterfront

The View this week is ... unsettled.

As of the end of February, the Western Water Alliance closed its office, and I resigned as Director. In difficult financial times, we were not able to raise the money to implement a far-reaching and ambitious agenda. 

I am proud of WWA’s achievements in working to build a west-wide political and policy base for sustainable and equitable use of water.  Over the past three years we: held a series of convenings; formulated a west-wide perspective opposing Bush Administration efforts to limit Clean Water Act jurisdiction; engaged western waters interests in the fight to save the Endangered Species Act; laid ground work for policy development on long-term drought response and global warming; and, in association with Trout Unlimited, published the The Western Waterfront

With this decision to put the Western Water Alliance on ice, the fate of the Western Waterfront is unsettled.  I will be looking for ways to keep it going, while at the same time looking for my next project.  We will let you know how things turn out. 






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