Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail
Did you know that the DC region is currently operating without a regional water supply plan?
The Little Seneca Reservoir and many other water projects were built as part of a 50-year plan for water supply to the DC metro area, a plan which expired in 2010. We need a water supply plan for the next 50 years that considers diminishing water supplies in the context of an increasing urban population as well as the increasing severity of droughts. Read on for how climate change makes the need for careful planning even more dire. On our 2017 work plan is a collaborative effort to push for a plan for our precious water resources for the next 50 years and beyond. Help us make that happen with your gift today.
What effect will climate change have on the Washington region’s water resources?
According to the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin – Plenty.
Their report indicates that by 2040 climate change could cut stream flows by as much as 35% on an annual average.Science should inform the region’s planning and goals of resource protection.
Some more resources about our coming water crisis:
How Maryland is adapting its drinking water plans to climate change
Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin Climate Change Fact Sheet
EPA Addressing Climate Change in the Water Sector
A Case Study: The City of Frederick's plan for addressing Climate Change Impacts on Watersheds
Evaluation of Travilah Quarry for Water Supply Storage (Phase 1 and 2)
The Journal of the American Water Resources Association- "Benefits of Water Supply Forecasting in the Washington, DC area.
Montgomery County Park and Planning Water Resources Functional Plan (May 2010)