Washington, DC – This summer, more than 55 percent of the United States is in a moderate to extreme drought situation. Farmers are losing crops, businesses are losing revenue, and communities are scrambling to address dwindling drinking water sources.
As the nation’s leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams, American Rivers and its science and policy staff are uniquely positioned to talk about regional and national implications of the current drought on fresh water supplies.
They can discuss best practices to address water shortages—and why some approaches are unwise. They can address policy solutions to mitigate future droughts. The following staff members are available for media interviews and commentary on the drought and its implications for the water supplies that communities depend on. Click these experts’ names for links to biographical information.
Jenny Hoffner, Director, Water Supply:
Eastern U.S. and national water supply issues, and the relationship of rivers to the drought and drinking water supplies.
Matt Niemerski, Director, Western Water Policy:
Western water issues, including drought in the Colorado River Basin, the role of agriculture and irrigation, water efficiency, and Western water law.
Luke Hunt, Ph.D., Associate Director, Conservation:
Drought issues in California, including threats to Sierra Nevada snowpack, disruption/restoration of groundwater recharge of streams and rivers, and the importance of headwater streams.
Michael Garrity, Director, Washington State Conservation:
Water issues in the Pacific Northwest, and examples of water supply solutions from the region that offer promise in addressing water issues in other parts of the country.
John Cain, Director, Conservation and California Flood Management:
(available starting Aug. 8, 2012) firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-809-8010
Managing for drought in California’s Bay Delta and Central Valley.
Rebecca Haynes, Associate Director, Southeast Conservation:
email@example.com, 803-771-7114, ext. 12
Drought and drought policy in South Carolina, where nearly all of the state is suffering from extremely dry conditions, and some areas are suffering moderate to extreme drought.
For background information on the current drought and its implications, see this new blog on the American Rivers website by Jenny Hoffner, American Rivers Director, Water Supply.
American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.
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