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February 15, 2011
Kara Capelli (571) 420-9408

Media Advisory: Briefing on Great Lakes Basin Water Availability and Use

How much is really there and how do we know?

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What: The U.S. Geological Survey will brief Congress, the media and the public on a recently completed Great Lakes Basin water availability study.

Though the Great Lakes are the largest freshwater system on Earth, the basin has the potential for local shortages, according to this new USGS assessment. Is there enough water to meet future demand from municipal, agricultural, industrial, ecosystem and recreational uses?

With the support of Congress, the U.S. Geological Survey is assessing the availability and use of the Nation’s water resources. A clearer understanding of water availability status and trends will improve our ability to forecast the balance between water supply and demand for future uses.

Strategies for delivering information about water availability and use and methods to evaluate water resources that were developed as part of this pilot study could be applied to the full-scale implementation of a national water assessment.

More information about this study is available online.

Who: Howard Reeves, Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey
Tim Eder, Executive Director, Great Lakes Commission
Bill Werkheiser, Associate Director for Water, U.S. Geological Survey
John Tubbs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water & Science, U.S. Department of the Interior

Where: Capitol Visitor’s Center, SVC-215, Washington, D.C.
The Capitol Visitor Center is on the east side of the U.S. Capitol Building. Once inside, follow signs to the Senate meeting rooms.

When: Friday, February 18, 2011
10:00 a.m.

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