Okay, here we go with three smart people.
1) Steve Stockton, Director of Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is interviewed on "The Urgent Need to Transform U.S. Water Resources Infrastructure"
Navigation channels that support international trade and produce one-third of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP), almost 14 million jobs, flood-risk reduction that prevents $22.3 billion in average annual damages, $800 million in clean hydropower, water supply storage for 55 million households and water-based recreation opportunities, which one out of every 10 Americans enjoy annually, are examples of the value the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) brings to the Nation. Unfortunately, most Americans are unaware that the country’s degraded water resources infrastructure is putting all this at risk and jeopardizing a quality of life that cannot be measured in dollars.
This issue is full of inspiring actions by people and agencies across the state. Our hope is that we can connect the doers in New Mexico with each other and contribute to what academics are now calling "learning communities." Please share your ideas with us as to how we can help support your work. The recently published report by Audubon New Mexico, Hanging in the Balance, is a persuasive document which explains why this community pursues restoration.
Bonus: Here is an article about river restoration in New Mexico.
3) Cheryl Ulrich, Program Manager, Weston Solutions, and member of AWRA's Policy Technical Committee, penned this article on "Sustaining America’s Water Supplies: Developing a National Vision & Strategy"
Why does America need a national vision and strategy for water? The answer is because although water is the most critical and strategic natural resource, the U.S. has no national vision for its management. In addition, Americans are the world’s largest water consumers. Threats of an aging infrastructure, climate change and population growth are so significant that the nation can no longer afford to postpone action. In fact, 36 states are expected to have water shortages by 2013. Therefore, it is imperative that a focused effort be articulated and initiated to create a national water vision and strategy in order to sustain U.S. water resources. The country’s future growth and prosperity depend on it.
"An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head." - Eric Hoffer, from The Week, 10 August 2012