American Rivers: Email - River Policy Update -- Week of June 4, 2007
2) Hearing on Climate Change and Water Supply
On Wednesday, June 6th, the Subcommittee on Water and Power of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing to address the water supply issues related to climate change. Climate change is expected to have serious and wide ranging impacts on water resources. Droughts and water shortages are predicted in some areas, while others should expect more intense hurricane activity and flooding. In many areas of the nation, aging and deteriorating wastewater infrastructure is unprepared to deal with increased storms. Without upgrades these systems are expected to increase discharges of untreated wastewater directly into waterways during storm events.