Water Experts Available to Comment on Drought Science, Politics, and Solutions

Authoritative voices from American Rivers Offer National, Regional Perspectives

August 3rd, 2012

Devin Dotson, American Rivers, 202-243-7066

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.

Christopher E. Williams, Senior Vice President, Conservation:
[email protected], 202-243-7064
National perspective and global context of the current U.S. drought.

Jenny Hoffner, Director, Water Supply:
[email protected], 404-373-3602
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:
[email protected], 202-213-4266
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:
[email protected], 530-575-8212
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.

Gerrit Jöbsis, Director, Southeast Region:
[email protected], 803-771-7114 ext. 12
Water supply, flows, and water quality implications of prolonged drought.

Michael Garrity, Director, Washington State Conservation:
[email protected], 206-852-5583
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.

Matt Rice, Director, Colorado Conservation:
[email protected], 803-422-5244
Western water law and drought focused in the Colorado Basin

John Cain, Director, Conservation and California Flood Management:
(available starting Aug. 8, 2012) [email protected], 510-809-8010
Managing for drought in California’s Bay Delta and Central Valley.

Rebecca Haynes, Associate Director, Southeast Conservation:
[email protected], 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.


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