Charting New Waters
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Charting New Waters
Is the U.S. facing a looming freshwater crisis that could affect the nation's economy, the livability of our communities and the health of our ecosystems? In 2010 a diverse coalition of leaders in industry, agriculture, environmental not-for-profits and government unanimously agreed we are, and in response, issued a landmark call to action to ensure clean, adequate and reliable U.S. freshwater resources. Their initial collaboration gave birth to an expanding network of organizations dedicated to catalyzing new solutions to U.S. freshwater challenges.
Today, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread is moving into the latest phase of Charting New Waters. Building upon the rich collaboration and partnership that has characterized the initiative to date, this next phase of work is focused on catalyzing the widespread adoption of more sustainable and resilient water infrastructure systems in the United States.
By aiming to help local, state and national leaders set a course for and navigate decisions regarding the conception, construction, financing, and management of water infrastructure, Charting New Waters’ ultimate goal is to identify elements of a new paradigm for water infrastructure and the steps needed to transition to it.
|Financing Sustainable Water Infrastructure report is the product of a meeting convened by The Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with American Rivers and Ceres, that brought together a group of experts to discuss ways to drive funding toward the infrastructure needed for the 21st century. The report has led to testimony before Congress, amid other important work. Click here to learn more and download the full report.|
New England Regional Freshwater Forum
Colorado Regional Freshwater Forum
| On October 18, 2011, nearly 100 participants representing
diverse interests gathered for the Charting New Waters Colorado Regional Freshwater Forum at the Denver
Botanic Gardens. The Forum brought together water experts and stakeholders from Colorado and other
regions to explore Colorado’s experience developing solutions to a selected set of complex freshwater
The discussions centered on how solution-oriented efforts in the state can inform freshwater problem- solving in Colorado as well as other regions of the United States. The Colorado Regional Freshwater Forum was the first in a series of Charting New Waters regional forums seeking to highlight innovative freshwater solutions and share them among community leaders and federal decision makers.
Watch Video The Johnson Foundation's Lynn Broaddus and other experts discuss critical freshwater issues on Rocky Mountain PBS’ Colorado State of Mind.