A Twenty-First Century US Water Policy by Peter H. Gleick, Juliet Christian-Smith

By Peter H. Gleick, Juliet Christian-Smith

It truly is 0 hour for a brand new US water coverage! At a time while many nations are adopting new nationwide methods to water administration, the USA nonetheless has no cohesive federal coverage, and water-related specialists are dispersed throughout greater than 30 companies. right here, ultimately, is a imaginative and prescient for what we as a country have to do to regulate our most crucial source. during this publication, prime thinkers at world-class water learn establishment the Pacific Institute current transparent and readable research and proposals for a brand new federal water coverage to confront our nationwide and international demanding situations at a severe time.
What precisely is at stake? within the twenty first century, pressures on water assets within the usa are starting to be and conflicts between water clients are worsening. groups proceed to fight to satisfy water caliber criteria and to make sure that secure ingesting water is out there for all. And new demanding situations are coming up as weather swap and severe occasions aggravate, new water caliber threats materialize, and fiscal constraints develop. but the USA has now not stepped up with enough management to deal with those difficulties.

The lack of ability of nationwide policymakers to protect our water makes the USA more and more at risk of critical disruptions of whatever such a lot folks take with no consideration: cheap, trustworthy, and secure water. This e-book presents an self sustaining evaluation of water concerns and water administration within the usa, addressing rising and protracted water demanding situations from the views of technology, public coverage, environmental justice, economics, and legislations. With interesting case experiences and first-person debts of what is helping and hinders stable water administration, this can be a clear-eyed examine what we want for a twenty first century U.S. water coverage.

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As climate changes accelerate and as our understanding of hydroclimatology continues to improve, new estimates about national and regional water availability will have to be factored into water policy choices and decisions in order to improve future water management. 6). These issues are explored in far more detail in chapter 10: Climate and Water. 4. Percentage of time in severe and extreme drought nationwide, 1895–1995 Source: GAO (2003), p. 16. 5. Palmer hydrological drought index, July 2002 Source: Pacific Institute (2011).

In these cases, different federal, tribal, and local entities with water-related responsibilities may find themselves overlapping or even opposing one another. The fragmentation in authority and funding around water issues has been noted by many commissions and councils over the decades. After World War II, President Truman appointed the Hoover Commission to recommend improvements to federal programs. The commission recommended sweeping reorganizations of water agencies and the creation of interagency river basin commissions (Neuman 2001).

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