Abel Wolman Lecture: Dr. Gerald E. GallowayWater Science and Technology Board
December 5, 2017
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW Washington DC 20418
Looking to the Future: Too Much, Too Little, or Too Dirty Water: Not a Crisis, but a Water Management Crisis
The state of the Nation's water resources and its management is perilous. In the face of climate change, population growth and increasing (un)natural disasters, the United States must recognize and come to grips with significant water issues that threaten our economy, our environment and the welfare of its citizens. Today, the nation is rudderless in its efforts to preserve, protect, enhance and sustainably employ our national water resources. Actions appear to be ad hoc and water activities are conducted in silos that represent historical sectoral interests. More than 25 years ago the western governors complained that ?no agency of the executive branch or committee of Congress is responsible for keeping an eye on the ?big picture.? Thus, federal water policy lacks a unifying vision or even a set of guiding principles.? It is no better at the regional and state level. For over 50 years, national and local leaders have been examining the best uses of our nation?s water resources and recommending actions to ensure their continued viability over time. Blue ribbon panel after blue ribbon panel has identified problems, proposed solutions, only to have their recommendations largely be ignored. Dr Galloway will outline the major challenges to be faced in management of United States water resources and will provide insights into possible solutions developed from two years of discussions with senior public and private leaders involved in water resources management and his analysis of the long history of efforts to come to grips with these water issues.
Looking to the Future: Too Much, Too Little, or Too Dirty Water: Not a Crisis, but a Water Management Crisis | Gerry Galloway, University of Maryland