|Eimers, Jo Lesile|
Submitted to: Government Publication/Report
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/1/2007
Publication Date: 9/4/2007
Citation: Hirsch, R.M., Araujo, R., Brown, C., Whitney, G., Eimers, J., Frazer, G., Goodman, I., Spooner, C., Dobrowolski, J., Hayes, D., O'Neill, M., Towes, D., Weltz, M.A., Entin, J., Stephens, P., Foster, J., Ingram, J. 2007. A strategy for federal science and technology to support water availability and quality in the United States. Office of the President, National Science and Technology Council, Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water Availability and Quality, Washington, D.C. 46 pg. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The status of the Nation’s water resources will continue to change with growing population, increasing urbanization, changing industrial and agricultural practices, and changing climate. Science can inform us about the status of our water resources and help us anticipate the likely effects of water-policy and management practices on those resources. This report proposes a science and technology strategy to address the water challenges that face the United States. Each of the following seven strategic elements is intended to address one or more of the broad water challenges facing the Nation. The elements of Federal collaboration to implement the strategic plan are: Implement a National Water Census; Develop a new generation of water monitoring techniques; Develop and expand technologies for enhancing reliable water supply; Develop innovative water-use technologies and tools to enhance public acceptance of them; Develop collaborative tools and processes for U.S. water solutions; Improve understanding of the water-related ecosystem services and ecosystem needs for water; and Improve hydrologic prediction models and their applications. In the future, water managers will need to update policies and practices to respond to changing water resource conditions and to reflect new knowledge. Our goal is to identify strategic Federal investments in water science and technology that will yield results useful for creating new and flexible management solutions. The successful stewardship of the Nation’s water resources requires that science and engineering meet the needs of water managers, that water managers are able to act on new information, and that scientists, engineers, and managers work together to maintain our vital water resources.