It is crunch time in the U.S. water sector. The irresistable force of growing water scarcity and crumbling underground infrastructure is meeting the immovable object of public finances. The policy response will determine what happens next.
Bruce Babbitt is the former United States Secretary of the Interior and Governor of Arizona.
Bill Bertera is the Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation.
Anne Castle was confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Water and Science on June 19, 2009. She was nominated by President Obama for the position on March 31, 2009. In this capacity, Castle oversees water and science policy and has responsibility for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey.
George Hawkins, General Manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), was named to the post in a unanimous vote September 3, 2009 by the board of directors. With an operating and capital budget of nearly $800 million dollars, DC Water provides drinking water delivery and wastewater collection and treatment for a population of more than 600,000 in the District of Columbia, as well as the millions of people who work in or visit the District. DC Water also treats wastewater for a population of 1.6 million in Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland, and Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia. The Authority operates the world's largest advanced wastewater treatment plant at Blue Plains, with a capacity of 370 million gallons per day and a peak daily capacity of more than a billion gallons. DC Water's service area covers 725 square miles.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Robert Francis Kennedy, Jr. is an attorney specializing in environmental law and was co-host of Ring of Fire on the Air America Radio network.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. describes how the coal industry illegally filled two thousand miles of U.S. waterways over the past 8 years while mountaintop mining in the Appalachian. After Kennedy successfully sued the companies involved in the practice, coal lobbyists promptly re-defined the meaning of the word "fill" in the Clean Water Act to allow the continuation of the practice.
Any of the entire range of natural waters (vapour, liquid, or solid) that occur on the Earth and that are of potential use to humans. These resources include the waters of the oceans, rivers, and lakes; groundwater and deep subsurface waters; and glaciers and permanent snowfields. Continuing increase in water use has led to growing concern over the availability and quality of water supplies.