Thank you to everyone who voted—especially our Center for Watershed Protection Association members!
Millions of people in the U.S. get their drinking water from public water supplies. While each state has assessed their water supply watersheds for potential threats to drinking water quality, many water utilities do not have a source water protection program because the authority to make local land use decisions lies instead with municipal government leaders. To encourage collaborative efforts to protect source water through land use management, we need to present the case for protection in these economic terms: how do the costs of source water protection compare with the risks and costs associated with not protecting our water supplies?
The Center for Watershed Protection plans to tackle these questions. We’ll be sharing more about this new project and how you can get involved over the next few months, so stay tuned!