The incoming president of the United States faces severe challenges across all aspects of our economic, social, political, and environmental landscape. Among these are a set of problems associated with the critical area of freshwater—problems that affect urban and rural communities, natural ecosystems, and even major economic and national security priorities. In a letter to the next president prepared by the Pacific Institute, four key water-related challenges and priorities were identified, and recommendations for tackling them were proposed.
Protecting water has long been a top priority for the American people, independent of political persuasion. In Gallup’s regular poll of environmental issues, water pollution and the safety of drinking water are routinely the top two issues of concern among Americans. As the new administration strives to recover from a devastating pandemic and economic downturn, it will have an opportunity to rebuild our public water system, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, support our agricultural communities, strengthen our diplomatic standing and national security, and improve health and quality of life.
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