From the Oroville dam crisis to the lead contamination in Flint, MI, and California’s drought, today’s water problems are widespread and complex. That’s why the Columbia Water Center’s signature initiative, the America’s Water Project, takes a comprehensive look at the past, present, and future of this precious resource. We are collecting data on water availability and usage patterns, flooding and drought history, infrastructure vulnerabilities and more for every county in the nation. This high-resolution data is being combined into an interactive tool to help water managers and private citizens make smarter decisions on how to sustainably use their region’s water. The project will identify at-risk areas, discover water use inefficiencies, and expose infrastructure needs to protect against droughts and floods.
Please join us on March 23rd for a discussion with lead researchers from this project.