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Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy Presents Report to President-elect’s Transition Team

December 01, 2008

It should come as no surprise that the incoming Obama administration will be facing a number of pressing challenges that will demand an expeditious and sure-footed transition. This will certainly be the case in the environmental realm where such issues as climate change, sea level rise, ecosystem restoration, fresh water allocation, and ocean health await but lack any clear programmatic or policy framework for action. There is a vehicle, however, for developing policies and coordinating agency actions: the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). CEQ has been in existence for nearly forty years but in recent administrations its role has been reduced as federal environmental priorities shifted. Could CEQ be used to greater advantage?

With support from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, the Tulane Law School’s Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy hosted a colloquium at Mt. Vernon, VA to ask that question. The report, "Facing the Future: Recommendations on the White House Council on Environmental Quality" is the result. Tulane Law School is very proud of this informational document and the manner in which it all came together.

The report, of which Tulane law professor Oliver Houck was the senior editor, was the product of an eclectic and bipartisan group of policy leaders, academics, industry representatives and leading environmentalists—including five former CEQ chairpersons. The purpose of the report is to inform the President-elect’s transition team of the historic role and potential functions of CEQ at a time when the need for clear and effective leadership is so urgent. The report has already garnered notice in the environmental press and has been delivered to the President-elect’s transition team.

To view the full report, please click here.


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