WHEREAS, the State of Missouri recognizes the importance of serving the people of Missouri with efficient, competent, responsive and effective state government; and
WHEREAS, the Missouri State Government Review Commission was established by Executive Order 05-05 and charged with the responsibility of examining every Executive Department within our state government to identify opportunities to restructure, retool, reduce, consolidate, or eliminate state government functions in accordance with what would result in the best and most cost-effective service for Missouri citizens; and
WHEREAS, the Commission convened 59 public meetings which included twelve public hearings where hundreds of Missouri citizens gave numerous hours of oral testimony and almost 2,000 pages of written testimony. The Commission considered 563 different, specific proposals that resulted in 84 final Commission recommendations; and
WHEREAS, the Missouri State Government Review Commission completed its duties and submitted a report detailing its recommendations; and
WHEREAS, there is a continuing need to implement the necessary recommendations offered by the Commission in order to achieve the overall goal Missouri set out to accomplish which is to improve the efficiency of state government; and
WHEREAS, the Commission recognized an opportunity to better coordinate the state's water protection and water resources.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MATT BLUNT, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby create and establish the Interdepartmental Coordination Council for Water Quality.
The Chairperson of the Council shall be the Director Department of Natural Resources or his designee. The Director of each of the following Executive Departments shall designate one person to serve on the Council: Agriculture, Conservation, Economic Development, Health and Senior Services, Natural Resources, Public Safety, and Transportation. The Chairperson shall have the authority to extend membership of the Council to other state or federal government bodies the Chairperson believes will contribute to the mission of the Council.
I hereby charge the Council with the duty of better coordinating the state's efforts in the following areas:
- Water resource protection, monitoring, and improvement;
- Clean water, drinking water safety, and homeland security of Missouri's drinking water supply;
- Wastewater and runoff;
- Well construction and design;
- Flood and drought management;
- Interstate river issues;
- Dam safety; and
- Overall state water planning.
The Council shall meet at the call of the Chairperson. The Council shall develop specific, quantifiable objective performance standards which accurately reflect the successful delivery of the Council's stated mission. The Council shall report their agreed upon objective performance standards to me no later than December 31, 2006.
The Council shall only call on existing state resources to carry out its mission and shall exist at no extra cost to the state.
The Council shall first convene as soon as possible and shall expire on June 30, 2007.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 11th day of October, 2006.
[Matt Blunt's signature]
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State