Water is a huge challenge that we need to overcome not just locally in our drought prone areas but as a global community. In an effort to raise awareness and plan for the future The White House launched an ambiguous water strategy during its White House Water Summit on March 22, 2016.
The strategy, known as a "moonshot for water," focuses on encouraging technological advances and private-sector investment to rebuild water projects like reservoirs, boost data collection, support water-sharing agreements, find new water reuse technologies to recycle and conserve water.
Some Highlights from Summit included:
Building national capabilities for long-term drought resilience and drought routinely affects millions of Americans and poses a serious and growing threat to the security of communities nationwide.
Supporting cutting-edge research, the Administration is announcing a number of efforts to support cutting-edge water-research project.
Piloting promising solutions, the testing and demonstration of new approaches to water sustainability is an essential precursor to large-scale implementation.
Supporting water-innovation networks, the building on the Nation’s historical reputation for ingenuity, the Administration is announcing new efforts to connect researchers, technologists, and innovators across the country to accelerate solutions to priority water challenges.
Expanding monitoring and forecasting capabilities; the accurate, timely, and sufficient data, information, and predictions about our Nation’s watersheds and water cycles are critical to informing planning and decision-making at all levels.
The Action Plan describes specific activities that Federal agencies will take within existing resources, authorities, and working with State, regional, tribal, and local partners to build national drought-resilience capabilities in accordance with the goals and actions of the Presidential Memorandum. These actions build on previous efforts of the Administration in responding to drought and are responsive to input received during engagement with drought stakeholders, which called for shifting focus from responding to the effects of drought toward supporting coordinated, community-level resilience and preparedness to adapt to drought impacts.
Interested in learning more? Check out the full White House Water Summit here.