WRA works at the state level because that’s where some of the most effective decisions to influence climate policy are made. State-level policies play a major role in reducing carbon emissions; ensuring air and water quality; protecting rivers, wildlife, and habitats; and investing in open space and parks.
State legislative sessions also provide major opportunities for our advocates and supporters to make their voices heard and let lawmakers know what is important to them.
In 2021, WRA worked to help ensure passage of critical legislation that supports our goals of tackling climate change, safeguarding healthy rivers, protecting and connecting lands and habitats, and ensuring clean air—while we also worked to stop any bills that would impede progress.
We made important progress on many fronts, and we also know the work doesn’t stop here. Now we continue our advocacy in front of state commissions and lay the groundwork for 2022 state legislative sessions. Legislative sessions wrapped up in states across the West in spring 2021, but many of these bills took months if not years of planning.
Check out WRA’s legislative timeline to see what happened in your state and around our region!