Lack of funding results in ‘dearth of data’ on water

Water experts predict that much of the United States will experience freshwater shortages within the next decade. To better plan for a potential crisis, researchers and scientists strive to collect data on streams, aquifers and water consumption. However, they do so under constrained financial conditions, leaving many research programs vulnerable.

Montana’s freshwater future uncertain

Montana water managers responded in a survey that it is likely the state will experience statewide freshwater shortages within the next decade. While Montana’s water issues are unique in some ways, researchers from the state said its overall problems mirror much of the country’s.

Experts foresee shortages as the nation’s freshwater supply dwindles

A government report from last month revealed that 40 out of 50 state water managers expect freshwater shortages within the next decade. As a result, farms and other agriculture producers who depend on irrigation may be challenged moving forward. According to federal studies, irrigation withdrawals and uses more water than anything else each year.

GAO report on freshwater: supply concerns continue and uncertainties complicate planning

In May, the Government Accountability Office released a report that looked at U.S. freshwater availability. The report found that, since an earlier investigation in 2003, the state of the water supply in the United States has worsened. Furthermore, a survey of state water managers found that 40 out of 50 states will likely experience some level of water shortages within the coming decade.