In short, we are stuck using a midth century statutory and regulatory framework to try and address 21st century challenges. The time has come to modernize the clean water paradigm in a way that preserves the strongest and most successful aspects of our current structure, while also creating a new suite of tools and resources to address the water quality realities of today, and those of the coming decades. Developing a modern statutory construct for clean water will be a critical part of this effort, but it must go beyond this as well.
Guest Writer Time for a 21st Century U. Water Policy Our national water challenges are part of a broader set of global water problems.
Basic water services, including safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation, are still unavailable for between two and three billion people around the world. The latest update on the worst U. Drought Monitor map released Thursday, Sept. Water Policy just released by Oxford University Press.
After all, clean and inexpensive water continues to flow from our taps. Yet front page stories on the devastating drought across America's Great Plains, increased prices for corn, grains, and other agricultural products, and growing conflicts between energy producers and local communities over water are evidence for why we can no longer take our water for granted.
Safe and adequate freshwater resources are central to the health of our economy and communities, and to the foreign policy and security of the United States, but we are failing to manage our water for future generations.
Unless we understand and tackle our water problems, we will be faced with rapidly growing economic, political, and public health consequences.
Here are four of the most important national water challenges that the next administration will have to tackle -- these and other problems and solutions, are described in detail in this new book.
The nation's freshwater supply and quality are threatened by overuse, mismanagement, and contamination. As a whole, the United States is a relatively water-rich country. But our water is unevenly distributed and used, and despite 40 years of the Clean Water Act, it is increasingly contaminated by inadequately regulated and managed industrial and agricultural activities.
Much of our water is used wastefully and ineffectively, in part because of the lack of coherent and integrated national water policy. While many water challenges are local, and must be addressed locally, national water policies are also needed to protect public and environmental health.
Two dozen different federal agencies have some kind of responsibility for managing and protecting water, but they do not work together in an effective or coordinated manner.
Our tap-water quality and the health of our rivers and lakes are not as well protected as they should be. Decisions about energy policy are made without considering the implications for water, leading to growing conflicts in rural communities over access to, and contamination of, local water supplies.
Farmers get mixed signals about how to use water, leading to overdraft of groundwater and inefficient irrigation in many areas of the country. Our national water challenges are part of a broader set of global water problems. Surprisingly, however, some of those people are here in the United States.
More rural communities are finding their local water supplies to be contaminated with industrial or agricultural pollutants like nitratesperchlorate, hexavalent chromium, or other contaminants that are un- or inadequately regulated. The failure to provide basic water services to all has direct and indirect public health and economic ramifications for the U.
May 14, · To start, it should enable us to make the following two big promises to the American people: a 21st century transportation system and access to safe, clean water. 21st century transportation system. Water promises to be to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th century: the precious commodity that determines the wealth of nations. How a country handles its water problem could spell the difference between greatness and decline. Water Prospects In The 21st Century HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS: Food Security, Energy, Water, Sustainability, Natural Resources •01•13 Multiple authors.
We must ensure that all Americans have access to safe and affordable drinking water, and at the same time, we stand to gain substantial international goodwill if we use our technological and economic strengths to help provide clean water and sanitation globally. Many of the world's most active community and non-governmental water organizations are based in the United States and the nation as a whole can play a leading role in addressing these problems, by redirecting foreign aid budgets and in encouraging international aid organizations to refocus efforts toward meeting basic water needs.
Water-related problems also threaten our national security.By the 21st century there should be clean fresh water that can besafe to drink, and individuals should practice adequate sanitation in order to reduce the chances of .
Now, since the start of the th Congress in , the assaults on the most basic of safeguards for our water, air and health have become more frenzied than ever before. The Republican majority in Congress cheered along as the Trump administration gave up our global leadership in .
Why is Safe Water Essential? Water is a fundamental human need.
Each person on Earth requires at least 20 to 50 liters of clean, safe water a day for drinking, cooking, and simply keeping themselves clean. Modernizing the Clean Water Paradigm.
The Clean Water Act (CWA) is one of the most successful environmental statutes in U.S. history. we are stuck using a midth century statutory and regulatory framework to try and address 21st century challenges. as well as engaging stakeholders and the public in new ways to elevate the importance.
The Importance of Clean Water clarifier tank via shutterstock Fresh water is one of our most vital resources, and when our water is polluted it is not only devastating to the environment, but also to .
Oct 10, · tags: 21st century, Africa, David Lye, demographics, Jonathan Blanchard Smith, population, population growth, SAMI, SAMI Consulting In the first blog of this series, I set out a quick overview of the factors that might make Africa the most important continent by the end of this century.