Pinpointing The Next Water Shortages
A new county-specific analysis will show the severe risk of water shortages across the United States due to climate change, including where growers are most in jeopardy.
July 21, 2010
Water shortage risks will hit a very large percentage of all U.S. counties by 2050, according to a new TetraTech study to be released by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
The county-by-county analysis looks at how water supplies could be jeopardized in the more than 1,000 counties facing water sustainability problems. The analysis will show a 14-times increase in the number of the most severely threatened U.S counties.
Fourteen states - Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas - will be identified as facing the greatest overall at water-related risks, including limitations on water availability as demand exceeds supply.