Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

To Quench Our Thirst

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Abstract

The eight chapters of this book are directed toward describing its subtitle: “The Present and Future Status of Freshwater Resources of the United States.” One purpose of the book is to dissuade both general readers and technically oriented individuals from believing that the current water problems will either go away on their own or be swept away by governmental action. The authors' concern is that we are currently entering an era in which cheap, clean, and plentiful water may cease to exist in much of the United States. They believe that the nation is experiencing a syndrome of diverse, interrelated events that tend to dwarf the energy crisis in potential significance and overall severity, thereby threatening the security of America's water future.