The US Water Alliance is proud to release the fourth policy brief in its seven-part One Water for America Policy Framework: Blend Public and Private Expertise to Address Water Infrastructure Needs. For the nation at large, to attract more investment and innovation to water management, we need to address barriers to putting private money and expertise to work, while making sure that communities' needs are met and all partners benefit.
Dear Friends of Carpe Diem West:
What if California's plan for twin tunnels (now down to one) implodes this year? What if we invested a fraction of the billions of dollars for a tunnel in groundwater storage, more recycling and most critically restoration of most of the source of our water - California¹s headwater forests?
These are some of the questions Jeff Mount of the Public Policy Institute of California and I talked about on our interview hosted by our friends at Water Deeply this month. You'll read our comments in the piece in this month's Confluence.
A rapidly warming climate demands that we think and act on solutions that bring resiliency, not huge new inflexible infrastructure. If the money and political will is there for infrastructure, why not a plan that puts our proverbial water eggs into many, diverse, baskets?
An interesting year ahead - and time for all of us to think more wisely about what the future is bringing.
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Executive Director, Carpe Diem West
Carpe Diem West
One Water for America Policy Framework Big Idea 2 - Accelerate Agriculture-Utility Partnerships to Improve Water Quality
When it comes to taking action to conserve water and improve water quality, one area deserves particular focus: building partnerships between water providers and the agricultural sector. Too often in our siloed water systems, we do not fully consider the impacts of agriculture and land management on our water sources. Yet the management of land presents one of the greatest opportunities for protecting water quality, preserving ecosystems, and safeguarding our drinking water supplies. Agriculture is one of the largest users of water in the US, and runoff from agricultural lands is believed to be the largest single source of nonpoint source pollution in US waterways. By concentrating on the development and implementation of best practices that balance conservation with productivity, we can greatly improve water quality of surface and groundwater resources, especially for downstream users.
The State of Climate Adaptation in Water Resources Management: Southeastern United States and U.S. Caribbean
The intent of this report is to provide a brief overview of key climate change impacts and a review of the prevalent work occurring on climate change adaptation in the Southeastern United States and U.S. Caribbean, especially focusing on activities as they relate to water resources. The Southeastern United States includes Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Arkansas, and Florida. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) comprise the U.S. Caribbean region. This report presents the results of EcoAdapt’s efforts to survey, inventory, and, where possible, assess climate-informed water resources action in the region.
The Source Water Collaborative is pleased to announce its latest Learning Exchange, Source Water Protection through Conservation Funding. This module features case stories from drinking water industry and conservation leaders who have capitalized on resources provided through the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to target source water concerns through voluntary local conservation partnerships.
After hosting 15 different Listening Sessions with 500 people across the country, and gathering innovative and groundbreaking solutions to major problems in water management, we put together seven policy briefs as part of the One Water for America Policy Framework.
The mission of Priority Ecosystem Science (PES) is to provide science in support of adaptive management of ecosystems that have near-term societal concern and significant long-term societal value. Studies are designed to serve local ecosystem management needs and to provide knowledge and approaches transferable to similar ecosystems across the Nation. PES efforts focus in areas where new integrated science approaches can be developed to address the needs of a diverse group of decision-makers and to meet Department of the Interior's responsibilities to manage the Nation's lands.
America is at a crossroads. Now more than ever there is uncertainty around water supplies and quality across the country. At the same time, innovative leaders in regions across the country are driving groundbreaking solutions to secure a sustainable water future, now and for future generations. How do we foster a new era of collaboration and progress in water management? How do we align policy at every level of government to accelerate the innovative solutions that local leaders are pioneering?
We posed these questions and asked for solutions at 15 different Listening Sessions with 500 people across the country. Today, we are proud to begin the rollout of our One Water for America Policy Framework with the executive summary. Through the Listening Sessions we heard from leaders on the front lines of managing our nation's waters: utilities, city officials, farmers, environmental groups, community organizations, investors, and more. The insights from the Listening Sessions were then organized into 7 Big Ideas for the sustainable management of water, which we will release as a series of policy briefs starting in January.