By Peter H. Gleick, Juliet Christian-Smith
It's 0 hour for a brand new US water coverage! At a time whilst many nations are adopting new nationwide ways to water administration, the U.S. nonetheless has no cohesive federal coverage, and water-related experts are dispersed throughout greater than 30 organisations. the following, ultimately, is a imaginative and prescient for what we as a state have to do to control our most important source. during this ebook, top thinkers at world-class water examine establishment the Pacific Institute current transparent and readable research and proposals for a brand new federal water coverage to confront our nationwide and worldwide demanding situations at a severe time.
What precisely is at stake? within the twenty first century, pressures on water assets within the usa are transforming into and conflicts between water clients are worsening. groups proceed to fight to satisfy water caliber criteria and to make sure that secure consuming water is offered for all. And new demanding situations are bobbing up as weather switch and severe occasions irritate, new water caliber threats materialize, and fiscal constraints develop. but the U.S. has now not stepped up with sufficient management to handle those difficulties.
The lack of ability of nationwide policymakers to guard our water makes the us more and more susceptible to critical disruptions of whatever such a lot people take with no consideration: reasonable, trustworthy, and secure water. This ebook presents an self sustaining evaluation of water matters and water administration within the usa, addressing rising and chronic water demanding situations from the views of technology, public coverage, environmental justice, economics, and legislations. With attention-grabbing case reports and first-person money owed of what is helping and hinders reliable water administration, it is a clear-eyed examine what we want for a twenty first century U.S. water coverage.
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A first step in sustainable management requires that we improve our understanding in both of these areas, and several chapters explore new supply and demand ideas. A second step, addressed throughout this book, is the need for water managers to begin to expand their thinking to encompass new approaches, tools, and communities in their efforts to satisfy our future water needs. References Aillery, M. 2004. ” November 22, 2004. Economic Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture. gov/ briefing/wateruse/.
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A Twenty-First Century US Water Policy by Peter H. Gleick, Juliet Christian-Smith