America has made great progress in recent decades, protecting the quality and quantity of our water supplies and watersheds. The Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Endangered Species Act have largely accomplished their intended goals. Agencies charged with ensuring safe drinking water and protecting water quality through wastewater and stormwater management have made great strides in moving America toward a more sustainable future.
Today, with a population of more than 300 million, an aging industrial base, a resource-intensive farming system and a network of sprawling cities, work remains and it’s hard work. Elevating the health of our cities and watersheds requires a new approach. The thinking of the past needs to change. No longer can we afford to look at drinking water, wastewater and stormwater challenges from a segregated perspective. No longer can we afford to look at water issues outside the context of sustainable cities and climate change.
To secure a sustainable future for future generations, we need a more comprehensive approach, and an integrated, holistic national water policy.
As our cities, factories and farms become increasingly sophisticated, larger and interconnected, and as their impact on watershed and climate grows more complex, the need for an integrated holistic national water policy has never been more urgent.
The future quality and availability of America’s waters depends on it. That’s why the U.S. Water Alliance is dedicated to working with individuals, organizations and entities throughout the country – both public and private – to forge a new vision for a sustainable future.
We Must Act Now By Addressing The Following Key Clean Water Issues:
- Water Sustainability
- Watershed Planning & Management
- Climate Change
- Green Cities / Infrastructure
- Energy/Water Nexus