Going Green on NY1
Watch a NY1 segment about Water for Tomorrow
George Schuler, Director of Conservation Science and Practice
Each day, more than 15 billion gallons of water are withdrawn from New York’s lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater. This water is a fundamental resource for life—both human and wild. That is why The Nature Conservancy has launched Water for Tomorrow, a program to reform the way fresh water is managed in New York State and help protect our water for New Yorkers in the future.
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Currently, New York State provides permits for businesses and people to withdraw water from our watershed. The state analyzes the future implications of each individual permit, but there is no model in place that accounts for the water use from X number of permits each year, 10 years from now, 100 years from now, and so on. We need to know what the impacts of giving out all of these permits are.
State regulators need these tools, but we also want to make this an open-source tool for New York community members so they can be knowledgeable about our water. Water for Tomorrow will arm communities to play an active role in the conservation of their local resources.
"With threats like natural gas development and climate change, the pressure on New York’s water resources will continue to grow," says Conservancy freshwater scientist George Schuler. "With your help, we can re-imagine the way New York manages its water resources."
Water for Tomorrow represents the first time that modern freshwater science, statistical and modeling tools and innovative freshwater policy and regulation are being brought together in a collaborative manner.August 19, 2013